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Old 05-29-2019, 06:37 AM   #1
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Video on Oliver trailers and why they are what they are

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Old 05-29-2019, 07:39 AM   #2
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Wanted to watch, but 1:30 long. I don't even watch TV that long.
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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.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:54 AM   #4
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Here is a faster video on the Jayco, it's pretty short, pretty much like the trailers life span. The Oliver takes 3 months to build and the Jayco 7 hours, there much be some difference somewhere.

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Here is a faster video on the Jayco, it's pretty short, pretty much like the trailers life span. The Oliver takes 3 months to build and the Jayco 7 hours, there much be some difference somewhere.

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As a guy that works in construction(residential) I see them cutting so many corners and rushing waaaay too much. I know they’re one a production line but at least give the guys a mask while they handle the fiberglass insulation. I’m guessing this might be an old video before OSHA got involved
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That video was circulating around here a few months back. Not sure of the production date, but yeah it's scary to watch them work. Not so much for the quality, which is clearly crap, but the safety of the workers.
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That video was circulating around here a few months back. Not sure of the production date, but yeah it's scary to watch them work. Not so much for the quality, which is clearly crap, but the safety of the workers.
The worker safety doesn’t seem to be a big concearn from what this video shows. Just huge panels sliding by and trailer frames being flipped uncontrolled seems very unsafe. This is a promo video I assume so you’d think they can at least try to make it look like they care in the video.
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That's the craziest thing about it. How they expected this video to be a selling point! Wonder how they feel about it making the rounds on youtube with the title "pure junk" attached to it.

Same guy a few years older. Looks like they're employing some Amish folk now?

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In (perhaps misguided...) defense of Jayco, that 7 hour build time is really just final assembly. Many components- cabinetry, wall modules, roof trusses...- are prefabricated in separate workspaces, so many more people are involved, doing separate tasks at the same time.

Might more useful to compare total man-hours per trailer.

Time is not the only variable affecting overall build quality. Accuracy and quality of materials matter, too.
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Interesting video, despite the length (I skipped through a fair bit.. ). That's one stout frame. Glad to see they use a sacrificial anode as well.

I'm a big fan of the nice neat premade wiring harness. Some of the wiring jobs I've seen in travel trailers is atrocious. Wires strewn all over, crimps wherever they happened to hit the end of a spool, etc. Much easier to avoid mistakes with the harness, too.

I'm a bit disappointed to see that they use radiant barriers rather than something like EPS for the insulation between layers. Looks like it's a closed-cell foam rather than the bubble wrap, which helps a little. Plus it actually does have a small airgap, so the radiant barrier's not totally useless. Still that means the R-16 rating listed in their FAQ is fiction and the reality's probably somewhere in the R-4 to R-6 range.
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Interesting video, despite the length (I skipped through a fair bit.. ). That's one stout frame. Glad to see they use a sacrificial anode as well.

I'm a big fan of the nice neat premade wiring harness. Some of the wiring jobs I've seen in travel trailers is atrocious. Wires strewn all over, crimps wherever they happened to hit the end of a spool, etc. Much easier to avoid mistakes with the harness, too.

I'm a bit disappointed to see that they use radiant barriers rather than something like EPS for the insulation between layers. Looks like it's a closed-cell foam rather than the bubble wrap, which helps a little. Plus it actually does have a small airgap, so the radiant barrier's not totally useless. Still that means the R-16 rating listed in their FAQ is fiction and the reality's probably somewhere in the R-4 to R-6 range.
One nice thing about the Oliver wiring harness is they make only one harness and it will have all the connections for any accessories that they install, thus any accessory can be added later, you may have to cut a hole, or drill holes, but it will just plugs into the original harness. It's hard to fault there insulation as the trailer it is rated to -20 degrees below O, I hope to never see that when camping.

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I know one Oliver owner. He LOVES his "egg". Oliver is renowned for their Customer Service too (as well as their build quality). They are truly a high-end boutique RV manufacturer and don't "cut corners". The Oliver brothers are avid campers and, I understand that each brother started with his own Casita travel trailer. The brothers wanted features that Casita didn't and wouldn't offer so, they decided to built their own "eggs" with "eggsactly" what they wanted. One of these years, I will make it to the Oliver Rally. I'd really LOVE to tour the Oliver facility. Oliver trailers cost more but, this is a case where you DO get what you pay for.
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The Oliver brothers are avid campers and, I understand that each brother started with his own Casita travel trailer. The brothers wanted features that Casita didn't and wouldn't offer so, they decided to built their own "eggs" with "eggsactly" what they wanted.

That sums up the origin story as I heard it during my recent factory tour.


On my maiden voyage across country from TN to CA. Heading for Grand Canyon and UT soon. Oliver has been flawless for several weeks. I'm probably still in the honeymoon but so far I'm very happy with mine.
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WE did the tour of the factory..80 miles from us--in late 2017. The 21 was our favorite, but I just could not see spending what ended up being about $80K+ another 20K on a bigger tow truck...on a really fine 4-season trailer when we are 3 season campers. (WE go to FL in the winter) We decided the Casita Independence Dlx 17' was all the two of us needed and after a year with it, we still feel that way. If I was independently wealthy, instead of retired on a basically fixed income, we probably wd have a 21' Ollie
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