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  • Do you own an Oliver Travel Trailer, other travel trailer or none?
    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
  • Year
    2017
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    Legacy Elite II
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    Twin Bed Floor Plan
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  1. One thing we found is that the adding a Lagun table with a foldable top transformed our twin bed area into a great multipurpose area. Having both the dinette and the ‘lounge’ is awesome - we never felt cramped in our Ollie but now it feels downright spacious. Swapping out our mattresses for cushions made a difference too.
  2. While we have owners all over the map in terms of how they travel, I’d venture to guess that the average travel day for a retiree is around 4 hours. At least, if I were retired, that’s the pace that I would take. And most probably tow at 60mph. If that were me right now, I’d give the truck some serious thought. Charge in the morning at breakfast and then again at lunch.
  3. I think Oliver usually runs it down the rear street side corner. You can access that area by removing the wall panel in the attic. It's just attached with screws so it should be easy to see how to remove it. Then just snake the cable down to the basement area. Depending on your hull #, you may also have a panel in the basement to remove. Oliver has typically installed the coax outlet on the rear of the trailer, in the space between the lights and spare tire, but I think I've seen some recent ones with the outlet on the street side, in front of the basement door.
  4. Here's a good look at the probable towing range of the Tesla. I like this guy's videos, and his numbers are usually fairly accurate when he tests them in the real world. Without redoing his numbers, you have to interpolate between his Model X calculations and the Cybertruck's, since he's assuming a full 14,000lb trailer on the truck. I would guess that the numbers would be closer to those of the Model X, but some amount higher. So, towing at 60mph, maybe 100kw per 100 miles, or ~200 mile range? I was hoping for something close to my Raptor, which is ~350 miles, which for us would be two charging stops per day maximum, since on longer days, we tow between 600 and 700 miles. So if my tolerance for charging is two stops, then I would be limited to 600 miles with the Cybertruck and then only at the limit of efficiency, since that 200 mile range is probably optimistic. Maybe 150 or 175 miles is a better place to set expectations, which would be a 3-stop day on longer stints. Is that still O.K.? For some, I'm sure - but probably not for us. If we lived out west and were retired, so that we could take a more leisurely pace and didn't have to spend two full days on the road just to get anywhere worth seeing, then I'd probably be O.K. with the truck as it is. But in our current situation, I think we need a good 300 miles of towing range at least before an EV would work for us as a tow vehicle.
  5. The heat pump model that Reed and Karen have may well work differently than the heat strip model that most owners choose. With the heat strip model, you must have the fan set to auto if you only want the furnace to run. Otherwise, as you've experienced, the AC fan will also turn on.
  6. So does the generator provide power to your 120 outlets when it’s running, with the inverter off? Like Mike said, it could be a grounding issue. The test would be if the surge protector shuts the generator off from the 120 as well as the charger.
  7. MEGAbytes? Luxury. My high school job was working with an IBM 360. And I used to sneak into the accounting deptartment after work to write my English essays on their Apple III. 🙃
  8. I don't think that Atlis even have a prototype yet. What they've released so far is just (very well made) renderings. I'm pretty sure that Ford holds the Atlas trademark for pickups, and I'm not sure that changing a vowel is going to get them around that. The Rivian has serious backing from both Amazon and Ford. It seems real. I like the Bollinger design, but I don't think they have backing either, and their $125,000 price point won't fly.
  9. Everyone is different. We have people here with a wide range of travel styles, means, risk aversion, etc. The arguments that you've made are really the same ones that people have made at all stages of EV development. At first it was "these are fine for commuting to work, but not for me...", then "these are O.K. for some highway trips, but not for me...", then "these work for most highway trips, but you couldn't go cross country...", then "sure you could go cross country, but only on certain routes...", then "I found this trip here that you couldn't do...". And on it goes. At each stage, the criticism gets narrowed down a bit more. Now we're at the point of how far can you tow a 6,000lb trailer. And that's fine. Those criticisms are all 100% valid. If your trips don't fall into the categories where an EV works, towing or not, then it would be dumb of you to get one. It's also perfectly valid to question the cost, build quality, manufacturing issues, charger availability, aesthetic appeal, etc. But...but...you have to respect that there are other intelligent, logical people who, at each stage of EV development, have looked at the limits of EV's, looked at the cost, looked at the risks, and said "hey, that actually works for me". Making that decision doesn't mean that they're blinded to the limits that you see - it just means that those limits don't impact them as much as they would you. I'm sure you could find a percentage of those people who underestimated their needs; but for the most part, EV buyers seem genuinely happy with their purchase. It would be silly to assume that those people are just in denial about their suffering. At this point, it would be silly to assume that anyone who buys an EV isn't well aware of the ever-narrowing set of limitations and risks. In this particular case, no one has even come close to saying that an EV truck would work for everyone. But we do have individuals who have looked at this truck and the trips that they make and decided that for them, or for people like them, the benefits might outweigh the limits. On the other hand, we also have those who want to say that since an EV doesn't work for them, then they clearly won't work for anyone - and anyone who thinks otherwise obviously just hasn't had it splained to them. No one is going to pooh pooh your choice, but if anyone fails to respect other people's choices - like making the assumption that those buyers are only buying an EV to make a statement, or that they aren't being practical, or are outright stupid - then I suspect they might get pooh poohed for that.
  10. Oooo, here’s the idea - sorry, too much coffee this morning - make a wheeled battery pack that you can drive with a remote in and out of the truck. And then give it a tow ball so that you can use it to move your trailer around.
  11. Another idea would be for Tesla to make a sort of power wall unit that could go into the bed of the truck for extra range. Together with a small crane to get it in and out. 😂
  12. Well maybe by then we will have joined you. My wife was signed up for a Model 3 but got cold feet when they were having production issues. Then after we got the truck she decided that she wanted a Raptor of her own, lol. So maybe we’ll combine the two and get her a Cybertruck. I’m sure that we’ll hear more about towing range over the next year or so. I’ve always assumed that the hit that the model X and 3 take when towing is largely due to the motors being right at their capacity when towing. So I’m assuming that the 3 motor Cybertruck won’t see as much of a hit percentage wise. Perhaps that’s optimistic but we’ll see. But even if the range is halved, 250 miles should be enough for many. Not everyone of course, but many. I think that more importantly, they’ll need to make sure that the truck will give you an accurate estimate of range, whatever it is, since these vehicles do require a bit more trip planning. But as I’ve said before, I think that the eventual answer will be trailers that are either self powered or at least carry extra battery capacity that can be transferred to the truck. A trailer that can not only push its own weight but also connect to the trucks traction control system to improve stability would be my dream. So there’s your challenge, Oliver. 😛
  13. Cool. Should I go ahead and start a signup sheet for test drives at the 2022 rally?
  14. Man, we all expected you to be first in line.
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