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WhatDa last won the day on November 29 2019

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  1. On a more serious note, the double hull prevents them from getting up into the undercarriage, where most other trailers have some flimsy laminate or worse that they can get up into. Our terrier is kind of upset with the lack of vermin - she's usually pretty good at getting pet fees and our fees refunded at hotels by pointing out their critter problem.
  2. I have their autoformer, which has made some saggy campground voltages usable. My only observation is that they outsource their app to an offshore country that may or may not be to your liking. Here is their privacy policy: https://www.privacypolicies.com/privacy/view/85a7abf571aa4f9d21d277074b742a1f Here are their permissions on their app: With all that combined, I'm not willing to install their app on my phone, maybe my standalone device that has none of my other data on it. So then I'm back to square 1. If I'm going to spend cash on the power system, I'd convert to 50A power to a charger, and then push all the feeds in the Oliver to come off two multiplus units. So it'd be 50A Surge suppressor->50A charger->DC system/batteries->Inverter(s)->all AC loads. Then I could run the microwave and AC at the same time, and wouldn't have to listen to my dehumidifier change speeds when the neighbor makes coffee. I'll eat a little bit in efficiency, but hopefully save in Microwave/fridge/AC longevity.
  3. I was looking at duplicating overland's work, and came to the same conclusion he lists above, best to just replace the whole fixture. I just haven't gotten that far as I think I may do a few other things while in there...like maybe throwing in a valve to let the hot water go into the fresh water tank so I stop wasting fresh water and gray water waiting for warm water.
  4. Also forgot...convection microwave that keeps the time when it loses power... You'd figure "RV specific" would be built for power loss. Almost as infuriating as my Toyota that has a GPS (ie access to very accurate time), cell phone app (more accurate times), but cannot set the time for itself, or deal with daylight savings.
  5. Mini split that can heat/cool/filter/dehumidify. The whole roof in solar panels. Truma comfort plus (instant hot water and no wasted fresh/gray), with all the plumbing individually insulated (so recirculating hot water keeps cold water from freezing). Add a washer/dryer (stacked or even combo if 66" of height can't be found) as an option - closet if not. This would add 24" to length and give another closet or separate shower on the other side. I really like the rear dinette as our best views are usually out the rear window. So I'd keep that. Easier way to convert from table to an actual bed -- there are drop down tables that go from table height to bed support height without all the unscrewing and storing of pillars. Some of these also then work outside. Bathroom door as a pocket door or way to really be able to use front area as a bed. Ditch all the black panels and boxes on the interior and their LED lights. Dedicated waste bin solution in kitchen and bath
  6. Just got some door jamb pictures from some Chevy 1500 LTZ - 5.5' bed ~1500 lbs and 6.5' ~1600 lbs payload - both baby Duramax. Pretty tempting with the offers that are out there, we'll see if HD offers catch up.
  7. That'd be the dream. The 2022 Tundra will probably come with all the latest safety goodies on even its base trims. For Ford that means Lariat Ultimate, GM SLT/LTZ, and RAM special packages. The rumored hybrid turbo-six will probably be great for around town, but probably be equal to an EcoBoost on the road. But by the time that comes around, Cybertrucks will be rolling in. I'm trying to figure out the actual payload of some of the Diesel 1500 Silverados around me as they have heavy rebates and it might be the only 1500 that works close to an HD. Otherwise we'll see what rebates bring for any of the HD trucks this month.
  8. Yeah, it would still be fun. That's also the appeal of the Cybertruck, it has a good chance of towing well and being fast. The TRX and it probably share about the same range before empty 🙂 On the topic of modern diesels -- a cherry used LBZ Duramax is as much as new new truck. We're opting for new for safety features and also used car shopping is a bit rough with the COVID-19 measures in place. Just waiting to see April's offers from the makes and 529 should be back to racking up some miles.
  9. Rebel TRX should be able to make it up Ike...it's just a question of Payload and Towing - neither of which I am guessing it is optimized for 🙂
  10. I didn't get a chance to test drive one, but the towing mileage from the interwebs with them is less than stellar. TFL Truck got 5.6 MPG (vs 6.9 MPG on the Chevy gasser) towing with a mini fifth wheel. They haven't done the MPG loop with that trailer and the updated PS+10 speed, but expect it to turn 10-12 MPG. The dollars don't work out to be in the Diesels favor, even if it gets double the mileage due to the $8k premium in price (some may be recaptured later). The problem is the 7.3 has a 34 gallon tank unless you go to Crew + 8' bed - when you get 48 gallons. While the Ollie is probably more aerodynamic (and certainly lighter) than the Cimarron they used for the test, you'll still be looking for gas stations ~170 miles apart to keep the reserve on the 34 gallon tank. Titan and Transferflow make replacement tanks for Diesel Super Duty trucks in the 55-65 gallon range, but not for gas. That should unlock 1000 miles without a trailer and 500 miles with a trailer for the Diesels - which for us means getting fuel only once per day vs 3x per day or being able to choose exactly where to charge. If that's not enough an autotransfer bed auxiliary tank (another 50-80 gallons) is possible with Diesel - but not with gas. On a cross country trip this means buying fuel in the cheap states only. There are some other characteristics which make the Diesel a plus. 1) it's heavier which means more weight on the steer axle (you do lose payload, but in an F350 that is less of a concern). 2) it's quieter under load - that V8 growl gets old on a long mountain pass or long headwinds. All reviews do point to the 7.3 being fun to drive, better for offroad as its lighter (the weight on steer axle is a plus when towing), easier/cheaper to maintain, having plenty of torque, etc... but for me it's the logistics of MPG * tank size. If TransferFlow or Titan come out with XXL gas tank replacements that could seriously boost its usability. Choosing the 7.3 wouldn't be wrong, but for me I'd rather have the added range of the Diesel, even if I'll pay out the nose at purchase and every oil change.
  11. Just to calm those that might be freaking out about their pending orders - Hull 529 made it across the country and several extended adventures -- including the one we are on now -- without any major issues. Just a minor trim issue with bottom left drawer that I need to call Jason's team to sort out (the trim pops up over the drawers catch if you aren't careful opening it). We did spend 2 days at Davy Crockett to shake everything out, and nothing went wrong other than the RVLock remote was INOP from the start. I disagree with many things Oliver does re: general design, but they are still head and shoulders above the competition - at least for our purposes.
  12. Most are. Some are 110v. I'm evaluating which one to go with. On the electric side, I am looking at everything inside being driven off an inverter all the time, and shore power going to a charger -- tired of garbage campground voltage. So it'd go mains->charger->batteries->inverter->loads. It'd be a second multiplus to get 220v everywhere. I'd also no longer have to worry about turning anything off to run the Microwave.
  13. 22 feet+ (which is right where the CC+LB F350 is) results in higher ferry fees here too. $20 turns into $30 or $60 depending on height - 7'2" being the breaking point. Also when I talk the "short" bed for the F350, it's 6.8' long vs the 5.5' on the 1/2 tons. So not long enough to carry plywood/sheetrock with the tailgate up, but certainly ok with it down. We'd also take a double cab, long bed -- but those aren't too easy to find. With the factories shutdown, not sure I want to order something right now.
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