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  1. Have you ever removed the toilet for cleaning and removed the fan in the process? The interior connection between wire and fan (i.e., the fan connection closest to the business portion of the toilet), in my experience, is prone to corrosion and is sensitive to movement when removing for cleaning. Perhaps not the first place to look, but something to keep in mind.
  2. I don’t know… But you might begin by checking the voltage in each battery with the Lithionics app. In my experience, the voltage recovers somewhat after the load has stopped. This might tell you if the battery voltages are in the LVC or RVC range.
  3. My understanding from two tire shops in Boise is that the ST tires are designed, in part, for the tire “scrubbing” that occurs when making tight turns with a two-axle trailer. That said, one of the shops (Les Schwab) said they sell many LT tires for trailer applications. Unless necessary, I try to avoid excessively tight turns to reduce scrubbing.
  4. We just spent 8 nights at Doughton Park -- must have missed you by just days.... Fritz
  5. The Zarcor shade does not slide up-down like the other Oliver shades. The Zarcor shade consists of 2 sheets of flexible plastic with vertical stripes about 1/2” wide alternating with clear material. One sheet is fixed in place on the window, the other slides side to side. When the stripes are aligned (on top of one another), you can see through the clear portions (about half of the window area). When the blind is is in the closed position, the stripes collectively block the view through the window. Quite clever, really. However, I may devise a small removable curtain on the inside of the screen door so that when the window is open it is completely open.
  6. I too installed a clear (tinted) window from Zarcor in the door last week. Window installation went smoothly. Love being able to see outside. I have not yet installed the window shade, as there was a part missing (which Zarcor promptly sent). John at Zarcor mentioned that he would like to make an installation video specific to Oliver trailers. If anyone in or around Dallas would like a clear or tinted window with windowshade, he will install one for free as long as he can make the video. Just give him a call (Zarcor website with contact info was listed above). Feel free to mention that Christian (aka Fritz) from Idaho posted this on the forum.
  7. We have the composter and no curtain. I would find the curtain constraining, and as others have mentioned, and would be yet something else to clean. We find it easy enough to keep most of the water contained in the shower pan, and squeegee the rest. Some water can collect in the container that holds the pee bottle, but that's really no big problem In our last camper used a cut-to-size trash bag to protect the toilet -- worked well. Another approach would be to hang a small, modified curtain between 2 Command hooks. When boondocking, we use a solar shower bag for Navy showers. We fill the bag at the galley sink (or hang the bag with campground water in the sun for a day) and hang it in the shower. It takes a similar amount of water to fill the bag as to simply get the temperature adjusted with the regular shower. Bottom line: we can be out longer without needing to refill the tank. But don't get me wrong--those long showers when hooked up to city water are great!
  8. I recently found that a galley drawer would not close properly, and discovered that all 3 of the #6 5/8" screws holding the slide mount to the cabinet walls had fallen out. I pulled all of the drawers and found that about half of the screws on other drawer slide mounts were either loose or missing. The Blum undermount tandem slides are arguably the best in the business, and in my opinion Oliver's drawer and cabinet construction is superb. While 3 screws per slide might suffice in the standard stationary kitchen cabinet, it was clearly not enough for this rolling galley. I installed several screws per slide in fresh holes (giving about 8 per slide). Hopefully this does the job -- time will tell. If my current mounting proves insufficient, I'll go with even more #8 screws. Point of the story: it may be worth checking these in your trailer and adding screws if necessary. p.s., this apparently isn't a new problem:
  9. Got it -- thanks again! For others, and for the sake of mudflap-thread completeness, the relevant pic (I think) from John's Stone Stomper thread is attached below. Well-reasoned and thorough, as always.
  10. John (or others that have done this mod): did you run the rectangular 6061 tubing across the entire trailer, or did you use a separate piece for each side? Seems like two pieces about 30 inches in length should do the job... Did you drill the "breakaway" holes on the front side of the bar (where they would tear if the mudflap were hit from the front) or on the rear side of the bar (where they would pinch if the mudflats were hit from the front), or both? Thanks again for your initial write-up, and to all the others that have contributed...
  11. Here's a Furrion-related kudos-to-the-Oliver-support-team post. Our radio began swallowing disks. It would not eject disks, but would instead read "Load." That's how two disks ended up in the radio (I forgot that there was already another one in there from a previous trip). I removed the radio, removed the disks, and tried again to eject a single CD, to no avail. Ok, so time to call support (the radio was still within the 1-year warranty period). Furrion has a technical support number, which I called, and heard a message to the effect of "due to overwhelming number of calls, we ask that you submit all requests by email." So I dutifully filled out the long support-request form, submitted it, and ... received ... absolutely no response. One day goes by, then one week, then two weeks. No response. I reached out to Mike Sharpe, who said he would try to reach Furrion through his contacts. After another week ... no response from Furrion. So Mike offered to send a new radio from Oliver's stock. Ryder Cogdill sent one pronto, I installed it, and returned the defective one (Oliver even paid return shipping). I'm happy to report that the new radio works great. So the point of this post is that, in my experience, Furrier's technical support is non-existent, but Oliver came through with flying colors!
  12. Early season at the City of Rocks, Idaho, elev. ~6,200 feet. Superb hiking.
  13. I'd refer to you to the storage instructions for Lithionics batteries (see below) in Oliver's knowledge base. Your storage approach depends on the length of time in storage and temperature.
  14. I've become quite fond of an Aeropress for coffee (https://www.amazon.com/AeroPress-Portable-Travel-Coffee-Press/dp/B07YVL8SF3/ref=asc_df_B07YVL8SF3/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366315314542&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2052564283732757323&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029602&hvtargid=pla-851550080547&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=84691874068&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366315314542&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2052564283732757323&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029602&hvtargid=pla-851550080547). For an Oliver mug I fill it up once and let it drip, fill it up again and press. Fast. Super easy cleanup.
  15. A primary limitation with electric trucks pulling heavy trailers (e.g., Olivers) is the battery weight -- it requires a large, heavy battery pack to carry enough energy to pull more than a hundred miles between charges. In contrast, it seems more manufacturers (e.g., Cummins) are looking at hydrogen fuel cells. A hydrogen-electric system packs more energy with less weight. From an environmental perspective, generating hydrogen with solar, winds, etc. is clean; generating hydrogen with fossil fuels less so. The same, though, is true with electric vehicles: generating electricity for vehicle batteries with solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear is emission-free; charging batteries with coal-fired electricity does not represent an environmental gain. I don't understand much about fuel cell technology, but I'm intrigued. Given large distances in America, and the large amount of freight being hauled (and yes, RVs and travel trailers, too), I suspect that something like fuel-cell technology will be needed to further reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Something that I'm not sure large electric trucks can provide. A Google search for "Cummins fuel cell" brings more information, e.g., https://www.airproducts.com/news-center/2021/07/0726-air-products-and-cummins-to-accelerate-development-and-deployment-of-hydrogen-fuel-cell-trucks John Welte commented on Sunday, "I wrestle with the idea that hauling a trailer around is bad for the environment, but I rationalize that over the years our average mpg has gone up as we get more fuel efficient vehicles. Is that a concern that's shared by others?" I suspect that a number of us do share his concern. Yes, vehicle efficiencies have improved, but so far there is no viable technology to tow with drastically lower emissions. The only current alternative is to stay closer to home, or perhaps tow something much smaller, lighter, and/or more aerodynamic. But that would not address the need for a world-wide, systemic improvement for hauling freight, construction equipment, travel trailers, etc. I, for one, am looking forward to towing technology (e.g., fuel cells, or perhaps hybrids with bigger batteries designed for towing up mountain grades) that uses much less fossil fuel.
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