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- January 23, 2016 at 6:10 am #12895
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
A few weeks ago I drove three hours to Walla Walla WA from Spokane with my wife to look at Dave Gibson’s super clean Elite II. He showed us all the features and answered all our questions. What a sweet trailer! It’s a gem inside, outside and underneath. It’s also the perfect size for us with tons of storage, yet a compact shape that will be easy to drag along forest roads… We especially love the light airy feel of the interior.
We just returned today from the Spokane RV Show and we both agree that everything there is just crap. Can I say that here?
The Oliver has spoiled us for every mainstream brand RV, they simply do not compare. The only ones that are as good are the super duper XP Camper and some of the high end expedition motor homes like Earth Cruiser and of course the incomparable Earth Roamer.
But at the Oliver’s price point nothing equals it! We’ve been worrying about truck camper vs trailer for a couple of years now, but the Oliver visit has finally convinced us.
So it looks as if we are going to order one when we have sold our home and gotten our finances stabilized. Hopefully that will be within a few months.
How long is a typical build time, from order to delivery day? How many per month are they building now?
"Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/
Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.January 23, 2016 at 10:09 am #20190
Welcome to the Oliver Forums and congratulations on your decision to buy an Oliver Travel Trailer! My Ollie is in the pipeline to be built, so I am only a few steps ahead of you. Owners with more experience regarding the process may jump in with their ideas. In the meantime, I am happy to share aspects of my journey.
Once I made the decision to buy on December 29, I contacted the Oliver factory to determine a tentative delivery date. At the time there were openings in April, May and June. Due to prior commitments here at home, I selected June 9. Once the signed contract and deposit check was processed, the date was firmed up and an email with further instructions was received.
Prior to all this, you may be working with Anita in the office to determine any options as well as selecting the décor materials and colors. I was able to select 16 different options in an effort to tailor the Ollie to my style of camping. Perhaps you have already completed that step?
John, a number of years ago I completed a year of post graduate work at Seattle University. At the time I obtained a glimpse of the San Juan Islands and knew I would go back some day. A couple years ago I traveled to Orcas Island and began a multi-day kayak camping trip. I stayed on Patos, Sucia, Matia and other islands. It is an amazing environment! As I was seeing an Oliver Elite II for the first time, I was joyful at the dimensions and knowing how maneuverable it would be as we traveled various ferry networks around the country. Not sure yet regarding any RV camping options in the San Juan Islands, but if they do exist I will return with my Ollie in tow!
BuzzyJanuary 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm #20191
I find it interesting how others also found the way to Oliver. Trust me, there has been absolutely nothing in the entire process that has changed my mind concerning either the Oliver Travel Trailer or the people that have anything to do with making it. They really do become a bit like family. Over the past few days with the eastern snow storm hitting both the mountains of western North Carolina and virtually all of Tennessee, Anita and I have exchanged several emails dealing with snow totals and "real" family doings.
The "hardest" part for me in the ordering process was making up my mind regarding all the options (both standard options and some that are not so standard). Even color choices were a bit hard in that I started by thinking that something "striking" or that looked nice would be the way to go with such a clean palette to work with. In the end I chose a more subtle decorating theme that would wear well, not show the dirt and be practical – I can always use throw pillows for a dash of color if need be. Some things, like solar, were easy. But others, like an extra outside 12 outlet curbside or a smoke colored max-aire fan, placement of an extra charging station, rearview camera options (I chose to not get the Oliver version but had the factory place a wire and switch so that I can put a camera in the spare tire cover) took a bit more thought.
Given the time of year and my travel plans, I placed my order in September with a delivery date of February 16th. For a number of reasons the factory had my camper, "Twist", basically finished just before the holidays (over a month early) but I kept the delivery date unchanged because after picking it up we are heading to Florida for a few days and there was no reason (other than my excitement) to go pick it up and then store it here.
Bottom line is: read everything that you can on this and (perhaps) on the fiberglass campers forum in order to help you with ideas on what you might want to do with your Oliver. Also, let the folks at Oliver help you. Don’t be afraid to "bother" them with questions and/or concerns. They have been down the road before, are honest folks, and really do not seem to mind.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"January 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm #20195
John, please forgive my jumping in with a question back to Bill but you may find the conversation helpful.
Bill, I really like your idea regarding running a wire and switch for a future camera in the spare tire cover. Brilliant! Are you envisioning running the wire to the tongue with the ability to connect it to the tow vehicle via the 4 wire outlet? Were you planning to install a Blackvue camera? Maybe side view cameras for blind spot monitoring?
As you know, Ford is planning to make significant improvements in how they link cameras on travel trailers into the 8” Sync 3 monitor with the 2017 model year. My 2016 has the Sync 3 where the software is now resident on the central processor rather than on a memory card. The advantage being all future software updates will be transmitted via a Wi-Fi download. Slick!
The key is to wire the travel trailer with the ability to link in cameras and connect to the tow vehicle via the 4 wire connection. Is this design what you had in mind?
If all goes well with the Ford vision of linking the TV and TT, I would expect to link in a Tire Pressure Monitor System to track both pressure and temperature on each of the four TT tires. Maybe track the refrigerator temperature as well for good measure? Time will tell!
BuzzyJanuary 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm #20197
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2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"January 24, 2016 at 1:55 pm #20201
Mike and CarolModerator@mike-and-carol
In addition to a trip to the factory, we’ve had the opportunity to see a half dozen Oliver’s here in San Antonio. Last weekend we had dinner with 4 owners (Marks/Landrum/Slusher/Muckle) and then went to their campsite the next day to see Hull numbers 50/81/82. We’ve also spent time in Hull 14 with Pete and Oscar since he is a neighbor. Their enthusiasm made us even more anxious for delivery. There’s nothing better than owners talking about lessons learned and what they’ve done to their trailer!
Mike and Carol Thompson | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
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