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Old 10-22-2014, 12:31 PM   #15
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Ken I believe they come out from the backside underneath the spare tire cover via the diamond plate box. I'm sure someone will correct me if this is wrong.

That is correct. All hose/tube connections are accessible from inside under benches or cabinets. Disconnect, remove plate, slide out, slide new one in. You really have to see the Oliver to appreciate everything. For example, A/C doesn't drain on roof and run down the side. It has a hose which drips under the trailer.


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Old 10-22-2014, 12:47 PM   #16
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Actually, I have a wireless camera setup I used on my last trailer. The camera is powered from the license plate light and attaches on the plate. I didn't use it much, but I may install it on my new trailer.

Weight doesn't concern me much as I have a 3/4 ton truck. My traveling weight will probably be around 5500 lbs, so nothing to really get worked up about. I'd rather have the build quality than the light weight.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:57 PM   #17
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Today was supposed to be our pick up day, but found out Friday they had the wrong axels on the trailer. Supplier sent the wrong ones and not caught till they took the trailer to get weighed for the vin number. Hopefully it will be corrected and ready next week.

In answer to the original question, we had a slid in pick up camper before buying the Oliver. This will be like living in luxury compared to that camper. But it worked for us when we were pulling a trailer full of horses, but that's history. Moving on to a different type of camping, but do miss the horses and the trail riding.

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Old 10-22-2014, 01:11 PM   #18
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That is kinda scary. How would that be discovered? How would weighing it bear that out?


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Old 10-22-2014, 01:24 PM   #19
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I don't know. Robert called us on Friday and that's when they found out it has 3300 lb axels instead of the 3500 lb axels. I will ask more about that when we pick it up, you would have thought somebody would be checking part numbers when they were installed on the frame. You can bet there will be some double checking from here on out. It's odd that the supplier cannot even give them a solid date when the right ones will be ready to ship. Robert said they will send a truck to go pick them up when ready. Guess they are made somewhere in Georgia.

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Old 10-22-2014, 01:37 PM   #20
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So Stan will you wait at the Oliver factory/Town or drive back home to Kansas. Didn't know if you were retired or not.
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:55 PM   #21
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We got the call last Friday and we were planning to leave this Wed so we will wait for the next call from Robert.

We both retired this past Jan but wife went back to work for her old boss working 3 days a week. I go back part time when my old boss need a driver for a day or so if somebody is out. i drive a semi hauling concrete pipe and structures on a flatbed. Looking at turning 70 on Sat it's time for that crazy stuff to stop. But, I can still do it and like driving now and again. That's all subject to change when the Oliver gets here.

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Old 10-24-2014, 03:16 PM   #22
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I looked at Olivers and thought they were a bit heavy for their sizing; they also weren't too willing to do much customization for me. For us an Escape was a better upsize from a 17LD.

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The Oliver is a heavy trailer. Our first Oliver, one of the original 17 footers, weighed in at about 3900 pounds. As you well know, any double shell trailer is obviously going to weigh more than one built with a single shell even though they may be the same length. Our trailer easily weighs well over 6000 pounds. But that weight is not too surprising in light of all the additions I added.

Having owned a previous 17 footer, I had a good idea of the way I wanted this one to be built and I am all about customization.

For instance, I wanted additional under bed storage for some specific items that I like to carry with us. They actually built new fiberglass molds to accommodate us for the way I designed them. We now have over 20 cubic feet of extra storage space under EACH of our twin beds. They even included LED lighting under each bed.

I asked that they modify the aluminum frame to my personal specifications. No problem.
I asked that they outfit our trailer with two 6000 pound axles. No problem.
I asked that they replace the standard tires with Michelin XPS Rib LT/75R16 commercial tires. No problem.
I asked that they replace the two standard 12 volt batteries with four Trojan 6 volt AGMís. No problem.
I asked that they replace the electric umbilical cord with an electric cord reel. No problem.
I asked that they put lights in the ceiling. No problem.
I asked that they install a circuit I designed for the water pump that has multiple control switches each with an LED that lights up when the water pump has power going to it. No problem.
I asked that they install a dual water heater control circuit that I designed. No problem.
I asked that they install an XM antenna on the roof and a radio mount on the inside. No problem.
I asked that they install two CPAP systems that I designed. No problem.
I asked that they move the location of the side windows and the location of some of the interior cabinet openings. No problem.
I asked that they cut access hatches into the basement areas and install doors and latches to match all the cabinets. No problem.
I asked that lights be installed in the basement. No problem.
I asked for more 12 volt and 110 volt outlets at locations of my choosing. No problem.
I asked that they replace the switches that they normally use with ones that I chose and place each light on a separate switch. No problem
I asked that they use switch panels that I designed and had made even specifying the screws to be used to mount them. We used over 40 switches. No problem.

Which makes me curious as to what customizationís you asked for that they werenít willing to do. Whatever it was, it must have been pretty special. I canít think of a single thing I asked for that they didnít do.
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The Oliver is a heavy trailer. Our first Oliver, one of the original 17 footers, weighed in at about 3900 pounds. As you well know, any double shell trailer is obviously going to weigh more than one built with a single shell even though they may be the same length.
Actually, Burro and U-Haul are a couple of examples where the double wall construction really results in a trailer weight not significantly different from their single shell competitors. That being said, the Oliver is large and heavy compared to others of the genre. Once you've decided on an adequate TV I think you will enjoy having such a fine product. Just don't try and follow my Scamp 13D through the drive-up, when parallel parking or onto the Green River ferry!
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I'm not concerned at all about weight. Think it's a good trade-off for durability and insulation.


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Old 10-24-2014, 04:01 PM   #25
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Steve, assume you paid a fair price for all those mods. The poster may have wanted changes for free, or his changes were radical and require costly changes.


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Well, they did nix my request for a sunken hottub.
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Bummer, you should have just cancelled the order after that what with all their experience at doing bath tubs. Can't get good help these days. I might need to rethink thisÖ eh, maybe not.

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Old 10-24-2014, 08:20 PM   #28
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I totally agree that Oliver is accomodating when it comes to customizing. There are just many standard features that it seems as if they won't customize. My new Ollie is in production and I am excited to take delivery. Moving up from a Casita SD17


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