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GaryJona last won the day on March 13 2018

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  1. I forgot to post the pic's of the Steak Fondue and should you venture up to Banff, Jasper & Canadian Ice fields there is a great hike up to this Glacier lake on the travels as your driving along we hit it about 2 in the afternoon between the two parks I think before the Ice fields beautiful. Good luck and be safe great open spaces to see. The Blue lake pictured is Peyto Lake about 40 KM north of Banff and Lake Louise nice hike up to the viewing area mostly up hill but if I could do it you'll have no issue. Gary & Jona
  2. Hey Mike & Carol have a great trip i'll give you a couple places to think about, Roosevelt National Park be sure to drive it and at the very outside on the north west corner is an old Fur trading fort that you can visit and native Indian locations. In Medora they do town fund raiser call a steak Fondue which was pretty good I'll post a pic or two. Also there is Old Fort Lincoln which you can camp at I think Custer was stationed here at one time reminded me of Fort Davis in Texas. If your hitting Glacier you might as well take your passports to go to Waterton right out side the East entrance north there is a crossing and see the Canadian side of Glacier very pretty nice little town. Carol can have afternoon high tea at the Lodge overlooking the lake. When your heading south from Glacier look for it and I think it is north of Helena it's on the map a crossing at "Three Forks" there is a Pastry/Bread/Deli/Sandwich shop which will have a parking lot full of car's in the middle of nowhere. ( do a quick Goole search you'll find it Wheat Montana Bakery & Deli) The slogan is we grow it, sow it, dough it I think. Great sandwiches or pastries long drive down to Yellowstone so a great short stop on the trip down or up. Just a couple quickies as I sit here if I think of more I'll get back with ya. Be safe and have a great trip The last photo is of the Old fur trading post north of the North Roosevelt NP section.
  3. Sorry you have such bad weather we checked for rain etc before we went since you can do it on the way up or back same difference. We had a great time in Dawson and my wife liked Chicken as well just don't rush it and wait a day or so and usually the weather will change but I heard it was a ruff year for fires by Steve. I post a few pic's so you can see better. Great trip get in the Ollie and go just like the Maritimes and New Foundland lots to see and do. Thanks Gary Pic of a Black bear along the road, Old Gold Dredge they are huge, little old town of Chicken Alaska for lunch, Panning for gold on the old Klondike claim the city owns it so travelers can stop and try their luck, and last a pic of the top of the world Highway breathtaking as is the alaskan trip. Enjoy and travel safe. Thanks Gary
  4. Welcome to the Oliver family, we have stayed in your town and had a great German dinner down town after visiting Mammoth NP and President Johnson's home on our way back from Quartzite. We really enjoyed the Hill country and will return again so enjoy, the time will fly and you'll be showing pic's of your destinations. Be safe Gary
  5. Steve I know of one in British Columbia we ran into them at Liard Hot Spring on the way to Alaska on the Alaska Canadian Hwy, a very nice couple that enjoy their Oliver and camping from Canada. Thanks Gary
  6. Ken that is really ,,really great news you can now have milk with your cereal. Happy safe travels see ya soon. And we all do like to travel, thanks for the quick pit stop we really enjoyed the visit on the way to DC. Thanks Gary
  7. Well welcome to the group of Vagabonds your in good company we are Hull #81 so it will be great to see you on the road one day. Be safe and good travels. Thanks Gary
  8. We were camping in Organ Pipe National Park on the border and there was a club of about 30 or so camper that meet there and then went as a caravan group into Mexico for a beach area as well and most stayed for a month or two. Can't remember the club but some searches and you might find them. Good luck but not for me got plenty to do from Alaska and the Candian Maritimes I enjoy too greatly. Thanks Gary
  9. They are great people and do a terrific job they have the pattern for the Oliver as they made it from ours and the Slusher's trailers several years back. Family owned business that has been there for decades call make appt let them know what u want as we are and continued to be delighted with our beds. Thanks Gary This sunset from Arizona BLM land by Lake Havasu will help you sleep better as well.
  10. I had the same situation and it was as Dave said a cracked connection on the check valve right against the inside back of the storage compartment. We had to crawl into the space or my friend Lee did i'm a bit rounder than he is and found the leak which as you described when you put the city water or either connection on it would run water out the weep holes. Had to take it apart and replace the check valve connection. I would look at this point or the connection right on the inlet portion cause when the water is on it flows in the lower form of the outer haul. Thanks Gary
  11. Sunset in Lake Havasu Arizona BLM sunset , crossing the Yukon River in the Canada near Dawson City & Chicken Alaska on the Top of the World Highway and sitting on the bay in Seward Alaska. Keep those Tires rolling we say. [attachment file=Oliver Dawson City Yukon.jpg]
  12. Kudo's to you for doing the real math and understanding what they say, not what you want to hear from them. Can you use a 1/2 ton with the right set up i would say yes, but question is what is your traveling style going to be.Here's just a few more things to ponder as you may. My wife and I will go for 2 to 3 months or more and when your going to Alaska it is great to have a large gas tank vs a 24 gallon tank because you sure do not have to stop every 2 or so hours. Traveling across New Foundland is also nice to go for 3 or more hours as well not quite as populated just a thought on what you might want in your truck. Also Truck bed size i would say 6 1/2 foot bed is the right size to think about, if you carry a claim or a quick set up canopy you might need or want that. Sorry and one more thing I would think about is engine braking or Jake brakes sure saves on the transmission and brakes when traveling in the higher mountains, sometimes we have gone down 7 % grades for 8 to 12 miles. On the engine size I would never try anything under a 5.7 unless you never leave Florida or always do short trips. I first pulled with a Ford 5.0 and my buddy a Tundra 5.7 and I was Fred Flinstone when it came to climbing the Mountain passes. You are on the right path and better to think before you make any decisions and you can always go with what got you here first and then decide. Safe travels Thanks Gary
  13. Oliver has a very talented staff and between the welding and the fiberglass division it would have to be really bad. There was an Oliver owner that backed into something and took out the complete top back quarter panel and fixed up like new so there is always a a helpful hand at the Oliver Camper division. Travel safe and enjoy.....we sure do. Thanks Gary
  14. Costco carries the perfect size runners for that area, two fit perfect and then get one small one for the front door. Sure helps when you get in sandy or like those going out to Quartzite right now. Good ideas and make it your own have fun and safe travels. Thanks Gary
  15. I am not sure I can help you on the foam part I got mine at a local flea market in Murphy NC for about $2 a foot and it was about 4 ft. wide so pretty cheap. Before I found this I was thinking about the foam pads they lay under sleeping bags that are also closed cell foam so not to let moisture thru. The duck tape was the low residue tape and only took about one roll to put the foam on and took an hour at the most. I cut the foam at home in Florida to the shape i wanted and applied it to the Oliver when we got into British Columbia right before getting on to the ALcan. The tape held for an easy 6 weeks on the trip to Alaska thru Alaska and back down the Cassiar Hwy. into Washington State then I removed it. It held up great and let no intrusion of the mud and heavy rains or water we encountered and you will I guarantee you will go thru the same. What ever you do you will enjoy the trip , try not to rush your self, and check out Haines and Hyder Alaska for Bear watching if your there during the Salmon runs. If you go to Valdez be sure you cross over to the Salmon Weir on the other side of the bay both times we were in Alaska there was a Mother Grizzly that can down every evening with 4 cubs to feed on the salmon alone with the Sea Lions and eagles. Any way good luck the most important area to cover is the areas on each of the front corners inside from the running lights. Thanks Gary Here is a picture of the better halves from Dawson city waiting on the Ferry to cross from the Provincial campground. This was doing the Top of the World Hwy.
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