While looking over the "innards" of the Oliver
, I paid particular attention to the wiring. I had noted that the 07' Oliver
I looked at, in Vanburen Arkansas at the River Valley Egg Rally
, had a circuit breaker panel near the door. I liked the idea that in an emergency, smoke for example, I could rapidly exit the coach while turning off "stuff" on the way out. Once safely outside, the next thoughts would be to further shut things down, disconnect the battery
and turn off propane
, before picking up a fire extinguisher.
shut off was in the usual place. I asked about a battery
disconnect and sure enough the response was , "in the battery
box". The battery box's slide out tray has room for two optional Opitma batterys and has a courtesy light
The wiring is not simply "strung" from point to point, it is in a mesh wire loom and color coded well. While at the station where the wiring was being done, I talked to the technician who stopped referring to his "hook up" sheet and answered my questions about wire sizes, ect.
Because each build sheet is different according to the owners requirements, he had to follow the sheet carefully, before the inside bottom shell is added to the coach. For example: the Ground lighting
in it's extremely low location for better visibility, cannot be added at a later time.
Standing quietly in a completed Oliver
coach I listened for converter noise. Though all available lighting
was turned on, there was no disconcerting humming sound from the converter.
The 08' Oliver had a smaller in appearance roof air unit on it. I asked and it wasn't smaller, but the Oliver staff had discussed a smaller unit because of their insulation R value, the coach just didn't need such a large unit.
If the size of the air unit is reduced, then a boondockers generator
size could be reduced. Resulting in greater fuel economy, as well as initial generator
purchase cost, and allowing the owner to reap some of the rewards of investing in the latest in technology.
The shore power cord, 45' long, was on a very quiet power reel and the access door had a fairlead roller built into it !
The fiberglass propane
tank cover fit well and there was enough room in there that the tanks could be replaced with 30 pounders and still fit well, another great boondocking
The location of the propane supply line to the coach would lend it's self well to adding an outlet for an outside grill or even a oven to be hooked up. The propane tanks enclosure on the tongue is open on the bottom so no explosive vapors can accumilate in the event of a leak.
I think that the Oliver tour was a look into the future of the industry.
Serious time has been spent thinking about the needs of the end users.