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    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
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    Legacy Elite II
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  1. Looks like that's a Houghton Belaire 3400 - would be a little over $1,000 plus shipping from Australia, if you want to do it yourself. You'd need a 120/240 transformer. I assume that the $2,700 price is installed and warranted? The fact that they try to hide who makes it doesn't make me trust them that much.
  2. Solar is needed if you ever plan to camp for more than a few nights where there are no hookups. Some owners do fine without it, but I think it's safe to say that most buyers get the solar package. The easiest way to add solar is to ask Oliver to do it. I don't know how much they charge to retrofit solar but I'd certainly give them a call first to find out. If you plan to do it yourself, you'll need the panels and a solar charge controller. I'd also highly recommend that you add a better battery monitor while you're at it, since they're relatively cheap and easy to install while you're doing everything else. I believe that the cables to the roof are preinstalled but you may need some additional cabling, lugs, a crimper, mounting brackets, etc. It would be a fairly involved job but nothing that you couldn't handle if you're handy. The advantage of doing it yourself is that you can pick a better charger and panels than what Oliver uses. You might take a look at these two threads as a starting point - Another option is to go with a portable solar suitcase. With that, you don't need a separate charge controller and adding an external port to plug them in would be a much easier task. You could always start with that before diving into rooftop solar. Many people add some portable solar even if they have rooftop, just for the flexibility, additional solar, and ability to keep the batteries charged while the trailer is covered in storage.
  3. Oh, I think I've met those same late night arrivers. Three of them in 5th wheels, with all the idling diesels, yelling, clanging, etc. We all have to arrive late at times, but for those of us who worry about bothering other campers, you really appreciate how quickly it is to set up an Ollie. Another good rule to remember is that if you arrive at an almost empty campground, be sure to pick a spot right next to the only other person there. They'll appreciate the company. Fortunately, we don't use campgrounds unless we have to, and as quiet as the Ollie is, campground noises don't bother us much anymore. But in our tent camping days, we definitely had plenty of neighbors learning to play bongos at midnight, etc. I've found that most of the bad neighbors just don't realize that they're annoying everyone else, and have had good luck just politely asking people if they'd mind not chopping firewood at 2am.
  4. Thanks for the photos. Did you cut out the notch for the cradle or does the Dometic(?) awning just have that? Did you try it with the clip attachment?
  5. Coy - on the Elite Its, Oliver used to include those smaller spares because the cover for the tire carrier wouldn't fit over the correct one. I believe around 2017 they made a new cover and now they supply the correct sized tire. I don't know if the same is true for the single axles, but you might give them a call to see if one of the new covers & wheels will fit. Really glad that you came through ok.
  6. I tried just doing the black vinyl but it didn't look great from the front. The back was smooth, but the front still looked like millions of bubbles trapped under the vinyl.
  7. For what it’s worth there are quite a few Ollie owners that travel with dogs. @ScubaRx even travels with both a dog and a small horse and they seem to get along fine.
  8. I think that’s a good idea. I painted the back of our attic cabinet door black, since I had added some electronics in there and the lights from that were too bright. From the front it has a matte black look, almost like a chalkboard. I didn't like it at first but it quickly grew on me. I’ve thought about trying white or silver paint just to see. I could see doing them in a color to match the interior color scheme or even doing each one a different color if that’s your thing. If you’re creative, there are all kinds of possibilities. I’d recommend covering the paint with some shelf liner or vinyl to keep it from getting scratched from behind. I know you don’t want black but here’s a shot of what it looks like so that you can see the matte finish - By the way, I actually did it twice, for reasons I can’t remember, but I was able to take the paint off and redo it with acetone without damaging the plastic. So keep that in mind if you want to experiment. Here’s a thread with a bit more info about it -
  9. They're Zero Gravity Chairs. Really well made and comfortable, but a bit heavy and awkward to pack. Here's a really good discussion about camp chairs from a year ago. Lot's of good options. We're using Helinox Sunset chairs now and still love them.
  10. The attachment method on the Carefree kit seems like it would work on both the Dometic and Fiamma awnings as well. But it's an odd attachment - it doesn't seem all that reliable to me, though maybe it works better than it looks. I guess if you need something sturdier, you could remove the top and use the poles like I do. I do like that the poles have a sliding adjustment vs the set pins on the REI.
  11. Those Carefree poles must be new - at least they weren't available back when I was looking. We've been using some REI tarp poles, which are extremely sturdy, but require a bit of hacking to make them work. I drilled a small hole in the bottom two corners of the awning housing and then I wrap ratchet straps over the extension arms to keep the awning from lifting off the poles. We've weathered some pretty big winds with that setup, and even a hailstorm. My ultimate plan was to thread the pin at the top of the poles, then install a grommet at the end of my ratchet straps - that way I could just slide the grommet over the pole, insert the pole in the awning, and secure it with a wing nut. That's never happened, and now that I know about that Carefree kit, I might just switch to that instead. Here's a photo of the setup - those ratchet straps are ridiculous, at a minimum I need to get something smaller and much less orange...
  12. I replaced our smoke detector with one of these First Alert Atoms. Looks a lot nicer and they come with a 10 year battery. I give it a test before each trip just to make sure.
  13. I think CalMark is still the top choice. Expensive but quality construction and materials.
  14. We have a cheapy Chinese one that we used when tent camping before we got our Ollie. It wasn't the highest quality thing I've ever owned, but honestly, it did it's job and seems none the worse for wear after three or four years of use. Apart from the aluminum tube, I can't say that it looks much different to the one pictured above. I think that if I were going to spend real money on a hitch carrier, I'd probably go for the one that 1up sells. I've never seen it in person, but if it's anything like the quality of their bike racks, then it's probably worth the $500 bucks they want for it. Plus you can fold it up out of the way when not in use and can attach one of their bike racks to it. And for just $20 more you can get a 60" version, which seems like the better deal.
  15. Nice write up, thanks! Does the box provide any sound attenuation?
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