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  1. Jason, Oliver sales rep, sent the standard email after I downloaded the build sheet for the Elite. I provided the timbren web site. Stated I would be happy to purchse an Elite built with the Timbren units. No further contact from Jason.
  2. I have the EU2000i companion and EU2000i. Recall was/is, on the EU2000i companion, a simple job of installing spacers for better cooling, according to the service manager. After taking off the covers and checking that is the situation. The Honda line of generators(EU6500 & EU2000i & companion), mowers, roto tillers, weed wackers, water pumps etc., I have them all, use a better quality of components. Gas lines are immediately noticed when comparing to the "Other Brands". Ensure the use of Premium Gasoline in these appliances. I use the generators to operate a two burner hot plate under the rear hatch of the 4Runner, provide supply voltage to a battery charger charging a deep cycle battery for the Engel fridge freezer.. Extensive use of puck board to provide a clean isolated surface areas from vegetation etc. while in the wild. Many uses for a single sheet of puck board. You can depend on a Honda when used and maintained within recommended specifications. Chainsaw though is a Stihl.
  3. Appears the statement made about the 8 cylinder Toyota 4Runner in an article about 4Runner Towing" Personally, we’re glad we upgraded from our beloved 4 Runner to a Tundra. If the 4 Runner is rated for 5,000 lbs, make sure that the trailer weight doesn’t exceed that capacity. The 1885 in Tom’s situation was 3700# dry weight. The gross weight was likely (just like our 1685) scary close to the 5,000# limit. After reading the article following is a brief comment: The V8 4Runner, in the article, is rated @ 7000 lbs not 5000 lbs. Once again a reporter is negligent in knowing and stating facts. Makes one cringe as much as when I hear or read "I heard this on the internet". Hahaha. A great source of information when stated by a knowledgeable source. Very unfortunate to ride in a rutted surface but this does occur. The Tundra, dependent upon year and model of V8, will pull a greater load but it is a lighter vehicle. Would the same situation have occurred with the Tundra? Who knows! I've been present at many vehicle accident scenes. Listening to the "What Happened" and looking into the eyes and knowing more than their statement was occurring at the time. "Cell Phones" The need to answer and reply immediately does nox mix well with driving. Add impairing drugs and we know the possible deadly outcome. Eating. Smoking> etc
  4. Appears the statement made about the 8 cylinder Toyota 4Runner" Personally, we’re glad we upgraded from our beloved 4 Runner to a Tundra. If the 4 Runner is rated for 5,000 lbs, make sure that the trailer weight doesn’t exceed that capacity. The 1885 in Tom’s situation was 3700# dry weight. The gross weight was likely (just like our 1685) scary close to the 5,000# limit. The V8 4Runner is rated @ 7000 lbs. Once again a reporter is negligent in knowing and stating facts. Makes one cringe as much as when I hear or read "I read this on the internet". Hahaha. A great source of information when stated by a knowledgeable source. Very unfortunate to ride in a rutted surface but this does occur. The Tundra, dependent upon year and model of V8, will pull a greater load but it is a lighter vehicle. Would the same situation have occurred with the Tundra? Who knows! I've been present at many vehicle accident scenes. Listening to the "What Happened" and looking into the eyes and knowing more than their statement was occurring at the time. "Cell Phones" The need to answer and reply immediately does nox mix well with driving. Add impairing drugs and we know the possible deadly outcome.
  5. Okay! While perusing the Black series his name was noted. Thanks
  6. Thanks Overland. Appears to be overkill. Just what i want. Love the details! Just need a trailer now. Thanks again!
  7. An inquiry made to 3P. 10 degrees is limiting. Reply: Hello Frank, The 3P Hitch System does have movement to accommodate many types of terrain. We have many owners that boondock and are in all kinds of different situations. The hitch has the ability to pitch upward 10 degrees and downward 45 degrees for more extreme hitching/ unhitching situations. You will also enjoy up to a 87 degree turn radius. If you provide some additional information about your setup, I can recommend what hitch will best fit your rig. https://store.propridehitch.com/propride-3p-trailer-sway-control-hitch/
  8. Hi John and thanks for chiming in on this topic. Good to know that the Ollie tows well. Thought the anti sway would be a necessary feature as it is an added value extra by the trailer manufacturer. I will search Overland and look forward to his comments, possibly ( Hahaha). THe 2008 Limited V8 4Runner has the umph and an additional 2 inch clearance. Currently I tow two quads and other material on a single axle Standen 3500 lb axle, no brakes. Experienced sway but added tongue weight, two mud chucking spare trailer tires between the hitch and trailer body. 4Runner is loaded with materials and cruising on gravel both units are tanks. Good description from you. Mud chucking trailer tires are carried as spares as I once towed/dragged the 3300 lb trailer and toys through 27 kilometer of wet gumbo down embankments over wooden bridges south of Carrot Creek Alberta Canada, close to where I live The gumbo plugged the trailer tires in the wheel wells and the 4Runner had what I call city slicker tires. Michelin M/S. Basically a highway tire. The Michelins worked although the entire trip was Locked in 4 LOW. When the gravel road appeared it was an Oasis. THe secondary 4Runner, 2006 Limited, Hankook Mud terrain tires has a front bumper with winch from ShrockWorks. Worth my time to purchase and install this unit. Has saved many long walks out of the back country. The TV will be the first Item I remove from the Elite and any other non essential weight. Hanging or bolted down. I'm done sleeping and living out of the 4Runners. Time for luxury. Thanks for the tip about the WD hitch. Currently reading the article about the self composting waste management system. Interesting! Cheers!
  9. Luckily technology provides choices: We no longer depend upon one type of rubber compound for all conditions. We have low resistance summer tires of all types depending on price you get what you purchase, , Adhesive rubber traction winter compounds and mud terrain tires. Chains are desirable in snow on the rear drive wheels but on most passenger style vehicles using chains in mud may cause vehicle body damage as the mud packs into the wheel wells. Mud terrain chuck the muck with self cleaning cleat design. No containment on the tire and small pieces thrown clear of tire tread. I've experienced dragging a trailer 21 miles on/through gumbo (mud/clay) as the tires did not have self clearing cleats. Hair raising experience cross wooden bridges down and up embankments. The tow vehicle had Michelin M/S tires. Not an aggressive tread at all but pulled the trailer and powered the truck to a gravel road that looked like an oasis. Amazing! I purchased Hankook Mud terrain for the tow vehicle and mud terrain tires for the trailer as spares. Bottom line. If possible use the required tires or stay safe and stay put. Be prepared.
  10. Hello: Currently in the market for an Elite. Add placed in the classifieds of the forum. I've never towed a RV style trailer. I am towing two quads on a single axle trailer upgraded with a Standen 3500 lb axle, no brakes. Total maximum weight of the trailer and equipment towed is 3300 lbs. Using a MAX Coupler, rated at 6000 lbs, as the articulating hitch. The hitch works well towing on mud oil lease roads, gravel and the asphalt highway. Initially a bit of sway on asphalt but repositioning the quads and adding two mud chucking spare tires between the coupler and trailer body for added tongue weight resolved the issue of trailer sway. No issues towing the unit through ditches and uneven terrain. Tow vehicle is at times either the V8 or V6 4Runner. I've read and believe that using an anti sway hitch is truly important for control of a travel trailer. Are there articulating anti sway hitches? If the solid anti sway bars of an anti sway are released would this provide articulation sufficient to tow the trailer through a ditch or steep incline decline surfaces at low speed? My terminology regarding the solid anti sway bars is probably incorrect but I refer to the solid bars that attach to the coupler and terminate on the trailer frame.
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