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- December 14, 2016 at 10:13 am #42197
After viewing different topics and comments in the forums, we have a question. We have ordered an Oliver II with the Dexter axle/spring upgrade. The question is do they actually grease the fittings/bolts or do they just install the units? Should I plan on bringing a grease gun to the pick up? I know I can call and ask, but sometimes the actual results appear to be a slightly different reality.December 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm #42207
When I brought my Oliver to the factory in October to have the Dexter upgrade, they did grease all of the fittings.
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1 user thanked author for this post.December 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm #42208
Reason we asked is while at the factory we had watched a frame unit that had evidently just come off the jig. It had the Dexter unit on it. There was no evidence of greese on any of the fittings. Either they had been wiped clean or greece had not been applied yet. I watched for, but never saw a grease gun at any of the stations.December 16, 2016 at 9:50 am #42238
People with more mechanical experience than me may already know this, but I learned the hard way. When you use a grease gun to grease all of the zerks–and there are a lot of them (number and location covered in other posts–Buzzy’s, I think), you’ll have a lot of trouble unless you use the rear jacks to raise the tires off the ground. This relieves the pressure and allows you to attach and detach the grease gun to the zerks much easier and makes the process of getting the grease into the fittings much easier.
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States I've visited with my OllieDecember 16, 2016 at 9:54 am #42239
Thanks. Think we will pack a grease gun just to be sure…December 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm #42248
There is value in checking the grease applied to your EZ Flex at some point during your delivery day activities. I planned to spend one full day at OTT under the direction of the designated trainer and one additional day at the local campground testing all the systems and seeing if I could remember key aspects of my training. It was during the day at the campground that I located all 16 grease jerks and added some additional grease.
I had a long list of activities at the campground for myself and the OTT were excellent in guiding me as needed. You will benefit if you can perform some or all of the following activities on your own prior to leaving Tennessee.
1. Grease your EZ Flex.
2. Locate and operate the fresh water tank drain.
3. Check the air pressure and add air as needed to each trailer tire. Also, check the torque on each lug nut.
4. Pull water into your fresh water tank via the (EZ) Winterization System.
5. Install and operate your Voyager Wireless Backup Camera, if purchased as an option.
6. Understand your fuse box and have spare fuses.
7. Operate everything to your satisfaction and ask lots of questions.
The following links to a collection of threads on our Forum might be helpful. Sorry if I have given you more info than you were seeking.
The grease recommended by Dexter.
Recommendation for greasing frequency.
Fresh Water Tank Drain Location
(EZ) Winterizing System
Voyager Wireless Backup Camera
Understanding the Fuse Box
Lug Nut Torque Pressure
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https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/portable-air-compressor/December 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm #42261
Thanks for the info, will get some ‘red’ grease on board. As a matter of fact maybe I ought to start a tool box with dedicated tools and sockets that fit the nuts, bolts, wheels, and screws of the Oliver.
Question: what about the end of the spring away from the Dexter? Surely that end gets the same type of wear and stress?
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