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  1. Being an amateur astronomer we run into needing to apply heat to our telescopes in freezing weather all the time.  I'm sure this method could be applied in this situation.  What we use are 12 volt heating strips called "dew heaters" which are nothing more than long heating elements.  The individual heating elements are controlled using a Dew Controller.  You can add multiple heating elements to the controller and regulate the temperature to the desired level.  The controller is attached to any 12 volt battery source so will run as long as there is power.   Dew heaters and controllers can be found at places like Astrozap and Dew-Not .  One good telescope store is OPT Telescopes.  This is a workable solution which would allow you to place specific heat at specific locations.  I can't tell you if it's cost effective, but I think it should work.  There also may be better ideas out there for heating cables and tank warmers that run off of 12 volt.

  2. One more question!  Thoughts keep coming up...

    TV viewing...my wife generally goes to bed earlier than I do, and I like watching tv a little later in the evening.  Since there's only one tv and it's at the head (or foot) of the bed and the speakers are also at the 'head' of the bed Is there any way to block off the speaker, run it silently or for me to watch using head phones?  Is there a way to put up a thick sound softening curtain to isolate one of the twin beds?



  3. I haven't bought an Ollie yet, but have done quite a bit of trailering and rving.  One thing to caution about is how much weight your tow vehicle will be able to carry when you're towing.  It may not be as much as you'd hope for.  For myself and my wife, I calculated that I'd have about 3-400 lbs of extra weight capacity in my truck after subtracting our weight, the trailer tongue weight, full tank of gas, cap weight, and the dog, etc.  All the extra camping cargo can add up fast.  YMMV with whatever tow vehicle you're using of course, so you should look closely at whatever vehicle you pick to make sure it has plenty of carrying capacity.  I suspect a lot of folks tend to go with trucks because vans in general can't haul as much as a truck.  Vans do offer the advantage of having better access to gear and 24/7 covering.



  4. Overland,

    I agree with you 100% or else Oliver completely missed their market.  Sorry if I came off otherwise.  I wouldn't even be looking at Oliver seriously if I didn't think my 1/2 ton Sierra could pull it.

    I used to tow a 30' travel trailer with a Ford F150 and 2.7 Ecoboost (great engine, btw) and it was okay...doable, but quite sensitive to wind and trucks. But the Ollie is not a non-aerodynamic 30' TT, it's a very aerodynamic 24' TT.  From all accounts it has very good road and wind manners.

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  5. I've added up all my numbers and done the calculations.  This is not my first rodeo with RV's, although I am new to Oliver.  I think the bottom line is that in order to use most 1/2 ton pickups, there is a need to be frugal and plan well.  You have to be a minimalist.  Some people are, and some aren't.  If you're the kind of person who cannot resist throwing in an extra cord of firewood, half a dozen bicycles, 5 gals of generator gas, etc, you should be looking at a 3/4 ton pickup.

    However, if you're a minimalist, keep  your needs trimmed down and don't overload, I think there's a good chance you could make a 1/2 ton vehicle work.  

  6. 2 hours ago, BackofBeyond said:

    My experience - I truly hoped my 2004 GMC 1/2 ton 5.7L  would handle the Oliver EII.  If I were to limit our travels to flat terrain, short excursions, the Little GMC would have be OK, just ok.  Steep grades drove way to much shifting and high rev situations, as well as towing was on the bubble of the tow and payload specifications.  I used the Anderson WDH - and  it made a difference in the handling department.

    I upgrade to a 2018 GMC 2500 Duramax diesel - yea its a big expense, and the performance was astoundingly better - not jut in stability, power, passing ability, payload, etc., but in cruising comfort. Towing for hours was a job, it now just a cruise down the boulevard.

    I think, looking for a well maintained pre owned 3/4 ton my be a good choice, not to mention some have great experiences with modern 1/2 ton vehicles. Given my experience, the HD vehicles are just more capable. 

    Try your current one out, you may be perfectly happy. Good luck and have a great time with your new Oliver.

    Hi BOB, Thanks for your comments.  I get what you're saying.  Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of a truck payment at present, so I may have to suffer through a little bit of inconvenience for a while.  Or just wait, and that's okay too.


    Thanks again!

  7. Sorry, yes, it's a 4x4 Ext Cab standard bed, 4.8 L V8.  I need to confirm the axle ratio, but it's somewhere between 6700-7700 lbs towing, 670 to 770 tongue load.  The low tow rating vehicles are those with the 4.3L V6's.

    Yes, I could replace it with a used HD truck, but I suspect it would be more expensive than a straight swap.  I would prefer it if the one I have will work.  I think it will based on everything I've read and calculated, but there's always that bit of uncertainty.  I don't want to be stuck with a grossly under powered TV.  That's one of the main reasons I'm even considering the Oliver.  


  8. We're looking at the Ollie Elite II.  We have a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic with a 4.8L V8.  It's paid for (!), and in very good condition for it's age.  

    It would be great to have a 3/4 ton pickup, but at this point it's either a new truck and no Ollie, or the Sierra and an Ollie II.  The big question is...will the Sierra handle the Ollie II?  This would be our only tow vehicle for the foreseeable future as we are close to retirement.



  9. Thanks to Back of Beyond, Overland, and KarenLukens for your responses. 

    Let me first say that if we're not happy with the size of the Elite II when we see it in January, we probably won't do anything.  I do not wish to pull anything larger and tend to be a minimalist.  The Winnebago View was okay size wise for us, but I came to not like the layout.  Having to pay for and maintain two vehicle was also too expensive. (we pulled a Jeep).  

    I like the Lagun table.  Nice design and implementation!  Also, it's nice to know there are full timers out there who are using the Oliver II.  

    Thanks again.



  10. Thanks Bill.  We have a factory tour scheduled for mid-January that we're looking forward to.  I noticed all the corner radii on the cabinet exteriors and wondered about the door openings on the inside, plus the outside doors.  It's one of those areas people don't think about much until they've lost some skin on door hardware.

  11. Hi all, 

    New member here and also new to Oliver RV's.  I just sold my Winnebago View (25' including the cockpit) and was wondering how comfortable you all are while staying in the Elite II.  Neither my wife or I like being in too confined a space but we certainly don't want to haul around a large travel trailer, fifth wheel or A-class.  The View (24J) was somewhat of an open floor plan.  Is there room for two people to move around in the Elite II without constantly getting into each others way?  Is there somewhere to sit down and just relax, watch tv, etc, without sitting upright at a table?

    One other question...I was constantly cutting/scrapping myself on cabinet doors, outside compartment doors, and the like on the View.  How well does Oliver do at reducing possible pinch and scrapping points?

    One other, other question...how loud is the air conditioner?  I noticed it seems to sit right over the bed.  That could be a negative.



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