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  1. I installed the exact set last week in hull 414.  I will provide one caution:  It is possible to "over compress" the inner and outer frames when seating the male and female serrated tabs when re-assembling.  If you do that, you end up forcing the inner frame to push us against the glass on the inside that will warp it slightly.  If that happens, the tightly fitted shade will not fit properly.  (You can guess how I know this).

    Only compress the frames to the point where the edges just "touch the glass.

    If however, you end up "gorilla-izing" the job and go too far, simply use the shims previously used to separate the frames to release tension on the affected portion.  Easy-Peasy. 

    Just a lesson learned the hard way.

    HOBO

     

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  2. On 8/11/2022 at 9:00 AM, roguebooks said:

    I discovered the problem. The lunchbox basically blew up at one connection. Pics will show. Now what? Call Jason or Progressive?

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    We had a very similar issue in our 2018 LE2 this past summer.  Fortunately, it happened while we were at the Oliver rally and expert help was literally all around us.  Long story short; our transfer switch almost caught on fire (worse than yours looking at the pic). It was determined that there was a loose connection in the box which caused a "low voltage" error code in the EMS in the overhead, rear compartment.  Low voltage equals "heat".  Don't remember off hand if the code was E4 or E8 but the system stores past codes so you should check yours to see what it reads.  

    In our situation, the Oliver Service folks at the rally arranged for us to get the trailer serviced the following day (first day following the rally) back at the mother-ship.  Transfer switch was replaced and we were headed back to VA before lunch time, no charge.

    Recommend everyone with a transfer switch in their units (only applicable to units with the second 30 AMP receptacle for a generator), disconnect their shore power, open up the transfer switch (located under rear dinette seat) and check tightness of their connections.  Might be something you would want to do annually if you bounce down the road a lot each year.  They shouldn't loosen up but.......  2 HOBOS

     

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  3. 9 hours ago, Corcomi said:

    Hello from Hull 275, an Oliver Ellite ll 2017. I have been wanting to replace the Dometic air conditioner because my wife HATES the noise even when using earplugs. So I went to last week to D&N RV service located in Guntersville and asked to order me the Houghton H3400 caravan air conditioner. They placed the order and 3 days later they called me to tell me that it had arrived. Today, Monday August 23, I took the trailer at 8 am and they had it installed by 1 pm.  This unit is a game changer, it is so quiet that my wife and I can have a conversation and watch tv within the horrendous noise we used to have with the Dometic unit. The remote control is great as I can have it on the nightstand and change the temperature without getting up. It doesn’t need the soft start as it has a ramps up without it. The only drawback was that they could not drain it with the drain that the Dometic use that drains the water down below the bottom of the camper but I will be installing a gutter so it doesn’t run down the window. Best ever. By the way the RV tech is name Brandon and he has won twice the National Championship of RV Techs. This was his first time installing this type of unit and he loves the unit. So it you are in the Guntersville area and want to have them exchange your unit, give them a visit. 

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    Curious as to how you have the controls for AC and heat configured now?  Do you retain the original controls for the propane furnace (only)?  Also, does your Houghton have a heat strip also?

     

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  4. On 8/19/2022 at 7:22 AM, hobo said:

    I will attest to the fact that when replacing the glass, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that you'll probably end up replacing at least the inside frame.

    The inside frame is where the female tab (two serrated wings which ride over the square male post) are located.  Regardless of how careful you are using the provided spreader clips, invariably, several of the wings will break off.  In my case, six of them broke.  

    I am not replacing the outside frame as new caulking is provided with the Zarcor kit and the outside frame is undamaged when separating the two halfs.

    If you don't want to mess with dealing with Lippert (window manufacturer), Zarcor has the frames in stock.  I paid about $23 for the inside frame.

    If I were to do this again, I'd go ahead and order the inside frame moulding when I ordered the window.  My guess is you could return it if you didn't need it.  At least you'd have the part in hand if you did break some of the tabs thus finishing the project in relatively short order vice having to stop and order another piece.

    UPDATE ALSO:  In the installation videos they show the outside frame should be taped to keep it in place.  DO IT!  

    I thought I would defy the local wisdom and simply hold the glass and frame in place while removing the old glass and putting in the new:  Well two things happened (neither of which were good). 

    First, while trying to push the new window firmly into the outside frame (to compress the caulking while seating the glass, I loosened up the outer frame thereby requiring I remove the outer frame from the door and re-caulk it since I broke the bead.

    Second reason for the tape is to hold the new glass in place while you are messing with trying to snap the inner and out frames together.  I again learned a valuable lesson because when it was all over and done, it appears the glass slipped down slightly which has caused the inner frame to be slightly warped which prevents me from putting in the tightly fitted shade.  Once you put the new glass in place, recommend you apply duct tape to it to keep it in position while you're wrestling with the frames.

    That said, I am now faced with taking the inner frame apart from the outer frame (praying I don't break any of the tabs on my newly purchased inner frame) and then removing and re-caulking the new glass and essentially doing the project twice.

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  5. 9 minutes ago, Frank C said:

    Here’s a picture of the type of countersinking bit I used first on the fiberglass to clean up/chamfer the gel coat surface.  This one has a small enough diameter drill bit (1/8”) to fit through the original hole, so only the chamfered section of the bit touched the fiberglass to create the chamfered edge on the gel coat layer.   Then after chamfering I used a 1/4” bit to open up the clearance hole through the fiberglass. 
     

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    Thanks for the pic.  Perfect.

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  6. I will attest to the fact that when replacing the glass, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that you'll probably end up replacing at least the inside frame.

    The inside frame is where the female tab (two serrated wings which ride over the square male post) are located.  Regardless of how careful you are using the provided spreader clips, invariably, several of the wings will break off.  In my case, six of them broke.  

    I am not replacing the outside frame as new caulking is provided with the Zarcor kit and the outside frame is undamaged when separating the two halfs.

    If you don't want to mess with dealing with Lippert (window manufacturer), Zarcor has the frames in stock.  I paid about $23 for the inside frame.

    If I were to do this again, I'd go ahead and order the inside frame moulding when I ordered the window.  My guess is you could return it if you didn't need it.  At least you'd have the part in hand if you did break some of the tabs thus finishing the project in relatively short order vice having to stop and order another piece.

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  7. 9 hours ago, dhaig said:

    Based on the posting by @hobo, I contacted John Halter, Owner of Zarcor.  We have scheduled installation of a Zarcor window on our 2022 LEII, Hull #990 in August 31.  John is sending me paperwork for the free window and installation.

    Following the installation, I plan to post an update with photos, and possibly video of the installation.

    My thanks to @hobo for providing the information on this opportunity.

    Don

    Looking forward to seeing the install video.  Glad I could pass on John's generous offer.  Win/win for everyone.  HOBO

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  8. I was talking to John (owner of ZARCOR) today with a technical question and he advised me they are looking for someone in the Dallas, TX area with a late model (2021 or newer) Oliver Elite so they can install and film one of their very nice door replacement windows.

    They will provide the parts and labor free-of-charge for use of the trailer to do the installation video.

    Here's an opportunity for a free upgraded window and your trailer will be a star.

    Call John at ZARCOR and tell him I sent you over.

    Paul 

     

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  9. 7 hours ago, Foy_Mirna said:

    As many of you know I am raising my prices as my costs have increased significantly over the last 3 months. If you ordered before today you are grandfathered in at the old pricing. Link to PDF Catalog: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17XFL_5ine1WusHVKYguUBRmkj2KnJUN_/view?usp=sharing

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah:  it's to pay for that new Georgia mansion.  We know what's going on.  (love you guys).  2 HOBOS

     

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  10. On 7/25/2022 at 8:09 AM, ScottyGS said:

    image.png.e98f9da8b8916a7c5bb69f9f27e91623.pngSounds Like Cigars and Cognac at the Next Oliver Rally!  Can't wait. 

    OK, so when my wife asks me where the "burning old socks" smell is coming from, I'll have an answer.  

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  11. 13 hours ago, C&MCurrie said:

    The fans are not weather proof as far as I know. However, I have not seen a significant amount of water entering through the frig vents while traveling in rainy weather. When washing the trailer I try to be careful with hose and not direct water upward into the vents. 
         When installing upper fan I used 20 gauge wire to extend the leads off the ARP module to the fan. 
         Yes, when sitting under the awning the fans can be heard occasionally. More so on very hot days. Not too annoying though. 
         There are 2 temperature sensors. One is mounted against one of the horizontal tubes that zig zag on rear of refrigerator and the other is behind the heat shield on I guess what you would call the boiler tube. The instructions are very specific where to mount probes on the tubes. Especially the boiler tube. 
        Have had the system for a year now with zero issues. After installation, there is nothing else that needs to be done. Comes on automatically when refrigerator is powered up. 

    Just for clarification:  You say "One is mounted on the horizontal tubes that zig zag on the rear of the refrigerator..."  Does this mean I have to access the refrigerator from the inside of the trailer or is everything done from the outside?  Sorry if I misunderstood your directions.

  12. 2 hours ago, Sak said:

    After a quick research, I think ARP is great if you are using propane. It's not necessary, please correct me if I am wrong, if your fridge is using shore power or DC.

    I am interested in this product but for ventilation propose. My Norcold doesn't work well if outside temperature is very high. After looking at pricing for ARP, I think I am going to try something else cheaper. Either Titan or Beech Lane cooling fan.

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    I'd be interest in your research:  

    It would seem to me (and I'm certainly no mechanical engineer) the function of the refrigeration process which causes heat to build up in the refrigerant during the cooling process , occurs regardless of which energy source you're using to drive it. (otherwise, no cold air). The ARP product apparently protects the system by shutting it down before it gets to a critical temperature which will cause catastrophic  damage to the hardware. Most issues apparently are caused by the gases and liquids within the system requiring the units to be fairly level so liquid levels can remain within operating design parameters. (This is my understanding anyway.)  

    If there is something I'm missing, would love to learn more about it.

    Thanks

     

     

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  13. On 7/20/2022 at 6:29 PM, Frank C said:

    For anyone removing the awning seal adhesive or other “sticky stuff” from the hull,  here’s a tool I’ve found very useful on the Oliver for removing caulk or adhesive without damaging the gel-coat.  Plastic razor blade scrapers.  Gets most of the stuff off, then final cleanup with isopropyl alcohol or automotive wax/tar remover.  

    Limited-time deal: Plastic Razor Blade Scraper, 2PCS Scraper Tool with 60PCS Plastic Blades, Cleaning Scraper Remover for Stickers, Decals, Adhesive, Labels, Paint, Glass, Car, Window, Stove Top, Caulk, No Scratches https://a.co/d/4bf3egM
     

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    I purchased a set.  Thanks for the heads-up.

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  14. On 6/24/2022 at 11:53 PM, ScubaRx said:

    I guess we never worry about our bathroom vent popping open as many times I’ll leave it open with the rear windows open a bit to let air flow through while traveling down the road. 

    Issue I had, when leaving it open when traveling, is the foam gasket came loose a couple of times.  I keep mine closed now only for that reason.

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  15. 21 hours ago, C&MCurrie said:

    Installation was easy. Hardest part was deciding where and how to mount vent fans. Used double sided VHB tape along with a long screw for added support on the upper fan and zip tied lower fan on vent panel. Would liked to have centered lower fan left to right but space constraints dictated mounting to the left. 

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    Where in the bottom pic is the location of the temperature sensor ?  Is it behind the shield on the right side?

  16. On 7/15/2022 at 4:17 PM, C&MCurrie said:

    I installed the system last year as an extra measure of safety. Added benefit are the 2 fans that come with it , one mounted in  upper and lower outside vents. I opted for 2 additional interior fans that help keep internal temperature uniform. So far, so good. Fridge has operated flawlessly even in very hot weather. 

    Did you do the install yourself?  Otherwise, how difficult is the installation process?

  17. On 7/24/2022 at 5:40 AM, Patriot said:

    I decided to order these much higher quality Eley QC’s based on a recommendation from another member on here. Verrrrry nice and very high quality vs the aluminum Chinese junk sold on Amazon (above). These are made in the USA 🇺🇸 and top shelf. I would purchase these again based on the fit and finish and they come with a 10 year warranty.  Order here if interested -   https://www.eleyhosereels.com

    - Patriot 

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    Curious if the caps "screw" in or do they simply slip in?  Getting the cap on and off on my trailer is a two handed operation which is what I would like to mitigate with quick connects.  Thanks,  BTW:  Eley are the absolute best!

     

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