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Old 09-02-2018, 10:12 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by JRSeguin View Post
Just curious-why does a pickup with a shell draw attention to itself at a rest stop more so than a travel trailer?
Because camping in a shell means, usually, that some stuff has to be removed to get in if you want to sleep in the back. Chairs or a box or a folding table or an ice chest, for instance. These things might be sitting out as you stay there to rest, making it look like someone is camping there. It's also more likely to have lights visible from inside the shell at night than a trailer with closed curtains.

The trailer simply requires you to open the door, step in and close the door behind you. You can fix lunch or sit down or sleep with no changes outside. Nobody knows if you've been there for five minutes or ten hours.

I only exaggerate enough to compensate for being taken with a grain of salt.
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:07 PM   #16
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Well designed and built fiberglass trailers are about the easiest trailers to maintain. Now that the economy is better, there are more choices available for buyers who want a fiberglass travel trailer.

I understand that the Oliver brothers had Casita Travel Trailers they used and liked but, wanted features that Casita was not willing to provide. Since Oliver had experience in building other fiberglass products, they decided to make a fiberglass trailer with the features they wanted. During the financial crisis around 2008, Oliver stopped trailer production and concentrated on their other lines. I've spoken with Oliver owners and seen their trailers. It's easy to see the Casita influence. Because Oliver builds more into their fiberglass trailers, those trailers are heavier than Casita or Scamp trailers. The tow vehicle for an Oliver must have at least a 5,000# tow rating for Oliver's base model (and more would be better). I had no trouble towing the 2010 Casita Spirit Deluxe Travel Trailer with the 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited minivan I had ordered with the factory tow package (I did upgrade to a Class 3 hitch) but, that was because my Casita's actual weight was < 2,500#. Fully loaded, my Casita was still under 3,000#. A base Oliver is heavier enough to need more tow capacity than "standard" minivan-like vehicles can provide. On the Oliver Elite II (tandem axle) I would want a 10,000# rated tow vehicle (I like having a generous safety margin). Customer service and support for Oliver owners is legendary too. My advice, look at Oliver, Casita, Scamp, Escape and Big Foot fiberglass trailers. It will be easy to see the quality that Oliver has engineered and built into their trailers which of course, is why an Oliver will cost more. Oliver (and perhaps other builders?) do have factory tours. Spend a few dollars traveling and take some factory tours! My 2010 Casita left the factory at ~ $18,500 (August, 2010). Those days are gone and, you will be spending $20,000 or more (possibly a LOT more). Well made fiberglass trailers will be serviceable for DECADES with reasonable care. Do your homework and buy there right trailer first! In the long run, you'll save.

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