skipr Posted April 18, 2014 Share Posted April 18, 2014 Hi, My name is Skip and my 22 footer will be ready in June. I presently live in Tucson and I'm a total newbie to RVing. I have been thinking about it since I was a kid and saw an Airstream on top of a billboard next to I-5 in LA. I started to get serious about it when I was getting close to retirement. I didn't consider roaming earlier since I thoroughly enjoyed my work (contract engineer) and it required that I be at the job site, though I could have done it all remotely. I roamed the web trying to learn as much as I could about RVs and RVing. My search started with Airstreams since that was all I knew back then. I stopped by a few dealers and felt that those units were poorly insulated. I then met a couple who own one. They told me about how their big window buckled on them. I then looked into truck campers. They didn’t excite me until I happened upon a few fiberglass ones. I was quite interested in their design, but they were just not my thing. It then occurred to me that there may be a few fiberglass travel trailers out there. After some more roaming I happened upon the Oliver site. I was immediately impressed with the quality and how tightly integrated they were. I then drove out to Quartzsite to see them and was even more impressed. I then happened upon an interview of Chris and Cherie of Technomadia. They had nothing but the best to say about their 17’ unit, though the need for more space pushed them to replace it with a converted bus. So here I am patiently waiting for my “Base Camp Oliver” to be finished. A few days ago I drove out to Stair Case-Escalante national monument in Utah to do some hiking with a friend from Montana. We drove 40 miles off-road to get to the red rock trail heads. The only people we saw that far out were on ATVs. We camped in the back of our trucks, which was miserable due to the wind that stirred up a bunch of dust and pollen. The gritty meals were also an experience. I was trying to sleep on an inflatable mattress when I started to think about how pleasant it would have been in the Oliver. The thought of it kept me awake the rest of the night. It’s the perfect place to hang out when the outside conditions sucked. I guess boondocking is going to be my thing. More later. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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