Saturday, August 23, 2014

LEAKER

When the replacement speakers arrived for the broken external speakers on our fifth wheeler, we had already cleaned all of the old caulking away and were ready for the install. After removing the tape that I had applied to keep the rain out, the next step was to clean the surfaces with alcohol to insure that the caulking sealed well.

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Since the factory installer had put the speakers in upside down the first time, I made sure that they were placed as they were engineered to be. The above photo is the correct way. Here, below, is a look at how the installer had them placed.

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Note that should the speaker cone break, water can easily enter the trailer.

So, have you got a potential “speaker leaker” ? It might be worth the time to take a look. If your external speakers are covered like the one below, it’s a easy check.

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Loosen a screw or two and take a quick peek. It’s a investment in peace of mind !

Saturday, August 16, 2014

SPEAKER

During our latest stay out on Lake Ouachita we had a big storm that at first we thought did no damage. However when we went to backtracking a strange drip from our Kitchen cabinets, we made a discovery. Our outside speaker cone had blown out and water could come in.

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Looks ok from here.

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Here is the culprit after being removed.

After removing the suspect speaker I could see that the cone was broken, allowing water to come inside the trailer. Here is the port the speaker was removed from.

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Here is the speaker box inside of the kitchen cabinet.

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New speakers were just a click away on eBay, so, we covered the port with shipping tape while waiting for them to arrive.

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Now, when we bought the trailer, I did not care for the outside speakers, but I thought, “well, I’ll just leave them off. And we have, but they still came back to bite us in the butt ! Our trailer is six years old and it looks like the leak was there for awhile before we detected it.

Outside speakers, do you want them ?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

REMEMBERING

It was back in September of 2007, the 9th day, a Saturday as I recall, when I saw my first Oliver travel trailer. I had cruised through the web site, called the factory and talked to the guy in the parts room. The Sales Manager at the time was going to show one at the River Valley Egg Rally in Van Buren Arkansas, and Betty and I drove up to take a look.

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My cell phone was fairly new, but the technology just wasn’t there yet and it took grainy and blurry videos that were three minutes long.

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As soon as I got back home, I put them up on YouTube so I could show the Oliver to friends.

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YouTube didn’t stabilize the video back then, so they were pretty shakey.

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The old cell phone didn’t have much memory so it was maxed out on the fourth video.

We just absolutely fell in love with the Oliver and soon we were at the factory picking up our Ollie.

It was hull #3.

The Oliver Travel Trailer makes a lasting impression on every one that sees it, or so it seems. Do you remember the first Oliver that you saw ?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

BEACON

There is a thing that Betty and I love to do on those sultry, hot, breathless, Summer nights when not a leaf is moving on the lakeside, and it is impossible to sleep. We cruise slowly out on the lake with the stereo playing those old rock tunes that we like so, playing softly. Our dive boat that we had for twelve years or so is long gone and we now have a smaller fishing boat. So, we now operate a little differently.

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BEACON in the night

Our dive boat had lots of cool electronics on it for navigation that our fishing boat doesn’t have. This Coleman lantern provides a constant visual fix on the campsite’s location, backed up with a low powered solar light. Not nearly as high powered, as the old boat,  the sound system is pretty good. Here is a look at the bluetooth connected speakers.

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The cell phone connects wirelessly to the speakers and also picks up SiriusXM radio for the oldies sound.

As we quietly slip across the surface of Lake Ouachita with no light except the boat’s navigational lights, our night vision is ever so good and we invariably begin to talk about the stars above in the sky. That’s when the cell phone’s star map app comes in handy.

Our four cycle engine is so quiet that we can hear conversations around campfires on the shore, as the sound travels across the water.

Late night cruising, it’s pretty nice. Boondocking on Lake Ouachita, in Arkansas.

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHAINSAW

Big Storm on the Lake

 

Big Storm on the Lake

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July 25, 2014

by Larry Mountainborn Harmon

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After coming off of the road for Oliver’s ten thousand mile Legacy II Tour, we have been camped out on the lake. Fishing and vegetating. It was a bit of a whirlwind tour and we have been getting caught up on our loafing. Until day before yesterday, that is. A big storm came through and blew hundreds of trees down and all of the power lines. Here is a look at Betty and I chain sawing and clearing the road.

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Here is a clickable link to a brief video of the narrow access trail that we chain sawed out.

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After such a great adventure, we may just be ready to see if Oliver is about ready to activate the Road Crew again !

Saturday, July 19, 2014

JULY?

We slept well with every window in the fifth wheel open last night !  Coffee around the campfire felt gooood early this morning. We slept like a rock. There was almost no boat traffic out on the lake and the lake surface was like a pane of glass this morning at sunrise. At the time of this writing, it is only 64* ! Now, just what’s up with that ? Is it really July ? Here we are in the last half of July and we are sitting around a campfire talking about how good it feels.

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There is a faint breeze this morning, just enough to move the air a bit, and it is quiet for a Saturday morning on the lake.

Last evening just before dark a whole line of boats came through the cut around Housley point. They were headed towards Ebone Point campground, loaded down with tents and sleeping bags. Shuttle traffic to Ebone Point has been light though it is the time of the year for the annual campout at the boat in only campground.

It is quiet and cool for a July. I think I will have another cup of coffee and enjoy the fire a bit before I go check the email.

Friday, July 11, 2014

MOBILE

Another video flashback of the ten thousand mile Oliver Legacy II 2014 Tour. Mobile Bay Alabama, right down on the water, on the East side of the bay, just South of the Old Spanish Fort, is a great campground. Though it is a bit strange to get to, it is such a pleasant stay ! Here is a quick look at a short video scan around of the campground.

State Park right down on the water at Mobile Bay Alabama

We probably would have never found this cool place, it it weren’t for MrPrez ! ( Obviously, this is his screen name.) Our communications with the Prez had been going on ever since we first got back from the Oliver Show Site out in Quartzsite Arizona. It was clear from our exchanged messages, that he was monitoring our progress via the internet. And by the time we had worked our way around the Gulf of Mexico to Mobile Bay, he had figured out what kind of campsites we seemed to prefer. His directions were very specific. They went kind of like this. “Turn right off of the I-10 Mobile Bay bridge, cross over to the bridge beside it, and turn right”. WOW !

Now I thought to myself, “either this is one unique interchange, or we are fixin’ to get this Oliver wet!”

Well, we stayed dry and his directions were exactly right ! Soon we were comfortable and ready to show the Legacy II to the Prez’es !

Thanks MrPrez for a heads up on a great campground !