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- February 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm #12585
Hello to all of you that also love to sample these incredible landscapes that we have!! My name is Dave Gibson and my wife is Mary. We live in Walla Walla, WA. We were tent campers for 30 yrs, moved up to an Aliner Expedition 8 yrs ago and just ordered an O 22 to be picked up in Hohenwald in May. We love to hike, mt bike, kayak and play pickleball. We are both recently retired and spend as much time on the road as possible each year.
We have been seriously looking at trailers (with a bathroom!!) for the past year. We attended 6 major RV shows, stopped and looked in most trailer parks that we passed, visited showrooms in Spokane, Portland, Seattle and Boise. Everything that we saw was flimsy, lacked character and was built without an eye for detail or longevity. In January of this year we went to the SoCal desert to visit some friends. They said that if we had never experienced the town of Quartzite, AZ in Jan & Feb that we were missing out on an annual gathering that could be likened to the Oklahoma Land Rush. Here again, we saw 100’s of poorly constructed rolling homes. As we were pulling out of town, something round and gleaming white caught my eye. There side by side were 2 Oliver 22’s. Larry and Betty Harmon gave us a tour of the units and told us the history of the company. We have sailed in the San Juan Islands (near Seattle) many times and the Oliver 22 instantly reminded us of a well built boat!! We fell in love with the product and the company….so we plunked down some cash and we are looking forward to spending lots of time in our new rolling shelter!
Any set up tips or hardware suggestions would be much appreciated.
Dave GibsonFebruary 14, 2014 at 2:31 am #18551
Hi Dave and Mary,
My name is Bob Leighton and my wife is Charlotte. We call St. Helena in the Napa Valley our home. We too went down to Quartzite but specifically to see the Oliver. Not only did we like the trailer we enjoyed Larry and Betty. Our trailer is also on order now and scheduled to be done on May 13th. We are counting the days. Like you we have been long time tent campers. But at our age now it is time to get off the ground. And what a nice way to get off the ground this is going to be.February 14, 2014 at 3:01 am #18552
Welcome to the oliver family. Hope you enjoy your new 22 as much as we have enjoyed our 17.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12February 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm #18556
Dave, Mary, Bob, Charlotte,
Welcome to the growing list of Ollie owners. These trailers are built to last a lifetime. After 74,000 miles on my "Wonder Egg", people still can’t believe it’s not a brand new trailer. You’re going to have so much fun exploring this land in comfort and style. Enjoy!!
PeteFebruary 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm #18582
Thanks bugeyedriver! May we meet up on the road someday.February 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm #18583
Hi Bob and Charlotte,
Congratulations on your new addition, as well!! It sounds like we’ll both be back in Tennessee at the same time. We look forward to seeing you, touring the plant and meeting the folks that constructed our Ollies (as Pete would say).
My sister lived in Napa for 5 years in the 80’s and we visited her on numerous occasions. Loved the hiking in the area and it’s mild climate. World class vineyards and an easy drive to San Francisco, too.
Our little Toyota 4runner was wonderful to pull our 12′ Aliner trailer around the country, but we just upgraded the towing rig to a Tundra truck. I hope it gives us as much trouble free service as the 4runner did.
Well, best move my feet instead of just my fingers…
DaveFebruary 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm #18584
What products do you use on your Ollie to keep it looking so good? Do you keep it indoors during the winter?
DaveFebruary 16, 2014 at 1:03 am #18587
Our Ollie sits outside all year, whether camping or languishing in its parking spot at home while waiting to go camping.
We use the same 3m ultra marine paste wax on the Ollie that we use on our boats, and we’re very happy with the results. It’s not cheap ($20 plus per small can), but we feel it’s worth it. One of our boats is over thirty years old, the Ollie is over six years now, but all fiberglass hulls gleam with a twice a year clean and wax. I use the same wax inside, once a year, though not on the floors, for obvious slip/fall reasons.
The one small can usually will make it thru a season with two boats and the Oliver trailer. Worth the few extra dollars to us to use a product formulated for fiberglass gelcoat.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12February 16, 2014 at 5:36 am #18589
I would like to say hello to both Dave and Mary and to Bob and Charlotte. I am thrilled to have both couples on the New and Improved Oliver Forum. It’s been so long since we had anyone new to join the forum and be active that it’s hard to remember how much fun it used to be here.
My wife, Tali and I purchased one of the original 17 footers back in 2008 and dubbed her the Outlaw Oliver. We loved it and managed to put over 20000 miles on it despite both of us still working full time. In March of 2012, Robert called one Sunday afternoon and asked if we would be interested in a 22 footer. Well, the rest is history. We sold the Outlaw Oliver to a nice couple in Virginia this past summer and she was re-christened the Virginia Oliver. We should be picking up the new Outlaw Oliver in the next week or so. I know the excitement all of you are feeling.
Tell us about the things you selected for you new Olivers. We all love to hear what your getting.
Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher, Lucy and Rocky plus our beloved Storm and Maggie (both waiting at the Rainbow Bridge) 2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050 2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4February 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm #18541
Dave, over the six years I’ve owned Hull #14, several products have been used on The Wonder Egg. All have received good reviews on other fiberglass forums. Poli Glow, NuFinish, Meguaires, and now my go to favorite . . . Wait for it . . . Blue Magic Metal Polish Cream (go figure). It was recommended to me by a guy at Napa. Goes on easy, wipes off easy, and on the back it lists that it is safe for fiberglass.
The first three years, it stayed outside in central Texas. I parked it under the shade of some live oaks when they weren’t spitting tree sap and stuff in the spring. The last three years, it has lived under an RV /camping equipment structure I had erected on my property. My daughter told me it wouldn’t do much good ’cause I’m on the road so much. Hahahahaaaa
For general washing while on the road or between trips I use a Blue Coral Foaming Concentrate.
Before a trip, I spray the front with 303 Aerospace Protectant to help the dead bugs wipe off easier. I bought it at a local marine dealership. I think the most important thing is to stay ahead of any sun damage. Two times a year waxing would be recommended for a unit that is always exposed to the elements.
Have fun waxing your new baby!February 17, 2014 at 6:57 am #18546
Looks like our 17′ Oliver will be located between two new 22′ Oliver’s. Nice to have more company on the West coast. Welcome! We are located in Crescent City, CA and unfortunately at this time have been unable to travel due to aging parents and aging non-traveling pets. We put up a very inexpensive carport from Ace Canopy which provides enough protection from the elements for our area. We keep it plugged in all the time and keep a little inexpensive dehumidifier in it year around. The first year we kept the refrigerator on all the time but we stopped doing that. Since we are unable to travel right now we turn on the stove and propane heater once a month, along with the refrigerator, check the batteries, and left it up and spin the tires to a new location. We haven’t waxed it in a year because it hasn’t been out but it still looks like new; spring wax job coming up.
Welcome again to the Oliver family.
Pam and AllenFebruary 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm #18561
It appears there is a very strong support team on this Forum. I will be grateful for that.
There are not too many options you can add to the Oliver but we did add the solar package with 4 batteries. Not sure I really needed it but Larry did such a fine job describing their function to us I decided to do the add on.
Really appreciate the advice on keeping the Oliver gleaming. Good point made not to let it go bad, difficult to recover. I think of what Airstream owners pay to keep theirs polished.
Can hardly wait for May and "Happy Trails" time. Christmas all over!February 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm #18563
Larry’s sage advice of good solar energy collection and plenty of energy storage will be oh, so helpful when you spend time camping in a national park, under a beautiful canopy of trees with dappled light hitting the top of your Oliver, needing to run the furnace at night when the temps drop down into the chilly zone. It will give you a lot of flexibility without needing to crank up the generator, which tends to break the silent and peaceful ambiance.February 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm #18622
Solar is silent, and oh so wonderful. We have thoroughly enjoyed the addition of the solar panels to our trailer that we did back in 2008.
On Pete’s comment, I totally agree. A few years ago we camped for three days at Greenbelt National Park (no hookups) to attend the Solar Decathlon. We chose a campsite with sun part of the day to keep our batteries charged. Unfortunately, just up the hill and across the road from us was an RV with a really loud and smelly generator, which they ran every single day from about 5 till dark. I was really glad when they moved on, as the noise and exhaust traveled our way throughout happy hour and dinner.
We still carry a Honda 1000, which is very quiet and recharges the batteries if we experience rainy or cloudy days, or can’t get a campsite with enough sun. We have camped as long as 60 days without ever having to break it out, however. We’re usually pretty miserly when it comes to power consumption.
Hope you enjoy your new Oliver, and your solar powered adventures.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12February 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm #18623
Since we are unable to travel right now we turn on the stove and propane heater once a month, along with the refrigerator, check the batteries, and left it up and spin the tires to a new location.
Pam and Allen
During the off-season for us, I have always lifted the trailer completely off the tires (with the jacks) and left it that way until we were ready to use it again. It will not hurt the jacks and we don’t create a "flat spot" on our tires over the winter.
Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher, Lucy and Rocky plus our beloved Storm and Maggie (both waiting at the Rainbow Bridge) 2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050 2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4
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