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skalywag

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  1. I have been towing my Elite 1 since 2017 with my Tacoma (2017 TRD Off road w/ 6 speed manual) and can say it has done a great job thru all conditions. Hauls enough stuff for 2 and a dog including 2 kayaks and supplies for weeks out. It is very well matched in both torque and braking (P3 brake control installs like it belongs). One major advantage is it's maneuverability in and out of tight places. The only weakness I have experienced is that the fuel consumption drops to 15 mpg whilst towing and only gives me 300 miles between fuel stops (but this is quality time anyways and a break is wanted by then). Never a problem in windy conditions yet. This is no longer a compact truck as you know, but a mid size with 6700 lbs towing capacity.
  2. I use a "Die Bar" that I keep in my tow vehicle to align the pin holes. A 3/8th in. rod (20-24 inches long) would likely work and make sure you take some of the load off of the ball so the cone clutch slips. This will work from any angle the TV has to the Trailer's hitch.
  3. I actually just simply traced the radii with a Sharpie and one of the existing cushions that was radiused. Then cut the mattress topper foam with a sharp pair of scissors. It worked like a charm and the topper cover slipped over the 3 in.foam and assumed the shape.
  4. Overland, very nice pics of a well organized trailer. I did notice that your head "bumper" is missing over the entrance where you have installed a net. I hate to say it but, I make good use of the bumper in ours regularly. Do the contents of the net make up for this? Cheers
  5. We have been using stainless steel drain screens in our sinks from day 1. It has prevented various detritus from entering the grey tank system and have never had a clog. Available everywhere. Glad you fixed it. Cheers.
  6. Speaking of BEST practices, we make it a routine task to shut off the water valve at the source every time we leave the Ollie for a hike or whatever just to be safe. Also, I have used an inline filter (at the source valve) every time I connect to the Oliver water system to prevent rust/crap from getting into our lines. So far - so good. Good topic, Cheers
  7. SeaDawg, I have been towing our LE1 using an Anderson hitch from the factory. My Tacoma tow package requires it. To be honest though, I am not sure it is needed since the Elite follows along so effortlessly. I did re-install it with the correct fasteners and torqued them accordingly. We have 15K + miles and all is well. Cheers
  8. This may be important: "February 12, 2019EB2200i • EU2200i PORTABLE GENERATORSSAFETY AND EMISSION RECALL — STOP SALE/RENTAL NOTICEDear Honda Power Equipment Dealer,American Honda is issuing a Stop Sale Notice for certain EB2200i and EU2200i generators.In some units, the screws used to assemble the fuel valve may loosen during use and can leak fuel. If gasoline or gasoline vapors leak, a fire or explosion could occur.A fuel leak caused by this issue typically is identified as a result of smelling a strong fuel odor before, during, or after operation, or seeing fuel underneath the generator.Affected UnitsAmerican Honda Inventory: Currently all affected American Honda warehouse inventory is on hold.Units in Dealer Inventory: Tag affected units and place them in a secure location to prevent retail sale or rental. We have attached a printout showing non-registered units within the affected ranges that have been purchased by your dealership from American Honda. Units within the affected serial number ranges cannot be sold or placed into service until they have been repaired, as required by law. If a dealer sells an unrepaired unit after being notified of this safety/emissions recall and stop sale notice, any injury or damage that occurs as a result is the responsibility of the dealer.Retailed Units:Customers with affected units, that have been registered, will be notified of the recall by letter after release of the service bulletin. If you have sold, but not yet registered any units, please register them immediately.Replacement Parts:Replacement parts will be available with the release of the service bulletin.American Honda will be issuing a service bulletin with detailed repair instructions, expected in early March. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this issue may cause.If you have any questions, please contact your Honda District Sales Manager or District Service Manager" Honda-warning.docx
  9. Hobo, I have mine parked on a concrete surface as well. I extend the trailers jacks (one at a time) to allow me to rotate each wheel 180 degrees. I do this about every 30 days to prevent flat spotting. Seems to work well. Those tires are crucial and I want to baby them. Good topic.
  10. Yes, We had this experience as well. Used a safe household ladder with an old bath rug and removed the nest and debris. All I can add is that it was a Wren. Be safe up there.
  11. francesm, Some very good advice here. One thing I can add is to be very vigilant for "Flood Cars". They are abundant. Have a trusted mechanic physically check as it may not show up in a CF report. Cheers from Nashville,
  12. "I don’t know why they put the board there. Right next to a water system component that needs regular servicing (filter cleaning) is NOT a good location. I would have selected a much drier spot in the aft compartment. There is no reason for it to be in a quick access compartment…" FOUND it - I was able to remove the bad board with out removing the screws (which are unseeable) and have it in my hand. Looks exactly like John's burnt marks and all. Now to replace
  13. John, Our Suburban igniter quit working recently. The electric side works, but obviously while only on city power. I have submitted a service ticket to Jason, but wonder if you were reimbursed for your trouble. Regardless, I will have to repair this one in a similar way. I wish to thank you for your sharing the replacement info - I know exactly were to look. I have thoughts about contacting the Suburban company near Chattanooga to see if they have any suggestions or replacements for a swap. Cheers,
  14. We were there last week on our way from Addison. Made an obligatory stop at the LL Bean outlet. We loved the weather which was 40 degrees in the morning. Used the furnace whilst camping, but back at home it is in the 90's. Cheers,
  15. Welcome @rodgers, Roguebooks is correct. We just returned from a 3500 mile trip towing our LE with a 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 Manual to Maine and back. The trip was great and our Ollie performed beautifully whilst towing and camped. The Toyota requires a WD to provide the 6400# capacity, so we use an Anderson hitch, but not sure how much it is needed ( No sway to speak of). The LE comfortably sheltered 2 adults and a 42 pound dog with equipment and provisions for 2 weeks ( we had enough stuff for a month). My guess would be that we were around 3900#. There is much good info found here on this forum, so feel free to ask anything. Cheers for now,
  16. Same base price (and roughly the weight) as the Elite. The rear door might allow a small kayak to be carried inside, but as someone stated, no awning over it. I am not sure why they put the microwave near the floor under the fridge - I like the Ollie's arrangement much better. Not much ground clearance, but that may not matter to some folks. The skylight is a nice touch, but they can be heat sinks and provide opportunity for leaks. It seems like it has nice fit and finishes (also much storage). Anyone seen one on the road?
  17. Townesw, Yes, I have gotten in the habit of closing the spigot at the hookup when leaving the campground for side trips etc. We attended last year's Ollie Rally and that came up during a seminar. In fact I believe it was Kelly Robinson that had an actual mishap while camping that she shared. It is easy to do and eliminates what could very much ruin your trip. Cheers
  18. I moved the remote display to a spot under the dinette between the LP detector and the USB/12 Volt outlets. It faces away from the bed, so it is not noticeable. It was any easy move to do and beats having to dig down under the dinette seat every time we hook up. I removed the forbidden screws to that compartment right after we picked our Ollie up, but this location is much more convenient. I too am not sure about the weather resistant properties of this LED type display.
  19. I should have included that all tanks were empty ( except for the 20# LP tanks). and the truck bed was moderately (approx 125#) loaded. This could make a difference as well. The next time I hook up on a level pad, I will take another measurement to the inside of the bulldog. Terry
  20. Mike, Just returned from a very nice stay at Big South Fork Nat Park @ Bandy Creek - the trees were changing to their autumn colors as we watched. As previously discussed, I carefully measured the drop when hitching and My 2017 Toyota Taco TRD Offroad Double cab w/130 lb. ARE shell (the one you saw when we met) lowered at the hitch 1.75" (24"- 22.25") on level ground. As always, it yielded a level and smooth ride. I hope this helps and please let me know if this helps. Terry
  21. Dave, I only measured the hitch ball height attached to my TV (2017 Taco). I use an Anderson Hitch and our LE1 rides level, and I might add, like a dream. The next time I hook her up, I will take some measurements.
  22. Mike, I just measured mine and from the ground to the top of the ball is exactly 24 inches. Keep in mind, this is in the free state. It lowers about an inch once hitched. I hope this helps,
  23. I know this is a simple check, but I just checked our LE1 and you may want to verify that the water pump switch - located in the aft upper cabinet among about 6 other switches, is in the on position. Cheers,
  24. I also just checked continuity between trailer frame and the ground on the 7 pin plug and it is grounded. This is a recent build and I have found very few issues so far. This is a good check for all owners to perform. Thanks for the heads up.
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