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  1. It does sound nice to have all that power but like John said it is really unbalanced. Rough math says it would take around 26-30 hours to charge from zero with 340 watts.  You can only use as much energy as your panels provide or you will eventually end up empty....

     

    John

  2. Not sure about all brands but my 2021 GMC came with 4 tire sensors to install in your trailer tires.  The sticker showed it as a $50 option.  These sensors send info to the OEM screen when you have the trailer connected.   Not sure when this feature became available but would be worth checking to see if you have a similar option on your vehicles.

     

    John

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  3. 2 hours ago, John E Davies said:

    I know that was said with a wink, but are you fully aware of all the carry laws? If you don't already have an app, this one is very excellent, and there is an Android version. It has an easy to understand map showing where your permit(s) are valid, and it is updated at least monthly.

    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ccw-concealed-carry-50-state/id443321291

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

    Yes I am aware.  Unfortunately it is quite difficult to deal with those 4 westernmost states.  Georgia has reciprocity with most places I will be going but I will have to find a solution to deal with CA,OR,WA and NV.

     

    John

  4. On 2/2/2021 at 10:12 AM, John E Davies said:

    How well is the GM camera port sealed when its cable is plugged into it? The standard round one is open to water and road grit, and since that is a low pressure area, all the road spray gets sucked into that spot.

    Something to research and consider maybe? At the very least, buy a can of electrical contact cleaner or isopropyl alcohol, and spray both parts regularly.

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

    The camera plug has 2 o-rings on it so it should be water tight.

    IMG_2364.jpeg

  5. 5 hours ago, topgun2 said:

     However, then you would not be able to use this camera as a "security" camera when the truck is powered down.  Of course, since your only screen is in the truck and not removable then having power to the camera without that screen still doesn't do you much good from inside the Oliver and things go "bump" in the night.

    Bill

    That’s what Glocks are for. 😉. Seriously though I will have another camera setup for security.  Haven’t gotten that far yet.

    John

  6. On 1/30/2021 at 10:28 AM, topgun2 said:

    I just went back up in this thread and see that the GM camera can be used even when the TV is not in reverse - that is good.  I'd still think about getting Oliver to install that switch by the door.  Or, when you install the GM camera on the back of the Ollie, you could simply install a power switch in the attic near where the camera wires enter.  This allows you to cut power to the camera in order to save batteries while boondocking.

    Bill

    The camera gets its power from the truck not from the trailer.  The pictures I posted above show the individual camera ports above the 7 pin connector.

     

    John

  7. I just went through this process and have decided to forgo the Oliver installed camera.  The GMC camera that integrates into the factory display offers a larger screen at less than half the price.  The camera system on the GMC is hands down the best available at the present time.

     

    John

  8. On 1/17/2021 at 1:36 PM, SherMica said:

    Like, that night in the cold campground, backing in, then "hooking up" for the first time with a dog bugging me.

    Dog (English Lab, speaks with accent) will be all, "WOT's oll LISS then? We're LEVVIN' in 'ere? Ya CON'T be seer-yuss. In this? This OIT-TEEN FOOT FOY-BUH-GLOSS MOO-ving lorry or wot evah? Right. I've got dibs on the BED. You lot, on the rug there."

     

    🙂 Your funny.....! 

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  9. 2 hours ago, mtkadan said:

    do you have to use the key to open each lift lid?..

    Both lids have keyed latch mechanisms.  You do not have to lock them.  (they don't lock automatically)  When they are locked it would be very difficult to gain entry unless you really want to work at it.

     

    John

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  10. On 1/15/2021 at 11:28 PM, Overland said:

    Thanks, I hadn’t seen that before. I doubt that I’ll have any reason to replace mine anytime soon, but then if I need a reason I can invent one. 

    Overland,  I have been studying your install from the Snowball thread and am leaning towards a similar setup.  Are you still happy with it?
     

    john

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  11. On 1/15/2021 at 11:28 PM, ScubaRx said:

    Are you comfortable cutting your own hole? I would just ask them to NOT mount the Zamp controller (I agree you should replace it), purchase my own controller and mount the control panel myself.

    I would have no problem cutting a hole.  I will check if Oliver would consider not mounting the ZAmp  controller but I have a feeling they won’t.  
     

    john

  12. Thanks for the reply Sherry.  I do want an inverter so right now I am torn between having Oliver install the xantrex vs just having them install the panels and choosing my own inverter after delivery.  I like that the victors stuff all communicates well together. I also don’t see the need to have another hole cut for the xantrex remote in the trailer.  I would like to swap the zamp controller and install a victory MPPT out of sight and then install the victron gx touch 50 where the zamp controller was.   Thoughts?

     

    John

  13. So I have about 6 months before I have to make final decisions on the options for our new Oliver.  The only option that I am still unsure about is the battery/solar choice.  I would like to have a lithium setup however I am not convinced that the option offered by Oliver is the best one for the money.  I am not an electrician by any means, however, I am quite capable of figuring out/installing pretty much anything within reason.  The only decision I have made is that I will definitely be getting the solar panels installed by the factory.  While I could probably do it myself, I think the money is worth saving the time and effort by having this done at the factory.  That being said, I would like to hear from the group what your choices would be if you were doing this today.  Inverter/charger (Victron MultiPlus) , MPPT controller, battleborn/lifeblue/victron batteries?  I am just beginning this search so any input on things everyone has learned along the way would be helpful.  Fire away!!

     

    John

  14. Thanks for the replies.  I just saw this thing reviewed by the guy Topgun linked to and figured I would get some opinions.  Had not seen it discussed before.  I have a Yamaha 2200 which is most likely what I will carry when I need a generator. So what you're saying John is that when using shore power the electrical system prioritizes that and will not load share with the batteries?  I have some time before I make decisions on the solar/battery option.  I am going to start another thread with some questions on that topic.

     

    Thanks,

    John

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