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FrankC

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  1. Edited, just saw your latest post. Hopefully the angle adjustment helps your view. We have the Voyager camera and I use it all the time for lane changes and backing up. I may update at some point to an HD camera and a bigger display.
  2. The Rivian has pretty impressive payload and towing specs, but if the real world actual range while towing ends up around 200 miles or so (towing causing a reduction of ~50% of the 400 mile claimed range as mentioned in the above post in other examples) that would be a real pain and not practical for long road trips towing a trailer. You’d be making long charging stops every 2-1/2 to 3 hours, plus the anxiety of constantly looking for charging stations that have access for a vehicle pulling a trailer. The charging stations I’ve seen on our long road trips were just set up for single vehicles. And the charging time to get a full charge would add significantly to your travel time. I get about 325 miles range with my gas F-250 when towing, and on long road trips out in the mountain west states like Wyoming and Montana, there were times when I wished I had more range than that to avoid the anxiety when the gas gauge gets to a 1/4 tank. Even gas stations can be few and far between in some of those areas. I even carry a 2 gallon RotoPax gas container as well just in case. I love the electric vehicles coming on the market and I think they are perfectly suited for the right applications, but towing a heavy trailer over long distances isn’t one of them yet. Our next daily driver for around town errands and short trips/commutes will likely be an electric vehicle. But in that future scenario my daily mileage would be way less than the vehicle range limit, so I could recharge overnight at home as needed when time isn’t an issue, and not have to worry about constantly looking for charge stations. If you want a great show to watch about long distance travel with electric vehicles, watch the series called “Long Way Up” on Apple TV+. Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman riding Harley Davidson electric motorcycles from the southern tip of South America to Los Angeles, with Rivian trucks as support vehicles, along with a diesel Mercedes Sprinter van with big solar panels for help in recharging the electric vehicles, but they still had to bring in diesel generators now and then to recharge, and even had an 18 wheeler big rig do a tow charge of the Rivians at one point.
  3. I have an F-250. No issue with my insurance here in Pennsylvania because it’s not registered as a commercial vehicle. My insurance is actually really inexpensive because of low total annual mileage since I really only use the truck for towing the Oliver on road trips. There is a difference in annual registration fees though here in Pennsylvania depending on GVWR and whether it’s registered as a farm truck.
  4. It’s a 1-1/2” hex nut on my 2019 Oliver, with a retainer clip on the nut, not a cotter pin. If you have an older Oliver that has the old style wheel bearings that require grease re-packing you will need the socket and a torque wrench to properly service the wheel bearings. After repacking the bearings with grease, the nut must be torqued to 50 ft-lbs to properly seat the bearings, then backed off to just finger tight. So as mentioned above you don’t need the socket to remove the nut since it should only be finger tight in use, but you do need the socket to properly re-install the nut. Here’s a good video from Dexter (the axle manufacturer). https://youtu.be/GnH-h3W9XvI
  5. Mine has the black coating on the chassis ground. 2019 Hull 461. Haven’t had any electrical/ground issues at all. But not sure why Oliver feels that coating is needed on the chassis ground stud since the entire ground bus bar right next to it is exposed.
  6. We joined Harvest Hosts in 2019 and have used it a lot on extended road trips of 4 to 5 weeks. It’s been great for overnight stops and some really unique locations.
  7. Definitely a small world! Thank you for a great product! That Fluke meter is built like a tank. I firmly believe my son will still be using it another 40 years from now.
  8. You should see a voltage reading value the same as what shows on the battery display inside the camper. Here’s mine using my museum piece 40 year old Fluke meter, still works, it’ll probably outlast me 🙂. Currently at 12.5 volts, not connected to shore power or solar panel at the moment (I have the lead acid wet cells).
  9. I use a similar setup that you describe on our Oliver. I use a 140 watt Zamp portable panel that has a charge controller built in, and connect to the 7 pin harness with an adapter I made. It’s worked well with no problems. The positive 12v charge wire on the 7 pin harness connects directly to the batteries. If you have an electrical multi-meter, you may want to check to make sure you are using the proper pins on the 7 pin connector, and that there is continuity between the 7 pin 12v charge wire contact and the battery positive terminal. There is a 20 amp breaker on the 12v charge wire (see wiring diagram) so you may want to check that. Ours is a 2019, so I can’t guarantee that your wire color codes are the same.
  10. A bit more testing and info would be helpful in diagnosing the issues, to see if it’s an AC electrical issue or DC electrical issue. A simple test as a starting point. If you plug into shore power and plug a lamp into one of the electrical outlets in the trailer, does the lamp light up? That will at least tell you whether the shore power connection is good. Does the EMS display show voltage and frequency or any error codes? Should look like these photos.
  11. You won’t get the anti-sway functionality if you remove the whale tail and chains. The whale tail attaches to the shank of the ball. And when you turn your tow vehicle, or the trailer sways, the chains hold the shank as it rotates in the friction material sleeve of the ball mount. That drag on the rotation of the shank is what provides the resistance that gives the anti-sway function. If you remove the whale tail and chains, the Bulldog coupler will just rotate freely on the ball like a standard hitch, with no anti- sway resistance. That’s the clever design of the Andersen. It provides both weight distribution and anti-sway using the same chains to do both functions.
  12. I had the same concerns as you. So when I did my recent annual maintenance I swapped out the original Dexter supplied bearings with new genuine Timken bearings from an authorized Timken distributor near me here in Pennsylvania, and verified as genuine Timken using the WBA bearing app. There are a lot of counterfeit “Timken” bearings on Amazon so be careful what you buy. Some of the original Dexter installed China bearings showed some odd discoloration on the races that appeared thermal/heat related (see photo) even though they had always been well maintained/greased, so I didn’t want to take any chances so I replaced them. Thankfully the axle spindles were still in perfect condition.
  13. Seems like we now have documented evidence from various owners that this method (ramp method) both does and does not work (Schrodinger’s Ramp? 🙂). There are a lot of variables that haven’t been detailed as part of the tests done. Things like trailer weight and trailer CG (center of gravity) depending on options, tanks empty or full, tongue height when hooked to tow vehicle, weight of tow vehicle, using ramp on forward or rear axle, etc. all might be affecting how much the Dexter EZ Flex suspension articulates (and how much the trailer tongue raises also) when using a ramp, and whether or not the other tire lifts off the ground. I’ll stick with my Army surplus HUMVEE scissor jack. I can get both tires on the same side off the ground so I can also rotate the tires front to back when doing my bearing maintenance.
  14. The 3M Command products are perfect for the smooth interior surface of the Ollie. Just added one of the Command broom holders by the door to keep a flashlight handy. The broom holder is the perfect size for a 2 AA cell MagLite. Also used Command strips to mount the magnetic holder for the awning remote so the remote is close by when set up at a campground (but the remote does get put in the nightstand drawer when traveling since the magnetic mount isn’t very strong). And the Command products all remove cleanly from the fiberglass so I (or a future owner) can easily change things in the future.
  15. Seems to be a random problem over the years. Our 2019 still has all blocks intact. Since Oliver chooses to use adhesive to mount those blocks, surface prep is critical, making sure both surfaces are clean and free of wax, dirt, grease, oil, mold release, etc. before applying the adhesive, so it’s very human-dependent. And Oliver may occasionally have an employee that isn’t as careful with the preparation step.
  16. 👍🏻 Yep. I have the same. One of the best campfire accessories ever invented!
  17. For your fabricated Rock Stoppers, doesn’t that mounting location on the side openings of the hitch (the square tubing section below the bumper) put the flaps REALLY close to the exhaust pipe? Or is that aluminum plate on the front of the flaps also functioning as a heat shield? The Rock Tamers mount far enough back to avoid heat issues.
  18. Here’s a photo of my Rock Tamers, mounted, as John described, at an angle so they sail back a bit at speed and deflect rocks downward. I’ve towed our Elite II over 20,000 miles now and so far the Rock Tamers have protected the front of the Ollie very well with no chips or dings at all. I do travel mainly on paved roads though, the only place I typically encounter significant amounts gravel is usually at the campgrounds and that’s low speed limits on those properties (5mph) so not much gravel thrown up there. Other Ollie owners seem to prefer more protection due to more travel at speed on unimproved roads, boondocking/forest service/CoE/BLM camp areas, abandoned rock quarries, combat zone minefields, etc.
  19. You could just open the 20 amp breaker that’s on the 12v charge wire on the 7 pin harness on the trailer. That way the original wiring is all still intact if you ever switch back to AGMs or wet cells.
  20. Seems to be conflicting results on using the ez jack type ramp with the ez flex suspension. See below post from another thread. Maybe different ramp heights?
  21. I had some split/cracked 2 piece clad lug nuts as well. I just replaced all of my lug nuts with solid one piece Gorilla lug nuts from Summit Racing. I don’t think the new ones actually seat any deeper into the rim. The conical seating area of the lug nut and rim are the standard 60 degree taper. It just looks like it seats deeper because the new lug nuts don’t have the stainless steel clad cover that protrudes right at the rim. And the female thread depth on the new lug nut is more than enough to fully engage all of the male threads on the lug. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/gor-41187htb
  22. Oliver no longer recommends using the electric jacks to lift the trailer for tire changes or wheel bearing service, only for stabilizing the trailer to prevent rocking. Oliver doesn’t even call them “jacks”. They are a “three point power stabilizer system”. I use some pieces of 4”x4” lumber and a heavy duty scissor jack (3.5 ton rating) to lift one side of the trailer at the marked lift points on the suspension subframe (Note: not all Olivers have the lift points marked like this in the photo). And once I have the trailer lifted I put the electric stabilizer down just as a safety backup. Used this setup for my wheel bearing repacking, and I carry the wood and the scissor jack on the road as well in the bed of the truck for changing a flat tire if needed. If you use a hydraulic floor jack or a hydraulic bottle jack, you still need some type of safety backup like jack stands or using the Ollie stabilizers. Hydraulic jacks can leak and collapse.
  23. No need to lift or carry a full tote tank to empty it. We have the Camco 15 gallon tote and it’s worked well on the few times we’ve needed it at campgrounds that weren’t full hookup sites. The tank comes with a hitch attachment to hook to the ball on the tow vehicle to drive it (slowly) to the campground dump station. Sewer hose, connectors and rinse hose also included as well.
  24. Oliver isn’t on the list of affected manufacturers in this article. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for the list of manufacturers & models affected. https://www.rvtravel.com/22000-rvers-told-lp-gas-danger-rvs/
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