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Old 05-14-2011, 09:27 AM   #71
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Can I ask where you found the wheels and what name brand are they???, I've been using 14" Ford Ranger Aluminum wheels but they've got tougher and tougher to find....
Hey Randy,

I found them on Craigslist. They are Ansen wheels (not actual Ansen, but Ansen style). I believe these came off an old Pinto or something like that. I think they are 6 or 7 inches wide, which is pretty wide for a Boler, but they fit (barely). They do take shank lug nuts, so if you find some make sure you get the Shank lug as well. --Sam
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:05 PM   #72
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Just a quick pic or two for an update.





More to come soon.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:15 AM   #74
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I need to update this thread to give myself a prod to get back to work!

So, this summer hasn't gone as planned. In June, we were working several hours a day on the Boler, meeting our (aggressive) timeline to complete the reno for a trip in July. Then, in the span of 4 weeks, Sam's mother was diagnosed with cancer (3rd time in 2 years), declined treatment, went downhill rapidly, and passed away.

After the funeral was over, and arrangements were made for selling the house and estate items next month, we realized we suddenly had some downtime matching our original vacation time. Except... the Boler wasn't ready, and we were too exhausted to even consider cobbling it together in a week just to be road-worthy. Our next thought was to keep our South Dakota campsite, but tent it -- ick, as much as we love camping, we weren't feeling like our rugged outdoorsy selves.

So, we thought maybe we'd cut ourselves a break and try out traveling like most people we know -- driving to a touristy place not too far away, staying in a hotel, eating every meal in a restaurant. Chicago's museums and aquarium (for the kids), and IKEA (for us) sounded particularly appealing. But after doing the math on that budget, we joked that we might as well fly off to an all-inclusive Caribbean resort for that amount of cash.

So we did just that!



Now -- BACK TO WORK. I left off on the last step of the Boler's "$50 paint job". Just a hint: it's only a $50 project if you happen to own a sandpaper warehouse.

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So sorry to hear about Sam's mother. But glad you took a nice trip!

Darn, I guess this means you can't come to the Weston Bend Meet Up this weekend???? Sure would love to meet you!

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:43 PM   #76
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So sorry to hear about Sam's mother. But glad you took a nice trip!

Darn, I guess this means you can't come to the Weston Bend Meet Up this weekend???? Sure would love to meet you!

Vickie

Thanks Vickie. Rereading my post above, it sounds a bit flippant, but it truly has been a rough couple of months... except for that trip, of course.

We're now even more excited to get back to camping and are shooting for a fully reno'd trailer by the end of September.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:51 PM   #77
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I don't think (and I can't speak for Vickie yet I am sure she feels the same) that it sounded flippant at all - sorry for your loss.
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Not flippant at all, Jess! It is apparent Sam's mother had been through so much in 2 years, she made the decision and you all were there for her. She would want you to go on. You balanced the sad and good of life---that's all we can do.

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1st thing i would do is paint it a LIGHT color. The color you have now will cook you right out of the trailer.
In boating people call white, Caribbean White, because it is the coolest. White may be boring, but it is coolest.


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Not flippant at all, Jess! It is apparent Sam's mother had been through so much in 2 years, she made the decision and you all were there for her. She would want you to go on. You balanced the sad and good of life---that's all we can do.

Take Care!
Sorry to hear the sad news. And good luck with your project. It looks like it is coming along nicely...
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:30 PM   #81
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a little more progress

We've reached a point in the project where, even if our planned tasks for the weekend can't get done because we lack skills/supplies/patience (a common occurrence) we can still find plenty of things to do to fill the day.

We've also reached a point where the novelty of all this work is wearing down and we're just ready to get camping already! I've developed a new admiration for untouched vintage trailers, and got a little nostalgic about the previous condition of ours. Maybe we should have done a light remodel instead of a full reno?

Um, no. I'm right back on board with the whole project when I dig around the garage for an old piece of ensolite and get to see our before/after:


Gross!

Yep, even if the only thing we accomplish is cleaning the heck out of everything and slapping on a fresh coat of paint, the after is definitely shaping up to be worth the work. And boy, is it clean right now:


Water tank installation is next, then we'll put the modules back in and have a chance to do some fun stuff arranging the hook-ups, plumbing, vents, lights, and audio/visual gadgets before we can no longer avoid the electrical wiring. We're now toying with the idea of taking it to someone who actually knows what they're doing. We'll see.

I need to post later on the lessons learned from our exterior paint endeavor, but there are some glimpses of the final coat in our Flickr photos linked below.

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:12 PM   #82
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Sorry to hear about your tough year.

I looked through all your pictures and they brought back many memories of doing my Boler. I stripped mine too. I remember all the scrubbing, painting and the thought of "what the heck did I get into?". Once you get it to camping stage, it doesn't have to be "done", take it out and you will love the sense of accomplishment!
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:43 PM   #83
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Thanks Lizbeth -- I've admired your Boler for awhile! We're definitely separating our list into do now (cushions, running lights, etc.) and do between camping trips (air conditioning, awning). Even more projects might still get demoted yet
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #84
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Stop the presses – we actually went camping!




I put a bunch of photos on our Flickr page, but long story short, we were bullied into getting the trailer just tow-worthy enough to join my dad on a family camping weekend before his favorite local loop closed for the winter. Forget plumbing and electricity, we don't even have doors on our cabinets right now! Once I got over the embarrassment of hauling our incomplete little abode out into the world and the frustration of having to drive back home for the cooler full of food left on our garage floor (!), it was a ton of fun.

Anyone else out there who's mid-restoration, I highly recommend getting the running lights and cushions in order, and just getting out there. Very motivating.

I want to go again right NOW.

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