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Old 06-06-2017, 03:44 PM   #169
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That's really nice, Raspy. Is that a single piece of stainless that turns up at the back and wraps down in front?

Reminds me of this 13' Scamp that sold a while back:
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Goes to show even a humble Scamp, with some work and creativity, can go upscale! Don't miss the custom dinette table, of which you can catch a glimpse at the bottom of the photo.
Beautiful.
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:23 PM   #170
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There's a balance out there somewhere, different for each person and travel style, between style and function, pride of ownership and ostentation. Lots of trailers look beautiful when they're empty and clean, but when you're in the middle of a trip, especially a longer one, it's going to look lived in. With four people in our 13' Scamp, I can barely even see the countertop when we're out camping! If you expect your trailer to look like an Architectural Digest spread all the time, you're going to spend so much time cleaning and rearranging you'll miss out on the real reasons you want to travel. Just sayin', not judgin'...
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:09 AM   #171
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Jon,

Yes it's a single piece of 304 stainless 14 gauge that I had bent. A 6" splash in back and a 2 1/2" turn down in front to stiffen it up and give a smooth edge. Cut out the holes with a 4 1/2" cut off wheel and then glued it down with white silicone. A few screws help hold it. No more concern about scratching up the fiberglass surface.

Here's a couple more pix of the work:
Am I reading it correctly? Did you say you bent it yourself? Do you have a sheet metal brake or did you rig something simple to do it. It looks beautiful and the bending job looks professional. I am asking because I always try to do more with less, to avoid buying expensive tools that I might use once or twice. Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:37 AM   #172
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In this case I could not bend it myself to the precision I wanted. I found a large enough piece at a scrap yard, then went to a sheet metal shop where they sheared it and bent it for me. Then I cut the sink and stove holes, drilled it and rounded the corners.
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Old 06-24-2017, 01:13 PM   #173
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Michael, Civil Guy, Raspy, and everyone else,

As I have not yet purchased a trailer either, my comments fall into the worthless, no experience category. The only trailer I ever had was years ago. A pop-up that had an unknown leak. After 9 months of ownership, I opened it up thinking of a great New Years Eve weekend and found black mold and rot everywhere. Never again!

I would like to throw my 2 cents in on the Tacoma Tow Vehicle. Although I don't own a travel trailer yet, I have gobs of trailering experience. 1) I own numerous vintage cars and use to race cars years ago. I also run a number of food concession stands and also have a 7x14 concession trailer. The cars have ranged from a 850 pound open wheel Formula Ford, to a 68 Plymouth GTX at 4,000 pounds. I've towed with everything from a Honda Accord to a Chevy Avalanche, to my current 2013 Tacoma Sport Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4. My current car trailer is a 22 foot aluminum Featherlite. It weighs approximately 2,000 pounds empty with the winch, etc. I recently towed a 68 Plymouth Barracuda convertible 800 miles. Total weight in excess of 6,000 lbs. It towed absolutely fine. And with good electric trailer brakes, I have no problems stopping either. It is one remarkable, reliable truck. I wish it got better mileage but that's my only complaint! Make sure what you're towing has good electric brakes, and you have a great brake controller and you should be just fine with your Tacoma. The 4x4 comes in very handy too. I only use mine a few feet at a time but it's indispensable!!! Try pulling any trailer up an extremely small grade on wet grass!!!!!

I'm looking for a trailer that will spend most of the time on my lake front lot at Lake Oconee, GA. Occasionally, I can for see going on trips anywhere in the country. My 19 year old son wants to see the Pacific Northwest but he won't go in a camper. According to him, we can sleep on the ground or in the back of his 97 Tacoma. I'm nearing 70, so it will be hard on my bones but if that's what I have to do, I'll do it!

The Oliver fit and finish looks outstanding. I don't like the cost but every time I've tried to save a few bucks, it has always come back to bite me. I'm considering an Oliver just by how long a used one stays on the market.

Oh, generators. I have two which I've used for power at my concession stands. A Honda 2000i Companion, and a Honda 3000i. I have not regretted buying either of those although I did purchase them used. One of those will probably end up in the bed of my Tacoma to power the A/C.

In the meantime, I'm reading this Forum every day. I'm learning more every few threads and the folks on this forum are absolutely terrific!!!! All I can say to that is "Thank you, everyone!!!"

Good luck Michael. If you purchase the Oliver II and need a place to park it, I may have a place with a lake view available.

Also, can you tell me about the place in Michigan you are looking to sell? I use to have a lake front lot on Green Lake near the Interlochen Music Camp near Traverse City. Should never have sold that one!!!

Frank ( the older I get, the less I know )
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Old 06-24-2017, 04:03 PM   #174
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Thanks Famous Frank. After much research and limits to how large a vehicle I was willing to drive (and my wife as well) we settled on the Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4 which has a tow rating of 6500 lbs. The truck came with a factory equipped tow package and I added a recommended brake controller (name escapes me now, but it is small, looks good, and supposedly does the job). I also added after-market leather seats. Tuesday we are taking an Oliver factory tour but really have our hearts (fantasy) set on an Eggcamper if Jim can get his factory producing them again. But contrary to advice given here by well-meaning friends, we are in no hurry to buy and get on the road. Life is not passing us by. We are engaged. Our cabin up north keeps us busy, and the one hundred and thirty-five Florida Native trees and bushes I planted on my 7100 sf lot also demands my focussed attention for now anyway. Plus we have to go to Mexico for a wedding in January, and it is hoped we get out of there alive.

For the record, we will not be buying an Oliver II. The standard Ollie model is more in our line of thinking, but we will have to sell something in order to spend that kind of money. On our way north tomorrow we will stop in Apalachicola where I will plant three "For Sale" signs on the three lots we own there. Our cabin in Michigan is near Tawas about thirteen miles inland from Lake Huron and about the same distance from the great Ausable River. Our six hundred sf knotty-pine shack is located in a seven-inland lake community nestled in the Huron National Forest. We have owned it for almost twelve years and are ready to let it go. Then, whatever trailer we buy will become our "cabin on wheels". But I need to sell either the cabin, one of the three lots, or our home in Melbourne which I have spent the last three years remodeling. it depends how desperate we become in this trailer fever we are afflicted with. Good luck in your search. I will advise you get a very good blow-up mattress if you intend on sleeping in the bed of a pickup. My wife and I bought a tent a couple years ago and tried tenting again and thought we might die of muscle or bone disease, or even freeze to death. Sleeping on the ground is for young ones only.
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:11 PM   #175
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I agree with the sleeping on the ground thing. He's not listening.

I too put leather in my Tacoma. Got it from the dealer. $1,050 installed.

Keep up the good work! Your research is assisting me greatly!

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Old 06-25-2017, 02:22 AM   #177
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Nice. Looks like my truck (white) except I have a simple bed cover. Where did you get your cap? My leather seats are cream. My truck was equipped with an all-black interior. Florida too. Go figure.
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:31 AM   #178
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Michael,

I'm looking forward to an Oliver behind my truck. Either one will do.

As I'm always looking for a deal, my Taco came from Daytona Toyota. I had been looking for a new one for a few months when this came up. Used with 506 miles, two weeks old. Turned out a couple purchased it for their teenage son, and a week later he passed from a drug overdose. The parents didn't want to look at it again. I drove all night to be there at 7 AM.

The camper top was another deal. Found it on Ebay in the middle of nowhere Indiana. By luck I was heading to Chicago to see my mom that same week so I purchased it immediately and picked it up on my way. It was about two hours out of my way but well worth it. $450 including the Yakima Rack, full carpeting / headliner, etc. And the right color. It's better to be lucky than good!

Now if I can find a two week old Oliver for $5k or $10k off sticker I'll be all set!

What options would you be considering? Or maybe I should say what must have options and what would like to have options? You mentioned a lot of boon docking. Would you be wanting solar panels? Since I've never really done any trailer camping that is one are I know EXREMELY little about. Is there a difference in panels? Are some brands better than others? How do they mount so they don't leak. Should I mount extra panels on the roof of my truck camper top? I see everyone mounting things on top of their travel trailer, why don't they mount some of these items on top of their tow vehicle? What's all this controller stuff? Do items work off the batteries and the panels recharge the batteries, or do items work directly off the panels, or can it be either?

My second area of no knowledge is any bathroom stuff. Fluids, solids, Potable, Grey, Black, tanks tank size, etc. Yikes there is a lot to learn.

Frank (the more I try to learn, the dumber I feel)
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"...My second area of no knowledge is any bathroom stuff. Fluids, solids, Potable, Grey, Black, tanks tank size, etc. Yikes there is a lot to learn..."

Hi Frank, one way to learn this kind of stuff is to RENT a unit from one of the RENT MY RV sites. There are private individuals who utilize rental agencies to broker their rentals. Of course the chances of finding a FIBERGLASS camper in those listings are sort of slim, but the operations will be the same. And take your son. Maybe he will like a bed with air conditioning when it's 95 degrees at 10 p.m.
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FF, The brains of this thread need to answer your questions as I am not one yet. I do want solar panels. In Apalachicola now.
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Nice. Looks like my truck (white) except I have a simple bed cover. Where did you get your cap? My leather seats are cream. My truck was equipped with an all-black interior. Florida too. Go figure.
I bought the 2011 Ford Ranger from CarMax with the cap attached. I have black cloth seats. The Ranger is a V6 4L with tow package and pulls our Parkliner with ease.

You can get a cap at an after market place, just Google truck caps in your area. I had one put on our Jeep Comanche pickup truck several years ago. (the Jeep is long gone!)
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The after market caps I looked at were quite pricey. FF has the right idea. I just don't have the time he has apparently.
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