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  1. Jim I have a 2003 Tundra that is very near your TACO. My Tundra has a 280 hp engine. I have an Elite and have towed several Elite IIs for Oliver, to Winnipeg Canada, Quartzsite AZ and beyond. While you may have enough HP to tow the Elite, there are a number of factors you need to consider. Choose your route carefully. I recommend returning on I-40 as far as possible. It is flat, not too much elevation. For your sized truck, it is not as important about pulling the trailer up as keeping it slow going down. Avoid as many downward mountains as possible. A 5k lb. trailer will push your truck down a mountain. After being pushed down several mountains by my Tundra, I have now opted for a GMC 1500, and I now pull with my GMC. Safety, not horsepower is the most important factor to me. Also, crossing Texas, New Mexico and AZ, the winds can blow a heavy rig all over the road. I have seen a 18 wheeler loose it crossing the desert. A small truck does not have the weight to stabilize blowing 5k trailer in 30 mph winds. Be careful, be safe Coy
  2. Challenge For those of you that have read this post, for those of you that have a concern about improvements in Federal prosperities and where the funding comes from: HAVE YOU CONTACTED YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES? Please note - In this post I have not expressed my personal opinion, given you guidance on what to say to your Congressional Representative or otherwise given personal opinion(s). As a democracy, we can bring about change. In my career, I visited Capital Hill in DC many times to seek support for specific bills that provided funding to US Department of Defense. Our company had offices, employees and production facilities in 38 states. I was always surprised and pleased when Congressional Representatives were grateful to learn about how funding of specific programs provided employment in their district and supported a stronger defense for our nation. Contacting your Congressional Representatives and letting them know about your concerns is your right and a part of your freedom. coy
  3. To further assist in understanding the funding of this legislation, below is a excerpt from CONGRESS.GOV With this, you may have a better understanding of the funding of the spending on this legislation. Please note, I have posted this as information, neither advocating nor dissenting support. My goal is to make members aware that the legislation is being voted upon and as citizens you can decide whether or not to support. If you need further information, you can access many articles on the legislation. S.3422 - Great American Outdoors Act116th Congress (2019-2020) | Get alerts Bill Hide Overview Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 03/09/2020) Latest Action: Senate - 03/10/2020 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 438. (All Actions) Go to: Summary: S.3422 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text) Listen to this page There is one summary for S.3422. Bill summaries are authored by CRS. Shown Here: Introduced in Senate (03/09/2020) Great American Outdoors Act This bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands. For FY2021-FY2025, there shall be deposited into the fund an amount equal to 50% of all federal revenues from the development of oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy on federal lands and waters. Deposited amounts must not exceed $1.9 billion for any fiscal year. The fund must be used for priority deferred maintenance projects in specified systems that are administered by the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Government Accountability Office must report on the effect of the fund in reducing the backlog of priority deferred maintenance projects for the specified agencies. Additionally, the bill makes funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanent. The President shall annually report to Congress specified details regarding the allocation of funds to the LWCF. Congress may provide for alternate allocations using specified procedures.
  4. Currently, Congress is in the process of approving the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). Below is an excerpt from the website article on Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. As a camper, this legislation will have a direct impact on our camping experiences across the US. It directly impacts every state in the US, all states has property that will receive federal dollars for improvements. You may want to consider contacting your US Congressional Representative regarding support for this legislation. To read the entire article, go to: https://www.rvia.org/news-insights/senate-passes-landmark-great-american-outdoors-act Today the U.S. Senate took significant action to address campground modernization and deferred maintenance on public lands with the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a vote of 73-25. The bill, which now heads to the House of Representatives for approval, will provide the largest investment in our iconic public lands in over a century. GAOA will invest up to $9.5 billion of nontaxpayer funds to address the infrastructure within the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other federal agencies. The bill will also fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide $900 million per year in investment in the public lands, parks, and trails that are the backbone of the outdoor recreation economy. “As national parks and forests across the country look to safely reopen, it’s encouraging to see the overwhelming support of Senators recognizing the need to direct significant funds toward critical deferred maintenance and campground modernization needs on our public lands and waters,” said Craig Kirby, RV Industry Association President. “We are grateful to the 73 Senators who voted today to pass the Great American Outdoors Act and address these issues through this landmark legislation that supports outdoor recreation and conservation in our most treasured lands for generations to come.” HAPPY CAMPING !!! Coy
  5. The actual blades, black and gray, are lubricated when you apply the drain valvelubricant. However, you may find despite adding the blade lubricant, the valve becomes difficult to open/close. The cable occasionally needs to be greased. Not real difficult, but not easy to undo the cable, slide it out, put white lithium grease on it and put it back. The valve handle / cable will be much easier, so know that if the valve may feel stuck/sticking, it may be your cable. good luck coy
  6. If Lithium ion batteries with 400 AHs are installed on a Elite II and the air conditioner runs down the batteries half way or more, how many hours will it take to recharge the batteries to full capacity using the standard Zamp solar configuration? This is not intended to be a trick question or self promoting. My point is one of the key elements , recharging the batteries in minimum time has not been discussed. Recharging is a key factor in the solution equation. I am interested in your input as I try to understand increasing the efficiency of using solar to recharge the batteries. I have seen many big pushers with the rooftop loaded with solar panels and a huge storage areas fully dedicated to batteries and electronics. The wind drag of the solar panels, the extraordinary weight of the extra equipment and significant loss of fuel efficiency outweighs the benefit of solar, especially when those rigs deplete their batteries and then crank up their diesel generators to run all night. Coy
  7. Update - I have contacted Oliver regarding obtaining a different cover for my 2016 Elite spare tire cover. It seems that Oliver changed the mold in the past of the Elite TRAILER AND SPARE COVER to accommodate a larger spare tire. There is no retro kit for updating earlier Oliver Elite Trailers. Now, Oliver recommends the Cooper Discoverer HT 3 LT 235/65/16 tire. This Tire has a higher weight capacity than the tires that were original to my Elite. These tires are now being placed on new Oliver Elite Trailers. regardless, Oliver Travel Trailers handle superbly under bad conditions, even when you tire and wheel are damaged. I will be making room for an “EXTRA SPARE “ in my truck! coy
  8. Sorry for being unclear Bill. Both the tire and wheel were completely destroyed. On Sunday, I had Firestone remove the spare that I had just put on the ground. I had them put a full sized tire on the spare rim/wheel. I made it to Louisiana that night with no spare and the next morning, I went to Tire Discount, bought a spare wheel and mounted my old but useable spare tire. The mounting bracket at the rear is unique and the new (Discount Tire Store brand) will not fit. I will buy 2 new wheels and 1 new tire. One because I purchased a very good Firestone tire when all of this occurred. Overland- Going to meet with Oliver this month so I will inquire. Thanks for the advice Bottom line, I now feel that even when you experience a major tire catastrophic blowout as I did, and you are forced to proceed onward to the next exit on your bare metal rim, it can be safely done. I have inspected my hull, no damage, only to my pride.
  9. Safety and stability when you have a flat tire. I have an Oliver Elite single axle, hull #73. I have traveled near and far in it with no issues, until this year when returning from Quartzsite, AZ. I have often wondered what it would be like if I had a flat tire when I was driving? Yes, I have a TPMS, frequently check air pressure, etc. I hate driving in heavy traffic, especially in a large city pulling a trailer. To go to Quartzsite from home (Alabama) the better route is through Dallas/Fort Worth. I have learned that the best time to go through a large city is early on Sunday morning. Everyone is asleep, getting ready for church or going a short distance to work. I spent the night in Weatherford, Texas, looking down the hill at Fort Worth. I left early watching the sun rise in the East. I traveled I-20 through Fort Worth without incident. As I entered Dallas, there was lots of road construction. Soon the lanes were constricted, winding and heavy concrete barriers on both sides with nowhere to get off. Suddenly, I heard a loud bang and a car came around me waving pointing down at my trailer. In my rearview mirror I could see my trailer was listing heavily to the right. My TPMS was beeping. I knew I had a flat tire but nowhere to stop, concrete barriers / construction on both sides. It was 2 miles to the next exit. At the first exit I pulled into a shopping center. My tire was shredded and the rim was severely damaged, but MY OLIVER HANDLED BEAUTIFULLY! My fear was that a single axle trailer would be unstable at interstate speeds- Not! I was able to change to my spare but later looking in the rearview, the spare is a smaller tire and the trailer was listing to the right. I had a long day to drive and was uncomfortable not having a spare. I stopped at Firestone with the intent of getting a regular sized tire and wheel. No luck, Firestone did not sell wheels, Sunday and nothing open that sold wheels, but MY OLIVER HANDLED BEAUTIFULLY! My fear was that a single axle trailer would be unstable at interstate speeds- Not! I was able to change to my spare but later looking in the rearview, the spare is a smaller tire and the trailer was listing to the right. I had a long day to drive and was uncomfortable not having a spare. I stopped at Firestone with the intent of getting a regular sized tire and wheel. No luck, Firestone did not sell wheels but Firestone was able to put a regular tire on my spare wheel. Firestone told me that they found a piece of rebar in the hub. LESSONS LEARNED: Be careful in heavy construction It is difficult/impossible to find a spare tire/wheel on Sunday. I now carry the small spare in the trailer cover and a regular sized spare in my truck. No spare when your spare is on the ground. Best Lesson- Olivers handle well when you are running on the rim and nowhere to get off the interstate- Travel Safe !! Coy Gayle
  10. I will be there Also, we have a booth at the RV Big tent Show. We will be at booth #105 selling the Solar Tracker . COME SEE US !!!!
  11. One of my fondest childhood memories is living in California and taking a month long vacation to see National Parks that my father helped to build when he was in the Civilian Conversation Corps (CCC) before WWII. Later, when I was first married, my wife, daughter and I took vacations every year to visit national parks. I was appaled to hear low flying airplanes and helicopters overhead. The noise was more irritating than a swarm of mosquitos. I just returned from a Fall Break with with my daughter/husband, grandchildren and my wife. We visited the national parks in AZ and it was evident the areas of the parks that were run by concessionaires. The cost was significantly more, the service was significantly less and the crowds were ever more present. At Grand Canyon, we did not see one park ranger, not one. Congress is slashing the federal budget and many things are being privatized. There are federal lands and national parks around Las Vegas. The National Park campground cost is $8.00 per night. You can walk 25 feet next door and a concessionaire park is $40.00. It is not just about costs. We are facing admission restrictions, access restrictions (must ride mass transit buses) to see beautiful scenery. I do not like seeing large commercial facilities, hotels and chain restaurants in the National Parks. If it is commercialized, I will visit but not financially support the concessionaires. Read the story of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls. It was about quality service offered in support of educating the US traveling population to learn about the beauty given to us. I have stayed in several Harvey Houses over the years, the El Tovar in the Grand Canyon being one. They complemented the surroundings, and taught visitors to appreciate Mother Nature, no chrome and glass frontage with bright neon lights. Yes, I am upset with this effort to privitize our national parks !!! Coy Gayle
  12. Article from USA TODAY.COM FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Food trucks. Wi-Fi. Hot showers. Those campground upgrades could be coming to a national park near you. The Interior Department is considering recommendations to modernize campgrounds within the National Park Service. The recommendations posted this week come from an advisory committee created under former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It has been looking at ways for private businesses to operate on public lands. Derrick Crandall is the vice chairman of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. He says many campgrounds fail to meet visitors' expectations and allowing the private sector to run them would free up money for maintenance elsewhere in the parks. National parks have more than 1,400 campgrounds combined. About 6% are operated by concessionaires. Environmentalists say the proposal would price out some visitors and benefit special interest groups.
  13. The current design is a lowering mechanism with 4 locks that can manually lower and lock the tracker in place. We are testing now to determine if 2 will be more appropriate.
  14. UPDATE We are in the process of building and testing 3 different models of the Solar Tracker. We will have a Solar Tracker designed to fit the Elite II, another for the Elite and the third will be a suitcase model. The Elite and Elite II models will be made specifically for Oliver Travel Trailers and should be easily mounted. The third model is a suitcase model that is designed to be set in the sun while your trailer remains in the shade. Like the other trackers, it will track the sun continuously as long as it can "see" the sun. Initial testing indicates the suitcase model will efficently capture the sun's energy throughout the day as will the other 2 trackers. The suitcase model is being built to have (2) 50 watt solar panels. They will be hinged to fold up and be stored. The solar tracker will be the same size as the folded solar panels. Each can be stored easily in your TOW vehicle. We have done significant testing on the tracker frames. We have strengthened the framework to meet/exceed safety requirements. I will soon post videos of the solar tracker in operation, the data we are collecting to indicate the efficiency of each tracker and how the tracker is mounted on an Oliver. In January 2020 we will be attending the Quartzsite RV Big Tent Show and have a booth inside to demo the trackers. We will be displaying a fully operational model and have each for sale. We currently do not have a price for each unit. We are sourcing raw materials and writing the app for each owner to operate the Solar Tracker. The tracker has a number of electronic components that are essential to operate the tracker automatically throughout the day, shut it down automatically if it senses movement (wind) or it can be done remotely. It will have a GPS and cell phone so it can immediately alert you and provide GPS coordinates if it (and the trailer) is being moved. Please check our website for updates. www.happycampersolar.com THANK YOU coy
  15. I experienced the same thing this year in a new Elite II. This has happened to several new owners recently In the basement area there is a connector brass fitting that connects the city water to your internal plumbing. It is located under the floor of your basement on the water connection side. You can check this in two different ways. (1) You can take up the floor of the basement to see if it is wet. If so, look for a brass fitting that connects to your outside water receptacle, city water. Look to see if it has a crack in it. (2)If you cannot determine if it has a crack, turn the city water on low, as you watch it. If this connector is split, it is probably from over tightening at the factory. When the water comes out many of the weep holes in the trailer.
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