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Old 01-02-2009, 01:43 PM   #57
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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
Maybe the quality of gelcoat is variable... But stored in so. CA I need to polish (decently hard rubbing) the upper half of the Scamp monthly. If the black streaks aren't removed, they eventually etch a dull line into the gelcoat which takes a lot of extra polishing. I have found the finish to be much less durable from a gloss standpoint than automotive paint.
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:37 PM   #58
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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
So? the dog is not the only "pointed ears" member in the family??
I couldn't help myself..
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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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You are correct Roger, Escape is the name that "escaped" me and I don't know why I always think Excel when they come to mind.

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Is it just me, or does that thing come with a stripper's pole?
I once had a Scamp 19' gooseneck that was much the same construction. I stopped by the factory to have a brace installed from the counter up to the overhead to better support the weight of the AC unit. The brace became standard in later units. Looks to me like this "stripper's pole" is performing the same function. An unbraced fiberglass shell will sag under the constant weight of the AC unit plus the impact loads going down the road.
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Overall width

I notice that the overall width is just 78". That was one of the big problems with the Scamp. After subtracting the shell and liner thickness, the resulting width is about the height of many of us. Unless I was alone and could sleep diagonally, I was always bumping either my head or my feet.

I have friends with a rare 7' wide Airstream that was made for a China caravan. It really feels cramped inside. The 7' width is about the minimum for comfortable crosswise sleeping.
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So? the dog is not the only "pointed ears" member in the family??
I couldn't help myself..
Oh dear no! Our full time business is selling sci-fi toys If anyone knows what the inside of the enterprise looks like, it's him!

Of course, you'd think that would be a plus for him - I guess the AS has him spoiled with it's dark wood interior!
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The Casita is a fine little trailer. Had one for 6 1/2 years and took it to 49 States and 10 Canadian Provinces. If I hadn't gone fulltime and wanted something a little larger I'd likely still have one. I had far fewer problems with the Casita then I've had with my AS. They hold their value even better than Airstream and you'll never have to worrk about filiform corrosion.

The Oliver is a better built trailer according to people I've talked to who have been in one. I've seen one on the road but never up close. It's amazing how much they've packed into it including a built in satellite dish. Also Oliver is supposedly coming out with a 20' dual axle version by the end of this year. If they do it should be a big seller.
I'd be interested in the 20' dual axle version.Hopefully it will come with a dry bath too as I'm not into having the whole bathroom wet each time I shower. If they develop bigger trailers I'd definitely consider it as the corrosion problems with the new AS are not getting any better and no support from the AS manufacturer on this either.
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I'd be interested in the 20' dual axle version.Hopefully it will come with a dry bath too as I'm not into having the whole bathroom wet each time I shower. If they develop bigger trailers I'd definitely consider it as the corrosion problems with the new AS are not getting any better and no support from the AS manufacturer on this either.
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I'm quite impressed with a company that not only listen to what's in the heart and mind of it's customers but, also has the courage to actually strive to be a leader in solving the issues that others ignore. Some months ago, I started a thread on this Oliver Trailer Company on another "World Famous trailer" forum's site..http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161/ai ... 42597.html
The overall response to the Oliver Trailer has been, in my opinion, quite amazing, positive~..
But then, you knew that? (I said...why wouldn't it~!)
As a very long time Airstream trailer owner and, one time salesman for the company's products, it takes alot to impress me. To use a another company for comparisons, this trailer,the Oliver 's approach to solving the major issues which others fail to address properly..Make me think of the original GMC Saturn car and, it successful design.In retrospect, I may yet be thrown off that other hallow site for being a turn coat..
After spending 40 yrs in and, retiring from the U S aerospace industries, I know a thing or two about quality but, the best is my gut instinct..It tells me you have a winner here~! Good Luck~!
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Well, all in all, if it doesn't turn out to be a popular trailer, it might make a nice houseboat!
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