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John E Davies

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    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
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  1. That is a nice setup. The only negative I can see is you can’t open up your awning to dry it out. I have the same issue in my RV bay - not enough side clearance.... I can only extend about 6 feet. Is that your Amish built building? How has that worked out so far? How much land do you have? John Davies Spokane WA
  2. In my experience a little battery powered fan is mostly useless, unless you are OK with holding it in front of your face. The marine Caframo 12 volt fans are simply wonderful, you can either hard mount one as I and others have done, or add a round 12 volt adapter to an extended wire harness and move it around as needed. You would need to fabricate some sort of weighted base, or even a base with big suction cups. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LDY4TE4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/3305-how-to-caframo-sirocco-ii-12-volt-marine-cabin-fan/?tab=comments#comment-32349 John Davies Spokane WA
  3. That tow video was very interesting. Thanks for posting. John Davies Spokane WA
  4. You can temporarily bypass your surge suppressor (slide the small switch on the unit itself) to see if the generator connects. If it does and runs normally, then you definitely need the grounding plug. This should not be done normally since it eliminates all the protection features . John Davies Spokane WA
  5. The Atlis (spelled with an "i") looks very cool, but as with so many startups looking for investors, we see many glowing promises and apparently wild claims, like a 15 minute charge time. How many of these will prove to be realistic? The specs do look pretty amazing.... https://www.atlismotorvehicles.com/xp-platform John Davies Spokane WA
  6. I hope folks dreaming of towing on long trips have considered that you most likely will have to find not only a Supercharger station that has an open stall, but ALSO one that has a secure area nearby that will allow you to disconnect and leave your Ollie for possibly a couple of hours..... Every station I have seen, which is admittedly a very small number, has been a drive straight in design, not pull-through. I doubt that this will be possible very often..., https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122487_towing-a-camper-with-a-tesla-model-x-thank-elon-for-superchargers And it would rightfully piss off a lot of Tesla owners if you blocked two or three unused ones.... Has anyone ever seen a pull through? This kind of extreme refueling/ range anxiety will not make for a relaxed vacation..... John Davies Spokane WA
  7. Bwahaha, we can't even get a proper gravel road suspension..... John Davies Spokane WA
  8. I don't want to be an early adopter - the number of stations is way WAY too low. All those huge blanks areas? They are where I like to go and spend days exploring. I can top up my gas truck at any dinky little town pump. As the number of electric vehicles outpaces the availability of an OPEN spot at a station, you will read many more horror stories about wait times and rationed power (you can't get a full charge). "I actually found the supercharging infrastructure to be seriously lacking, even in southern California (top Tesla market along with bay area). The entire San Diego urban area rely on a single supercharger station inside a parking garage that charge you crazy parking fee and not to mention it is in a very crappy area with nothing else to do. The other supercharger 25 mins north of San Diego was already packed to full years ago. As in LA metro area, all the areas from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, LA downtown still relies on a SINGLE supercharger at Culver City with 16 stalls that were completely overwhelmed. The coverage is unchanged from more than 4 years ago in these areas. I think it is completely crazy that Tesla have ignored these areas for so damn long. What the heck is the supercharger team doing? All these happens right in their front yard where Tesla design studio are close by. Also, what's up with supercharger coverage inside and around all the famous national parks. Forget about going to Grand Canyon with your Tesla unless you rely on destination charger somehow to charge overnight. The closest supercharger is at Flagstaff which is too far for you to go inside the park and back. Yosemite national park is slightly better, but still far from enough. Yellowstone has just one supercharger at one of the park entrances, and that's it, no other supercharger close by. I am a EV supporter, and despite all the talks and hype about EV taking over the world. The reality is that much faster charging speed, much better supercharger coverage, and longer real world driving range are all needed to improve big time, especially for long distance driving. All these infrastructure and range improvement will probably take another 10 years or longer to be fully competitive and be truly accepted by most car buyer." ... https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/supercharging-nightmare-begins.137244/ John Davies Spokane WA
  9. Nan, it is usually a good practice to use the Quote feature (below the post) when replying, especially with a question. You can shorten the content of the quote if you like, for clarity, just don’t add anything extra to it. Doing it this way makes your post confusion-free for its readers. IMHO you shouldn't fret about the element until Spring, it may possibly be fine. It isn’t a part that normally wears out, like the anode rod: you should buy a cheap generic spare anode, or two, to have on hand, as well as a rinsing wand if you don’t already have one. https://smile.amazon.com/Eleventree-Heaters-Magnesium-Suburban-length-2pack/dp/B07CHNPZ79/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Eleventree+2+Pack+RV+Water+Heaters+Anode+Rod%2C+Extends+the+Life+of+Suburban+and+Mor-Flo+Water+Heaters+Tank-3%2F4"NPT+threads+9.25+length-Magnesium+Anode+Rod&qid=1574696852&s=hi&sr=1-1 https://smile.amazon.com/Camco-Rinser-Cleanses-Sediment-Collects-11691/dp/B002XL2IBS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Camco+water+heater+rinse+wand&qid=1574697554&sr=8-1 BTW is your knee healed up and working OK? John Davies Spokane WA
  10. My Suburban water heater has a hard to see black On/Off switch outside, near the bottom. If it is switched OFF then you haven’t hurt anything. If it is switched on, then, maybe it is gone, but maybe not. The heating element will overheat really fast when it isn’t surrounded by water. If it is messed up, it is really easy and cheap to replace. https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/2937-how-to-hot-water-heater-110v-element-switch-two-safety-labels/ It is probably wise to put a piece of blue masking tape over the the propane water heater switch, inside the cabin next to the water pump switch.... so that you don’t accidentally turn that on when the tank is empty. You are not alone..... They call these Senior Moments and they become more frequent as we get more mature. I am resigned to mine, but they really piss me off sometimes. John Davies Spokane WA
  11. Nan, in case you were not aware, you can run your trailer on a 15 amp household circuit using an adapter and a HEAVY extension cord (12 or 10 AWG wires, no more than 25 ft long). You can run your air conditioner by itself off that circuit - be sure to turn off all the other circuit breakers - or everything EXCEPT the AC, but if you want to run everything at once including AC, microwave and converter to charge the batteries, you must use the 30 amp one. The AC is a real power hog, especially when it first starts up. https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=Adapter+30a+to+15+a+male&ref=nb_sb_noss John Davies Spokane WA
  12. The NH pee tank is 2.2 gallons but you need to empty it before it gets completely full or you will have a real mess. You definitely don't want urine to go into the main composting area. The average adult pees 1 to 2 quarts per day. The average wife pees way more than that.... 😉 Naatures head I drilled a couple of 1 inch "sight holes" in the enclosure so I could easily see the level as it fills. I also drilled some 3/16" drain holes in that enclosure since it traps shower water otherwise.... John Davies Spokane WA
  13. The black tank is indeed black ABS, not poly, which is actually fine for potable water. The main reason the factory cannot do this mod is that their “RV whatever” certification requires that sewer and fresh have to remain completely separate, but there is no reason an owner cannot modify it, as long as you get rid of the connections to the nasty parts. The pee tank in the Natures Head is fine, you add a few ounces of vinegar to it when empty, and rinse the urine each time with a couple of squirts of vinegar from a spray bottle. Smells are a non issue as long as your toilet vent fan keeps running. You need to keep the filters clean. Removing a full tank is pretty painless. Just be careful about spills. There is a big Natures Head thread here, I can get you a link if you like. John Davies Spokane WA
  14. It would be super easy to convert the 18 gallon black tank to potable water, it can gravity feed into the main fresh tank when that one is depleted, since the black tank sits about thee inches higher.... I am unaware of anyone who has done this yet. The access should be fine, the only tricky part would be blocking the vent pipe where it connects to the main vent under the bathroom sink. After blocking the vent you would have to install a large overflow pipe, going from the top of the tank to the belly. Access is OK since there is a big hole in the floor under the toilet.... And of course you would need a home built adapter with a ball valve at the outlet of the tank, under the front dinette seat. I personally would not want any urine going into the grey tank. That would make it way more stinky than it already is, and it would not be appropriate to water a sage bush with it.... you could buy a second pee tank and cap ($40), and stash either the empty one, or a full one, behind the toilet, I think it would fit fine but I haven’t tested it there. John Davies Spokane WA
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