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One of the main features I love about the Oliver is its solid double hull construction and great crash safety. I have been a long time hater of slide outs since they are constant maintenance hogs and they can be so darned deadly in an accident.

 

https://axleaddict.com/rvs/RV-Slide-Out-Dangers

 

Scarey stuff indeed. I have never owned anything with a slide out and never will. I will never buy anything that uses wood as a structural member. I wonder when the design of RVs will start to become regulated to improve occupant safety?

 

 

 

Somebody's day is ruined

 

If you have never googled "RV wreck images" then you need to go look at what can happen to "non-Oliver's" ...

 

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John Davies

 

Spokane WA

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I thought I would rejuvenate this old thread with a link to an article by a long time Casita owner about the poor build quality and the inevitable problems with cheaply made RVs. This is a very good story, and it will make you glad that the Oliver (and the Casita, to a lesser degree) is so well put together....

 

"After owning four RVs and looking at hundreds more, (as well as visiting various RV "factories" and seeing how they are screwed together) I can say I have learned a lot about the RV business. A lot of it is like touring a sausage factory - there are things you wish you hadn't seen. The dirty little secret of the RV industry is Quality. Very few RVs are quality made and very few outlast their payments. Let me explain."

 

http://livingstingy.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-rv-industrys-dirty-litle-secret.html

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

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Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags, Safari snorkel.

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In my neighborhood a young couple with two small children and one big sloppy dog recently purchased a 29 foot Jayco with two slides. It was what they could afford and it gives them the space they felt they needed for their family.

 

The neighborhood family mentioned above stores their trailer outside all winter next to mine.  They have been experiencing all kinds of problems.  They saw me the other day and said, "We have been admiring your Ollie.  Once the kids are older and no longer seek to go camping, we would love to own an Ollie.  Just the two of us and our big sloppy dog!"

 

It is interesting how many campers aspire to be Ollie owners.

 

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One of the main features I love about the Oliver is its solid double hull construction and great crash safety. ............. Comments? John Davies Spokane WA

 

John, you are so right.  A number of years ago, I don't have all the specifics, but there was an incident involving an Ollie, ice, a rapid angular maneuver, etc. etc. etc. ........ you get the picture.  Well, the Ollie wound up sliding down the road on its side.  The insurance adjuster was simply amazed at the robust Ollie, whose worst damage (other than some items out of place on the inside) was an abrasion to the belly band where it scraped along the ground.

 

Ollie, built like a tank!

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If only Oliver would make a larger trailer. Loving the space in our 28 foot Airstream but missing a molded fiberglass coach.

I'm sure there would be a market for a larger Oliver.  A 28 foot Airstream must feel huge!

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