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Thanks for the report.  It is on our "bucket list." 

I have heard there is lots of gravel road on that route.  Any rock chips on the front of the Oliver hull?  Did you install any protection in that area, such as 3M paint protection film?  If so, how well did it work?

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Central Idaho

2022 Elite II with expected delivery November, 2022.

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

 

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Second the vote on hearing what you did to protect your Ollie as we are buying ours in FEB and very much expect to do a similar trip!

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Mike & Marianne, Scottsdale AZ

2022 RAM 2500 Hemi 4x4

Elite II Hull #TBD - pick up FEB 2023

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4 hours ago, Rivernerd said:

Thanks for the report.  It is on our "bucket list." 

I have heard there is lots of gravel road on that route.  Any rock chips on the front of the Oliver hull?  Did you install any protection in that area, such as 3M paint protection film?  If so, how well did it work?

There are a lot of unimproved roads.  We contemplated installing either the 3M film or Rhino Lining color coded to the Ollie.  Both were expensive ($1300-1500). We decided to wait and see if the Rock Tamers on the Tundra did the job.  The only chips I've seen so far (haven't cleaned the Ollie yet) are on the exterior basement door.  They would have come from the Ollie tires and not the Tundra - so installing mud flaps (like John Davies did I think) - might prevent some of that.

If there are a lot of chips on the front of the Ollie (and I don't think there are) - we will either repair them, install the Rhino lining or just make sure they are coated so water doesn't penetrate beneath the gel coat.

I'm not convinced the rocks are as big of a problem as you may have heard.  I would always slow down and move to the far right whenever being approached from the opposite direction and most other drivers seemed to do the same.  One of our windshield chips was from a Mercedes SUV driver towing an aluminum trailer (won't say what brand but it rhymes with jet stream;) going full speed.

As to pictures, I will work on that when I get caught up from being gone for 8 weeks.  First world problem, I recognize...

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We did the same trip this summer. I installed 3m clear vinyl on front lower panels of the Ollie. They got pitted and had several small holes. It was impossible to clean them. I pulled them off at home and no damage to the trailer. Suffered one rock crack in the windshield that I had fixed and a couple rock scratches. 
Averaged 15.1 mpg on F250 power stroke over 10,500 miles.  Oliver towed really well and no need for the antisway hitch. 
The main problem we had was the Truma water heater went out on day three. Despite extensive discussions with both Oliver and Truma, I was unable to get it fixed. I did get a new circuit board sent to a campground and that did not fix it. Neither did a new propane regulator.
I recently took it into a Truma authorized service facility here in Southern California and they had to replace the water heater, it was a total loss. We did splash showers using a pot of hot water. It actually worked well and saved on water use and grey tank capacity. 
Overall a great trip. The Yukon and Alaska are beautiful and impressive. It was truly an adventure. 
 

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