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  1. @John E Davies posted this link in another thread - 10.3 amps for the furnace fan


    Here is a chart (one of a gazillion out there) showing how much power in watts or amps various appliances consume. Since it is winter you do not have to worry about the air conditioner, it is a huge energy hog. Your water heater electric heating element, if you have one, and the fridge electric heater both use a lot of current. If you are hooked up to 30 amps, don’t worry about them, but if you are on a 15 amp circuit, you need to make sure both of those units are running off propane. Trip those breakers and make sure the propane is turned on and working.


    John Davies


  2. 35 minutes ago, ctshort09 said:

    Take a look at the rear water inlet closely straight on with the cap off.
    Do you see a HEX shape in the entry port? 

    This is great information. I had Oliver check this inlet port in October and they mentioned tightening with a hex wrench then. They checked it and said there was no problem.  After returning to Austin I still had the same issues as before. Ordered a wrench and found that the hex nut was tightened properly.  

  3. I picked up the trailer last night and tested the inlet with two washers and it did work without the normal coaxing that I had done previously.  I also placed the bucket of water on the bumper to improve flow. 

    I have ordered new screen washers to replace the original ones. 

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  4. The winterize inlet on my Oliver Elite II trailer requires me to apply pressure in just the right spot/angle to get it to start pulling water or antifreeze into the water supply lines.  Sometimes it seems as though it is never going to start pulling.  Any tips on how to get this inlet to work more consistently?

    I am typically using a short white hose with standard threads attached to the inlet and then dropping that into water or antifreeze.

  5. This is a timely topic and tip for me as I am headed to Big Bend SP on Thursday through Monday. On Sunday and Monday the temperatures are going to be too cold to use the Oliver's water system (or for mountain biking) as they are expected to drop to 12F and stay below freezing for over 24 hours.  The trip back from Terlingua to Austin will be chilly one too.


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  6. Oliver makes great products and obviously values supporting a healthy community where owners and interested parties can ask and answer questions, share ideas and otherwise communicate. 

    A big thank you and high marks to the administrators and moderators for keeping the forum on a positive path. Both of these roles can be difficult and often times thankless, but in my opinion are being done consistently well here.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Overland said:

    On our recent trip we had two BBs fail


    Could you describe the failure symptoms, if any?  If the BMS was working correctly, a failure would result in the two of the four batteries going offline, leaving you with functional system but with 50% lower capacity. Even if  three of your four Battleborns had failed in this manner, you would still have a functioning system. 

    DId Battleborn provide you with any insight into the failure mechanism yet?


  8. Wow! AMAZING craftsmanship!

    I had some initial concerns over the potential for terminal stresses but less so after noticing how the batteries are butted together, which should provide for significant stability that would be difficult to achieve using four of their standard batteries.  I am very interested in, if and how you are going to strap the four batteries together.

  9. Why do RV appliance suppliers build systems that can not tolerate voltages greater than 13.6V?

    Options other than installing a regulator on the fans might include placing a diode (or two) in series with the fans. Most diodes have a forward drop of ~0.7V per diode.  This would be much less expensive and likely more reliable than the regulators. However the voltage drop from the diode(s) would also occur when the battery was in a low state.

  10. I know the alternator output was mentioned before. The fan may not be running when the alternator is active.

    Oliver systems with solar likely see these voltages daily for extended periods.

    ZAMP charge controller Absorption charging voltages at 25℃ from manual

    --LTO type battery 14.0 +/-0.2 VDC -

    -Gel type battery 14.1 +/-0.2 VDC

    --LiFePO4 battery 14.4 +/-0.2 VDC

    --AGM type battery (default setting) 14.4 +/-0.2 VDC

    --WET type battery 14.7 +/-0.2 VDC

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