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  1. All of the solutions in this post, including the one I was poking fun at (I was just playin, it's really a good idea) are a great way to protect the door hook from tearing out in a wind gust.  On my Elite, the eye for the door hook has a reinforcing plate on the inside of the door.  I don't know what Oliver did with the hook side.  Let's assume it is reinforced and you just can't see it because it is between the hull shells.  If a nasty gust of wind came up and the door hook held, it could still severely wrack your door because it is just secured at the bottom.  Something in the middle of the door like what we are discussing here is much better.

    Thus far, we just close the door if wind is a threat.  I really like the bungee idea, but if not done right it has it's own set of problems.  First and foremost, I don't want to place undue stress on the door hinges.  The tension of the bungee would need to be just right, as well as the elasticity.  Just enough to barely compress that rubber stopper on the outside of the door that keeps it from slamming against the hull.  The other obvious issue is potential damage to the gel coat from chafing against the hull.

    Using both the elasticity of the bungee and the weight of my safety chain this is what I came up with...




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  2. I also use "The Collar" hitched and unhitched.  I secure the collar with an Abus pick resistant disc lock. On the advice of @John E Davies I put a 2" stainless steel ball bearing in the bulldog while unhitched to prevent someone from simply dropping it on a smaller ball and driving away.  

    I am of the same opinion as others who consider a locking mechanism to be nothing more than a deterrent.  With the wide variety of battery operated power tools available these days, if they want it; they will get it.  However, they are going to look for quick and easy targets.  I would also imagine that it would be far more difficult to fence an Oliver than SOB because of their limited numbers.

    Of all the hitch locks available on the market today, I would agree that the Proven Industries system appears to be the most difficult to defeat.

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  3. Congratulations and welcome to the forum.  You have ample time to learn all about your Ollie through the Oliver University and by tapping the vast knowledge base of the members of this forum.  Do your research and ask questions so that you can make an educated decision on your options before you finalize your build sheet.

    Have fun!

  4. I just went out and measured our 2021 Elite.  The installed flooring is 22" wide.  It is 6'-0" from where the cabin flooring starts outside the shower to the edge of the rear bed (when set up in that configuration).  To cover that area of flooring with a one inch margin on all sides you would be looking for something that is 20" x 70".  

    Have fun preparing for your new Elite!  October will be here before you know it.

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  5. I have the good fortune to live twenty minutes from Tire Rack headquarters.  The place is really impressive.  They have a test track and everything.  I purchase all of my tires there.  They provide consultation on what they feel would be best for your vehicle and driving style based on their testing.   They have service bays adjacent to the showroom and they will mount your tires while you wait.  They are real professionals and I drive away with no worries.

    Years ago I was getting new tires for my '98 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited when a group of Japanese engineers were out on the test track with a Subaru WRX all decked out in racing gear.  I don't if they were a race team or if they were from the factory.  They were apparently testing performance tires.  It was really cool.  They were heading into curves crazy fast and braking so hard that sparks were flying out of the wheel wells.  I have never seen anything like that before or since.  After my Jeep was ready, I parked it next to the track and watched them some more.  They would beat the heck out of it then take it into the service bays and put on a different set of tires and go out and do it all over again.

  6. 5 hours ago, John M said:

     Rear stabilizers are down, tires not lifted off the ground, but the frame is lifted about 6 inches.   The front flexes more than the rear, but both front and rear flex is fairly significant.   

    My interpretation of the owners manual is that you are to lower the stabilizers just enough to prevent movement of the trailer after leveling it with blocks or leveling kits.  After I get mine leveled out, I lower the stabilizers just enough to see movement in the tires as the stabilizers begin to take the load and then I stop.  It would sure be nice to use the stabilizers for port/starboard leveling but it does not appear that they are made for that.  I wish they were.  I would never use them to raise the frame 6".

    Am I being over cautious?

    I would love to hear more on this subject from some of the seasoned Ollie veterans on the forum.

  7. Looks like a pretty nice unit to use for supplemental heat or to just knock off the chill in storage.  I like your choice of location too.  Likely more heat loss next to the entry door than anywhere else, and you have pretty good access to 120V through the microwave cabinet.

    Have you looked at infrared glass heating panels?  They also work by convection and fit close to the wall.  I took a look at them but couldn't  find any that would fit the area that you have in mind.  

    There are all kinds of flat panel type space heaters available on Amazon's UK and New Zealand websites.  Unfortunately their voltage and plug types are not compatible with ours, and they won't ship to USA.  Bummer.

  8. When we were shopping for tow vehicles we took a hard look at the 4Runners and the Tacos.  Both are really nice vehicles and both have the capability to tow an Elite when properly equipped.  I like to have more power than I need so that I am not that guy climbing a grade with my flashers on, so I upped my game to the Tundra.  

    We ended up getting a Tundra 4x4 with the time proven 5.7 V8 to pull our Elite l.  Gas mileage is not great, but I find it to be an acceptable tradeoff for a powerful engine that is legendary for its dependability and longevity.  Unfortunately, efforts to improve gas mileage have brought about the demise of the V8 and the 2022 Tundras will only be available with a turbo 6.  If you want a V8 you had better get a 2021 while they are still available.  Another downfall to the 2022 models is that IMHO they are butt ugly.  I am sure they will appeal to some, but not to me.

    BTW, if you ultimately end up with an LE ll there are plenty of owners towing them with V8 Tundras.  

  9. I have admired the glimmering beauty of Airstreams for many years and ownership of one had long been in my retirement plans.  When the time came to pull the trigger on one, I started research to determine which model would best suit our needs.  I did not even consider looking at other manufacturers because Airstreams have been branded for decades as the pinnacle of quality.  After gawking wide eyed at the AS website, I popped over to their owners forum for a quick look.  Wow.  I was shocked, disheartened, and dismayed.  Page after page of complaints.  There were a lot of disappointed folks on there.  Crestfallen, I continued to wander through the forum until I came across someone who said they wished they had bought an "Oliver" instead.  I immediately went to the Oliver website and I never looked back.

    You owe it to yourself to take a look at an Oliver.  The sales staff will be happy to direct you to an owner somewhere reasonably close to your location who will be willing to let you take tour of their unit.


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  10. Interesting subject.  

    Putting a cap and hose washer on the shower connection prompts me to put out a word of caution to the uninitiated.

    Plastic pipe threads are very easy to damage.  If you cross thread a PVC fitting  you will never get it to seal properly again and the damaged threads are not repairable.  Be patient and make absolutely certain that you have started the threads properly.  If you encounter resistance on the first few threads, something is wrong.  Stop and start over.  Pipe threads are tapered (unlike machine threads) and should be a bit "wobbly" when the first thread or two engages and then stiffen up as you proceed up the taper.  Putting on a bunch of teflon tape is not the answer either.  The tape or paste (pipe dope) is only meant to be a lubricant to help you make up the mechanical seal of the thread taper.  Excessive use of teflon tape can also cause the female pipe fitting to split.

    Just be careful.  The only fix a cross threaded joint is to replace it.

  11. Welcome Mike and Sue!  

    A small travel trailer was a retirement goal for us as well.  We were new to the RV scene, and we also started our quest looking at Airstreams.  We actually discovered Olivers on an Airstream forum.  No irony there right?

    Not long for you to wait now.  The excitement builds...😁!


  12. We use a Weber Q1200 with a grill grate on one side and a cast iron griddle on the other.  We removed the regulator and replaced it with a Torjik adapter and 15' hose.  We put it on a collapsible aluminum table with adjustable legs.  Works perfectly for just the two of us.  Once you season it properly, you can use the griddle for about anything you would use a frypan for.  If you are entertaining and take the griddle off to make it a full grate it will comfortably accommodate 10 fat brats.  Did that yesterday while cooking other stuff on my full size Weber in our back yard.  Ran the fridge in the Ollie off LP so we had access to cold drinks and watermelon without having to go into the house.  The grandsons had a table and chairs set up under the awning pretending they were camping.  Good times.

    We only use the stove in the trailer for coffee, oatmeal, soup, pasta, etc.  Things that will not leave a greasy film all over everything.  

  13. Thanks Andria.  Looks like the change in the belly band was made to accommodate the window that they used on our units.  I don't like it and at some point I will come up with a means of making it look better.  When I do, I will post what I come up with.

    Your bedding looks terrific!  If my wife sees it I am in for it.  I picked out ours and it is just a couple of down filled backpacking quilts and two small pillows.

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