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  1. In a couple of years they might look better too. Just my opinion.
  2. I agree about waiting a few model years, especially since the 2022 has so many new changes.
  3. @Mcb, on behalf of my brother-in-law (now retired) I apologize for the problems that you experienced. He was the chief electrical engineer for Toyota (yes really). I am glad that the service tech got it working for you. Apparently they got the bugs worked out by 2020.
  4. @Mcbcan you share why you are dissatisfied with the Tundra electronic brake controller? I have a 2020 and I am very pleased with the brake controller. I am curious to know what issues you may have had with it. There are a number of features on the 2022 model that I would be happy to have, provided they have been vetted and all work well. However, I just can't get past the new body styling. I just don't care for it. I don't like the huge touch screen either. I do appreciate the comfort and safety features of modern trucks, but I often miss the days of old when trucks were just trucks. I wouldn't want to tow with an old truck, but sometimes I really miss my 69 Chevy short-bed. No frills metal dash, spartan gauges, bench seats, oak plank bed, chains on the tailgate... oh, I can almost smell it (sigh).
  5. Thanks to all of you for your advice and insight. We are leaving this morning for a trip to a state park about 190 mi. away. I will stop now and then to monitor tire pressure. It is not a long journey, but probably enough to give me an indication one way or the other if 60 psi is enough. As soon as we return from our little excursion I will be shopping for a TPMS based on the advice you folks have shared with me. Thanks again!
  6. Hello I have an Elite l with the Cooper 235/65R16C tires. I can't find loading charts for them. Just info with max. air pressure (80). I lowered my pressure to 61 psi figuring that around 60 would be a good target point as we never reach the max. GVWR. Do any other Elite owners out there run the Coopers at similar pressures? I would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts. Mike
  7. We tow ours with a 2020 Toyota Tundra 5.7 4x4 with tow package. We have found this to be plenty of truck to tow an Elite l. There are a lot of folks that pull Elite ll trailers with the Tundra also.
  8. You don't need to have above average mechanical skills to do this. What you do need is patience and willingness to learn. Like any other vehicle, a travel trailer requires care and regular maintenance. Click on the "home" link (at the top of the page) and explore until you find the Oliver University. There you will find manuals, videos and other resources that will help you to learn how to operate and care for your Ollie. The quality of your Oliver will make owning and maintaining a travel trailer less of a burden than other brands. You won't need to worry about cabinets falling off the walls or other maladies common to stick built trailers. Don't let posts on the forum about complicated electrical mods, suspension changes, etc. scare you. Most changes are simply generated by the owners preference, and are not necessary for safe and enjoyable operation. Use the forum as a resource. It is a wealth of knowledge. YOU CAN DO IT 👍
  9. Has this problem with the pickup tube been corrected on 2021 and newer models? Does the problem exist on both the Elite l and Elite ll models?
  10. @Skigator, it may run the 11,000 btu air conditioner with the soft start option. If it does, I think that you will grow weary of watching what else you use on the 120v circuit. You are right at the borderline. You may be able to make it work, but in the long run I think that you are likely to be dissatisfied. I would look into a bigger generator. The Honda 2200i is a popular choice amongst Oliver owners. Hopefully you will be able to come close to recovering your investment if you sell your GP1200i. With all of the supply shortages due to COVID, now may be the best possible time to sell it if you are so inclined. If you wait you will just lose more money.
  11. The one that attaches to the jack post with plastic worm gear clamps is a great option for those who shudder with trepidation at the thought of drilling holes into their Ollie. I have yet to drill a hole in mine, although I am certain the day will come sooner than later.
  12. It will be nice to be able to stay in the Oliver campground. They had hoped to have it ready when we picked up ours, but it was another casualty of COVID delays. I would recommend making reservations at David Crockett State Park for a day or two after you leave "Camp Oliver". It will give you a relatively short journey to get the feel of towing your Ollie, and you will still be close to Hohenwald in case you come up with towing questions or something goes awry. We spent three days at David Crockett and enjoyed it thoroughly. Clean, well maintained, and overall a beautiful park.
  13. Congrats! Spend your time learning about your new Ollie so you are all ready for delivery. There is a great deal of information on the forum, and there are great tutorials on the Oliver University website to help you prepare. Be ready to inspect your unit really well at delivery. Production has increased dramatically. In the manufacturing world that often means more mistakes. Don't let that rain on your parade though. Just make certain that you check everything before you accept delivery. Oliver is very good about correcting manufacturing errors on delivery day if you point them out. We picked up Hull # 820 the first week of June. Yours will be ready a year after we got ours. Do the math. 311 new units in one year. Considering weekends and holidays, there are approximately 265 regular work days in a year. That would be 1.17 units out the door every workday. Seeing as they had produced only 820 units over a span of more than a decade when we picked up ours, 311 in a year is a very substantial increase.
  14. I used to love that magazine. I was surprised that I didn't remember that issue until I looked at the date and realized I was overseas at the time. I should have asked my dad to mail them to me each month. @John E Davies if you got one of those you would have to put an addition on the other side of your house to store it. Will the HOA allow airplane hangars?
  15. On mine the frame appears to be standard mill finish. The only aluminum that has additional finishes is the polished deck plate on the back and the bead blasted rear bumper.
  16. Just pointing out the added weight of the water. Looks like you have considered that. Here's a thought... You could get yourself an old fire truck (pumper) for a TV and boondock all summer without a refill 😆!
  17. Bear in mind that a 100 gal. auxiliary water tank will weigh 835 pounds when full.
  18. John I was by no means condemning firearms or their usefulness. If allowed, I will carry a firearm in the north woods for hunting, survival, and piece of mind. However, if i came around a corner of a trail while hiking and encountered a mama bear with cubs, I would prefer to have a can of bear spray in my hand. In my lifetime I have uncomfortably close encounters with bears, moose, bison, rattlesnakes, sharks, barracuda, and even a really mad monkey once (Africa), All of the encounters were sudden and unintentional. I am still more afraid of humans than any of the animals.
  19. @John E Davies, we always carry spray when we are in bear territory. Lucky me, never had to use it. All the experts on bear behavior say that you are better off using the spray as opposed to a powerful handgun. There are two primary reasons for this rationale. 1. easy to deploy quickly 2. it works A brown bear can cover a lot of ground really, really quick. Unless you are an experienced big game hunter (accustomed to keeping your cool while being charged by a big mean animal) it is unlikely that you would be able to manage an immediate kill shot with a firearm. If you are being charged, by the time you get off a shot the bear will be on you in just a few seconds. Even if he is mortally wounded, he may use his last breath to dispatch you. Watch some videos. I think there are some on U-tube. You don't need good aim. Just point it at the bear and push the button. We did a good deal of research on this before we went fly-fishing in Yellowstone. There were a number of fatal bear attacks there the year that we went trout fishing on Slough Creek. We carry the same stuff that the USNPS and Forest Service people carry. The big drawback to bear spray is wind direction. The spray is pretty powerful, but there is a chance you would get a face full and still not deter the bear. It would need to be a pretty stiff wind though. We practice with old cans (they have expiration dates) and they really blast out the stuff. If allowed by regulations, if I were wandering about the wilderness in Alaska I would carry my 12 ga. rifled slug gun and bear spray. The spray would be my first choice, and I would only consider using the gun if there was substantial wind in my face. I am an experienced hunter and I would still consider my odds of survival better with the spray than with the gun in the event of a bear charge.
  20. @Overland, what's up with the blue masking tape on the cabinet hardware in the second photo? Is it just to protect the finish during storage?
  21. Some white plastic items that yellow with age take on a patina that is kind of cool. Like the old "Minute Minder" kitchen timer on our counter, and the pick guard on my Stratocaster. Window frames in the Oliver not so much. If ours yellow with age we will likely paint or replace.
  22. Good for you! I'm glad that you got it fixed. I never would have imagined that there would be room enough in there for a desiccant pack. Way less effort than my "inert gas in a bag" idea 🤪, and in the long run probably more effective. Don't mind me. I like to tinker. I once replaced a broken battery terminal on my daughters watch with a piece of heating element from an old toaster. It was Minnie Mouse watch from Disneyland. Irreplaceable in her eyes, and she told my wife "Daddy will fix it". What was I to do? The pressure was immense. I had to think outside the box.
  23. We entertained the idea of the composting toilet. After reading all about it I just did not feel it was worth the extra cost and effort. As I recall, you need to collect the urine in a jug that fastens to the front of the toilet. Obviously when the pee jug is full you need to dump it (while your wife is reading her book). In a campground you can't just toss it into the bushes. I prefer to have the convenience of a flushing toilet and spend the night at a campground with facilities to dump it now and then. When boon docking you can go several days before you have to dump the black tank. When camping at primitive sites, just grab your shovel and some TP and head for the trees. Be considerate of others and go at least 50 feet into the woods before you do your thing. We hike a lot and carry a little shovel in case the need comes up. The National Park Service says to get a minimum of 50 feet off of the trail before you do your thing, so that is the standard that we "go" by. Ha ha!
  24. Good that it has a side door. Looks like you have found a nice home for the "Villa". $3,000 a year is about the going rate for indoor storage in our area, but it would be more with the square footage that you have. That is a pretty big space. Nice.
  25. I wouldn't be afraid to work inside with the door down provided that I could lift the door to get out. I would check the manual release mechanism on the door operator first to ensure it functions properly. Pretty sure I could find the door in the dark. I'm with you about fire though. You just can't be too cautious.
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