Oliver brings impressive quality and comfort to the custom-crafted Legacy Elite II
The old saying “you get what you pay for” rings as clearly in the RV world as
it does everywhere else. Hailing from Hohenwald, Tennessee, Oliver Travel Trailers has built its business on producing some of the finest hand-made fiberglass trailers that money can buy. Attention to detail, extremely high level of customer service and factory-direct sales have served Oliver and its clients well.
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The 2018 Legacy Elite II is a prime example of the models offered by Oliver, and this one, being the largest, was a perfect fit for a test trip to Tropical Palms RV Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. Five minutes from the entrance to Walt Disney World, Tropical Palms is a nice 200-site resort with paved pull-through sites, a swimming pool, 24-hour professional security and easy access to all the greater Orlando area has to offer.
The Legacy Elite II, with a twin-bed floorplan, has an overall length of 26 feet, which includes the custom-fabricated aluminum bicycle rack on the rear of the trailer. The removable rack has a Thule two-bicycle setup ($1,199), which is strong and easy to use.
It’s important to note that this company fabricates the components it needs to make its trailers truly custom. The custom-built aluminum entry step is the strongest I’ve seen on any RV; the optional generator tray on the A-frame is rock solid. The strength of the aluminum stock and the quality of the welds are exceptional.
Oliver trailers feature a modular, clamshell design consisting of four separate hulls — two exterior, top and bottom, and two interior, top and bottom. This double-hull construction is remarkably strong, with a carbon-reinforced-fiberglass outer shell, a layer of Prodex (a roll-type R-16 insulation that is also a radiant and vapor barrier), air space and then the inner hull. This means the inside of the trailer is like the outside: shiny white gelcoat similar to the surface found on boats.
The design offers several benefits when compared to typical RV construction. First, there are very few seams; the main body seam at the beltline overlaps and is sealed to prevent water intrusion. Necessary protrusions through the roof for hardware and accessories are all well sealed. Second is the inherent strength of the hull. There is quite literally no twisting or movement of the body. Third, the exterior gelcoat, like a boat, will remain untarnished for years, if well cared for. And, because the hull is made like a boat, it is impervious to water and condensation, which means it can’t rot. In the unlikely event of a plumbing leak, the lower hull has chrome drains along the bottom to let the water run out. Even the insulation isn’t affected by water.
Minimalist graphics accentuate the clean, simple lines of the exterior, and, like the trailer itself, which is custom built for each buyer, the graphics are customized to match the color of the new owner’s tow vehicle. Oliver can even design custom graphics to the client’s wishes. For the test, we sent Oliver a photo of the truck we were using, and the company color-matched the graphics.
The Legacy Elite II is designed to be a go-anywhere, anytime RV. While we couldn’t test its cold-weather capabilities, the R-16 insulation and thermal-pane windows keep thermal transfer to a minimum, making the trailer suitable for winter travel. The LP-gas furnace warms the enclosed and insulated space below the floor where the holding tanks and plumbing are located.
During our stay at Tropical Palms, we enjoyed sitting outside under the lateral-arm Carefree of Colorado awning with acrylic fabric. The crank rod is stowed just inside the trailer in the closet, which is easily within arm’s reach from outside the entry door. Oliver has carefully placed the lighting on the outside of the trailer, with wall-mount LEDs that turn night into day for whatever work needs to be done around the rig, and ground-effect LEDs that create a pleasant campsite atmosphere. Exterior LP-gas fittings ($299) are conveniently placed front and rear to connect a grill or even a campfire unit.
Storage space is extremely well conceived and abundant. Larger items like folding recliners will need to reside in the tow vehicle, but almost everything else will find a home somewhere in, on or around the trailer. The two 7-gallon LP-gas cylinders ($129) are enclosed in an aerodynamic front cover, with an access hatch for opening or closing the valves. On the rear of the trailer, the full-size spare tire with a matching billet aluminum wheel is sequestered behind a continental-kit-style fiberglass cover. Below it is a custom-fabricated aluminum box built into the chassis, which houses the sewer termination and provides plenty of space for all the sewer hoses and fittings.
On the driver’s side, a rear-storage compartment reaches across two-thirds of the trailer and is accessible from inside as well. The hatch for the compartment is made of the same carbon-reinforced fiberglass and is secured by a chrome marine latch. Behind this hatch are the remote sewer-valve handles, which operate the valves in the enclosed, heated space in the hull. Automotive bulb seals ensure integrity.
Four optional 12-volt AGM batteries ($1,199) on a locking slide tray are enclosed in a side-wall compartment in the middle of the trailer. The attention to detail is evident here as well, as the slide tray and wiring are well laid out and make battery service easy.
Freshwater connections and gray- and black-water flushing connections are easily accessible on the frame underneath. Cable and satellite TV connections are on the rear corner. The test trailer came equipped with a Winegard Carryout G2+ satellite system ($1,299) with a tripod.
The aforementioned generator tray ($599) is adjacent to an additional Furrion shoreline connection on the front of the trailer with an integrated transfer switch ($499), allowing a generator mounted in the tray to be plugged in up front using the same shoreline cable. If the generator is not needed, the tray can be used as a storage basket.
Equipped with an RV Lock keypad and wireless remote lock ($395), the entry door opens to a bright and airy living space. First impressions of the exterior suggested that the inside would be cold, white and sterile, but quite the opposite was true. The interior, which had been custom-decorated by the company for the test was warm and attractive in a modern fashion. The positive ions that flow from this trailer can’t help but put a smile on your face.
Lighting is extremely well thought out and plentiful. The LED fixtures, including the recessed ceiling, floor/under-cabinet task and in-cabinet lighting behind frosted-glass doors, are on individual circuits, so the owner can turn on whatever lights he or she wishes. LED reading lamps, which can be aimed at will, are located at each bed and seating position. The storage compartment, bathroom and closet are also well illuminated.
Counters and tabletops are covered with a fiber-granite material that is strong and attractive. Some of the panels are held in place with hook-and-loop fasteners, concealing hidden storage compartments. The compartment between the twin beds features a removable solid-wood basket. All the drawers are solid hardwood with glued dovetail joints and full-extension soft-close slides. The fronts are matching fiberglass, of course, with the same quarter-turn marine latches.
Overhead cabinets are molded into the hull with rubber sheeting on the bottoms. There are no dividers, so using small baskets and other storage containers would be in order. These cabinets feature recessed LED lighting and frosted-glass doors with quarter-turn marine latches, so access and visibility are excellent. A nice pantry behind the two-person dinette has wire shelves and plenty of space for foodstuffs.
This is a two-person trailer, and while the dinette can fold down into a small extra bed, there’s nowhere for that extra person to sit. That’s OK. After all, that’s what outdoor picnic tables are for. The dinette is pretty comfortable, and one seat has storage beneath it, while the other encloses the converter, inverter and fuse panel.
This floorplan has two single beds, a rare layout in the RV industry. The custom-size KTT mattresses ($1,600) are quite comfortable, with a unique nightstand between the beds that features additional hidden storage. The bedside stand has a locking pull-out drawer and a hatch to access the underside storage ($175). Under the beds are more hatches for the storage compartment and access to the utility areas.
Watching the fold-away Furrion 22-inch LCD TV above the beds is almost impossible, except for the person sitting in the rear-facing dinette seat. Above the TV is a cabinet for a satellite-TV receiver. A Furrion DV-330 entertainment system is mounted on the driver’s side near the pantry and must be operated from the dinette by the Furrion app in a smart device since the included remotes require line-of-sight control. The Furrion TV and stereo match up well with the HDMI Audio Return Channel feature. Both will operate from the same multifunction Furrion remote.
The well-thought-out galley has a surprising amount of counter space, even if it is broken up a bit. The main counter includes a residential stainless single-bowl sink with a gooseneck faucet and pull-out sprayer. The Dometic two-burner LP-gas cooktop has a fold-down tinted-glass cover, which adds to the counter space when not in use. The standard microwave is built into the cabinet to the left, with more counter space in front of it. Across the aisle is a removable counter in front of the pantry with storage underneath and the dinette table, all topped in the fiber-granite color of your choice. A 4-cubic-foot Dometic three-way refrigerator-freezer is standard.
Bathroom duties aren’t as easy in the Oliver as in some travel trailers, but all said and done, everything works just fine. The forward-mounted wet bath has enough room for a 6-footer. The porcelain RV toilet has plenty of space around it, and the stainless sink, while small, gets the job done. The faucet handle pulls out and doubles as the showerhead with a bracket on the wall. The adjoining lighted closet with shelves is ample.
Utilities in the Legacy Elite II are a thing of beauty to an RV techie. Everything from the piping to the wiring to the components is assembled with the best materials in the business and is thoughtfully laid out and accessible. Oliver uses 5-inch marine twist-off hatches in otherwise inaccessible areas, so everything can be reached and worked on, if necessary. The test trailer was equipped with every bit of technology an owner could want.
Complementing the Carryout G2+ antenna, the trailer had a Winegard omnidirectional boosted antenna, a WeBoost 4G-M cellular booster ($625), a WiFiRanger SkyPro pack repeater system ($699), a Voyager wireless backup camera ($799), a 320-watt Zamp Solar package ($2,800), a Truma AquaGo Comfort instant water heater ($1,299), and multiple USB and 12-volt DC charging stations throughout the trailer.
The plumbing system is exceptionally well designed and executed. All of the fittings and pipes are in a heated space, supporting the trailer’s extreme-temperature capability. The demand water pump and various valves are under the passenger’s-side bed and include freshwater fill, winterizing and even a water-drafting position with a dedicated outside fitting to pump from an external static water source or tank and fill the onboard tank without using an external pump. You can run on city water, turn a valve and fill the freshwater tank from that hookup or connect a pressurized source to the dedicated tank-fill port on the driver’s side. The tank overflow dumps under the trailer by the entry door to let the user know when the tank is full, even if you don’t pay attention to the accurate Garnet See-Level II tank-monitor system.
The gray-water tank is close to the floor and shower-pan drain to keep it enclosed and warm. The result is that the gray tank can slosh into the shower when the trailer is in motion. Oliver’s fix is to install a gray-tank shut-off valve next to the toilet, which needs to be opened anytime the gray-water system will be used and closed before travel. It’s a small item to remember, but given the functionality of the trailer, it’s a minor inconvenience.
Towing the Legacy Elite II with our F-350 diesel was overkill. We had almost no idea the trailer was even there and towed it without weight-distribution hardware. With a gross vehicle weight rating of 7,000 pounds, the fully loaded Oliver tipped the scales at only 5,760 pounds wet with water, batteries and LP-gas full. This left a respectable 1,240 pounds of carrying capacity, which is plenty adequate for a trailer this size. The wet hitch weight was 680 pounds, so once the trailer is loaded with gear, that should equate to an almost perfectly balanced trailer. Any properly equipped pickup or SUV with a tow rating of 7,000 pounds or more would easily tow this trailer.
Given its size and the factory-direct price of $70,785, the Oliver Legacy Elite II may not be for everybody, but for those looking to spend a bit more for a customized four-season trailer that can be handed down from one generation to the next, it should be at the top of the list.
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Chris Dougherty is technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome. Chris is an RVDA/RVIA certified technician and lifelong RVer, including 10 years as a full-timer. He and his wife make their home in Massachusetts and hit the road with their travel trailer every chance they get.