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  1. Without doing a detailed analysis, my guess would be that a 3600 watt generator would provide the maximum output the trailer AC panel is equipped to handle (30 amp service times 120 volts equals 3600 watts).
  2. Yep, never used (at least by us - don't know about any of the Oliver folks). We picked up the trailer in Hohenwald and towed it directly home. The weather forecast was lousy so we didn't stay in David Crockett. We haven't used the trailer yet and I was cleaning the toilet since there was some slime in it. That's when I discovered the ball flush valve wasn't connected to the foot pedal.
  3. No, it's the flush ball valve in the bottom of the toilet bowl. The water valve works fine. This is apparently a common failure mode for this toilet based on comments on the Dometic website. Thanks for all the suggestions, I found a mobile service person that will come and replace the toilet on Dometic's dime.
  4. Let's see - 10 hours of driving plus a couple of hours at Oliver. 668 miles round trip at (IRS rate) $0.58 per mile - $387.44 plus a night in a hotel (can't stay in the trailer without a toilet) = approximately $500.00 Dometic 311 toilet - less than $200 plus an hour or so of my work (in addition I'll learn how to replace the toilet). Doesn't really make sense to me...
  5. When cleaning our never used Dometic flush toilet a couple of days ago, I noticed the ball valve did not open when I pushed the flush pedal. Water flowed, so the flush valve is working ok. I was able to move the ball valve by hand - it's obviously disconnected from the flush lever. My local Dometic service center is 4-6 weeks out and so far, no luck with a mobile service center. This failure seems to be pretty common according to the numerous negative reviews of this toilet on the Dometic web site. The parts are not available from Dometic and Jason indicated the toilet needs t
  6. Given the numerous posts and prior experience with a Dometic noisemaker air conditioner, I have contemplated replacing the A/C unit on our brand new Oliver with an Atwood Air Command heat pump. I had done this previously on our MBS based motorhome and we were extremely pleased with the results. That being said, I was aware of one Ollie owner who has an Air Command A/C factory installed in his Ollie and he indicated to me he wasn't thrilled with the noise level from it either. So we agreed to take measurements using the same iPhone app and although not scientific, I am hopeful the results
  7. The downside of not listening to your customers and potential new customers and then using that market research to make continuous improvements - is that your products get stale and folks will look elsewhere. Just as there are Elite I owners who probably transition to the Elite II, I'm sure there are Elite II owners that would like to transition to a larger Oliver - but that is not a choice right now. Based on comments on this forum, it appears there is a market for an Elite III.
  8. Better buy two so you have a spare when the other is in the shop... 😉 I'll stick with my under powered and under featured Tundra, thanks.
  9. Bought some at EAA Airventure a couple years ago when they first came out. The rubber inserts protect from abrasion, so I can use them on an engine mount - where a standard nylon tie would be problematic. I haven’t used them on anything other than on the airplanes, but they would probably be useful in other applications. As you mentioned, they aren’t inexpensive.
  10. After a 5 1/2 hour PDI (Oliver had trouble programming the awning remotes), we headed back to Atlanta. Other than some very minor issues found during the PDI, the camper was in great shape. It has sat outside for a couple of months now, so I believe that any leaks would have been discovered. Arrived in Atlanta a little after 9 P.M. Managed to miss heavy traffic everywhere, except unusually heavy truck traffic in both lanes climbing Monteagle and a little more near Chattanooga. This trailer pulls quite nicely with our Tundra.
  11. Thanks for the information and your concern. Atlanta is home and we are quite used to the parking lot that is I-75/85. I'm pretty used to long days and towing, as well. I totally agree that an overnight shakedown is important. However, I have less than zero interest in setting up and taking down a new to me trailer in pouring down rain and lightning. So unless the weather guessers are wrong, we will camp another day and deal with any issues some other time.
  12. I'm too lazy to search so apologies if this has been answered already. We pick up our new LEII on Wednesday. The plan was to camp overnight in David Crockett - however 100% chance of thunderstorms forecast for the area for Wednesday and Thursday. Zero desire to camp under those conditions when it's not required. I know it's not the most prudent to skip the overnight, but we are only 5 hours from Hohenwald if we need to return the camper for repairs. I can fix most things, although we bought the Oliver in the (probably naive) hope that it will be relatively problem free. If it's not
  13. Seems to me a more "acceptable" answer might be - "it is for some, but might not be for others. You need to get in one and make that determination." Not everyone finds a small, wet bathroom acceptable.
  14. The Atwood Air Command is very quiet and more efficient than the standard Dometic units. Unfortunately, it appears that Dometic is slowly phasing them out, but there are still a few units available. We have one in our MBS motorhome and we love it. https://www.allrv.com/air-command-16k-btu-rv-ac Based on all of the complaints, I am planning a swap as soon as we get our Oliver next month. The Atwood is not low profile, but that is not really an issue for me.
  15. I'm curious why you would install plywood over the PVC? I understand plywood might have better retention of the screws, but the PVC is waterproof and some plywood generally is only water resistant.
  16. We have had a TST 507 system for 5 years for our motorhome and Toad (Honda Fit). We will use it for the Oliver as well. Oliver doesn't use the "china bombs" that many trailer manufacturers use, but I still think it's a great investment. TPMS wasn't required either on cars or trucks for many years, but it is a safety feature that has probably saved a few lives. I've had both the older B&W monitor, but upgraded to the newer color screen. Both work well.
  17. I love the LTV. Wish we had known about them before we bought our Forest River MBS motorhome. If we had, we probably would not have decided get rid of our FR MH and buy an Oliver (not yet delivered). The FR quality control was poor to non-existent, warranty service a cruel joke and build quality was poor - although probably average for mass produced RV's. Hope the Oliver turns out to be a better choice for us. I do trust my Toyota tow vehicle a lot more than either the FR or MBS chassis. As to the spare tire on the LTV, I thought there was a rack under the Sprinter chassis that will h
  18. That is great to hear. We also have a Tundra and will pick up our E2 some time in June. I'm buying an Anderson from another Oliver owner who no longer needs it and will probably convert it to the larger ball. As to a new Tundra, I'm waiting to see what late 2021 brings with the next generation. Twin turbo V6 I hear, although I really like the Lexus designed 5.7 V8 we have now.
  19. RV owners need more folks to take the manufacturers/dealers to task as this one Illinois couple did. https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/514144420-il-supreme-court-buyers-of-defective-rv-not-required-to-allow-dealer-to-fix-it-before-demanding-refund
  20. So John, how did you get an Atwood Air Command (quiet) a/c installed in your Oliver?
  21. With a few suspension updates, you can have that today. A little pricey, though. https://dieseltoys.com/tundra-diesel I have wanted a later model Land Cruiser 6 speed manual diesel for years.
  22. If you want something a little less harsh on the nose than Goof Off, try WD-40. It's a good adhesive remover and then can easily be cleaned up with denatured alcohol or even Simple Green.
  23. Hope this is not a sign of things to come. We are supposed to take delivery on May 5. We are spending as much on our Oliver trailer as we did on our Mercedes chassis motorhome. If quality control is slipping on the line due to COVID-19, then Oliver needs to shut down until this is under control. I will not be at all tolerant of shoddy QC given our previous experience with our motorhome.
  24. The Atwood Air Command a/c is much quieter. We replaced the Dometic (not a Penguin) on our MBS motorhone a few years ago. It is taller than the Penguin by several inches. It cools (and heats) well and has a lower current draw. if the Penguin is too noisy, I’ll install a 13.5K btu (cool only) Atwood on our Oliver when we get it. It is about $700-800 to purchase. Was the unit that John Davies has installed at the factory?
  25. Newer Honda models have a three position shutoff switch that allow you to shutoff the fuel and not the ignition. Probably not a popular opinion, but I’m going on a no China campaign (like the Champion Honda knockoffs). Not achievable in the short term, but what has been unleashed on the world economy by the Chinese is unconscionable. I work for the airlines and we are being very quickly decimated. If you think we brought this on ourselves I will respectfully disagree.
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