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- February 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm #44743
Hello Soon-to-be Ollie Owners,
Some time ago Oliver Travel Trailer had a YouTube video for guiding Ollie owners through the winterizing process. Last fall in the Sept/Oct time frame the video was removed. I assume to replace it with a new and improved version. Our Forum community of owners have not yet seen the replacement.
Last fall, I created a procedure, as attached, which utilized both compressed air and RV antifreeze. (It gets wicked cold here in New Hampshire.) Please keep in mind, this is simply my best guess as to the correct procedure to follow. This should work for me. You may develop one which is very different.
If you are at the factory taking delivery of your Ollie, could you inquire when a new YouTube video on winterizing an Ollie will be available?
BuzzyFebruary 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm #44753
We will be at Hohenwald the Feb 21, 22, and 23rd weather permitting.
We will print this and pass this along to whomever helps us winterize.
I will record the process.
Yes, winterizing is very important to finesse.
Smokey, bless him will be left out in the cold of storage lot the first time in his young life.
We pray he will be taken inside their warehouse to be snug and warm.
The first on the list to answer to “Come!”
Warrior on! Challenges ahead!
~ P, Shorthand assistant and recorder of all things The Knack.February 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm #44757
February 10, 2017 at 1:33 am #44774
- Procedural Guide needs pictures with identification of all valve configurations.
- Why are you drawing antifreeze into the fresh water tank and finally why are draining the fresh water tank except to displace any residual water?
- What value lub liquid do you use? Any where do you add the value lub liquid to the grey tank?
- We assume the Happy Camper Treatment goes into the black tank through the toilet.
Where specifically do you get Happy Camper Treatment into the grey tank?
- Why do you need 2 large plastic totes? Is one for putting the antifreeze into the system and the other for catching tank drainage?
- Need a picture of where the freshwater tank drain valve is located.
- Have a picture and location identification for the water heater diverter valve.
- Where is the water pump inlet valving? Need picture with ID.
- Need picture illustration of the water pump strainer bowl removal process on inlet side of water pump.
J’s above just asking for clarification. You may want to clarify them in your Procedural Guide (or not, grin)
Karen and Reed will be arriving soon in Hohenwald.
I’m not sure if they are going to winterize their Oliver before leaving town.
Most likely it would be etiquette to clear with the Oliver representative permission to film the procedure.
We don’t post ever anywhere on the Net our videos.
Maybe Reed and Karen can gain permission?
We used to winterize both of our Colemans that each individually sat in our driveway.
The Oliver would drag going up our steep grade driveway where they did not (barely).
On the necessity of winterizing…
Hoping to be next on either location scoped out to be number one on their inside storage.
Right now it looks like outside their buildings.
We are on both waiting lists and will go to #1 when a spot is available because we will already be on site.
Heated inside storage of course sweet.
Much more flexibility!
We are talking light years difference of course on complexity between our ole used Colemans and the Oliver.
And we have never had to deal with black water at all.
This will be indeed a learning experience!
The Great Adventure
Saddle Up Your Horses!
~PFebruary 10, 2017 at 6:32 am #44781
Thank you for offering to review my “Procedure for Winterizing Ollie” with your delivery day trainer. The OTT trainers are the experts on maintaining your Ollie. They can provide great insights. I value any additions, deletions or corrections to the procedure.
I understand the narrative description in very much an incomplete training tool. As one of our wiser Forum members once said, “A narrative description is good, one with pictures is better and a video is best.”
I posted this procedure as a catalyst for conversation with an OTT trainer. The procedure was purposely broad in its design. Some of the equipment and methods can be viewed as overkill. As a case in point, some owners do not want RV antifreeze in their fresh water tanks. I understand that approach and a well-designed video would craft different approaches.
The other reason I had for posting this procedure as well as the delivery day documents on another thread was to help all new and prospective owners. Existing owners understand what you are feeling. It is a time of great excitement and some anxiety. For many of us, buying an Ollie is far more than simply purchasing a travel trailer. Owning an Ollie can help us live dreams we cherish.
I suspect when you get home with your Ollie, your focus will shift to learning how to operate and maintain your Ollie. That is where our Forum has its strengths. When I brought my Ollie home, I had no knowledge of RV ownership. Everything I now know has come from our Forum members. Amazingly, a large portion of my new knowledge has come from prospective owners. It seems great ideas and the desire to share knowledge is not restricted to existing Ollie owners. Soak up that knowledge.
One additional thought. Thank you for viewing my videos, I am pleased you found them helpful. Please keep in mind, they were designed to provide a very basic orientation to an Ollie. Our Forum needs technical videos to guide us on many of the operational aspects of owning an Ollie. Issues such as, operating the Andersen WDH, using the EZ Winterizing feature, lubricating the Dexter EZ Flex or maintaining the wheel bearing are all problems we share. In a perfect world, OTT would take the lead on creating these videos, but I understand how busy they can be just handling the day-to-day operations. We want OTT to be successful.
Perhaps, we as a community of owners, might develop a solution for our technical video needs during 2017 to help OTT. To me, that sounds wicked exciting!
BuzzyFebruary 10, 2017 at 7:01 am #44782
Hey Buzzy! Good morning!
>> OTT trainer << ???
- Besides Jason who are the others?
Only met Jason.
Friendly, helpful, sharp guy.
Yep we get Smokey home we certainly will tame down our rapid fire posts. HA!
We INTEND to use this as often as we can.
We have been “boning up” on Oliver pre-order and now intensely as the week after next comes ever closer.
WOW will this be awesome!!!
~P for J
1 user thanked author for this post.February 10, 2017 at 7:12 am #44783
Last June, I was trained by Tommy. As we know, Tommy and his family have moved back to Ohio. At the time, an OTT team member by the name of Mike was in training to become an OTT trainer. I suspect he will be great! It is possible Jason may do your delivery day training which would also be great. Either way, you will be in good hands!
Enjoy and soak up all that great knowledge!
BuzzyFebruary 10, 2017 at 10:01 am #44801
Was wondering who would show us.
Either guy will be great.
You were at Fall Hollow?
Were the sites paved?
Doesn’t look like it on the overhead and straight on shots.
May just be crush and run.
I will be taking rapid fire notes to be sure!
Will probably get writer’s cramp HA!
I am the secretary on record of the Smokey team.
We may just rank as the most detail oriented people thus far.
The Knack is a hoot!
But it would be hard to beat you on that Buzzy!
Your boneup, experience, research, and checklist are — ask my cousin says — Fabu!
Oh my! This is ranking right up there with some of our best memories yet!
Whaa Hooo! No bedbugs or bugbites for us!
Trying to talk J into buying one of the no-see-um net quick up shelter.
Says rapid easy set up but of course J asks how hard/fast it will be to take down.
Thinking windstorms that suddenly sneak up.
Been through some dillies in our 33 1/2 for sure
Do not expect a picture of me… unless J sneaks one.
But then again you won’t see him later.
He will have custody of the camera.
If you see our Scotties camping the most of you will see is me under a tarp with my hand in front of my face.
And my arm showing off the Scots.
Photogenic I am NOT. My driver’s license picture is horrific. Durn Motor Vehicles guy wouldn’t do a doo over either!
I was torked.
Hope J will make tons of pictures!
Love to get one of MabelLean meeting Smokey. They are both marked the same.
We’ll take her to visit in the storage lot.
Blessings out to you and the sweet helpful people here!
~ P and J, UT VOLs
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