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  1. Years ago I learned the hard way about metal hooks on bungee cords. John is right, please avoid them if possible.
  2. Oh, yes it is! Visiting from the states, you need to look at the whole picture. That includes traveling one of several routes through BC and the Yukon before you set foot in Alaska. There is also a great deal of off-pavement exploring to be done on AK roads that can be quite good. I have made the trip eight times and do not feel I have scratched the surface of all that can be seen and done in Alaska.
  3. Terrible installation. Backing board material is too fragile as evidenced by fracturing at the screwhole, the screws are too small (make them the diameter of the mounting holes), too short (should be as long as backing material is thick, and too few (screws top and bottom). It would be a simple matter to drill a few more holes in the mounting flange of the unit allowing for more fasteners. Also, the holes were located too close to the edge of a backing material which, again, seemingly fractures easily. You can take it a bit further by taking an appropriate length of threaded rod, d
  4. Does the new 630 lithium option provide for charging from the tow vehicle?
  5. Another vote for a hydraulic hex crimper. I have used both stab and hex crimpers extensively in boat building and am convinced the results from a hex crimper are by far superior. Coupled with a good adhesive / heat shrink tubing will give you a really fine cable. I do not remember the brand I purchased but it was under $100.
  6. REI's poles are available. I just ordered up a set and received them in a couple days. They look sturdy.
  7. Thank you for the heads up! Ordered yesterday and got it today. Fits the Garmin Overlander perfectly.
  8. Good point on the bedding compound. Masts, booms, whisker poles & other common high-load components in sailboats typically use 6061 T-6 alloy. Fasteners used to attach hardware is typically 18-8 stainless. An anti-sieze compound such as lanolin applied to the threads can go a long way toward keeping bolts free and preventing snapping off of fastener heads ... a stainless fastener can become extremely difficult to impossible to remove if installed dry into aluminum with no anti-sieze.
  9. Coming from the sailing world I am a touch sensitive about corrosion brought on by dissimilar metals in close contact. Has anyone seen any issues arising from use of the Anderson system where the steel brackets come in contact with the aluminum frame?
  10. Just a thought. You can take a ferry from Whittier to Valdez through Prince William Sound. Really nice trip if it don't rain ( and whoever heard of rain in PWS? ). Kind of spendy, especially with a trailer, but amazing sail. At Anchorage you go East up to the top of Turnagain Arm and take a tunnel to Whittier ... an experience in itself. If possible, take in the town of Hope ... they have a great bar / burger joint and a nice campground.
  11. You will have a wonderful time! I have always gone up the Eastern route and back down on the Cassiar but the reverse would work just as well. Up until about 10 - 15 years ago, you could pretty well kiss off your windshield but now the route is virtually all paved (with the exception of the Denali Highway). On our last trip, during the summer of 2018, we found the roads to be in very good shape and experienced few rock dings on the front of our RV, an Aliner. When we go up again in two years we will probably put a temporary gravel shield on the front of our new Ollie 2 but otherwise am not
  12. Just picked up a 2021 F150. Max tow, FX4, 3.5 & short bed. Initial impression is very good. Fit and finish is excellent, cab is extremely quiet and comfortable. Will put it through it's paces in April on the return trip from Holenwald.
  13. Re-gelcoating is not even remotely practical. It can be done but the cost would be well north of 10 - 15K and there is really no point in it. If your gelcoat has gone beyond buffing and waxes, than painting is the next step. This is done all the time with fibreglass boats. In fact, I don't think I have ever heard of anyone re-gelcoating an entire boat ... small, damaged areas yes but not large surfaces. You can do an amazingly good job by rolling and tipping some of the high tech paints commonly used in the marine trades and professionally done sprayed two part urethane paints will out-sh
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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 h
  21. 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.
  22. 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 cu
  23. Am interested in your storage cases.  Where do you live in Western WA?  I am in Port Townsend.

    Jim

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

    Jim

  25. Patriot Thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for. Very much appreciated. Mike & Carol Nice setup. Looks perfect for the job. Jim
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