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  1. Yea.....


    Everything listed above and then some.


    1/2" Hammer Drill with bits, SDS Plus with bits. Both will drive awning stakes almost thru concrete really fast.


    A full set of wrenches from 1/4" to 1-7/8 that live in the truck tool box under the hood.


    Everything up to a 24" Crescent wrench that I end up using mostly to help others change their drop hitches to level their trailers more often then I thought...


    Then the 4" angle grinder with both cut off and grinding wheels. Still my most used tool that stays right under the driver's seat.


    Then this year for the first time I started carrying my Dremel tool with a ton of different heads and that has really become one of my most used tools.


    Yes... There's lots more but that's all mining related like my metal detectors, a #2 Shovel, rock hammers, and then there's the blasting equipment, but that's another story :)





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  2. Look at both, it really depends on your wife and how much space she needs. If I was single an Elite would be huge but after having a Casita Liberty Deluxe, we found that she prefers a lot more room for her kitchen supplies. We have one cupboard that's simply full of different spices in our Elite II and she loves it as do I. As a couple, I would definitely look at both because the Elite II really isn't much bigger.



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  3. If they have changed the gaskets, that's a good thing ?


    They started putting the new lights on the 2017's and the gaskets were leaking then. I looked at the pics of the new 2019's and it still has the same lights. It takes a few months to a year for it to start but being that this has been a known issue, you can call Jason and ask if itsi been fixed. Captain Tollye's is a quick easy fix either way and even though the new gaskets leaked some, the real big black streaks from the old lights and their gaskets is long gone.





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  4. Mine seems to have fixed itself for now. It closes completely again and we haven't had any problems with it in a couple of weeks. I went to push down the pin last night again and it was closed again for the second time. It was up 1/2" when stuck but now it's maybe 1/16". I will still be checking the plunger after I dump, but that's just normal routine now ?



  5. Darrell, thanks for the feedback.


    That sail switch is a “prove” switch. It proves that the combustion chamber blower is working before allowing the gas valve to open and the igniter to spark. It is a delicate switch. A strong spiderweb or an insect nest might have kept it from working or going unused for a while might have let it stick open. Once you free it up it should be ok for the season unless it is defective.




    That was great info Bill ?


    I have the Suburban heater and wasn't sure what was in his trailer. It had the reset! That's good to know ?


    But your info has opened my eyes and we'll be coming to you when we need some teaching ?





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  6. Did they show you the reset switch under the rear curb side access door? You should call Jason if you didn't and have him walk you thru it. Have the door open when you call. It could be a priming problem in the gas line also. Turn off the tanks, remove both gas lines from the tanks, then reinstall and turn them both on. If you have the rear propane access port then you can bleed it if necessary but start the stove, then the water heater, then the heater and see if it works. I've had it happen once on Hull #200 and it worked.


    Ours also had a thermostat that wasn't programmed right and shut the heat off every night at 10:pm until I read the manual, reset then changed the programs over to furnace...





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  7. One of my best friends was a biochemist and patent writer for Scripps pharmaceuticals and said along with my doctor in camp one day, that pills encased in a coating will last forever as long as they are kept out of moist environments. They both say that the expiration dates are there just to make a bigger profit. He said that they will still be the same powdered form encased pill in perfect shape 20 years down the road.



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  8. Because I’m enjoying the handful of blogs I’ve learned about since joining the Forum a year ago, I wanted to find out what others are out there. After an unsuccessful search for a list (not counting the Blog tab on the Oliver website), I found this thread & decided to resurrect it with the hope that I’m not the only one who loves to live vicariously through all of you.


    These three are listed in this thread. There are others listed, but I don’t think they are Ollie owners. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


    –> https://www.youtube.com/user/ReedLukens (Reed & Karen Lukens) (Hasn’t posted in 11 months)


    Many of you are decreet & quietly have your website listed in your signature. If you have a blog or are aware of other Oliver owners who have blogs or vlogs, please add them to this list. <b>There is so much more to discover!</b>


    BTW, John Davies really should have a blog. I do enjoy all his posts even if I don’t have a clue about what he’s writing. ?





    Our blog isn't on YouTube, that's just the movies.  I made movies for years but basically retired almost completely from it this year. The continuation of our blog is on this forum, here -




    We went to a desolate part of Arizona that had almost no cell service from January to March and I was back gold mining as a hobby. I tried posting a few times but the service was too slow to post pics, so I lost interest for a while... Now we are back traveling finally and at a place with good service ?




    Another way to see what people are writing is to visit their profile page on here, then scroll down and choose their topics. John's page and posts are all listed on his page and basically it looks like a blog when you put the posts all together ?

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  9. I have little doubt Oliver quality – whatever your definition – has improved over time – I just can’t prove it. But I can find antidotal evidence of customer satisfaction...



    The improved quality in your trailer if it's over Hull #230± has all of the proof built in. All of the fixes and modifications have been documented with pictures and movies right here throughout this forum with the inverter grounding cable fix being documented as the latest known improvement.


    A couple of the easily visually seen improvements on your trailers over Hull #195± are 1, the full sized spare tire, and 2, the smooth bottom sewer clean out area. Then as time moves on, the propane area floor encasement and access door that came out this year... and these are just the visually seen exterior improvements... With the water tank pick-up tube, the bladder tank and the inverter grounding cable being hidden under the hood, so to speak. Now the convection microwave, Norcold fridges, and the Dometic awnings will be a big part of the easily seen 2019 improvements. The proof is all documented right here in these pages for all to see for themselves ?



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  10. Yes, I do regret it. During our initial camp night we had problems with our water pump. They came & swamped it out. We’re now on our second trip & the refrigerator is not working. We have to call on it. And the AC doesn’t seem to be running correctly. It blowing cool air but not cold air. It also isn’t keeping the entire trailer cool just the part over the bed. I had heard so much about the high quality of these trailers. I feel we ended up with a lemon.



    Which refrigerator do you have and what's the temp outside? If your in over 90° weather, then you need to run it on propane if it's not keeping up. Also, you can crack open the outside upper refrigerator vent cover and that really allows the air to circulate. I have a quick wire that attaches on ours and keeps the door tilted open at the top around an inch and that helps a lot. There is a topic on this here in the forum. We were in 110°+ temps a few weeks ago and the freezer was working fine, but the fridge wasn't able to keep up. On our Dometic, there is a lever on the far right in the back that can be set to allow more cold air into the refer area. If you push the lever up, it makes the fridge colder, but at the 110°+ temps, we still needed to add frozen bottles of water to the fridge to keep it happy. The freezer maintained just fine.


    Your air conditioner has adjustment vents all around it. If just your bed is staying cool, then be sure that the cold air return vent is full open and not blocked. Pull the filter and check it if needed. Then close the rear vent cover and make sure that the front vent cover is full open. We prefer it to be coldest over the bed, so we have the rear cover full open and the 2 sides at 45°. There is a learning curve to everything in this trailer and all in all, you will overcome ?


    Another big plus is to join the Oliver Owners Facebook page for quick results and answers from other owners. It's monitored at all times.



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  11. The really negative comments were from one owner. Most everyone else, even with some initial problems, were happy campers.

    My point exactly. In my comments I did not intend to imply there were no issues, simply that not all – is as it seems. My 10,000 + hours of toil tell me this.


    Ok, you got me? You have 10,000+ hours of toil on your Oliver? I hope that you've made videos of your fixes.. ? haha. Heck, we only have 13,000+ hours living in our Olli full time and only maybe 20 hours of fix and repair. Can you put your hull# in your signature so that we can see where your trailer comes in? We've had thoughts about getting a new 2019 Olli ourselves with so many great fixes and upgrades in the last 2 years. The Dometic awnings and convection microwave are nice additions. Convection microwaves are faster and better then the old regular ones and we run our current microwave with the inverter most every day off the grid.


    To any who know - Has Oliver changed out the leaky after a year exterior light seals? That would be another huge plus! The only regret that I have now after living in this trailer since February of 2017, is having not bought the street side awning. Those seals under the awnings really keep the water away from the lights and windows during those downpours that want to flood the interior. We put the awning out in the rain and the curb side stays nice and dry with that seal traveling the length of the awning.



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  12. If you look at the classifieds, you see that a lot of 2017 trailers were sold to others at a loss... 2017 was a bad year in that Oliver ramped up production and made a lot of cost saving changes that took the overall quality of the trailer, down just a touch. Plus with the increased number of trailers, being that less then 200 trailers had been made in the last 10 years before that, more people found existing faults. This entire thread from the first post from over a year ago attest to this, along with many other topics that list and fix the problems from last year, or 2017, these posts really attest to what happened. The trailers being sold today have at least a few of the problems fixed and you don't see the 2018's being plastered for sale in the classifieds. The quality really went up with the water tank and bladder fix, so the answer is Yes! The quality has gone way up from all previous years, it's a much better built trailer this year.



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  13. I think I’m tired doing research for others.


    Yup, it gets old, let people do their own research, then just add a bit if needed... So I was ready to buy the Dodge Laramie, he was getting the papers ready, but it was the Eco diesel. We went out and looked one more time, Karen sat in the front passenger seat and they had put the transfer case right under it and it raises part of the floor up on the passenger side, leaving no room for both feet flat on the floor. So we bought the Chevy High Country 1500. I don't know if it's the same model that your looking at, but the uneven, uncomfortable, passenger side floor cost them the sale.

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