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  1. 23 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    Ford HD trucks stacked up in a KY race track (one of many lots):



    Anybody who orders a new truck should be prepared to wait a long time. I would also be very wary of any non-refundable deposits! Does anyone know how the other manufacturers are doing in terms of unsold truck inventory that is waiting for parts?

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

    Here's another "for what's it worth story". 

    If you zoom in real close, I think my new truck is located in the bottom right corner, Florida panhandle looking lot. It's the white one.

    Your 2022 SuperDuty F-350 XLT has been "Built" and is currently awaiting shipment.



    Your vehicle has been built and we are arranging shipment to your dealer. This step could take a few days to a week. Select the "Learn About Your Vehicle" link for information and videos about your new vehicle.

    Ford Accessories 
    • Order Confirmed 02/08/2022, Step 1 of 5 , Completed

      Order Confirmed02/08/2022  

    • In Production 08/22/2022, Step 2 of 5 , Completed

      In Production08/22/2022  

    • Built 09/13/2022, Step 3 of 5 , In Progress


    • Shipped Step 4 of 5


    • Final Preparation TBD, Step 5 of 5

      Final Preparation 


    Vehicle Details

    Ordered On 02/08/2022


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  2. Buddy of mine has this on a Tacoma. https://atoverland.com/pages/at-atlas-truck-topper

    He had the Summit version and hated the tip up feature due to not enough room for your feet in the sleeping set-up. He likes the Atlas and build quality is very good. 

    He asked me to travel to the factory with him and check out the Go Fast unit. Hard pass...best left at that and anyone considering one you'll be well served to perform proper due diligence. Concept to execution is always a challenge. 

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  3. I'm an owner of this companies products. Flatbed and quick-mount boxes on a dually Ford. https://highwayproducts.com/work-truck/flatbed


    Similar to the OPs search, I'm looking to spec a topper or tonneau for a new truck. I've owned SnugTop, Leer and ARE. Build quality is as stated by some...just OK. All have leaked water and dust, cracked and overall been disappointing.  

    I've a new Ford Super Duty, 7.3 gas,  on order (Feb 2022), delivery TBD according to chip availability. Hopefully arrives next month. 

    Simply due to owner experience and top notch build quality I'm leaning towards this: Highway Products Pickup Pack

    A plus with this company is if you want something custom, they'll do it. 




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  4. We tend to avoid even the thought of outdoor activities in April through Memorial Day, unless we plan for snow or rain. It's definitely been a colder and wetter spring this year. Ollie is still tucked away under a warm blanket. High country visits to the western Montana mountains...forget about it until after the 4th of July.



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    Songs, In Respect to the Ukrainian people.

    A mother's and son song, during a time of war.

    As long as there have been wars, there have been sad songs about war – and losing children or loved ones to the devastation of war. However, with the recent protests in Maiden, Ukraine, this old song has taken on a new life, mourning the loss of those killed while unarmed at the recent protests.

    “Plyve Kacha” or “Plyve Kacha Po Tysyni” translates literally to “the duckling swims”, but the lyrics are a dialogue between a mother and a son going off to war, according to the BBC’s Irena Taranyuk. She translates two of the most moving lines of the song this way:

    “My dear mother, what will happen to me if I die in a foreign land?”

    “Well, my dearest, you will be buried by other people.”

    Oh, duckling floats on Tisyna*
    Duckling floats on Tisyna.
    My mother, don't swear me,
    My mother, don't swear me.
    Oh, if you will swear me at dark hour,
    If you will swear me at dark hour.
    I don't know where I'll die,
    I don't know where I'll die.
    Oh, I'll die on foreign lands
    I will die on foreign lands.
    Who will prepare a grave for me?
    Who will prepare a grave for me?
    Oh, another people will prepare,
    Strangers will prepare.
    Won't you regret, mother?
    Won't you regret, mother?
    Oh, my son, how could I not regret?
    My son, how could I not regret?
    You were laying on my heart,
    You were laying on my heart.
    Oh, duckling floats on Tisyna21
    Duckling floats on Tisyna.


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  6. 5 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    MontanaOliver, I drive the same rough, narrow high altitude forest roads as you do, and those endless washboarded ranch roads, but I cannot imagine doing so in a massive dually with that long wheelbase....  You must be a whole lot tougher than me. The reason I tow with a Land Cruiser is so I can park the Ollie and I can drive those roads without getting physically beat up, or high sided, or broken down, or forced to back several miles down a dead-end road.

    Love the Magruder Road scenery! I drove about a mile up that exact rough side road in your second pic, with my old LX450 and a 10 ft trailer, and turned around after a mile. It got too ledgy. I had to unhitch it and back and fill, and dodge a long stream of upset ATVers coming down from Burnt Knob lookout. Great memories of a once in a lifetime route.


    Idaho Magruder Corridor

    John Davies

    Spokane WA



    Agreed, a Magruder road trip is not for the inexperienced, faint of heart or those afraid of dirt/dust and scratches/dings to the body work. I've travel this route (it is my backyard area sort of) so many times I can't keep track. Started back in the 60's with Grandpa/Grandma dragging us brats along to pick huckleberries or hunt bear...hated some of those forced outings. Of course, now days, I'm guilty of the same punishment on the youngsters. I've hauled horses in stock trucks and trailers over the Magruder for years. It's just a matter of what you know and are used to, I guess. These type of roads are not a big deal to me, but yes you had better know how to use your mirrors and be very comfortable backing up your rig, to include around switchbacks. Big cities and traffic...that's my Rubicon. Every time I hit Denver traffic headed south on I-25, I wonder why I'm here and if I'll make it across the US interstate parking lot mess to visit the kids.

    The posted photos are from this last summer. A buddy had never been across Magruder and wanted a guide. So off we go...spent two nights at the top of the world and as I'm totally done with the tent camping, the truck camper was my rig of choice: from the USFS brochure...#10 - Observation Point Observation Point Campground has nice camping spots and toilets. The elevation is 7620 feet and visitors can view the southern portion of the Bitterroot Mountain Range, especially El Capitan. The point also offers breathtaking vistas of subalpine/ alpine wilderness.

    As to long wheel bases and bigger sized TVs. It's all relative I guess. Your four door Yota would be considered big and cumbersome on many roads, but it appears you at least know how to get yourself out of a mess. Our two door Jeep (and really, do Jeeps need four doors...errr) is the right sized 4x4 for our needs. But compared to a Suzuki Samurai we are huge.

    Sorry for the slight thread hijack...back to tow vehicles and the endless discussion of what is the best rig. In my experience, you either use what you already own or can afford or move on to obtaining the correct vehicle matched to the task at hand. Me, I use what I already own which was purchased to tackle my taskings. Would I haul Ollie over the above discussed roads...yup, if it was all I owned. Spent, folded and/or mutilated be damned. Mark



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  7. I’ll add this...think of intended drivers as well. My better half likes to drive and she feels very comfortable driving our various towing setups. I’ve insisted she knows and understands the connect and disconnect routine. We seek out and boondock camp, almost exclusively; sometimes never seeing another soul for days and I personally believe she needs to know how to get us home if a medical emergency arises. Luckily, she is a willing participant and obviously YMMV. I’ve turned her loose on White Bird Summit, I-70 west of Denver and Davis Damn...all downhill grades known for hot brakes and white knuckles. A Diesel engine, with it’s proper exhaust brake and tranny mix, makes for an uneventful descent.



  8. I have many towing and hauling needs, own several different style of trailers and haul a slide in truck camper as well. Can only afford the one work horse, thus it gets used for all purposes. If I had only the Ollie to tow AND was looking for a new TV it would be a F250/350 or equivalent truck with a topper on the bed. I would not want to mess with the Anderson products, for several obvious and not so obvious reasons. The less mechanical contraptions, bandaids, moving pieces and parts for me to mess with makes my day. Sure, trucks ride a bit rough when empty...by design. The F150/1500 class rigs are a good compromise but again, most need EQ equipment to properly/safely tow heavy. Match the TV to the intended maximum tow requirements and call it a day. I’m not a SUV guy, thus no experience or comments.




  9. On 12/22/2020 at 7:18 PM, Dave judge said:

    Milwaukee m18 or Dewalt 20 volt, grease gun. Batteries you can use with drills.impacts and inflates. And many different tools.

    I pull the wheels, clean/inspect /lube everything  on the running gear, in late fall before putting Ollie in storage. Like noted, accessing the zerks and manipulation of a manual grease gun can be a challenge. I have over 60 zerks needing grease, some more often than others thus I convinced myself to purchase another power tool. My tractor alone has 21 grease points and they get lubed every 10 hours of use; 6-8 times during snow plow season. The cordless grease gun gets lots of use.


  10. On 8/24/2020 at 8:09 AM, Boomer said:

    40 days wait to receive circuit boards from Dometic for our refrigerator. We checked everywhere for the boards. We have a 2015 Ollie.

    Contact this outfit; Dinosaur Electronics. http://www.dinosaurelectronics.com/Company_Info.htm

    I had a water heater board fail on another RV and these boards are so much better than the OEM.

    They don't make boards for all applications but it may be worth a call. You'll likely have to purchase through a re-seller; I purchased here: https://pantherrvproducts.com/




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  11. 15 minutes ago, KenB said:


    I’ve been sharpening the chain on the bar without flipping it.  When I replace the chain I’ll flip the bar.  This is the sharpener I’ve been using.  Very nice.  https://www.timberlinesharpener.com/


    Ken, please expand on your experience with this tool. I've had my eye on it for a while, as it seems after 45 years of filing experience, my ability to hand file a chain manually has diminished with age and failing eye sight (to be accurate-likely lack of patience). I've recently relied on the local shop to file my chains on their industrial Stihl provided chain grinder but requires extra chains (which I have) to get through a season and the dreaded trip to the big city. Other than purchasing a good Oregon bench top grinder, this tool reviews well and looks solid. Thanks, Mark


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  12. 2 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    ...I don't dread windstorms any more....

    John Davies

    Spokane WA


    I own mostly Milwaukee and Stihl in the battery tools. Preventing the bevy of different chargers/batteries is a challenge. Makita is likely a better product and I eye balled their battery saw but in my area, Stihl has actual support and mechanics who share knowledge without charge. Corded stuff is so yesterday; I own one pole saw with a cord and it is a serious PITA to deploy. My Stihl battery saw breaks down into a smallish Pelican case, with extra battery and chains. Works great for camp fire wood and clearing the forest roads when needed. An axe is the back-up and always in our kit. 

    My electric/battery saw: https://www.stihlusa.com/products/chain-saws/battery-saws/msa220cb/

    As you, I tire of the wood cutting, bucking, splitting and stacking grind, but it is what it is when one chooses to live the rural life. Someone told me it keeps you fit and in shape; or just maybe, it wears you out prior to your designed expiration date. This Ponderosa was the last victim of our big winds; snapped off halfway up the stem like a twig. My big saw is the smallest in their pro-line and I look forward to the day it quits; I'll cease the renewable wood heat supply and rely more on our solar for electric heat.

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  13. 6 hours ago, Mike and Carol said:

    My trailer came with the black weatherstripping. It does not bleed.  I do pull it out when I wash to clean the window tracks.  I drop them in the bucket to clean then use some 303.  No issues, unlike the gasket around the porch lights!

    BTW, after asking Jason about replacement gaskets and porch light covers I bought some new ones and a sheet of rubber.  The new lights are about the same shape but with an aluminum cover, not plastic.  They were half the price of what Oliver uses.  I’ll do a post once I have them installed with pictures.  Mike

    Following...please post your R&R on the new lights and gaskets. 

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  14. 1 hour ago, Overland said:

    We can figure this out.  How about connecting the AC to the hull with a scissor lift and bellows so that you can decouple the unit from the hull?

    If money wasn't a factor, I would be seriously investigating something similar to these: 

    TriPac Envidia is an all-electric, battery based Auxiliary Heating and Cooling Temperature Management System.

    The ComfortPro electric APU delivers a solid 7,500 BTUs of cooling for up to 11 hours.*

  15. 15 hours ago, ScubaRx said:

    I would suggest running a permanent,  dedicated line down to the trailer.  If you use 150 feet of #6 wire, drawing 12.5amps at the trailer you will have a:

    Voltage drop: 1.48
    Voltage drop percentage: 1.23%
    Voltage at the end: 118.52

    Get one of these to place at the trailer. Make sure the source of electricity at your house is at least a 30amp breaker and you'll be all set. We did this 12 years ago and we can run anything we hook to it, heaters and the air conditioner.


    Yep, ^^^, good suggestion. I added three RV outlets (one 50 amp and two 30 amp) around the homestead. We have friends/family stopping by with their RVs and of course they need to hook-up to electrical. The mother/father in-law likes their twin A/C and microwave to always work.

    Whether you decide to do this project yourself or hire a licensed electrician, make sure this common error is not part of life. And, if you're going to go through the effort and for very little extra cost, go with a 50 amp RV outlet. You never know when a visitor with a big 5th wheel or MH will show up and needing full juice, and it is simple to adapt down to your 30a OTT.

    And just a suggestion, when you have your trench open, lay an extra run of conduit or two with a pull line pre-threaded; capped off for future use. Never know when you may want to drop a cat-6 cable for some hardwired ethernet devices,wi-fi extension, security cameras or maybe another electrical need. Conduit is cheap...trenching is not and leaves a mess.

    Expensive mistake when installing 30-amp RV outlet at home- article by Mike Sokol

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  16. 8 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    This is news to me, would you please elaborate? Are there good reliable brand names? I am generally very distrustful of no-name clones on Amazon, what are the good ones?


    John Davies

    Spokane WA

    Sure, I'll take the bait. Personal experience mostly and hard working electrician friends and their testimony. I replaced most of the ones in our house over the years due to teenaged boys and heavy use. Levition (sourced from Lowes/HD), to name one product, is one I've had spotty luck with. Bad, new stuff has always been an issue. It has gotten worse with some products. I have a couple of older Erickson Mfg Slater Electric, Inc (purchased by LeGrand/Pass&Seymor) GFCIs still in use years after our home was built; still working as designed. Not big box stuff; usually found at the wholesale/pro outfit. Most wholesalers won't sell to the general public. Our new and local GENSCO sent me packing when I went in to browse the shelf. Contractors only please. I probably have a half dozen spares of the Levition brand on hand simply because it's a 50 mile trip for me to fix one and I've had new ones not function properly. Two are in a drawer in the OTT. Overseas outsourcing is the likely cause. Cheap is not always better, except for corporate profits, blah, blah, blah.

  17. I hate to ass/u/me anything regarding someone's abilities in electrical trouble shooting. It is very good you are asking questions and trying to fix things yourself. This being said, I've added a trusted source of educational material to my post above. 

    I suspect the following and of course without knowing your specific year/model it is tough  to troubleshoot. Older units usually require more checking/maintaining:

    1. As stated previously, a bad GFCI. Change it out as suggested. Pushing the button is one test...under load is your problem. Most GFCI found today are garbage and it is a hit or miss on replacements.

    2. Improper resetting of circuit breakers or bad circuit breaker (CB). If CBs are tripping, there's a reason and you need to stop and figure out the reasons. Resetting a CB should be a simple deal. Aggressively turn off and then back on. Visually checking is not always the best practice as some CBs look reset but are actually still tripped. 

    3. Loose connections. Screws on CBs can and will loosen from vibration and the constant flow of electrons. Wire nuts are notorious for loosening with age and vibrations due to electron flow. Checking them is easy, IF you have the tools and knowledge. Digging around inside the innards of the electrical boxes and various connections can be hazardous to your health, including death, if you are not trained or un-skilled in the task. Loose connection result in heat and higher resistance. Both are bad and add to the electrical gremlins you seek.

    4. Look on the label of the heater and look for the wattage or amps. Post the info here. If it is over 1500w, this is likely the problem. The CBs and wiring in your house likely more robust than your OTT. Keep in mind the golden rule of 80%. A 20a circuit should only be running loads at 80% of design---16amps maximum. Codes change over the years and this rule may have been tweaked, but it has been a rule of thumb forever. 12ga wire on 20a circuits and 14ga for 15a circuits. 

    Finally, if you feel unable to further troubleshoot this, call a licensed electrician. A RV tech should be able to handle the job as well but good luck finding a qualified one. My suggestion...call a pro who can put eyes on target and get your OTT back to operational health. Mark, amateur sparky. 


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  18. 20 minutes ago, nrvale0 said:

    FWIW, I found the Dee Zee linked from somewhere here on the forum and it looks a LOT smaller in the pictures than it does in real life. Thing is huge. I'm going to roll today and when I do I'm going to jack knife the rig in a parking lot so I can set the DZ up on the tongue to check fitment/clearance. I might have to return the darn thing tbh.

    As near as I can tell, they don't make a smaller box : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OCTKEA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I tow with a 3500 express van so I don't have to worry about tailgate though even the doors might be an issue with the size of that box.

    Another option, although it looks to be the same size. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lund-34-White-Aluminum-Trailer-Tongue-Truck-Tool-Box-6220/100592784

  19. 16 minutes ago, nrvale0 said:

    @MontanaOliver There we go. I was thinking about some sort of wire mesh just to keep the platform/tray from collecting dirt. Those fasteners look pretty perfect. That grip looks like it would eat the Dee Zee in no time but I can put some horse mat or similar between the mesh and the box or just find some less aggressive grip. Thanks for the link to the fasteners!

    FYI...Home Depot bounces around at times with product offerings. Uni-Strut was in stock for years and now they stock a Thomas & Betts (now called ABB) product. The stocked product (last I checked) is called Superstrut. http://www-public.tnb.com/pub/en/brands/superstrut.

    Hope this helps.



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