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  1. We too had the issue of the lights showing all green on the cell phone amplifier, and then sometimes two of the lights going to red. When we made our repair trek back to Hohenwald this was one of the items on the “to do” list. The diagnosis, based on the instruction manual, was that there was feedback between the outside and inside antennas. The standard cure was applied, i.e. move the inside antennae a few inches and put some aluminum foil on the bottom of the compartment above. This seemed to help, but when I got back to home base the problem reappeared. So, I called the manufactur
  2. Mark: We are among the very happy & satisfied Oliver owners. Ours is Elite II hull #217. Was everything perfect on delivery? Mostly. Did we have a few issues once we got home? Yes. Were they all fixed? Yes, but it did require a trip back to Hohenwald. (In fairness to Oliver, they would have paid for a local repair, but I didn’t have a lot of confidence in the local RV shop.) Our learning lesson was this. The usual delivery, if it was like mine, had an explanation of how things work, and a demonstration of some. The underlying assumption was that if it was installed it
  3. Mike: The tank is mounted with stainless through-bolts in the same compartment as the water pump. I put it on the fiberglass bulkhead between the compartment and the inside of the trailer because there was a nice open flat space and easy hose runs. The tank has some rubber stand-offs to minimize any vibration transfer. Round bolt heads and fender washers on the aisle-way side, lock nuts on the water pump compartment side. We have the twin bed model so the bolt heads and washers are pretty much hidden under the extension for the mattress. I would still see where Oliver has put the tank
  4. Mike and Carol: I installed an accumulator tank after taking delivery of my trailer because the pump pulsation was making a "water hammer" noise and I wanted to quiet it down. Had put accumulator tanks on boats in the past and found them a nice addition to on board water systems. Since the water pump on my Oliver was a Shurflo, I used a Shurflo accumulator tank to keep the fittings the same, Shurflo Model 182-200. When I ordered the accumulator tank I also got what Shurflo calls a "silencer kit', mainly for the extra length hoses with fittings installed to facilitate the installation.
  5. Buzzy suggested something that refers to the Oliver owner, and I like that idea. Word association put me in mind of the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. (We were certainly a happy lot at the last rally.) So the gathering could be "A stand of Ollies." The vehicle is an Oliver,...the owners are Ollies. John Shkor SailorsAshore
  6. Buzzy suggested something that refers to the Oliver owner, and I like that idea. Word association put me in mind of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team. (We were certainly a happy lot at the last rally.) So the gathering could be "A stand of Ollies." The vehicle is an Oliver,...the owners are Ollies. John Shkor SailorsAshore
  7. We have the macerator system and like it. The way Oliver set it up is that the black tank valve is followed by a full size slinky attachment fitting with bayonet lugs. Attached to this fitting is a 2 ft flexible slinky section that connects to the Thetford macerator. Thus if there is ever a problem with the macerator it can be worked on with the black tank valve closed and the black tank contents contained. In addition, Oliver provided a 10 ft section of slinky hose which in an emergency could be connected to the bayonet lug attachment fitting. The tank could then be dumped by gravity, wi
  8. Count me as a fan of the Andersen hitch. Even though the Oliver Elite II has a good reputation for well mannered towing, I have a bit more peace of mind knowing I have the benefit of its anti-sway function. Having now towed a few thousand miles I have come to believe its greatest value to us, however, is in weight distribution. We tow with a softly sprung GMC Yukon. Getting 300 lbs or so off the hitch enables the back end of the Yukon to feel more solid, and that share of the weight shifted forward keeps the front wheels from going light when towing over the bumps. I was initially con
  9. John: I have experienced a similar wear pattern as shown in your pictures, and probably have fewer miles towing than you. The wear showed up after the first 500 miles, towing with a dry ball per the Andersen recommendation. I too sent an email to Andersen, c/o Justin in customer service. His reply was in the nature of "Oh, that is normal, they all do that." Since then I have been greasing the ball, but I don't think it has helped much. The reason I can say this is that when I replaced the brake lining cone under the ball (due to excessive groaning) I rotated the ball 180 degr
  10. John Davies: First, thank you for the rework of the center shaft installation method and post. The clarity of your explanation and production values of your photographs are outstanding and give the method what it deserves. It will certainly help any other owners giving this a try. Bravo Zulu. Responding to some of the comments you garnered, I did run my post on the center shaft installation in draft by Mr. Ryan Andersen to see if I had anything wrong or of concern to Andersen Mfg. He was complimentary with respect to the installation and offered only one thing in clarification. He no
  11. Alternative Mount for Andersen WD Hitch Attached are photos showing the Andersen WD Hitch mounted to the center box shaft of our Oliver Elite II, as described in my earlier post above. John Shkor, SailorsAshore
  12. John & Sheila Shkor Sailors Ashore Alternative Mounting of the Andersen No-Sway Hitch Sheila and I have just taken delivery of our Oliver Elite II, Hull #217, and will be participating in the forum under the sobriquet "SailorsAshore." As the name implies we are lifelong sailors who reached a time when change in activity appealed to us. As trailer rookies we wanted to enjoy good handling and minimize the possibility of sway when towing with our softly sprung GMC Yukon. The Andersen no-sway weight distribution hitch looked like the right thing. I know that the Anderson h
  13. Simon: Sheila and I have now made two trips towing our Elite II (hull 217) with our 2017 GMC Yukon. Small gas V-8 with 6 speed automatic transmission. In tow-haul mode we get 14-16 mpg in flat country, slightly less in hill country. Generally do 65 mph +/- 5 on interstates @ 2100 rpm. Plenty of power & could tow at higher speeds if desired. Tow rating 8,200 lbs. We use an Andersen WD hitch and believe it helpful with the softly sprung Yukon. Best regards, SailorsAshore
  14. We stayed at the Commodore in Linden when we visited the factory last fall. Funky & fun. Where else can you take a pic beside a bigger than life bronze statue of Minnie Pearl? Just down the block is a shop that sells good organic sandwiches and, just in case you are low, ammunition. SailorsAshore
  15. John Davies: Don't know if you have adequate access to space, but if the problem is siphoning, one possible solution is installation of a siphon break. Would need to be installed at the high point of the loop of hose and above the height of the open-to-air vent. Forespar vented loop part # 903008 (1/2") or 903003 (5/8"). Available from Defender marine supply, info@defender.com, 800-628-8225. Please let us all know how you solve the problem. SailorsAshore
  16. Is it possible that the mirror cracked because the closed bathroom door was subjected to unusual racking forces. You mentioned in another thread that from time to time your entrance door would stick because of frame flexing. Coincidence or possibly connected?
  17. Buzzy: I wanted to answer your question as to whether you are getting full benefit from your Anderson WD hitch in the manner you are using it. I don't think you are. First, however, let me thank you for the excellent videos you have posted. As a likely prospective buyer your videos have been extremely clear and informative. The theory of a weight distribution hitch is that by creating a "turning moment," or torque, at the point of attachment to the towing vehicle, some of the weight that would normally be born by the rear axle is shifted to the front axle. Your scale numbers sho
  18. Buzzy: I wanted to answer your question as to whether you are getting full benefit from your Anderson WD hitch in the manner you are using it. I don't think you are. First, however, let me thank you for the excellent videos you have posted. As a likely prospective buyer your videos have been extremely clear and informative. The theory of a weight distribution hitch is that by creating a "turning moment," or torque, at the point of attachment to the towing vehicle, some of the weight that would normally be born by the rear axle is shifted to the front axle. Your scale numbers sho
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