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Mountainman198

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  1. Congrats! The next best thing to delivery day is each morning you awaken inside your Ollie in a new and exciting location. Enjoy your travels and new experiences.
  2. I carry a single burner induction cooktop for use when hooked up to electric. It stores in the drawer when not in use. Works great both inside and outdoors.
  3. I have experience in the popup truck camper world. Both a soft side (Jayco) and hard side (Alaskan). The PITA of this type is that it stays on the truck and comes with you when ever you drive the truck. If I were in your shoes, I would look at something hardsided and fiberglass which you could unload at the campsite with electric jacks and stabilize for use while there and drive away in the truck when you wanted to day explore or sightsee. Both Bigfoot and Northern Lite are well made campers (likely there are others which would have this capability of functioning standalone off the truck). I recommend avoiding slideouts (I know I would). Camped next to a couple last Winter in a really nice, late model Arctic Fox truck camper with two slides. They loved their camper but hated the slides as they failed three times in two years. If you don't mind keeping the camper on the trailer, both Hallmark and Outfitter make nice popup truck campers with composite roofs. Nice thing about these campers is that they are lower profile while driving so you get better gas mileage and feel sidewinds less. Re: Bigfoot, the dealer in Henderson, CO (Trailer World) does a lot of business with people from other states and are a very low pressure, Family run business. I am in no way affiliated, just know of them and dealt with them when shopping for a trailer before settling on Oliver. They might be an option. Good luck
  4. Assuming all windows are installed similarly as the bathroom window, the window is sealed on the outside by both butyl and caulk and secured to the hull by several screws from the inside which sandwich the hull between the inner and outer metal window frames. Once these screws are removed from the inside, the inner frame comes off easily. Best to have someone on the exterior holding the window in place as you remove the screws in case the butyl and caulk gives way and the window falls to the ground (mine was held tight by these two materials and necessitated the use of a plastic razor and a plastic putty knife on the exterior between the hull and frame to release the window from the hull). If I recall, I cleaned the hull opening first with a plastic razor blade, followed by a microfiber cloth with mineral spirits, followed by another cloth and alcohol. The butyl rope was applied fully encircling and around the underside of the window lip. When you place the new window in the opening the butyl compresses between the window frame and the hull, creating a hidden seal between the two. Careful tightening of the screws holding the inside window frame compresses the butyl and draws the exterior window frame to the hull. I used a dripless caulk gun and cut the nozzle very near the tip so it had a small, beveled opening. You only need a small bead of caulk around the window. Application did not require much caulk nor any smoothing. I suppose you could use blue masking tape both on the hull and window frame, exposing only the area you wished to have caulk applied, then use your finger to smooth, removing tape before caulk dried. If you are not used to caulking, I recommend practicing on the joint created by a couple of boards screwed together til you get the feel.
  5. I concur. I just replaced my bathroom window under warranty (the issue was a Lippert issue and not due to Oliver production). Service sent me the new window, butyl rope and caulk. Mike patiently walked me through the steps of removal, surface prep and reinstallation. It went quite well and was very simple to both remove and install. I was quite nervous before I started. Now after having done it I wouldn't hesitate on performing the procedure.
  6. As improbable as it would be since it would require expensive mold changes, I would enjoy 80" twins instead of the 75".
  7. 6’6”. 250 lbs. I make it work. At 6’2” he should fit just right.
  8. I have the smaller size. Fits fine https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UMBKD4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. this is the rack I use. On their website they state that it IS rated for read of trailer use, so long as used in a 1.25" receiver and not with the adapter in a 2" receiver. https://letsgoaero.com/bikewing-2-nextgen-tilting-two-bike-rack/
  10. Recommend The Collar and a ABUS Diskus lock for when connected. A lot of us use this and it prevents the simple override of the hitch latch noted above
  11. For those of us who are dog lovers, IKEA has rubber coat hooks which are normally hung with a screw but a command strip will also stick it securely to gelcoat. I put one up near the bathroom door as a coat/leash holder. https://www.amazon.com/Ikea-Hooks-Mounted-Hanger-Green/dp/B01G69TM84/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?crid=1LYH4THAC7HLH&keywords=ikea+dog+tail+hooks+for+wall&qid=1664730182&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIyLjk0IiwicXNhIjoiMi40NCIsInFzcCI6IjIuMzkifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=ikea+dog%2Caps%2C240&sr=8-9
  12. I will also be in Quartzsite in early-mid Feb. Coming from altitude in CO so will arrive Winterized. Sounds like we may need to start a new thread to coordinate a mini rally in the Q this Winter? I have stayed at Dome Rock, La Posa South, Scadden wash and Hi Jolly. Each has its pros/cons but each was a nice stay. Have fun! Hope to see some of you in AZ again this Winter!
  13. This was one of the first mods I did to my new Ollie when I got her home (that and replacing entry lock with a RVLock). Now it is a simple glance as I walk around the trailer to feel comfortable that the knobs have not moved. Thanks John!
  14. I might get two of these and make a table that would attach to the side of the Ollie, using a telescoping leg to support the outer edge. I camp in a lot of windy places and have yet to find. table that doesn't need to be taken down each night and put away so it doesn't blow over. I might even get a third to mount a wireless backup camera. https://www.seasucker.com/collections/marine/products/4-1-2-seasucker-black The bike racks are interesting but I am not sure I am ready to trust suction cups to hold bikes to the rear of a travel trailer. Same with the solar panel mounts, however if I didn't already have solar the suction mounts might be cool to use for a panel or two when in camp and not wanting to place the panels on the ground.
  15. Has anyone used any of Seasucker's items on their Ollie or on a fiberglass boat? I am intrigued by several of their items and was hoping for a Ollie testimonial before pulling the trigger. https://www.seasucker.com Their lineup appears appealing as it includes everything from paper towel holders, safety handles, solar mounts, bike rack and bare suction mounts which can be customized to whatever utility is desired. Very pricey but I am intrigued.
  16. I love your idea. Let us know how you come out and provide pics please. You got me thinking and had these not been sold out I would have bought a pair for the upper, rear, side corners of my Ollie (imagine the fun driving at night around Halloween). https://www.amazon.com/Gerson-Halloween-Skeleton-Hands-Suction/dp/B013H7RCE4
  17. Have been using two Dometic CFX35w, one as fridge and one as freezer, for past three seasons. Work great and draw very little energy
  18. I suspect you will face a larger challenge in wiping the smile off your face(s) from taking over 30 days making your way home in your new Oliver. If I were in your position I would merely enjoy your travels and get your plates and title when you finally get home. Enjoy!
  19. Experience running fridge on LP, using LP furnace set to 65 every night when temps are below freezing (dog water dish left outside froze solid each night) and using cooktop minimally I could go eight days on a 30# tank
  20. did the whale tail get flipped 360 degrees when it was removed, resulting in the chains getting twisted and thus effectively shortened? Easy to check. Are the links in the chain aligned in a smooth, straight path or are the links twisted?
  21. another bonus of a WT is that a white tow vehicle goes well with a Oliver.
  22. 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.
  23. 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. https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Roll-Off-Multi-Purpose-Cleaner-oz/dp/B000FSDZTU/ref=sr_1_6?crid=AYDWSZBKMC8I&keywords=roll+off+boat+cleaner&qid=1659979915&sprefix=roll+off%2Caps%2C324&sr=8-6 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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