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Geronimo John

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  1. When we were growing up in the south, "PoP" was expensive so we mostly drank “Sun” ice tea. My mom made it very diluted so us kiddos could drink all we wanted. It kept us hydrated and was effectively a low caffeine low sugar beverage. When camping, she would make it in advance and put it into cleaned out 1.75L bourbon bottles (without labels). They were heavy glass so they kept the tea cold in the cooler and also poured really easy as they had a handle too! During the summer of 1968 (I was 16 years old at the time), we were on the Tchefuncte River camping and water skiing. The retired couple that was camped next to us seemed really nice. But as the day passed, they became quite agitated with us. We could not figure out why. Each time the ski boat returned we would run over to the camp table and guzzle about a pint of weak tea in our Red Solo cups. When the bottle was empty, Mom would bring out another one from the "Ice Chest". Each time, the retired couple would get even madder. Then a State Trooper showed up at our camp site. I had just finished water skiing and ran past the officer and poured and downed about a pint of our weak tea. The officer asked if he could have some, and I poured him a pint into a Red Solo cup. He tasted it and then loudly said "Wow, this is really good". The retired couple were at this point pointing at the officer and us and were now cursing about how shameful it was "In broad daylight". The Officer ignored them and we talked for a few minutes about water skiing on the Tchefuncte river with its alligators and poisonous water moccasins. After several minutes, he went over to the couple and suggested that maybe they should just mind their own business as drinking weak tea was just fine. The look on the retired couple's faces was worth a million dollars. Those folks were packed and gone in about 60 seconds.
  2. @ J.D. Yes. I had one for about 15 years and used it a lot. It was the type with a center stinger. Never had a problem with it. Usually hauled about 80 to 90 pounds. Should I need one for my LEII, I would get the type with stingers on both sides. As you stated in another post, there are significant dynamic loads back there!
  3. This topic is intended for determining maintenance/replacement info for all small batteries in the Oliver Elite II. I do not have access to my trailer (In OK) as I live most of the year in HI. As such, I can't go look. I have also looked on the OTT site and not found such a list, or for that matter much info about this topic as well. Hence this RFI. As such, with your assistance, I would like to compile a list of small batteries that need service, what size they are, and get a consensus of their service life. In this regard, where it is possible to do so, I remove all small batteries from their devices when the trailer will not be used for months on end. This is why I am suggesting a 24 month service life for those listed. The following are some that I am aware of: TV Remote 2 each AAA? Change Every 24 months Furion Remote 2 each AAA? Change Every 24 months Smoke Detector 1 each 9V Change Every 24 months Propane Detector ????????? Dexter Brakes Do we have a separate battery in addition to being tied to the 12V Buss? Any Others? Thank you for your inputs!
  4. I agree with The Shackelfords that the WD-40 Specialist Dry Lube PTFE Spray would be a good selection. I found it at Home Depot in a large 10 OZ can for less than $7. This lube is dust and dirt resistant. It is my go to lube for bike chains, table saws and other equipment that tends to gather gunk when in use.
  5. Wow John, you read my mind I had been looking for the service procedure and was not having any luck. thanks for taking the time to post this wonderful "How To"!
  6. Raspy: My grandfather also hated running generators. Seems he had a neighbor that left their camp generator running 24/7, when the norm was to use them only during daytime. His solution was to give his neighbor's generator a shot of CO2 gas from a fire extinguisher that needed to be recharged. It shut down the generator and we all could sleep well.
  7. Buy it by the case, it is a lot cheaper!
  8. We have a 2019 F-150 Lariat, 3.5 EcoBoost, FX4, Max Trailer Package, Anderson WDH. Have about 17,000 trailer miles mostly out west in the Mountains where we para-glide. My truck performance stat's mirror McMac's above so no need to repeat them. I must haul Ollie up steep grades, but not even close to John D's 18%. Generally mine are remote not paved, and 13% grade is what I see as a max grade on the truck computer. With a 6,000 Oliver EII, it is no problem going slow using the "Crawl" mode and 4wd. I have one section of 12 - 13% grade that I do 3 times a summer and I have no issues with this rocky, sometimes slick mountain road. However, last summer I had to come down this road after rain, lots of rain. I knew it was going to be a sloppy run and set up the F-150 using all the tools it had. Low range and locked the transmission into 2nd gear, locked the rear axle, 4X4, and set the crawl mode to about 6 MPH. At several really slick sections I manually lightly worked the trailer brakes to keep the speed to the set point and also to keep Ollie behind the truck and going the same direction. All the engineering worked better than expected. If I were to find myself in the same situation again, I would have: Waited a day if I could have. Dumped fresh and gray water tanks Loaded more stuff from Ollie into the truck and especially its bed Reduced air pressure in all tires by 10 to 12 PSI My grades are: For cross country running A+ For mountain paved roads A For sometimes graded mountain fire roads B+ If I were looking to purchase a new TV, I would get the same rig again. Geronimo John
  9. I have averaged about 8500 trailer miles for each of the past two years. I do my own R&R as well and use the synthetic lubricant that John D. recommended a year or two ago. My original bearings look good, and I just replaced the seals with Timken made (National) ones. I have a spare set of bearings and seals on board just in case. They were purchased from an authorized Timken distributor. They were not inexpensive..... All that said, at what mileage or age point is a bearing change recommended "just because"? Thanks,
  10. Back of Beyond: There is some really good posts on the wear issue from the 2018 time frame. Also more pictures and observations about the then current Anderson WDH design. GJ
  11. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, I put over 17,000 trailer miles on my Elite II. After many discussions with John D, I had OTT up-size to the 2 5/16" ball and Bulldog at the factory. My observations are: During the summer of 2018, I was using a Toyota Sequoia as my TV. For the Sequoia, I required all 7 threads of tension to get the weight distribution needed. During the summer of 2019, I was using a new F-150 Supercrew FX-4 with max trailer tow package as my TV. For the F-150, I required only 3 threads of tension to achieve the weight distribution needed. As stated in posts above, I observed that chain tension makes a big difference as to ball wear regardless of the ball size. But the larger ball displayed much less wear than others had documented with the 2" ball. With the Sequoia, the anti-sway part of the Anderson WDH system was important. With the F-150 it is much less so. With both vehicles, the weight distribution part of the Anderson IS very necessary. With the Sequoia, the cone self-destructed after only about 6,000 miles. I replaced it and started using a heavy grease on the cone and ball. So far with 11,000 miles on this set-up, the cone is still good and the larger ball has shown only minor wear. The extended life of the cone with the use of lubrication was significant. Granted, the loss of most if not all of the Anderson sway dampening is something each owner needs to consider for their set-up. But on my F-150 with 640 pounds of tongue weight, my Oliver has not demonstrated any sway what so ever. In summary, for my tow vehicle and trailer set-up, I believe that the good far outweighs the bad, and I will continue to lubricate my cone as well as ball. If I were to become a new OTT Elite II owner again, and were to use either the Sequoia or F-150 (As specified) for my TV, I would: Purchase the Anderson WDH System to meet the factory hitch weight limitations. Upgrade to the larger Bulldog and Ball. Use lubrication on the cone and ball to reduce wear of the hitch systems. I hope this is helpful.
  12. I thank you all for the posts. I had not thought of the toggle switch covers as being readily available. I go by West Marine just about every day and will pick up a couple. Mike: Thanks for the lead on the Explore Land Waterproof Tongue Jack Cover. For less than $10, it is a great find. I have added it to my Amazon April Purchase List! You guys ROCK! Geronimo John
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