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Trainman last won the day on August 16 2019

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  • Do you own an Oliver Travel Trailer, other travel trailer or none?
    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
  • Year
    2019
  • Model
    Legacy Elite II
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    Twin Bed Floor Plan
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  1. We just purchased one, as they say if you miss it twice then purchase what you need, we went three times and that's one to many for me. I was thinking of our Oliver bicycle rack hitch on the back of the trailer and a cargo rack in place of the bicycle rack would be a good place to carry it. I don't really want to carry it in the bed of the pickup, but back there sounds like a good idea, where do you carry yours and I don't intend to carry it full if you know what I mean, so weight would be very light. trainman
  2. As of today I have not tried to remove the center piece of the Oliver hitch, this is mainly because we are not using the hitch and transporting our new ebikes in the bed of the pickup, a much more secure place for them to be carried. I have thought of purchasing a cargo rack to use in place of the bicycle rack, they to would require a 2.0" receiver for most of the ones that I have looked at. But now once again I really have no need for that rack, so now I sometime wonder why I purchased the Oliver bicycle in the first place. I may just take it off the trailer and store it in the shop and if some day a use comes up for it I can put it back on the trailer. I would like to know it anyone does take the insert out how you did it, looks like it needs to be pressed out to me. My wife suggested I make a clothes rack to fit the 1 1/4" receiver to dry items when camping, now I will have a $800 invested in a clothes rack, makes sense to me. I do know that with that rack off it's much easier to get the sewer hose and other items out of there storage area. trainman
  3. That's the first thing I did when I got our new trailer home, the pine needles had all ready started to stain the fiberglass and I have to compound the stains off from the needles. When pulling off the weatherstrip you could get some separation from the weatherstrip and the double sticky tape that holds it on, you may need a solvent that releases the double sticky tape glue. Due note here that the warmer it is outside the easier the weatherstrip will come off. I personally have had no problems with the rain, so I don't intend to add another type of weatherstrip at this time. trainman
  4. I opted not to get the eTorque engine, I personally felt that the extra money spent will not bring the return dollars at the time of trade-in value, maybe even less over the standard Hemi engine. trainman
  5. I just put Command Hooks in a U pattern around the door, toilet, and lavatory. We just hang the curtain up when we use it and take it down when finished, personally my wife likes to dry it outside and put it up. We have found that showering in the camp restrooms is much easier to do then mess with the shower curtain. trainman
  6. I grade my 2019 Ram 1500 4X4 excellent for towing my Oliver Elite II, description of vehicle below. I will say here I'm pretty much an upgrade buyer, that is I wouldn't let money make my decision for me and if I though I needed the 2500 for this setup, that's what I would have gotten. I personally think many guys purchase their tow vehicle just because the bigger vehicle gives them bragging rites in the camping grounds and they like being seem that way. I'm not going to say here that I haven't done the same thing at other times in my life, so I know where some of you are coming from. Our main decision was the better ride with the 1500 over the 2500 and so far it was the better choice for us. Yes, we use the Anderson and personally I didn't really notice much difference with or without it, but it was required to meet the vehicle towing ratings per Ram. trainman
  7. The wife and I survived one cold rainy day in a state park where we stayed inside all day, that was a good test for being comfortable in a small space. trainman
  8. If I had to carry all that stuff with me I would just stay home. trainman
  9. As you know we pull our Oliver with a 2019 Ram 1500 4x4 and I very happy with the way the truck handles both with and without the Oliver attached. The only advantage that I liked with the 2500 was that I wouldn't have to use the Anderson WDH. As of today if I had to replace the Ram I would probably still go with the 1500, as I have yet to see any drawbacks on the 1500 and towing the Oliver. One thing in today's world is the Big Four are building 1/2 ton pickups that can handle so much more today then they could just a few years back, five years ago I would have got a 2500 for sure. As far as tires go I will replace mine with a truck type tire when the time comes. trainman
  10. To answer some of the questions that were asked, the Rad Mini's folded are 43"x22"x28" for the standard Mini and 42"x24"x29" for the Mini Step Thru, that should fit under most all camper tops I would think. The bikes weigh 68 lbs., I remove the batteries and that saves 8 lbs. less to lift. I find lifting to be easy, but do remember you have to lift it the height of the tailgate when open. There's plenty of room left in the pickup bed for our other camping needs that we carry in there. One person brought up the topic on riding off-road trails, etc., this has always been a problem with hikers and motorcycle/bicycle riders where ever you go, being a member of PAPA Public Access Preservation Association which is out of Colorado this is a never ending topic and many meeting have become very heated discussions on who can go where to ride. States will have to set areas for each, some will be dual and other setup for each. I will say here that at age 74 I'm not going to be riding these trails anymore, so you younger people will have to attend to this matter if feel strongly about riding areas. As John brought up, yes there is new regulations on riding on public lands and they do favor the bicycle and ebike riders. Also many cities have adopted much the same laws and rules, but each city has there own regulations and it is always best to find out what they are. I can tell you that cities are really working on bicycle lanes and trails, they seem they want to becoming bicycle friendly, this does mean that they are prompting both the pedal bicycle and the ebikes. In most cities you can not ride on city sidewalks, but I can tell you that if your out in the rural areas the police are no going to stop you, I hope they are doing other more important work. Remember riding a bicycle/ebike has a lot to do with commonsense and the police look at it pretty much the same way. For those of you who don't know, bicycles have to follow the same rules as other motor vehicles do, that is cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. when riding on public streets, highways, etc., yes that includes giving hand signals, stopping at stop signs, and riding in your lane. Last, there are three classes of ebikes, probably would be good to know what they are, Class 1, is pedal assist only, that means no throttle on the bike, Class 2, can have both pedal assist and throttle, or just throttle, these Class 1 and 2 can only have a top speed of 20 MPH, and Class 3 ebikes can have pedal assist, throttles, and can go 28 MPH max speed, but Class 3 ebikes will require a driver license and insurance to ride on the street. Class 1 and 2 don't require a drivers license, or insurance, this makes these the most popular for the public to buy. Ebike sold here in the U.S. will have a sticker affixed to the frame and will have the Class marked on it and law officers are trained to look for that sticker. I will say here that in some U.S. cities only Class 1 bikes are allowed on city streets, New York City is one of them, doesn't make to much sense, but that's the law for now. Most sold ebikes here in the U.S. are Class 2 ebikes. I will answer any question that I can, remember I got most of my info from YouTube and a little from riding in the last three months. trainman
  11. John, We have found the tires on the Rad Mini Step Thru (smooth ones like motorcycle street tires) to work just fine on packed dirt, do remember here I come from riding motorcycles off road as well as street riding for over 50 years, so a ebike is not going to be too much of a bike to handle for me, but for the wife I do have to keep here informed as to what, where, and how if the dirt becomes too soft, etc. Since 90% of our riding is on pavement, the smooth tires are much quieter them the so called knobby style tires. Most Fat Tire ebikes are going to come with knobby tires so your choices of ebikes that come with smooth style tires will be very few to choose from. Here is a video of campers riding the Rad Mini's, it will show the two bikes offered by Rad that fold for traveling. trainman
  12. Ebikes come in all sizes and prices and it's true that many are priced way up there and many are the $1500 range. If you really look into what's out there and start to price these bikes you will find that the biggest number of sales are in the $1000 to $1800 dollar range, not the $5000 range. It's like most things, dealer Mom and Pop bicycle shops are going to carry top quality bikes and have expensive parts in them, but like other products the online bikes offered are proving to be very good quality and many are imported and sold by dealers that are giving top service and you can actually pic up the phone and talk to someone. I purchased ours from RAD a Seattle based company and with top quality sales and service, they have some 30 employee. You might just go to YouTube and watch some RAD POWER BIKE videos, I think you might just get a good idea why they are number one in sales and service. https://www.radpowerbikes.com/pages/ebikes We got two very nice ebikes with top ratings, there are other online sellers that may be the same, it's pretty easy to ask and find the answers for a model you might consider a purchase. I would say before you purchase any ebike you spend a month or two finding out about ebikes, you will draw your own conclusion from your findings. Here is a very informative fourm for ebikes, it's the EBR Forum, https://electricbikereview.com/forum/ trainman
  13. We purchased these ebikes from RAD to add to our camping fun, plus ride them on the city trails where we live in Ft. Worth, Texas. Anyone else thinking about doing this, it sure adds being able to cover the entire camping ground and a ride to the store much more fun and not much peddling required. These Folding RAD models will go 20 miles without peddling and 30-50 miles with Peddle Assist turned on. Were 71 and 74 years old and they have increased our camping travels around the area to way more then we did in the past. trainman Pics of the Rad Mini Step Thru's
  14. I understand you not knowing about or seeing Oliver travel trailers, as they are on the low production side of the fiberglass travel trailers. I live in Texas and I can say the same about the Scamp, just not too many of those here either, but Casita's everywhere. Nice to see you have found the Oliver, now you will be the envy at the camping ground, I can tell you that many campers know about the Oliver's, be prepared to show and answer question on your Oliver. Welcome to the group. trainman
  15. Probably not a bad idea, I hope MaxxAir will just send you a new fan, as most things like that are just replaced and not repaired. Buy your fan from someone who offers and extended service policy, looks like you will probably need it. Walmart has a no questions asked return policy, I bet they have no problems getting their money back from MaxxAir. trainman
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