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  1. 7 hours ago, DanielBoondock said:

     Great tip thanks! I saw that but misinterpreted it to indicate the truck weight or something.

    Based on all the great feedback here I’m looking at

    • Silverado WT (work truck) or equivalent 2500 or possibly 3500 (which seems overkill)
    • Crew cab short box
    • 6.6L V8 Gas engine 4WD 3.73 rear axel
    • Highest GVWR I can get (only option is a lowered 10k GVWR)
    • Trailering package (electrical, hitch etc)
    • Cruise control, good/bad idea?


    You will get many who say a WT is a bad idea (less tech, no leather, heated steering wheel and seats, etc).  If you are the person who loves a lot of tech and luxury, you will absolutely hate a WT.  My 2018 Tundra is a SR WT.  It has vinyl seats, rubber flooring (under the rubber floor mats), towing package, steel wheels, cruise control (adaptive at that), bluetooh phone and several other items which my older truck does not have.  I LOVE this truck and considering a SR5 was $10-15k more at the time I don't feel the additional cost was worth it for me.  Cleaning the truck interior is a breeze and I am not one for a lot of tech in my vehicle.  I plan to keep my truck until it dies and cannot be repaired so resale is not a factor.


    Go with your gut.  

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  2. I had a similar issue this past Winter where the caulking on my trailer turned yellow/brown/gray.  It was after driving a dusty dirt road.  It wouldn't come off with usual soap and sponge.  It did however come off and return to shiny and white after cleaning it with roll-off and a microfiber cloth.




    I also found a lot of smears and residual caulk left over from manufacturing when all turned gray, but was successful in removing with a plastic razor.  I did not see the smudges at pickup and likely neither did they since everything was shiny white.  All is well and looks new again now.

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  3. I'd be up for a N MI rally, especially if we can do it on Mackinac Island.  Would be fun to hitch a team up to the Ollie, driving from the doghouse with my feet in the front storage tray.  What could go wrong?.  😜. Watch out for the road apples!

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  4. I like your idea of the van-based outdoor kitchen. I had a Eccotemp propane on-demand water heater like this one, housed in a big pelican case, mounted to the exterior of my expedition trailer. I would think something like this would work for your situation, perhaps better than the Ollie shower port. It would also give you redundant systems as well as allow you to heat the water from the van tanks when not parked next to the Ollie.


    Please keep us informed of your progress. This project sounds cool. 

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  5. Dog Canyon campground, Guadalupe NP.  60 miles South of Carlsbad, NM, just barely over the border into Texas.  Only 4 RV sites.  No hookups but potable water and flush toilets nearby.  The 4 RV sites are close together but the hiking, scenery and wildlife are wonderful and the peacefulness is great.  I have been there three times now and two times was the ONLY camper in the whole campground for several days.  A bit out of the way but worth it.



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  6. 4 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    That is great, thanks for posting. I love those mil surplus cans. I have all my towing paraphernalia in one of the ubiquitous .50 cal version….it fits neatly in a plastic milk crate, and if I leave the top latch undone, the lid will open and close while it is in the crate. The only problem with your setup is your ammo will “cook off”…. 😬 For those who may not know: … https://www.armyandoutdoors.com/blogs/news/an-introduction-to-ammo-cans

    Why did you pick such a huge size? A typical home gas range big burner is less than 20,000 btu.

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

    the burner was what I found locally and it was cheap.  Figured I would try it and see how it works.  If it is too much of a afterburner I can always downgrade later.

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  7. Ditto what everyone else said above.  Get ahold of the Oliver Sales office.  You will not get a hard sell or pressure from any of them and they will have the latest pricing, options list and can connect you with a Oliver to see near you.


    Welcome to the Group!

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  8. I don’t like to cook in my Ollie and usually cook with a Wok when not grilling. When there is electric (like many of you) I use my portable induction cooktop. When there is no electric, I have been using a small, single burner high pressure burner. It is not very hot and does not like wind. 

    The search for a high output, single burner propane burner that I can use with the Ollies low pressure quick connects yielded several units, all bulky or heavy.  Plus most were North of $150. 

    I am a fan of .50 cal ammo cans as they are durable and compact and a clean-stow in the pickup bed. Also simple to label with a sharpie  

    since I had already built a self-contained, low pressure firepit from a ammo can, I decided to look for components to build a high output single burner version for cooking

    The 50,000 btu burner came from a local home goods store (Menards), the propane orifice and valve from the local propane supplier, the burner grate from salvage and the ammo can from JAX outdoor store.  All-in the unit cost $40.  Haven’t tested it yet but I dont see why it wont work well

    Here is the final product. 


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  9. 2 hours ago, mossemi said:

    It would be my guess the you are not using the Andersen WDH with your 1 ton Ram.  And I believe JD thinks the function of the Andersen WDH is the source of the excessive ball wear.


    I DO use the Andersen WDH with the Tundra and keep it on the few times I use the Ram as then I do not have to remove the chains.  All but 1.5k mi have been run with the Tundra.

    I see often that people appear to tighten the tensioners on their WDH so much that that they have problems crushing the poly bumpers when on the level then splay the chain connectors when hitting dips in the road surface.  I run my tension as Oliver had set up for me on pickup day and have found neither issue with excessive ball wear or with connecting the whale tail when re-hitching.  I could see where these both would present as problems were I running high levels of tension on the chain tensioners.

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  10. 2018 Tundra SR longbed 4X4 with 1430 lb payload.  Have towed all over the SouthWest, Midwest and thru TN and KY with no issues.  Tow with the Andersen hitch.  12 mpg and plenty of power and braking.  Added Firestone airbags and inflate to 25 lbs which eliminates any jouncing.  Also tow with a 1 ton Dodge diesel single rear wheel 4X4.  Mpg towing with the diesel is 16 mpg and obviously much more cargo capacity.  Between the two, honestly I prefer the Tundra.  Nicer ride and my 1 ton is huge overkill IMO for the Elite II the way I drive (65-67 mph).

    I have spoken to owners of the new Tundra who tow a 25' Airstream and they said it tows great.  If you can find one, I don't think you can go wrong.  I am a displacement guy so the 5.7 V* is high on my list but from what I have heard, the new turbo V6 Tundra does the job too.


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  11. There is so little external access storage in the Ollie it would be a shame to lose the bumper storage just so you don't have to carry a bottle to the bathroom to empty it. Once you dump the black tank the whole bumper storage should be treated as contaminated and therefore storage of items becomes limited. I would rethink this and either buy a second bottle or carry a larger tote in the back of the truck into which you can empty your pee bottles and then visit the toilet or dump station to dispose of the larger amount all at once

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  12. Ordered my 2021 without microwave. Do not miss a microwave but DO enjoy the additional pantry space for toaster oven and misc stuff. The space is finished nicely and the door and latch match upper cabinets. IMO the deletion was worth the trade and offset cost. 

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  13. 5 minutes ago, Mike and Carol said:

    I might pay high $$$ so I can say I ceramicked my trailer.

    I am a huge fan of Mr. Miyagi.  Wax-on, Wax-off.  Found several tins of the discontinued, 3M Marine Ultra paste wax. Its pretty easy to apply and buffs out nice.  Plus, It gets me ready for the Summer Parade Season with my parade wave (elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist).  🤪

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  14. 3 hours ago, dewdev said:

    I like and use the command strip products also in the Olie.

    Somewhere on this forum lst year, someone posted about silicone pockets that stick to the interior of the Oliver without any command strips or glue. I think that Mossemi may have had them on one of his storage posts but I bought them on-line somewhere not where Mossemi bought his. I have a couple in the bathroom to hold tooth bushes, tooth paste and comb and have one in the main cabin to hold my reading glasses, pen and flashlight. They are made either in white or black.

    I tired to find them on the forum Search feature to post it here but  could not find the post.

    If anyone knows what I am referring to please post it as I want to buy a couple more.

    See my above link for Tooletries. They are also sold on Amazon. Silicone and no adhesive. Easy peasy to install and move

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  15. Command Strip products are awesome in the Ollie. If you havent checked them out yet, Tooletries makes a shower storage line that works in the Ollie as much more than just shower accessories.   I have two of the “Henry” holders in the bed area of my trailer to hold all of the remotes. They are silicone so do not scratch and also have several of the “Arnold” hooks around inside the trailer for string lights, keys, etc.  In the shower, the “Frank” holds the shampoo and conditioner on the wall and out of the way.  

    Also just ordered two of these for the living area  https://30watt.com/products/sudski

    It is fun finding new things to make life inside the Ollie more dialed-in


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  16. Has anyone towed their Elite II with a Mitsubishi Mighty Max?  Thinking it might get some high m.p.g. going downhill (so long as I can keep the rig straight). For uphills I am hoping for a miracle. 🤪


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