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Old 06-12-2019, 07:40 AM   #15
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Debbie and I went on an Oliver factory tour during May 2016. The factory tour was impressive. Later that day we drove to MO to see a couple's used 2015 LE2 for sale. Camped on the couple's farm in MO and tested all of Ollie's systems, they had full hookups. Purchased Ollie the next morning for a fair price and towed Ollie back to North Carolina.

We enjoy camping in Ollie with our next long trip planned to eastern CA.

We're very happy to join the Fiberglass camper family and look forward to attending Fiberglass gatherings!
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:01 AM   #16
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Excellent trailer, no doubt. My #1 complaint, they need more AND larger windows. My Trillium 1300 has more windows in it.
In order for that to happen the upper cabinets, and the inner upper shell would have to be changed, or the belt line lowered, or the body curves flattened out and the trailer made much more square, or the pantry removed, or a big window placed in the bathroom that would be subject to rock damage. None of those things are as practical as they might seem. All windows are double pane sliders that seal very well and insulate, and the upper cabinets offer a lot of storage.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:11 AM   #17
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Most trailers have pretty small windows. I love my big windows but they are a disadvantage for heat/cooling loss and theft. But it is one thing I always notice about pretty much all new trailers, fiberglass and otherwise. Tiny little windows, and not many of them.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:42 AM   #18
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I too am one who loves to have lots of window area in my trailer. Adds natural light and good views. In Escapes there is still storage cabinets above most all the windows.

I guess we all have our preferences.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:17 PM   #19
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Would absolutely love to have an Ollie, but would have to sell house first to afford the mortgage on it!
Have been seriously researching current RV production methods after our first 'big' camper after many years of popup campers. That was a sticks and staples made 21' which rotted to pieces from MANY leaks. No more of that type for us.
After all this searching, I'm personally convinced that a Casita 17' Independence Deluxe with the 'twin beds' is my choice, because even with that 'new' aluminum framed, vacuum bonded wall construction, you still have the same old companies (Jayco, etc) with the same old standards to deal with.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:07 PM   #20
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There are two main reasons why people like Olivers. One is the build quality and factory support, the camaraderie of fellow owners. The other is the usefulness of the design and promise of a very long lasting and efficient trailer.

There are very sound reasons for believing they will be around for generations. I've had several junk stickies and the difference is so vast that it's hardly worth mentioning.

The second point about usefulness for a particular individual is subjective. Some find parts of Oliver's design to be bad simply based on personal preferences of appearance, or layout, but not based on whether it can do it's job.

I've never had such a nice little cabin to duck into in a rain storm, or gaze out from on a mountain night, or had one that would follow my truck perfectly for hours as we rolled along across the country. We stop whenever the mood strikes us and find ourselves perfectly comfy.

But having said all of that, I just put down a deposit on a new Black Series HQ19 that is designed to go into the outback and survive the roughest of terrains, while being a fine little luxury apartment inside. It will be the desert runner, the dry wash crosser, the longer term boondocker, and take us a step further toward making any length of trip we choose, in the worst of terrains.

So, our beloved Ollie will soon be someone else's little cabin and companion on many upcoming adventures. We've already started getting it ready to go. I'll always be an advocate for Oliver. I expect we'll even attend the next rally! None of this has anything to do with Oliver being a poor design. Not at all! We just want something for more extreme conditions involving many miles of off-road use. The Black Series also has an outdoor kitchen that Liye went crazy over. She prepares a lot of dishes to share and it will suit her perfectly.

I love my Oliver, but it is not designed to go off road, or explore Jeep trails, in the vast western desert.
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John,


Congrats on your Black Series HQ19. Looks very rugged and really like the suspension.
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Congrats on your Black Series HQ19. Looks very rugged and really like the suspension.
Thanks Bill! The suspension was the first thing that drew me to them. Then I spotted the usefulness of the layout and features and I was hooked. So was Liye, so I didn't have to talk her into it.

I may get thrown out of here for the heresy of going non-molded fiberglass. Hope not!

BTW, we'll just keep calling the new trailer "Ollie". Then when we go to the Oliver Rally, nobody will notice.
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Thanks Bill! The suspension was the first thing that drew me to them. Then I spotted the usefulness of the layout and features and I was hooked. So was Liye, so I didn't have to talk her into it.

I may get thrown out of here for the heresy of going non-molded fiberglass. Hope not!

BTW, we'll just keep calling the new trailer "Ollie". Then when we go to the Oliver Rally, nobody will notice.
John,

Very nice. By the way, does the Mrs. know about the new H1 Hummer that you are going to "need" to go with the new trailer?

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Mike,

Very nice. By the way, does the Mrs. know about the new H1 Hummer that you are going to "need" to go with the new trailer?

Also, your defection to the dark side is very important to us. All of our forum members are very busy right now. Please stay logged in and someone will perform your banishment just as soon as we possibly can.

I think you may be refering to the new Ram Rebel, Quad Cab, Hemi in Delmonico Red with the Level 2 equipment group. 3.92 gears, HD 8 speed torque flight, LED headlights, and six lug wheels. 33 gallon fuel tank, 9.75 rear differential, maximum cooling with trailer tow package and 6' bed. And rear Airlift air bags. But, of course, without the E-Torque or air suspension.

Just a guess, and no, she doesn't. But she did get a hint when I was talking the advantages of the Quad Cab, over the standard cab we have now.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:25 PM   #25
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We enjoy camping in Ollie with our next long trip planned to eastern CA.
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If you plan to go through N Nevada, around the Minden/Gardnerville area, stop by. We have full hookups and plenty of room. A nice route might be to take HWY 50 in Nevada and see the quiet openness of it. Also, the Nevada Northern train Museum in Ely, is a great stop.
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I expect we'll even attend the next rally! None of this has anything to do with Oliver being a poor design. Not at all! We just want something for more extreme conditions involving many miles of off-road use. The Black Series also has an outdoor kitchen that Liye went crazy over. She prepares a lot of dishes to share and it will suit her perfectly.

I love my Oliver, but it is not designed to go off road, or explore Jeep trails, in the vast western desert.
Hope you’re at the next rally so we can see the new rig!
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If you plan to go through N Nevada, around the Minden/Gardnerville area, stop by. We have full hookups and plenty of room. A nice route might be to take HWY 50 in Nevada and see the quiet openness of it. Also, the Nevada Northern train Museum in Ely, is a great stop.

John,

We enjoyed camping at Valley of Fire SP NV last October. We're all about camping & exploring. Probably be camping in NV later this year, will get in touch. Looking forward to seeing the HQ19.

Thanks,

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I had never heard of Black Series before. Looks interesting - if they can survive the outback they should be able to handle the US pretty well.
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