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FrankC

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  • Year
    2019
  • Make
    Oliver
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    Legacy Elite II
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    Twin Bed Floor Plan
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    461

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  1. Good luck on your new travels
  2. Ditto on the Thetford drain valve lubricant. We've been using it for the last year on our Ollie. I typically just pour a bit down the sink drains on each camping trip. There is also another lubricant from Thetford specifically for the seal on the flush toilet that you pour in the toilet and let sit for 8 hours or so (Thetford RV Toilet Seal Lube & Conditioner). I use that as well on the day before we leave for any of our trips and let it sit. So far no problems with any of the seals or valves.
  3. Great post. Good to see the details of the install. What do the mounting screws thread into? Just the fiberglass? (and if so, what screws did you use?) Or is there a wooden backing block behind the fiberglass?
  4. Strangely enough, I have about 3 feet left over, so I think Pelland was a bit generous with what they sent me. I didn't measure how long the bulk length was that I received before I started cutting it, but Pelland must have sent me ~20'.
  5. I just updated mine yesterday from white to black because the white ones were showing some mold/mildew stains and were getting hard to keep clean. For all 3 large windows and 1 small bathroom window on my Elite II, I ordered 18' of the weather-stripping (H109-376 from Pelland Enterprises), just to make sure I had a little extra. Before and after photos below. It cuts easily with a new, sharp utility knife blade. Use a carpenters square to get a nice perpendicular /square cut end. And note that each window gasket on the 3 big windows is a slightly different length since the center vertical upright is a little different location on each window. So use the original gasket from each window as your starting point. I made mine a little long to start and then did a couple of install, check, remove, trim, re-install go-rounds to get mine right. My original white gaskets were cut a little short and had a gap at the ends, as you can see in the picture of the original white gasket. There was a gap at top and bottom at each end because they were cut a bit short at the factory.
  6. I sent an email to Timken about their bearings showing up on Amazon and I specifically asked about the seller RDV and this is the response I received from Timken: ———- “Thank you for your inquiry. We do not recognize the Amazon seller you referenced in your email. “ ——— Maybe RDV is getting them from another Timken distributor so they may be legit. In Timken’s reply, they did point me to an authorized dealer here in Pennsylvania: ”Please be advised that the following is an authorized automotive aftermarket distributor in Somerset PA. “
  7. Here's a link to Timken. They are well aware of the bogus bearing issue. I'm sure they would be happy to provide info on their authorized distributors. I'm going to contact them to get some authorized east coast distributors. I'll post here if/when they reply. Contact the Company: Program Manager Timken 1835 Dueber Avenue, S.W. Canton, OH 44706 United States (330) 471-6829 https://www.timken.com/contact-general/
  8. I don't have the satellite receiver so I tend to use the 10' rule in most cases. When in doubt, stop and triple check. From the Oliver site for the Elite II specs. Outside Height 8' 6" Outside Height to Top of Optional Roof Mounted Satellite Receiver 9' 10.5" Outside Height to Top of A/C 9' 7"
  9. The Chinese are great at copying product, all the way down to the packaging details. I've had personal experience with one of my own medical device product designs being counterfeited in China, right down to copying all of our packaging, labeling and company logo, same font, etc. and even still being labeling as "Made in USA" with our US factory address, and even with a UL approval mark on the labeling, etc. All bogus and a cheap copy. It took a visual inspection of the internal parts of the device to see the difference, so a user would never know, until it failed. I've worked with Chinese suppliers and factories for many years, including spending a lot of time there doing a joint venture factory setup, and one of the lessons I learned is that the Chinese companies have no qualms at all about stealing intellectual property (patents), cheating on specs, bribes to local officials, falsifying test data on safety agency reports like UL, etc. I've always said that China has become the worst possible combination of communism, capitalism and corruption all rolled into their way of doing business. I wouldn't trust any "Timken" supplier on Amazon unless they were verified as an authorized Timken distributor. Here's a link specifically about fake Timken bearings. http://www.thecounterfeitreport.com/product/271/Timken-Bearings.html
  10. Calmark uses the Sunbrella fabric. It’s breathable. And the whole thing is open underneath so there’s plenty of air circulation. I’ve been in and out of the trailer many times in the 5 months it’s been covered (since October) and I haven’t had any issues with condensation. Haven’t seen any issues either with chaffing where it touches the fiberglass. As far as washing, I have no idea yet.
  11. I have the Calmark cover for our Elite II. Very happy with it. Not cheap though. But worth it for protecting the Ollie through the winter.
  12. Will it crank manually at all? Or is it locked up?
  13. Thanks for this idea! Time for another update to the Ollie. I needed something to tinker with during the winter. 🙂 Found these on Amazon (of course). A couple small eye-bolts and a small swivel (to allow unscrewing of the port cover without twisting the cable) should do the trick. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QKWXGL1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jyPrEbHM3TRKR
  14. Wow, that is scary! Glad you and your wife are ok. Things can be replaced, people can't be. What is the black spattering on the front of the Ollie? Moose residue? Jeep shrapnel?
  15. My OCD compelled me to run the molding all the way down to the tangent point of the lower curve of the frame. 🙂
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