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Old 12-28-2006, 07:52 AM   #57
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Thank you, Susy, for confirming the size information. Your description of the construction technique make sense; it starts with the colour layer we usually call a "gelcoat", it seems that a "chopper gun" is used to add the glass fibre, and Lander apparently heated the body parts in a furnace to cure them. I don't think that parts are heated for curing here.

My trailer is a 17-foot (or 17') Boler, like the ones shown in the Boler Album; a photo of my own trailer is shown in my post in the Show Us Your Rigs topic. I think it is very much like the Lander 401, although I prefer the Lander's shape. Also, my Boler has an axle with leaf springs, not like the independent suspension of the Landers and most Bolers.
Thank you for the compliments! Your trailer is very nice!!! the windows opening seems so particular!
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:56 AM   #58
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Are there any in your group who could come to the Oregon Gathering in Bandon, OR on July 19-22? There will be over 100 fiberglass units there.

You would certainly win the prize for coming the most miles. Would be interesting to see if your bottle of wine won the wine tasting competition.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...p?showforum=66

Nancy in northern Minnesota
It will be so funny!!!! And we will win certainly all the prize!!!
We must informed us about the fly with caravan
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:55 AM   #59
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Hi Mike,
Your Casita is very beautiful and also your family,
... very compliments!

Have you also pictures of the interior of the caravan?
(Hai qualche immagine dell'interno della caravan?)

between some day I will show you the photos of the encounter that we will have to year-end
(Tra qualche giorno ti mostrerò le foto del nostro raduno di fine anno)

my english is very terrible!!!!

ciao Mike

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Old 12-28-2006, 09:22 AM   #60
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Welcome to all our new friends from Italia. We really enjoy seeing your pictures. Post lots. My husband came to Canada as a teenager from Riese Pio X the province of Treviso in Northern Italy.

Hi Barbara... I would like so much to come there and brought a lot of italian wine
(Ciao Barbara, mi piacerebbe tanto poter venire, e portarvi tanto vino italiano... hehehe!!!)
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:53 AM   #61
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Sorry, I have a question: is possible in USA to practise free caravanning (I say without enter in a campsite)? Because in Italy is forbidden...
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:56 AM   #62
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Sorry, I have a question: is possible in USA to practise free caravanning (I say without enter in a campsite)? Because in Italy is forbidden...
Yes, we can camp in many places outside of a RV camp. Off the top of my head here are some options:
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:05 PM   #63
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Have you also pictures of the interior of the caravan?
(Hai qualche immagine dell'interno della caravan?)ciao Mike
Roberto
Roberto,

I have totally changed much of the inside of my Casita. It is no longer typical.


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Looking from the back towards the front.
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This is a view from the kitchen area toward the rear curb side.
We have modified our Casita to Twin beds.
The cushions expand toward the center to make up as beds.
We can seat 6 adults easily for dinner.
(8 adults is doable but crowded.)

Warm Regards, Mike
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:15 PM   #64
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Susy, the windows are one feature which has changed over time, and also is different between typical North American trailers and current European caravans.

Most of the windows in my Boler are like those used for many years here. They have aluminum frames with rounded corners, and two panes of glass: one fixed, and one sliding to open. All of the flat windows in Bolers are normally made of glass; only the curved windows on the front and back of the smaller Bolers are made of plastic.

Early North American fiberglass trailers often have a style of windows called a "jalousie": there are two or more panes of glass, each hinged at the top and connected to a crank so they open outwards. My Boler has just one of these; it is behind the door. They were a feature of some brands, especially the Trillium, but are probably not made any more. The one in 17-foot Boler like mine is unusual, because it has two hinged panes plus two fixed panes (one on each side), so that it fits a rounded opening like the others.

To us, the current European windows like yours, which are made of plastic and hinged as one piece at the top, are unusual. We see them on very few trailers or motorhomes which are made here.

If this is difficult for anyone to read, I will try to make it clearer.
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:16 PM   #65
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Hi Rob & Suzy!

If you'd like to see a few more trailer photos in detail, you can look at my Yahoo! pictures site. They are all trailers I've had over the past few years.

Roger

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Sorry, I have a question: is possible in USA to practise free caravanning (I say without enter in a campsite)? [b]Because in Italy is forbidden...
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Yes, we can camp in many places outside of a RV camp. Off the top of my head here are some options:
  • [b]Some major store parking lots for an over nighter.
The most famous example is WalMart.
Read about it in This Link.

However, it is not considered polite to camp in a parking lot for more than a short time.

I can also understand why the practice is forbidden in Italy. Cities in the Southwest, that are warm in the winter, have problems where some persons live in their Motorhomes (motorized caravans) parked at the curb on public streets. Usually there are laws here against it, but some still try it anyway, mostly because they are poor and have few options.
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Each US forest has what are called "Yellow Post" sites, or "Dispersed" sites. They are cleared areas off logging or forest service roads, with no ammenities. Some have a fire ring, or even a picnic table, but there are no sources for water or electricity. Bare bones.

I enjoy these sites very much. Not because they are free, but because they are in quiet, out of the way locations, usually with nice views.

Also, you are allowed to camp ANYWHERE within the national forests as long as a few rules are observed. You must not camp within 25 feet of a stream or waterway, and you must be off the road. Fire regulations also apply.

This is great for back packers and tenters.

We have a saying or two here, which MOST people observe (Yet there are still bad people that don't)

1. Pack it in, pack it out.
2. Leave nothing in the forest but footprints.

In some highly used national forests, you must purchase an "adventure" pass, a card that allows you to park within the forest. The fee varies, but is usually around $30 a year. This fee is controversial, but I have no problem paying it, I use the forest more than the average American and don't mind helping to pay for it's upkeep.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:59 AM   #68
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Susy, the windows are one feature which has changed over time, and also is different between typical North American trailers and current European caravans.

Most of the windows in my Boler are like those used for many years here. They have aluminum frames with rounded corners, and two panes of glass: one fixed, and one [b]sliding to open. All of the flat windows in Bolers are normally made of glass; only the curved windows on the front and back of the smaller Bolers are made of plastic.

Early North American fiberglass trailers often have a style of windows called a "[b]jalousie": there are two or more panes of glass, each hinged at the top and connected to a crank so they open outwards. My Boler has just one of these; it is behind the door. They were a feature of some brands, especially the Trillium, but are probably not made any more. The one in 17-foot Boler like mine is unusual, because it has two hinged panes plus two fixed panes (one on each side), so that it fits a rounded opening like the others.

To us, the current European windows like yours, which are made of plastic and hinged as one piece at the top, are unusual. We see them on very few trailers or motorhomes which are made here.

If this is difficult for anyone to read, I will try to make it clearer.
It's very interesting to see that there are so many kind of trailer's windows... it's more difficult to understand why...

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Hi Rob & Suzy!

If you'd like to see a few more trailer photos in detail, you can look at my Yahoo! pictures site. They are all trailers I've had over the past few years.

Roger

Roger's trailer photos
thank'you very much roger!

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Each US forest has what are called "Yellow Post" sites, or "Disperesed" sites. They are cleared areas off logging or forest service roads, with no ammenities. Some have a fire ring, or even a picnic table, but there are no sources for water or electricity. Bare bones.

I enjoy these sites very much. Not because they are free, but because they are in quiet out of the way locations, usually with nice views.

Also, you are allowed to camp ANYWHERE within the national forests as long as a few rules are observed. You must not camp within 25 feet of a stream or waterway, and you must be off the road. Fire regulations also apply.

This is great for back packers and tenters.

We have a saying or two here, which MOST people observe (Yet there are still bad people that don't)

1. Pack it in, pack it out.
2. Leave nothing in the forest but footprints.

In some highly used national forests, you must purchase an "adventure" pass, a card that allows you to park within the forest. The fee varies, but is usually around $30 a year. This fee is controversial, but I have no problem paying it, I use the forest more than the average American and don't mind helping to pay for it's upkeep.
Thank you Gina of your explanations! I think that you are fortunate to being able to practise caravanning in the forests... here in Italy this would be unthinkable, perhaps because the inhabited density is higher and the forests would suffer by the impact of a too much intensive tourisme...
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Hi dear friends
This is some pictures of the new years's day meeting!

the my caravan

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I and Susy

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in this link there are many other pictures...
http://epocaravan.forumfree.net/?t=12407790&st=120
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Hi Rob & Suzy!

If you'd like to see a few more trailer photos in detail, you can look at my Yahoo! pictures site. They are all trailers I've had over the past few years.

Roger

Roger's trailer photos

Thanks roger for the link... this caravans are very beautiful...
Sorry... but are all this caravans yours???
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