Boler # 099 - 1969 flat roof - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-12-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Hi all, I've just purchased my very first Boler. I always liked the look of the Boler, but had decided on a Trillium because of the interior headroom. But this past weekend I found a good deal on a Boler and managed to be the first to show up on a Mothers Day Sunday morning. We'd never actually seen one in person but my wife and 22 month old son liked the feel of it instantly.

Once I got it home I saw the vin number was 099 and realized it was one of the first 100 ever built, with the flatter roof - max. headroom is only 5'9". It also has no interior ensolite insulation.

A couple other quick observations:
- there is no bumper and no cutouts for one
- the door hinges are simple stamped metal
- the water tank is a fiberglass or plastic molded tank installed in the dinette seat storage compartment
- there is no waste water tank
- the roof vent is located above the stove area and is spring loaded, released or locked with a simple toggle chain
- there are no upper cabinet supports
- the colour was originally all white, but has been re-painted

I'll try to take photos and post this coming weekend.

Does anybody have any info/links on these early vintage Bolers?

thanks,

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Old 05-13-2008, 12:35 AM   #2
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Have you visited the Bolerama site?

We have the link to the right, Under: Resources; Helpful Links; Trailer Groups
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:09 AM   #3
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Hi: Kevin H. I thought that Mr. Ray Olecko took back all the original "Flat Roof Bolers" 1968-1969 and added the Ensolite to the interior walls due to the condensation problems. I know thats when the spring loaded roof vents first appeared over the stoves. Nice to know there are still some very early year Bolers in existence... and you've got one!!!
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:11 AM   #4
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Congratulations. That's really a rairity.

Here's a poor picture of a flat roofed Boler. The owner added what looks like an early Ford bumper.

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This is about the first year of the raised roof but it shows the taillights and a bumper.
I think that there has been one, in the past, at the Emily gathering first weekend in July. Hope to see you there.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:17 PM   #5
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We need pictures! Very interesting find.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:56 PM   #6
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Does anybody have any info/links on these early vintage Bolers?

Welcome Kevin,

There is a thread on the Boler history and various offshoots from it here:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=21173

Seeing as how you are new here, I'll make this suggestion. Most times a word or phrase is underlined it provides you with a link either in this forum or outside to other websites. Both open in a new window. There is a lot of knowledge in the above thread and I have to thank Brian BP for keeping track of it all.

We hope to catch up with you one day.

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Old 05-16-2008, 12:37 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for the info. I have many nights of browsing this site ahead of me.

I'll take photos and post them this weekend. I've been spending time in the Boler every night this week and can't keep the neighbours kids out of it. The 11 year old girl has noted that it seems so small outside, but much larger inside.

We sat down to eat dessert in it a couple nights ago and the whole trailer tipped backwards... I guess I need to lose a bit of weight or get some rear support jacks.

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Hi: Kevin... Haven't seen the words Combi Camp for over 40 yrs. We toured Europe in a Combi Camp... 6 Adults and a toddler, pulled by an Opel Kadet(Slowly)!!!
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:35 AM   #9
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Kevin, I have a 1970 and have found several differences to the later ones as well. Mine is VIN: #283.

I have came accross another 1970 since and confirmed that our eariler ones are much different than the later ones including:


no bumper

no cabinet support.

no waste water tank

fresh water tank you speak of

Frame is not boxed....it almost looks not original the way they were done and then found
another 1970 to confirm that it is original

no recessed tail lights (they are flush mounted)

no side marker lights

no Boler emblems (aluminum ones)

Wheel arches hung down lower than the later ones too.

And these small VINs....I believe they were sequntial. They got mauch longer on later models....likely due to changes in regulations.


I had photographed a flat roof one in Hope once before then it disappeared ..... here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...580&hl=1970
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:44 PM   #10
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It's been raining most of the day and I haven't had time to take good photos but here are a few snaps from the last couple days.

You can see the interior roof brace bolted to the cabinets.

Underneath the hubcaps I found what I assume are the original baby moon hubcaps. The spare tire is mounted on the back via 3 stand offs which are bolted directly through the fibreglass body. The spare is a Falcon nylon special, looks like the original as it's pretty much rotten.

I've just about figured out the wiring harness, the previous owner had put a 6 pin square plug. They had also reversed the wires for the right turn signal and the tail light. I'm going to just put on a 4 pin for now. There are extra sockets inside the tail lights, maybe for backup lights?, but I'll leave them disconnected for now. I got the interior 12v lights working by plugging one of those car starting battery packs into the 12v accessory jack on the end of the cabinet. Doesn't look like there was ever a coach battery installed.

With this rain we've had I've managed to track down the sources of 6 of the 7 leaks I've found, above the door drip edge, door weatherstripping, door hinge bolts, front window seal, roof vent, water inlet and somewhere behind the sink backsplash, probably the window.

I just need to get a new spare then I'll be ready to go. Does anybody know if a standard 5 bolt trailer wheel will fit ok? I've got more questions but I'll post them in the problem solving section later.

Kurt, I saw the photo showing your VIN number, was it on the top rail right next to the tongue? The only tag I've found inside or out is the one above the AC power inlet. There is a newer wheel jack installed right behind my tongue so I may remove it to see if the VIN number stamp is there.

Alf, just got the Combi-Camp last year, still needs patches and waterproofing. We've generally been back country/canoe campers but I figured it would be much easier car camping with our infant son with one of these folding tent trailers. And then this year I discovered the wonderful world of Bolers. Will probably still take the combi-camp on long distance trips due to the easier towing.

Roy, let me know if you're ever around the east end and would like to drop by for a visit.

Looks like we should be able to make it to the BolerRama at Emily park this summer too. Hope to meet some of you there.

Thanks,
Kevin
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:12 PM   #11
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Kurt, I saw the photo showing your VIN number, was it on the top rail right next to the tongue? The only tag I've found inside or out is the one above the AC power inlet. There is a newer wheel jack installed right behind my tongue so I may remove it to see if the VIN number stamp is there.

Here is the location of the VIN on my 1970. It is stamped in on the top of the frame rail. I could not see mine either until I removed all the old paint and rust when I prepped it for painting.

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Does anybody know if a standard 5 bolt trailer wheel will fit ok?

Roy, let me know if you're ever around the east end and would like to drop by for a visit.

Looks like we should be able to make it to the BolerRama at Emily park this summer too.
Kevin, some of the early axles were 4 bolt. If you have a 5 bolt there is a PDF here that prints out to make a template to determine your bolt pattern.

You are welcome to drop by if you are out in the west end (400 & 401)

We will see you at Emily for sure.

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I have Boler #92. Someone added a small square bumper.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:11 PM   #14
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I have Boler #92. Someone added a small square bumper.
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Hi Janet, great to hear of another pre-100 Boler. Our Bolers were probably being made in the factory at about the same time. Do you have insulation in yours? Can you post any photos?

Have you seen your VIN number on the frame? I wire brushed the paint off where Kurt's number was but didn't find anything, I'm just going by the VIN number on the registration.

I'm still getting ours road worthy for our first trip this weekend.

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