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  1. We have a pair of AGM batteries and a dc/dc charger in the back of our truck. One battery would run the fridge for 5 days, 2 gets us 10 days. That’s without bothering to start the truck. I’ve thought about putting a solar panel on our truck but we’ve been on the road 6 months and never ran the batteries down.
  2. I’ve been using both my hand and recently my laser temp reader. I pour a cup of hot water on the tank and scan down the side until the temp drops and stays solid. Works well.
  3. Example pix in survey. 1) One concern we shared is that for shorter people that puts the Conv/uW too high for safely taking out hot foods. 2) We would be fine with an under counter compressor fridge as it has little more cu ft than the existing fridge. 3) We carry a ARB ac/dc compressor chest fridge in the back of our truck for extra space and it’s been a great combo on our 7 month road trip. 4) As to the quieter a/c would be great in hot locations. Doubt if we would upgrade immediately, long way to Hohenwald from WA.
  4. Update: Jan 19, 2022 Due to a shipping damage issue a second replacement unit is on its way by Jan 24. It appears the packaging was not adequate protection for the unit and the case was bent in a way that the burner box punched into the tank (copper). When we remove the old unit next week, I’ll take detailed removal pix and of the failed components as possible. Truma has now requested that I ship the failed unit back to them directly. They are in discussions with Oliver and wanted another failed unit for dissection. Truma service said they’ve only seen this on Oliver trailers…and are trying to see if there’s a mounting change required. The current mounting method seems pretty sturdy.. At this point I’ve paid Oliver for a replacement unit as the Truma is past warranty. Truma said they would refund shipping costs for the defective unit. After their assessment, then we can discuss any refunds from Truma. More as it transpires. Winegard DtV Fail: On another note, my Wingard DtV antenna failed at the antenna head (shorted main board) and Wingard sent me a new style antenna as a lifetime warranty replacement no charge ( I will do a separate post on that when I do the repair in March.
  5. Update: Flame out I’m getting great support from Oliver. This has happened a few times, the burner supports break and drop down causing the flames to direct outside the burner box enclosure. we smelled plastic and flipped off the outside switch on the unit which shut down the gas supply and the flames stopped. I now notice the door fins are warped from the heat. Oliver will ship us a full unit for field replacement, then ship back old unit for inspection by Oliver and Truma. I will discuss extended warranty claim with Truma as this shouldn’t be a wear out failure. More as it transpires. Craig
  6. FullSizeRender.mov Our hull 505 in service Aug 2019 has a major Truma burner fail at 29 months. (2 yr wty) The burner box no longer contains flames on startup and we smelled burning plastic before we shut it down. Pix from video shows symptom of flames engulfing wiring and controls. We will try to get a whole new unit for install and send dead one back to Truma for analysis. I’ll be asking Truma for some adjustment to warranty. we are lucky this happens while daylight and I could take action immediately. FullSizeRender.mov FullSizeRender.mov Any one else had the same promlem? Is it a design flaw? Doesn’t seem like an Aging type of failure.
  7. Our Winegard Omni HDTV antenna has failed. Symptom: when turning on the amplifier the red led blinks on then off. Winegard tech support had me disconnect the antenna lead to the amplifier and press the on button. The amp stays on. So they said the fault is in the coax between the antenna and the amplifier. For now I’ll live without the hdtv off air antenna as I’m on the road and can’t fully assess the issue. There is a note in the antenna installation manual that says: “Warning: Once the head and pedestal are connected, the head cannot be removed without incurring damage.“ When I get home in February I’ll repost the end of this story.
  8. They are the delivery units for the week. Pix was on a Monday. We saw 4 delivered in the 2 days we were there.
  9. Yes they are. The camping spots are very level with crushed gravel topping.
  10. Same here, 3 10' sections. Worst case was in a Campground in West Yellowstone. They had the site setup for midship dump for a 40' motor home. They also had a dump station as a backup...but the 3 sections of hose were perfect, and they fit in the rear bumper.
  11. West Glacier KOA is a wonderful campground and only 6 miles from the Entry Portal to Glacier.
  12. John, I have a Sureline Tongue Wt. Scale. e-trailer had a really nice scale for tongue wt. that is much easier to use. https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/etrailer/e99044.html
  13. Christi, Our 2019 had a prowatt 2000, with a separate auto transfer switch, and a pd4000 load center with battery charger. When we upgraded to lithium’s we had to swap out the separate inverter and pd4000 charger for an integrated xc2000. The full story is here: https://4-ever-hitched.com/ggs-1 blog/f/lithium-battery-upgrade In 2021 Oliver switch completely to combo inverter/chargers from Xantrex which also caused them to drop the PD4000 load center and start using a pair of static panels, one for ac breakers and one for dc fuses. Both are mounts below the rear dinette seat where the pd4000 load center used to be installed.
  14. See our blog for a video showing the install on the Oliver. https://4-ever-hitched.com/ggs-blog/f/new-shoes-for-galway-girls-feet Craig
  15. For all kinds of Oliver sized cookware and other items Oliver Users have gathered...check out the Oliver Trailer Outfitters Guide on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2mAAgPO The pans we use in the convection oven are on that list (about half way down the list) The Nordic Wear line makes special sized pans for toaster oven's and compact convection ovens. Here's one of the compact baking sheets we use. Craig
  16. As to the batteries in your last line above about Lithium vs. AGM: Here's a link to an article I wrote on my conversion from 4 AGM's to Lithium. https://4-ever-hitched.com/ggs-blog/f/lithium-battery-upgrade At the end of the article I provide an update data I've gathered...and an estimate on how long our Lithiums run in not sunny (PNW) weather...and another estimate how much longer a Platinum Pro might run (630AH) vs. the Lithium Pro package (390AH) in those boon-docking conditions.
  17. Ours did that, an we asked for the camera manufacturer for an exchange assembly. They sent us a new camera, we sent back the old. (Ours was inside warranty). CS
  18. I had a link sent to me from Truma to their AC announcement. (Guess I'm on a mailing list.) Link to Truma AC page: https://go.truma.net/aventaThe graph (down below) is of current consumptions and makes it look like it's much quieter than the competitors at first glance...but what's being graphed is Current. Sound levels are in the notes for each portion of the graph. Looking only at noise levels vs. fans speed you would see this chart. They didn't state which competitor they are comparing to... Just passing along what I found. Craig
  19. We have a Twin bed EII with KTT Mattresses. Here's the idea we implemented for use of the twins as couches. We added 6 new cushions (3 on each side) with a firmer density foam acquired at a local foam shop. The shop had references for local boat upholstery folks...and we had one of them make up the cushions. 6 - Daybed rectangular back cushions - 25” W x 11”H x 4” Thick Those dimensions just tuck under the window frames snugly. Here's a picture of the end result. We wanted 3 on each side so we could lean against them when watching TV. If we aren't using them when we sleep they stack up nicely on the dinette seats over night. We've actually found the side cushions useful when sleeping. They give us back support if we turn our back to the cushions, and also are extra insulation in cold weather.
  20. MB Sturgis sells a kit with all the parts and a video of the retrofit for the Q series is here:
  21. FYI - Found this attachment for Lithionics specific storage procedure for the batteries now being sold with Oliver's. It's attached as a PDF bud also at the bottom of this Service Article page: Path: https://support.olivertraveltrailers.com/portal/en/kb/articles/lithionics-battery Lithionics Storage_Procedure_Rev_03.pdf CS
  22. The new Oliver's with Solar and the Xantex Charger/Inverters are all set so you can drop in Lithiums in the Future. That means going with the 4 AGM's initially will save you $$ and you'll have an easy upgrade path to LI in the future. In our case, we didn't have the Xantrex Charger/Inverter so our upgrade process was more "invasive". CS
  23. Here's our State of Charge data for the dual GTX 315's in our trailer (Hull 505) over a few days of boon-docking at Kalaloch on the WA Coast. NO Generator Use, No Shore Power. 340W Solar on Roof and 30A Zamp Controller On Board No direct fully sunny days Power Uses: Ran the max fan at night on low for air circulation and most of the afternoons Used the microwave sparingly to do some popcorn. Didn't do the Oven. Did NOT run AC as in our setup we have a 2000W inverter, not connected to the AC. Watched TV (we have a DC powered TV) each night for about 2 hours (streaming from downloads on the tablet.) Ran 2CPAPS all night for 8 hours. Did NOT run the generator nor hook up to any shore power. DATA: Starting AH: 630AH Total Capacity (both batteries) 8:00 AM Day 1 was 100% Partial Sun 6:40 AM Day 2 was 90% Rainy Day 6:13 AM Day 3 was 83% Rainy Day 8:27 AM Day 4 was 75% Departure Day Total Used AH: 154AH or 52AH/day Remaining AH: 236+240 = 476AH (sum of both batteries) I estimated with the dual 315A Batteries we could last 12 total days in overcast conditions like those we experienced with our normal power use model. My guess is if we had the 390AH Battery Set we could maybe last about 7 days. So that means the Dual 315's enable about 5 more days of off grid camping given our use model. *Your use model may be very different* We'll be testing full sun as we travel in Aug-October and we will post an update. Hope that data helps some folks!. Craig Hull 505 - Galway Girl
  24. Good omen! And welcome to Oliver Ownership. If you're looking at items that many other Oliver Owners have used for their Olivers, check out the Oliver Trailer Outfitters guide on Amazon. Each item has a comment about it in the upper right of the picture. Many of the comments are about Oliver specific use and fit. You can see the list here On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2mAAgPO Or through links to the list on our Blog Site here: https://4-ever-hitched.com Happy trails. Craig Short Hull 505 - Galway Girl
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