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Ray and Susan Huff

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  1. My "swarm" was a bit exaggerated! Usually 3 or 4 bees (Yellow Jackets) - enough to be annoying, especially while eating. I guess I'm just not very tolerant of bugs.
  2. Thanks for the info. Can we change the #26 setting in the programming menu through the Xantrex remote panel? What is the setting needed to prevent charging and thus causing the fan to cycle on and off.
  3. But turning off the inverter doesn't turn off the charging, which is what makes the fan run periodically.
  4. How do you deal with bees???? They seem to be prevalent everywhere we go . . . . . the minute you start cooking, especially meat, they swarm . . . . and some places it is impossible to eat outside. Frustrating, to say the least.
  5. And, as production increases, resolution of these quality control issues takes time and resources that could be better used on the production end. I realize it is difficult during these pandemic times to get any help, let along qualified help. But, having to manage an increased number of quality related issues can only result in lost ground. Streamlining production is a step in the right direction, but an uptick in unnecessary problems could be disasterous for Oliver's reputation of quality and customer service. I will say, the service crew is doing a great job - better than most RV manufactureres.
  6. We discovered another disadvantage to the newer, cantilevered awnings. With the old manual style, you had to drop the awning down in order to roll it up. This facilitated the removal of fir needles and such, after camping in forested areas. Our 2021 Elite II was ordered with the standard powered Girard awning. I understand there is a way to adjust the pitch, thus lowering the front rail of the awning. However, this is achieved with tools and a manual adjustment. We rarely use the awning to create a shaded living area, mostly because we don't want to worry about wind. When we do use the awning, it is to shade the side of the trailer to help keep the fridge cool. I'm beginning to think these new fangled powered, legless awnings are not idea. They look good, but lose many of the practical features, such as being able to adjust the tilt and lower the awning to better shade the side of the trailer and allow for cleaning off the upper surface before retraction. We try to park the trailer such that the street side does not get direct, afternoon sun, when temps are warmer. But this is not always possible, if you are restricted by the orientation of the campsite. Open for suggestions
  7. I wish it came in more colors . . . . like pool noodles!
  8. Yep . . . . very much like our Speedy Stitcher 😊 A handy tool to have and it takes up little precious cargo space.
  9. I'm determined to beat the fan noise . . . . . any comments regarding disconnecting shore power at night to eliminate the annoying fan cycling on and off are appreciated.
  10. I did have the bluetooth app installed, before we had the inverter replaced. Haven't tried pairing the new one yet. I assume this setting can also be changed via the remote panel. What does Oliver say about this strategy?
  11. New inverter fan sounds the same as the old. . . . . I guess that means it's normal?
  12. Your camp cooking sounds very similar to mine . . . . we should get together to share notes 😀
  13. I feel the price is sooooo worth the quality, compared to mass produced RVs. We looked at the R-Pod, several years ago . . . . nothing about it screamed quality; cute, maybe. In our throw-away world, I appreciate Oliver for giving us a better option. We are in the same place as you . . . . just went over threshold to our 70's. We prefer to enjoy our remaining RV travel years without fixing, repairing, and replacing an RV at regular intervals. I have little to complain about after 9 months with our Oliver. As a bonus, you get valuable support from other Oliver owners, and, more importantly, the amazing lifetime customer service/support from Oliver. I'd venture to guess that, once you make the move, your wife will be thrilled!
  14. Glad to hear I'm not the only one annoyed by this. Our previous RV had a 1000w inverter, but a separate charger, which must be whey we did not experience the fan noise, although I do recall the surge protector humming, at times. I suppose unplugging shore power at night is a possible solution for the noisy Xantrex fan. Does anyone see any harm in doing this? We lose very little battery charge overnight (Lithium Pro Pkg)
  15. I'm curious to hear what Oliver says about this . . . . . and a possible solution.
  16. I'm not sure of the dB level, but our inverter fan cycles like that (lithium package). It is very annoying, especially at night.
  17. You must be running the fridge on Auto . . . . . ?? Running the fridge on propane would eleviate that problem. Fridge on LP does not use that much propane.
  18. The answer to your questions depends on how your wife perceives meal prep when camping. Does she have visions of "like at home" meal prep or is she willing to make concessions? That being said, at home I am an avid cook/baker. Our kitchen is spacious and outfitted with all the "necessary" tools that make meal prep and baking easier and more enjoyable. It would be disconcerting, to me, if I were to compare it to the Oliver kitchen. I am happy to shift my mind-set, when camping, and have found the smaller Oliver galley to be well organized, as efficient as prior larger RV kitchens (such as our 5th wheel), and an improvement over the like sized galley in our Leisure Travel Van. One trick I employ: We have a wooden bread board (a recycled pull-out board from my HS Home Ec Dept). My husband installed rubber feet on the bottom so it fits snuggly over the stove top. We actually made this for previous RVs and were able to reposition the feet to fit the Oliver. It protects it glass top of the stove, when not in use, extending counter space. When using the stove, I place the board on the bed next to the galley and use it to set things out of the way, until needed (if that makes sense). I also use the small counters (pantry and microwave cabinet areas) extensively during meal prep; the dinette table, not so much. We do not have the microwave, but rather carry a small toaster oven for cooking. I use the nightstand for it. Regarding meal prep outdoors: I do very little outside. I like being in the kitchen, where everything is handy and I don't have to carry a lot in and out of the trailer. Also, at certain times of the year, bees/yellowjackets/hornets can be very annoying when preparing food, and eating too, outdoors. Cooking outdoors is too much like tent camping; we have a great indoor kitchen and choose to use it. When downsizing from a larger RV (30ft 5th-wheel) I quickly learned a valuable lesson: in the smaller space, it is important for everything to have a place and keep things put away. This makes any task more manageable and reduces stress. I pack things so items oft used are easy to get to (without having to empty the contents of a cabinet/drawer to get them. We utilize the tow vehicle to store items not often needed to conserve interior storage. Just a few ideas . . . . . hope this helps.
  19. Have you seen the warning on a sack of flour? "Flour is raw. Please cook before fully enjoying". Many of us grew up eating raw cookie dough (flour and eggs) and are still around to confess such actions. Some of the warning labels found on products make me wonder question the mentality of humankind 😇
  20. Tow vehicle works for water storage. We carry 1 or two (depending on the length of our trip) 4 gal "approved for drinking water" jugs, filled with filtered spring water from home, in the pickup bed or back seat. In addition, a 1 gal water jug is carried in the trailer for immediate use. This we fill, as it gets emptied, either from the 4 gal jug or from "city water" (yuk!) or other known source of sanitary water along the way. Many grocery stores have water dispensers, but, again, it's probably city water. 1 gallon of water usually supplies a day's worth for the two of us - for coffee, drinking, and cooking, except maybe in extreme heat and/or when we are doing a lot of hiking or other outdoor activity. There are other options, especially if you will be far from a source of drinking water. Some boondockers carry a water bladder in the pickup bed. We have never drank water from any of our RV tanks, past and present. It is possible to sanitize the system, but it's much less hassle to carry fresh water and not have that extra chore.
  21. No guaranty this will work for every situation, but this is our experience: 2021 Elite II, Nov/Dec 2020 build: Recently, after one of the burners on the Dometic stove detached itself from the base, we had a new stove warranty replacement. The stove worked as intended, until the first time out after the installation. We drove 7 hrs to our destination, traveling over numerous 4-5,000+ elevation passes, arriving around dinner time, only to discover the stove would not light; there was no LP getting to the burners. The fridge had been operating all day on LP, just fine. . . . . . .There was LP in both tanks . . . . . . yes, they were turned on. . . . . . . Suspecting this was a situation of air in the LP line. we scratched our heads. Our recollection was that the remedy for such is to light the stove . . . . . hmmmm . . . . . . . that won't work. . . . . . . . . we turned the HWH (standard tank variety) on LP and it started right up . . . . . . good, we have hot water. . . . . . thinking this would resolve the issue, we tried the stove again . . . . . . No Go . . . . . had to cook dinner outside on our portable camp stove. In the meantime, I posted the situation on the Oliver Trailer Owners FB group. . . . . . Matt Duncan replied right away, saying he would pass this on to Jason (Thank you, Matt). Since it was past 8:00 in Hohenwald, and Jason wouldn't be getting back to us until at least the next day, we knew we'd be cooking oatmeal outside in the morning. . . . . . . we had shore power so the electric tea kettle and French press would supply our caffeine needs. When we awoke the next morning it was 38 degrees out, so we started up the furnace to warm up before braving the cold to make breakfast. Not relishing the thought of going outside to cook, I tried the stove . . . . . Yep, it worked! I don't know if it was the furnace drawing LP or the previous day's 80 degrees followed by the cold that made the stove behave as it should. But I was ever thankful that it did since we had no cold cereal in the pantry. So, add this to your bag of tricks: In the event the appliance that isn't getting LP is the one you should light to get the LP flowing (the stove), try the furnace and see if that does the trick. Jason did send an email, first thing that morning, telling us the stove is the usual source of resolve for this problem, so he would have Service investigate possible solutions. I happily replied that we were up and running again. Another big "Thank You" to Oliver Service, for looking after us . . . . . sometimes I don't know how they do it 🏆
  22. As others state, the Oliver sink top cutting board stays put well; ours has yet to fall out. We are carefult to not store heavy items in the overhead cabinets. A few heavy items we store over the sink: French press and vacuum coffee caraf. These we secure with a foam block and something to protect the door from being scratched or, worse yet, broken, if something inside gets moved around in transit. The main thing is to not have any cargo loose, but packed in tight. Heavy items we store in the bottom of the closet: space heater, extra Magma pans, LED/solar lantern, Jet Boil Base camp stove (for outdoor cooking when it's really warm). In our pickup bed tool box we carry items used outdoors: small LP tank, Portable BBQ grill, generator, folding table, bike gear, etc.
  23. Great minds think alike! The plastic storage container on top of the oven keeps it from bouncing up and down. It serves a dual purpose: it is just the right height, when placed on the counter under the storage compartment door to make a level surface for drying dishes. Silcone grease shield (on the left wall) and silicone draining mat (right wall) protect the inside of the cabinet from the oven. Protecting the wall from the back of the oven is a silicone mat (curling iron mat used in hair salons) that the oven sits on when in use. And a small piece of pipe insulation to keep the oven door handly from rubbing on the cabinet door.
  24. Is anyone out there currently using GAIA maps? Mine is currently unresponsive . . . . when I open the map, it comes up to the last map viewed, but I can't make changes, such as add or delete layers. I guess I'll check. . . . . maybe my premium subscription has expired? Tech can be infuriating at times 😠 I checked . . . . premium subscription is good thru June 2022
  25. Soft storage is better than rigid as it fits to conform the curves of the upper cabinets. It also weighs less than other options. We store our clothes in nylon luggage organizers in the cabinets above the beds. They can hold more than plastic or square fabric totes since you can squish them to fit the space. I roll my clothes and they stay relatively wrinkle free. But what are a few wrinkles when you're camping? 😁
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