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John Welte

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  1. I picture the tire riding up the curve, but can't understand how a person could get the tire up as the picture shows. The trailer would need to be lifted up by a crane and placed that way unless I am missing something.
  2. "One preference I have of the Southern Mattress over the latex is weight; the latex seems a bit heavy to move around while getting into the bins beneath the beds." That was a concern that I had too, as I know you have to be able to access areas under the mattress.
  3. Hi all, does anyone have experience with these two mattresses? We will need to finalize options by August and wonder if there are advantages to Southern Mattress over the Oliver KTT option. Mattresses are big, so if you do get one from Southern Mattress, do they ship it to OTT? Thanks
  4. Certainly cheaper than the KTT mattress. Lighter too. It looks like a way to save money while still getting a comfortable bed. I might go this route.
  5. Welcome to the forum. There are lots of helpful people here that can answer your questions. For us, it was the composting toilet as my wife didn't want that. You might check the Facebook page called "Oliver Travel Trailer for Sale" for late year model trailers that are for sale. Some are only one or two years old. Good postings with pictures and what options they have. They sell for about what they paid for them. They're not like cars that depreciate as soon as they leave the lot. Happy hunting!
  6. If you do get that, can you give your 2 cents worth (5 cents worth, due to inflation)?
  7. I know about that jack, it was the wording that confused me, like maybe he put a portable jack in the front aluminum box. I plan to get that box and put levelers and other things needed at set-up there.
  8. "It's really not a huge job. The toughest part will be matching gel coat color. " I know nothing about this, that being said, I was impressed with the color matching abilities of paint stores like Sherwin-Williams that can do a great job matching colors even matching paint that has faded. It might not apply here, but as I said, I know nothing about this, but perhaps they can help. My apologies for offering possibly useless ideas.
  9. Reason #1002, my wife can use it on me.
  10. That was the name of it. It looks like it would work great.
  11. I have gone on a few multiple month bicycle trips carrying everything and each trip I carry less. The first trip I had so much that I couldn't close the panniers completely. So, you're right, go with the minimum.
  12. I saw a Bluetooth leveling aid that a person can mount in the trailer once the trailer has been leveled so that each time you're getting your trailer leveled at new sites, you just watch the monitor and know when to stop riding up on the Anderson levelers. That seemed to be a good idea.
  13. No hurry Bill. I just figured that someone more organized than me, which would be a big group of people, would have put a list together.
  14. I have a 1956 German Rheinmetall typewriter with a sheet of paper in it where I type things that I want to bring to Hohenwald. It's a big job figuring out what to bring. Probably someone has already made such a list. I realize that everyone's list will be different, but there are probably a high percentage that everyone brings. Do you know of any list like that? I hate to invent the wheel again if someone has already come up with the wheel. What can I say?! I have a lazy side.
  15. Thanks very much. You're getting close to your pick up date! June if I remember for you. John
  16. "They are stored in a cool, dry place in my home" Are they on a trickle charge to maintain them at 100%. I thought they had to cycle through a discharge/charge cycle. I have SO MUCH to learn about these batteries!
  17. "If your battery has the Lithionics Internal Heater, and you are subject to winter conditions, keep the battery ON, solar ON and plugged into shore power." If the trailer is covered with that Calmark cover, is the "solar on", just a setting? Isn't shore power and an extension cord about the same thing? Maybe shore power is the 30 amp plug you see at campgrounds versus an extension cord that plugs into I don't know where on the trailer.
  18. Is there a trick to getting it on or off? If you have the lithium batteries like we're planning to get when we pick up in November, do you have to do battery cycling to keep them healthy? We will be able to plug in at the house if that helps during winter storage in Portland, Oregon. I understand that there's a battery heater for the lithiums that comes on near freezing.
  19. Hi all, I believe OTT has a custom trailer cover that they sell. In looking at our parking area where our current tent trailer is, it looks like we could use that area. I had been thinking that I needed to pay $250-350/month for covered parking. Has anyone used that cover? My current cover lasts about two years, but even if I only get one year of use it's still cheaper than covered electrical RV lot storage. I imagine it's a chore to cover an Ollie. Anyone have experience with these covers? Thanks
  20. That's a view that I haven't seen before. 😂
  21. "Unfortunately Oliver doesn’t do a more permanent stamped number on the aluminum frame somewhere, at least not on ours anywhere." Years ago the Seattle Police Department would engrave your Washington Driver's license near the crank (bottom bracket) on a bicycle to aid in revovery. Does anyone engrave something similar on the frame of their Ollie? Maybe at a rally, someone with a steady hand could do that. Engravers probably aren't that expensive.
  22. "Discusses some orbital electric devices for waxing/polishing" Thanks, your response was spot on.
  23. "We're not getting any younger... and though the results of waxing are rewarding, it's not easy." I noticed on my last driver's license that I have gotten older compared to the previous license. Is there any way to apply the wax by some electrical device rather than by hand? I put screws in with a driver now and not with a screw driver. Maybe, hopefully, there's a faster way than by hand.
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