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Old 07-24-2017, 09:36 AM   #239
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Escape doesn't offer factory options for fabric, floor tile or counter top choices, however, if you have something different in mind they will absolutely substitute and install for you.

All you have to do is buy it and send it to them. Just ask and they will tell you what quantity to buy.
I think Oliver does the same but may charge for it? A friend of ours paid extra for her cushion color choice not in the standard offerings. Same fabric just different color.

Oliver does install fabric for customization if the new to be owners send them the material. Now as to charge? Don't know. Check with Oliver. Call Heather for pricing.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:43 AM   #240
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I am eager to again check the Casita brand out again. I value your knowledge and experience. Do they have the fabric and cabinet options online? Thanks.
You may want to ask Casita to send you samples. Oliver will wouldn't be surprised if Casita would send you free samples. When we took the tour we took home samples to help us decide.

Wound up changing our choices to match the new tow vehicle of a heavier duty V-8 Tundra 2016. Our 2002 Tundra different color and not beefy enough for a safe margin on stopping. 2002 only had drum brakes on the rear. The 2016 is all 4 wheels disc, 5.7V, and heavy duty towing package w/ rear view camera. Stops reliably and well along with the weight/anti sway Andersons its a real winner of a rig.

My cousins with their Casita initially did not go with a weight distibution/anti-sway but added it later. They had a full fresh water tank filled and had problems with sway and their Honda "truck" with car frame on a trip. All is well and they love their matchup.

We have been in their Casita and the carpet really isn't objectionable at all. Yes, a sort of homey appeal.

As long as Oliver has not started production on the particular selections per order (all Olivers are custom) you have a window of time to switch choices out.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:44 AM   #241
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I think Oliver does the same but may charge for it? A friend of ours paid extra for her cushion color choice not in the standard offerings. Same fabric just different color.

Oliver does install fabric for customization if the new to be owners send them the material. Now as to charge? Don't know. Check with Oliver. Call Heather for pricing.
I am happy with Oliver's (and Armadillo's) choices regarding cabinets, fabric, etc. Not so happy with other trailer manufacturers, hence the question. Might be happy with Parkliner's too. We shall see when I can get to a dealer who is set up to sell them. I am also well aware of the Oliver issues with fresh water, but am confident they will solve the problem by the time we are ready to buy one. Meanwhile I search for trailers with minimum twenty gallon fresh water tank and roughly same gray. Do not care about the black tanks, if any.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:11 AM   #242
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Gotcha.

We are hoping the problem is resolved on the freshwater sooner than later but then we don't boondock. It would have been nice if the fix had been ready for our return from FL in late Aug. Thus far only have the one small "issue" that should be very easy to fix with a replacement. The freshwater tank replacement may take more than a 1/2 day maybe? Dunno. Depends upon what they are going to do about it. Will require a longer pickup to get to the bottom regardless.

Some people are going to "fix" theirs by altering the tank but uh uh for us. The less holes you drill and plug the better. We would rather have Oliver fix it and stand behind what they come up with.

Advantage living only 4 hours out we can use the 1 year warrantee let's face it figured into the price.

You may want to look at other people's pictures of older Olivers to see the fabric wear and roll out problem on the cushions. You will see what I am talking about. We wanted to catch it before the cushion became wrinkled and the round ribbing gets crushed as we have observed others have.

You might want to check out Buzzy's switchout on cushions on his 2016.

Glad we invested (although expensive) on the custom zippered slip covers we had made from another company. Just need to get more padding with memory foam 2 inches to bring us up to 6 inches.

We certainly cannot argue with the 6 inch memory foam 2 trifolds on density we added on the "king" compartment. More comfortable than our beds at home. No joke. Only problem is getting back out of bed. Getting pretty good with the gymnastics now. See the snooze picture.

Didn't take note sorry my cousins' fabric and comfort on her Casita. Haven't heard any complaint thus far so all must be well. Theirs is about 2 years old now.

Any customization you or the factory makes can really mount up. We got most of the options and along with our additions without any hole drilling and adding ill-advised things we figure all said and done we have spent well over 90K. Yep. No joke. An Elite base offering would be less but not by much 5/6K maybe. Of course we are figuring in the price of a suitable tow vehicle over and above what a person would need to tow the smaller Elite. They are heavy for their size however. We make cosmetic changes only and those that can be reversed with no damage at all (i.e. command strips and plastic shower curtain plastic track.)

No hull drilling for sure. Tinkering with this expensive of an egg makes no sense at all. Can do nothing but harm if one mods too much. We have marveled at some of the doozys some have done to theirs.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:18 AM   #243
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I am eager to again check the Casita brand out again. I value your knowledge and experience. Do they have the fabric and cabinet options online? Thanks.
As far as I can tell, they have just two cushion fabrics:



You might be able to send them others, but you'd have to ask their salespeople about that.

Our used Casita came with the 'Tan/Earth' pattern, which was fine with us. Used Casitas are mighty scarce, so we weren't picky, but we like 'Earth tones' anyway.

My wife found some material with natural images and made curtains, which I hung on the windows (see below). The trailer comes with mini-blinds, not curtains. It would be preferable if they offered shades, but they don't. The orange pillows are ours.

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Ooh, thanks
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Old 07-24-2017, 01:25 PM   #246
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Mr. Lynn, my cousin has the earthtone too. Attractive. Warm and inviting. Your wife did a very nice job on the curtains. Love the print.

How well is your fabric wearing?

We went the gray "motif" as a palette of sorts on our Oliver. My favorite part was "interior decorating."

Have really gotten the "pop" we were after by the jazzy slip covers, bed sheets, and quilt (not the one pictured) we have an even more patterned one now with Navy and multicolors, and 2 some really zippy paisley dark blue background multi pillows for the "dinette." The shower curtain is a more subtle paisley mostly white background with grey and gold pinstripping effect.

Overall effect is a 60s/70s color-filled rainbow of fun.

Yes, let the decorating begin! I've seen some very clever looking glammed up egg interiors here in the pictures. Lots of imagination and color sense.

I need to get pix posted on this in our album of the interior matchups.
You can see some of it on snooze picture in the album.
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Now, what was the problem with the Oliver fresh water tanks? This thread is too long to search. Just curious. Thanks.
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Now, what was the problem with the Oliver fresh water tanks? This thread is too long to search. Just curious. Thanks.
Some owners of the 2017's report that they can only use about half their fresh water supply due to some flaw in the tank. Some report, for example, having to crank their units out of level to acquire the needed water in order to finish a shower they had eagerly soaped up for. Or irritatingly having to constantly fill up the tank. The problem supposedly will be corrected soon.
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Fresh Water Fix for Oliver

I tested mine recently and found that out of the 35 gallon fresh water capacity, I could use all but 4.5 gallons due to the location of the pump pick-up. This condition is being worked by Oliver and several owners and they have a workable and clever solution. It is not a major issue for normal camping, but for long term "dry" camping it could be an annoyance. I am still under warranty, so I will wait until it is incorporated into the design.
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skalywag and other Oliver owners, is it true the Oilver is made in a way that the fresh water tank can be removed/taken out the back, removing the rear bumper off? Pretty clever design of them if so being mounted in double hulls.
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skalywag and other Oliver owners, is it true the Oilver is made in a way that the fresh water tank can be removed/taken out the back, removing the rear bumper off? Pretty clever design of them if so being mounted in double hulls.
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Yes, both the Fresh water and Grey water tanks can be slid out the back with the rear bumper removed (among other components). I thought that was a great design feature that I hope to never have to use.
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If this is going to be your first small fiberglass trailer I'd highly recommend finding an inexpensive used model. After your first trip you will know so much more than you know now. After several trips you'll be an expert and know clearly what you want in a trailer. If you find a decent priced used one you should be able to sell it without a loss after trying it out for a year. Lot's of people think they can go totally minimalist when starting out but soon realize that a toilet would be nice or more storage or larger fridge etc. I would never go into major debt without a really good idea of what my wants and needs really are.
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