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  1. Everytime I log in, I get a message that the forum has detected that I'm logging in from a "new device". Same computer I've used for years. Why this notice each time I log in now?
  2. In a previous life, I transported very sensitive materials all around the world for a federal agency and never have I seen packaging as "bomb proof" as Foy's. I recently opened a drawer assembly he sent us and it probably took longer for me to unpackage the drawer parts than it did for him to actually produce the packaged items. Unbelievable. You know before you even get to the actual contents that this is going to be a quality product. Thanks Foy.
  3. I do the cleaning of our composting toilet and have never seen any evidence of urine getting mixed in with the compost. Neither my wife nor I seem to have an aiming issue. Let's for a moment suppose that a little urine does go into the compost; so what? There is no smell from the intended waste that normally goes into the compost pot, so why would I worry about a little urine getting in there too? We love the composting toilet. No black water to have to deal with. When we get home from a trip, I simply run the grey water out on the ground from a ground pipe I installed in our storage barn. No muss, no fuss. Had to borrow a section of hose from a fellow camper one time to reach the drain pipe at our campsite. He lent me a section of some of his blackwater hose. DISGUSTING!!
  4. I put wax on ours (candle type wax, not car wax) and it has helped immensely. Simple fix.
  5. I know you're not picking up your Ollie until December, but in the meantime, how are you liking your F350 gasser? That is exactly the combination I'm thinking of as a replacement for the Dodge 3500 Megacab diesel I just sold.
  6. Might want to check to see if there is some debris in the channel at the top of the frame where the fabric meets it. There is a little trough there. Maybe somethings is wedged in there.
  7. Looks like you have both the clear glass AND a camera. Nice setup.
  8. We use the collar lock shown above with an ABUS lock. https://www.taylorsecurity.com/abus-20/80-diskus-padlock/0021102/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx5vzoLC88AIVnP7jBx0i1QrmEAYYAyABEgJSgvD_BwE The ABUS lock is German made and has been tested to be one of the very hardest/ most difficult locks to pick. Other similar locks take only seconds to pick by someone who knows what they're doing. I use an ABUS lock when it counts.
  9. Sounds like a line has completely severed. I would start with the simple and look under the curb side bed for any obvious leak. Odds are you only have one leak somewhere but it's enough to flood the basement where the scuppers are allowing it to release. I wouldn't panic. Also, just curious as to whether you are using a pressure regulator on the incoming water? Keep us informed. 2 Hobos (Paul)
  10. I like your tether better than the ones I'm making. If available, I might pick one up from you at the non-rally. 2 Hobos will be parked in row D.
  11. Thanks Bill: Good point. In fact, I am working on tethering lots of things on "2 Hobos" as we speak. Just yesterday, I tethered the lock pin for the hitch to the frame, I tethered the pins for my hydraulic jacks to the body of the jacks, and next is the access cover to the propane lid. I'm working an issue with Mopeka (propane level sensors) right now so have the occasion to remove the cover multiple times. I have one sensor that wants to read 7% (empty) about 90% of the time even after re-doing everything several times.
  12. Just a little fly-in-the-ointment, please realize that at the end of a particular model year, as supplies run out of select items that are destined to be upgraded in the next year model, some of the next year upgrades may appear in the last few previous year models produced. We have the last 2018 produced and I believe there are a couple of 2019 features included. These would generally be minor changes though.
  13. John, If you drop anchor here in Berryville, you can simply drive east of us for about 35-40 minutes and get on the metro rail system that will take you right into DC. No traffic or parking worries. For that matter, if we're around, I'd be glad to take you into the metro stop and pick you up whenever you got back. You also need to visit the Smithsonian's Air and Space museum complex on the grounds of Dulles Airport. IAD is a easy drive from here. It's about 15 miles west of DC lodged between us and the District.
  14. Raspy, When you're in VA this fall, you're more than welcome to drop anchor at our place in Berryville, VA (close to Winchester, VA right off of Interstate 81). We have water and 30 AMP service available. We're located on over 3 acres which borders two farms so you have lots of privacy. Huge firepit too. Would LOVE to see your rig. We have a 12 X 28 concrete pad in front of the barn where we store Hobo or you can park in the grass closer to the firepit if you want. We'll be gone a good portion of September but the offer is good even if we're gone. Only six homes in the neighborhood and no one can even see you when you're on the property. Hobo (Paul and Donna) Hull 414.
  15. AND THE WINNER IS (for me anyway)........ Tried the silicone and it failed miserably. Cleaned all the threads (again) and tried the paraffin. That seems to have fixed about 90% of the problem. Still a little tough to unscrew initially, but once you get past the start position, it seems to be working much, much better. Thanks for the assistance. Hobo
  16. OK, I have come to actually hate removing and then replacing the cover plug on the trailer propane lid. Threads are always acting as though they are cross-threaded when they're not. There must be a trick or something to apply to them to make this process a little easier. I might try some lithium grease but before I do, (this stuff turns yellow and ugly), does anyone have other suggestions? Thanks, Hobo
  17. Just to remind folks; being "close" to the path of totality (e.g. 85% to 90%) is fairly useless. Unless you're in the actual path, the effects will be almost non-noticeable. The experience of seeing a total eclipse is quite remarkable whereas anything less than that is extremely under-whelming. It's like hunting: a miss-is-a-miss regardless of how far off you were from hitting the target. Would love to see it again this go-round if we can find a suitable location. Being with other Oliver owners would be the icing on the cake.
  18. OK, you perked my interest. What are the "Mighty Five"??
  19. I drilled a couple of holes in the basket and used some threaded bolts. Easy/peasy.
  20. Here's one that I LOVE everytime I park the trailer: It's a bubble level that I mounted on the face of my basket so I can see it from inside my TV via my backup camera. Makes leveling the trailer (side-to-side) almost a one person operation (except I still need my partner to shove the Anderson wedges under the tires before I let the brakes off.) I did seal the backside of the tubes with epoxy per a suggestion from (I think) John Davies a few years ago. https://www.amazon.com/Camco-25563-AccuLevel/dp/B000EDUTOA/ref=asc_df_B000EDUTOA/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312128189269&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12342072316441648381&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008247&hvtargid=pla-448524087016&psc=1
  21. No trailer can be everything for everybody. Everything in life is a compromise. The Oliver niche is well established. A very high quality, durable, exceptionally nice looking, easy to maintain, all weather trailer for folks than can afford it. The market is the same for Airstream which has been doing well for many, many years and I suspect will continue to do so even though their quality is lacking. If Oliver is going to expand their product line, they should in fact just make a larger version which will satisfy the younger crowd that have kids and the oldsters that simply want the "best-of-the-best". I expect this is a much larger demographic than those that want an offroad, backcountry capable version (which I personally think are pretty cool myself).
  22. We are pulling "2 Hobos" out of the barn (Hobo Hideout) at the end of April and will head south from VA. Stops include: Charlotte, NC to visit some friends. Beaufort, SC (my hometown) for a few days. Then on to Jekyll Island, GA to just to hang out on the beach. Next: St. Augustine, FL for five days of bouncing around FL to visit old haunts and some friends. After that we move up towards AL for the unofficial owner's rally with a stop along the way at a HH overnighter. We'll be at Lake Guntersville for four days and then head back to VA with another stop along the way at another HH location. Currently, I'm in the barn installing propane gas monitors, greasing the axles, checking tire lugs torque, etc. Next week I roll it out and dewinterize it wash it, then put it back in to wax and detail. Donna already has most of the camping cloths, seasonal decor, etc. in the trailer. We're anxious to get back on the road. We have had both of our Covid shots (completed 22 Feb). Big trip in the fall will be planned around a wedding in Nebraska so we'll be looking for suggestions of places to stay and see along the way from VA. We'll probably head west for a while either before or after the wedding. Probably end up in Wyoming/Montana area before turning back east.
  23. Thanks. Looks like a winner. I just ordered one via Amazon so I'll compare the features and see which one is best. Amazon: $68.99 https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Field-Portable-Adjustable-Backyards/dp/B08B659V2Z?ref_=ast_sto_dp
  24. We have used Harvest Hosts on several occasions and in fact stayed at a couple of locations about 3-4 hours north of Hohenwald on the way to a from the factory. One was Tennessee Valley Winery which we liked enough to return a second time. It's literally only about 2 miles off of the interstate but secluded with a nice view of the Smokey Mountains. John, the proprietor, has a 120V plug and water if you want it (no charge). I think he'll also let you stay more than one night assuming he's got space. There is another vineyard close by which is very nice too. I forget the name right off hand though. HH sites are not intended for hookups or multiple night stays but each location is different so you may be offered some amenities for a small charge or for free. We've had both. We find the HH system to be quite useful and thus far, have had zero issues. Beats hanging out in a Walmart or Cracker Barrel parking lot. You are encouraged (expected) to support the host by supporting the business while there. Drinking wine or beer and having some good "eats" is not too much of a burden on us. I think as you head west, you will find fewer locations than on the east coast.
  25. Problem with that (for me) is that the truck is parked in front of the trailer and I'm cooking in the rear. I do use my tail a lot for other things though.
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