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  1. I just booked mine over the phone. I looked online but all the spots Oliver had held were not available online. Looking forward to next year!
  2. I’ve only got 3500 miles under my belt and this is my first RV. I was really worried about towing manners after seeing all the videos about sway. I have to say the towing manners of the Oliver is one of the most impressive features. No sway thus far. I use Andersen with my 1/2 ton and tows beautifully.
  3. No issues for me at all. I’ve also got back up camera which zooms on the hitch which makes it pretty easy.
  4. Not sure where they put in 2017 on Expedition but in addition to payload in drivers door see if you have this one on the hitch. Tell you max weight with and without WDH.
  5. So I’ve got 2021 F150 and still learning features. In the FordPass app there is feature that runs a light check for you. Nice to avoid getting in and out of truck to check when you are solo so thought I’d share.
  6. I watched his whole series on Alaska/Canada and he definitely took some roads I’d never consider but also saw a lot of other highways with amazing scenery that looked decent and something I’d tackle. My Alaska trip is 5+ years out as I can’t take that much time off work now. I do wonder when it is time if a truck camper is a better option. I’ll admit I did heavily think about a Northern Lite before getting my Ollie. There is a trade with every RV but wonder if easier not having to tow on those roads.
  7. So I can’t store at home as there just isn’t space and not allowed by HOA . I live in DFW area. I have a spot that is covered with open front. Space is 50 feet long so the Oliver tucks back nicely and well protected from weather even in front. I am able to trickle charge battery and storage place has a dump station and will fill propane tanks which is nice. I could pay less for uncovered but then I’d need a cover and we get some wicked spring storms here so covered is a big plus. Eventually I’d a place where I can have enclosed garage that can be climate controlled but need to figure out first where I want to be long term.
  8. Congrats ! Do you have to use a WDH in your 1500?
  9. There are other options. I use Fort Knox locks. Not as expensive as Proven Industries. But robust enough for me. https://ftknoxlocks.com/shop/ols/products/bulldog-lock
  10. No. I am in the Dallas area. Place I went to is in Carrollton which is north side of Dallas.
  11. I seriously looked at AS. I really liked the 23 Twin Globetrotter with the dry bath floor plan. I have to admit it was temping. Living in an area where hail is not uncommon the durability of the hull was a real concern. At the time they still used wooden subfloor which also concerned me. Glad to see they have moved to a composite material. At end of day the feedback from current AS about issues and higher price made it a no for me. I still do love how they look though. I was nervous about wet bath in the Ollie but after first trip realized how little time you send in bathroom and it was non issue for me. I think if you had family of 4 a wet bath is harder but for one or two folks super easy to manage. Good luck!
  12. I just used a local family owned place here in DFW to get warranty work done. Since they aren’t a dealership I was treated same as any customer. I appreciated they don’t schedule you to bring RV in until they can work on it , that way it doesn’t sit there for weeks untouched. They are not too far and I’d use they again without hesitation.
  13. August is the hottest month in Texas. I hate August and I live in the Dallas area. I have no plans to camp near home that time of year. Typically we have highs at or close to 100 and lows around 80 if lucky. Have I mentioned I hate August in Texas 🙂 You should be fine in RV with AC running. If you don’t have pets Magnolia is really popular place to visit for the day in Waco.
  14. I picked up on May 20th and mine didn’t have one. Just inside door there is a small nice looking placard that says proudly made in Hohenwald TN.
  15. When looking for RVs I quickly zeroed in on fiberglass trailers. I looked at Casita as they are so close. Interior was a no go. Just felt cheap and carpet a huge turn off. Same for Scamp. Escape seems like a step up from those two but still not the same and while 5th wheel interesting interior was a hard pass. No trailer is perfect but Oliver interior are like nothing else. Now it isn’t for everyone but I smile every time I step inside my Ollie!
  16. I think two big changes to base is they made fancy awning standard. That was 700 upgrade on my 2021. They also made fiber granite standard. That was 1800 upgrade if I recall correctly. I am glad I was able to get my 2021 with the white counters. I don’t like the fiber granite and already upgraded dinette to top made by Foy with plans to do nightstand top as well. If price is 65k that is 5k cost increase after you account for 2.5k above added to base unit.
  17. So I have to store my Ollie offsite. In the Texas heat if I turn on propane the evening before a trip it has cooled by next day. I also try to only put cooled items in fridge.
  18. So I visited Casita and had the same reaction the carpet. I just could not get past it and white color looks like a huge dirt magnet. We have had some pretty humid days this summer in Dallas and when I check on trailer at storage facility no issues with condensation even before I put up a damprid in closet. I don’t run any fans or have vents or windows open. The hypervent seems to work really well. I have not seen any moisture under the beds. If there was any issue while on road fiberglass hull very easy to wipe down. I have had windows fog in mornings and running maxx fan quickly takes care of that
  19. Unreal. I don’t think I’d want to drive that road with either of those vehicles.
  20. That is a bit disappointing to be honest. The current model has better looking front end. They really missed the mark with headlights.
  21. Pennie If you did want to go through a trailer before pick up and come through DFW area on way to TN there are several owners in this area. I am a new owner and would be happy to show you trailer and share my steep newbie learning curve, lol. I have had a couple issues and worked with Oliver to get in with a repair place here in DFW. Good luck.
  22. I went with stock cushions and memory foam topper. I also got sheets/mattress pads from AB. I don’t full time or spend weeks at a time in my trailer so it did not seem like needed upgrade. Plus with southern mattress option you can always upgrade later.
  23. So the Oliver has built in EMS by progressive. I don’t add a second one on top of that but progressive does make ones you can plug into source directly. I used the Fort Knox lock (with puck lock) for hitch lock. Small company in Oklahoma. I got a Viair compressor. I have Tireminder i10 but read a lot of good things about TST as well.
  24. So I just setup the protrailer backup assist on my 2021 F150. It came with a sensor that easily mounted to the trailer tongue. Once plugged into TV calibration was really simple. Not sure if the sensor can be used on pre 2021 models.
  25. Your intended travel style is really important for TV consideration IMHO. I really thought about 3/4 Tom diesel but I just didn’t want that for my daily driver yet. Until I retire I plan to take shorter trips and after almost 2,000 miles on shakedown trip I am very pleased with my TV. In another 5 years when longer trips and hopefully an extended Alaska trip are on horizon that 3/4 will probably be on my radar. I also travel light. I don’t carry bikes or kayaks and normally it is me and a medium size dog.
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