Jump to content
Joey569

Trailer Cover for Elite II

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

Hi everyone Hull 569 here- took delivery in December and planned to start traveling by this time but staying home for now.  Does anyone have experience with a cover for their Ollie?  Have seen some forum references to CalMark covers, but those posts are very old.  Any experience with another manufacturer?  Any experience or lessons learned through using a cover on you Ollie?  Any pictures?

 

Would be grateful for any information or advice.  Thanks again. 

Edited by Joey569

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think CalMark is still the top choice.  Expensive but quality construction and materials.  

 

 


Snowball • 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Based on a very solid recommendation from topgun2 we are purchasing a gently used CalMark from a former Ollie owner.
As Overland said it’s likely your best choice. topgun2 will likely weigh in.


2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum - 2020 LEll - Hull #634 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just before changing into my workout cloths and going downstairs to the home gym, some guy has to mention "weighing in" - bummer.

However,with reference to the CalMark covers - just type Calmark into the search box at the top right of this page and have fun reading.  And, there are even pics in some of those posts.

I've used both CalMark and Adco covers over the years and firmly believe that the CalMark's are better.  Both are made from the same "Sunbrella" material but the CalMark has three webbing straps that completely go around the Oliver (front, middle and rear) and it has both a cinch rope in the bottom hem and grommets in the bottom hem that the Adco doesn't have.  Both companies have the measurements for the Oliver LEII (they probably have it for the LEI also).  Both have an access door so you can get into the Ollie without taking the cover off.

Bill 

P1010270.JPG

P1010268.JPG

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a concrete pad poured next to our power pole so I could install a 30 amp and standard 15 amp outlet for our Gracie (Hull 416). The location was close to power and one of the few level spots on the property.  Unfortunately, there are two mature white pine trees nearby and power lines cross over the trailer.  Last week, I washed her and noticed pine needles and bird droppings on the roof.

I reviewed the several threads about covers and decided I should bite the bullet and order the popular favorite.  A price quoted last fall on this forum was @$700, another from this spring quoted @$900.  I swallowed hard and decided to go for it.  I requested a quote on-line for the 2019 OTT Elite II and received a response of just under @$1300 + shipping.  I called to confirm and was told the bid was correct, “We’ve had a price increase”.  No fooling!

i decided to pass, and today I went out to buff and clean Gracie with fiberglass cleaner and then polish with marine polish.  Lo and behold, I find bird doo all down the side of our baby.  So, I have to decide if it’s worth the cost.  How difficult is the cover it install and remove?  How often do I need to connect to shore power to keep the batteries protected, or can I leave the power connected?  Does one need to pad the solar panel corners to protect the cover?

Thoughts and recommendations appreciated.

 

 

Edited by PapaBiker
Correction

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"How difficult is the cover it install and remove?  How often do I need to connect to shore power to keep the batteries protected, or can I leave the power connected?  Does one need to pad the solar panel corners to protect the cover?"

Papabiker - 

As with most things the answers to your questions can be summed up with - "It depends".  But I'm sure that this answer doesn't really help you very much.  Keep in mind that these CalMark covers (and ADCO covers) are both made from a canvas-like material and are therefore fairly heavy.  They are even heavier when wet.  In order to cover an RV, they are also fairly large.  So, installing and removing when it is windy can be a challenge and I would not even attempt to install when either the cover or the Ollie is wet.  I have always installed mine all by myself but certainly this project would be bunches easier with two people.  At least one (if not two) ladders are required and to install, the cover must be lifted onto the roof.  If it helps you - I'm six feet tall, 165 pounds and in fairly good physical condition - I exercise 6 days a week.  Interestingly, removing the cover is easier than installation.  If you remove it from front to back, once you clear the solar panels the cover virtually slides over the air conditioner and off the back of the Oliver all by itself due to the weight of the cover pulling it off.

Padding the solar panels and (at least) the rear bumper is a must.  I have also had some wear of the cover in and around the area of the steps that you might want to pad.  I use "pool noodles" for both the solar panels and the bumper.  The bigger the pool noodles the better.  CalMark does include a patch/repair kit with new covers and it is very simple to use in the event of a tear.

Finally, your question regarding batteries.  While both these covers "breathe" the answers depend on which batteries you have, how long you will have your Oliver in storage and the type of weather in your area.  In my case I still have the old fashion lead acid batteries, I leave my Oliver in storage for as long as 6 to 7 months at a time, typically our winters can get down below freezing for a few days in a row, and (of course) I disconnect all power drains from the batteries.  Since the solar panels are covered, they are of no use, so, I connect a small 25 watt solar panel to the batteries and this keeps them at full charge with a very low and slow charge rate thus not causing very much "off-gassing" of the lead acid batteries.  However, during long periods of storage, I do check the batteries every 8 to 10 weeks and add distilled water as necessary.  I have read posts where owners have not touched their Oliver for similar periods of time in worse weather conditions than I ever experience and the batteries were still fine.  But, I'm very conservative with my equipment. 

Hope this helps you.  If you have further questions - either PM me or post them here.

Bill

Edited by topgun2
  • Like 1

2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a really big price increase! It would make a really good down payment on a permanent carport, or you could buy one of the fabric carports for probably half the price, if your zoning allows you to put up either one.

Sherry

  • Like 1

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FWIW, an additional safeguard beyond pool noodles is reinforcing material added to the chafing spots. We do this routinely with sail covers, where lines or hardware make contact with the cover. I mark the spots with tailor's chalk, and take the cover to our favorite canvas  shop. They add reinforcement patches on the wear surface (in this case, they'd go on the inside) as a sacrificial lamb. Helps to keep the cover intact.

We do a lot of work with, and refer a number of folks, to our favorite shop, so they charged me about 100 for six reinforcement patches last time. I think I got a little discount. Might be more where you are. I don't know.

Our sail covers are to big for me to use my machine, and doing that work by hand is just too much for me these days. Lynn has a huge table and can deal with the weight of the covers better than I can.

Just a thought. I'd still use the pool noodles, even so, as a trailer cover shifts a lot more than a sail cover in weather. 

Sherry

  • Like 2

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Bill and Sherry for the responses.  I’m going to price carport options but suspect it’s going to be either cover or no cover.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...