We looked at a Boler
today -- right in our hometown. I reviewed the Boler
Buyer Guide in the documents area, so knew a few things to look at and ask about.
This one has been cosmetically upgraded, but the owner has only had it for three years and doesn't know a thing about what might be underneath. She's never used the water tank or pump, has only hooked up to CG water lines. The fridge
is supposed to be 2-way, and appears new (we didn't check to see if it worked, or if the stove worked).
Here is a link to my photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/JPNn7Qnfsr8cK8Vu5
I would post questions or comments on these photos, but Google seems to have changed the format and I don't see a way to do that!
I couldn't really get UNDER the thing to look at the frame, so I used the camera and photographed what I hoped were the crucial areas.
The door seems just a big quirked out at the bottom left.
The guy who did the paint
job (lower half) seems to have done a very lousy job. It looks OK from a distance, but up close it's flaking off, and he's painted over plastic parts that were not well-prepped. Numerous stone chips on the front corners.
I don't see evidence of leaks
or mold. The metal flange over the door is really battered, she says from a hail storm that almost totaled her car. Hail battered the flange, broke two of the windows
(that were cranked out), and broke the vent. She had new glass and vent installed, but kept the flange as it was.
seem to have a lot of goop around them. So does the vent.
Seams are visible and/or loose on the interior (insolight? stuff?). It has not been painted. Some of them look to have been sealed with caulk.
There is a porta potty which I would probably trash. I see that the fiberglass under the goucho has a central area (where potty is)... the gaucho could easily be converted to a little dinette, so the bed could stay made. I consider this a plus...
Belly band looks good to my untutored eye.
There seems to be a converter panel, but she doesn't know if there is a battery
, or even if there is a holding tank!
I'm not completely turned off by the bad paint
... it could be corrected down the road. Although what may have possessed the guy who rehabbed it to paint
the insides of the cabinets BLACK I do not know! But painting
When I first saw this she said she wanted what she paid for it, $5K. Since then she's posted it on Craig's list for $7K. She called to let me know she had one buyer who did not seem swayed by the price, and wanted to know if I would want to match that price... I told her it was too much for me (that buyer never showed up). I still don't quite know if she would stick to the $5K for me if someone else doesn't come along -- but saw no sense in talking money if the trailer isn't right for us anyway.
She said she would look into having it inspected by a trailer place here so she would know what it needs. I said if she did, I'd like to know who looks at it so I could ask questions too, she seemed willing to let me know. Although she did say when the hail damage was done, she didn't find any local trailer people who were really interested in working on it -- she went to a glass place for the windows
and had a fiberglass guy do the vent.
I hope the photos are viewable and would appreciate any thoughts or advice you experienced, talented people have to offer!
Ellpea in CA