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  1. Stayed at Henry Horton State Park, TN, cabin (Chapel Hill, TN) while waiting for Oliver annual maintenance package being performed at the Mothership. Not one too mechanically inclined, letting the Oliver Service Department do all the annual maintenance provides me a sense of security Hull#444 will make it through the camping season without issues. Also, can task the Oliver folks with any other repair work while at Hohenwald. Attached list of maintenance items in this package.
  2. JD, thank you for your very helpful advice! I do believe a call into Andersen to check out the upgrade deal (if still available) is a great idea.
  3. My triangle plate is an older style (not the "sleek-looking curved end" triangle plate introduced a few years ago). Most notably, my plate does not have the metal "ring" on the end that slips onto the bottom of the shaft, I must hold the plate in place while trying to push the pin through the shaft and plate holes straddling each side of the shaft. Should I consider purchasing the "curved" triangle plate to make life easier ?
  4. Lost a shackle pin, resulting in unknowingly dragging one chain while traveling. At a rest stop inspection, I noticed the whale tail had turned to a 45 degree angle and only one chain was connected (the other chain had some "road burn" scrapes. Having previous experiences attempting to back my TV to the meet the "angle" of the whale tail to properly align and connect to my hitch, I decided to secure the Andersen chains and continue my travels without the Andersen system connected to my TV (and the GMC HD2500 Duramax performed just fine without the Andersen system). However, my preference is to use the Andersen as an additional "safety measure" (after all, it is paid for), so I devised a unique method to straighten the angle of the whale tail. I attached the whale tail to my TV and connected a strap to one end of the whale tail and the other end of the strap to a tree. A slight, careful pull with my TV straightened the angle and Andersen ball/whale tail (picture attached). I need to know if this method makes sense, or, will this damage my Andersen system?
  5. We always leave them attached while traveling but sometimes (when we remember) remove weight (such as paper towels, kitchen items, clothes, towels) while traveling. Never had one fall. Turning the dial clockwise presses the suction cup tighter to the wall. These work remarkably well. Check them out on Amazon or on the HASKO website for different types, uses, and designs. They have types for organizing bath/shower items that look interesting (we have not tried yet)
  6. I am a big fan of HASKO suction cup fasteners (hooks). We use them for paper towel holders, kitchen item storage, hanging clothes, and other uses. Adhere strongly to Oliver fiberglass and can easily be moved around as needed. No glue mess. No holes. A simple suction cup attaches to wall. d as needs change. Can get them from Amazon.
  7. Even a loud AC is way better than the summertime tent camping of my youth. Living and camping in the southeast, an AC is required for most months of the year. As I grow older and hearing loss gets worse, the AC seems to get quieter - strange how that works out. We did plug a BOSE speaker into the speaker jack on the back of the television and turned off the Oliver 4-speaker system - this provides for directional and improved sound while watching television with the AC running. Headphones is another option, but not as comfortable while in bed watching favorite shows.
  8. First, we optioned for the electronic door lock and very convenient - a good choice. Highly recommend. However, we had one snafu on the first night we camped after purchasing April 2019. We could not get the electronic pad to unlock and all Oliver keys were inside the Oliver (I know, pretty stupid of us, we had just left Howenwald and were setting up at nearby campsite late Friday afternoon to test our new Oliver). Wife had to crawl into basement and up through the twin bed to open door (I am too "bulky" to make that trip). Since then, we have Oliver spare keys placed outside of Oliver so can unlock if ever happens again (and it hasn't). I am sure we simply did something wrong that first night (operator error) - do not believe it was faulty lock. Lesson learned, keep spare key in safe place outside of Oliver. And, the worn/faded/cracked keypad face is easily fixed by Oliver, simply a stick-on face.
  9. We have a 2019 Elite II and the power awning is made by Dometic, I believe. Has Oliver changed to a different provider?
  10. Those annoying lights from electronics at night, simply put 3M sticky to cover light - done. And, can make some note reminders to help organize your world.
  11. We use the Andersen buckets, seem to work fine. I purchased an Andresen "kit" with buckets, banana levelers, and door entry mud mat. All bright orange color. Easy to store and keep clean. Likely same or better options out there, just keeping it same with Andersen (also have Andersen hitch system).
  12. We plan to attend, D10, unless things get worse before this gathering
  13. An additional wish list item, a propane monitor for the propane tanks. Also, living in FL and camping a lot in the southeast, quieting the loud AC is definitely my main wish list item.
  14. The digital Oliver service manuals and Oliver "how-to" videos (Oliver library) are great, but, can only be viewed with internet connectivity to the outside world. Put onto a DVD, especially the "how-to" videos, and provide with Oliver purchase. For existing owners, I would buy a DVD. I believe the DVD player and television work on battery power?
  15. No matter who you are, this is funny! We have a 2019 GMC Sierra Duramax and love it! Tows Oliver like a dream. I realize there are other really good TV options. I am not a GMC salesperson, so to each his own. Nothing against Ford, but a funny poke is always appreciated.
  16. We routinely camp on Lake Seminole, FL, for the excellent fishing and wonderful nature (including plenty of alligators). With the closing of our favorite North Florida Corp of Engineer campground (River Junction), we were forced to try out Three Rivers State Park in Sneads, FL. This is a small, but quite lovely, campground (was much lovelier before Hurricane Michael leveled most of the trees). Much to our surprise, another Oliver pulled in after us. What are the odds. We spoke briefly, but I do not recall the name nor Hull Number (it was in the 500s). The next day, after I returned from a very productive fishing trip, the Oliver was gone. Other than the hot, humid Florida summertime, I highly recommend this campground, and, if you are senior (65+) it is only $8 per night.
  17. For those of us not so mechanically inclined, and without a home shop (do I even own a torque wrench?), and assuming this recall service is paid by Dexter, seems taking to a service center for inspection and possible torqueing is not too shameful/embarrassing? Might even get the service folks to perform the 3000K lubrication while at it - my last go was a bit messy and not the most favorite task (seems those pesky grease fittings could have been a bit more accessible). Love camping in the Oliver, don't mind washing her, but crawling under her not so much.
  18. I am not following this conversation (in other words, I am confused), so I will attempt to describe what I have setup. I have a 2019 Oliver EII and recently added a Wineguard G3 DirecTV just as you described (purchased equipment and pay $7 per month for extra receiver). LOVE IT! The way I connected my DirecTV: in the attic Oliver provided a coax cable (from the satellite connector on street side of the outside) and an HDMI cable (from the television). I connect the Oliver coax to the Wineguard power box, then fished a new coax from the power box down through the same hole as the television cable wires that lead to the television. I also fish the HDMI cable from the attic through the same hole and connected both the coax and the HDMI to the receiver. This now completes the coax cable connection from satellite dome to Wineguard power box to receiver and receiver HDMI back to television. The power needed to power the G3 satellite dome runs from Wineguard power box back through Oliver coax to street side connector to G3. I leave the receiver on my nightstand table and plug it into one of the AC outlets near the nightstand table. I plug the Wineguard power box into the AC outlet in the attic. Attached are photos showing my arrangement. Very easy, no need for switches or fishing cables (other than pushing cables though same hole used by television cables from the attic).
  19. We got the 22-inch double-burner Blackstone Griddle - it is a heavy and a bit overkill (with 2-burners you can cook breakfast for the entire campground). The 17-inch single burner, still a bit heavy, is definitely a better choice. Either way, Blackstone griddle is a versatile cooking machine. We also got the hookup hose for our Oliver propane connections - no need to rely on those propane camp bottles, although we still use them from time to time. And, we got the Blackstone table stand ($89) for easy leveling and eliminate the need for a portable cook table. Although expensive, and heavy, the Blackstone stand makes the Blackstone experience better. One last suggestion, using small disposable aluminum pans (or aluminum foil) to line your grease/oil catch trap makes cleanup easier. You may want to visit the Blackstone website to checkout options for your new griddle.
  20. possibly a propane shutoff safety valve reduces concerns about running propane while in transit? Check out this interesting TechnoRV propane safety valve Attached is a picture of the GasStop Propane Shutoff Valves I recently installed on Hull #444
  21. If you have WiFi (intent) service, you can use the Sensorpush Gateway and one (or more) sensors to monitor temp and humidity from anywhere using a phone app. WE use this system in our Oliver to monito the refrigerator and the room temperature and humidity (2 sensors, one gateway) provided the Oliver WifiRanger has internet service where we are camped.
  22. I am considering purchasing a remote (tripod) satellite dish and receiver for my 2019 Oliver Elite II. When we took delivery April 2019, we assumed the Wineguard Omni-Directional TV antenna picking up local TV stations would be sufficient for our needs. However, with Fall football season upon us, I am missing too many college football games (and some Pro games). In my experience, DirecTV offers more sports coverage than Dish (we have DirecTV at home). My question: Is the 2019 Oliver Elite II "wired" to effortlessly accommodate a satellite dish and receiver hookup to the television (TV)? Has anyone gone through this addition and is this as simple as connecting a coaxial cable from the remote satellite dish to the external access port on the back of the Oliver, connecting the cable in the attic to the receiver, and plugging the HDMI cable from the TV into the receiver? Will I need a splitter switch to toggle back to the Wineguard when not deploying the satellite dish? I am guessing some of you have installed satellite service, please offer guidance. Thank you.
  23. I am from Chattahoochee, FL, and very familiar with Lake Seminole, about 45 minutes west of Tallahassee. The COE have a couple of really nice campgrounds near Jim Woodruff Dam that the snowbirds have not taken over completely (yet). Not much to do in the area except appreciate life. My favorite is River Junction COE campground, actually in GA (Chattahoochee is on the FL/GA border, and AL is nearby). I am actually camping at River Junction COE campground next week for my Chattahoochee high school reunion (many,many, many years ago; only 60 in my graduating class). No reservations required, usually only 2 or 3 campers there. A really best kept secret and only $10 per night with Senior Pass. Another more known COE campground is East Bank (also in GA near Chattahoochee). Beautiful view of Lake Seminole and Jim Woodruff Dam. The snowbirds have found that one, so advance reservations are recommended. My third secret place is Three Rivers State Park (local secret spot, in FL) on Lake Seminole. Unfortunately, Hurricane Michael did a number on that park, most trees are gone, but recovering. A very nice FL State park located on Lake Seminole. And the Apalachicola River actually starts in Chattahoochee, south of Jim Woodruff Dam, which backs up the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers to form Lake Seminole. Great fishing, lots of alligators, this time of year lots of bugs that bite or irritate. AC is required until late fall. Near Panama City, FL, is St Andrews State Park. Very popular campground - not sure if crowded. Some damage from Hurricane Michael - have not stayed there in a while, very good fishing (on the Gulf)
  24. I have good experience with Rejex. Being a lazy sort, only applied Rejex to the front of Ollie and the hood of my TV just before the FL love bug season (for those that have not experienced love bug season on the interstate, you are fortunate). Worked great - the millions and zillions of love bug splats came off pretty easy. However, with the cautionary experiences of others, I may try Dura Gloss next time and do the entire Ollie. Someone posted a discussion of a Dura Gloss mixture for the inside of the Ollie, and it works great! Use 4 parts Duragloss 923 Fast Clean & Shine mixed with 1 part Duragloss 952 Aquawax in a spay bottle, spray interior including mirrors, and wipe with microfiber cloth. Spectacular results!
  25. If you live in SE Louisiana and do not need AC, my hat is off to you! I live in northeast FL, and AC is a must, year-round. In fact, the humidity right now is so unpleasant makes going outside a dread. So, the Oliver AC is very important for my camping experience and certainly worth carrying my Honda 2200i with gasoline stored in Jerry cans when not camping at locations with power hookups. Have lived in TN for 5-years and agree AC makes life better most of the year (some snow days, but many hot, humid days). Next summer we intend to find that camping location without humidity - that is the worst. I can do hot, but, when the air is 95% saturated, and mosquitoes and gnats are never-ending, it is quite difficult to enjoy camping. Thankful for breeze. Obviously, this is a hot-button for me - humidity and bugs. Been in north FL most of my life and seems to get worse every year (or maybe I am just getting older and less tolerant - who knows). As I recall my days as a young man, I did not seem to mind as much (or, it simply was not as bad?). I do believe fuel cells will replace generators, and nuclear power for generating electricity (and electricity for powering vehicles) will replace fossil fuel combustion, these technologies have zero greenhouse gas emissions and will move the planet toward the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (by the way, doubtful I will be alive to experience this goal). Solar panels and wind turbines simply will never get the planet there (but, another topic altogether). I do wish Oliver could find a quieter AC. As I grow older and experience more hearing loss, the AC does seem to get quieter.
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