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csevel last won the day on April 18 2022

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  1. Thank you all for your replys! I sent him screenshots of your most helpful advice! 😁
  2. Hello my Ollie friends! Haven't been hanging out here much due to the lovely winter weather we get to endure here in the Northeast. My ILOVHER is tucked nicely away under her cover waiting to go somewhere maybe mid March. My son, however, is a traveling ER nurse and has taken a contract in Madera, California at a Pediatric ER. He has been traveling for three years, an ER nurse for six and has just returned from a three month stint in Guam! This Sunday he leaves again with his 25' Coachman Apex in tow.. He just purchased a '23 Ram Power Wagon and is looking forward to some boondocking adventures. Attached is a RV trip wizard map of the route he's planning. For all of you cross country travelers, do you have any must-see stops, attractions and/or campground/boondocking sites that you could recommend? Any route modifications you would suggest? I wish I could follow him in the ILOVHER but other obligations prevent it and I'd never want salt to touch her! Thank you for any help! *As suggested here my son loves Nature, Off-Roading, Fishing Nut ~including fly, Hiking and Interesting Scenery, Photography, Rafting...the whole shebang!
  3. My understanding from reading the Tundra forums is that there is a bit of anger over Toyota opting out of the tranny cooler on the 20's and 21's. Many have used scan gauge tools to measure their temps while towing and have had high temperature readings. I've owned three V8 Sport 4Runners prior to my Tundra and they all had external coolers. There are a few owners who are opting for adding aftermarket. There are even kits available. I may do this down this road if I ever head west. My son even added one to his brand new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon as he tows a 19' sticky. I think it was a poor decision from Toyota to leave it off the build.
  4. Love this..wish I would have done this after repairing the courtesy/puddle light in the bathroom! Great work and on my list too!
  5. Looks like Camping World has them too! https://www.campingworld.com/replacement-shower-head-arctic-white-79699.html
  6. I debated this pretty long.. came to the conclusion that I didn't want to clean another channel like the window gutters. I like the dam effect of the style I have. The rain seems to just channel to each end of the awning.
  7. It's apparent there are two 'camps' of opinion on removing the awning seal. I, for one, make a living space out of the shade and invariably it will rain when I camp, so keeping that area dry is a high priority. I really like to keep runoff to a minimum and have found the seal to be pretty darn effective! Today, I replaced my deteriorated and flaking seal with a new 1" slide out seal. The leftover adhesive from the old was pretty easy to remove with 'Spray Nine' a cloth and a plastic razor blade. No heavy duty removers needed. It took maybe 30 minutes. My take is that you may have to replace it every five years or so, and I'm ok with that. Here's to DRY camping!
  8. That's my motto...LOL! I do the exact thing by jiggling the truck forward and back just a hair, forward and/or reverse to knock some sense into it! Bulldog's always feisty on days hotter than Hades while unhitching; I'm sweating and the black flies are eating me alive, I've only gotten back into the truck seventeen times at this point to get that perfect set on a pristine unlevel campsite..what's one more?? I'll show you who is boss.. LOL! However irritated I get though; unhitching is serious business to me. I try to remain calm so I don't make dumb unsafe mistakes. I certainly have had a couple in my RV life and try hard not to repeat. I've made it a habit to not release safety chains/cables either until I know I'm chocked, lifted safely and stable off the ball. I use my parking brake A LOT as I absolutely hate any bounce back after lift-off. I use it almost always with the Andersen levelers as slippage can sometimes happen. Spraying a little lubrication to the underside of the hitch, latch and ball can be helpful albeit debatable and of course..first loosen the WDH chains or remove the whale tail altogether. Good Luck!
  9. John and Wendy, Thank you so much for the pix! I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with the original type stripping. It's taller and rain seems to flow along it and out at the ends without much overflow. Other than the deterioration, I've been pretty happy with the way it works despite the collection of debris behind the brackets. If I was physically unable to get up there to clean, I would probably go with the J-channel style. As far as the window vents go, I've consulted with a patent attorney (who's a dear friend) to see what's involved with stepping forward with my design. The consensus is to make and sell a few (10-15) to see what the interest is and go from there. I have been busy camping so I've sort of put it on the back burner. I saw one member here make one and I was thrilled to see their attempt! Stay tuned.. πŸ™‚
  10. I know some of you have either removed or considered removing the weather strip along the awning. I for one, love sitting under a short-set awning in the rain. I usually have stuff on a table outside the door and I don't like the idea of having water streaming down between the awning and the side of the camper. With that said, my '17 ILOVHER has needed a replacement weather strip as it's starting to deteriorate. (btw, I have the manual Fiamma) This last rain storm had water coming down in the middle and the brackets were not blocked with debris....had just cleaned and waxed. I reached out to Oliver to see if I could obtain a new strip and was told they offer a new 'J' channel style in addition to the old. I'd like opinions on whether the J style is worthwhile as compared to the old. It seems to me it would collect more pine needles and need frequent cleaning of dirt/mold. I also read the strip is now placed lower than they were on the '17s. If you have the J style strip..how do you like it? Can any of you provide photos? Thanks in Advance! Claudia
  11. I purchased this light from Menards for my entryway and the pantry: https://bit.ly/3IPGKQU This is the light for the fridge. I have the Dometic 3-way and the magnetic strip fits perfect on the front of the drip tray. https://amzn.to/3ogBnRf
  12. Nice addition! I purchased a round motion sensor light for the pantry that is battery operated and has worked well and stayed put. I love the light coming on automatically when I open that cupboard! I have one on the ceiling by the entry door as I always have my arms loaded with things to carry in or out. I think these areas should have had lights to begin with..but I'm happy with the mod. The only issue with the entryway is the dog activates it in the middle of the night! Your light bar would work awesome in the fridge too! I have that style in there as well!
  13. Coming from a Casita, I can tell you that you in no way will be dissapointed. My ILOVHER has been a joy to own and so far, I'm extremely pleased! Congratulations and Welcome to the Familty πŸ™‚
  14. I absolutely love my '20 Tundra (The Beast) and I've long been a Toyota fan owning three V8 4Runners since 2003 and the hubby drives a '16 Avalon. His 2006 Avalon is still on the road driven by his mother~ 235,000 miles! My Casita towed fantastic behind the Tundra while traveling out west but I can totally see the need for a larger truck if we decide to do trips out west with the ILOVHER. We primarily camp here in the east so I'll travel light until the time arises. The omission of an exterior tranny cooler on the '20 has me a bit concerned and larger brakes are definitely in the future.
  15. My 2020 is a V8 and is ok for the ILOVHER but has a few bells and whistles (including a 36 gallon fuel tank) which lowers its payload to a paltry 1300# and that makes it a bit difficult when going on extended trips.
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