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  1. Picking up trailer on Sept. 7. Heading back to Washington State on a southern route through Texas. Never been to Texas. I see there is a Alabama/Texas football game in Austin. Wondering if anyone knows if you can stay a night around stadium, tailgate, and walk to game. Don’t know campus layout. Will call school on Monday for info, also. Definitely, won’t wear our Huskies or Cougar stuff!
  2. Best way to get local weather via satellite companies. Had Sirius when I purchased a truck. Let subscription expire. I only remember getting music and news but no way to pull in local info. Can you only get weather channels that offer broad reports? What if I’m in the middle of Kanas with no service…do you sleep with the Truck hitched up and the chairs packed in case you have to make a run for it when the tornado shows up at 3am. Was hoping to subscribe to a satellite channel that would give more detailed weather rather than a broad stroke of the whole state or region. Not sure if any is available. Pickup trailer 9/7 and never RV traveled before. The better half is nervous…seen Wizard of Oz too many times. Maybe making too much of this. But no experience with this.
  3. thanks for the info...exactly what I needed!
  4. Picking up Elite II in September and would like to fab a bracket before I go out for pickup. Could someone tell me the top height of the storage basket from the ground? Also, what is the diameter of the holes drilled into the side of the basket. Appear to be oval. Thanks!
  5. I seem to remember, maybe 20 years ago, not to use a certain plastic water bottle. Maybe made with nitrile? Not sure. Anyway, does one have to be careful about the chemical makeup of a water container. I would like to carry 20 gals of extra drinking water. Could I safely just pickup some 5 gal plastic gas cans to carry drinking water? Thinking maybe it would taste bad or cause cancer. Should I be concerned or over reacting?
  6. Could I fill the black tank through the wash down port. Then drain into a container. And, pump into water tank through boondock port at rear of trailer?
  7. Wondering about sunshades that attach to end of Oliver awning and staked to ground. Looked online and there are many choices. I'm concerned about ease of attachment to the Oliver awning. One manufacturer shows in their video an existing slot that you just slide the shade into. Then stake to ground. Wondering if the Oliver awning has that slot? If not, how are other shade attached to awning? Picking up trailer Sept. 7. Thanks!
  8. I am purchasing a duel fuel generator. Would like to run off my Oliver tanks...connecting from the trailer to the generator at the optional tongue LP bib. As I understand that would be low pressure as the propane runs through the regulator at the tanks. I should be able to run a direct hose from the bib to the generator. If, I decide to run the generator off another LP tank, I would need another regulator for that independent tank. I'm wondering...is there only two pressures, low and high, for LP appliances. (I hope they made this that simple) Or, does each appliance have a specific pressure? And, you have to purchase the appropriate regulator for the pressure your appliance requires?
  9. Are these guides furnished by Oliver? Around 800 pages if you print yourself. I prefer reading from paper rather than a screen. Do you carry these with you when traveling?
  10. Last January I posted about towing an Oliver over the Beartooth. Got good responses…thanks. However, my navigator thinks we shouldn’t try it. Too tight corners…to long of a rig. Neither of us have been over the pass. But, I’m not hesitant to try. We are picking up an Elite II in September. My TV is a 2020 Ford F-350 crew cab long bed diesel. She is adamant about our rig being too long…maybe someone can convince her otherwise. I’m wondering if anyone has a similar TV and been over it. Or, have seen semi tractor trailers on it. Thanks!
  11. Putting together supply list for Sept. delivery. Any advice on mats. Looks like most are 9x12. Was thinking of going to Home Depot and getting some Astro turf. The better half is concerned about dirt collection and removing the soil when you pack up. Vacuum, shake out, hose off. I am sure some are harder to clean than others. I would like to just shake it, roll it up and throw in basement. But, basement will accumulate any dirt left behind. And, if I’m doing the shaking, each subsequent move, I will remove less and less dirt until l skip the shake out step. Maybe they come with a cover. Seems like a little thing. But, starting to see there are a lot of little things with this new RV life. Size, mat material, cleaning? Thanks!
  12. Designing a vinyl picture for the front of an EII I will be picking up in Sept. Any suggestions on the maximum diameter to use. It will be a round design. I vaguely remember reading a "Mike and Carol" thread years ago stating theirs was 20-25". However, I can't seem to find it in the search.
  13. Here's my two cents...I've owned 4 diesel P/u over the years. All have been good trucks. Currently, have a Ford F-350 diesel. My last was a 2005 duramax with over 300,000 miles. I've hauled hvy farm equiupment with them in the past. However, will only be hauling a jet boat and an Oliver now. I wouldn't be without a 4X4 P/u and if your just hauling an Oliver a diesel might be over kill. However, I enjoy pulling my boat out of steep and rough ramps with my current diesel TV. I tow the boat to various lakes in my area that have grades, you can't beat the breaking with a diesel. Mine has a 10 speed transmission and turns under 1500rpm at 55. Mileage is fine if you can keep it under 60mph. And, a 47 gal. fuel tank makes finding a pump, not an issue. With that said, most would do fine with a 4X4 2500 gas, IMH0. Get what suits your needs.
  14. Thanks for the info! Its reassuring to hear this from someone who has experienced this. This forum is such a great tool! Thanks again!
  15. Thanks John! Will get that monitor and post our using in a few weeks.
  16. Is anyone using a CPAP unit with the lithium batteries? I have a September 22 delivery date and have ordered the 630 AH size batteries. We will be using 2 cpap units with humidifiers. I have used small portable batteries ($$$) while out for extended periods camping. Always run out of power before end of stay. Your lucky if you get 10-12 hours per battery. Many variables…your air pressure (mine is 17, her’s is 6), if you use a humidifier, what setting your set your humidifier, even how fast you breath. Those of you using a cpap know it’s impossible to get a good night sleep without your unit. I’m thinking it’s a wait and see thing. So, getting the solar and a generator just in case these things suck a lot of juice. But, wondering if someone is dealing with this…it would really help our anxiety level between now and September!
  17. I’ve been reading about Beartooth Hwy. And, it seems 50/50, for and against, on pulling a trailer over it. Has anyone done it in their Oliver? What are your thoughts?
  18. Thanks for your info. Didn’t realize both Honda units put out the same amps. I probably would have purchased the companion model. Thanks again!
  19. Ordered a OTT and will be delivered Sept. with lithium battery package. I've been reading about the neutral ground plug and not sure how it works yet...only that I need one. Looking at the Honda e2200I companion generator...it has 1ea, 125v and 1ea, 30v receptacle. I plug the neutral ground plug into the 125v and the 30amp into the trailer. Correct, so far? My question is...what if I want to run a 125v tool at the generator while hooked up this way? Can I plug a Y into the 125v receptacle, plug the neutral ground plug into one leg of the Y and the tool cord into the other side of the Y. Does that allow the neutral ground plug to still do what its suppose to do? Or should I disconnect the 30 side from trailer first? Not sure why Honda only put one 125v receptacle on this unit as it has two on the E2200I regular unit. Must have to do with amp/volts.
  20. Thanks John! Much appreciated!
  21. Ordered a Ott coming Sept. 22. Would like to put a design with letters on front of trailer. I’m sure there are good and better materials used for this application. Looking for suggestions on what type of material works best and what to avoid.
  22. 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, with all this time on ones hands, your mind sometimes drifts to the extreme. Stay safe and healthy!
  23. 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 be using that brand. Are those of you that have a furnace that doesn't work in high alt. using a generator with a small space heater? I live out West and most of my camping will be at high elevations and even in summer a little heat in the AM is welcome. This is a concern for me as I don't like the idea of using a generator every time. What is everyone one doing for a solution. I've never owned an RV and maybe this is just the way it is and you live with it. But gezzzz, we put a man on the moon, cant there be a furnace that works everywhere? I'm missing something here.
  24. 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 parks in the warmer climates let you run your generator at night if its 90 degrees? 4. If you are hooked up to a 30 amp. are you using any of your battery power for other stuff. 5. If you are hooked up to 30 amp. and run your AC all night do your batteries get charged at the same time? 6. Thinking with today's technology that much of the power identification is automatic but this is all new to me. Do you have to manually flip switches to tell system if its using solar, battery, or ...not sure what you call it, shore power, park power, grid power. I like the idea of having a generator. Can I get by with just one 2000w to run the AC with the soft start up ? Thanks for your advice!
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