ahattar Posted May 2, 2020 Share Posted May 2, 2020 I've seen many of you ask for better suspension, hitches, etc. to make this thing more like an Aussie trailer, why hasn't anyone done it? Who would pay more if Oliver had some of this stuff as options? Suspension: Cruisemaster components are used on a lot of the top Australian caravans (check out Zone RV) and we can get the stuff in the US fairly easily. The fact that Oliver uses a steel subframe that bolts to the aluminum chassis actually makes it a fairly simple build as long as you can jig it up to get it aligned properly. https://cruisemaster.com.au/suspensions/ Obviously the offroad handling would be better and your trailer would last longer but other game changers with airbags....raise ride height when you need it, lower it on the highway for stability and stop looking for perfectly level camp sites. Just push a button and level with air. Hitch: I know some of you have used Mchitch but you can get a Cruisemaster that looks great for $350. https://cruisemaster.com.au/cruisemaster-do35/ Tongue Exterior Storage: Ditch the fiberglass propane enclosure and build something useful out of aluminum. Dry exterior storage that doesn't effect turning radius. BBQ slide out, genset slideout, jerry can storage, tool storage, etc. Rear Bumper: Ditch the fiberglass tire cover, build a swing out spare tire holder on one side with a fold out table on the back. Aluminum swing out drybox on the other side with whatever you want but a basic exterior kitchen with more fold down table space is in my future. Configuration would be endless here. Above all that would be a ladder to the roof and bike rack. Bike rack could also go above the tongue box. Roof: Rear ladder goes to a aluminum roof rack and more dryboxes. Roof rack would use existing awning and solar mounts so no new holes to waterproof. Build long shallow boxes with solar panels attached to the tops. Add more panels if needed. Finished height would be below A/C unit. I would use this storage for all the gear you don't use on a daily basis like seasonal or gear you can't use in certain locations. When you're traveling full time there are things you won't use for months that you still want to have. Water: Remove black water tank and install fresh drinking water tank not connected to factory fresh tank. Install separate water pump and run it through UV filter then drinking water spout on kitchen sink. As far as I can tell the bathroom floor is just caulked in place. You could wire both pumps to a single switch I'm sure so no difference in how things work. Rain catchment to the main fresh tank anyone? More capable pump so you can take river water from more than 2ft away? Dust: Dometic makes a lot of cool stuff, just not for the US market cause Americans buy garbage campers. https://www.dometic.com/en-au/au/products/climate/ventilation/vents/dometic-dust-reduction-system-_-225606 Diesel: Get rid of propane all together? Diesel heat, water heater and stove just like Earthroamer does. You could add the fuel tank to the tongue storage box. A compressor fridge? Lithium: Lots of it. Thats what I've got off the top of my head, any additional ideas? Try to keep the fear mongering out of this (world has enough of that right now) and just assume everyone is smart enough to balance their loads and not do anything stupid. Just ideas on how to make the Oliver a more useful extended boondocking machine. You could include mods to your tow vehicle too. I'm planning to either buy a F250 tremor or if Dodge gets off their asses and adds a 10 spd tranny, I'll build an AEV Ram 2500. Everyone carries different stuff of course. The corona economy is going to collapse guys, its on you to spend all your money, its the American thing to do! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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