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Old 10-13-2017, 10:49 PM   #1
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Escape 5.0TA 21 v Oliver Trailer

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Sitting here in Seoul, Korea Saturday morning and was doing some reading as I always do about RVs. I came across a manufacturer called Oliver and went to the website. After reading the site and watching the video I must say I was very impressed with Oliver. What I didn't like was it is a trailer and not a fifth wheel. I particularly liked the aluminum frame construction and fiberglass molding. It appears Oliver is producing a great product. Any comments...as always appreciated. I have not pulled the trigger but have made inquiries to Escape on production schedules. I would have to say if Oliver made a 5th wheel it would give me a difficult decision.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:38 PM   #2
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I looked into Oliver (not in person) and they certainly look nice by specs and photos... They seem a bit narrow inside to me but maybe it is just the photos. I think both manufacturers have a quality product and I didn't see enough difference in the Oliver to justify an additional 20k in cost for me.

Certainly hope both companies have continued success as its refreshing to see well designed and constructed RV's being built in the midst of so many questionable ones.
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:05 AM   #3
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I looked into Oliver (not in person) and they certainly look nice by specs and photos... They seem a bit narrow inside to me but maybe it is just the photos. I think both manufacturers have a quality product and I didn't see enough difference in the Oliver to justify an additional 20k in cost for me.

Certainly hope both companies have continued success as its refreshing to see well designed and constructed RV's being built in the midst of so many questionable ones.
They are beautiful trailers. The Legacy Elite II is 23.5 long but has an exterior width equal to an Escape 19. Due to the thicker double hull the actual interior width is closest to an Escape 17.
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:09 AM   #4
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My impression is that Olivers are very heavy, and cost a ton.

we love our escape.

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Old 10-14-2017, 12:32 AM   #5
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My impression is that Olivers are very heavy, and cost a ton.

we love our escape.

Considering that an Oliver is a well engineered , double wall fiberglass trailer of very high quality , the weight and cost seem to be more than reasonable.

" Beauty is in the eye of the beholder "
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Old 10-14-2017, 01:38 AM   #6
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We also looked at the Oliver before buying the Escape 5.0 TA. The Oliver is very well built but quite sterile looking inside and we wanted a fifth wheel for the ease of hooking up,etc.

The Escape has more storage than I need and the permanent full sized queen bed is always a plus and more comfortable than our bed at home. We have had five camping trips in it since picking it up last March and love it.

If you would like to see it when you return to Placerville, contact me to set time.

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Old 10-14-2017, 01:50 AM   #7
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Considering that an Oliver is a well engineered , double wall fiberglass trailer of very high quality , the weight and cost seem to be more than reasonable.

" Beauty is in the eye of the beholder "
We love our Escape 19. I think both Olivers and Bigfoot are both beautiful and probably higher quality trailers. This being said, I think you can't buy a better trailer than Escape for the money. I enjoy towing a lightweight easy to tow trailer. We bought a brand new 2016 Escape 19 and 2017 Tacoma quad cab for between $60,000 and $65,000. I really don't want to spend more any more than that for an RV package. We tent camped for years an our Escape is the Taj Mahal to us. It's all we ever will need.
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Old 10-14-2017, 04:09 AM   #8
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Pretty much the same as what others have said. I had looked into them when I was shopping but Oliver had halted production due to the economy so they were really out of the picture.

They are a true 4 season camper, if you need such, higher end, with it's associated higher weight and price.

While I didn't actually get to see one till after I had my fifth wheel, they would have been too narrow for us, as were all the Escapes pre 21 and 5.0TA.

If you have the disposable income for an Oliver, like the floor plans and the looks, then they would be for you. People who have them seem to love them, of course most everyone thinks whatever they bought is perfect. The floor plan of the 5.0TA is pretty much perfect for us. If Oliver had the exact same plan available it would have been down to if I had wanted to spend the extra $20k, or whatever. Would have been a tough choice.
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This is just one guy's opinion, so take it with a grain of salt if you like. I see the Oliver as an extremely well built and overdesigned Stretch Casita. There's no way whatsoever I would spend that kind of money for a narrow rig with little floor plan flexibility, a tiny side dinette, a bed I have to convert with no real mattress, and a dinky fridge. The countertops though, ooh la la!
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Considering that an Oliver is a well engineered , double wall fiberglass trailer of very high quality , the weight and cost seem to be more than reasonable.

" Beauty is in the eye of the beholder "
So Steve, you have finally decided then that it is time to make that new trailer purchase and you are going with the Oliver?
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