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John Welte

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  1. Not a bad idea. Not sure if you're kidding or serious. John
  2. David, Quite right. At this stage they're just dry leaves that haven't decomposed. A leaf blower would be fast, but I'm not sure if blowing them off will get any leaf bits in the a/c. John
  3. Both Rivernerd and I boondocked coming back to the Pacific Northwest. He is #1291. I am #1290. We both used 14-15 % of the Lithium pro batteries using the furnace fan and some lights in sub zero temperatures with a Truma furnace for one night. We were both traveling during the day and the solar panels brought us back to nearly 100% even with mid November sunny or cloudy days. We weren't traveling together as we had a few days between our delivery day. In January in the Adirondacks, it will be even less sun. It sounds like you will hook up while there. You may not have city water with freezing temperatures at night. John
  4. Someone said maybe the gauge was wrong. I just paid, but wondered how they got 6.4 gallons in a 20# container! John
  5. Good point, it seems that condensation would only occur with differences of temperature and humidity. If stored with no heat and closed up, I am not sure where the problem is. Do you run a dehumidifier when it's stored with no heat? I have the heat on with a small heater during the day if I will be outside. Mostly I am not inside and I haven't seen any condensation yet on walls or windows. It's about 40° John
  6. I couldn't find a thread on this topic, but is there an easy, effective way to get leaves off the roof? I have the second awning also. I am hesitant to take a blower up the ladder where I might blow leaf bits into the MaxxFan or A/C. I have mostly vine maple leaves up there so they're small and haven't had time to decompose yet and make a big mess. Maybe a garden hose aimed very carefully with a nozzle? The trailer is out in the open and we plan to get the Calmark cover that OTT sells, but we don't have it yet. Thanks. John
  7. I suspect yours store well upright due to their thickness. Mine are maybe 7 inches thick and don't have the same mass as yours. Yours can support themselves on the sides where a thinner mattress can't. So many variables that it would seem that what works for some might not work for others. You must sleep great on those! John
  8. We picked up on Monday and left the area on Friday. I should have returned before leaving as I suspected that I smelled gas, but I thought maybe it's was just new furnace smells. My error actually in not returning. Lesson learned.
  9. Charlie, It was in Tennessee. Usually they take a screwdriver on the tank and turn off the gas when some escapes. They didn't do that there. I thought, maybe it's a new style tank. John
  10. I had a similar draw on our Lithium batteries in Wyoming. It was 5-10°f at night and I went from 100% to 84% soc with the furnace going for 12 hours. Driving in mostly sunny Utah/southern Idaho the solar panels brought the batteries back up to 97% soc the next day. When I went to fill up the propane tank from that one night, they only were able to put 0.6 gallon in. I wanted to see how much I had used.Oddly enough, after a week in Tennessee they put 6.4 gallons in one 20# tank. It was empty, but how is that even possible? I thought they only held 4.6 gallons when full. I watched him zero out the gauge. Still scratching my head on that one. Can a tank be over filled? John
  11. I have a gallon of that. I can put a red bow on it and no one will know it's a gallon of rv antifreeze.
  12. Hi y'all. Some of you know that I picked up #1290 on 11/7 and have now arrived back in Oregon where I discovered a gas leak from the flange nut on the Truma furnace. After weighing all the possibilities for a remedy, even considering just tightening the nut, I wrote Rodney Lomax who then talked to Jason Essary who contacted me and said he was now taking control of the gas leak ticket. Initially I was told by the service department it wasn't a warranty issue and I thought that was odd. That's why at the suggestion of a couple forum members, I wrote to see if they would pay for this repair. Jason assured me that they take gas leaks seriously and yes, OTT would make sure that a technician would fix the leak and test the propane system thoroughly. I made an appointment in Oregon which is two months out, but that's OK since we aren't going anywhere. Key points. 1, make sure you test everything out. Stay nearby, ideally at the OTT campground. 2, if something isn't quite right, let them know so it's fixed before leaving Hohenwald. 3, this company makes a good product and does everything they can to be transparent and will work with you to fix a problem. At this point I am still happy that I chose Oliver over some other brand. John
  13. Bill, That's the beauty of these campers. They're built like a sailboat. Next time you have to cross a river just float it across the water and rehook. Our son lives in Australia so I need to outfit it with a propeller and take my time crossing the ocean. I dread going through a city. On the way back to Oregon I avoided the cities by going around them. That must have been a white knuckle experience for you. I might add a better back up camera if it's like a rear view mirror. Between the regular dash, the tire pressure monitoring system and the back up camera monitor it's beginning to look like a Boeing 777. 🛩️ John
  14. Bill, yes, it's the Furrion camera. I went with that as OTT installs it. I don't know if it's the best on the market, but it works ok. At night the camera picks up glare from the three red lights at the base of the red Oliver sign making it hard to see. I don't know if there's a camera system that replicates the rear view mirror quality of vision. For my purposes, the camera works ok. John
  15. That looks like Foy's table top. What size did you get? How is it working out? John
  16. I am 6'2", 200 pounds and it feels spacious to me. Plenty of headroom and the bed doesn't feel cramped in the twin bed model. It looks small from the outside, but not inside. My standard mirrors on my 2017 Ford Expedition allows me to see the traffic as the trailer is the same width. I bought the back up camera for the trailer and that can be left on to see behind you while driving. It's more like a wide angle view, so don't expect the same view as you might have with your rear view mirror. After driving 2500 miles back home, I mostly just used my Ford side mirrors, but would check if anything was directly in back of me with the trailer camera. No pictures of the inside showing people which was your forum post request, but just my observation after a long trip back. John
  17. How do you keep it open? Mine has a 1/2 inch square clear soft bumper at the bottom. John
  18. Thanks. I opened a ticket online. I like the paper trail too. It's a high quality camper so I am confident that I can get it fixed. I wrote to Rodney Lomax too at Rivernerd's suggestion and included comments by bhncb (something like that) where it was pointed out that these flare nuts can fail for a variety of reasons. Hopefully it will be authorized for service here. If I attempt to fix it and fail, OTT won't know where the fault was. My attempted repair, OTT, or a defective flange nut. As far as I know my camper was the first to get the Truma package. John
  19. I wrote to Rodney Lomax as I feel like this should be addressed by a person knowledgeable on repairs of this type. Truma is new, but this problem is just with the flare fitting so those I am quite confident have been used for years. I will see what he says. Thanks for your comments. John
  20. That's good advice too. That's exactly why I felt that I shouldn't be trying to fix this. Once I start working on it, Oliver won't have any idea where the fault lays. On the one hand it seems a simple fix now that I have the tools, but I didn't realize all the things that could go wrong with that fitting. The camper/trailer (depending on what part of the country you live in) has only been in my possession 22 days! Thanks very much for your comment. I have literally spent hours trying to figure out the best approach to this. Luckily I am not in a hurry to fix it as it's parked by the garage plugged into a 30 amp dedicated socket. John
  21. "But, before you even consider retaining counsel, I recommend you contact Oliver's Sales and Operations Manager Rodney Lomax. His email address is: rlomax@olivertraveltrailers.com." Ralph, I was kidding about finding a good attorney. I have been pleased with the quality and this is just a hiccup along the way. I believe your assessment of who was responsible for the leaky attachment falls in Oliver's hands for the reasons you mentioned. I did buy the Crowfoot wrenches from Harbor Freight and have the thin metric 19 mm wrench for the bottom nut. I believe you're right about the approach of how to tighten it also. When Truma service confirms how we both think it should be tightened I will proceed and let you know. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate you checking in. John
  22. Oliver said it wasn't a warranty issue so won't cover it. I think your assessment is spot on. Truma will get back to me. Hopefully I can get the crowfoot wrenches from Harbor Freight today. I just need to know if I back off the bottom nut or just hold it in place while I turn that flange nut 1/4 turn until the leak stops. I think the latter on that bottom nut. A bit frustrating. If only I knew a good trial attorney! 😂🤣 John
  23. Just me. My wife flew out from Denver as she needed to be back at work.
  24. No. I used a gas sniffer to locate the area and then confirmed the leaking fitting with soapy water. It's the gas fitting on the Truma Varioheat furnace. I am in the process of getting the best advice on how to tighten that brass fitting. I am waiting.on Truma now. It's a tight spot naturally. John
  25. Mildew in the optical system but not cloudy (yet). Such a deal.
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