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KenB

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  • Do you own an Oliver Travel Trailer, other travel trailer or none?
    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
  • Year
    2018
  • Model
    Legacy Elite II
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    Twin Bed Floor Plan
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  1. Yes! You must be a Scout too. I’m actually typing this from the dinette in our Oliver while parked for a few days in a Scout camp. They called for alumni who were willing to bring a tent or a camper and be self-sufficient to come to camp to help train staff, cut grass, and generally help out before the campers arrive next week. The physical distancing aspect is being taken very seriously. Camp is going to be a different experience for everyone this year. The talk of Lakehead Boat Basin has me thinking that my wife and I should head up for a few days. Did you go or make reservations yet? How difficult was it to get a spot? Thanks, Ken
  2. Absolutely! We were in the area, so I stopped with my wife to show her where our boys and I had been backpacking. I went once as a youth years ago, and once as an adult with my oldest son a few years back. Youngest son went with his troop. Hope you were able to get out on the trail yourself. The property is quite an asset in many ways for the Scouting program.
  3. I haven’t stayed there in an RV, but used to spend a bunch of time at the property +30 years ago when I was a student at the University of Mn-Duluth. I got to know enough of the guys with sailboats in the marina that I’d be part of race crews, help deliver boats around Lake Superior, and help with boat maintenance. I’ve walked by it several times in the last few years and it looks like they’ve added a hotel and cleaned up most of the boatyard junk. The location is great, but don’t expect much for on site beauty. The view in the distance of the working harbor and Duluth hills will be nice, but the immediate view will be of an asphalt parking lot and chain link fence. It’s just a parking lot for secure winter boat storage repurposed for summer RV’s. From memory, it’s not far off from a Walmart parking lot, but with hookups. It’s going to be awning to awning tight. People and cars will be coming and going at all hours as they access their boats. The good news is that it’s at a great location on Park Point and walking distance to the Park Point beach, Canal park, the Lake walk, at least three breweries, one distillery, a whole bunch of restaurants, and down town Duluth. My wife and I met at the University. We still go up to visit almost annually. My parents honeymooned in Duluth. If you’re going to visit Duluth and need a central spot to park before heading out on the town, it’s a GREAT location. If you’re looking to just hang out at the marina campground, there are other choices in all directions from Duluth that I’d rather spend time. HTH, Ken
  4. Fair at best, even when powered on. I listen to over the air radio at home, work, and in the shop. The camper has the worst reception of all of the antenna/receiver combinations that I use. The shop radio has a coat hanger for an antenna, the radio at work has a piece of welding wire, so that’s not saying much. hth, Ken KE0VTG
  5. None on ours either. Most vinyl is guaranteed for seven years colorfast in full sun. I agree that reds are the first to fade. Any Scout recognize the land feature in the background? Ken
  6. I put the saw on the bench with a bright light and set up the jig according to the video. No issues other than while I was getting used to the feel of the carbide as it cuts, I removed too much metal from one side or set of teeth. The saw cuts a crooked kerf if both sets of teeth aren’t even. Now that I know what to look for I can sharpen both sets of teeth evenly and the saw always cuts straight. I threw one chain away as I was learning because I couldn’t get it to cut straight again. Watch the instruction/promotion videos, read the FAQ, read the directions, and get in a little bit of practice. That’s pretty much it. It does what it says it will. No real tricks other than paying attention to how the taper on the carbide enters the tooth. Keep it’s engagement point with the dull teeth consistent and the sharpened teeth will come out consistent. Ken
  7. I think if you held down the trigger, put the chain to wood, and never let up, you’d probably get 10-15 minutes. If you’re cutting, repositioning, moving, it seems more like 30-40 minutes. The battery that comes with the chainsaw is 80V peak, 72V nominal, 2 Ah. Charge time is 30-40 minutes depending on how hard you worked the battery and how much it needs to cool down before accepting a charge. There are battery sizes ranging from 2.0 Ah for $129 to 6.0 Ah for $359. Not inexpensive, but powerful. I’ve been sharpening the chain on the bar without flipping it. When I replace the chain I’ll flip the bar. This is the sharpener I’ve been using. Very nice. https://www.timberlinesharpener.com/ Wood cutting is something I only do when wood falls in my lap. It’s good exercise. Though there are several pieces of property in the family where I could cut as much as I want, I don’t go out of my way looking for it. It just appears. People hear you burn wood and they call to get rid of a yard tree that is already cut up or to get rid of a stack of split wood because they converted their fireplace to gas. It’s nice to have friends. Ken
  8. Once the wood was on the ground, it was all me. With being stuck at home like nearly everyone else, it was nice to have a mindless project to work on right outside the door when I needed a short break from my home bound day job. I had a tree service come in and drop two oak trees in my yard that had died of wilt. They brought in a big crane and lowered each section to the ground as they pieced up the tree from the top down. When they were done, they hauled away the brush and left all the major limb wood and the trunk logs behind for me to saw and split. We have a wood stove and a hydraulic wood splitter. In the end it looks like it’ll be just short of two full cords of wood split and stacked 15 feet from where the trees grew. The 80 volt saw works at about the same pace as I do. I’d saw up logs until the battery was dead and then put it on the charger. While the battery was charging I’d split and stack what I’d just sawn. By time I was done stacking, the battery was charged again. If it wasn’t charged yet, I’d touch up the chain while I waited. I don’t work all that fast, so if you are quick, you might need a second or a larger capacity battery in order to keep working steady. Ken
  9. Two weeks ago I bought a Kobalt 80 volt chainsaw. In the background of the photo is the wood I’ve cut and split so far. In the foreground are a few pieces with a 40” diameter red oak I cut with the saw, but hadn’t split yet. It took many battery charges and a few sharpened chains to get through all of it. Run time is fine. Not bad for a plastic battery operated saw. I’m happy with it. It’d break down into a pretty small package if you took off the bar and chain. When I’m in the back country and need to clear a path for our Land Cruiser, I’ve found that my Kobalt 24v battery powered Sawsall with a long, coarse toothed blade has been plenty the two times I’ve needed it. It takes up less space than a chain saw and can be used for other things too with an assortment of blades.
  10. Depends on if you run it 24/7, where you set the thermostat, and how windy it’s outside. No wind, mid 60’s on the thermostat, and 24/7 with it turned down to 60 at night, I plan on four-five pounds per day. I’m glad I got the 30# tanks for fall hunting in Minnesota.
  11. Potassium permanganate? Overdose and it’ll stain everything pink. A dry chemical found in the big box hardware store someplace near the water softeners and water filters. The smallest amount they sell will last a lifetime. I was using it years ago to sanitize tropical fish tanks instead of bleach because it breaks down faster after it’s intended use and I couldn’t risk residual bleach in my tanks. It’s used in many water treatment plants as an initial treatment. Very reactive. Not something to mess with casually, but easily found. I think I used it a few times around 2004-5 to sanitize the tanks in our old camping trailer. I don’t remember the dosage, but you’ll probably have to mix up a stock solution of the crystals before diluting it further. Ill mention the part again where it’ll turn everything pink if overdosed, it’s very reactive, and not for casual use.
  12. I have several grease guns with that connector. Have you tried to grease the EZ flex suspension with it? I believe there are clearance issues with the LockNLube connector and the stock grease fittings. I don’t remember what the exact clearance issues were, but on a rainy day last June I left the campground, went into a farm supply store, and bought enough 90 and 45 degree grease zerks to replace all of the straight originals. Now I can easily reach all the zerks and hook on with the nifty LockNLube fitting. You should confirm that everything fits before planning a chassis lube midway on a long road trip. I don’t think the LockNLube will work with the stock grease fittings. HTH. Ken
  13. I live in Minnesota and it does everything I’d like it to do around here. Twice I’ve taken the rig up and over the I70 pass west of Denver on trips out west. I had to downshift hard both going up and down. The motor spun fast and the brakes got hot, but it was all fine. The second experience was better than the first because I knew what to expect and had faith in the LC. Mine also has 33” tires and airbags. Though an E2 is still under the max bumper weight, I think it squats too much without airbags. Realistically I tow the E2 10% of the time and the other 90% of the time my ‘13 Land Cruiser is a daily driver or solo bird hunting rig. It always does 95-100% of what I ask it to do, regardless of the terrain. The last five percent it’d probably do, but I’m cautious about that last fraction when I’m by myself 10 miles down a two track logging road without a cell signal. So I turn around. Our Land Cruiser is all pinstriped up from the brush and driving narrow unimproved roads. I also need to pull both the bumpers and pop out two of the corners from dragging them in a ditch this past fall. I use the vehicle quite a bit for it’s intended use and am quite happy with it. Not happy enough to pay full retail, but I bought ours used. I’d probably buy another used one if this one was in an accident and was totaled, but it’d take me awhile to find the right one at the right price again. Other than three sets of tires (all season, all terrain, and snow) and rock sliders, mine is stock. Tundras and Sequoias have the same sized engine too. Several on the board are happy towing with newer Tundras. The Oliver brochure used to show towing with a Sequoia. And one early magazine article showed towing an E2 with a Tacoma, which is just silly. I also have a 1st gen Tundra and wouldn’t consider towing the Oliver with it as is. Too softly sprung and the shocks are shot. HTH, Ken
  14. I agree with John on these points. I have two #40 English Setters that are hunting dogs. I spend weekends all fall with the two dogs in the Oliver. Most of the time I’m solo and the dogs get the other bunk at night. When my wife is along (mostly in the summer) the camper can get tight with 2+2 in the camper. Once it starts raining the dogs get moved to their kennels in the back of the Land Cruiser. Two wet and muddy dogs get to be too much. Often at the start of the day when they are rested and wound up they are too much and I put them in their kennels just to get a break from their constant energy while I get ready for the day. They also get left in the kennel until I can go over them well for ticks. Even though I have a tick plan, on a good day they can each carry a few dozen ticks into the Oliver. Yuck! Have a plan B for kenneling the dogs if you decide to get an Oliver. In my situation its too small for two active dogs and two adults 100% of the time. HTH, Ken
  15. After a few nights you get a feel for the balance between fresh air, condensation, and heat loss through a cracked vent or window. You’ll have to experiment I also played around with the heat vent balance. My water system was drained and I only use the bathroom for the composting toilet so it doesn’t need to be heated as much as the main cabin. The floor is much warmer than the old wood uninsulated floor that was standard on our old hybrid camper. Rugs are still nice to have. If it’s not windy the furnace will eventually catch up and shut off, but it’ll still be running much more than not. Plan on lots of propane.
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