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John and Jodi

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  1. I never thought about turning the batteries off. Thanks. How important is the leveling with an empty trailer, empty tanks, and refrigerator off?
  2. We live in San Antonio and our RV storage place is expanding and I have options that I haven't had until now and need to make a decision. We have few freezes but the sun is brutal most of the summer. Enclosed: most secure, most protected, most expensive. Question: Do I need to plug in (only 20A) to keep the batteries charged since no sun to have solar do it? Covered: currently have an end spot so more exposed to the sun. We have the Ollie cover so we can do that, but not convenient and do we have to plug in (same question as above)? Covered, but not necessary to put the Ollie cover on it. Exposed Do I need tire covers? Any thoughts on how to smartly store an Ollie in between uses would be appreciated.
  3. As an Oliver owner for two months now, I have to confess disappointment in my perceived quality of Oliver's caulking. One element is effectiveness as my recent post describes troubleshooting a possible leak. Another element is completeness, such as the photo below. If you're going to caulk a seam, why leave the area behind the pipe uncaulked? And my last gripe is the finish. Caulk, done well, can cover over and hide construction issues and convey a smooth, clean finish. My back window's caulk is yellow. I have black outlines around my windows from the caulk catching dirt, and I have caulk smears in other places. Is this on purpose? Poor workmanship? A common occurrence? For the prices we pay, I expect a better finish. What are your thoughts?
  4. @Ollietime Yes, I said that the pipe was wet. When I inspected the closet, it had liquid in it. However, through the course of the day I've figured out that the liquid wasn't completely and only water. When we returned our trailer to its storage location (outside, but under cover), the original spot, if it was water, would have dried. It hadn't. The ground there is asphalt and it was 100 degrees today. The liquid was like it was mineral oil, clear, slick, and it won't "dry". Bottom line: I think this was a one time "mess" from the ceramic coating process. Now to @Frank C, @SeaDawg, and @John E Davies points, to be sure, I will inspect the roof more completely soon and recaulk what I need to. The trailer was and is now slightly nose down. The bath vent has been closed the whole time. Thanks for all the help today. Any recommendations for type/brand of caulk to use?
  5. So after troubleshooting most of the day, this is where I am: Without opening the bathroom vanity, the liquid seems to be contained in the closet and then drained through the floor cover to the weep/drain hole. We believe this is related to the wash/ceramic coating service that I had done recently because: The liquid feels "slick" Washing our hands after touching the liquid causes the water to bead up on our hands We never noticed a spot under the camper prior to the service There do appear to be caulking issues both outside and inside (see photos below) In spite of all of this, using our hose, we could not duplicate the issue We confirmed with our detailer that he did not use a pressure washer or any other high pressure device to wash or apply the coating We both "soaked" the roof next to the vent checking for seepage and also used the "jet" setting on the vent to try to generate some splash Additionally, when we returned home from Hohenwald, we drove through some hellacious t-storms and did not notice a leak Next steps include: Calling Oliver and opening a service ticket Attempting to recaulk the exterior seam next to the vent Determining whether the interior seams need to be caulked: around the pipe; closet side wall to ceiling; closet front wall to ceiling; as well as the entire length of the closet front wall to side wall Monitoring for additional liquid in the closet. As @mossemi noted, our storage spot is under cover and it doesn't rain here a lot right now so we'll see. Please let me know if you have any recommendations for type/brand of caulk to use. Photo 1: exterior vent seam on roof Photo2: light through hole in closet ceiling Photo 3: interior caulking issues?
  6. @Mike and Carol You're right that we haven't had any rain, but I did get my Ollie washed and ceramic coated. I never noticed the spot prior to that. I wasn't present for the work so I have no idea how the detailer washed and rinsed the trailer. If I follow this thread and assume that he was generous with the water, could the vent pipe have "filled up"? Where is the other end of the pipe connected to? If it did/does have water in it, how do I get it out? The other option is that the fluid somehow ran down the outside of the pipe and dripped into the closet. @John E Davies Yes, I've studied the diagram and I can even pick out the pipe on the diagram, but it's not labeled as to its function, so I asked.
  7. The closet floor had water in it and the large black pipe was wet. What does the pipe in the closet do? There was nothing stored in the closet that was liquid. How do I look under the bathroom vanity? There's not an obvious cover to remove. Under the kitchen sink was dry.
  8. Going to go explore the Ollie's "basement" today. I'll give an update on what I find, if anything. We've only used the Ollie for four nights total so far (2 nights in Hohenwald and 2 nights in Tyler State Park outside Tyler, TX). Both locations we used city water with a pressure reducer so I think my white water tank is still empty. Do I need to power up and pressurize the water system? I'm thinking the answer is "yes". I don't have water at my storage location.
  9. We live in San Antonio and it hasn't rained for a month. The power is completely off and the trailer hasn't moved in a couple of weeks. Every time I visit the trailer, it has this fresh spot of liquid (appears to be water) under the right front of the trailer (see photo below). The liquid seems to be coming from a drain (see photo below). Does anyone have an idea of what this drain drains? And is this a problem?
  10. After talking with @Patriot about PPF, I followed their suggestion to apply a thick film in the lower front of our Ollie. All recommendations on PPF installation say find an installer you trust and use the brand of film that they use. I received a recommendation for a local PPF installer and detailer and had him work on my new F-150 (a more familiar vehicle) to assess quality and working relationship. He was excellent (contact me for a referral if near San Antonio). So we installed Suntek 11.5 mil film to the "front impact area" and then ceramic coated the entire Ollie.
  11. I guess I was lucky, because I've hitched up my Ollie a grand total of three times (leaving the factory, leaving the factory campground, and leaving an enroute stop on the way home). The last time is when I tried my approach described above when we were at a curved pull-thru at a state park. The Anderson went on easily. I pulled forward and the ball was below the coupler but off to the right maybe an inch. Like you said, the lever did not close, so I pushed and my wife pulled and the ball dropped into the correct position. We closed the lever and were on our way, the first time. If I needed to reposition, I have two options: Back up (a few inches) and try again. This is a delicate maneuver--no heavy feet. Don't run the back of your TV into the hitch. If relatively level, I'd even consider pulling forward (inches, not yards) while still attached to the Anderson and restarting the hookup. This lines up the TV and the trailer better. The risk is having the trailer not stop moving forward when the TV stops, and hitting the TV. For safety, I could put my chocks a foot in front of the trailer wheels or I could even plug in my 7-pin connector and have brakes, if long enough.
  12. I may not be the smartest camper around, but why not back the TV a couple of inches past the hitch coupler socket, hook up the Anderson first (should have slack), and pull the TV forward to drop bulldog onto the ball and tighten the slack on the Anderson chains? No mods necessary.
  13. We bought our Ollie to enable us to take extended trips (>1 month in duration). Do the members of this forum have any suggestions or strong opinions on services or memberships or (I'm afraid to say it) apps that make travelling easier on the road or at home while away? For instance: Type: Example Big box department stores: Sam's Club; Costco International data plans to call from Canada or Mexico Boondocking clubs: Harvest Host; Boondockers Welcome A lawn mowing service Automatic bill pay Mail forwarding etc
  14. The link is for the site, not an article. Can you be more specific with the link or the title of the article?
  15. Wolf Creek Pass, in southern Colorado (your Alamosa to Durango leg), is one of the snowiest passes in Colorado. I'm not saying it's a no-go...I am saying watch the weather.
  16. We picked up our Ollie on 6/6 and stayed in the Ollie campground for two nights shaking down our new trailer. Then we headed back to San Antonio. It was great to meet a few old timer's in for service after the rally.
  17. So it's been 10 months since @tripmushrv started this thread and you've gotten your Ollie! I'm interested in how your checklist has evolved. You got a lot of good feedback and now you've gotten some practice. Has it been helpful to have the checklist? Are you finding that you are more confident now? I appreciate your effort as we are leaving tomorrow to pick up our Ollie on Monday and have a copy of your checklist in hand so we "don't forget". 😀
  18. I'm waiting for my 2022 Ford but I inquired at the dealership. They said that the backup camera is integrated into the screen (nice) but the camera is wired (not nice). Trying to figure out which direction I want to go, which really means that I'm trying to figure out how/if I can mount the camera and safely run the wire to the hitch area.
  19. Some are bold. Some are blue. Some are...not. Why? What does this signify?
  20. Wow! What an intimidating and concerning thread for a newbie. I stumbled onto this thread looking for advice as to the tool kit I should take with us as we go to pick up our new trailer. Initially, I favor @SeaDawg and @topgun2's approach of having a set of bandaids to get moving again (probably until I'm scarred by some catastrophic event at which point I'll join the RV preppers contingent). While I have been able to discern that this long thread wanders through many topics, some for home base and some for on the road, I'm left with a few questions: Why the tire plug kit? Doesn't the trailer come with a spare tire? I'm not following the logic of that need. I put on the spare and take the original tire somewhere for repair/replacement. Where do I find the kit in topgun2's photo? Since I'm driving from Hohenwald to San Antonio (just under 900 miles) what do I truly need to monitor or ask the Oliver folks about monitoring on the way home? The posts about the "play" in the wheels concerned me.
  21. Is Oliver affected by the LP gas fittings recall? A recall was announced affecting 21,000+ RVs on Monday, May 9th. Just wondering.
  22. How does this system work WITHOUT the auto drain option? Is the option simply an electric switch vs a manual valve? I'm trying to understand what the $300 gets me and how things work without one.
  23. We are in the San Antonio area and are picking up our LE2 in June. Hopefully, soon, we'll have enough Ollies for our own little rally down here in South Texas.
  24. So after reading this article, I ran across the Camping with Pets article further down the page and wondered: Can we camp with our dog at the new Oliver campsites?
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