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  1. It would appear that there is not much definitive manufacturer information available regarding the behavior of tpms sensors while they are at rest.  I keep waiting for someone to say "My owners manual says..." and no one has come forth.  Perhaps all of you have user guides that are as crappy as mine.  

    My sensors provide a reading while static that changes with atmospheric conditions.  Our Elite sits in a north/south orientation when at home.  There is a noticeable difference in tire pressures on sunny days.  Particularly early morning when the east tire warms in the sun.  My sensors are without question sending a signal while static.  I believe that without motion the sensors go into sleep mode and immediately awaken when they detect a change and only then do they send a signal.  That makes sense from a design perspective.  You can monitor them while the trailer is not moving and you will always get the last recorded change. 

    It is doubtful that any of the sensors on the market emit signals on a constant or even on a timed basis irrespective of a pressure or temperature change.  In fact, the signal that wakes up the sensors while static is likely just pressure variation.  That would be the simplest method of waking the sensors based on a change.

    That's my take on it anyway.

    As far as the lack of useful literature on the sensors themselves... Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (that's for you JD) why?  I'm sure the technology is widely known in the industry.  I felt the same way, albeit with more despair, when Oliver stopped providing wiring diagrams.   

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  2. I have a GUTA system that I am quite happy with.  I have an Elite l so I got the model with only four sensors.  That covers my single axle tires, spare tire, and a spare sensor to replace one if it fails.  My tow vehicle has an onboard monitoring system. 

    One of my biggest concerns was the signal range.  I did not want to install a repeater.  The GUTA has great range.  With my Ollie parked on its pad in my back yard, I still get a good signal in my truck when it is parked in the driveway.

    The only con that I can come up with is that the instructions are horrible.  Apparently much was lost in the translation from Mandarin to English.  I will never understand why manufacturers don't have someone from their intended market proof read instructions.  I am sure that the instructions make perfect sense to someone from China who is fluent in English, but they make no sense to native speakers of the english language.

    YouTube to the rescue...

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  3. I pondered what that was for as well.  I can't find anything definitive in writing that indicates that is the anti-siphon vent, but I made the assumption that it was there for that purpose.  From an engineering perspective, you need to introduce an opening to the atmosphere to break the vacuum in any anti siphon device.  That has been my experience anyway (almost 40 years in the commercial piping industry). 

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  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).

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  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!

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  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.


  7. 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.


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  8. @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.

  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 4 hours ago, ChrisMI said:

    For those with a standard toilet do you find the fresh runs out or the black / grey fills first. Would a 100 gallon tank w/pump in the back of the truck help much?

    I wished the pee bucket could be replaced with plumbing to the black tank.  Maybe even a valve that would allow the shower to fill part of the black err “yellow” tank?

    Bear in mind that a 100 gal. auxiliary water tank will weigh 835 pounds when full.  

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  12. 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.


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  13. @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.  

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  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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