It has been a great distraction from real life reading about Oliver Trailers. Thanks to all for the wealth of information I have been reading on this forum.
Now my dilemma. Which trailer to upgrade to?
I am not ready to upgrade tow vehicle, which limits me to an Oliver Elite or similar weighted trailers. The Elite II is just a little to heavy for the GX470, which has a towing capacity of 6500#. I did a suspension swap on the GX470 that includes :
(...for the gearheads)
2.5" lift with factory airbag delete
Dobinsons suspension with HD suspension front; rear with HD shocks and medium progressive coils.
Airlift 1000 airbags.
My wife and I currently tow a 2015 T@B Outback (see photo below). Routine outings typically include 1) driving over 1 to 2 mountains passes of 10,000ft within the first hour of leaving our home and 2) traveling on 20+ miles of washboard roads on some of our outings (we looked at offroad teardrops before buying the T@B but liked the inside kitchen of the T@B). Encountering freezing temperatures is not uncommon. My wife and I typically limit our towing to maintained forest service roads and getting into tight little camp spots that is perfect for the T@B. We tend to travel light and can boondock with our 140W solar and a 20lb propane for 3+ weeks.
We love the T@B but would like something with a permanent bed and a side table as we are planning to extend our travels up to 2 months at a time. I am not too fond of the new T@B 400s, which brings me to look into other trailers (in order of preference):
1. Elite (single axle) - would like a little more room like the Elite II, but still bigger than the T@B. Is within towing capacity of the GX470.
2. Alto Safari Condo F1743. Like the layout and european styling. Concerned about the structural integrity over time. Concerned about the plumbing underneath. (https://safaricondo.com/en/caravanes-alto-serie-f-1743/)
3. Escape 19. Dated interior, even with the available upgrade options. Will the cabinetry hold up on washboard roads? And the drain valve on the holding tank is very vulnerable to road debris.
With all that said, I am looking for comments on experiences taking their Oliver off-pavement (I consider off-road a whole different category). And how about the jack foot hitting the ground when going over uneven ground (ie driving through a gully or a dip in the road; I know I can put rocks or shovel dirt into the gully to get across if it comes down to that). I installed a swivel jack on the T@B to eliminate this issue. In the photos the electric jack foot on the Elite looks pretty high, but still protrudes down a little.
Thanks for your input.