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    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
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    Legacy Elite II
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    Twin Bed Floor Plan

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  1. For item #1, make sure you opened the gray tank backflow preventer valve (by pulling the handle near the floor by the toilet, or with the switch in the closet if you bought the optional auto-valve feature). For item #3, there is no manual valve for the black tank flush line. Just hook up a water hose to the flush fitting on the outside of the hull (use a dedicated hose for this, do not use your drinking water hoses) and turn on the water. Keep an eye on it though so you don’t overfill the black tank and have it overflow the toilet. The two valves under the forward dinette seat are the black tank DRAIN valve and the gray tank back flow preventer valve, both of those are remotely actuated by cables.
  2. The braided supply lines with 1/2” female pipe thread ends are available in various lengths at any hardware store like Lowe’s, etc., along with the Sharkbite fittings to go on the existing water lines on the trailer.
  3. !!!! DO NOT USE THE JACK OR JACK STAND ANYWHERE ON THE FIBERGLASS !!! The jack points are on the galvanized steel subframe at the locations indicated by the stickers. Those are the main frame rails that support the trailer. ALWAYS jack on the steel subframe.
  4. No, the bad bypass valve still felt normal when opening and closing it. The faulty seal inside the bypass valve wasn’t noticeable until I removed the valve. The new CAMCO bypass valve is installed and works well so far. One nice little detail of this CAMCO valve is that the positions are labeled (open or bypass). And I changed all water lines into and out of the Truma to braided flexible supply lines and brass fittings to eliminate the issue of breakage of the rigid plastic connections that some owners have had. Camco 37463 3-Way By-Pass Valve Replacement - Brass https://a.co/d/8qur0uz
  5. Sewer hoses store in the back bumper (one of the nice Oliver design features that you don’t find on other trailers), and that’s where the drain connection is. Most owners just leave the hose connected to the drain inside the bumper, and cap the end of the hose. I see a lot of other trailer brands with the sewer pipes and valves hanging way down below the frame, unprotected from road hazards.
  6. https://www.rigidhitch.com/media/installation_instruction/5535.pdf
  7. “C” in the diagram below is your manual brake control. It lets you apply just the trailer brakes without stepping on the brake pedal in your tow vehicle. And you should study the instruction guide for your trailer brake controller. Your skidding problem could be either a gain setting issue or a boost setting issue.
  8. Plus/minus buttons are for adjusting the gain and boost settings. Yours has a lever (on the right in the photo) instead of the squeeze paddles for manually applying the brakes.
  9. It’s not a set & forget kind of thing, you have to adjust it based on conditions. Mine is usually somewhere between 4.0 and 6.0, depending on road conditions (wet or dry, paved or gravel) and how the trailer is loaded (full tanks or empty, etc.). A number that works on dry roads will likely cause lock-up on wet roads. The little manual squeeze paddles on the brake controller are there to use to get a feel for how hard the trailer brakes are being applied. Plenty of YouTube videos showing how to set the gain.
  10. No, towing capacity and payload capacity do not add together. Think of it this way, PAYLOAD weight is the downward vertical load (towards the ground) on the tow vehicle, acting downward on the tow vehicle suspension. TOWING weight is the horizontal load being pulled that puts stress on the engine, transmission & brakes to go and stop. You could exceed the payload limit (and break the suspension on the tow vehicle) without even driving forward. And the tongue weight of the trailer (tongue weight is the downward weight that the trailer applies to the hitch, usually about 10% of the total trailer weight) must be included in your payload number total. And your vehicle has a tongue weight limit number as well somewhere in the vehicle manual/specs. Adding a basket and generator to the front of the trailer as you mentioned will increase the tongue weight as well as the total trailer weight going up.
  11. No difference in Ford’s recommended oil change interval for E85 vs gasoline, but the oil change interval (and other maintenance) is reduced to 5,000 miles for towing use (vs 7,500 miles for non-towing use) . But one odd requirement if using E85 is to run a full tank of regular unleaded gasoline when the oil is changed.
  12. It has to be a flex fuel vehicle specifically designed to allow the use of E85. My F-250 is a flex fuel engine. Flex fuel vehicles will have a yellow gas cap like this that indicates it can use E85 or gasoline.
  13. Looks like the Highlander XLE has a 5,000 lbs towing weight limit. Based on your estimated loaded Elite I weight of 4,500 to 4,700 lbs equipped as you described (plus a loaded pantry and fridge, kitchenware, bedding, clothing, etc.) you need a bigger/more capable tow vehicle.
  14. If you keep the plug dangling down but didn’t seal the cable where it enters the back of the plug as John mentioned, then water can still get in there.
  15. Hokieman, where did you get the little blue cushioning pads that are shown under your battery buckles/straps?
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