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Old 10-30-2017, 10:46 AM   #15
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Greetings from the Landrum area

Hi Ray,

Good luck with the search. I've been all over the country with my Northern Lite truck camper and can't say enough good things about fiberglass campers.

Maybe those of us in SC should consider a rally since there seem to be a lot of us!!!
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:15 AM   #16
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ray da back

I have had a life time of back trouble am 75 now I guess once again I will get in trouble but one back operation disc 30 years ago did fairly well and everything blew up.

Had a shot fixed it for a year then nothing off to the surgeon for a fix 8 discs fused 2 rods put in. Did great then everything blew up again then 2 more discs fused longer rods this time 75 took a long time to recover still not there yet.

my lifting days are over now and let me tell you I know everything you are feeling! Stay off pain killers as long as you can when I hurt real bad I wear ice packs they have special belts to wear now with the ice on your back.

this brings me some relief!!

good luck

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Old 10-30-2017, 11:19 AM   #17
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Hi Ray,

Good luck with the search. I've been all over the country with my Northern Lite truck camper and can't say enough good things about fiberglass campers.

Maybe those of us in SC should consider a rally since there seem to be a lot of us!!!
I'm certainly in for that. It'd have to be up state if we had it in the summer. It gets hot and humid down here. I really wanna head west find some dry warmth. I like it between 75dF and 85dF and low humidity.
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:42 PM   #18
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New Season

Reading this thread made me realize how small a world this is. I suffered a herniated disc in '98, spend about half my week in Berkeley Co SC on Lake Moultrie (Pinopolis), and have camped at Huntington Beach SP and Hunting Island SP. I too have looked at Oliver and I understand why that might be a great choice for you. We do love our 17' Casita Independence and at this time cannot justify the extra expense associating in trading.

Retirement has been great for me, if I stay busy. We manage 7-8 weeks on the road each year, principally in the summer to escape the Lowcountry heat.

Enjoy this new season and travel well. I am always on the hunt for Egg Rallies, especially ones close by SC. You may want to checkout Kings of the Wild Frontier schedule for David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone TN Oct. 17-212018. Park reservations for campsites is open and filling fast. Last I saw there were 30 registered campers with only 24 full hookups remaining. This will be our first year but everything I read sounds that it will be a fun week.

Additionally, last spring while camping in Huntington Beach SP we met a number of Casita owners from across the eastern seaboard. Several of us have reserved the same week this year April 16-21. Some are staying longer.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:06 PM   #19
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I have had a life time of back trouble am 75 now I guess once again I will get in trouble but one back operation disc 30 years ago did fairly well and everything blew up.

Had a shot fixed it for a year then nothing off to the surgeon for a fix 8 discs fused 2 rods put in. Did great then everything blew up again then 2 more discs fused longer rods this time 75 took a long time to recover still not there yet.

my lifting days are over now and let me tell you I know everything you are feeling! Stay off pain killers as long as you can when I hurt real bad I wear ice packs they have special belts to wear now with the ice on your back.

this brings me some relief!!

good luck

bob
Wow Bob, Honestly I can't imagine. I know with my little experience dealing with my back the pain was from disc pressure on the nerve. Never have felt that kind of pain. I've always considered myself to be kinda tough but this was something I couldn't deal with. Here's hoping for you a complete recovery and some relief. As far as pain meds, well, the residual nerve damage has got me seeking some relief just to remain mobile. I'm careful and honestly afraid of the stuff. I've heard what they can do to some peoples lives. Be well Bob, thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:52 PM   #20
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Reading this thread made me realize how small a world this is. I suffered a herniated disc in '98, spend about half my week in Berkeley Co SC on Lake Moultrie (Pinopolis), and have camped at Huntington Beach SP and Hunting Island SP. I too have looked at Oliver and I understand why that might be a great choice for you. We do love our 17' Casita Independence and at this time cannot justify the extra expense associating in trading.

Retirement has been great for me, if I stay busy. We manage 7-8 weeks on the road each year, principally in the summer to escape the Lowcountry heat.
Jerry, you're right about the small world. Pinopolis is where I grew up and you must be talking about Somerset. The place was built when I was a kid. I spent a lot of summers there. Knew the caretaker Mr. Bean and his kids. I've never seen a Casita on the road. I considered them before deciding to go with the Scamp 5th wheel but chose Scamp for the 5th wheel. The Oliver just has all the bells and whistles I was gonna add to the Scamp with no work on my part. Options like 4-6V AGM batteries on a slide out tray would be beyond my abilities. I guess I just don't relish a challenge anymore.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:28 PM   #21
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If we don't know each other already, I'm sure we know some of the same families in Pinopolis where I built a house in 1989 and which I still own. Raised my two children there and moved to Mt. Pleasant for work in 2004. We kept house intending to move back one day, but we have grandchildren here in MP area so Nana isn't moving back anytime soon.

Feel free to contact me via my email- jerrymcs1@gmail.com
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Old 10-30-2017, 07:10 PM   #22
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I've been on this site before asking questions but I never did properly introduce myself. I've owned several stick built campers over the years always progressing toward one with easy maintenance.
Well here I am 15yrs later and I'm about to buy my first fiberglass and I hope my last camper. I have a place in line to purchase a Scamp 5th wheel and would take delivery in May 2018. Then I read about the Oliver. Well unless I really don't like the camper when I visit the plant this Wednesday I'm probably going to purchase one. It just has all the stuff I want like solar, great battery placement and other electronics to keep you connected. I also like the fact that there is no wood to root. I know they are expensive but they offer what I want and they are made in the USA.

I think an Oliver is a fine choice. You have thought it through, seems like it meets exactly what you are looking for.

Three things prevented us from getting an Oliver: 1) we really didn't care for the floorplan, 2) the cost was over our budget and 3) we are storage space limited, so the bigger Oliver would not fit.

All in all, it sure seems like the Oliver is top notch!
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:53 AM   #23
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here's another welcome from the "wonderful iodine state" (columbia here). that oliver is a really nice trailer but a bit pricey for my social security budget. i'm nearing my mid 70's and have started to wonder how much longer i'll be able to enjoy the vagabond thing so i think it prudent to keep what i have and spend $ on staying on the move as long as possible. and besides, if i were to move upstream i'd just spend more time and $ "making it mine". i've been there and done that with my casita 16er and it works very well for me now...so, i'll just keep on truckin'.

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btw...i like the idea of a sc rally!
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:49 AM   #24
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here's another welcome from the "wonderful iodine state" (columbia here). that oliver is a really nice trailer but a bit pricey for my social security budget. i'm nearing my mid 70's and have started to wonder how much longer i'll be able to enjoy the vagabond thing so i think it prudent to keep what i have and spend $ on staying on the move as long as possible. and besides, if i were to move upstream i'd just spend more time and $ "making it mine". i've been there and done that with my casita 16er and it works very well for me now...so, i'll just keep on truckin'.

p@

btw...i like the idea of a sc rally!
Patrick, nice to meet you. I totally understand the misgivings about the Oliver price. When you compare it to other FGRV on the market it seems like too much to pay. I'm looking at it as an investment, not for resale, in the future. Kinda like a tiny house. When the time comes that the wife and I can no longer travel I see no reason that we couldn't use it as a tiny house. I think as a person gets older they require less stuff. Maintenence on a large house and associated property becomes almost impossible. I know it may seem strange to some but I believe that a permanently parked FGRV would make a perfect place for a couple to spend the last bit of time. Then going to a assisted living community when you just can't take care of yourself. Life can throw you some curve balls when you get older. Getting old ain't for sissies, you gotta be tough.
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:10 AM   #25
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I know it may seem strange to some but I believe that a permanently parked FGRV would make a perfect place for a couple to spend the last bit of time. [/QUOTE]

We disagree with this idea, knowing we would be much more comfortable in our small ranch style house. If one of us needs a wheelchair or special bed or walker or any other handicap items we have room for it. We frequently joke about a couple I went to school with 50 years ago who sold their house to travel full time. After a year in their new stick built trailer it had issues and had to go back to the factory for 2 months for repairs. That left them "homeless" for that time period. I saw mention in a previous post of Huntington Beach and Hunting Island State Parks. We've been to both several times, going back to Huntington and Edisto in March.
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:30 AM   #26
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We disagree with this idea, knowing we would be much more comfortable in our small ranch style house. If one of us needs a wheelchair or special bed or walker or any other handicap items we have room for it. We frequently joke about a couple I went to school with 50 years ago who sold their house to travel full time. After a year in their new stick built trailer it had issues and had to go back to the factory for 2 months for repairs. That left them "homeless" for that time period. I saw mention in a previous post of Huntington Beach and Hunting Island State Parks. We've been to both several times, going back to Huntington and Edisto in March.
I always figured that when I have special needs that would be my tip point to move into an assisted living facility of some type. I'm not close to that point yet so I may change my mind as I get older. Nothing is set in stone. I just don't want to make my wife or my kids responsible for me. Not that you do it's just my way of looking at it based on where I am right now. I've been around relatives that stayed in their homes and I've watched the houses crumble around them. Kinda don't want to end up like that. Getting old gives you something to look forward to doesn't it.
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Old 10-31-2017, 09:35 AM   #27
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I'm old already, 71 and 3 bad discs in my back, but I keep on going. Trying to clean out my barn somewhat before my kids have to do it. About 20 years ago I had to make modifications in a house for two elderly people to live out their time there with outside assistance. It pretty much became their own private nursing home with around the clock RN's. Not expecting that in my life as it cost over 100K per year, but we will stay at home as long as we can. We just painted the house, recent new roof, new windows, new boiler, and new water system, so it should outlast us.
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:31 PM   #28
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We had to put the wife s parents in a n/home finally. You don't even want to think what it cost a month finally almost wiped them out they paid their own way to the end.

I know many n/home administrators who have many stories of wealthy people going to the n/home penniless then no one visits them! I am starting to think of cleaning our house out and its scarey!

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