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Jim and Chris Neuman

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  • Do you own an Oliver Travel Trailer, other travel trailer or none?
    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
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    Legacy Elite II
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    Standard Floor Plan
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    Jason 35 cruising sailboat

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  1. Your mosquito's and biting flies are not out in May & early June? What a bunch of slackers. We could bring you a bunch of Cascade mosquito's as seed stock ... they are out early! 😁
  2. I should add that the lava rocks we used to replace those supplied with the firepit were slightly larger (1-1/2 to 2" in diameter) and, more importantly, of higher density. These rocks radiate more heat in use than the originals. I believe the original rocks supplied with the pit were synthetic as they had the weight and consistency of a fake fire log but I do not know this for a fact. Since lava rocks run a wide range from extremely dense to light and porous (some float), it is possible the originals were real. We also use more rock by volume ... enough that the lid just locks down for storage. This added volume, in addition to the increased density of the rock combines to provided greater heat output. Even so, heat output does not come near to matching a wood fire. One downside to this is that cool-down takes longer with the heavier rock. This makes no difference at night before bed but when used in the morning prior to travel the denser rocks must be left to cool much longer than the lighter stuff before storage.
  3. As a data point for folks wondering about fuel consumption, we have run half a dozen 20# tanks through our fireplace over the last year and seem to be consuming about a gallon per evenings use ... 4 - 5 nights at 2 - 3 hours per session. You can turn the flame up or down which changes the consumption rate. Our fire pit is one of the smaller ones ... maybe 18" across.
  4. Thanks Mike, We have a 5.5' bed on the F150. Probably go in sideways but not an ideal situation. Otherwise, the Clam seems ideal.
  5. Mike & Carol, How do you store your Clam? The long package will not fit fore & aft in our 5 1/2' pickup bed. Not real excited about hauling it on the roof rack. Everything else about the Clam looks real good.
  6. Kirk, A good excuse to visit Craters of the Moon. One of our favorite spots.
  7. The propane firepits lack the charm and warmth of a traditional wood fire but they are an option as campfire bans become the norm in our dry, Western forests. We set ours up for use either by direct hookup to a tank or by tying a longer hose into the Oliver's external hookups. This requires the purchase of an additional longer hose and adapters to allow for the use of the original short hose supplied for direct tank hookup as well as the second, longer hose. We set up ours to allow for the use of quick disconnect fittings on both hoses. Heat output is not up to the standards of a real campfire, nor is the fire as fun. You don't get the snap and crackle of a real wood fire and there is no point in jabbing the propane flames with a stick ... always a source of amusement with a real fire. On the plus side, smoke is a non-issue and it does provide a focus point for friends to gather around. We were able to increase heat output by adding a bunch of small, pourous lava stones, courtesy of a local volcano. These stones are heavier than the fake rocks that come with the propane firepits and soak up (& radiate) far more heat. Make sure to use appropriate, completely dry stones to avoid the small, nasty explosions that can occur when heating water soaked stones. Speaking of things campfire, we recently purchased a small electric chainsaw for use gathering wood. Boy, what a time and labor saver! I should add we get 5 - 6 long nightime sessions (2 - 3 hours each) out of a 20# cylinder if we don't crank it up too high.
  8. My experience with our 2021 F150 3.5 EB / FX4 / max tow truck mirrors what TexasGuy is experiencing. We have maybe 10K on the F150 while towing our Oliver. Could not be happier with the truck ... a great match for the Legacy II.
  9. Steph & Dud, It is but the Cabin envelopes the battery box except on one side and any heat within the cabin will warm the battery box. This is not total protection but does give you a buffer. Outside temp here in Port Townsend, WA is now 40 degrees (at noon) but the batterys are showing at 54 degrees - this with a small space heater set on it's lowest fan / heat setting. Blocking off air flow from the outside of the battery box and insulating the exterior door will offer additional protection for Lithiums. I would not block off outside air from a wet cell. If one were to mount a permanent heater with ducts into the space between the hulls as well as the interior of the cabin, this would give you a great deal of protection. Just thinking out loud here.
  10. During the winter I have kept a small electric heater running in the cabin of my sailboat for the last 35 years. It tends to get wet and cold on the coast of Washington and a heater kept on low heat will help dry the air and keep the mustiness out of cabin and lockers. It is also important to have some outsinde air venting through the cabin. I have given some thought to permanently installing a very small, wall mounted electric heater in our new Legacy II but have not gone anywhere with that. Anyone explored that option?
  11. Also check out the Overlander. These Garmin units are far more resource rich and user friendly than the GPS that came in my 2021 F150.
  12. The factory weight of our hull 770 was 5020# as it left the factory last May. We went with the Anderson, Lithium package and 30# tanks ... the only things in your build that will really effect weight - the propane tanks and Anderson add weight and the Lithiums will lose you quite a bit of weight over a wet-cell battery setup. Your composting toilet will probably prove out lighter as the "loaded" weight will be less than a full black tank. I suspect the weight of the head itself will be a wash or perhaps a bit lighter than the standard head. I am also guessing the Truma may be a few pounds lighter than the standard water heater / tank combo but do not know this for a fact.
  13. While building boats, I have successfully sealed the edges of fibreglass using a laminating epoxy such as West or System Three. It is tedius but can be done effectively. It helps to seal an edge, let it cure and then give it a light sanding before re-coating. Mask well and remove the masking tape immediately after sealing in order to clean up any uncured epoxy which may have wicked behind the tape. If you fail to do this before the epoxy cures the tape will be epoxied to the glass. You can color the epoxy to match the epoxy resin if you desire. The whole process is time consuming and, as I said, tedious.
  14. Had to laugh when the Tang photo popped up. Years ago, while hiking the John Muir Trail in the Sierra's, we had bears nab the food bags we had hanging from a tree. The only thing the bears did not eat was the Tang and Mountain House freeze dried dinners. Slit the bag the Tang was stored in, tasted it and then set it aside. A bear of taste and refinement!
  15. Successfully painting gelcoat can be extremely difficult and prone to failure. It can be done by those with the experience and equipment to pull it off but for a beginner, the potential for a real mess is very high and reversing the effect may or not be possible. The only sure outcome, as stated by others, is to lessen the resale value of your Oliver.
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