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  1. The Duragloss magic mixture mentioned above (4 parts 923 and 1 part 952) works well on the bugs, and freshens up the wax job while you’re at it.
  2. A few people have posted in the past about the temperature switch going out, so you might try bypassing it to see if that solves your problem. It's at the bottom right of this photo that I grabbed from another thread:
  3. Pretty cool. I’d love to see it in person. My only concern is that it would be difficult to clean, with the texture and all the joints. Is it?
  4. You can certainly make a financial argument for buying an Ollie over another trailer but in all honesty I think you’ll just be rationalizing a decision that you’ve already made for some other, probably more important, reason. Buy it because you like it. Because you want something you can be proud of. Something that will be nice enough that you’ll actually want to get out there and use it. And something that is dependable enough and well enough designed that you don’t spend your trip thinking about it rather than all the cool things it’s allowing you to experience.
  5. Have to agree with Steve - I’m immensely impressed at the dexterity and patience involved there. Another route that people have used when making repairs in that space has been to cut access hatches in the bottom of the drawer cabinet. Oliver should really do that in construction anyway. It’s easy to do with a router, using the sides of the cabinets as your jig. They don’t lessen the cabinet’s structural integrity and will save you a bit of weight. Plus you save all that time of training the octopus. If you do that, though, just be sure to cut some ¼” plywood covers for the hatches since things in the drawers can bounce out and end up in that space, and you don’t want to have to search through the hull space for an adventurous fork.
  6. I agree that there needs to be a better solution for the furnace hold down. On mine, Oliver ran the strap over the entire unit, side to side, so it’s secured on both sides. But it originally had about an inch of play which I didn’t think was too great for something that had a gas line attached to it. I was able to tighten it up but I really want to figure out something better. BTW, you say furnace but your photo is of the water heater. I’d have to check to be 100% certain, but I don’t think that my Truma has any hold down strap on it at all. It seems pretty well secured just by it’s front mounting plate.
  7. My suggestion for sleeping kids has always been a tent. Give them the camping experience while giving yourself the extra space. Add a cot or an air mattress if they want a bit of luxury. But to answer your question, I don’t think anyone has done anything like that. It seems possible in theory but IMO also seems like it would be a pain in practice. Perhaps if it’s something lightweight that could be taken down except when sleeping? As for the hatches, the forward one on the curb side gives access to the water valves if you think you’ll use them, but otherwise you’ll only need to access the hatches if something is broken.
  8. Perhaps it was something that they were experimenting with in '17, when they were first grappling with the expanded production woes. It makes sense to keep track of it all, and of course to provide that info to owners. When my hull was making its way through the line, this and a few other sheets were taped to the side to keep track of these numbers, QC checks, etc. They were also keeping track of a few things the old fashioned way 😂
  9. I thought they did. My production sheet - the one that is taped to the trailer in production - had all the serial numbers for the components. Some of that made it into my folder of manuals and stuff but not all - I assumed that was just because of my rushed delivery.
  10. The round compression locks that are on the pantry and closet. These days, Oliver uses it on the nightstand and upper cabinets as well.
  11. Oliver used this Sierra Pacific latch on mine, but a quick google search didn't turn up a source. If you can't find it, you could try Oliver. Southco makes an almost identical model and Oliver uses the lockable version of theirs for the basement door.
  12. I think I’d go for a small job site fan rather than something that plugs in. They’re durable and obviously easily moved around. This Makita is 12 volt and comes with an AC adapter that I’m sure could easily be converted to a cigarette plug if you wanted. But I understand that they last for a good long time on a battery charge.
  13. Oh, all the Raptors are being saved for the Mars mission. The dunes there are a bit much for a Chevy.
  14. If you're nice, I'll let you borrow my camping quilts at the next rally.
  15. Fixed it for you. I’ve considered doing something similar - have you noticed a difference in signal strength?
  16. Steve, if you put a foam noodle around your shoehorn and Velcro it above the door, you’d kill two birds with one stone. Stick a few corsage pins in the noodle and now you’ve got a place for your corsage pins. And another shoehorn.
  17. Looks great. The gutter is definitely a dirt magnet. I can't make out the knit rug in the back, but it sounds interesting. I'm curious how people deal with campsite dirt when you've got a big runner like that. We're constantly sweeping our trailer out - enough that I've thought about getting some sort of mat similar to our teak shower mat, so that dirt can just filter down and I can pretend that it's not there. We leave dirty hiking shoes outside, but just going in an out with camp shoes seems to bring way too much of the campsite in with us. So is it just us bringing all this dirt in the trailer, or do you guys vacuum, take the rug out and shake it off or what?
  18. I’m with you there @Foy_Mirna
  19. You're staying in campgrounds where they have guilded golf carts? La dee dah.
  20. Yikes, that's quite a story. I once found a missing lug nut on my truck after getting the tires rotated, so I always check the torques now whenever I've had a wheel removed. An owner lost a trailer wheel a few years ago the same way. Scary. Another Discount Tire story - they gave me a free tire just last year. I'd gotten new ones, and had asked them to place one of the old tires in the bed of the truck to use as a second spare. But the guy in the shop accidentally grabbed a tire that had been taken off a truck in the next bay and none of us realized it until I came back two days later to have the tire mounted on a new rim and it wouldn't fit. So with no hesitation, they ordered a brand new $300 tire for me.
  21. It's been a much debated subject over the years. Originally, Oliver called them jacks and they were fine with owners lifting the tires off the ground if needed. (I've done that many times.). But there was a bit of a design issue with the earlier trailers in that the bracket to carry the jack was made of welded aluminum plates. A few brackets failed at the welds, which is obviously potentially pretty dangerous. They changed the bracket design to a steel angle, but also changed their tune on using the jacks as jacks. They became stabilizers and the tires stay on the ground. Except for a dwindling number of us rebels who throw caution to the wind. For me, I'm good with one set of tires off the ground, provided the slope of the site isn't crazy. But never both sets, since the jacks aren't really designed for lateral loads.
  22. Here's a pretty easy project for owners of the Nature's Head toilet - a step to make the seat a more reasonable height. It's a slightly modified version of this new step from Squatty Potty. Since it's wood, it looks a lot better than the original plastic one, and also makes it pretty easy to modify. I wanted something that wouldn't take up most of the floor, so that we could leave it out and not have to worry about where to store it, so I scribed and cut notches on the legs to match the floor offset. That way it sits flush against the toilet and leaves plenty of room. As a bonus, the factory cutout matches the front of the Nature's Head pretty well without any modification. The legs do fold, so you could use it right out of the box if you wanted, and would be relatively easy to store - or just tip it up against the toilet. But making the notches and resealing it was a simple task and I kind of like that it looks a bit custom. It's polyurethaned and the hardware is chromed, so I suppose you could leave it out when showering, but it's easy enough to just prop it up behind the shower curtain so I'm sure that's what we'll do. I wish it were stained a bit darker to match the shower mat, but I wasn't concerned enough about it to bother with the sanding and staining. For a quick, two hour project, I think it turned out pretty well, and ended up just about the perfect height.
  23. That, or a simple circulation line for the hot water. I think for industrious current owners, one would be fairly easy to retrofit. One trick I know a few owners use is to keep a small Jerry can or other container in the bath and run the water into it while waiting for it to heat up. Then they use the water for cooking or pump it back into the fresh tank.
  24. From what I’ve read, OSHA considers it a nuisance dust, not a cancer causing or otherwise toxic substance. Apparently our bodies do a good job of dealing with it, and the fibers don’t get trapped in the lungs like asbestos. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it won’t exacerbate allergies or cause other issues, but it shouldn’t kill you.
  25. I only know of one Ollie that’s definitely out of service - don’t know the number, but I’ve seen photos of it after being wrecked. It apparently flipped, the sides were scuffed badly and I think two corners had holes. I think the story was that it slid in the snow and hit a barrier. Honestly, to me it actually looked repairable though I’m no fiberglass expert. Or novice. I did make my own cast once after breaking my wrist though. 👨🏻‍⚕️ 😂 But I bet that Ollie is out there still, just waiting for someone to revive it. I think Oliver owns a handful of trailers that might be considered out of service. I heard that they were restoring the original one to go on display. Another Ollie has been converted to go on a flatbed truck, but I think that still counts as an active Ollie. Unless we lose ours down the side of a mountain or something, I plan on it lasting at least as long as I do.
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