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- March 21, 2017 at 1:30 am #47823
My wife and I are complete newbies to the Oliver but also, more importantly, to RVing in general. We will be traveling from Arizona to pick up our Ollie Elite II in early June of this year.
Here are most of the upgrades to our Oliver that are perhaps relevant to the question I want to ask: 320 watt solar, Large-Xantrex Power inverter, AGM Trojan 6v batteries, composting toilet, phone amplifier, Omni HD antenna, Dexter EZ Flex, WiFi Ranger, phone amplifier, rear view camera, 30 lb propane tanks.
After picking up our Ollie, we will take our time getting back to Arizona, doing some unpaved-road boondocking, so I know that we need to bring with us some essential stuff, including tools. I plan on bringing a basic tool box containing things like hammer, screw drivers, ratchet set, wrenches, etc. I also plan to bring an ax and small shovel.
My question is this: What tools have you found indispensable when traveling with your Ollie?
Any advice will be appreciated, including advice about non-tool items that we may not have considered hauling with us when we pick up Ollie. Thanks!
Onward through the Fog!
EarthPicks of Cochise CountyMarch 27, 2018 at 11:31 pm #125666
Any advice about specific less-common tools (wrenches >3/4″ for example?) that are really useful for on-the-road kind of maintainence or repairs? I have plenty of tools but I want to build a streamlined toolbox that will live in the Ollie.
2018 OLEII #344 | 2018 Ford ExpeditionMarch 28, 2018 at 7:14 am #125669
Spike & Rumline –
Use the “Search Box” and type in “tools” or “tool Box”. You will find lengthy discussions there that go from using the cell phone to carrying every single thing from the hardware store. Unfortunately, a lot of what any single person might include in the tool box will depend on where they are going and the ability to use it.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 28, 2018 at 8:08 am #125681
I’m probably guilty of carrying too many tools, so my list would be pretty long. But some of the trailer specific non-obvious ones that I can think of off the top of my head would be a rubber mallet for setting and removing wheel chocks, a dedicated wrench for tightening hoses (for convenience), and a multimeter to track down any electrical gremlins.
One thing I don’t carry but need to put together is a pex repair kit.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor
1 user thanked author for this post.March 28, 2018 at 8:31 am #125690
With regards to the pex repair kit – there was a discussion on the Forum about “shark-bite” fittings. These things are fairly expensive and some people do not believe in them. However, for emergency repairs, a couple of them and a couple of lengths of pex are fairly easy to store and limit the number of tools that would be required for the repair. I’ve included two 90 degree and four straight fittings plus two lengths of pex that are each three feet long.
If anyone is interested, I will bring some pex to the Rally and give “repair” lengths to anyone interested.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 28, 2018 at 9:35 am #125702
Use the “Search Box” and type in “tools” or “tool Box”. You will find lengthy discussions there that go from using the cell phone to carrying every single thing from the hardware store.
Hi Bill, I did do a search last night and was not able to find anything like what you describe. I don’t want to clutter the forum with redundant threads. I just searched again now and at the bottom of the results I found this thread with a few replies: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/tool-box/ Ironically that thread also contains a post where you refer the other OP to use the search function. If there’s a specific thread you can remember (and find) can you please link me to it?
I’m not sure that this new search function is much better than the old one. At least it doesn’t display the entire post every time it finds a match, but the results do not seem to be sorted by relevance.
2018 OLEII #344 | 2018 Ford ExpeditionMarch 28, 2018 at 9:38 am #125705
OK, you found at least one of the one’s I remember, but I know that there was one where ScubaRx talked about his “kitchen sink” approach. I’ll try to find it.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 28, 2018 at 9:45 am #125708
Are all of the PEX lines 1/2 inch?
Bill and Martha
2018 LEII Hull 313
2019 Chevrolet 2500HD DuramaxMarch 28, 2018 at 9:52 am #125711
Yes, the search functions on this forum are severely lacking, something I have posted about on several occasions…
I know that there was one where ScubaRx talked about his “kitchen sink” approach.
I think this is the thread that Bill was referring to: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/oliver-tool-kit/
David Stillman, Salt Lake City, Utah
2016 Oliver Elite II Hull 164 | 2017 Audi Q7 tow vehicle.
Travel and Photography Blog: http://davidstravels.netMarch 28, 2018 at 9:57 am #125714
You da man! Thanks for finding it!
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 28, 2018 at 9:59 am #125717
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"
1 user thanked author for this post.March 28, 2018 at 10:00 am #125720
I carry two bearing/seal sets (enough for two wheels). I also carry the tools to install them. That would be a steel drift, a brass drift about 1/2 dia. x 6 to 8 inches long, and a steel plate 6 x 6 by about one inch thick to support the hub when driving the bearings/seal in or out. I hope to never have to use these while on the road! I also carry a small electrical parts kit with crimp on terminals etc., a handful of each size fuse that is used, and a couple spools of 16 ga. wire.March 28, 2018 at 10:18 am #125723
Wow! I’m impressed.
I too carry a couple of sets of wheel bearings and seals. However, I do not carry all those tools with me in order to do the install. In virtually any small town (let alone the big ones) there is a garage that can do the job. Hopefully it is not necessary and hopefully I will not be out in the middle of no where when (if) a bearing and/or seal goes bad. I guess that we all have our limits on what kind of risk we are willing to take. The bearings and seals on the Olivers are fairly common, but, I have been in the position before where a fairly common set of bearings was “out of stock”. So, I feel a bit safer carrying my own – just in case.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 28, 2018 at 11:05 am #125738
Bill I agree with you on the bearings. In my boating days I had a trailer bearing go out on me ~40 minutes from the nearest town. Fortunately there were a few shops in that town, but none had the right parts. Finally found what I needed at a Napa another hour down the road. What a miserable experience! Overall it took 6 hours to get back on the road again. After that I always carried spares with me.
I would love to be able to change them out myself but it’s just one bridge too far for me to go. Props to you, Mountainoliver! :beer:
2018 OLEII #344 | 2018 Ford ExpeditionMarch 28, 2018 at 11:18 am #125747
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
I won’t go into all the small stuff, but you definitely need a cheap compact ladder, preferably one that telescopes and will fit in the closet. You need to be able to get to the roof in case of a repair or stuck tree branch. If you are a heavy fellow, buy a good quality one for safety.
Rock protection for the truck, since you will be going off pavement. Mudflaps at the very least. Gravel roads will trash the finish on your Ollie very quickly unless you drive dead slow ALL the time. If you have to drive 30 miles out of the national forest, driving at under 10 mph is just not practical ;(
Spares for the composting toilet – peat, cleaning spray, extra fuses. Check yours since they seem to always install a too-small one. It needs to be 2.5 or 3 amp, not 1 amp, which will blow. Read my thread on the Natures Head if you have not already.
You already talked about shovel, you need a little extra stuff for recovery if you get the trailer stuck. For example. consider ahead of time how you would go about pulling the trailer out of a deep rut. “Trailer offroad recovery” would be a good subject for a new thread since I can’t recall anyone talking about it. Who wants to start?
"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.
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