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  1. On my rig (picked up in February) the QCs worked on the front and back connection. But levers don't "snap forward". I have to manually slide them forward after inserting the male and having the female coupler properly connected . It works the same on the front disconnect and the back disconnect. If you have figured it out on the front, you should be abe to connect the rear. Also - you do have propane in the tank and the valve opened at the bottle? If so, I think a call to Oliver Service is the next step. Bill
  2. You have found the small lever that slides back and forward to open and close the quick connect valve? If I remember correctly, you push the lever back to attach the quick connect and pull it forward to open the valve after the fitting is attached. It is generally described at about the 4 minute mark of this video:
  3. You crack me up. I had a similar reaction reading this thread. I thought I was the only one who has spent too much time and money thinking about something as simple ascamp chairs. For the record, we use these https://bit.ly/2P3Wybh and usually carry 4. Reatively inexpensive ($50 at REI) and pretty durable.
  4. I am embarrassed that this simple fix took me as long as it did; but I spent a good hour on it....Almost all of the time was spent feeling my way behind the galley, and trying to get my light and a small mirror to see back there. I never could get a decent look at the plug. Honestly, I was doing other stuff while I was fixing this too. I was sanitizing the water lines and fresh tank, and installing some permanent plumbing connections in place. I also spent some time figuring out exactly how the drawer slides work. I am easily distracted.....This little trailer has become my new toy....
  5. Just to add to this thread... On my 2021 Elite 1, I also had the Norcold Code 10 issue, exactly as decribed above. My cord had become completely unplugged (not merely loose). I had a heckuva time locating the outlet box and getting the plug inserted into the holes. On my rig, the plug goes in facing aft (towards the rear of the trailer). I highly recommed a small mirror and light and some patience. Also - please disconnect shore power when you are blindly feeling around the outlet box to find the holes. After re-inserting the cord into the outlet, I secured plug with some duct tape. I tried the best I could to get a decent picture to share with this forum, but I was unable to get anything that looked decent. I reported the issue to Mike at the Oliver Service Desk who helped me along the way. He seemed familiar with this common issue and was ready with the trouble shooting steps. He also indicated there were screws that could be removed to gain access to this area behind the galley, but I was never able to locate the screws and so I was forced to reach back there and feel my way through it. This issue is very simple to resolve, but it is a booger to get the fridge plugged back in.
  6. UPDATE - Returned home after first trip with wife and teenage daughter. It was intentionally an easy trip. Drive about 200 miles total over 3 days. I highly recommend an easy first trip for rookie RVers (like us). This was a great way to get my (semi-reluctant spouse) to enjoy a weekend in the Ollie. The first night we visited our family at their ranch near Llano, TX. The second night we stayed at a Harvest Host in the middle of Johnson City, TX and we met up with old friends. Great food and conversation all weekend. Overall, the trailer is great. Today, I will work to repair 3 minor "issues" with the trailer, but I will search the forums and start new threads if I have questions: (1) need to check the electric AC connection on my Norcold fridge (won't work on AC power when plugged in; does fine on propane); (2)aAutomatic gate closed on the trailer scratching the fiberglass (need to try to buff it out; and (3) mirrored bathroom door has a crack. I don't think any of these are major repairs, but if I have questions, I'll post on the forum. @John E Davies & @topgun2 - thanks for the advice about sterilizing the fresh tank. I will do that today. We don't use the fresh tank for drinking water, but, obviously, want the fresh tank to remain "fresh". @Mike and Carol - I will defintely disconnect my batteries before storage. Thank you. @Time2Go! - Our HH was the 290 Vinery in Johnson City, TX. This is a historic hill country town on HW 290 (the TX wine country trail). Overall, our stay was great. The owners and their adult kids were very casual and relaxed. They have a large variety of wines, including many from outside the region. There are no hookups. It was a busy winery on Saturday afternoon, but after it closed (around 6 pm), we were there alone. The best part about this HH is the location. You are a short 3 blocks from the town square. This would be a great stop during the holidays with the courthouse and surrounding grounds lit and decorated. We would stay there again. I don't have any great pics of a beautiful hill country sunset or perfectly ripe grapes, but, because you asked, here is the rig at the 290 Vinery.
  7. I picked up my trailer from storage today and followed the de-winterization process, described in the recent post from the service dept. Trailer is brand new 2021 Elite 1. This is our first RV of any kind (we are RV rookies). I took delivery the first week of February and spent 3 nights on my way back home to central TX and a couple of more days parked in front of my house trying to learn the systems. In preparation for the winter storm, I winterized the trailer. I drained all of my lines and tanks the best I could. I added the pink RV antifreeze, turned off all components drawing a current, and - certain that I had forgotten something - prayed for the best. The trailer is stored in a Boat & RV storage facility, covered, but open air. No hookups. After 3 full weeks in storage (including a full week of below freezing temps), I picked up the trailer this morning. My batteries were at 12.4V (is this about a 50% charge on my 2 AGMs?) . After a day in the direct sun, the solar had charged the batteries to 13.8V. I plugged in at my house (20A service) for tonight. I assume the batteries are still healthy? I flushed the fresh tank, and ran enough water through to the plumbing to fill a and drain a couple of gray tanks, and I reconnected and tested my water heater. No visible signs of leaks. No water leaking through the metal drain holes. While running the water, I took a flashlight and looked for any signs of water or leaks under the rear seats. (Finger crossed) I think my little Ollie survived! I am taking my wife on our maiden voyage this weekend. We are staying very close to home - on a nearby ranch the first night and at a Harvest Host the second night. We are visiting family and friends each night and will never be more than 1 hour from our house or more than 5 minutes from a town. The weather is forecast to be beautiful. I am trying to do the easiset trip possible to ease into this RV camping. Wish us luck! Again, thanks so much for all of your advice and patience with the first-timers. Bill
  8. I just measured my 2021 Elite 1 battery tray. It is approximately 14" wide x 14" deep, with a 9" tall opening (to enable pulling out the battery tray). Thus, I think two Lithionics or two Battleborn batteries would fit according to the dimensions shared by @Starshine above. I have the AGM batteries in my new trailer and will keep them until they are no longer sufficient or wear out. Thanks for all of the valuable info.
  9. Full Disclosure - I am a NEWBIE RV owner. I have owned our Ollie (Elite 1) for less than a month. With that said, I just recently had all of the questions you listed above and here are my thoughts. I hope this helps, but there are experienced contributors to this forum who generously share their knowledge. I am planning on getting the Andersen ultimate trailer gear package for leveling, chocking and pads for stabilizer jacks. Would I need anything else? The Andersen's are easy to use. I also got these stabilizer blocks and these chocks. I have read that a water filter is a good idea? Do you have suggestions for a water filter. I got this filter and I also got this water pressure regulator I have also read that you should use a polarity and voltage tester to make sure you have safe power at campgrounds? Suggestions for one of those. I do not yet have one of these, but I am considering it. I understand you get a 30 to 15 amp converter plug with the trailer. Would you ever need a 50 to 30 amp converter plug? In looking at some campgrounds it looks like if they have 50 amp service they also have 30 amp service. I got this 30A female to 15A male adapter and a 12 gauge extension cord. I do not yet have a 50A to 30A adapter. We are getting a rear hitch on the back of the trailer for a bike rack. I have been looking at various models of that but many of them specifically say not for use on back of an RV or trailer. Does someone have suggestions of a bike rack for 2 bikes? I also got the rear hitch, but haven't put a bike rack on it yet. I have read that some campgrounds require a sewer hose support. Suggestions for one of those. I did the compost option. I drain gray waste through a garden hose with one of these with no hose support I did print off a list of tools, fuses and other things you should have. Is there any other things we should be thinking about getting? The water hose supplied by Oliver is very stiff and hard to use. I replaced with a Zero G hose
  10. @Carl Hansen I also have an Elite 1. I just picked it up last week in Hohenwald and spent 3 nights on my way home to central TX. The nighttime lows reached the mid 20s to mid 30s each night. I had full hookups each night and used a small (750W) space heater for two nights. Each of those nights I set the thermostat between 60 and 65 degrees. The furnace never kicked on when using the small electric heater. Here is the heater I used. https://amzn.to/3aVFTxr Happy trails.
  11. UPDATE on the Tundra (4WD, SR5, with 5.7L V8) The Tundra pulls the smaller Elite 1 great. The larger gas tank, the bigger engine, make the tow actually pretty pleasant. I am really happy I upgraded the tow vehicle.
  12. Made it back home yesterday in time for the game. Still learning how to tow it, but getting better. Really enjoying this little trailer. Only 2 "issues" with the Ollie so far: (1) rear back-up camera became loose during a storm. (2) center cap from one of my wheels cracked. Both are/were easy and cheap fixes. ANOTHER QUESTION: How do you know when your fresh and gray tanks are completely empty? I though I had completely emptied both tanks prior to towing, but I did notice my truck jerking/lurching a bit when towing. When I got to my destination, I noticed the fresh and gray each were 13% full. I tried the fresh water drain, but didn't see any water pouring out of the bottom of the trailer when I opened it up. Perhaps I just need to really crank up the front jack when I am emptying my tanks? Other ideas? Thx for your tips and advice. Bill
  13. My (2021 Elite 1) tires appear to be balanced. They have the weights on the inside of the rim. It appears that Oliver does recommend balancing our tires. From the Owners Manual: 1.5.6. TIRE BALANCE AND WHEEL ALIGNMENT: To avoid vibration or shaking of the vehicle when a tire rotates, the tire must be properly balanced. This balance is achieved by positioning weights on the wheel to counterbalance heavy spots on the wheel-and-tire assembly.
  14. Not sure about other years or the Elite 2, but on my 2021 Elite 1, the Oliver owners manual says 80 PSI, the sticker on the side of the trailer says 80 PSI. The tires themselves read max cold pressure of 85 PSI. My trailer was delivered with Cooper Dicoverer HT3 tires.
  15. @Carl Hansen - I got the solar pro package. I still do not fully understand how well 230 W of solar power will charge two 6V AGM batteries, or how long the batteries will keep me powered. (Heck, I do not understand what my power needs are yet.) But I wanted the coach to be set up for solar and now I have an external Zamp plug (directly into the batteries) and, perhaps later, I can upgrade to lithium, if needed. Also - @SeaDawg strongly recommended that I install solar. If I have learned one thing on this forum, it is to listen to @SeaDawg. I will need a lot more time without shore power to check the efficiency of this solar and battery system. Much to learn.
  16. TESTING SO FAR (the past two days) - 1. I have connected water and tested pressure from kitchen faucet and bath. I have installed a basic Camco blue water filter and a Valterra brass pressure regulator (with the adjustable dial). I have found no leaks, but not sure I would since the leaks would likely be between the inner and outer shells. I also installed the Oliver-supplied quick connects on the white supply hose and the city water and fresh tank inlets. QUESTION - for those of you that use the quick connects, do you have a cap that covers the inlets while you are travelling? Road debris could enter the quick connects, I assume? 2. I have filled and discharged my fresh tanks multiple times. I have tested the Seelevel tank monitor with the trailer at different angles. FACT - An unlevel trailer will yield inaccurate tank level readings. I still have not experienced the loss of pressure caused by the plastic shavings caught in the pump filter, but I'll clean out the filter when I get home. 3. I have run lights and used outlets on shore power and battery. I am still ignorant about how the batteries work and how much I can discharge them with damaging them. I also have no good understanding about how long I could go without recharging the batteries and what types of power loads I could support and for how long. Lots of reading and testing still to come. 4. I have run the Norcold fridge on AC only and only when hooked up. I have tested on propane and appears to work fine, but I turned the fridge off when travelling today. I have not run the fridge off of batteries yet. No issues with fridge, but it is an RV (non-compressor) fridge, so it is small and doesn't get cold quickly. 5. Furnace heats up fast! The first night at Davey Crockett, it got cold (mid-20s). The furnace kept the coach warm enough. I set the temp to 64F. The thermostat seems imprecise, but when the furnace did flip on, it got the coach warm quickly. The second night, I used a small electric space heater (750W) and it kept the coach warm all night long. The furnace never came on. Outside temps were low 30s. One negative in the Elite 1 - the rear duct gets very little airflow and heat through it. 6. The propane stove works well. I made coffee and, yes, it definitely tastes better at camp. The front propane quick connect works well. I have not used the rear propane quick connect yet. I have torked the lug nuts once after about 50 miles. Only one lug was was a tiny bit loose, but all others were still fine. I'll tork the lugs again before I leave in the morning. 7. I have tried the shower and it works, though it is small. Really only good for a quick rinse, but it does the job. I got the Truma instant hot water heater and it works well. I had to reset it after travelling with the propane off. 8. I still need to test the microwave and the compost toilet. Not sure I am ready to grow a garden the bathroom yet😀. I hope this helps. I really believe these trailers are high quality - exactly AS ADVERTISED. Bill
  17. Making my way back to Central TX after 2 nights at David Crockett. I am currently camped at the Clear Springs campground on Wright Patman lake near Texarkana. Thanks @Mike and Carol for the recommendation. All is good in Ollie-land.
  18. Pick up day was long... I am currently camped at Davey Crockett Park. Yesterday I drove from Austin and stayed in a VRBO near Henderson. Drove to Hohenwald this morning and took a factory tour this morning. Lunch in Hohenwald at Southern Skillet, and then back to the Sales and Service office for payment, and walk-through. Walk-through took a little more than 3 hours. I left the Oliver Sales and Service facility at 4:30. I made a quick stop at the local auto parts store and I drove a portion of the Natchez Trace to the Davey Crocket park. Beautiful drive. Arrived at the park after dark, and in the rain. I have a truck full of stuff for the trailer, but I have all day tomorrow to get settled in. For now, I have electricity. I am warm and dry. And thankful.
  19. I am pleased to report that hull #735 has been launched. Elite 1 (shorty). Pics to follow. Wife and I are from Austin, TX. We are first-time RVers. Looking to see our country from a different perspective. We would love to meet other Oliver owners on the road. We have already benefitted so much from this forum and the generous members of this community. Thank you to all of you in this community who have helped us get to this point. I am grateful for your advice, expertise, and inspiration. @Mike and Carol (fellow Texans) recommended a place to stay on our journey back to TX;@SeaDawg is the preeminent expert on the Shortys and always generous sharing their experience; @John E Davies is resident expert and @BackofBeyond helped me with my Tow vehicle issues; @Ray and Susan Huff@SherMica you have provided much inspiration. I have relied on contributions from @Overland @ScubaRx@topgun2@Landrover and so many others. THANK YOU! Bill
  20. @SeaDawg - Do you recommend a 1" or 2" topper? Something like this? I understand that we are trying to balance the comfort of a more traditional mattress and accessibility to the compartments underneath the benches. https://amzn.to/38I6qye
  21. I have fretted over this same issue. We pick up an Elite 1 in February. After much research (inlcuding some guidance from this forum), I recently traded in a Tacoma for a Tundra. My Tacoma had a tow capacity of 6,400 lbs. it had an advertised payload capacity at or near 1,300 lbs. However, my model (TRD model ) had an actual payload capaity (from my door jam) of only 950 lbs. In my view, that was not enough truck to easily pull the trailer ( with 300-400 lb tongue weight + 300 pound passengers + top for the bed + cargo weight). ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTOR in my decision was my ability to tow without the Andersen. While I think the Tacoma would have pulled the trailer, I would have absolutely needed the Andersen (simply to shift some of the payload to the front axle). With the Tundra, I hope to not need the Andersen (although if I do, its not the end of the world). Therefore, my advice is to check the actual payload capacity from your door jam and also look at the wieght limit for each axle and consider if your rear axle can accomodate the weight of the Elite tongue and bed cargo. Again, I am not the expert on these forums. Just my 2 cents.
  22. I don't have an Ollie until Feb, but I just had to reply and say, "THIS IS A GREAT THREAD!" Thank you all for sharing your responses and inspiration. Happy New Year.
  23. I ended up with a new one (2021). I had a deal on a 2017 with 34k miles for a bit less, but decided to go with new. I am not sure exactly how Covid has impacted the truck market, but I can tell you I found fewer trucks for sale in my search than ever in the past. BTW, I drove my Tacoma for two years, put 19,000 miles on it, and traded it in for $500 less than I bought it for. Weird times. I know the Tundra is dated (to say the least), but I am a card-carrying Toyota fan-boy, so in the end, it was easy for me to overlook its shortcomings. I am working to get it in shape and camping-ready! Bill
  24. UPDATE - I just picked up a Tundra. I got (what I believe to be) a fair deal and now I won't worry about pushing the limits of my truck. I have to set up the truck and get ready for delivery of our Oliver! Thanks so much for your help. Bill
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