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  1. With this on going virus epidemic we are all concerned about sanitation. I was wondering if you should store your trailer with tank full or empty? Some of my thoughts...1. Fill tanks with a bleach solution before storage to prevent germ and bacteria growth. 2. Wondering if empty tank or full tank and lines are more susceptible to germ growth? 3. Are there other advantages to an empty or full condition during storeage? Seals, rings, washers drying out? Rving has been around a long time and I haven't read about this being a problem. But
  2. Was reading wyofilm post about his new trailer furnace not working. I'm I correct in assuming the Oliver heater is not suppose to work above a certain altitude? But some of them do work? And, if you are one of the unlucky and yours won't work, you can get a high alt. kit for it. How much do those cost? If you get the kit does it function at lower altitudes ok? Wondering why Oliver isn't installing a furnace that works everywhere or just puts the kit on each unit. I'm guessing you can't have a furnace that will work in both low and high altitudes. Otherwise, I would think Oliver would
  3. After reading about solar systems and generators I still am trying to get my head around the electrical. Here's what I think I know thus far...but not positive. 1. You need a generator to run AC off the grid. You need two 2000w generators if you want to run AC and something else at the same time. 2. You need a generator to charge batteries if there is no sunlight. Guessing here...bigger the generator , faster the charge? 3. Some parks won't let you run your generator at certain times. Is this common? So, no AC at night unless you are hooked up to power, Wondering if p
  4. I got the long bed. It fits my needs and have always owned one. But definitely a challenge parking and turning around. I've always said you have to back up twice to turn around. If you've never driven one it can be intimidating at first. I like the space...dog kennels, waterfowl decoys, coolers, etc. Never seem to have enough room and only use half of what I take. What's that saying..."be prepared." I probably take it too far. Again, get what you like. I must say, two trucks ago, my wife and 3 boys talked me into getting a gas, short bed, 2500 chev. I was driving an F350 diesel at
  5. Just traded my 2005 duramax in on a 2020 Ford F350 diesel. This will be my 4th diesel p/u. Over kill for an Oliver but you don't have to worry about weight.I don't like all the emission stuff and went round and round with gas vs diesel debate. Finally threw my hands up and said what the hell and bought the diesel. I like the torque...so much more that the 05 dura max. Like the fuel tank...range guage says almost 900 miles after fill up just an est. and not towing. The 10 speed transmission is great...turns about 1400 rpm @ 55 mph. It does have a camera, tpms system option that you can ad
  6. I read John Davies post from 2017 regarding the 2" Bulldog hitch and Anderson ball and sway system. Am I correct in assuming that the wear was normal and was caused by the Anderson system. And, if you eliminate the Anderson system there will be no wear. I will be towing with a 1 ton pickup and have been told that I won't need the Anderson system. I guess, just hook up ball and safety chains and go. My next question is...would I be smart to go with a 2 5/16 bulldog with this TV rather than the 2" setup? I think I read where the 2" bull dog hitch just meet specs. I'm thinking the 2 5/16
  7. Doing toilet research. Compost vs reg. toilet. Another dumb newbie question...Never been to a dump station. Just wondering how long the whole process takes? Does one just dump the black tank? Or is this where you fill your water tank too? I'm trying to imagine what the lines are like in Aug. at National parks. Is it such an inconvenience that you have to plan your trip around when your going to dump. I have no idea. I can see myself the first time fumbling around with 10 trailers backed up and honking. Like launching your boat at a popular ramp labor day weekend and it jack knifes
  8. Researching TV and trailer purchase. Ford has a rear view trailer camera that will sinc with its monitor inside the truck. It is a hard wire unit. I was thinking I could send the unit to Oliver and have them run the wires inside when they build the trailer. They said they could do this for an additional fee. Was wondering if anyone has done this? I understand the unit will only work while the truck is in reverse. Don't understand why that is, or if I like the idea. Seem like one might want to take a peak while go down the road. However, maybe not a big deal. I don't know if the camera
  9. Thanks for responding! Over the years I became aware of how different the water tasted in different areas of the country. Some good and some really bad. I'm going to use the bottled water method for drinking as you suggested. And, just use the fresh tank for bathing and dishes.
  10. Thanks for your input. I'd read some suggestions putting the filter upstream of the softener. Then others stated downstream which made me think the softener may effect the taste of the water. I agree with you in placing the filter before the softener. And thanks for the smaller softener size tip. I tend to think bigger is better. I think after a few camping trips I'll be throwing that theory out the window.
  11. Reading about the benefits of a softener and am convinced it could save you money down the line. Was wondering if they effect the taste? Do you install a filter down stream from the softener? I'm guessing there are water filters and there are water filters from looking at the prices...$30 to $300. So if you like to chew your water get the $30 unit or if you want artisan go for the $300. I'm unsure about such a big spread in price vs performance. Maybe the water softener is all I need. I'm also wondering if most people prefer to carry bottled water for drinking? Thinking just another thing
  12. Thanks so much for your response! This was exactly what I was hoping to hear. I think this trailer will be a good fit for me. I plan on being in Montana and the Dakotas in fall and early winter every year. After reading your reply I will feel comfortable being there in an Oliver. Thanks again!
  13. Will have a base to return to...restock, laundry, recharge my personal batteries then hit the road again. Never done this before but thinking 2-3 week trips at first, return to recharge then take off again. Then increasing time on the road. I have lots of places I'd like to see!
  14. First of all I should qualify myself...Never been RVing before but just put my house up for sale and will ordering an OliverII when sold. Been searching the forum for answers about cold weather camping. I was told by Oliver that the heat ducts go around the tanks and keep them warm. And, people in Montana and the Dakato's own these trailers. (But do they camp in freezing temps.) Also the owner of the company camps during the winter. These were not the answers I was hoping for. Then, I read that someone has put addition space heaters in areas. One I think was under the bed on street side
  15. Having a addition portable panel was suggested by a friend. Said it was a good backup if you park under trees or shade. I'm thinking that Oliver can install the hardware for hook up out side the trailer. I'm wondering if the connection are all standard or do each manufacturer have their own style. If so, I guess I should purchase the unit before ordering a trailer. The other question that come to mind is...when the portable unit is hooked up can both the roof top and portable unit work together if I was parked in full sun? Or is each one on a separate circuit. Thanks!
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