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Old 06-11-2008, 11:09 PM   #43
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and I only said what many are afraid to say.... I will take the infraction like a man.
I repeat, Festool vs Harbor Freight.

Oh never mind, that was another thread...sorry...
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:19 AM   #44
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I think for the price of this new.... I would still choose ... the same amount spent on a vintage Airstream NO QUESTION! I don't see how this could last over 10 years.
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:34 AM   #45
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My little Casita, also fiberglass, just turned ten-years old last month, and is still going strong. And has been through ten times as much abuse as my airstream. That works out to about $610/year in terms of purchase price. Let's see, the airstream is currently two years old at $14,400 per year, in terms of purchase price. The airstream has never been off pavement, because it can't go off pavement, whereas the Casita can go anywhere I can pull it.

The combination of Jeep and Oliver looks perfect for what the owner wants to use it for. I'm really impressed by the ground clearance he has.
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:10 AM   #46
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I think it is a neat looking camper. Looks like a good option for budget minded people...........as we all should be
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:16 PM   #47
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I think the the assthetics are ruined by the AC and bubble on the roof. They are to big in proportion. JMTCW
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:48 PM   #48
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I have to chime in - I think it's really cute. I like the red paint job I must admit. If it came in Creamsicle Orange I think I'd have to strong-arm someone in my family to buy one ('cause I'm not giving up my AS).

I'm trying to get my sister into getting a trailer. She enjoys camping, has moved "beyond the tent" but doesn't want to spend a ton of $ on a trailer, nor does she want to blow more $ upgrading from the SUV she's already got.

Something like this might attract someone like her, as well as people who can't stomach the thought of a white, boxy trailer with stickers of bears and eagles plastered on the outside...
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:57 PM   #49
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The hot rod community have really taken to the older fiberglass trailers. Most made in the seventies and a few in the eighties and nineties, but primarily the seventies. Boler, Trillium, Bigfoot (the small lightweight ones), Beachcomber to name a few. The 15' and smaller are easily towed behind a 33 Chev as an example (see picture), they are not cheap but not expensive either, and are easily rebuilt inside like any vintage Airstream.

We towed a 17' Boler for years and enjoyed it but it was no Airstream.

These trailers are not without their problems. Floor rot still happens for those with wood encased in the fiberglass. Unless the unit is purpose built for a roof A/C they crack. Fiberglass deteriorates over time. The frames rust just like any other trailer (although none of my list are aluminum framed). They are lighter than white boxes but not by much - you'd be surprised at how heavy many of them really are when taken over the scales, and doors start to sag, insulation can be a problem and sags over time, the older they get the less cold weather friendly they are. There is a reason Corvettes are mostly fair weather cars. So, as a long time former owner would I recommend one to a friend? Yes, but with the same caveats I do with anything else - they are just as hyped as any other rig that the owners love to promote, they are not way lighter, they do deteriorate, they do keep their value for the small TV crowd, yes repairs can be accomplished by any fiberglass shop is true but that does not necessarily mean the quality of the work is equal to how it was made at the factory. To each their own but we are glad we moved on. If the right deal came along on a small used glass trailer we might stick it in stock but not really excited about getting one. For many of our hot rod buddies though they are the ideal trailer, are easily painted to match their desires, but they sure do like to check out the Bambi's when they see them.
There is one being made in Chilliwack, BC called the Excel that is similar to the Oliver and the price is reasonable but not cheap and IMHO the value is not equivalent to an Airstream, even a vintage restored rig. I've got a buddy hot to trot to buy one and we are nervous for him because having owned a glass trailer we know they are not perfect and the light weight answer to the world as he has allowed himself to believe.
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There is one being made in Chilliwack, BC called the Excel that is similar to the Oliver and the price is reasonable but not cheap and IMHO the value is not equivalent to an Airstream, even a vintage restored rig. I've got a buddy hot to trot to buy one and we are nervous for him because having owned a glass trailer we know they are not perfect and the light weight answer to the world as he has allowed himself to believe.
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Barry, Excel is the Microsoft Office spreadsheet. The trailer built in Chilliwack is called the Escape, and is actually one of the nicest FG trailers out there currently in production. Certainly Reese, the owner, is one of the most ethical manufacturers in business. Fiberglass, when properly mixed and laid up, lasts pretty much for-ever as evidenced by the fiberglass sailboats from the '60s still afloat in marinas around the world.

Wood floors do rot, and they still have windows and other thru-hulls to seal, but glass does have its own set of benefits. One biggie is that they don't dent, and are easily repaired when broken.

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On the oliver website they have a forums, and there is a thread with some pre-production pictures of the 21ft model. Neat to see how it goes together. I have to say I am intrigued by a trailer without so many seams to leak, and floors to rot. As much as I love the Caravel, it is far from perfect, and if I did want to upgrade in size I would be hesitant to ever get another AS and go through the same work (or worse) again.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:25 AM   #52
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I contacted the manufacturer after I saw this thread in June. The prices at that time had increased to the $27,000-to-$32,000 range. I'll stick with vintage Airstream, Argosy, Avion, and Spartan.
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There was another thread called "Casita v. Oliver v. Airstream" back in June that you might find interesting, and in post 18 of that thread, a couple of links to other threads that compare Airstream and fiberglass trailers that you may also find informative.

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Is the Oliver painted or gel coat?

I maintain my Airstream and a 13' Scamp of the same age (same location). I'm noticing the Scamp is taking quite a bit of polishing each month to remove the black streaks from the gelcoat and keep the gloss up. On the Airstream the streaks simply wipe off-the finish seems harder and much more resistant to fallout. I keep the roofs clean monthly on both trailers. For all the talk of the Airstream's corrosion issues-at 4 years old the Airstream exterior has been a lot easier to keep up on a per foot basis.
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Ecellent question~!! it's gel coated..
Here's the link to their forum site for the gel coating info and, the proper care of same.
http://oliverforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=689
I thought it was painted at first..
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I keep the roofs clean monthly on both trailers. For all the talk of the Airstream's corrosion issues-at 4 years old the Airstream exterior has been a lot easier to keep up on a per foot basis.
At four years I would certainly hope BOTH would be fairly low-maintenance!

No doubt all trailers have their ups and down. I showed my hubby the pics of the interior of the Oliver, he said it looked like the set of a 70's space station with all that white plastic
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