Oliver Travel Trailers was hit hard during the financial crisis, and shut down production of their Legacy Elite II model soon after introducing it in 2009.
According to past Oliver trailer owner, Cherie Ve Ard, the company decided to wait out the bad economy, and repurposed its trailer production line to make high-end handicap bathtubs in the meantime.
Flash-forward a few years, and with the booming RV market Oliver Travel Trailers has decided to once again build their fiberglass trailers.
They’re now taking orders for the 2015 Legacy Elite II model.
Oliver’s Legacy Elite II Is Back
An interesting fact about Oliver trailers is that no wood is used in making the actual shell of the trailer.
The Oliver seems to be the only true four-season camper produced commercially. While you could make a super-insulated DIY rig, we haven’t come across a manufacturer that makes a stock model designed from the get-go for winter camping. Oliver uses two layers of fiberglass on both the top and bottom of the camper.
This double-hull acts much like a double-pane window, greatly increasing the insulating properties of the trailer’s skin. They also add heat-reflecting material and insulation to the shells, and include an air gap which helps to prevent condensation from forming. You can read more about the double-hull construction in this brochure.
Inside the main living area.
The table comes out and the sofa backs fold down to form the bed.
Optional fiber-granite countertops.
You can choose from a couple of different floor plans, one with a king size bed and one with double twin size beds.
The interior of an Oliver trailer looks similar to an Airstream, but you’ve got the added benefit of the fiberglass hull instead of an aluminum skin. Few Oliver trailers were produced during the initial production run in 2007 and 2008.
To see a real-life Oliver, you can either visit the company’s manufacturing facility in Hohenwald, Tennessee or meet with a current Oliver owner. The company keeps a list of current owners who are willing to show you their trailer, and you can get in touch with Oliver for details.
Interview with the owner of Oliver Travel Trailers, Jim Oliver.
Photos courtesy of Oliver Travel Trailers