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  1. We have the composting toilet and use the same method as Overland and the same adapters--garden hose, etc. We also discovered that we can open the gray-water valve just enough that we can close the basement door when hooked up to a sewer drain. (I understand the need to flush last with gray water if one does not have the composting toilet.)
  2. I can say that when I was researching trailers and when I first saw and understood the construction of the Ollie's steps is when I fully realized how superior this trailer is to the others.
  3. Raspy, I'm not sure that you got my reply to your other post in which I let you know that the problem with the inverter had been resolved. (See my posts above.) I am happy to report that we are now in Flagstaff, and the inverter has been working. Thanks.
  4. No, I leave them on. It was a bit of a hassle attaching them with the provided springs. I sure would not like to have to remove and replace them at every camp site. Here is a link to the other screen for the louvered vents.
  5. This organizer has worked for us, along with this cover that fits our grey, black, and white color scheme of our Ollie, along with using this dialectic grease inside the seven-pin connector.
  6. Here are the answers to your questions bhncb: 1. I flipped that jumper when I was attempting to attach the the inverter cable on the same post with the solar charge cable and 12v main, thinking that it might give me more room. It didn't. I gave up trying to get it on that post, came in the house, and saw the diagram that mossemi had sent. I'm thinking that, now that it works as is, I'll let it be. (Sharp eye for noticing though.) 2. Yes, the cable had no problem reaching that middle battery terminal, and the tray slides open all the way. I earlier mentioned that I could not pull it out to reach one of the OUTSIDE battery terminals, which someone earlier seemed to suggest I do. The mystery remains about why that cable was not attached with the inverter working for two years previous to it malfunctioning. It sure was a hassle diagnosing and solving the problem, but I'm glad that the inverter is intact, and I agree with Mike: "Issues like this result in better knowledge and greater confidence. It also helps to have so many smart folks willing to jump in and help." Thanks!
  7. Camco screen for water heater vent.
  8. Here you go. I think that I failed to understand that you were talking about the same screw post that mossemi revealed in the diagram he shared. Please critique. Thanks for your help and patience. All seems to be working. So glad I didn't have to deal with a fried inverter. Still puzzled by the loose cable.
  9. THANKS! I just about ready to correct my post of "SUCCESS!" because I could not get the inverter lug on that post with the other two lugs attached. Thanks to you, I will now try putting it on the post indicated by the Oliver diagram. I AM a bit concerned, nonetheless, because a yellow sticker on the battery informs me that the screw posts are NOT to be used except for low-current applications. I supposed that powering an inverter might not be a low-current application, but was then puzzled why the lug was obviously set up to be attached in that manner. I will now suppose that powering the inverter via the screw post is OK. I am going back outside now to attach it to the post indicated by the diagram. Thanks again.
  10. SUCCESS! I took the chance and leaned the cable lug up against that positive post of the inner rear battery (no explosion or fire!) and then tried turning on the inverter from the remote switch--and VOILA! I sure am glad that the problem was not due to a fried inverter. I will now work to firmly attach that previously mystery cable to the post. The mystery remains, however. How did it come loose? As you pointed out, there are indications it was once attached to something, but as I mentioned, I have had no work done in there, and I certainly did not mess with it. Perhaps it had been attached and detached at the factory for some reason. Perhaps it had been touching the post somehow for two years, allowing the connection to be made, and then flopped off during travel. I can see some silver lining in two days of hassle over this issue: 1. I learned more about the functioning of my Ollie, as I have every time I have had to deal with some issue. 2. I, once more, gained appreciation of the help Oliver owners are willing to offer their fellow owners. Thanks, bhncb, and everyone else who offered their insights and suggestions!
  11. Thanks, bhncb. I did not see your message before I submitted my last post. As you can see, I have received conflicting advice of where and how to attach the cable. I may indeed wait to see if I can get some professional local assistance before we start our trip. Thanks for your suggestions.
  12. OK. I will try once more. I just took these two photos. One shows how the cable cannot be easily slid through the compartment to reach the forward battery terminals. The other shows the 8 terminals (though the photo has been turned 90 degrees in this display). I would like for someone, with a high degree of certainty, to tell me which terminal to attach the cable that delivers electricity to the inverter. (As reported before, I have received conflicting advice, and I don't want to risk damaging the system or myself.)
  13. Just to be clear then, are you telling me that the cable going to the inverter needs to be attached to the right-hand terminal closest to me as I open the compartment? (I have received differing opinions on this.) Also (I just checked), the cable that you suggest pushing further into the compartment will not be pushed or pulled; it is secured to the compartment wall with a fixture seemingly meant to do so.
  14. Sunday Update on Inverter Problem and Mystery Cable--and Three More Questions Thanks to mountainoliver and bhncb, I have ascertained that the mystery loose cable is indeed the cable that should be connecting my batteries to my inverter. This may, in fact, be good news, as it would seem to indicate that perhaps my inverter is not fried and all I need to do is reconnect that cable. I am still baffled about how this cable became disconnected, as there is no evidence of a nut having secured it to any of the terminals. I have never done any work inside the battery compartment, nor have I had any work done by others in there. All I can figure is that it was never properly attached at the factory. Perhaps a worker had thought he or she would just temporarily attach it to test the inverter, thinking that he or she would attach it properly later--and then forgot all about it. It is nonetheless weird that the set-up would have worked for two years before failing. Because I know next to nothing about electrical systems, and because I want to avoid damage to the system and myself, before attaching the cable to any battery terminal, I want to make certain that I am attaching it to the correct one. Thus I seek further advice. I present here two photos of the back of the battery compartment. (I have previously ruled out the suggestion that I attach it to one in the front, as the cable, when the tray is open, does not reach that far.) Question number 1: Can someone tell me with certainty to which terminal I should connect the cable? Mountainoliver advised me to test for 12v on both sides of the fuse under the rear dinette seat before attaching the cable. I am unsure of why this may be important, but I used the voltage tester pictured below, and I get a weak "beep" and only two bars lighting up as I do when I test things like a USB cable in the trailer--as opposed to a much louder sound and all of the bars lighting up when I test the 110 outlet in my house. (I do wonder, if the cable is not connected to any battery, why I would get any signal at all.) Question number 2: Does this mean that I should go ahead with attaching the cable to one of the terminals? Question number 3: Are there further things to consider to make certain that I inflict no damage on the system or myself when reconnecting this cable? I apologize for what might seem to be my overcautiousness and perhaps inexcusable ignorance. I AM grateful, however, for folks patience and help with this issue. Thanks!
  15. That loose cable being attached to the rear inner battery--without going back out now to look at the situation again--would make some sense, for as I mentioned above, if it were attached to the front battery, it would prevent the tray from sliding all the way forward. I have had no one do any work the battery compartment, and I certainly have not done anything in there myself, and no one has worked on the inverter. If that cable has been disconnected by someone, that would be one hell of a mystery. As I wrote above, I will have to end the investigation for the time being. Thanks much for your input.
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