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John Welte

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  1. "I have never dreamed of going across the US. I think I would wimp out after 2 weeks. 7-10 day rides are enough. Although I would like to start discovering some of the Rails to Trails as we we take our Oli across the nation." The first two weeks are the hardest unless you had time to train and get saddle time in. The first time from Seattle to Bar Harbor, Maine I did train for it. The Australian guy who planned our trip didn't have the chance. You just go shorter miles initially and get stronger. We started with 30 mile days but a month in were doing 70-90 miles on loaded bikes. Think of it as just a lot of daily bike rides and it's not so scary. Definitely, the Rails to Trails are great and I plan to explore more of those. We will order our Oli soon for March/April 2023 delivery.
  2. I have been on lots of Rails to Trails. They're great. My favorite was the Central Lakes/Lake Wobegone in Minnesota. It's very well signed and paved. The Erie Canal trail in New York was great too. I will have to figure out a good way to bring my bike. Maybe time for a Brompton folding bike. The perfect number of bikes to own is N+1. I am a sucker for trestles and steam history too. Tunnels, not so much.
  3. "How long is your upcoming tour? You must be pretty fit." We figure about two months. On the last two cross country trips, I averaged 55-56 miles/day carrying about 58 pounds of gear in panniers. I have mechanical disc brakes that work very well. We start with low miles initially then increase as we get more fit. Leaving San Diego, you start climbing almost immediately which isn't too great. Depending on terrain and wind, some days are in the 30+ range due to climbing. I had one day leaving Cut Bank, Montana going east where we did 126 miles. Thanks for the info on that road.
  4. What is the grade? It looks like a great road to bicycle. I bicycled over Going to the Sun road in Glacier in 2017. We're starting from San Diego in April going to Boston. I hope to stop at Hohenwald on that bicycle tour.
  5. I notice that many people have custom decals on the front. I like yours. Where do you get those?
  6. Where did you get the tongue box? It looks like it doesn't overhang the tongue like the Oliver box.
  7. "I carry two 8 gallon containers like THIS for extra water." How long is the hose that you need to transfer the water via the port? Two to three feet long? I think the shortest hose that I have seen is six feet long. Maybe you just cut the hose to the length you need.
  8. "I have never had to jackknife any trailer to that extreme." Good point. I never have that much of an angle while backing up.
  9. Very true. It must have been someone new at the company that just spelled Ollie wrong.
  10. Hi all, I know we're only four days into 2022, but we will be ordering a trailer in June for March or April, 2023 delivery. My wife will finally retire at the end of this year and with her work schedule, we felt it was crazy to buy and store it for months until we can use it. Does anyone know what the 2023 will have that's different from a 2022, besides being more expensive? I was guessing that they might change to a Truma a/c, but it's only a wild guess. If anyone knows what's up their sleeve for future improvements I would like to know. Thanks.
  11. "Our solar and two batteries have been plenty. All that to say that you should be good with either package. Mike" I haven't ordered yet, but I have decided on the lithium pro for us. I am aiming for March or April, 2023 delivery so have an e-mail in to Jason at Oliver to see when we need to order to get that delivery period.
  12. I just hope that quality doesn't suffer due to the faster rate of production. We plan on getting our trailer in March, 2023. We are buying this trailer because of its quality.
  13. I think it's just wording, not actual intent to have dealers. The present system of owners showing the trailers to interested people and a network of RV shops that they have worked with around the country to service the trailers seems to work for them. Looking at the number of trailers that they're able to build in the last couple years is further evidence that they are building to the demand. Just my opinion.
  14. Where are you located? You seem to be much more adept at modifications. I am great at opening the door to get into a trailer. We have decided to wait until June or July to order as my wife is still working and it seems crazy to buy a trailer early and then pay for storage until we can actually use it in March or April. Do you think OTT is working on any battery compartment ventilation? We are going with the lithium pro package when we order.
  15. "Some advice on properly using the cellular booster. After you turn on the WeBoost you should briefly put the phone in airplane mode, and then turn off airplane mode. This forces the phone to let go of the distant cell tower with the weak signal, and to now look for the closest “cell tower,” which is the WeBoost. Similarly, if you were using the JetPack in the tow vehicle, you should power it off and then back on after starting the WeBoost. If you have been out hiking all day, your phone will remain connected to the distant cell tower, and you can get it to connect to the WeBoost by cycling into and out of airplane mode." Very helpful information. Thanks
  16. "Best job in the world. Be wrong 50 per cent of the time, and still keep your job." I didn't have that luxury of being wrong 50% of the time as a pharmacist. When I was a nuclear pharmacist it was readily apparent when the ordered liver scan showed up as a heart scan instead.
  17. "If you have a compressor, you can do a quick and dirty winterization by blowing out the water lines." Is there a video on how to do this? Is it easy for a novice to do?
  18. Every year, there are reports of Floridians finding a gator in the pool or patio. (They can also dig under fences.) I have often wondered if certain parts of the country just weren't meant for habitation by people. 😊
  19. Narrow minded people! Maybe there are parks that are more open to a few big dogs helping out.
  20. We live near Portland, Oregon far from Tennessee. When work has to be done far from the Oliver factory, has anyone had problems getting that done and does Oliver pay the shop for that warranty work? In general, how hard is it to find shops that will work on Olivers? I assume that some components are universal like refrigerators, heating, cooling, water heaters, etc. so they should be familiar with those things. My wife has said yes to buying an Oliver so it looks like we will order one in the next two months to coincide with her retirement date of December, 2022. Ten months out would mean that we could order by end of February for early 2023 delivery.
  21. Nice backsplash. Was that tricky and do they adhere well?
  22. No thanks. Not practical and I think it's an ugly truck.. Edsel comes to mind.
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