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  1. I may be missing something here, but is there a benefit to leaving these vents open while driving?
  2. Thanks for sharing this! I've wondered what these were when I saw people using them at David Crocket State park on our first Ollie trip. This seems like a super smart way to dump grey water for us, as we do not have a black tank. Towing the trailer to the dump site would be highly inconvenient, so tugging around a rolling 100lb water tank doesnt seem all that bad. I know this may be looked down upon but does anyone drain their grey water tank into the trees or nearby shrubbery if no-one is looking? ๐Ÿ‘€ And how about while boondocking? Do you just make sure to NOT fill the grey water tank up, or do you wheel this off and dump somewhere safe?
  3. Curious as to the thoughts of the many Oliver experts here on the forum. I live in Louisiana, and our Oliver when not in use will be parked on my parents property, exposed to the sun. We decided against an awning for now because of costs. Anyway, the heat can get into the upper 90s or higher in the summer and we were concerned about warping, detrimental effects of the heat to things we have inside the trailer. Things like the shower curtain track (stuck to the wall), command strips, or custom stick on "tile" in our kitchen. If plugged into 30amp outlet, is there any issue with say leaving the AC on Auto set to 80 degrees?
  4. If anyone is interested in doing this, I bought this but the wife decided against it. I am selling the parts here:
  5. I totally agree. The first time we noticed the shower didn't drain the grey tank showed 70. The next time, it was at 56. After a complete emptying, it sometimes reads 13 or 0. Very unreliable. I think the idea of using the fresh water + pump, and using the two readings in tandem is a good idea.
  6. Just wondering what could be the cause of this: Our grey tank showed 70% on the seelevel indicator, but began to back up in the shower as well as the kitchen sink. We are level from front to back AND side to side. Have any of you experienced this before?
  7. Yes, we did. We are thoroughly enjoying it as well. We are on the borderline of boondocking currently (we have power and water but no sewer hookup) and we are glad we do not have to go into town to dump a black tank. Our host lets us drain the grey water into the ditch ๐Ÿ‘
  8. I tried searching to no avail. I only found one topic on this but not much detail so I felt I should ask: Is it possible to self install the front + rear propane quick connects for outdoor cooking? If so, could I be pointed in the right direction in terms of a part / tool I would need to do this? Thanks!
  9. How did you do this, seeing as there is only one outlet for the grey and black tanks.
  10. Funny you mention that... but I purchased a used anderson hitch from someone on this forum. So Oliver installed it for me at the factory (for a fee). The left chain has loosened up after it as tightened two or three times so far. They didnt see anything wrong with the hitch, so they thought it may be that the silicone bushing is settling in. Needless to say, I have tightened them each time I re-connected our trailer to the F150 so far.
  11. Just so I can better understand... When you say "Adjustments" here, were you tightening/loosening each side of the chains once your whale tail was connected? So far, I have had to do this each time I leave once the whale tale is connected + fastened, but it never takes more than 5 minutes. Each chain should be fairly tight, and both should have the same tension. While not super quick, adjusting the height of the trailer over your hitch makes it a lot easier to get the whale tale on + fastened as well. It does look like you are towing the Elite I with a ram 1500 though. So maybe a WD hitch isn't needed if it is under the specs for your hitch. I'd be curious as to what the max numbers are on your specific truck hitch to know for sure if I'd use the anderson or not.
  12. The landscape here is slightly hilly but nothing compared to the west US. That being said, you can definitely tell you are towing a 5-6K pound trailer behind you. It will take some getting used to, but I wouldn't say it is difficult. Im much more alert and aware while pulling the camper, which I think is a good thing. I have a 2018 3.5L with the max tow package which tops my specific capabilities out at 13K lbs of towing. The F150's towing capacities are slightly confusing to find out due to the specifics of what the packages add onto the ability. If you have any questions, let me know ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  13. We picked up our camper on Friday of last week (March 19th 2021), and after a fairly long day of questions, tutorials, etc we set out on the Natchez Trace for our first night at Davey Crockett, followed by heading back north to where we are now, and will stay until Easter. Thanks to everyone who has answered my questions over the past year or so. Every one of your answers has helped my wife and I (and our dog valentine) get to this point and we love our camper so far.
  14. I agree, but since this would be attached to a building on my parents property, I went with who my dad has regularly used for the past 5-10 years.
  15. Thanks for the insight you guys, I think we will move forward without a cover for now, then possibly a calmark. If we are not comfortable with this, then maybe install an awning. I was going to install an awning on the side of a metal building on my parent's property to store the Oliver, but the quote was 5K+ and that just didn't sit well with my wife and I.
  16. I have seen people talking about the calmark cover on here, as well as some who store under an awning or carport. I think we are leaning toward leaving it outside, not covered with anything for the first couple months of ownership. Arenโ€™t they meant to be used outside anyway? Am I completely wrong lol? Iโ€™d love to know, how do you store you Oliver?
  17. Im curious as to where you store this? I was thinking the same thing while planning this weekend. It seems to keep the good stuff `fridged` it would be best to keep drinks out of it, allowing more room for the important things.
  18. What adapter are you referring to here? The 15amp => 30amp? Vice versa? If you dont mind, a product link would be helpful. Thanks a bunch!
  19. Thanks for the tips everyone! If you don't mind, could you be more specific for me on this one? Are you saying if I dont have a 12 AWG or larger, it would still be fine to use a regular extension cord, and still use all of the inside electric appliances? How can I keep track of total load, and what should I be looking for there in terms of "too much" ?
  20. After picking up our Oliver Elite II, my wife and I will be staying on an acquaintances property for two weeks. We were told we will be able to "hook up", which I assume is power and water. Now seeing as this will be our first long stay somewhere, right after the Davey Crocket 1 night experience, I am at a loss trying to figure out what I should bring with us. We got the composting toilet option, the solar option, twin beds, as well as the convection microwave oven. The way I see it I can think of the following to bring: - Water Hose - Electrical adapter 15 -> 30amp - Anderson leveling wheel chocks for 1 side - 1 pair of wheel chocks for each side Anything else I should think of?
  21. Thanks for the tips everyone. Foy suggested I sand and coat with mineral oil. And possibly to coat with oil once a month when in use.
  22. I don't want to send you into a tizzy... BUT I had lots of issues when getting the right info on the F150 towing capacities. The 2018 f150 towing pdf lists this caveat for the f150... To Tow 7,000+ It must have the "(1) Requires Heavy-Duty Payload Package option."... which I found out is the MAX TOW package, and not the regular Towing Package. The MAX TOW includes things like stabilizer bar, engine cooling, etc. If all you have is the class IV hitch, this is not going to cut it according to the manual. I just wanted to share with you in the rare case (like me!) that you don't have the correct stats to tow 7,000+ lbs with your TV. I ended up typing up a report of sorts if that could help you. My issue was with the 3.5L V6, which would only tow 7,000+ if it had the Heavy Duty Towing Package. Here was my summary in the report:
  23. Just purchased a used Foy Sperring bath mat, it's super nice and looks a lot bigger in person than I imagined. I would like to sand it, and re-finish it. Any recommendations here? We plan on keeping it in the shower during shower use as well, so something that could withstand showers, similar to teak shower boards in saunas/spas/steamrooms. I'd asl Foy, but since Im still fairly new here, I couldn't figure out how to contact him directly.
  24. Im curious about this addition? Is that something you made, or does the Elite II come with this?
  25. Does it have a 30amp plug ? Or do you use a converter?
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