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  1. 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.
  2. Love this..wish I would have done this after repairing the courtesy/puddle light in the bathroom! Great work and on my list too!
  3. Looks like Camping World has them too! https://www.campingworld.com/replacement-shower-head-arctic-white-79699.html
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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™‚
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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™‚
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I worked for a few years in a NF campground and yes, it's true, many people have no idea how unsafe and unmatched their tow vehicle is to their trailer. The inhibiting factor for most people including myself is that people usually have the tow vehicle BEFORE they buy a trailer and end up having eyes bigger than their stomachs! My Tundra would have worked fabulous for my Casita but is right on the hairy edge for my ILOVHER. I can't afford to upgrade at this time, nor are there any trucks available...so I will settle for packing light and ALWAYS using the Andersen...AND of course steering clear of the swaying train wreck trailer combo doing 80mph in front of me!!
  15. I would, except Oliver had to fix my bath interior courtesy light and took the towel bar insert out to do it. They did such a professional job on the caulking (such I could never duplicate) that I would just like to fix the faucet myself. πŸ˜€
  16. I'm aware that the surrounding ring must come off but it will not budge even with a rubber glove..! I sprayed some PB blaster around the lower edge of it and will leave it sit and try again tomorrow.
  17. Trying to replace a ceramic cartridge on a Dura bathroom faucet in the ILOVHER ('17) I was told by Oliver that it was leaking. I haven't found water but I can see the corrosion. They wanted $250 for a new faucet and by then I was tapped out. I've gotten as far as popping off the hot/cold emblem and removing the set screw to get the handle off. How do I proceed from here to get the cartridge out? Seems in there pretty good! I imagine I need a special plumbing wrench/socket? Any help appreciated!
  18. I have a '20 Tundra TRD Sport which was purchased before I knew I'd own an Oliver and right after Covid began and dealers were desperate. I have done no suspension modifications but added taller Michelin Defender tires. I do have the TRD sway bars and Bilstein shocks which I think are helpful features. I have no squat at all with the WDH. Outside of payload, which is low..around 1300# .. I find it to be a perfectly acceptable tow vehicle for the ILOVHER. It has plenty of power with the V8 and when using the Tow/Haul mode, the transmission comes to life. RPMs at times can tip up to 3k+ if you're a lead foot but doesn't stay there. I like the integrated brake controller and the plug and play seven pin. I am certain when its time to do brakes, I'm going big ProComp slotted. I would just feel safer with bigger braking power. The other thing I will add at a later date is an external transmission cooler. Somehow Toyota slipped that out of the builds starting in 2019 and uses some kind of heat exchanger. All three of my pre 2009 V8 4Runners had external coolers. There is a big stink on the Tundra forums about this as people are scan gauging pretty high ATF temps while towing. I pack light and distribute weight inside the camper if necessary (like the cooler of ice and beer) I don't do much mountain driving and if I did, the Tundra would do the job but certainly not as safely as a 3/4 ton or 1 ton diesel. I also think it's crucial with a half ton truck to have the Andersen WDH; no doubt there! With all of the above said, if money were no object, I certainly would love a larger truck but it's not in the cards as of now. The Beast is my daily driver and gas just shot to 5.29 here so I'm going to stick with her for now. With my travel primarily on the east coast, and not full time as of yet, I think its a good dependable truck for towing my baby ILOVHER.
  19. I think the results will vary with the EZ Flex as we DID in fact try it with the Rapid Jack which is 7" tall on an asphalt driveway and it did NOT lift the other tire off the ground at all. Just saying.
  20. I may just have to tackle this one! Nice Work!
  21. Thanks guys! I'm 5 hours into my trip and lug nuts are staying tight at 90# Checked at 50 miles and 100.
  22. In another thread I posted that I discovered three or four cracked lug nuts on the Sendel aluminum wheels I have on my '17 Oliver. The new set of bulge acorn lug nuts came today and I just want to make sure that they look ok/correct. They seat farther down into the hole than the originals and the threads are not as deep.(about a quarter inch difference) I have zero trouble sending them back, safety first! https://amzn.to/3FzxMFB If you look close you can see the crack in the overlay. The plan is to change them all out, torque to 90# and then again after 50 miles or so. Thanks for any input!
  23. Awesome work! My microwave in my '17 ILOVHER is a Contoure RV-950S. I'm hoping I can find, like you, an off the shelf replacement that will fit that space. Right now there's a coupled induction between the internal speaker and some other internal component which makes subtle crackling noises. (This coming from the manufacturer who never got back to us on a new board) The microwave works fine despite the noise, so in the interim, I've put a switch to turn it off when not being used. I don't really use it much and wish I just had a cupboard there but woodworking isn't in my wheelhouse.
  24. Today was the day I got to do the fun messy job of replacing the China Bomb wheel bearings/seals on the ILOVHER on over to USA made Timkens. This was quite the all day project as we also changed out the shocks and lubed the EZ Flex suspension. We beat the rain by a mere ten minutes! My only experience prior to this, was replacing entire preloaded hubs and manual brakes on my Casita which was easy compared to this. After figuring out the best way to jack the side of the trailer up. (Yes, we used multiple floor jacks, and safety jacks stands, chocks and wood cribbing all while being attached to my truck) All I can say is, Thank God my son was here to teach me and to remove the seals in those hubs! (His father owns an excavating company so he knows a bit about trailers/brakes) There is no way on Gods green earth I would have been able to remove them by myself. We had a puller and they would not budge. I think they were permatex'd in there. He somehow was able to use his strength, ingenuity and multiple tools to get them out without scoring. Here are some observations and or questions we had: 1. My son thinks that the shocks look too large for the application. We used the exact replacement that Oliver uses (Monroe 555025) He says they're nearly all the way compressed with the way the suspension sits and that is why potentially two of them were blown. His opinion is that they'd do more if they were just a bit smaller. I have no idea or opinion but it was the one job I was able to complete by myself so I'm good with it. 2. It was quite the surprise to see that the axle spindle did not have the Dexter EZ lube feature. My understanding is that this was not an option on an LE2 in 2017? I did not know this and bought new grease caps with the rubber insert. As much as I learned today, this was sort of disconcerting. Even my Casita had EZ lube axle and it was a 2007. I greased my bearings every year and it made it easy. All those great suspension features like shocks and a EZ Flex but no way to easily grease bearings?? What gives? I sort of dread doing this again. 3. What's with grease guns? OMG..I wanted to throw and shoot them with a real rifle like skeet. I used two separate guns and they both were being unruly and messy. I could have bought stock today in rubber gloves and shop towels! LOL 4. Bearing grease packer seemed like a great idea. Who knew you'd have to use all 200# of human body weight to press down in order for the thing to squeeze grease into the bearings? 4. I took the advice on the forum and replaced a few zerks with 90s and 45s and used plastic cap covers but OMG.. crawling under the trailer is not for the faint of heart or my elderly bones! I think I want/need a creeper. 5. Thank God for Harbor Freight! I now have all kinds of fun new cheap tools, like impact driver and a torque wrench which I properly learned how to use! I now can afford to go to the Rally. 6. The Nev-r-Adjust Brakes looked good but I think I'm going to go with manual brakes next time. I don't feel confident about what I learned about them today and how they actually DO need adjustment. We greased the important parts with a good brake grease. At least we didn't find any loose parts. springs or worn pads floating about. 7. Found four cracked lug nuts. Son says the sheath on the outside is cracked and I should consider solid replacements. Any recommendations? 8. Beer never tasted so good. Thank you for all of the forum help I've received, without you guys, I'd be dead in the water. See y'all safely at the Rally !
  25. I read through all of that and must have missed the core removal. That could be an option to explore. I guess I didn't entirely see how the receiver was built.
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