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  1. Ok, I'll chime in here on my experience with a lower-end, less expensive electric cooler. After reading through the reviews, I bought a Massimo CX40 cooler from Costco in April. I paid only $270 for it with and $80 off promo. I knew it wasn't the build quality of a Dometic or Iceco but it's like one-third of the cost and the reviews were good. I've used it on 4 trips and it's been great. It plugs in to the 120v outlet in the bed of my truck during travel. It has bluetooth and I can monitor and control the temps with the app on my phone. It cools down very quickly. It's just the right size for fitting under my tonau cover in the truck bed and I can then move it to the dinette seat in my LEII and transfer food back and forth to the refrigerator. I've also plugged it into the 12V in the trailer and found that it's pretty efficient (especially if it's already been running in my truck and fully cold inside). I've kept it running set to 36 degrees on 12V in the trailer while having good sun exposure for the solar and it's been no sweat at all over a 3 day trip. It's kinda cheap looking compared to the $800-$1000 units and may not have the same quality of insulation - but honestly it's worked really well so far. I figure that if something goes wrong I can easily retrun it to Costco. It appears Costco is out of stock on the CX40 and only has the larger CX50 right now at their regular price. If you want to go electric but spend less, it's worth a look when it comes back in stock especially when Costco adds an $80 promo discount every few months. https://massimoelectric.com/e-koolers/cx40/ https://www.costco.com/massimo-cx50-12v-portable-e-kooler.product.100566509.html
  2. @Katjo I see you have a 2021 Ram. With a quick Google search I see 2021 Rams can come equipped with the built in TMPS system for trailer tires. Do you know if you have this feature on your truck…? I have it with my 2021 Silverado tow package. I had Discount Tire install the sensors in my LEII and program them to the truck. It works great and I monitor them on the dash LCD screen without having another gadget to deal with.
  3. I prefer to think we are still (always) in pursuit of our “favorite” boondocks camp spot 😊 So far I’d say it’s Devil’s Garden in Arches NP. Incredible views, rock formations and hiking trails right in the campground. Sunrise and sunsets were amazing
  4. I own a 2021 Silverado 1500 4x4 with the 3.0L deisel. I tow our Elite II with it and it works well for our needs. Been very pleased with the 3.0L engine and 10 speed transmission. We make mostly boondocking trips of 3 or 4 nights and don't bring very much "stuff." It sound like you will be served better with a Chevy/GMC 2500. The payload on my truck is around 1500lbs and if there are two people + 500# hitch weight + 250# generator you are already running out safe load capacity. I really woudn't want a Colorado/Canyon. The smaller wheelbase and weight would make me nervous on the mountain roads I travel and the truck bed is smaller capacity (unless you are considering an Ellite I)
  5. Not sure why the photo is not visible. I attached again. The max payload is 1543
  6. Here you go @DavePhelps. I have the crew cab, short-bed, Z71 off-road package, LTZ trim-level 2021 model Silverado 1500 with 3.0L Duramax
  7. Thanks for sharing the links john. I value your knowledge and experience as an engineer (which I am not) and I really appreciate all the contributions you make on this forum! I'm simply sharing my experience - in which I have been very impressed. I am also a member of the 3.0L Duramax facebook forum. I don't really do social media but you can get a lot of info and guage the "pulse" from the groups function of Facebook (including Oliver). It's true that many owners have experienced the crank/no start problem. It's also true that a great many of owners have not. In a year and 7 months of ownership, I have never had it happen. I don't know what the percentage of units sold have reported this issue but I'm going to guess it's a significant minority. Also, if you read about the problem, it doesn't leave anybody stranded as the truck starts on the second try. I haven't had a single problem with the truck. Now, it's early at 18k miles - and I do wonder - because I come from a bias of extremely good reliability experience from my trust old 2007 Toyota Sequoia. I strongly considered a Tundra (2020 or 2021 model at the time) becuase of the demonstrated reliability but they suck gas, a lot of gas, and the towing package and tech on the GM was way ahead. The LM2 engine was built from the ground-up for light duty trucks in joint collaboration with Issuzu Heavy Industries. My understanding is that Issuzu has an excellent reputation for durable small deisels in Europe and Asia. I bought it because the technology and efficiency are remarkable. The author of the two articles you cited says so himself - quote - "the LM2 is inherently balanced and provides a very smooth and powerful driving experience. It is one of my top five favorite engines on the market." As for why they are replacing it, I'm going to guess it has to do with it's size. It doesn't fit into new vehicle models as the author states. It requires significant height in the engine compartment at a time when manufacturers are designing vehicles with more and more emphasis on aerodynamics. If you look at the Chevy Silverado /GMC Sierra, they have a very tall front hood and square profile. The 3.0 deisel takes every inch of space and I think the Silverado even requries a different hood with slightly higher profile than the gas engine models. I will report back if I have any problems with my truck as this form is a helpful resource for Oliver owners. Right now, my experience (n of 1) is that a 3.0L deisel mated to the 10 speed transmission are excellent to pull an Oliver Elite II.
  8. I have the GM 1/2 ton with 3.0L diesel. It definitely uses a lot more DEF fluid when towing but I haven't attempted to measure it. Would say that it's for sure at least double usage, but it hasn't been a problem. If I'm on a longer trip and the DEF tank is not topped off then I put a 2.5 Gal container in the bed just as convenience. I haven't had trouble finding it and have picked it up at Costco, Walmart, Lowes, etc. It's a bit of an inconvenience compared to a gasser but I'll gladly deal with it to get 18 MPG towing my LEII and 30 MPG on the highway not towing -- plus the low end torque, much less power loss at altitude (compared to gas) and the automatic engine brake is great on mountain descents.
  9. @Allen Lee Rohner Yep. Always tow my Oliver in Tow/Haul Mode. As @Cameron said above, Tow/Haul mode enables the whole GM towing tech system including the trailer mileage tracker, TMPS (I have the GM sensors in the Oliver wheels), trailer circuit detection, engine braking, camera views, trans temp on the cluster, etc. I've been very happy with it. Just returned from my 3rd weekend boondocking trip in a row (Yay!) up in the mountains of Colorado. This trip I again got 18 MPG towing on 360 miles round trip so that's been consistent. DEF is more expensive now along with diesel as @Cameron said but I still feel like I made the best choice for me...deisel engines perform well at high altitude and I've towed up to and over 9-10k feet the last three weekends. It jams right up the long inclines and then the automatic engine braking is fantastic when coming back down.
  10. With towing MPG certainly a bigger consideration these days, I thought I would share the fuel economy numbers from my last two trips up into the Colorado mountains and back while towing my LEII. (Water tank full outbound and empty on return) This is a stock 2021 Silverado 1500 with the 3.0L diesel in-line 6 cylinder. If you are considering a new tow vehicle, this truck has been solid and comfortable. Power and control towing both up and down the mountain passes in Colorado. The only shortcoming is limited payload in the truck and use of WD hitch, as has been discussed here for all half ton trucks - but these haven’t been a problem for me so far. Almost 17k miles and zero problems.
  11. Great Sand Dunes NP in Colorado. Wind storm makes for a sand storm with 50 mph gusts and yes, that is the sun in the photo! Next morning we could actually see the dunes!
  12. @geO Thank you. Guess I will add a new remote panel to my Amazon cart. @Liana Agree! So great to have all the great experience and resouorces on this forum!
  13. @geO I have also tried everything Bill suggested in addition to a hard-reset by disconnecting the battery power for 30 minutes - and still no luck. So did you have the exact same problem (remote working as designed except for non-functioning power button) ? Thanks
  14. I tried to search for this and couldn't find anything. The power on/off button on the remote display panel for the 2000w Xantrex inverter in my LEII does not work. Whether the main power button on the inverter unit under the bed is in the on or off postion, the remote power button does nothing. Everything else is working as designed. I called Xantrex tech support and was told that the remote power button should turn the unit on when the main unit button is "off". He suggested a hard reset by disconnecting the batteries and then firmware updates. I thought I would ask this group of experts if there is something simple I am missing before I start monkeying around with it...? Anybody had the same issue? Suggestion? Thanks!
  15. I thought I would follow-up on this after my install. Might be helpful if anyone else has a 2020-2022 GM vehicle with the advanced trailering feature and is considering this accessory... Everything went well and it was easier than expected. The "transparent trailer" view feature requires that the camera be placed within a certain zone at the back of the trailer and on the Oliver, the only plausible location is to mount on top of the spare tire cover. @Cameron shared a photo above of the camera installation that Oliver did for him, and it looks great. I decided I didn't want to drill holes in the spare tire cover as the camera is not compatable with non-GM trucks and I might move to another TV someday even though I love my Silverado 3.0L deisel. The other challenge is that you must still be able to remove the spare tire cover if needed, so I needed a plan for either easy removal of the camera or lots of slack cable inside. As it turns out, I have both. There is plenty of room to run the cable in the channel between the aluminum crossbars and the fiberglass under the trailer on the curb-side. This is where the propane line is located and runs all the way from front to back. The cable is well protected and tied in with several zipties along the way. The plug-end of the cable that plugs into the truck bumper port can be unscrewed to make it smaller and now it fits easily through the gap at the back of the diamondplate bumper and fiberglass to route the cable into the storage area in the bumper. Then it is easily routed into the chanel where the propane line is to run all the way to the front. To scure the camera, I elected to use this high-strength plastic Alfa-Lock Velcro product that utilizes 3M tape. This allows me to remove the camera if needed and replace it easily yet it has a very secure hold. I will only need to remove it if I need to access the spare or, alternatively, I can leave the camera secured and pull the excess cable up through from the bumper storage space. Since the camera is mounted on a horizontal surface, this seems plenty adequate. Finally, I used a few stick-on plastic retainer clips to hold the cable around the outside of the spare tire cover. The look is not as clean and good looking as Cameron's install from Oliver but I'm happy with it and it seems plenty secure. I will see how this it goes this travel season. If the Alfa-lock Velcro fails then I will try 3M automotive tape and rely on pulling through the extra cable from the storage space when I need to remove the cover. Hope this is helpful for anybody else considering this accessory install. Dan
  16. I just took my LEII to Discount Tire to have them take off the wheels and install the GM TPMS sensors. I pointed out the jack points on the trailer. The trolly jacks they wheeled out did not lift the trailer high enough to fully get the wheels off the ground. The guys wanted to lift it by putting the trolly jacks under the axles. I was uncomfortable with this and they went and brought the tech mananger out and he told me they would not put anything under the trolly jacks or use anything else due to their safety protocol. He assured me they would use 4 trolly jacks and lift the entire trailer evenly from both axles and there would be no problem. I finally agreed and everything went just fine. No problems. TMPS works great. Just sharing this if anyone else goes to a tire shop. Discount Tire was was great to work with by the way. Very professional and they had 5 guys all working on my trailer at one time to do it right. They only charged me $10 per wheel to remove, install TPMS sensors and then reinstall. Highly recommend Discount Tire as I've always had good service there.
  17. Ask 10 people and you’ll get 10 different answers. I’ll second the comments by Jim on considering the GM 1/2 ton with the 3.0L Duramax diesel and 10 speed transmission. So far I’ve put 13k trouble free miles on my 2021 Silverado 1500 3.0L and about 4k towing our Oliver. That’s not much but I’ve been very pleased. No doubt a 3/4 ton has more power and payload - if you need it. When you consider cost (3.0 diesel is only $950 upgrade over gasser) and amazing fuel economy in a full size 4x4 pickup, there is a lot to like. It’s a new, from-the-ground-up designed engine and I worry a bit about reliability but so far it’s flawless. Smooth and lots of torque at lower Rpm. Tech and towing package are great
  18. I'll second what Mountainman198 said above. I purchased a used, year-old 2020 LEII and it has the solar package/4 AGM batteries/2000W inverter. All of our camping was boondocking last year in places like Rocky MT Nat Park, Custer SP, Canyonlands and forest service campgrounds with no hookups. The 4 AGMs connected to solar always had plenty of power for our needs. Now, we don't have any need to use the A/C where we camp. We had no problem running the heater all night on several trips. We watched downloaded netflix shows on the TV at night. I ran a small coffee maker in the morning and a toaster. My wife ran a 750watt hair dryer. No problem. Now, we were always in the sun where the solar would recharge nicely. I suppose I might have trouble if I were camped in the shade - I don't know. I think the lithium system is surely teriffic but I don't feel I "need" it for what we do and where we camp.
  19. @Galway Girl, forgot that your trip is in November when I wrote the info above - sorry. That makes weather a factor I didn't mention of course. The Million Dollar Highway does close in periods of snow but if the weather is good and the road is open, it's worth the time
  20. Craig, Looking at your route, I'm envious as a trip to Southern Utah/Grand Canyon is on our list! I noticed that you are going through Durango. I don't know if you've been through SW Colorado before but the San Juan Mountains just North of Durango are one of the most spectacular senic areas I've ever been. If you haven't been, you might want to consider camping near Durango. Then leave your Ollie and drive just your truck up the "Million Dollar Highway" to Silverton, over Red Mountain Pass and down to Ouray for a day trip. Scenery from this highway is outstanding and you can experience the historic gold and silver mining history. If you have time and are really up for adventure, consider driving your 4x4 truck most of the way toward Yankee Boy Basin just SW of Ouray. The road is good gravel for the first half and then becomes more and more difficult/rough but the Alpine scenery just gets better and better as you go.
  21. @albert, I think the determining factor is whether you go out of cell-coverage into remote areas and have a safety problem or a communication need. I see that you are from Colorado as well. We find we are camping quite often in places with no cell signal such as Bear Lake Campground in Rocky Mountain Nat Park Since dogs are not allowed on trails in a national park, we had left our little dog at home with a neighbor coming over to our house to take care of her. I have a Garmin InReach Mini like @topgun2 mentioned. It allowed us to text our neighbor to check-in and answer some questions that came up. From a safety perspective, if there are others around then you have someone to ask for help, but if you camp remote or you hike remote the Garmin InReach is worth having and it works well. I opted for the cheapest, year-around plan with Garmin andI believe it's $12/month. I hike and fly fish in remote places by myself and take the InReach Mini every time to check-in with my wife and it shares my GPS location to her automaticallly. Like John, I use the InReach for communication/safety but rely on downloaded maps & GAIA GPS Maps in my phone for navigation.
  22. Hi John, I understand the Calmark cover is excellent but also more expensive. Thought I would share that I purchased the Classic Accessories SkyShield cover https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KHX27HS/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_6?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&th=1 last October and have been very happy with it so far. The fit is not custom but the 15-18ft size is a pretty good fit once the straps are snug. Time will tell if it holds up to the sun and weather but so far so good at about a third of the cost for a Calmark. I've copied here a post that I wrote on the facebook group about how I get the cover on the trailer by myself with a 5 foot step-ladder... Lay it out flat on a clean driveway. Now fold it back from each end toward the center (roll and fold about every 2 ft. Once you have both “rolls” against each other at the middle, take several webbing straps and secure them around both “rolls” toward each end to hold them together. Now use a sturdy A-frame ladder at the middle of the trailer and carefully pull up the cover and heave the end over the trailer between the solar panels and the air conditioner unit. Move the ladder around to the other side and carefully pull the cover until it is roughly centered over the trailer. Remove the webbing straps and now unroll the cover each way toward the front and back (alternating with the ladder on each side). I’m 6’ tall so I’m able to do it myself with the ladder but may be tougher for someone not as tall. When you take it off again repeat the same steps in reverse order and store it in the rolls and it’s ready to go on next time.
  23. John, thank you! This is exactly the kind of info I'm looking for. I'm assuming that Oliver installed the camera bracket by drilling holes and did they drill another hole for the cable or does this pass behind the spare cover? Are you happy with the camera system? Does it function well as a back-up assist view? (I'm actually more interested in the back-up assist view than I am in the "invisible trailer" view) Thanks again, Dan
  24. I'm interested to install the GM rear accessory camera that connects to 20-22 GM trucks with trailering camera package/camera accessory port near the hitch. I've read the manual online and I understand the mounting position for correct "invisible trailer" view is at the top of the spare tire cover. I know there are at least a few Oliver owners with this set-up. Can you please share how you mounted the rear camera? I'd rather not drill holes in the trailer or the spare cover if possible. I'm considering the 3M automotive tape and feel this would be sufficient, especially if the mounting bracket is on the top surface of the spare tire cover. I'm planning to run the connecting wire on the underside of the trailer along the propane line on the streetside. Anyone have any experience, advice or photos to share? Thanks in advance!
  25. I'm definitly interested in the advancement of electirc vehicles including trucks but I'm not seeing the cost/benefit/capability equation for tow vehicles in the near term. I will be watching and cheering for development while I continue to drive my 2021GM 3.0L diesel 1/2-ton pickup for awhile. I have been extremely happy with it so far including the 30mpg highway (unloaded) and 16-20mpg towing my LEII. Most new vehicles have been in short supply/high demand but I understand Silverado/Sierra/Tahoe/Suburbans with the 3.0 Duramax Diesel have to be custom-ordered or are sold before they even arrive at the dealer. The demand is there and the combo of capability/range/value/price will be hard for electirc to match for a good number of years (for a tow vehicle). Passenger cars and light SUVs are another story though...
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