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Old 03-06-2016, 06:43 PM   #43
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I own Ollie #14, The Wonder Egg. She's a single axle Elite with one 160W solar panel on top and nothing else that would significantly alter the weight. I always start my travels with the fresh water tank full. That's a bit under 250lbs of water. I avail myself of dump stations as the need arises to return to a full fresh water tank and a newly "charged" black tank. (I can't conceive of a situation where I am hauling a full fresh, grey and black tanks of liquid)

I stopped by some scales as I started out on a trip, fully loaded, with the fresh tank full and she weighed in at 3900lbs. This is well below the axle bearing weight of 5200lbs and 40% below my Toyota Tacoma's 6500lb towing capacity. The Wonder Egg has been equipped with 16"wheels, has 12" drum brakes and has had zero difficulties on any of its five crossings of the Rocky Mountains
Thanks so much. This is great news. I'm waiting to hear if Ollie can replace their toilet with a cassette. Losing the black tank will surely lighten the load. Hope to hear soon.
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I own Ollie #14, The Wonder Egg. She's a single axle Elite with one 160W solar panel on top and nothing else that would significantly alter the weight. I always start my travels with the fresh water tank full. That's a bit under 250lbs of water. I avail myself of dump stations as the need arises to return to a full fresh water tank and a newly "charged" black tank. (I can't conceive of a situation where I am hauling a full fresh, grey and black tanks of liquid)

I stopped by some scales as I started out on a trip, fully loaded, with the fresh tank full and she weighed in at 3900lbs. This is well below the axle bearing weight of 5200lbs and 40% below my Toyota Tacoma's 6500lb towing capacity. The Wonder Egg has been equipped with 16"wheels, has 12" drum brakes and has had zero difficulties on any of its five crossings of the Rocky Mountains
Very good news, indeed. The dry weight has changed a bit but I'm feeling much more secure with the weight since you and others have provided me with real weights. Thanks
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Old 03-06-2016, 06:49 PM   #45
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I just weighed our LiL Snoozy fully loaded with our gear and 10 gallons of water, 2960 and 360 on the tongue. I was a little surprised because the factory said it was 2525 dry weight and I thought they were a little light. It turns out that is probably correct.


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I've seen many of your posts on the Snoozy forum. This is truly a wonderful little trailer. Apples to oranges as is the Ollie to Snoozy. I've been to the factory and am very impressed with Richard and his trailers. Have awhile until my house sells so will continue to research and visit TN to see Ollie (if they can provide a cassette toilet!!!) That is a great option with the Snoozy. I guess I need a hybrid Snooz-ollie???
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We own a 2015 Olie 18.5'Elite. We tow it with a 2011 4runner 4.0 V6. We have towed te Olie all over the US in the last year. The trailer has a loaded weight of 3702 lbs. and a tongue weight of 440 lbs with full propane tanks. The 4 runner has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. with a 500 tongue weight. We tow the trailer in the Rockies with no problem. Yes it slows down on steep hills, but does fine for us. We are extremely pleased with the 4 season capability of our Oliver. We have used it many times this winter in temps into the single digits and have been very comfortable. We hightly recommend the 4 runner. We didn't want to change to vehicles either.
Of course I love my 4Runner (Robert Jr.-yes we named it) and it is the second one I've owned. I wouldn't trade it for anything; except maybe a Landcruiser. I'm so glad you are having such a great experience with your Ollie and hope to join the parade soon. Look for a white TV and a white Ollie on the roads this summer. Thanks for the info.
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I've seen many of your posts on the Snoozy forum. This is truly a wonderful little trailer. Apples to oranges as is the Ollie to Snoozy. I've been to the factory and am very impressed with Richard and his trailers. Have awhile until my house sells so will continue to research and visit TN to see Ollie (if they can provide a cassette toilet!!!) That is a great option with the Snoozy. I guess I need a hybrid Snooz-ollie???

I like the Oliver to. It is just a little more premium priced than I want to pay. It would certainly benefit from the cassette system.


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It would be great to meet up. We have a white 4Runner and white Olie matched up, too. Maybe see you on the road. We are in Utah.
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It would be great to meet up. We have a white 4Runner and white Olie matched up, too. Maybe see you on the road. We are in Utah.
Great! I will keep you in mind. I'll be camping near the factory until I'm totally confident with the TT and it's workings. However, my future plans are anyone's guess! Much depends on the season. How is Utah during the winter? All I would need is running water and electric. Too much glamour?
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Walt...thanks for your info. I did ask Toyota about a tranny cooler. They said not necessary. I have a bunch of settings on my shift and one will turn off the overdrive. That's the one I should use when towing so I have plenty of engine breaking. Had two 4Runners and never even used any of those settings before. Learn something new every day!
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Depends on where in Utah. It's all "highland desert", which means it can be below zero and dumping snow, or 50 and sunny in the winter, depending on where you are. St George is south on I-15, getting near the Nevada border, and a lot of RV snowbirds spend their winters there. Which is why I avoid it...

Northern Utah is a northern mountain climate, though Salt Lake doesn't have snow stick for very long in the valley. Terrible air quality, though.

Southern Utah is better but still mostly high elevation. Moab definitely gets winter, but people do live out of their campers in that area in the winter. Really a matter of seeking out the lower elevation areas, farther south. I've camped in southern Utah in January, but it was 40s and sunny during the day, 20s at night, and there was snow on the ground. But I think St George typically stays warmer than that. I was still always just camping in the back of my truck at that point, though, so I imagine I'd love it even more in an insulated camper with a heater.
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I'm in the market for a trailer. We've been looking at the Oliver Legacy II Elite. It has a GVWR of 7000 lbs. We're also in the market for a tow vehicle. We're thinking of a diesel Grand Cherokee Jeep 4x4. It has a tow rating of 7200 lbs. Do you think the think the Grand Cherokee will tow it well?
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7200 before or after getting a "tow package" installed?

You'll find most people around here discourage towing right up against the capacity of the vehicle. 7000 is cutting it very, very close, before ever adding any of your stuff.
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Oliver-Real Tow Weight

The Oliver Elite II has a dry weight of 4600 pounds, so unless you go crazy with options and gear, you ought to have a comfortable margin. Seems to me you'd have to work pretty hard to max out the Oliver's 7000 pound GVWR.

Reliability of Jeep products is what it is, but if you can accept that, it actually sounds like a pretty ideal combination to me.
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I'm in the market for a trailer. We've been looking at the Oliver Legacy II Elite. It has a GVWR of 7000 lbs. We're also in the market for a tow vehicle. We're thinking of a diesel Grand Cherokee Jeep 4x4. It has a tow rating of 7200 lbs. Do you think the think the Grand Cherokee will tow it well?
Are you bringing your pet elephant with you? Sorry, don't mean to be snarky but you seem to be in the same position I am. Towing is new to me and best to call the TV manufacturer to get the tow weights. I am less confused than I was before I joined this forum but will always defer to the Toyota tech folks for real tow weights.
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