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Jim and Chris Neuman

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  1. My wife Chris and I are primarily boaters, having owned and enjoyed our sailboat for 35 years. But we also are avid hikers and campers and have literally beat three pop-up tent trailers and an A-Frame (aliner) to death over the last 25 years. The typical stick built RV is simply not built to handle much heavy use. Sketchy wiring, poorly built cabinetry and the generally shoddy construction found in most RV's does not lead to longevity. I am able, after building my own cruising sailboat and several homes, to fix most issues that pop up but that does not mean I like spending my time in that manner. Recently retired, we have decided to go to a larger RV with more off-season capability. We had narrowed our search to Airstream, Escape and, most recently, Oliver. The 6061 aluminum frame, double hull glass construction (which, unlike aluminum, I can repair or modify myself) higher clearance and generally more robust construction has made the Oliver a no-brainer. If we were to contain our travel to good paved roads and campgrounds with full utilities a good argument could be made for the Airstream as it is wider, cushier and generally better laid out for comfort. But we are not ... Alaska, Northern Canada and other off-the-path destinations are in our future and, because of this, the Oliver decision was easy.
  2. Blue water sailers & others who around salt water a lot will use stainless or monel wire. A small spool, available for a few bucks at marine supply outlets like West Marine & commercial fishing suppliers is relatively cheap and will last for many, many years. On our 35' ocean going cutter Light Beyond, we check ground tackle & other shackle pins yearly, applying lanolin to the threads. Even heavy grease works will if renewed regularly
  3. Mike, Correct - on my boats 3 battery ships systems bank (all 12V 105 AH AGM's) the Blue Sea's fuse bar is placed on the + stud at one end of the bank and cables from both alternator and battery charger are fixed to the blocks fused terminal stud. Negative cable is attached to the last battery in the bank and is not fused. No need to fuse each AGM battery ... the manufacturer of your lithium batteries may have a different take.
  4. Hi Mike, I have two battery banks. A single starting battery (105 - AH AGM) is fused between the alternator / battery charger and the ships power bank (3 - 105AH AGM's) is also fused between the alternator and battery charger. This is done per the recommendation of Blue Sea's as well as Balmar, the alternator manufacturer. Battery charger is for use when tied to a dock, is also a Blue Sea's unit. They make really good stuff. Jim
  5. I use the Blue Sea's terminal fuse blocks on my sailboat. In a boat the primary function of fuses is fire prevention as fire at sea can be disconcerting ... maybe less so in a trailer but this is cheap insurance. Kind of spendy but these fuse blocks are very well made and a snap to install.
  6. KatanaPilot, If you are planning to do the Dempster, the Steese or one of the other long stretches of gravel road, extra spare tires are a good call. The Alaska and Canadian portions of the highway is now all paved, as is the Cassiar and other major Alaska highways. The days of busted windshields and flats being a sure thing are now (unfortunately) over so I would not be too worried about duplicate spares. There are a lot of other potential uses for that rear trailer rack (like a couple of jerry cans) and I would be interested in what you are coming up with. The last five times I made trip (four from Western WA and once through Edmonton), I did not experience a single flat despite quite a bit of off-pavement travel. If you have not done it yet, it is a wonderful trip!
  7. Sak, Welcome to the Soon-to-be Oliver Owner's Association of Western, WA. In answer to your question re: fiberglass and outside storage - not a problem with normal maintenance. Witness the hundreds of thousands of fiberglass boats living happily on the Salish Sea. Untended gelcoat can get chalky and even degrade to a degree but sun induced structural issues will not be a problem in your lifetime or that of your kids. Your grandkids may want to paint your Oliver sometime late in their lives but the good news is that glass is easy to paint. The other plastic exterior components however, may become an issue as UV tends to play havoc with many plastics. For that reason a cover may be useful ... at least in keeping your trailer clean. Jim
  8. I would be interested in any solid information on mileage advantages, if any, with the hybrid at highway speeds. So far the information available is spotty.
  9. We are picking up our new Oliver II on April 1. In advance, I am planning on picking up the same 2021 F150 truck with the 3.5 as I don't think my '13 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 is quite up to the job in the long haul. I don't see where you gain much, if any mileage with the hybrid and among the downsides is the cost (2K prox), added weight and complexity of the electric motor and battery pack and the loss of 5-6 gallons of tankage (36 gallon max tow package tank drops down closer to 30 gallon with the hybrid. Added power would be nice on occasion and the hybrid is said to smooth out the power curve at highway speeds. By itself though, the 3.5 Powerboost is not lacking in power. The built in generator could be nice occasionally but I just don't see much overall value in the 2021 system as currently detailed ... maybe when it grows up in a few years?
  10. Am interested in your storage cases.  Where do you live in Western WA?  I am in Port Townsend.


  11. Interested in your storage cases.  Where do you live in Western WA?  I am in Port Townsend.


  12. Patriot Thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for. Very much appreciated. Mike & Carol Nice setup. Looks perfect for the job. Jim
  13. I have it in mind to lay up a fiberglass storage bin just large enough to contain outside blocks, levelers, etc. This would go in the spot forward of propane tanks where the optional aluminum storage box normally sits. Can anyone provide me with dimensions of the aluminum storage box for reference? Appreciate the help. Jim
  14. We purchased an Aliner Expedition with dormers a little over five years ago and have used it extensively since racking up about 40K miles. Love the layout and ease of use but have been very dismayed about the lack of quality. Poor construction methods and materials throughout have necessitated a great deal of maintenance and in some instances, complete rebuild of core components. For instance the front dormer was attached to the light stress-panel roof with pop rivets fastening the hinges to the light outer skin of the roof panel. The dormer tore completely free requiring me to re-engineer and rebuild the entire attachment system. I have a great deal of experience in working with glass so was able to bring it back far better than new but this sort of thing really should not happen with a company that poses as best of breed.
  15. Does anyone have any feedback on the Garmin Overlander?
  16. RichD We will not be picking our new Oliver up until April but at that time you can check it out at it's new home in Port Townsend. Jim
  17. I am looking to trade in my 4.0L 2013 Tacoma for a heavier truck prior to taking delivery of our Elite II this coming April. The new F150 Hybrid has my interest. Being able to couple the hybrid's electric motor to the 3.5L V6 should deliver all the power you need for the western mountains. If the hybrid actually delivers the promised boost in mileage while highway towing it would be a plus but I doubt you could recover the additional 4 - 5K cost of the hybrid. Eagerly awaiting input from actual users.
  18. What are the protocols regarding states / provinces visited maps? I could color in every state except Rhode Island if the requirement is just to have visited at some point in my life. Do you have to visit in your current RV or can previous RV's (or even car camping) be counted. Must the visit be vacation related? Somehow work related visits don't seem kosher. For safety's sake, I would think only states visited with your current mate should be shown but others may be less risk adverse. Not a large question in the scheme of things but I am curious what others do. Jim
  19. Where are you located? Out here on the West Coast of WA we don't often see that sort of issue - even on the Salish.
  20. Have recently ordered an Oliver II scheduled for April pickup. Will be towing back to Washington, hopefully using our 2013 Quad Cab Tacoma. Intend to upgrade to an F150 sometime in the near future but were hoping to make this trip in the Tacoma. I seem to be hearing that, while not ideal, the Tacoma should be able to handle the 3 - 4K return trip OK. Am I kidding myself? Jim
  21. Keep in mind that you cannot take your Oliver over the "Going to the Sun" road due to over all length restrictions. Spectacular place! Bring your bear spray.
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