At this time, 4 long years ago we were desperately hunting for our first fiberglass trailer with the help of many members here. In early May of 2006 I was able to snag a wreck of a boler
American on ebay. Since then I've been slowly restoring it and documenting it here for all to see.
Since we can't store it at home during the winters, I work on it during the summer and hunt down parts and plan my next projects during the winter. Early in the new year we acquired a 2nd Rhodesian Ridgeback, and although they live and play well together, they don't seem to want to sleep too close together.
The old girl, just does not think there is enough room on a full size couch for the two of them. We aren't sure if the two of them will even fit on the front bunk of the boler
American. So we went hunting for a bigger trailer. Initially thought a Trillium
4500 would fit the ticket. Then we found a 16' Uhaul
VT in N. California that was posted for sale
here. We finally arranged for someone to do an inspection and booked it with the seller. Then we researched shipping across the continent. The trailer sold the day before our inspection. All was not lost though. While researching the VT, I found a post on Uhaulcamper.com where someone 2.5 hours from home posted last fall
they were thinking of selling theirs. But they were not sure.
The board settings would not let me contact them. But with the help of Paul Chet and CindyL from FGRV we were able to contact the seller. We've since seen the trailer and left a deposit. We arranged to pick it up at the end of next month. Here are a couple of pictures of our newly acquired VT:
Tomorrow we pick up our boler
American from storage. In 2 weeks we cross the border to pick up the fresh water tank I found to fit after 3 years of hunting. That was shipped to a FGRV member since the seller would not ship to Canada.
This summers projects were to install all the new plumbing and electrical
components I've acquired over the years to the wires I ran while doing the other reno's. Next year was to replace the front and rear window gaskets while redoing the gelcoat. Then everything would be finally finished. Considering storage is a potential problem for us, what would you do? Why?
-Put the boler American up for sale
with all the parts?
-With or without the solar
charging system (or make it optional)?
-The same for the brand new stereo.
-Put a rush on connecting everthing over the next month and sell her early in the season?
-Do a quick paint
job to make the outside look better. (replacing the window seals?)
-Wait till next year, do the gelcoat and take pride in bringing a restoration project to completion?
Each of those puts a different value to the trailer. Some make it more saleable, some less depending on the buyer. The other factor is that the boler American is rare in comparison to the majority of trailers here. They were only made for about 6 months with a total estimated production of about 500 before they became other brands like the Scamp
, and Love Bug
. I know I've only encountered somewhere between 10 and 20 others through FGRV.
Please help me make up my mind. PM's and emails are welcome if you don't want to post your comments. I might even be open to offers.