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  1. Being a retired woodworker/carpenter myself, let me say that's a very "clean" unit. Nice piece of work.
  2. Newshoes, Having had fiberglass RV's in the past before owning an Ollie, I've used many different brands and types of covers. These are "semi-custom" Horse Trailer covers, made with a "sunbrella" fabric that I've now used for four and a half years with great success from National/ Estrella. So far no rips or tears. They have a five year warranty. You can order them with squared, rounded, or tri-angled front/nose. The one I ordered, I believe it was the 20'-23' model, has a two foot tri-angled front on it that fit the Ollie just fine. https://www.nationalrvcovers.com/horse-trail
  3. Mike and Carol, I just returned from a week in Custer NP, Black Hills, Wind Cave area of South Dakota. Stayed at Stockade Campground South; highly recommended. Many other, well kept, well maintained campgrounds to choose from; all good. Take your pick. I parked Oliver at the campground and toured with the truck daily. Wind Cave is closed due to the elevator being broken. Iron Mountain Hwy. and Needles Hwy. are a definite must in Custer NP! Leave Oliver behind though! Some of the tunnels, switch backs and pigtails are pretty tight. They warn you before you get started.
  4. Jitters, I've owned and used the Brahma Wheel Lock for about three years now. No real issue with installing it for storage. I'd have to check, but since my trailer came off the line in 2015, maybe the center wheel hub supplied was a bit shallower then.(?) Without using the center "cone", yes, all you'd do is take the wheel off, similar to many other brands. But, with the center"cone", it'd take some definite "effort" to get the unit off to the point where you'd begin to take the lug nuts off. "Deterrent" is the name of the game! If you went after it with a battery operated angle
  5. John, I knew you give me yet another excuse to buy a new tool and projects too! Seriously, thanks for being so thorough. I'll start the investigative work today and see what I can find. It has to be something simple, just a matter of finding it. Best, Bob
  6. Hey Mingy, I'm still wondering about the furnace running on battery power. The furnace runs just fine when you're plugged into shore power. It'll run you out of the trailer if you let it! Back in the day when I first picked up Oliver, Hull#68, the only issue I had was the furnace not kicking in. I picked it up in February and the campground down the road got very cold that night. The factory went "over the top" and replaced the unit immediately before I left. We suspected that the amount of "return air" could of been an issue and increased that area, also. They were stellar! How
  7. Way Cool!! All the best travels.
  8. We were at Big Bend for Thanksgiving. It was the first time we visited the parks and, for sure!, like no other place we've seen. We stayed at Lajita RV Park and took day trips into both parks from there. Be sure and take a ride out to Santa Eleana Canyon; impressive. The ride through Big Bend Ranch State Park up to Presido, TX on State Road 173 is an eye opener if your not used to this area of the country. Chisco is tight and glad we scouted it out first with just the truck. No need for a weapon. Couldn't ask for nicer folk. Fort Davis, TX and it's observatory is worth
  9. Another addition that's handy, and we hope to never need it, is a "short" 2 ton bottle jack that will fit under an axle if you have a flat or a blow out. Most taller jacks won't fit when the tire is flat. I also carry all previously mentioned. Don't forget the screw drivers. Best, Bob
  10. Can you access the drain/trap fitting from the dinette seat access? Another access "port" would be removal of the vanity towel rack below the sink. Glad it's not a pipe. Best
  11. Here's a thought.... We had a water leak, truly, not much, from the weep hole below the refrigerator; we have an Elite II. Didn't think much about it. Maybe condensation? Then, over time, months later on a trip we noticed more water leaking from that same weep hole. We pulled the drawers below the sink and removed the internal back of the cabinet, just two screws, and found the "P" trap for the sink had loosened and was leaking the water when we used the sink. Over time and due to the vibration of traveling it had loosened the lock ring more. We tightened it and....no more leak.
  12. I might suggest The "O" Grill. Folds up into a "clam shell" shape. We've used it for years at our house, with our earlier Casita and on the road with Oliver. Light in weight, compact, and stores easily. It could be stowed in Oliver, but we keep it folded, against the side of the pickup in the back. We considered the Weber and the Coleman, but found them larger, heavier and harder to stow. Surprisingly simple in it's design. Best, Permit Bob
  13. Hello Everyone, When we first brought Ollie home I had a brand new, "standard sized" cover waiting for him. Having been through this before with a Casita I knew the benefits of covering a fiberglass unit in the Southwest. I thought I had it measured properly, but, I guess, I did not and needed to have it altered to fit. I went through three of the less expensive covers quickly when we had the Casita and decided to invest in a more expensive product. We chose a Sunbrella fabric which was advertised as a five year product. Sadly, it has only lasted two years and it's so brittle on top
  14. Thanks everyone for the responses. Funny, that for as long as I've lived out here, I haven't yet explored Arizona as thoroughly as I've wanted to. Surely that's going to change. You've certainly given us some ideas of where to begin. Kind of like letting loose of the Krakin. Best to all, Bob
  15. We're planning taking Ollie on a 2 week trip to scout out Arizona and we're looking for suggestions about where to stay. Anyone have any memorable spots? This time of year we're thinking of places from Flagstaff south. Best, Permit Bob
  16. JMS and John, Thanks for the research and thoughts. John, as far as lock nuts.....you may be more used to a "Nyloc" nut. Those are the ones with a nylon insert and are made not to come loose. They serve the same purpose as a lock washer. you can buy a nut that does the same in stainless steel and a grade "C" strength. They do come off. It's just that they do not want to be used more than once, maybe twice. Unfortunately, I've resigned to the same philosophy of layering, visibility, P.I.T.A. opportunity,and insurance. I might mention asking your insurance agent about replacement
  17. I'm a bit more pragmatic. Usually the simpler you keep it, the harder it is. If I'm storing my trailer longer than a couple of weeks, I'll unbolt the Bulldog hitch from the frame, (it's only two nuts and bolts), wrap the safety chains together and padlock far under the trailer, and run two (one for either side) 5/8" x 6'0 braided stainless steel cables through one wheel rim, around the leaf spring and back through the other tire's rim. For instance from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0090C4VFE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1CVIH2BOJVEI3&coliid=I20WGFDQN8KTZ8&
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