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  1. On 12/16/2022 at 3:10 PM, CRM said:

    I'm one of the lucky ones with 5200 axles, but not sure if the upgrade is worth the $3k to me as I have no problems whatsoever with the braking on my LE2.  Maybe single axle trailers see more of a performance boost?

    How do I determine which axles I have on my 2018/2019 LE II trailer?  (Hull 414 was the very last LE II produced in 2018 so it may have some 2019 components).


  2. Not that it helps much, but I have been told the HeadlightRevolution  LED headlight assemblies are much better than the Ford LED lights.  So for less $, the HR lights are better than the factory upgraded lights.  You still have to deal with the labor part of the equation though.  The installation is not rocket science, just a few hours of disassembly and reassembly.  There are very goo video on how to do this.  One of the best is on the HR website.


  3. On 1/27/2023 at 3:48 AM, taylor.coyote said:

    Hobo,  thank you for the links..  I have hardly blinked when it comes to spending money on the Oliver/truck but I'm having a tough time needing take apart the front end and  spend $1k+ to upgrade lights because the stock lights are just absolute garbage.  I could strap a couple of flashlights to my hood and have better lights. We love the truck but this one grinds me.  

    Yeah, I agree.  Just to change the headlight bulbs, you have to remove the grill, upper shroud and other stuff.  And that is for a single bulb!  I figure unless I want to live with the pathetic lights that are the truck, I might as well bite-the-bullet and replace the entire assembly since I'm already do labor.

    The LED headlights are about an $1100 option when you purchase the trucks new which I thought was outrageous.  Not such a bad deal after looking what it takes to do an upgrade later.


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  4. On 1/15/2023 at 7:53 AM, Patriot said:

    This company might be worth calling. I have not used them so I cannot endorse their products or customer service. 


    I see you own a 6.7 power stroke. I do use this on line distributor for OEM filters and have been very happy with their prices and shipping. https://www.dieselfiltersonline.com   Just passing it forward. 

    I agree with the Headlight Revolution suggestion.  I have done considerable research relative to upgrading (legally) the headlights on my 2018 F250 and found the HR replacement assemblies to be the best deal out there.  It'll cost about $1K to replace both headlights when I do it, but it's one-and-done!   It's a PITA to replace bulbs in these trucks so you might as well replace the whole assembly vice going to bulb replacement only to find out at annual inspection time, they're illegal.  


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  5. 8 hours ago, Gliddenwoods said:

    Morning "Hobo" & "QuestionMark",

    Do you have the 3,000 or 6,000 lb model? If you have the smaller of the two do you have enough maximum reach? If you could do it over would you buy the larger model for greater maximum reach in uneven terrain situations?

    Thanks for your thoughts in advance.

    I have the 6000 lb model.  Can't speak to the smaller model.  Sorry

  6. We carry two of these: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pwb-620471?seid=srese1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4LnMqZqN_AIVGPjICh0OsQgDEAQYAiABEgIzYfD_BwE

    Being a jack stand, it's much more stable than a plain jack.  I can easily lift one side to the trailer with these to do any repair or maintenance work necessary; and when camped, I use them on the front corners of the frame to mitigate the wobble when walking around inside the trailer using just slight pressure against the frame.  I wouldn't leave home without them. At the rally last year, they were used by another owner while doing a spring repair.

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  7. I agree with topgun2;  it's so easy to winterize, why go through the steps suggested above but still worry that you didn't do it right?  Just spend the 45 minutes and a couple gals of anti-freeze and sleep comfortably not worrying.

    I appreciate that the odds are you'll be fine, but why take a chance?


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  8. I carry two hydraulic jack stands with me. 

    They serve two purposes; 1) to jack the trailer for wheel service and 2) to place under the front corners of my trailer when camping to eliminate wobble or rocking when walking inside the trailer.

    Have found them to be extremely useful. Wouldn't leave home without them.

    Here's a link: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pwb-620471?seid=srese1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIitDm9vrh-gIVwuDICh0wdAmXEAQYAiABEgI0F_D_BwE 

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  9. On 9/14/2022 at 4:58 PM, Eddy said:


    I am new to Oliver trailer and this forum, still learning ... Apologize if the format is not up to standard 😅

    I have a question about the custom made mattress for a Elite II floor plan bed.  Specifically the size of the custom cut mattress from Tochta.  

    We own a 2021 Oliver Elite II. We are thinking of ordering a tochta mattress. We have the standard floorplan, so we measured the bed to be 76" long 79" wide with top two corners of about 12-16" radius. We called the factory and they said people normally leave 0.5" margin on all sides when ordering custom made mattresses.  

    We are about to order a mattress from Tochta of 75" long 78" wide and 14" radius top corners. 

    Does any of you had experience with ordering from Tochta and what size did you use? 

    Thanks in advance, 


    My guess is that if Oliver offers it as an option, the folks at Tochta already have the patterns for the Oliver trailers.  I'd check with them.

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  10. I agree with John Davies.  I use the LEVEL MASTER level too.  I however attached it to the front of my basket instead of the trailer body.  

    With it mounted on the front of the basket, I can actually see it in my truck's backup up camera making side-to-side leveling a one-person operation when backing up onto the Anderson leveler if necessary. I do normally have my wife with me so she can chalk the Andersons when I "suggest" she do so. (Learned early on that you don't TELL your wife to do anything unless you want cold beans for dinner that night.)

    I sealed my leveler as did John per his suggestion .  Never had a problem.

    Only time I ever used a 4 foot level was when I originally leveled the trailer when mounting the Camco leveler on my basket.


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  11. 6 hours ago, Ralph Mawyer said:

    Austin Service Center is a remote truck as Mike mentioned. 

    Service Tech is doing mine onsite in three weeks, unless magic happens and he squeezes it in before our upcoming Alpine trip, but looks unlikely. 

    Anyone want to buy a Dometic as a spare?


    Ralph, Do you already have the Truma hot water heater?  If so, have they explained how they are going to integrate the controls with the existing hot water heater and the thermostat for the propane furnace?  Just curious.

  12. 16 hours ago, Cameron said:

    This brings up a good topic. I'm in California so I don't have to worry about any weather events. But, soon I'm hoping to start touring other parts of the country that might have hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. If I was out with the Ollie and one of those events was brewing, I'm not sure what I'd do. Seek cover? Try to tie the frame down to a tree? Drive like hell in the opposite direction?

    Earthquakes, fires, mud slides....though😵  We all have our local issues.

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  13. On 9/21/2022 at 9:34 PM, Steph and Dud B said:

    Sorry about your Little Guy. The Elite 2 has an exterior "basement" compartment in the back, accessible from the street side. It'll hold 1 long milk crate and 1 regular milk crate with a little room to spare for a few other things. That's where we keep our hoses, cables, electrical adapters, and a box of disposable gloves. I also keep a couple pairs of shoes in there, accessible from the optional interior hatch.

    We keep all the chocks and leveling blocks in the front basket. Super convenient.

    Our basement (hull 414, last 2018 model produced) holds two small and one large milk crate.  The two smalls go on the right side where it's deepest, and the large crate is on the left side of the compartment.  There is also some additional space on the right ahead of the two smaller crates for other "stuff". We too put all of our landing gear (chocks, levelers, blocks, etc) in the front basket when we don't bring the 3500W generator with us.  When we carry the generator, we put the landing gear baskets in the very rear of the pickup bed so it's right there when we drop the tailgate.

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  14. On 9/19/2022 at 6:21 PM, Steve and Deb said:

    If Hobo can't use these and no one else needs them sooner, I'd sure like to take advantage of your generous offer. I plan to make Overland's Lagun table setup over the winter so it is ready when our trailer is done in March. Let me know and we can make arrangements.

    Thank you!

    I advised dewdev that I didn't need the parts he was offering up.  Nice offer though.

  15. 1 hour ago, Jim V said:

    We took our LE2 in for annual service this past week. I was told by Phil - our sales guy - that a redesign is still in the works but they are still working on the details. Date TBD. In the meantime they have resumed production of the LE and are still taking orders for the original 

    Thanks.  I had heard they decided to continue production but was hoping they had an idea of when the newer version would be complete.  I was advised (I think by Phil)  some time ago, the new version will be wider and taller to match the interior width and height of of LE II.

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  16. We own an Elite II (hull 414) but a neighbor of ours might be interested in the smaller Elite, single axle.

    I know there is a re-design in the works for the Elite but wanted to know if anyone has any semi-official words from the factory as to when the newer version is intended to be made available?

    I've seen threads (somewhere) where there were discussions on this but I can't seem to find them.

    I do note that the Elite is still listed on the Oliver website even though they announced a few months back that the were ceasing production of the current version at one point.

    Thanks, 2 Hobos

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  17. Had an uncle from Maryland who was used to the "good life" who towed a HUGE Holiday Rambler trailer with his favorite automobile, a Chrysler New Yorker in the early 70s.   The Chrysler had been modified to beef up the suspension and cooling system.  This trailer was so large that when he and my sister were traveling through Missoula, Montana, the trailer knocked down the only traffic light in Missoula at the time.  Oh the stories I could tell about Uncle Albert.....


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  18. 6 hours ago, katanapilot said:

    Curious why this topic is being brought up yet again, when back in 2018 the OP said this  (only one of several similar comments on various threads over a couple of years) -

    "I've watched many of the TFLTruck videos and I really like there road test on the ike Gauntlet. OK, I watched the video on the Gladiator and it preformed as I thought it would, this trailer is too heavy for towing with a Gladiator. Now a trailer like a Casita will probably be ok, maybe even the Elite trailer will work, but the Elite II I would think not."


    I remember that review on TFL truck and that was why in my grey matter, when I saw this question come up (again) I immediately gave a thumbs down.  Regardless of what the specs say it CAN tow, it's just too little vehicle (mass) to be pulling and stopping  an Elite II (IMHO) safely.  It would be running on the edge of safe even in ideal conditions.

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  19. 19 hours ago, CRM said:

    Was just going by the weight specs on their website. They'd be smart to include the optional towing package capacity in those specs..

    I did the same.  I went to the Jeep Gladiator  and looked up the specs which showed a towing weight capacity of 4000 lbs.  The listing provided didn't show any version having a rating of over 4000 lbs.  If the numbers are in error, then my assessment was made with inaccurate data.

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  20. Even if you can get it moving, you are in serious trouble when you try to stop a trailer the clearly outweighs your tow vehicle.

    I'm sure people do it all the time, but when you get into an accident, irrespective of whose fault it is, any decent lawyer is going to chew you up in court based on the tow ratings alone.

    I'm with CRM, I wouldn't even attempt it.


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