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- February 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm #12970
I enjoyed reading a comment made by Sherry on another thread as detailed below.
“As much as the tours are tempting, we love the Oliver we own. We’ll probably be the guys on the forum ten years from now, telling you how great an almost 20 year old Oliver still works. (Ours turns 8 in three months.) Lots of miles, hundreds of camping nights, and we still love it like we did the first night in Alabama. Hope you feel the same, eight years later. It’s a great little trailer, and a great little company.”
When I pick up my Ollie in June it will be my first RV. I hope it will be my first and final RV. Now, I have not yet paid a visit to the Oliver factory, but I hear good things being said. Sounds like you become a “customer for life” when you buy one of their travel trailers. That would be very good for those customers who like to retrofit appropriate factory modifications as advancements in technology occurs.
I wonder if the Oliver factory sees that behavior as a good line of future business. I also wonder where on their website you would locate the newest modifications, such as, the Dometic air conditioner.
BuzzyFebruary 21, 2016 at 12:57 am #20346
Now, it’s three days to our 8 year anniversary of picking up the Oliver. For us, too, it’s likely to be our first and final. Suits our needs, and then some. Still looks really new after 8 years on the road. My family and Paul’s both owned campers, and Paul and I had rented campers in many places, and both of us had tent camped in our younger days. I spent a summer in Florida in my twenties, borrowing my parents’ Winnebago before moving here the following year, but the Oliver was our first travel trailer together.
I think you’ll find a lot of info here on new improvements to the Olivers, maybe more than the website. Many of the Oliver upgrades are customer driven, and that’s not a bad thing. If enough people ask for it, it’s worthwhile to do the r & d to add to the many great features already available.
I’m kind of on the short side, so we decided to to add the "double step" about a hear and a half ago. What a difference it has made for me, with a short inseam. In earlier days, we had to carry a folding stool to allow me to negotiate some of the lopsided campsites we choose in out of the way places. Now, the double step gives me easy access to my trailer, without the fear of a footstool flipping. (I had one particularly bad experience in a hilly Tennesee campsite where the footstool flipped and I took a tumble Not pretty, and pretty painful for a few days.)
We”ll look forward to hearing about your camping adventures.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12February 21, 2016 at 1:56 am #20345
Jim and John Oliver set out to make a trailer that would last a lifetime. The Oliver is built like a tank and as long as it is lovingly maintained, it should do just that. Last year I camped amongst 40 year old fiberglass trailers in Canada and they were still giving their owners the ability to enjoy the great outdoors, just as they did when they were brand new.
"The Wonder Egg" has made several special trips back to the nest to have upgrades installed as they came available. It’s part of what makes this company a step above the others out there. There are a sufficient number of "Boomers" retiring and getting into the RV world that Oliver will not run out of new customers any time in the foreseeable future. They love having us out there with new items aboard. It is great marketing as we blast all over the country and field questions about the trailers from prospective customers.
Pete & "Bosker". TV - '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV - "The Wonder Egg"; '08 Elite, Hull Number 014.
Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.comFebruary 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm #20341
While we have not ventured back to TN for retrofits, at least not yet given our short ownership status. Pete has hit the nail on the head.
The Oliver’s are built like no other, and make no mistake you will be fielding questions where ever you go with one of these things. Heck we’ve had people, lots of them in fact, knock on our door when its in the driveway asking about them. "what is that thing", "who makes them", "how much does it cost", and then the preverbal, "Wow" when they step inside. To the best of my recollection we have only been in one campsite where no one stopped by to get a tour of our Oliver. We’ve even had died in the wool tent campers stroll by and say, "really cool camper". We just grin.February 21, 2016 at 7:47 pm #20340
It is good to hear how owning an Ollie garners compliments from others. For me, an Oliver travel trailer signifies quality and innovation. During most of my life, work was focused on innovative technology. I learned to value technology for how it might simplify my life. I like the concept of a company like Oliver, offering to retrofit advances in technology which helps us fulfill our camping journey. As new advances are made in video cameras, running gear monitoring systems and integration with tow vehicle technology, I hope Oliver will make these systems available to existing owners. It is a fact of life that some of us may become solo travelers and we will be reliant on systems which become our second set of eyes. These systems will aid us in continuing to engage in camping. Currently, I see no other RV company which is positioned to embraces this concept.
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