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  1. On 7/28/2020 at 11:41 PM, DCdude said:

    I have the stow and tow and like it! But, as mentioned, I tow (Well, I WILL tow) 3 different trailers with 3 different heights. So, the hitch comes in handy.  Works great! However, I will say the long hitch has bottomed out several times. 

     

    On 7/28/2020 at 1:32 PM, Landrover said:

    I agree excellent hitch.

    The 2.5 hitch only comes with the medium adjustment.  Would that be the one to get?

     

  2. Hello All.  I will be towing with a 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Gas truck.  What do I need to purchase for a ball when I drive down to Tennesee?  Also, is the Anderson hitch worth ordering for this TV?  I have seen various posts for balls and ones that can be lowered, so I am not sure which to order.  Seems to me as if the truck and Oliver Elite Ii are both about 23 inches at the towing connection?

  3. Would some of you like to share how one cooks while living for months at a time in your Oliver?  The refrigerator and freezer don't hold much, and it looks like most cook outside when possible.

  4. 48 minutes ago, DavidS said:

    If you google search for WiFi Ranger, the first hit will be the website (https://wifiranger.com) for the company that makes them. A lot of info there. 

    The google search page also lists reviews about the product. 

    This is copied from my earlier post on Tethering a Hotspot to WiFi Ranger "The WiFi Ranger has two inter-connected routers, the Sky router on the roof and the Go2 in the cabinet above the dinette, and it provides a number of useful features. First, it creates your own local network, which is especially useful if you have multiple devices. Logging in to your network is easy, as your devices can remember the password to your local network. Second, the rooftop antenna can boost the WiFi signal from a campground, a Starbucks, or a truck stop, from as much as a mile away (see post by RVGeeks). If your device (phone, tablet or laptop) is connected to the WiFi Ranger, you would have a much stronger signal and faster speeds than if you connected your device directly to the WiFi source. Third, the Sky router on the roof allows you to access your WiFi signal outside the trailer, as much as 1000 feet away. This allows you to surf the web at the picnic table or by the river. When inside the trailer you should connect to the interior Go2 router."

    The wifi booster you can get from Oliver works also?

  5. On 2/20/2020 at 10:03 AM, ozarkhikers said:

    I believe that it was David who posted awhile back about running your cell hotspot through the wifiranger. We do that and have found that it increases signal quality and speed. The wifiranger also has a free VPN that you can toggle on or off through the menu. Great for doing our online billpay while we are on the road.

    What is the WiFi ranger?

  6. 19 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    Would you mind explaining about the rotors and pads? I just don’t understand this.....

    I agree about Toyota trucks (not the cars and crossovers). I am a huge fan of them, and of certain Lexus models. The Tundra is definitely Old School, and long overdue for a major model update. The problem is that if you drive a recent model made by one of the Big Three, it might easily  spoil you when compared to that obsolete technology. For example, the new Ram interiors are simply luscious. The driving experience of a newer truck with a MUCH better NVH design and more gears will be much higher, which is a really important factor for anyone who plans to spend many months on the road.

    I would never say “Don’t buy a Tundra”, because with the 5,7 engine it is a reliable workhorse. But I think a Certified two or three year old used truck with better features would be worth considering hard. For example, a later Ram 2500 with the most excellent soft riding rear coil suspension. .... 

    http://www.trucktrend.com/news/1306-2014-ram-2500-five-link-coil-rear-suspension/

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

    I like that. Thanks!

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  7. 22 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    If you are not an experienced tower, then you should look hard at the available Towing Technology packages. They are all different depending on the manufacturer and even Light Duty vs Heavy Duty. If I were buying a New Ram HD, I would check the option box for this - it includes full surround cameras, the ability to add a rear view trailer camera and also trailer TPMS. 

    Research, research, watch towing test videos from The Fast Lane Trucks, ask questions, take some trucks for drives -  you have so much time to make a decision. Don't act until you are 100% sure. Buy enough truck!

    If you want more detailed advice, tell us do you plan to buy a new truck, or used, and where you plan to tow and how many miles annually.

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

     

     

     

    22 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    If you are not an experienced tower, then you should look hard at the available Towing Technology packages. They are all different depending on the manufacturer and even Light Duty vs Heavy Duty. If I were buying a New Ram HD, I would check the option box for this - it includes full surround cameras, the ability to add a rear view trailer camera and also trailer TPMS. 

    Research, research, watch towing test videos from The Fast Lane Trucks, ask questions, take some trucks for drives -  you have so much time to make a decision. Don't act until you are 100% sure. Buy enough truck!

    If you want more detailed advice, tell us do you plan to buy a new truck, or used, and where you plan to tow and how many miles annually.

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

     

     

    I have never driven a truck or towed anything, so yes, I am researching as much as I can.  I live in Rhode Island, and plan on going south for the winter for a few months, and west to national parks in the springs for a few months.  So much traveling across the country.  I am leaning towards the Toyota Tundra, but have not been to the dealer.  Will get a vehicle that is a few years old.

  8. We plan to pick up our Elite II in April of 2021.  After much reading, I still have not determined the appropriate tow vehicle.

    What specifications should I use to narrow down the list, and take to the various dealers when I take trucks or SUVs out for test drives?

    It seems the Toyota Tundra, Ford F-150 and Dodge Durango are favorites. I also am considering the GMC Sierra 1500 or 2500

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  9. On 8/15/2017 at 12:14 PM, SimonJester said:

    Thank you to all who replied to this post.

     

    After much deliberation and checking out of vehicles, large and small, we decided to go with a Ford F-150 to replace our Tacoma.  We opted for a four wheel drive F-150 with a 5.0 liter V-8.  We hauled our Elite II for 1100 miles.  We covered the mountains from North Carolina to Southern Pennsylvania along Interstate 81 and then east to Delaware.  We averaged 13.5 miles to the gallon.  With the Tacoma we averaged 12.9 covering flatter ground.  The ride of the F-150 is much smoother and hence the comfort is a couple of orders of magnitude better than the Tacoma, not to mention the additional room in the F-150.

     

    Thank you for your consideration!

     

    Joe Co

    Hello Rob;  Did you consider the Toyota Tundra?

     

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  10. 10 hours ago, Trainman said:

    Oliver says, that most of there new production models, customers are ordering the twin bed option. This is also true in Casita and Escape is to offer a twin model in there 21 footer, which customers have been asking for. Plus I like the center cabinet between the beds, we use it a lot for our electronic, etc. 

    trainman

    Isn't the twin less comfortable for a tall man?

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