Yes, I'm sure they put a lot of quality into their trailers--it shows in the visual material. But I cannot understand how you can justify that kind of expense for a fiberglass trailer.
For our situation.. we can absolutely justify the expense...
Before we purchased our Oliver, we were living/traveling out of a T[at]b Clamshell (16' teardrop) - a bit too small for two who are living and working full time on the road. We had modified our T[at]b to have solar
panels and other geeky off grid options. We not only live in our trailer, we also do tech consulting from the road - and need a lot of geekery to make it all work.
When we wanted something slightly larger, we found Casita
.. and fell in love with the size, quality and layout. We visited the factory, and were pretty much sold on the concept. But they were unwilling to do customizations - which would have left us to do a lot aftermarket. More than we were comfortable with and equipped to do (not having a physical home, we have no workshop). And some of the things would have been compromises - such as wanting two batteries, privacy blinds (not mini blinds), a computer server room, higher end multi media systems, etc. We would have easily racked up several thousand in extras to get the Casita
to a suitable level for our technomadic needs.
We looked at Airstream too.. just too pricey for us, too big and too heavy (we wanted to continue to tow with our Jeep Liberty Diesel). It just wasn't fitting to who we are. And after a couple bad run ins with Thor customer service (they also own T[at]B ), we just couldn't convince ourselves that we wanted to put our home at the mercy of Thor again.
Then we found Oliver.. and yes, at first we were shocked at the price, and not convinced it was worth the premium over Casita plus our time/effort for aftermarket mods. Afterall, in the pictures it just looks like a glossier Casita. But once we saw one in person - we immediately understood why its priced like it is. Pictures just don't do it justice.
Between marine grade fittings, custom aluminum frame, electric levels, true privacy window shades, high end faucets (each one costs Oliver about $100/each, btw.), double pane windows
and on and on it goes. The double hull was also a big plus, as well as the huge holding tanks for the size trailer.
And on top of all of the apparent quality .. they were thrilled to do customizations for us. We were able to spec out the 200w solar electrical
system we wanted - right down to the gauge wires. We were able to get a 24" LCD panel on a swing arm to interface to our Mac Mini server mod'd to run off 12v, instead of little 15" low quality TV screen, a mobile command center cellular booster system built in, etc. Every quirky request we made, they responded with a 'Yes!' and usually further recommendations on how they could make it even better. In the end, we had the exact trailer we wanted for our full time home & office - customized perfectly for our needs. We even had custom graphics designed for the exterior, which they printed a smaller version for my laptop to match the trailer
That sort of customization has a lot of extra manhours involved - as each one is slightly different and unique off the line. We've now probably seen 40% of the Oliver trailers made to date as we've traveled the US, and each one is as unique as their owners.
And a year later of living in it full time - there's no doubt we made the right choice for us.
So for us and our situation - we can completely and totally justify the cost. Afterall... it's our full time home office, and we weren't going to compromise. In the end, we only ended up paying a few extra thousand than we would have for a Casita + mods.. and we got a heck of a lot of extra bang for those bucks. (Not to slight the Casita at all.. it's a very quality product as well that had us very tempted.)
Anyway.. that's our perspective. And that's not at all to suggest that the Oliver is the right choice for the masses. And I don't think that's their goal either. They serve a niche type of RVer.