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  1. There are some great county parks.. Brownville Park near Arcadia is my favorite.. They take reservations starting 90 days out from your arrival date, which we did.. but we spent more than a week there and there was always open campsites..
  2. Oh and it’s not just a Southern thing…I don’t know if this still applies but years ago folks in Lincoln Massachusetts were pretty proud of their 25 MPH speed limits and it’s enforcement…. They even had bumper stickers on their cars letting the world know about it. Why a fella could get pulled over a couple times in a week for doing 26 if he wasn’t careful as he passed through town slightly late for work…. Which resulted in the need for elaborate routes circumnavigating the town as I recall..
  3. We won’t be doing any winter camping… if I wanted to be where it’s really cold, why I could just stay home.. We do however seem to end up occasionally driving where it’s cold, or dealing with overnights in the low 20s. Sometimes we travel with the furnace on, but not often. We do always make sure the hot water heater has been doing it’s thing so we can run hot water through the pipes once in a while. I added insulation to the basement door, and have some in the outdoor shower compartment as well, where if needed, I can stuff a 10hr hand warmer. I cut a hatch in the basement to gain access to the check valves and pipes at the water intakes, where I can stuff hand warmers as well. I also made an insulation block for the water inlets out of 2” rigid foam insulation. It basically clamps tight on the intakes when in place. When temperatures are in the upper teens or low 20s I can keep those intake fixtures at least 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperatures, so it helps somewhat. These little things help with occasional cold spells.. but wouldn’t do much good if the temperatures didn’t moderate during the day.. Insulation block Inside the block, cut our for water intakes.. the bolts, wing nuts, and steel plates squeeze it together in place
  4. Good Choice! If you have a chance to go the Stan’s on a Sunday afternoon it is a blast….
  5. Mcb 2020 685 Dometic 11k Mid 90s, full sun…. Kept us cool We will replace it with something quieter in the future.
  6. The only warranty work we had done was the replacement of the furnace’s motor, which we had done by a certified Moble RV repair guy while in FL. We paid the bill, and Oliver reimbursed us. It was a very simple process. I would recommend being in touch with Oliver throughout the process so they know what’s going on… in our case, it was impossible to remove the furnace from the outside as the hole through the Hull was too small to do so ( they must install them from inside) which resulted in us needing to enlarge it….. resulting in unexpected labor charges. I discussed this with Oliver and they paid for those as well . The real question surrounding warranty work is the availability of qualified ( certified ) technicians in your area. Where we live there aren’t a lot of options, which led me to repair things that would have been covered by the warranty myself… that being said, none of those projects were on the scale of replacing the guts of the furnace. If anyone ever needs something worked on in their Ollie in the Venice Fl. area I can’t recommend Mike Leger highly enough. Our furnace project was a complicated one and involved a fair amount of troubleshooting and head scratching to work out what the actual issue was. I was really impressed with Mike’s methodology and ability to figure out what the problem was… while having never worked on an Oliver before he has been doing RV repair for many years and it showed.. Mike’s company is Second Home Repairs Inc which offers only moble on-site RV service. 941-234-6196. We ran into a number of folks ( including friends from home) who had worked with Mike before and they all were as positive about their experiences as we were…
  7. I know of two other Ollies hanging out in Lee County right now as well.. and it sure is nice🙂
  8. Mattnan, Don’t forget to explore the options of County or City Parks if you’re looking for a place to stop for a night, I can think of a couple that are in the general vicinity of where you are headed.. East of Houston there is one in Winnie Tx we stayed at off 10.. There is one in San Jon NM on 40 just west of the NM/TX state line. We’ve stayed at both and will again if the timing is right..
  9. Yup let’s do that. Sounds like you’ve got a great winter ahead of you. We’ve spent time in Everglades City and Goodland in the past near CSSP..love that neck of the woods. You can get out in the Boonies really quick around there which is very cool.. we are bouncing around between Sanibel, LGI, Brownsville and Nakomis, which is really close to Oscar Shearer. We will be there in February with visiting kids and grandkids from Maine before we head West…
  10. SW Florida til the end of February, then out to AZ/NM for March.. back to Maine for Alewives early April…. Have a good Thanksgiving and Safe Travels!
  11. When are you hitting the road? We will bug out Friday…. The temperature is dropping, it’s time to hit the road!
  12. I guess I don’t mind planning way ahead… perhaps it’s a result of having a business that had a way of snuffing out spontaneity.. if we wanted to get away, we had to work it all out well ahead of time. Or maybe it’s just me…I enjoy working out where we are going, pouring over topo’s and Google earth. In terms of campgrounds, if we are staying in them, we try to stick to State Parks. I like checking out campgrounds and trying to figure out which is “the best” site for us.. if we want to go someplace, like SW Florida for a month to collect sharks teeth we know we have to make reservations way way out ahead of time… and figure that’s just the way it goes… And if life throws us a curveball, like say knee surgery this fall, we cancel those reservations as soon as we can and somebody else gets lucky…
  13. I guess I’m joining the club…I’m gonna need a big ol’ washer to make it work with that mess of a hole somebody made…
  14. When our Dutch oven travels with us it’s usually only on short trips and has a place in the bed of the truck. On extended trips weight becomes more of an issue….We tend to come home with more in the truck then we left home with, and it’s usually pretty heavy stuff…. Like rocks…. so we try to pay attention to our payload to some extent.. We use the convection oven quite a bit and it works out great for us… we cook everything in it we use the oven at home. The only factor to keep in mind is the size of it.
  15. Life’s too short for me to wait for the conditions to be perfect….
  16. That’s awful.. really glad you two are ok. I don’t know where you are located but around here ( Maine) this is the time of year when mice start moving in under the hood.. and they love chewing wires. I’ve known a couple folks that have had major damage done to electrical systems because of this in the past… but never heard of a vehicle bursting into flames… Last week I had a field mouse appear at the upper edge of my hood as I was doing about 60, he wasn’t there very long…..when I got home I had a look under the hood to see if I could see anybody else hanging around under there.
  17. Shutting off the 60A breaker to the batteries for a few minutes did the trick.. thanks Mossey
  18. I’ve got an error code ( at least that’s what I think it is) on the tank monitor, sort of an upside down and backwards F.. I’d had the lithium batteries disconnected for the last month or so and had just got everything back together.. The pump switch works fine, but no amount of pushing on those other buttons will get the screen to change. I figured it was wired to the 12v panel, but it isn’t labeled as such. I hauled out all the fuses one by one just the same to see if I could at least get it to flicker or something… no luck. all other electrical systems are just fine.. Batteries at 49%. I’ve been through the trouble shooting section in the owners manual without success. Any thoughts? I’m sure it’s something simple I’m overlooking so thanks in advance..
  19. Sorry to hear about you all putting your Ollies away for the winter… we are on the opposite trajectory, getting gear together and checking systems in preparation of hitting the road in about a month….. It’s been a long summer living vicariously through the adventures of other folks….. time to get back out there!🙂
  20. I don’t know if there is a fuse or reset button.. but there is a bypass switch.. here are a couple of potentially helpful bits from the owners manual… maybe a wire rattled loose
  21. We’ve never had more rain come in through the bathroom window or vent than a paper towel could handle..
  22. Perhaps he’s headed in this direction…….
  23. We’ll be kicking around New Mexico and Arizona for the month of March so maybe we’ll cross paths….
  24. Is the inverter turned on, and if so, have you checked to make sure the GFCI isn’t tripped at the outlet?
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