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  1. This would not be helpful for you John, but for Airstream owners there seems to be a possible fix for hailstorm damage "Leave your Airstream out in the sun on a clear day. Many small dents -- such as those caused by a hailstorm -- will disappear as the sun heats the skin of the trailer, causing it to expand until the dent is pushed back out." Avoiding being caught in various kinds of inclement weather conditions, bumping into things, or being involved in an accident or rollover is probably a good idea for all trailer owners. I think some of the older trailers that used easily replaceable
  2. By the way, I'm retired so unless it is a dire emergency I don't drive in snow storms, fog, hurricanes, earthquakes, at night or in traffic, etc.
  3. Thanks Bill, I'm planning on using a weight distribution hitch. You are right Mainiac. I'm not sure any color truck would be easy to see in the fog or in a snow storm, ...mostly good traction, fog lights, and simply staying off the road as much as possible is the best plan from my perspective, regardless of color. Planning accordingly, I would prefer the Volvo D13 (375-500 HP, 1450-1850 LB-FT.) if forced to drive in the fog or in a snow storm...whatever the color. Also to consider, a black truck is hard to see at night or in a deep ditch, a red truck is hard to see when there i
  4. I agree that a white truck should be the best in practice. However, a light grey is not bad. It also goes that a white Oliver should be the best in practice. Thanks for the additional weight thoughts as I am likely to carry some extra water in jerry cans. Bay Area, California (Wine Country)
  5. A bit of humor this morning... I am in the process of pulling the trigger on a 2019 Ram 1500 truck, but it will likely take a few months before I take delivery as my local dealers are receiving their 2019s without the Ram Box and I want a Ram Box, darn it. I have chosen this truck primarily because of the comfortable ride of the truck, roomy backseat for my 100 pound Boxer dog, 360 degree visual, and active safety features. I was contemplating buying a Volvo D13 heavy hauler to pull an Oliver, an Airstream trailer, a Sprinter van, an off-road trailer, a pop-up camper, a 45 foot diese
  6. "Any forum is an accumulation of participants’ experience and/ or opinion. A number of people here have given their experience and opinions." I agree with that and have always understood that. There is also a need for group cohesion as well. I just wish that more people would take much greater care with their opinions, and I'm not talking about the sweetness of their words, as if they could be held accountable for those opinions. The RV environment is complex and rapidly changing, and mis-information is rampant in the RV industry across all forums, mfgs, dealers, and repair
  7. I think Oliver Trailers might want to put a sticker on their trailers quoting BackofBeyond that "Any information you glean from the forum is worth exactly what you paid for it." That has been proven to be true to me.
  8. I think I'm tired doing research for others.
  9. I'm kind of disappointed I had to post the following (after reading the "experienced advice I'm supposed to rely on" posts): I think I was fairly clear I was looking at a 2019 Ram 1500 Limited, eTorque engine, towing package that includes the 3.92 axle, air suspension, 4x4. I had the salesman send me the specific truck's "Vehicles Capabilities" printed sheet (not the msrp sales sheet stuck on the window of the truck or the sticker on the door that doesn't include the PC) for the specific truck on their lot I demoed for the vin number I wrote down. Per the VC sheet
  10. Thanks for the comment Rumline. Yes, I am aware of the payload issues you mentioned. Thanks. My research indicates that the 2019 Ram 1500 payload range is between 1,700 and 2,300...with the realistic range between 1,700 and 1,900 loaded up with lots of options. Of course, one has to confirm the actual payload of the truck, as optioned, prior to closing the deal. The new tow limits exceed 12,000 pounds, but I can do with a bit less. Again have to confirm prior to closing the deal. I don't have kids, but I will probably take some light stream tackle and some light art supplies wit
  11. I think I fit the same target market that kwrjrpe fits into, just my wife and I (and the dog). I remember watching an Airstream youtube couple video - they had started with the large 30 footer then downsized to a 27 and wished they had downsized to a 25. My wife set the length restriction - must fit on the 26ft driveway...don't you dare pay a monthly storage fee. The legal papers are almost finalized, so my 2nd and much larger than my 1st cash infusion will be coming in soon. All good things come in good time. Note: I worked for a short time as a service advisor at an Airstream deale
  12. That's basically how I understand it as well John. Much of the need for diesel braking seems to follow the huge 5th wheel trailers where the more savvy owners seemed to opt for 1 ton dually Diesel trucks as a minimum or even larger, including up to semi-trucks. That's why I value owner experience/advice, whether mine or others. Despite my strong desire to get a Toyota Tacoma I was willing to change my mind once I discovered the new safety features and 360 view, and yes I know that the forum members are correct that fundamentally I should be driving a 1/2 ton truck or some of the
  13. "I was warned before purchasing a trailer that there will always be problems." Yes, however the quality of the trailer's materials, design, and build process does matter in a big way. "Oliver Travel Trailers factory is not exactly easy to get to or even a smart idea as a service center for probably most of us who own one." Access to factory repair and local service centers is an industry-wide problem. So yes, Oliver or Airstream or whatever, ones diy capabilities and attitude also mean a lot.
  14. I can live with whichever the wife wants. I have both a qualified RV service repair and RV electrical specialist designations, so can take care of most repair and maintenance issues myself. However, my preference is an Oliver and I get the choice of truck. So....we will go to the Airstream factory first, my wife was not impressed with the bling and the name recognition stuff when we looked at Airstream a few months back, plus she likes a white interior, so probably will order an Oliver at the end of the day. Just guessing based on what I know about my wife.
  15. As of Saturday Aug 25th, The blind spot monitor on the Ram will cover up to a 30 foot trailer and some say it is better than relying on tow mirrors. The 360 degree view is not available at this time if you option the tow mirrors or without the 12 inch monitor, and the 360 degree view is a sweet option I would really like to have. One can buy add-on tow mirror extenders and enjoy both options. The advanced safety group features are really nice, as well as the ram box cargo management system, and the air suspension option. Can't say enough about this truck's interior from the
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