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Delivery Day - Don't Forget


Kraig

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Brand new Oliver Owner here. Actually, brand new to camping! 

My wife and I picked up H#1014 February 1, 2022. The experience went well. After viewing the walkthrough videos over and over and over the actual walk through went very smooth and very fast. Camped 2 nights at the Oliver Camp Grounds. It was cold and rainy and I am happy to report we found no issues. Everything worked, everything opened, everything closed. We brought a small electric heater which kept it around 65 on it's own, even in 16 degree weather. I set the thermostat to 68 just to get the furnace to engage because I was worried about the pipes. I only heard the furnace click on about once an hour. We spent another week in Tennessee at a couple of state parks and campgrounds. Surprising to me, I prefer state parks! Wouldn't have thought that before this adventure. 

The reason for this post, however is one thing I forgot to do prior to pick up that I hope to share and save someone what I am feeling now. Don't be me, get mud flaps on your tow vehicle!! Traveling I-40 in Tennessee from Nashville to Pigeon Forge was a pot hole party, everyone was invited and only the smart stayed away. Anyway, amongst all the bug guts and dirt on the front of the trailer I found a rock chip in the fiberglass :-(. Although it's small, about the size of a pencil head, it hurts soooo bigggg! Ugh.

So, my advice, don't forget the mud flaps! I hope this helps someone out. When I noticed it, I got on the Oliver Forums and sure enough, there were posts about mud flaps!

 

Kraig

 

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2021 Ford F350 6.7 Diesel, SRW, 4WD.  2022 Oliver LEII, Hull #1014.

 

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Welcome Kraig!

We pick up our E2 early September.  I have been trying to decide what mud flaps would work best on our Ram 3500. None seem head and shoulders above the others. Definitely want the most protection I can find, within reason. 

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Kirk and Carrie Peterson

Twin Falls, Idaho

2018 Ram 3500, with overland conversion: Rooftop tent, water, stove, Battle Born batteries, lockers, onboard air, raised air intake, Warn winch. 

2023 Elite 2, twin beds, delivered December 5, 2022 Truma package, lithium platinum package.
Hull #1305

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Kirk:

Based on a recommendation from IL-Travelers on this forum, I have already installed a Rockstar full-width mud flap on our Tundra tow vehicle.  IL-Travelers reports being very happy with the way it protects their Oliver.  And, judging from the amount of dirt already collected on the front side of the Rockstar, it should protect the Oliver from most road debris after we take delivery in September.

If you go with the Rockstar, I recommend the 2-piece "Adjustable" version over the Standard 1-piece.  The adjustment is in how far the flap hangs down when you install it.  You set that distance depending on where you secure piece #1 to piece #2 during assembly.  For any off-pavement driving, I expect it would be better to have the flap hang down further than the non-adjustable, standard version.

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Hull #1291

Central Idaho

2022 Elite II

Tow Vehicle:  2019 Tundra Double Cab 4x4, 5.7L with tow package

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Standard mud flaps help, but if you want real protection you need something more elaborate, like Rock Tamers or the Rockstar mentioned above.  I’ve had regular mud flaps on all four of my tow vehicles, I’ve also got a bunch of chips!  They aren’t too noticeable unless you get real close!  Mike

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Texas Hill Country | 2016 Elite II #135 | 2020 Ram 2500 6.7L

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Thanks for starting this thread Kraig!

I have tried the Rock Tamers, I wasn't entirely satisfied. The Rockstars look good. I think I'll try those. Thanks for the recommendation! 👍

Thanks, Kirk

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Kirk and Carrie Peterson

Twin Falls, Idaho

2018 Ram 3500, with overland conversion: Rooftop tent, water, stove, Battle Born batteries, lockers, onboard air, raised air intake, Warn winch. 

2023 Elite 2, twin beds, delivered December 5, 2022 Truma package, lithium platinum package.
Hull #1305

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