Jump to content

Odometer Installation on Oliver LEII


Recommended Posts

Prior to delivery of our 2022 LEII in mid-February, I posed a question on the OTTO forum asking how many owners had installed odometers on their trailers, and if they had, what brand they had selected.  I was surprised to learn almost no one had installed a hub odometer, with most relying on manual logs for mileage tracking
 
I did not want to be bothered with keeping a manual log, knowing I would inevitably forget to enter tow vehicle mileage when towing our LEII.  Undaunted, I began to search for a suitable hub odometer.  I found few offerings for travel trailers, but did come across the TrailerLife Odometer line.  On their website is a Ratio Selection Guide for determining which model odometer best matches the outside circumference of the tires on the trailer.
 
I checked with Oliver Travel Trailers to confirm the tires to be installed on our LEII were 225/75R16 Cooper Discoverer HT3. On the Cooper Tire website I found these tires have a diameter of 29.21", a width of 8.5", mount on a 16" rim and make 710 revolutions per mile.  The  calculated rolling circumference= 29.21" x 3.1416= 91.73"
 
I contacted Veeder-Root, the manufacturer of the TrailerLife odometer product line, where their tech support recommended using Model 714.  They also recommended using one of their wheel center caps for a 4.25" wheel center hole for a 6 lug wheel.  Otherwise, a hole must be drilled in the center of the standard Oliver hub cap to accept the mounting stud of the odometer,  I placed an order for the Model 714 odometer, $84.99, and the wheel center cap, $15.99.  The total was $104.56, including $3.58 for shipping.
 
Front View
image.thumb.jpeg.c8f2706ec7ee840ddd7cf47e7ad8987f.jpeg
 
Profile View
image.thumb.jpeg.7a40a404918271a74035c3c3bd29d6e7.jpeg
 
The TrailerLife odometer and wheel center cap were delivered one month after I placed the order.  A week or 10 days after placing the order, I called to inquire of the expected delivery date.  Only then was I told the item was backordered and could be six weeks for delivery.  Fortunately, I received the odometer and hubcap in time to take it with us for the LEII delivery date.
 
On our LEII delivery date, the weather in Hohenwald was miserable, with pouring rain and cold, with temperatures in the low 20s at night.  I asked Oliver to install the hub odometer, which they did during the delivery process for $20.  I thought this was reasonable and was glad to have the odometer installed at the time of delivery.  I asked to have the odometer installed on the street side rear wheel, since this is closest to the primary service connections and storage..  I don't believe it matters which wheel the odometer is installed on.
 
The hub odometer now shows we have covered over 3,000 miles since delivery.  I am sure the miles reported by the hub odometer are far more accurate than I would have manually recorded. Being a first time RV owner, I was (and still am) focused on learning the systems on our trailer and the procedures for using it safely.   Manually recording the mileage traveled was not high on my list of priorities.  I am keeping a log of our travel destinations, maintenance, modifications, etc.
 
 Don
  • Thanks 2
  • Like 8

North Texas | 2022 LEII, Hull #990, delivered 2/17/22 | 2014 BMW X5 35d

spacer.png

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators

I’ll be interested in how it works out long term.  It is much more accurate than doing it manually!  I still keep a spreadsheet with mileage, name of where we stop and number of nights.  There was a time when spreadsheets were cutting edge, now I guess they are old school!  If anything describes me it’s “old school”. 🤪

  • Like 2
  • Love 1
  • Haha 1

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

ALAZARCACOFLGAIDILKSKYLAMDMSMOMTNENVNMNYNCNDOHOKSCSDTNTXUTVAWVWYsm.jpgALAZARCACOCTDEFLGAIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMS

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators
2 minutes ago, Mike and Carol said:

There was a time when spreadsheets were cutting edge, now I guess they are old school!  If anything describes me it’s “old school”. 🤪

Me, too.

It's ok. We have a wealth of experience to draw on, right? 😅

My daughter loves hearing about that, and learning.  It's all a balance. 

  • Like 2

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators

I put a Hub Odometer on our first Oliver and then moved it to our current Oliver. It quit about 5-6 years ago. The battery inside died and is not replaceable. 
 

Our new 2022 Silverado 3500 HD keeps up with the trailer mileage now anyway. 

  • Thanks 1
  • Like 1

Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher and Rocky plus our beloved Storm, Maggie and Lucy (all waiting at the Rainbow Bridge)

2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, Hull #026 | 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, Hull #050 | 2022 Silverado High Country 3500HD Diesel 4x4 

 

             801469912_StatesVisitedTaliandSteve08-23-2021-I.jpg.26814499292ab76ee55b889b69ad3ef0.jpg1226003278_StatesVisitedTaliandSteve08-23-2021-H.jpg.dc46129cb4967a7fd2531b16699e9e45.jpg

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators

So, @ScubaRx, your truck recognizes the attached trailer, and records its mileage, separately? 

That's pretty cool.

Our newest tow vehicle is a 2008,,and doe not have that feature.  

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators
41 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

So, @ScubaRx, your truck recognizes the attached trailer, and records its mileage, separately? 

That's pretty cool.

Our newest tow vehicle is a 2008,,and doe not have that feature.  

My last 3 Rams recorded towing miles.  When the 7 pin was connected the towing miles are recorded.  I look at it occasionally, but there’s nothing like a good spreadsheet.  Old School Mike

  • Thanks 1
  • Like 3

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

ALAZARCACOFLGAIDILKSKYLAMDMSMOMTNENVNMNYNCNDOHOKSCSDTNTXUTVAWVWYsm.jpgALAZARCACOCTDEFLGAIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMS

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for posting! That will definitely save fussing around, recording trip lengths and missing some! But you still have to keep a basic mileage log for the maintenance items. I quite like the new style spoked wheels, they would really show off a set of disk brakes with stainless calipers and rotors! Unmmmm good!

John Davies

Spokane WA

  • Like 5

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags, Safari snorkel.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators

Yup, spreadsheets work for us, @Mike and Carol

I think my husband could run a total of every part and enhancement we've done since picking up #12, in February 2008, from our spreadsheets .

Me?. I don't really want to know. Fun and friends and our adventures outweigh those $$$ , every time.

Yolo.

  • Like 4

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators
11 hours ago, SeaDawg said:

your truck recognizes the attached trailer, and records its mileage, separately?

Both my 2011 and the current 2017 F-150's had this feature.  

The truck will also keep track of several different "trailers" as long as I tell it which one I'm towing since it can't tell the difference between one 7 pin and another.

Bill

  • Thanks 1
  • Like 5

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

Link to comment
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
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...