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  1. Oddly, I didn't know how to change this...thanks.
  2. 1 Question: This may seem stupid, but when the furnace is on, is it normal for the A/C to be blowing? Just wondering, making sure that this is normal. 2 Comment: When we re-do our duct-work, should we try to use stiff, irrigation type hose, due to the lower co-efficient of friction over a foil/wire duct? I believe that a smaller diameter tube could be used, with less internal air-to-surface friction and have greater air-push velocity, all things being equal. I've seen that on some higher end air-conditioner systems in some modern houses. Does that make sense? Possibly substitute some 1.5 inch irrigation tubing that is heat resistant? Just a thought... thanks, Vector
  3. Hey Fellow Ollies: It's been a while, since I got on here: A few bullets: RIP Mr. Oliver, and thank you or bringing the Oliver Travel Trailers to the world. I picked up my trailer from the axle place in September, then took it to Oliver in Hohenwald for the fiberglass repair work around September 15 2019 (crazy huh), the Oliver had it done by Oct or so, I can't quite recall at this time. But, work, ice and family obligations prohibited me from picking it up and I had it on my schedule in March, but COVID. Longstory short, I picked #129 up earlier this week. Jason, Anita and the crew couldn't have been nicer about the whole ordeal. in fact, i camped at the soon to be former sales office on the main drag, just down from the Walmart. On the way home, I used my DeWalt lug wrench and 3/4 inch socket w/ extensions to check the lug nuts...snug as a bug. Due to the location of the event, my new axles and hub were installed by Midwest Truck Inc. of Scott City, MO...they were terrific. They're in SE MO, just south of Cape Girardeu off of I-55. Just FYI, I ordered heavier axles from the 3500 Dexters to the 5200 Dexters. Due to availability, they put in 5200 Lippert axles, which seem fine. I thought this might raise the height of the rig, but it has lowered the rig slightly, such that I will now use a dropped hitch ball (that i have) and i'll shelf the straight hitch ball, that plugs into my hitch receiver. The braking was probably improved, i did notice it seemed very responsive as the 5200 axles have 12 inch brakes, instead of the 10 inch brakes, which come on the OTTs these days. There was some discoloration from the heat on the mounts, but i'm going to take take it over to a buddies shop and lightly sand and coat that with some good anti-corrosion. **Addendum 14 Oct 2014, When I got under there i noticed the pan was lifted up still, that the sewer host sits in on the port side, so I'll have to clean out some gravel that's yet up in there and get it over to a buddy's to see if we can weld that aluminum back. Hope the sewer fitting isn't compromised, as it is on that side of the sewer hose compartment. Oliver did an excellent job on the fiberglass from what i can tell. the fender thing was gotne, adn the box that is open, was all sort of messed up, as was other material beneath. We'll see how she holds up. Nice to have her back. You an see the new axles, which are the 5200# Lippert Component variants. I preferred Dexters at the time, though i confess to knowing shinola about axles, generally speaking. I appreciate the good advice from my Oliver brothers on the forum, giving me some wisdom and pespective on everything. it is a nice feeling knowing y'all are ready with experience, perspective, know-how and a good / friendly attitude. Thank y'all. The Rig tracked perfectly well. I forgot how much i like that back-up camera when you're driving it. It's time to clean out some seals and input some new caulking. I'm all ears if you have some variant of 3M for that. The fiberglass looks good, though i'm going to give it a fuller inspection later this week. Jason said they packed it on nice, and took their time and I'm sure they did. I was surprised how happy it made me to have the Oliver back in tow. I kinda expected some mold inside, but NOPE, not a bit, which made me quite happy, as my cushions and 1/2 my southern mattress were in there when i'd dropped it off a YEAR AGO. My kids slept in it in the driveway for the first two nights home. Btw, I'll need to get some #129 letters for the front. That'd be cool to have on there. Any particular Font or Size for those letters? Okay, there is my brief update. i'm looking for some Ozark camping spots tonight, get the kiddos and us in for some nature. With Respect, Vector/Lanham
  4. Could be a lethal combination for someone following that dude up a steep gradient. Ouch. Nice pick.
  5. I think the graphics should be kept, maybe selectively deleted based upon a 5 star rating system.in general, delete the lower stars after a set amount of time, but keep the blue chip ones, which would be generally viewed as more valuable, and therefore, protected from automated deletion.
  6. Going down to pick up my trailer from the axle place and take it to Hohenwald for fiberglass work. The axles were orginally ordered but didn't meet spec, so a new set had to be ordered....we'll see how see she looks. I think it sits up a couple inches higher now, due to the axles which were available from Dexter...The tested it, says it pulls very nicely...they're a little heavier, so might be a touch different. Have DeWalt Torque wrench and assorted sockets/extensions. Think I'll be set-up nicely. Probably crash in the OTT at the office, and turn it in early Tuesday AM. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully, get some Fall camping done. Vector
  7. https://www.ruralking.com/dewalt-1-2-in-torque-wrench-dwmt75462?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=shopping&utm_content=24460292&gclid=CjwKEAjw__fnBRCNpvH8iqy4xl4SJAC4XERPuNvj_4ZjzB2KOLnYuwcf37qVCmmsh0Lpy0foavdwthoC1Wzw_wcB Saw that Dewalt tools now offers a 1/2 inch drive torque wrench...looks pretty good. around $100. v/r, Vector
  8. There are some good size people who actually do that..w/ a dog. I don't, but everyone has their own space needs. For example, I could only do it, if I played 2 or 3 rounds of golf a week..:) Everybody is different brother.
  9. Now that's interesting, i just bought 4 AGMs from OTT to replace my kaput ones...so if i buy a suitcase solar panel (i already have the mounted ones) maybe I can get those off of the taxes...hmm...Great Idea., thanks. https://news.energysage.com/congress-extends-the-solar-tax-credit/
  10. Great information. Three things: Like Overland alluded, you can mount them in any physical position, since they will not "leak." They also do not off-gas, so you could conceivable mount them in the basement or in an otherwise unorthodox location, presuming your wiring had good pathways. I've also researched them, and hope that competition and a more evolved product life-cycle (no pun intended) will bring about some price decreases. v/r, Vector
  11. Everything looks to be going well. Going to have a local semi-truck axle, trailer outfit fix the axles and, just like you suggest, it is most likely going back to Oliver to be gone over. Jason and the Oliver crew have been good in this matter, just a bit delayed insurance (normal) and being occupied by the rally, which is just a timing thing. I look forward to it being back to mint condition and am glad that it looks like Oliver will do the fiberglass work and check over any other work. Appreciate all the good advice from everyone.
  12. Fellow Oliver Owners: Interested in camping outside Yellowstone at the Yellowstone Edge RV Park? It's a premium park, 30 miles outside Yellowstone NP on the Yellowstone River. There is an open spot from 30 May to 6 June if you call pretty quick. I booked these about 11 months ago, so it may be a good opportunity for ya'all. Due to the left two wheels flying off my Ollie and subsequent repairs, etc., the trailer won't be repaired for a few weeks, minimum. So, this lovely RV park, comes highly recommended from my awesome Aunt Linda, has openings. One closed door may open some camping opportunities for one of ya'all. I have cancelled my reservation 30 minutes ago and got a partial refund, so i'm just offering this up, as camping around Yellowstone this quickly, at such a nice RV park is kinda rare. The opening may fill up quickly, I don't know. They have full hook-ups and super nice bathrooms and laundry. Cool, thanks, Lanham
  13. Bill, thanks for the post. Do you have the Dexter Part # for the 5200# axle? If i have axle damage, I may go ahead and upgrade to the 5200. The braking power of the 5200 seems like an attractive element of that set-up. You pretty happy with the 5200s? thanks kindly, Vector/Lanham
  14. Well, my situation 'is this: I was exactly 200 miles away from the Oliver facility in Hohenwald, between Jackson and Cape Girardeau, Missouri when the event transpired. One hub''s lug bolts sheered off (possible over tightening), I think this wheel came off first., I felt a jolt here, and that makes sense. ~1 to 4 miles later, the other hub's lug bolts appeared to have not been tightened or loosened up possibly, and those lug nuts came off lug bolts, followed by the wheel at 70mph on I-55. I thought i hit a pot hole, but further thought, I think it was highly probable that that was a wheel that came off (the sheered bolts), because i recovered the single wheel that appears to have had the lug nuts work their way off (as has been analyzed by a few mechanics already). I've never lost a wheel before. I am very happy that no one was hurt, and that I calmly and brought the trailer to a stop on the far edge of the shoulder without any additional damage to the trailer or another vehicle (the hitch performed very well), since the left wheels were off, it could have been potentially pulled (it was leaning left). The Mo State Trooper gave me an adaboy for how i' parked it square on the shoulder's edge..which was nice. The tow truck did a good job of minimizing damage as they put it on the flatbed..which had to be done. it's currently in storage on a lot in that area. I want to get this resolved one way or another very quickly. I have an upcoming vacation and i have a lot of deadlines at work in the next couple weeks. Hopefully, it will go smoothly, but if not I'll deal with it best I can. I appreciate all of the positive and insightful comments ya'all have made here. I enjoy being a part of the Oliver Community and enjoy this Forum as well as the FB page. Thank you. Vector.
  15. Thanks Raspy. It'll work out one way or another...just want to go camping w/ the family really.
  16. Hey Raspy, the tires on mine (from the factory) were Correction BF Goodrich , just FYI.
  17. No, I didn't re-check the torques..50 miles from Hohenwald, was just coming home (about a 5.5 to 6 hour drive). It happened on a good interstate, I-55 at the ~111 mile marker,between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Mizzoura. I am trying to figure out why I shouldn't get steel wheels right now..they may not be as pretty, but they may be safer...I think they're safer.
  18. Hey Raspy, I"ll be calling to see what's up and discuss. Like you I prefer the 5200# for capacity and i'm a big believer it the best brakes possible, one of the reasons I bought the Titan XD, it has huge brakes. The truck handled well in this situation...ironically, i just bought some new Michelin Defender LXs which will be put on this week (pre-paid, they were on-sale at Costco). They've combined the LX and Defender into one Big Name..ha ha.
  19. **Bulldog Hitch**: One thing I want to point out on the positive-side of all this is the brilliance of the Bull Dog Hitch. I love that design, it's functionality and it's strength. The BD Hitch remained in place, holding onto my hitch of the Nissan Titan XD...i didn't have any trailer sway just "trailer lean" :) and trailer sparks (my great regret is I didn't see those sparks in the pitch black night, that would have been oddly cool). I attribute the lack of sway to good trailer design, my truck's anti-sway tech and that hitch...because it didn't come off and then rely on the safety cables. I'd camped with a fellow OTT man Don Thompson at th e Amber Falls winery, and that morning, we both put a good splotch of lithium grease on each of our hitch balls and hitch receiver (inside, around the spring, etc.) to prevent corrosion, extend longevity, improve functionality. I recommend everyone to do that..take those disposable gloves as that grease is sticky and will stain. So, whomever made the call for the BD Hitch, Bravo. I do think that, among other items, is a product difference-maker, comparative advantage for Oliver.over their competition.
  20. I have faith that they'll treat me right in this situation..they're good people. And if not, i'll deal with it and get it fixed best I can. Thanks.
  21. Thanks for the offer, I was about 2 hours from my house on the way home from Hohenwald. Got the trailer to a good yard, I talk to GEICO Monday, have to meet an appraiser..i did see some fiberglass near the wheel-well get shredded, don't know how easy that will be to fix since it was an edge piece (chime in if you have an opinion) that piece was about 1/2 the size of my hand, give or take.
  22. Very odd indeed. I’m a bit fuzzy on where the failure points were. Is it that the front wheel lugs sheared off and the rear wheel pulled the lugs out of the hub – so the wheel itself didn’t fail? (I imagine they took a beating regardless.) Yes, the front ones were sheered off and the rear wheel pulled off the lugs, but the lugs were still there..which was odd. Rear wheel lugs were in place, whereas the front ones were completely scalped off the hub. Wondering if the lugs had been overtorqued at some point by an overzealous mechanic. A mechanic friend of mine said that is typically what happens when they sheer off, they've been overtorqued. I'd just had the EZ Flex installed in Hohenwald the previous day. I think I’d want to replace them on the other side just to be sure. Of course the opposite could be true as well – if they hadn’t been tightened properly that would continually stress the lugs, and the pothole just finished the job.I don't know if the axle was bent, if it was I'll replace all of it. I'll have to look at it, but I always prefer to over-engineer..i'd rather pay now then pay later...frankly, that's one of the reasons (seemingly ironic at this point in time) that I bought the Oliver. Let me be clear, sometimes stuff happens, and I really like the OTT folks and products..but it is an unfortunate event. Also, what tire pressure do you run? A high pressure wouldn’t allow for much force to be absorbed by the tires. I run a on the lower end of the range for that reason. I asked the shop guys if they had checked the pressure before I left, but I didn't. Of course, that is something I'm wondering about. Maybe i'll get those constant tire pressure monitors on the next set.
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