Bryan in NC Posted April 4 Share Posted April 4 Sondra and I arrived at Oliver on Thursday (3/30) at 8:30 AM. Phil greeted us and gave us the factory tour that afternoon. Even though it was “after the fact”, I wanted to see the layout of the wiring, plumbing, etc. Very informative. Ryan performed our walkthrough, and Chase handled the final paperwork. They were all great. We stayed one night at Camp Oliver. We were able to check out most everything. We were not off shore power long enough to reveal much about the solar and lithium setup and I forgot to run the water heater off of electric while we were there, but I did so during our trip home. All systems checked out and we found no issues with the fit and finish, etc. We camped next to Steve and Deb Morris who had their delivery the day before. Wonderful couple and we enjoyed part of the evening with them. Two other trailers were there as well, but for service. One was an LE1 from NY, but we didn’t get a chance to meet the owners. Dave from the Atlanta area was there with his LE2, but wanted to get on the road before the storms hit the area. Dave’s currently pulling with an older F350 and would like to get a new/newer TV. He asked about our F150, but I told him we didn’t have any experience towing with it yet. That, of course, changed the next day when Sondra and I headed home. Dave, if you’re on the forum, the F-150 did well from the perspective of someone with very little towing experience (I haven't towed a trailer in years and that was a 12 footer with a Jeep). We took I-40E most of the way, which included going over the Smokies. Winds were gusty Friday and Saturday, but the truck and tailer handled it like champs. No problem maintaining speed up hill, though I imagine Dave would notice a degradation in power compared to his diesel, and the transmission shifted well heading down. I believe the steepest grade we hit was 5%. We camped two additional nights with full hookps: first, just west of the NC border, then near High Point, NC. I paritally filled the fresh tank before leaving Oliver and did not dump the grey and black tanks util Sunday morning, before the last leg our our trip, so that we could use the trailer at rest stops. Trailer and owners are home safe. All in all, it was a very positive experience and we are looking forward to many years with our Ollie and hopefully meeting many more of you. Areas we need to work on: Backing up the trailer for the first time took me nearly a half hour to position it correctly within the Camp Oliver site. We had a pull through on Friday, but, with our tiny bit of experience, we surprisingly backed into Saturday’s site on the second attempt. We have a narrow, curved, up-hill driveway at our house. That took countless attempts to find the right approach and the best side to follow, even with the help of a neighbor. We were prepared for this and plan on widening the driveway and straightening a portion of it. The Andersen WDH was initially a pain in the a**. Almost made us wish we had gotten a 3/4 ton so that we didn’t have to deal with it, but, after trying a couple of the “tricks” we read about here (thank you everyone!), we’re starting to get the hang of it. Pulling the trailer straight, before hooking up the whale tale, works best for us so far. Rant: We stopped at one buc-ees for gas, to tighten the lug nuts, and to see what all the rave is about. I did not go inside, but Sondra said it was nice; however, that can't be said for the gas lanes. Half of them were filled with empty vehicles (I assume the occupants were inside the store), causing traffic jams, as people were jockeying for the remaining lanes. Photographs coming soon. 11 Bryan & Sondra 2023 Elite II Twin Bed, Hull #1358 2022 F-150 5.0L, long bed w/ Heavy Duty Payload, Max Tow, and FX4 packages Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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