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  1. Based on the linked article below, it looks like I need a Class IV hitch to tow an OLEII... Is this correct? http://www.drawtite-hitches.com/learning_center/general-towing-classes Thanks, Peter
  2. Extremely jealous! Can't wait to join the Oliver-Owner community. Congratulations! Peter and Patty
  3. I just read through the comments on emergency chocks and have a few rookie questions: Is there a way to "engage" the brakes on the Oliver once you have the chocks set? Can the breakaway cable be pulled to "set" the brakes? Would the above be a bad practice or cause harm to the brakes while at rest? Thanks, Peter
  4. No... definitely not with a new Oliver! :-) Peter
  5. No worries! It does look like hatch in this area, if we are talking about the same thing, would be good for another shelf or storage above the basement storage area. Peter
  6. John, Thanks for the feedback. We had a feeling that we might be approaching the upper-limits of performance and safety with our current van. We can financially pull the trigger on the OLEII, but need to onload some property (the business) before upgrading to a newer more powerful vehicle. I can tell you that when I moved to Colorado, I pulled a U-Haul trailer (2,210 pounds) with the van. The trailer was carrying my Jeep (~3,300 pounds). The Jeep and Van were both loaded floor to ceiling with books and other household goods. The van "felt" heavy, but handled the load well throug
  7. John, Thanks for your reply, and apologies for the data typos! To answer some of your questions and respond to comments: My van is actually AWD. It's not a true 4x4 like our Jeep. I am unable to shift in/out of AWD. Regarding the axle, I copied data directly from the Owner's Manual and was not able to find anything more specific on the tags within the vehicle. The manual lists both numbers 3.42 / 3.73 with not additional data or info. Not sure how now to narrow this down -- any ideas? The van is a 2007... NOT a 2017... typo on my part. The manual lists the van as "H1500 Pass
  8. My wife and I are conducting Oliver research and will lay eyes on our first OLE II this coming Friday. Trying to answer as many questions as possible before the upcoming visit, and one question on the list is: Can we use our existing 2007 Chevy Express AWD Van? What are your thoughts on keeping this vehicle as a starting point for a tow vehicle? Here is the data on our van: 2007 Chevy Express H1500 AWD Passenger Van "5300" V8 Engine The manual lists 3.42 and 3.73 Axle ratios, but does not specify which ration for my particular vehicle. Maximum Trailer Weight is 6,100
  9. Dave, I'm new to the Oliver forum, but have used a Chevy Express AWD van for the last 6 years. My van was purchased off EBay motors with ~70,000 miles on it. I drove it from Norfolk, VA to Austin, TX, then attached a UHaul trailer to haul my Jeep. The van and the Jeep were loaded with household goods as we were moving to the mountains of Colorado. Not sure how safe it was, but I cruised at 75 MPH with the van and trailer all the way from Austin to Lake City, Colorado. Over passes... uphill... downhill... through snow... and up/down passes with snow and ice. Absolutely no problems at
  10. John, I messaged you on another matter. Peter
  11. Don, Sounds like the same guy. I'm quite certain that Grant has been here his entire life... has owned and operated the paper for more than 30 years... I'm just not sure if he is the founder, or if he purchased it from someone else. Peter
  12. John, July and August are probably the busiest months of our summer tourist season. So, depending on what type of town you are looking to visit, July and August could be GREAT or TERRIBLE depending on what you are looking for. Great in the sense that there is a lot going on: concerts, parades, arts & crafts shows, exhibits, celebrations, all the stores/restaurants are open, and etc. TERRIBLE if you are trying to get away from the masses, as there will be thousands of people in the Town and County. Some camp sites are booked a year or more in advance -- especially over holiday weekends
  13. Darrell & Kathy, Thanks for your reply. I was not aware that I could get an extra "basement" access door. Are you talking about an extra storage bin/door underneath the top door of the nightstand? I saw a picture or video a while back... early in my Oliver exploration... and I swear the table rotated so that it was entirely over one of the beds, thus allowing a little temporary room to move around in that area. Unfortunately, there was no commentary about removing or lowering. Congrats on your order! Peter & Patty
  14. Don, Thanks for the feedback on your high-altitude adventures! Grant Houston now owns and operates the Silver World Newspaper here in Lake City. He is a lifelong resident of Lake City and also leads the Hinsdale County Historical Society. Grant is a wealth of information and always welcoms friends and family from Lake City's colorful past. July and August are pretty crazy with the tourist season here, and I always suggest the shoulder season if you have flexibility. There are several hook-up parks in town, nearby County maintained parks, and many off-grid areas to explore.
  15. Are there any Oliver owners out there with Sleep Apnea? I use a BiPAP machine on a nightly basis to address issues associated with Sleep Apnea. It looks like the electrical, solar, and battery systems will all allow me to plug-in and use my BiPAP in the Oliver. However, based on the online pictures of the interior, it also looks like we might be leaning toward the twin-bed configuration with nightstand out of necessity for placement of the BiPAP each night. We envision the BiPAP machine sitting on the nightstand while not underway, but I am wondering about plug placement and access p
  16. Greetings from Colorado, Questions about the bed and table options for the Oliver: 1. On the Twin-Bed configuration, does the Lagun table "drop-down" to make a king-size bed? 2. How easy is it to remove the Lagun Table if desired? 3. Does the Lagun Table "swivel" like a hospital bed table? Can it be pushed (swiveled) out of the for a little more room? Thanks, Peter and Patty
  17. Let me get this straight... I spent 4 years in the USAF and I may shop with AAFES and at the BX? Are you doing mail-order or going on base? I haven't been on base since 9-11. Will they lit a civilian on base to shop these days? Thanks, Peter
  18. Malcom, Thanks for the phone call this morning. We look forward to meeting you, Ursula, and Oliva! Peter and Patty
  19. Hello, My wife and I are researching Olivers and will travel to Longmont, Colorado to visit with an Oliver owner the day after Thanksgiving. We have a question about high altitude use. BACKGROUND: We own a small grocery store in Lake City, Colorado. The elevation here is 8,671', and we had trouble with cooler doors in our store "exploding" due to the high altitude. The cooler doors in our store are double pane and filled with some type of gas to help with insulation and frost between the glass. The fix was to finally drill holes in the frame to release the gas to prevent the doors fr
  20. Thanks Bill. We are pretty good about taking pictures, notes, and then de-briefing the visit. Currently waiting for a call from an Oliver owner in the Denver area, and reading as much as possible about the Oliver. We have done some sailing in the past, and all of this feels very familiar with the Oliver construction. Peter and Patty
  21. Thanks for your reply and observations. We are trying to read as much as possible... research... and absorb. Hopefully we will have good (intelligent!) questions when we finally lay eyes on our first Oliver. Peter and Patty
  22. John, Thanks for the quick response... I completely missed the map for locating other Oliver owners for an impromptu tour. Peter
  23. Mike and Carol, Thanks for your reply. I took your advice and contacted Oliver directly... received a response within a couple of hours... and hope to go see an Oliver in Denver or Loveland next week. :-) Peter
  24. Greetings from Colorado, My wife and I have been researching RV's from our residence in Colorado. We are first-time RV buyers and would like to take a peak at an Oliver. Anyone near Gunnison, Colorado who would be willing to let us take a peak at your Oliver? Thanks, Peter and Patty
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