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John E Davies

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    I own an Oliver Travel Trailer
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    Legacy Elite II
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    Twin Bed Floor Plan
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  1. Yes. Probably. Maybe. If it has the Tow Package it might do it. IMHO. Consider flying to Nashville, and then rent a full sized pickup for the drive home from ... https://www.enterprisetrucks.com/truckrental/en_US/vehicles.html Read this and then get back to us with your trucklet’s specs.... Towing Capacity of a 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0 Double Cab 4x4 with Factory Tow Package I have towed a 6000 pound LE2 all over the place with much stouter vehicles for four years and would never consider using any midsized vehicle for what you propose. Especially with a V6 with just 266 ft lbs of torque. It isn’t safe and those loooooong steep grades will beat the heck out of your truck. Maybe if you tow carefully with dry tanks and the absolute minimum of gear, which won’t be pleasant. Please reconsider. John Davies Spokane WA
  2. It should not occur. I don’t think it is a big deal if it does, but I would definitely be concerned and try to fix it. I have enough trouble sleeping with odd outside noises, I don’t need more generated at random inside the cabin.... John Davies Spokane WA
  3. I am sure the Taco will tow fine but you will be short on cargo volume and payload, since the LE1 has so much less interior volume than the bigger trailer. If you don’t travel with a bunch of extra weight (people and all their “stuff”, big dogs, bikes, etc) you will be OK, but I bet that pretty quickly you will be shopping for a larger tow vehicle. Especially if you plan to tow out West (high, hot, steep and windy conditions). You can trade it in on a five or ten year old Land Cruiser 200 or a more recent 5.7 liter Tundra - either would make a fantastic TV for the small trailer. They do OK with the bigger one, but would really shine with 1500 pounds less weight in back. Love them Toyota trucks! Welcome to the forum. John Davies Spokane WA
  4. I just looked closer at “Mouse”, and the subframe mounting bolt heads are facing out, so they are blocked by the fiberglass. I sure wouldn’t pull off the hull, tho, I would just drill access holes in that lower fiberglass lip. But in reality, I think having the trailer up high on a hoist in a proper shop would provide very easy access, to cut off the shackle and shock mounts, and to trim some of the cross angle-iron braces. Counting the removal time for the straight axles, I bet the entire conversion could all be done by a pro with a plasma cutter in half a day. It could all be done by the owner with a saber saw and angle grinder while lying on the ground, but that is a job I probably would not enjoy, not even a little bit. 😳 Oliver could easily do this at the factory as a pre-build option. They would just need to have a few extra subframes lying around, ones with galvanized finish but without the brackets and hangers. Installation labor on the production line would be minimal. Considering that they buy the parts at wholesale and the buyer would get a credit for not installing the EZ Flex axles, springs and four shocks, I think a $2000 price tag for a factory Timbren option (with Dexter electric brakes) would be very reasonable. Would you pay $2000 for this setup? I definitely would. John Davies Spokane WA
  5. I got one of the first .44 Mag X carbines available, I found it at my favorite local gun store. I especially wanted the new 1:20 twist barrel (instead of 1:38, to stabilize heavier bullets) and the side loading gate. Unfortunately it would not feed any rounds, not even snap caps. They all hung up on the front of the lifter. I sent it back to Henry just after the start of the Covid-19 panic. They turned it around promptly and sent me back a very well running gun.... At least, with a big mix of different dummy rounds (five different bullets). Unfortunately I have not yet fired it. I hope to do so very soon. I really like it, but I much prefer the look of the Marlin 1894 with the brushed stainless metal, XS scout rail and grey laminate stock. But, for a “truck gun”, the X is probably a better choice. it doesn’t shout “Steal me!” Go here.... Big Boy X .44 Mag lifter hangs on next round If you would like to chat some more about rifles, please let’s do it using Private Messages. John Davies Spokane WA
  6. The rack works fine with my Henry lever action rifle. This is the new Big Boy X model in .44 Mag with 17.2" threaded barrel, side loading gate and plastic stock. I had to lower the clamp all the way to the bottom of the track. The rifle is less noticeable, and the muzzle is protected, with a sock. When the rack is full of hangered clothes it is really not very obvious. Sorry for the out of focus pic: John Davies Spokane WA
  7. I sometimes like to drain my fresh tank inside the RV bay, this tool saves a big wet mess all over the floor and I don't have to hook up the Land Cruiser to pull the trailer outside. I used a scrap length of 1/2" PEX pipe, a piece of 1/2" automotive heater hose, a 90 degree elbow water hose, and a female 1/2" garden hose adapter. I had all the parts in my scrap bins, so it took all of three minutes to build it. You can reach the tank drain line without even crawling under the trailer, and the elbow will stay in place without any clamp. I timed the drain process with a nearly full fresh tank and it did not take any longer to empty with this adapter and a 25 foot 5/8" garden hose run out the back door, with only 2 feet of drop at the far end - it took about 22 minutes, with the coupler raised six inches.. I like this tool, it is simple and does not leak, quick to use, yet elegant in function. John Davies Spokane WA
  8. Does it actually provide a lift? Because that is the only way you would gain any extra upward travel on an Ollie John Davies Spokane WA
  9. I guess I need to go out and lie down on a piece of cardboard and look closer. Why does the hull have to come off?That seems like a really awkward design feature.... You wouldn't necessarily have to remove it, though fabrication would be a whole lot easier with it upside down on supports. You would have to grind off the spring hangers and maybe the shock mounts. It is super easy to reinforce the Timbren units - you just add a length of 2x3” steel tubing between the existing sockets. It fits up high, giving about 5 more inches of clearance than a straight axle. The Lippert system will not do a thing to correct the severe lack of vertical travel of each wheel. On my trailer there is just 1.5” of up travel before the ubolts contact the subframe. The Timbrens have about 3” up and (the article says) a total of 4”. Not great by offroad standards, but way better than the Dexter springs. And it is progressively dampened, so no more banging and crunching.... I like simple, low maintenance designs. The Timbren meets that criterion. A tandem installation has just four grease fitting, for the pivot bushings. The Dexter EZ Flex is really complex with its 20 zerks and four leak prone shock absorbers. it is a messy PITA. John Davies Spokane WA
  10. Here is a really interesting discussion of this rugged kit. I wonder how well it could be adapted to an OL2? Because the frame already has a stout steel subframe it should be an ideal platform.... the 3500 pound units use 6000 pound rated spindles and bearings. Woohoo! https://www.off-road.com/blog/timbren-axle-less-trailer-suspension-review/ These sell for $760 per axle at eTrailer. https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Leaf-Spring-Suspension/Timbren/ASR35HDS02.html I would go whole hog and add disk brakes at the same time. OTH I would be very reluctant to be the first to do this, from cost and liability reasons. I wonder if the factory would consider building a test mule for high speed highway stability testing and off- pavement testing....? Any idea how hard it would be to completely remove the subframe, do this mod and then reinstall it? It doesn’t appear to be difficult, if it is not bonded too ferociously to the aluminum. I think this would turn an Ollie into a stellar gravel/ washboard trailer. Because the stock springs are incredibly lame for this use. Discuss please. John Davies Spokane WA
  11. I have never heard a sound from the hull, other than some creaking where the doghouse meets the front wall when raising up the front. I think you have a problem up top, perhaps a loose or improperly mounted AC unit. I don't have a clue why it would be popping continuously. That is baffling. But I think you should investigate, it is not normal. How loud it is? FYI my MaxxAir vent was not bedded right, it leaked water but it never made weird noises. John Davies Spokane WA
  12. I don’t worry about clack clack clack. I run them all the way up until they make that unpleasant sound, but then I run them all back DOWN a fraction. I suspect that the rare times that these jacks freeze up is because the clutch has stopped in mid-clack and it binds up somehow ..... I have no idea if this is true. I have never read this. I am probably just wasting your time. If mine ever jam I will come back and post an update. 😀 FYI there is no way to lube the clutch, it is sealed tight. John Davies Spokane WA
  13. Sharp eyes! You are the first to comment on that. I said a bad word when I first saw them. The jack is the front one, it has a plastic rain/ switch cover. The screws are self tapping and when the factory built it, they did not care that shavings were going everywhere. They don’t hurt anything. There were no shavings inside the gearbox. ... the drilled holes do not pass all the way through. ... https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/4094-how-to-vip-3000-electric-stabilizer-jack-service/ .... I wasn’t trying to hijack the thread, I just wanted to show what the drive shaft looks like. The two in back have no plastic covers. John Davies Spokane WA
  14. Stuck how? Does it blow the fuse? Make bad sounds? Have you tried cranking it with the emergency crank handle? The handle fits on the square shaft that sticks out the top. It might just be gummed up and need servicing. Please elaborate, John Davies Spokane WA
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