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  1. A whole lot of Brown bears at Katmai last week.
  2. Walking to dinner tonight on the Homer Spit, I saw this Ollie. We have now seen three other Ollies on our Alaska mega adventure.
  3. We bought our Elite II with the shower curtain option (standard toilet). Tried the curtain for a week and then removed it. I use the hooks to hang my shaving kit, but that’s it. Can’t recommend the option and it was not inexpensive.
  4. The cost to clean the Ollie of a muddy mess - $10. The experience and scenery of driving the Alcan and the Dalton - priceless.
  5. Just met another Ollie owner that took their Elite II to Prudhoe Bay. They said the road was a muddy mess, but the trailer did fine.
  6. Just towed our Elite II from Georgia to Fairbanks via the Alcan. 2011 Tundra 5.7 modified with a Magnuson supercharger (same kit as used to be offered by Toyota through TRD), OME suspension and EBC yellow brake pads. Truck and trailer performed well, although there were grades that required downshifting to third or fourth gear and RPM’s at 3-4k at times. Mileage varied greatly depending on winds from 8.5 to 11.5 mpg on premium fuel. I drove at 60-65 on average, but had to slow to 35 at times for potholes and frost heave on the Alcan. Supercharger is clearly not necessary on a Gen 2 Tundra, but the extra horsepower and torque at lower rpm’s was nice. New Tundra would be great once they work out all the new design bugs.
  7. Hull #628 is now in Fairbanks after a 4500 mile trip from Atlanta. Other than getting filthy dirty, the trailer was flawless on the Alcan. We hope it continues for the next 6 weeks. I think Geronimo John (Hull #342) is here as well. We ran in to them in Whitehorse. Nice to check off one more bucket list item.
  8. Appreciate the tip. So far we’ve had no issues and hope it continues. Complete thread drift - it’s 48 degrees here this morning and the Houghton heat pump is keeping us very comfortable without the use of any propane. Anyone contemplating the modification should consider the heat pump version.
  9. We hope to do that tomorrow. We have found premium gas everywhere we expected to except Toad River. I have two cases of Amsoil octane boost so I added a bottle when we put some regular in there. No issues with spark knock as far as I can tell. As to gas prices - trying not to look. Did pay close to $12 Cdn for a gallon at one location.
  10. We are in a campground just south of Whitehorse and have seen our first Oliver - in the same campground. Stop by and say hello!
  11. And yet another reason to upgrade - We are camped today at the Medora campground, parked next to a very nice Airstream with two Dometic Penguin air conditioners. We had hoped to sit outside to eat, but the external noise from the Dometics made that undesirable, so we ate inside instead. You can barely hear our Houghton outside over ambient noise. Being a good neighbor is another positive!
  12. Can't speak to everyone that has converted to the Houghton, but here are a few of my reasons - 1. The noise from the Dometic is intolerable. You can't hold a normal conversation with it running on either high or low. I actually enjoy talking with (and listening to) my spouse over a meal without having to suffer through heat and humidity with the A/C turned off. 2. The cycling of the compressor is very noticeable, especially when trying to sleep. I'm a light sleeper and it would wake me up frequently. 3. Current draw of the Dometic is considerably higher than the Houghton. For those with lithium, you can probably run the Houghton (or the new Truma) overnight on battery power alone. Doubt that is possible with the Dometic. 4. The Houghton has three fan speeds with a real difference between each and a dehumidify mode. It also comes in a heat pump version (which we installed) and will allow us to heat the trailer in mildly cold conditions versus running the propane fueled Suburban furnace. Other than that, not really much going for the Houghton 😉
  13. I would love to have a Land Cruiser and wish I had bought one before Toyota announced the end of production for the U.S. market. That being said, I think my 2011 Tundra is probably a better vehicle for towing our Elite II - better towing capability and capacity, plus more room for storage. I've upgraded the Tundra with a Magnuson supercharger, EBC brake pads and cryo treated rotors, OME shocks/struts and springs. Given how overbuilt Toyota trucks usually are, I think we have a pretty capable package for towing the Ollie - even if we end up being a bit over the published payload numbers. Would a big diesel provide better towing and payload? Absolutely, but I'm not unhappy with what we have (and it's paid for).
  14. Glad your installation went well. I believe that due to the low amp draw of the Houghton, you will not need, nor will you want to install the easy start kit.
  15. If you have the stock Dometic Penguin A/C - it will be noisy. Quite a bit of discussion and some solutions posted in this lengthy thread I started a couple of years ago - https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/4517-got-earplugs/#comment-45539
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