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  1. This posting is in response to a PM which I received from David Thompson (aka – thompsonkd). He mentioned some of my previous attachments may not have transitioned to our new and improved Forum. I thought this posting might be helpful. David, first off congratulations on the purchase of your new Ollie. Oliver travel trailers are the best! I have attached three files. The Campsite Arrival Checklist, The Campsite Departure Checklist and The Core Competencies for Travel Trailer. I picked up my Ollie back in June of 2016 and developed these documents prior to my drive to the factory
  2. This evening I had the great pleasure of reading “The Oliver Standard”, Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2017 written by our new editor Jason K. Walmsley. I was literally blown away by his beautifully written “Letter from the Editor”. I encourage everyone to find his publication and read it. Maybe Jason will see this and post his work to our Forum. Now I want to go bake some Christmas cookies with my daughter. Thank you, Jason! Buzzy
  3. Matt, Thank you for the video on winterizing. It is that time of the year, here in New Hampshire, when I need to consider winterizing Ollie. Upon review of the video, and a comparison with my notes from last year, I do have one question. Last year I performed one additional step. I removed the strainer bowl on the inlet side of the water pump, emptied water from the bowl, cleaned any debris from the metal screen, and reinstalled. At the time, I did not notice the replacement of water with RV antifreeze within the bowl. I assumed the bowl might freeze. This past spring all was g
  4. Overland, I really like the light blue background! Try not to eliminate that color. I also really like the snow covered peaks. With the white fiberglass body, the black frame will be great. So....there are three colors! I understand your logic regarding shying away from black snowflakes. Not sure adding a fourth color is the way to go. Think about how it will appear from a distance, say on the interstate. That was one reason I thought it might be difficult to read the word "snowflake" in the logo. Probably more info than you need, but this is fun! Buzzy
  5. Overland, Nice work. Great logos. I especially like the ones with the “4-seasons” logo. I agree the Lone Star logo is a perfect size for the front. Coming from the school of thought that “less is more”, I might go in the direction of a small logo in the back. If we carry that approach further, I might place the name “Snowball” near the door and hold off incorporating it into the logo. I do like either white or black snowflakes in the interest of holding to a maximum of three colors within the logo. With the body of Ollie being white, it is possible the black snowflakes would “pop” m
  6. When Steve began this thread, I thought fantastic! However, I took the concept in a different direction. It is true an Ollie is nice and multiple Ollies camping together is very nice, but an Ollie is a possession. I believe Ollies are special due to the owners! I sense we are very different from the average travel trailer owner. With that thought in mind, I began to think about how we would describe a collection of Ollie owners. Thoughts? Buzzy
  7. Bill, Thank you for reminding me the picture of Buddy is out of date. He has turned into a true rascal of a boy. He goes to Doggie Day Care each week so he can play with his doggie friends. I am way too boring for the little guy seven days a week. At Day Care he is known as Muddy Buddy since he absolutely loves rolling in mud puddles! I support his activities as long as he understands a bath will follow each day care day. He understands and perhaps he is too tired to complain. The pics below capture the transition. This is prior to his haircut. I naively thought maybe a ha
  8. A few more ideas to consider. Gang or Posse. Do we see ourselves as an "Ollie Gang" or an "Oliver Posse"? Very different images?! Buzzy
  9. Thank you everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. It is true, time heals all wounds however the journey is forever changed. My goal in returning to our community now is to learn from those among us who enjoy solo RV camping. A wise person once told me, “If you make good decisions in life, you will be happy, healthy and successful.” Since I adopted that philosophy, it has been valuable to have a “copilot” in life to gain deeper insights into my decision making. My new dog, Buddy, is a good listener, but is one of those strong and silent types. For the first time, I sen
  10. I know I am stealing a line from a Nick Jonas album, but it best describes 2017 for me. 2017 has been challenging, so I have not been able to stay connected with the Oliver Forum community. In February, my beloved dog Buzzy died. In June, my spouse died. So, 2017 has been a year with no camping. Sad, but those things happen. Fortunately, my new dog Buddy and I plan to help each other as we camp in Ollie in 2018. He is not yet a camper, but will be! I still have many estate issues to resolve, but should be able to reconnect with our community toward the end of the year. Mea
  11. Overland, Tell us more about the truck? Buzzy
  12. Although I will have room in the bed of the F150, I am thinking about placing it in the main cabin of Ollie. I do not currently store anything on the floor and I thought it might be one of the first things I work on as I set up camp. I guess it will be a work in progress until I settle on a system of where I store each item. I realize the entire "kit" will be around 50 pounds. Buzzy
  13. Carbon, If you go to my profile, Buzzy, and click on the videos section you will find all the other videos. By the way, I have a Fiamma Privacy Room on order which is due to arrive this month. After I learn how to assemble it, I will create a video for those who might have an interest. Buzzy
  14. I have the Truma AquaGo and I also have a shower curtain rod on the wall with the bathroom door. I have opened the bathroom door somewhat to allow AC air into the bath. The vent fan does a nice job of pulling the AC air in to the bath. The show curtain keeps. the main cabin dry. I can not say I linger in the shower, but the concept works for me. Might not work for others. Buzzy
  15. John, At the time of purchase (Feb 2016), OTT offered two optional choices for twin bed mattresses. The Serenity or the Escape. I chose the Escape since it provided a firmer level of support. Please see link below. http://mobilesleepcomponents.com/mattresses-2/ Buzzy
  16. Carbon, Taking a tour of an Ollie is a great suggestion. In preparation for your visit, you might consider viewing the attached video. When I built the video, my goal was to help prospective owners become informed consumers. For example, understanding where the mattress is made allows you to check out their website so you know which mattress choice will give you the softest or firmest support. For me, I wanted to understand if the mattress could be used on both sides. The video answers that question. When you take your tour you may not have an occasion to flip the owner's mattress to
  17. SupersizeLIFE, Yes, I chose the Dakota fiber-granite countertops. For me, the various interior décor options, are a great feature in an Oliver travel trailer. I tend to be affected by color and color combinations. My preference are various shades of gray. When you own a big sloppy dog, the color choice of gray can be a blessing. Buzzy
  18. I have the black cabinet doors. At the time, white and frosted were not available. Another way of thinking about your cabinet doors, is to consider how your selection will work with your other design choices such as, fabrics, countertops and floor options. The attached video may be of some help. Buzzy
  19. One of my favorites is "Sanidumps+", the RV dump locator. I particularly like their motto, "When an RV has to go....." Buzzy
  20. Bill, Like yourself, my gaskets did not start bleeding until 6 month after I got home with Ollie. They were bleeding whenever they got wet. A real mess! This past April I applied Captain Tolley's. No more bleeding, even after many rainstorms. It was easy to apply as well. Highly recommend. Buzzy
  21. I have noticed geographical variation in the tick treatments preferred by veterinarians. My pup is from Ohio where the veterinarians prefer to use Revolution. Buzzy
  22. Just getting caught up from a brief trip to Bermuda. Nice island, but no Ollies! Sad! My son-in-law helped me write the water sanitizing procedure. He functions as the water quality guy for islands in and around the Caribbean. Since he and my daughter plan to use Ollie from-time-to-from, I mentioned that it would be in his best interest to help craft the procedure. ???? Yes, including the hot water tank is wise. I do like Sherry’s alternative for those with a sensitivity to bleach. Wise choice! Like Bill, I tend to drink bottled water and maybe a beer or two. ???? I like
  23. Sherry, A good flea and tick med for your dogs is great advice. In my section of New England, we have a lot of white tailed deer. The ticks associated with the deer are infected with Lyme disease. We need to take two precautions based on our geographical region. Most of the dog owners I know, treat their dogs with Frontline Plus monthly flea and tick medicine. We apply it for 10 of the twelve months, we exclude January and February. In addition, the dogs get an annual Lyme disease vaccination which involves two shots spaced three weeks apart. In addition, we have a habit of
  24. Bill, I understand your reasoning. We all know OTT builds outstanding travel trailers and they use top-of-line components. They also employ very knowledgeable and helpful staff. From my experience, the OTT staff may not have detailed knowledge on how to program the Blue Sky controller and that is OK. Last summer, I arrived for my delivery day with a knowledge of both the controller and the monitor. My goal was to examine and potentially change both the “Battery Amp Hours” and the “Self-Discharge Rate” to match my AGM batteries. At the time, Tommy acknowledged how no one
  25. DavidS, I sure hope the Blue Sky owners with the non-AGM batteries have taken note of your posting! Buzzy
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