Located in Hohenwald, Tenn., Oliver Travel Trailers, the factory-direct manufacturer of double-shelled fiberglass and composite hull travel trailers, was founded by brothers Jim and John Oliver in 2007 out of necessity.
The two had grown up camping in travel trailers, but it wasn’t until the two and other members of their staff had to stay in campers overnight as part of their business that they decided they could build a better mousetrap.
“Staff would have to stay all over the country and set the foundations for mobile homes in a couple days so the sales team would have to stay in travel trailers. Every trailer they bought would be unusable within a year, so the Olivers said they can make a better one, and they did,” Phil Melfa, general manager of Oliver Travel Trailers, told Andrew Malo for a Southeast Publications report on MobileRVing.com.
The Olivers made a fiberglass trailer, using resources a fiberglass bathtub company the family owned, and started selling Oliver Travel Trailers in 2007-2008. After the economy went down in 2009, their travel trailer company went on hiatus and reopened again in 2014 when RVing started to pick up again.
“Our goal is to make high quality custom trailers,” said Matt Duncan, marketing manager for Oliver. “We made 117 trailers last year and will make about 150 this year.”
The trailers are built entirely in-house, from the fiberglass shell to the aluminum chassis, and they are all made-to-order trailers. It takes the company about 10-14 weeks to build a trailer. As a result of the quality construction being put in to each camper, Oliver receives great reviews and feedback from its customers.
“Vocal isn’t quite the right word. More like fanatics,” Melfa laughed as he described the feedback.
Oliver Travel Trailers takes advantage of this fanaticism by offering a tour of the factory, as well as the “See An Ollie” referral program. People can find an Oliver trailer close to them and see it by visiting a current owner.
“Most of our customers are very proud of their trailer and enjoy showing it off,” Melfa pointed out.
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