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  1. Chiming in a little late on this, but I do think it bears emphasizing that 27' is considerably larger than 23', especially in state park campgrounds. We are 4 months into a trip from our home base in the FL Keys and have been up as far as Cape Breton, PEI, and throughout New England. Many of the campgrounds we have stayed in had very few campsites that could accommodate 27'. One other consideration is that if you really intend on using both air conditioners, you will likely need 50 amp service which will further limit your options. As others have pointed out, it will be important to predefine what style of camping best suits you.
  2. I'm totally with you. I, too, have thought about bringing the bike inside the trailer or the tv. I already have a Bike Friday so I'm pretty much set. I also left Carlsbad. Day 1 was tough because I had too much stuff, and the 50 year old motor was not yet tuned :).
  3. Here's a review of the Truma Aventa a/c. Truma's been hyping it on their Facebook page. https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/review-of-the-truma-aventa-eco-air-conditioner/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=truck-camper-news_129
  4. When I turned 50, I rode solo self contained across the U.S. and started in San Diego. Tough place to start as it goes uphill right away. I ended in DC riding 400+ miles from Pittsburgh down the Gap and C&O Towpath. Anymore, there are so many crazies on cellphones that I seek out trails. My dream has been to use our Ollie as a sag wagon. This year ii looks like the time is perfect since I am newly retired.
  5. Our Oliver has a similar type peel-and-stick backsplash in both the kitchen and bathroom. It does add a nice bit of color to the whiteness. 202A5A92-AC23-450F-A23F-7F86A24D6573.heicDAE144EE-25BB-406F-94CF-5241B7AF237C.heic
  6. With regards to the auto-leveling on your Ram, there is a jack function in the menus under suspension that will turn off the auto-leveling. We use it when connecting the truck and trailer. Once connected with the Anderson, we turn the jack mode off and have had no issue with the auto-leveling mode after that when towing.
  7. It seems I find a 1/2 used tube of Phil Wood grease every 6 months or so somewhere around the shop. Also used it more than once to lube the freewheel and on emergency bottom-bracket repairs on a tour in some backwoods town in the 70s. Graduated to roadside bearing replacements for our boat trailers at work. God awful job in the Florida summers. Our bearing failures were always due to too much weight on the axles. An important lesson for towing anything including an Ollie.
  8. Getting roughly 15-16 towing our 2018 LE2 with 2020 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. It all depends on the wind speed and direction...especially on the flats. I have a tendency to drive about 70 on the Interstates. In the very flat roads of Florida I can get up to 18. 3.93 rear axle. I do use tow haul where hills are steep like our current traverse of the southern Appalachians.
  9. One other addition I might suggest is adding an on-demand water heater at the shower head so there is no fw waste while waiting for the water to heat up.
  10. Thanks, Bill. I figured it was straightforward but it will have to wait for retirement (4 months!!!)
  11. That's what they recommend using to remove tar from your feet at the beach.
  12. Does anyone else have problems with black gaskets or seals bleeding and leaving streaks on the outside of the hull?
  13. We're in Hannibal, Missouri now so about to revisit our old friends, Tom, Huck, and Becky. Favorite quote (paraphrased from memory): I gotta set out for the wilderness ahea because Aunt Polky, she says she's gonna cicvilize me and I can't do that, I been there before.
  14. And...I'd guess < 50% use gloves when dumping...at least based on my casual observations.
  15. @mossemi and @SeaDawg Right now we are on our 6-week tour of the midwest and east I can't tell you how many people I have seen rinsing their blackwater tanks from the drinking water spigots. I definitely sanitize, filter, and purify our fill water...and avoid drinking it directly from the fw tank ... even after sanitizing the fw tank prior to lift off. Not having the switch at the outdoor shower is not too big a deal since I usually am inside right before taking a shower But when dumping, everything is always shut up tight and off and there is no need to go inside...except to turn on the water pump. An inconvenience for me and the people waiting behind me at the dump station.
  16. One easy addition I would like to see is a water pump switch in the outdoor shower cabinet so I can wash my hands after dumping. Now, I have to go back in the trailer to turn on the water pump.
  17. I gotta say we couldn't be happier with our 2020 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel Longhorn with Anderson WDH and air suspension. The WDH is no big deal at all. We don't even notice our 2018 Ollie LEII behind us. And, as others have noted, driving without the trailer around town is a very pleasant ride. We were getting 18 mpg towing on the flat roads of Florida. They seemed to be paired extremely well but we are close to maxing out on payload capacity. When checking in at a State park campground, there was a car that kept circling us taking pictures. Despite being convinced otherwise, my wife assured me that they weren't taking pictures of me 😁.
  18. Thanks Townesw and Overland - all very useful.
  19. thanks for the rapid response. That's where I'm at now. Truma is checking on sending me a new circuit board but waiting on approval from the higher-ups. I'm not sure the error was not cleared when reset - the error only appeared after 12v was reconnected AND the propane, pump, and AquaGo were turned back on - not right after 12v was reconnected. Unfortunately the Truma tech I spoke with only started a few weeks ago so he is not up-to-speed on ancient history as per his admission.
  20. Overland, I noted in one of your previous posts that you replaced your Truma AquaGo circuit board controller under a manufacturer's recall. Do you have any information on that recall? I can't seem to find anything online.
  21. Thanks all for the replies. I am in the Florida Keys where we live. The closest Truma dealers are in Ft. Myers (a 4 hr drive) and Port St. Lucie (also a 4 hour drive). The error occurs on either city or pump water. The unit does not operate at all when it throws the code. The unit has not been decalcified since I bought it used this summer. Not sure about the previous owner. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the 2018 Truma production run had a bad batch of circuit boards and they were replacing these free of charge to the many people who had issues. Does anyone know anything about this?
  22. I have a 2018 Elite II hull and my Truma AquaGo is throwing off an error code 26: "Circulation pump current consumption error - The current detector at the circulation pump has measured a current outside the permitted limits." As per Oliver support, I disconnected the batteries to reset the unit but no luck. Truma is saying it probably needs to go to a dealer for diagnostics. I am many hours from the nearest dealer. Anyone have any experience with this error code or suggestions for next steps? Thanks
  23. In 2006, I rode my bicycle unsupported across country to celebrate my 50th birthday. Sure it was repetitive and God-awful long across the prairies, but those are some of my fondest memories of the trip. I remember with great affection the flint hills of Kansas, camping under infinite skies, combines to the horizon, golden bales of hay. I suspect that creating these unanticipated memories are why many of us got our Ollies in the first place.
  24. 13 minutes ago I'm sorry. I just don't get this aversion to the midwest. I grew up in New England, wentbto school in Colorado, worked fro Wyoming Game and Fish in the Tetons, grew oysters on the coast of central California, worked in the Turks and Caicos Islands for 2 year, run a pan-Caribbean ngo, and have worked for Florida Fish and Wildlife doing marine research in the Florida Keys for the last 35 years...all beautiful places...and I think the plain states are absolutely gorgeous. Have you seen the buffalo grazing in the tall grass prairie? Or watched a thunderstorm rumbling across the horizon? The thousands of cranes on the Platte? With all due respect, perhaps you could stop along the way from somewhere to somewhere else. You may just be surprised.
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