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John E Davies

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  • Do you own an Oliver Travel Trailer, other travel trailer or none?
    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
  • Year
    2017
  • Make
    Oliver
  • Model
    Legacy Elite II
  • Floor Plan
    Twin Bed Floor Plan
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    218

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  1. Since you have to pull the intake off, be sure to check the EGR pipe in the very back near the firewall, it can crack at the flex joint and now would be a good time to just put a new one in. And consider changing the starter too, since you will be right there..... I really hate working on my stomach, do you have one of those mechanic’s topside creepers like these: ..... https://www.amazon.com/s?k=mechanic+topside+engine+creeper&i=automotive&ref=nb_sb_noss If I were forced to do a job like that, I would buy one first, my bones won’t take it otherwise. What fun, we need pics.
  2. Or you could just upgrade to the triple slide bunk house Casita, lots of room! This one popped up on Craigslist for just $800! LOL, John Davies Spokane WA
  3. katanapilot, if you haven’t replaced the tranny filter and done a full system flush, do so ASAP. Here is a guide for the Land Cruiser, it is basically the same: https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/complete-transmission-flush-diy-video.988261/ The fluid is supposed to be “lifetime” but it does get VERY nasty. Mine has 143,000 miles on it, and I am in the middle if doing the job. I doubt that any previous owner did it because the dealers are really reluctant to do it, they do not even stock filters or pan gaskets! It isn’t at all difficult, but if you have three out of the twelve 6 mm pan
  4. LOL, within the Oliver family the question is “Is that some sort of Casita?” Get used to it. Though I do admit that within the last year more people seem to recognize an Ollie and the number of those questions has decreased. John Davies Spokane WA
  5. I was simply blown away by the new bigger Tundra when I first crawled around it at a car show fifteen very LONG years ago. I asked if they planned to produce a more capable version and I was quite disappointed when the salesdroid said no.... I still won’t buy one, they are really missing out on the huge US Heavy Duty market. John Davies Spokane WA
  6. I think that under a bed is a truly horrible location for something you routinely access, unless you travel solo and that bed is not in use, or if it doesn’t have sheets and blankets on it. You could maybe relocate yours to a spot poking through the inner wall near the inverter, if there is room. This mini switch with key would not be very intrusive, but you would need to mount it very high under the mattress overhang so it would not get kicked. It would still be easy to access there. I picked the location up front for the main switch to keep the cable length as short as possible, I do no
  7. OK, I’ll bite.... why does a natural tunnel have train tracks going into it? John Davies Spokane WA
  8. This shows the installation of a Blue Sea 6005 mini battery switch with removable key, it fits neatly into a piece of 3" x 4" aluminum angle, 6061-T6. It can be mounted in a variety of ways, using 5 mm screws and self locking nuts. This mod requires metal working tools and skill, and the ability to fabricate good quality cables. As always, measure twice, cut once, and disconnect the batteries before starting! I chose method C. If you plan to use D, you can purchase a new round label to apply, since the existing one will be covered. I bought a 12” scrap, leave it LONG until the
  9. Wow, that is very cool, but for the average person I suggest you just watch from about 7:00 minutes to 15:00 minutes. The rest is tech talk and data crunching. His end conclusion is buy lithiums, but that decision does not take into account any extra (possibly very expensive) hassles like adding a smart shunt, changing the onboard charger, and adding a DC to Dc charger for the truck. Plus physical changes to the battery box to keep it more climate controlled. AAAAND labor expen$e$, if you can't do this stuff yourself. John Davies Spokane WA
  10. FYI about AGMs vs standard wet (non-sealed) batteries. The only way to know if they are any good is to get them load tested. No other method exists, unlike wet ones with caps, where you can check electrolyte level, condition (clear or cloudy), state of charge and balance. You have to fully charge an AGM, let it sit at least six hours, then check it with a hand hold load tester. Any battery shop should do this free, they hope to sell you more batteries :). My four black Trojans were toast by the beginning of the third season. The guy at Batteries Plus Bulbs that tested them said they normally f
  11. Very cool, I hope you will post pictures of the Big Guy. I'm not sure why you never post your website url..... https://happycampersolar.com/shop?olsPage=products I am guessing that this portable unit should only operate when the owner is outside so he can watch it move.... because where I camp it would be gone in less than an hour. Could one install a stout cable lock near the center of rotation? It should come with a guard dog.... Have you delivered any product yet? If not, do you have an ETA for shipping? John Davies Spokane WA
  12. I have a portable CB with magnetic roof antenna, I always thought I would use it, but the few times I tried on the highway, I just could not understand what they were talking about..... I should try it on forest roads when loggers are around, sometimes I do worry about meeting one on a blind curve. For road hazards on the highway I will rely on my Garmin traffic alerts, and Waze, when I have a cell signal... John Davies Spokane WA
  13. Regarding electrical diagrams.... if they were never offered in the past, one could argue that it is unreasonable for an owner to ask for them. However, they have been included in every paper and electronic manual until model year 2020, so something must be behind the decision to eliminate them entirely. Not “flux”. Flux is normal in industry and every day life, you just deal with it. If they actually wanted to keep the info away from competitors (which IMHO is absurd, these are not space ships) then they would have purged the older diagrams from the Oliver University ebooks. Two ye
  14. Unless you both are true die hard steam fanatics, do not take the train up to Silverton and back, the round trip is stinky and excruciatingly long (SEVEN hours to go 90 miles, not including the two hour layover). I love “live steam” but that trip pretty much destroyed me for a couple of days. If one of you wants to ride, the other should go up the hill and meet that person at Silverton, then drive back down together. There are plenty of cool shops, pubs and scenery in that very neat little town. Also some great boondocking sites close by... and the wonderful Million Dollar Highway, Ouray, Lak
  15. Well, opinions are like.... you know, everyone has one. Found this, also at eTrailer: “Typical spring deflection is up to 1-1/2 inches when at capacity. The recommended clearance with leaf spring suspension on an unloaded trailer is between 2 - 2-1/2 inches. You should have sufficient clearance with your loaded trailer, as leaf springs only tend to deflect 1-1/2 inch when carrying a load.” https://www.etrailer.com/question-171401.html And from the Dexter Mother Ship itself: However, Dexter pretty much leaves it up to the trailer manufacturer to decide what is “suffici
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