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  • #69007
    KarenLukens
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    I’m really liking the videos. Thanks for the tip on the deflapper – are you worried that it will stretch the fabric at all?

    Nope, it’s not something that I really crank down on unless the wind is severe. Having water pooling on top is what worries me as far as stretching. I came back to my motorhome one day after my kids went down and used it in the rain and forgot to lower it back down, and found the awning stretched into a swimming pool full of water… After bailing until I couldn’t reach anymore water, I ended up grabbing my knife and putting a slice in the bottom of the lake… It still took an hour or 2 to drain and the weight of all of the water pulled it off of the track and I ended up having to cut it off before I could drive it. But at least they said sorry… Lol.

    An old pic of the motorhome, my sister and the kids at our mining claim on the Yuba river when the awning had been drained 🙂

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    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

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    #69016
    KarenLukens
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    John, I don’t know what brand other then we can still buy them at an Ace Hardware. They were 12″ with the blue ball in the video and they really stretch out strong. Then I also got a pack of small 6″ from Amazon later on that don’t stretch much but are perfect for my hoses.

    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

    #70717
    KarenLukens
    KarenLukens
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    If I would have known that I wouldn’t be able to edit my movie settings on my tablet, I would have made this first half public 🙂 But here’s the link anyway. There’s actually 2 movies on the Bulldog Hitch and the second is also mostly on hand cranking the front jack but I need to upload it. I haven’t hooked up to a house connection for a week or more because we are still boondocking after 7 months 🙂

     

     

    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

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    #70726
    Overland
    Overland
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    Thanks for the video.  Reed, if you get a chance can you tell me what the approximate thickness is of the steel ‘saddle’ where the hitch connects to the trailer?  I’m having to get an adapter made for my hitch that mimics the bulldog attachment and the fabricator is asking me how thick the steel needs to be.

    Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford F150 Raptor

    #71410
    KarenLukens
    KarenLukens
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    Then here’s the next installment –

     

    Then I reloaded the Honda 2000i venturi and orifice cleaning for people having trouble keeping a smooth idle –

     

    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

    #71443
    ScubaRx
    ScubaRx
    Moderator

    You do know you don’t have to remove the jack cover to use the manual handle.

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

    2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026

    2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050

    2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4

    Not all those who wander are lost,

    And the road goes ever on...

    Seeing America in our Outlaw Oliver(s) since 2008...

    #71449
    KarenLukens
    KarenLukens
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    You do know you don’t have to remove the jack cover to use the manual handle.

    On ours I had to because the bubble level was sitting in a solid mold with no opening beneath it. Or is there another way? I’m all ears Steve 🙂

    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

    #71542
    ScubaRx
    ScubaRx
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    My level pops out of a hole, I assumed (ass, you, me, etc) that all the jack heads were all the same.  If that were a constant problem, I’d drill a hole under the bubble level.

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

    2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026

    2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050

    2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4

    Not all those who wander are lost,

    And the road goes ever on...

    Seeing America in our Outlaw Oliver(s) since 2008...

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    #72865
    KarenLukens
    KarenLukens
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    We went home for a few weeks to prepare for our next outing and now here we are at the “Scamp Camp Far West Rally” located in Quincy California and back on the road for another week 🙂 We have 2 Olli’s here again with John’s and ours representing our favorite type of trailer, the Oliver Legacy Elite II. You can see his in the far right of this pic –

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    and then ours is located right at the gate and the first trailer that people see when they drive into the Pioneer RVCampground and once again we have had a large group of people checking out our Olli and surprisingly, some have watched a lot of our movies about the Oliver and our Gold Mining adventures 🙂

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    Once again, Karen’s women’s coloring group has come together and have spent hours talking and coloring together. It has become the favorite gathering place for the women and they have a great time. Here’s one of the pics that the girls put in their trailers to continue working on tomorrow. Karen brings all of the supplies, paper, pencils, paints, markers, etc for everyone, if you’ve ever wondered what we carry in our Yakima box on top of the car, it’s plum full of art supplies 🙂

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    We do love our little Goldilocks, she draws quite the crowd with all of Karen’s decorative skills at work inside and out 🙂

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    Reed

    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

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    KarenLukens
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    Then today, after helping a friend replace a broken spring on his trailer caused by a bubble in the steel during manufacture, he gave me a telescoping ladder. So I dug back into the archives… (the closet) and made a space for it against the front wall.

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    I put an old tee shirt over it to slow down the scratches, then put everything back into the closet, and now have my 330lb emergency ladder in place. Once again my 18″ Crescent Wrench and 4″ grinder got put to work, and this time they paid for themselves with our new ladder. I’m going to add v-mat to the top 3 sections that I don’t need, to keep it from scratching the trailer when in use.

    Here it is, tucked into its new home 🙂

     

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    Also, when we had the trailer built we had them add in a shower curtain bar like Buzzy’s. We ended up not needing the shower curtain, so now it holds towels that need drying and then it doubles as a drying rack for Karen’s clothes that need to air dry. Today was laundry day also, so emptying the closet was a quick and easy task.

    Reed

    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

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    #74089
    KarenLukens
    KarenLukens
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    After 4 years of driving the Mercedes ML, we hit 100,000 miles on it and traded it in today on a new TV. The Mercedes was a great TV and most of its miles were towing either our Casita or our Oliver. Well… out with the old and in with the new, I needed a good 4wd to cross the rivers and be a dual purpose vehicle with both our Hummer and the ML racking up the miles, so Karen and I picked up a Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country today and it’s maxed out with the towing options and will be a good TV for us. It’s replacing both, the Hummer and the ML and comes with an 11,000lb towing capacity and a limited slip differential in the rear with 4wd. We actually took it off road a bit for the test drive and made the limited slip do its job. Today, we will be picking up a new receiver hitch and then Saturday, heading to Ojai California for the Lake Casitas Fiberglass RV Rally, where Karen will be putting on her Cobb Grill demonstration and cooking some goodies for the gang 🙂 Then she also has her “Karen’s Coloring & Chat” that she puts on with the ladies, where they all get together for a few hours and have a great time visiting and coloring together. It started out just being an hour at this Rally last year, and it has become one of the women’s favorite things to do together. Lots of friends, lots of great times, and the Lukens are heading south this time 🙂

    Reed

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    Happy Camping,

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    Reed & Karen Lukens with Riffles our Miniature Poodle

    2017 Oliver Legacy Elite II  Standard, Hull #200 / 2017 Silverado High Country 1500 Short Bed 4x4

    Past TV - 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic BlueTEC Diesel

     

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    #74107
    Overland
    Overland
    Participant

    Great looking truck – I’d be interested to hear a review after your first trip.

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    #74110
    Maverick
    Maverick
    Participant

    Nice looking truck.

     

    Horace & Dianne

    Chesapeake, Virginia

    2016 Toyota Tundra Crew Cab 4x4 Limited

    2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II - Hull # 93

     

    #74113
    John E Davies
    John E Davies
    Participant

    Cool  Reed, I like pickups. What are the payload specs for your truck, fully optioned? WD hitch?

    Regardless of the brute power of the 6.2 liter, I think you will miss the torque of your Merc at high altitude. I sure miss the power and fuel economy of my Cummins…. but I miss nothing else about that bone shaker truck,

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

     

    "Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II Two Beds, Hull Number 218, Anderson hitch (center frame), Natures Head, Santa Cruz shotgun rack, Garmin BU camera, TireTraker TPMS, NO-WELD fresh water dip tube.

    2013 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 5.7L, stock, Tekonsha P3 - still figuring things out

    Gone: 2006 Ram 3500 QCSB 4wd, Cummins 5.9L

     

     

    #74197
    ScubaRx
    ScubaRx
    Moderator

    Hey that looks like our truck. Very nice. You’ll love it. Did you get the brown or the black interior?

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

    2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026

    2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050

    2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4

    Not all those who wander are lost,

    And the road goes ever on...

    Seeing America in our Outlaw Oliver(s) since 2008...

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