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Old 04-26-2016, 11:23 AM   #85
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Thank you for the suggestions.
I realized I made a mistake, it's not air bags, it's "air assist" if that is what it's even called?
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Old 04-26-2016, 02:51 PM   #86
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It doesn't matter. In this context, people know what you mean. Mine are Firestone, and I guess they're technically called "Air Springs". I always refer to them as air bags.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:43 PM   #87
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I have a e2015 Oliver elite 18.5 and have pulled it fully loaded from Alabama to California and return on Route 66. My TV is a 2003 Tundra truck, 280 hp V8. I have pulled my Oliver across the Smokey Mountians. The trailer handles extremely well. I hitch the trailer to my truck with nothing but safety chains and a hitch. Oliver does not recommend sway bars or other devices. When I crossed Texas and Oklahoma the winds were so bad that the tractor trailers were pulling off the road. I slowed down, but kept going. I did not feel unsafe. If I can directly answer any of your concerns, please let me know. If you contact Oliver, you will find them very helpful.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:37 PM   #88
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That (3640 x 1.25) Then figure out a general, educated guess of what your "stuff" weighs, camping gear and food. I mean that's actually pretty simple math, just takes the leg work to get numbers to plug in.

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Its the educated guess as to what your "stuff" weighs that gets lots of people into trouble

Was once on a camping trip with a party and their newly built and acquired trailer when they indicated that they were very sure the factory weight stated on departure from the factory was way off! Reason for that belief was due to their vehicle labouring more than they expected it to - as a result they had stopped and had the trailer weighed. The weight was WAY more than what they were willing to accept that all the so called light weight STUFF they had put in the trailer weighed

I suggested there was only one way to prove it - take everything out of it and reweigh the trailer - which they did the following week. After they reweighed the trailer empty they sheepishly admitted they had been VERY wrong as to just how much all their STUFF actually weighed. They purchased a new vehicle to pull the trailer with shortly after.

A good rule of thumb is to add at least another 600lbs to cover all your "stuff". Of course the more people you have in the trailer the more "stuff" you will have, so you will need to add to that number - extra clothing, bedding and towels etc all adds up.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:29 PM   #89
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The wrong info that people often use is the dry weight. They think that is what the trailer weighs before they add their own items.

Ours was another 600 lbs. with options over the dry weight before we loaded our items. At least another 1000 lbs. is common for Escapes. Of course, all trailers are not like Escapes in that regard but people often have greatly underestimated what a trailer weighs before loading.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:21 PM   #90
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RE: Oliver towing requirements as asked by GSG

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You will need a transmission cooler; you will need a brake controller. Upgrading the rear suspension is some way or another is a good idea but probably not necessary; ant-sway is not a bad idea...
Anti-sway is not a bad idea, but it is not necessary on an Oliver.
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:44 PM   #91
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We picked up our big Oliver last week. Before delivery they weighed it at 5130 lbs. We weighed all of our "stuff" before driving to Tennessee to pick it up, right at 300lbs. Add to that about 10 gallons in the fresh tank and some food. Combined weight for my wife and I is 270 lbs. I'm towing with a 2012 Tacoma with an Andersen Hitch and the TRD Supercharger which results in 306 HP and about 325 torque. I've had no problems with hills and maintaining speed - 60-65mph. 12-13 mpg. When I replace my Tacoma (it has just under 100K miles) I will look at a Tundra or F150, but for now the Tacoma works well.
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:30 PM   #92
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GMC Diesel Canyon for tow vehicle

Recently purchased a 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4 Diesel. The vehicle is rated to tow 7600 lbs however I'm not inclined to regularly tow at max rating. The diesel variant comes with a tow haul package and exhaust brake. Very nice, quiet, midsize truck with exceptional unloaded fuel economy of 30 mpg when not towing.
For you experienced Oliver owners I am wondering how this truck would handle the larger Elite II trailer? Would you recommend the weight distributing hitch?
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:06 PM   #93
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Oliver tow

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First, congratulations on purchasing an exceptional vehicle. I have been seriously considering trading for this vehicle so I am very familiar with it.
I have the smaller 2015 Oliver. My TV is a 2003 Tundra, about the same size as your TV, with 260 horse V8. After I got it I drove from Alabama to California and return. I have only my ball/trailer hitch and safety chains. The winds in Oklahoma and Texas were terrible. Even the big rigs were pulling off, but my rig was stable and hardly noticed the RV was back there.
I was driving Route 66 and outside Laughlin Texas I drove a 6% down grade for several miles on Route 66. No Issues. I am a cautious driver and did pull over once to cool the brakes
I know of one Oliver Elite II That has an Anderson hitch. He told me that he did not like it and would be taking it off
I think you should be fine. I would be interested in feedback after your first few trips. I am seriously considering your vehicle
Welcome to the Oliver family
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Thanks Hardrock,

So far I'm really enjoying the new truck. Less than 3000 miles so far. It's very quiet inside and out while enjoyable to drive particularly maneuverable in the city.

I'm not an Oliver owner as yet but they do seem like an extremely well built unit. But of course that comes with a price tag.

I'm also really enjoying reading and dreaming on this FG RV forum. Thanks all for your info!!

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Lots of views on the Andersen hitch. I have one because I felt it would give an extra margin of safety while pulling a 5000+ lb trailer with a mid-size Tacoma. I like it, easy to use. I've upgraded my TV to a Ram 1500 5.7L and am still using the Andersen even though my TV is bigger (10,300 lb tow capacity). The Oliver behaves well even in the worst conditions.
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