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Old 08-26-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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'77 Boler -- total newbies

Howdy all, just a little intro here:

We are completely new at this, but gung-ho to get started after deciding we NEEDED a 13' fiberglass trailer about 12 days ago, and then impatiently stalking Craiglook for a few days. We were thrilled (irrationally so) to bring home a '77 Boler last weekend.

Before we can take it on the road with our two kids, we're planning a pretty big overhaul to improve its functionality, safety, and, let's face it, looks. With just the initial list of projects including a new axle, replacing a missing window, filling a ceiling cut-out, painting, painting, painting, and adding AC (and with more ambition than skill), this should be interesting. Phase 1 is pretty tame so far: scrubbing the Ensolite in hopes it can be saved and removing everything possible to prep for what's to come.

I've started a blog so that friends and family (who think we're more than a little crazy) and anyone else who's interested in our bumbling progress can follow along: SuperBoler

And I'm not the most forum-savvy, so in case I have trouble with the pics, ALL of our photos can be found on flickr: Flickr: SuperBoler's Photostream

FiberglassRV.com has already been invaluable to us, and I'm sure we'll be back soon with more specific questions that no one has ever asked before (ha!)

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Old 08-26-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Party! I saw that on craigs as well looked like it had potential, good to see it go to a home that wants it! Looks like you are diving right in!!

I look forward to following your progress.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:56 PM   #3
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Welcome Sam and Jess Congratulations on what looks to be a basically sound little Boler. With that as a starting point you will be able to craft a neat trailer and travel experience for your family. I look forward to following your progress. Lee and Norma
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:01 PM   #5
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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.
You got that right Kevin. It is not on the top of the list, but it is near it. I think some turkey hunters had it at one point so they covered the yellow over dark yellow with the brown. You know, camouflage-ish.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:33 PM   #6
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Have a great time! You will never regret getting a fiberglass "house on wheels" for your family. Good luck with the rehab!
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:36 PM   #7
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Welcome! And... welcome to the addiction

I saw that on Craigslist too, and also thought it had good potential. Plus, I'm a sucker for the "mod" colored late-70s Bolers.

Great to see the comments on your Flickr photos - that always makes them more fun to look at.

Whee!

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Old 08-26-2010, 09:58 PM   #8
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Howdy all, just a little intro here:

We are completely new at this, but gung-ho to get started after deciding we NEEDED a 13' fiberglass trailer about 12 days ago, and then impatiently stalking Craiglook for a few days. We were thrilled (irrationally so) to bring home a '77 Boler last weekend.


12 days ago? That is all you searched for? You luck Ducks! Many people search for months and months. Great Find! Congrats! I know they say dark trailers are hard to handle in the sun, but a white one is nooooooooooooo cool refuge! So I say if you can live with the dark, keep it, get out there camping! Enjoy it!
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:47 AM   #9
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Thanks Robin, we know we lucked out and had planned on a much longer search. We actually called on this trailer the FIRST day of our internet hunt, but had to put off making the deal until the next weekend when we could borrow a capable vehicle (that's right -- we don't even have a tow vehicle yet!) It was a 3-hour drive away, but that seems a small price to pay.
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Congrats! Please post progress pix. Looks better already with the cleaning.

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Thanks Robin, we know we lucked out and had planned on a much longer search. We actually called on this trailer the FIRST day of our internet hunt, but had to put off making the deal until the next weekend when we could borrow a capable vehicle (that's right -- we don't even have a tow vehicle yet!) It was a 3-hour drive away, but that seems a small price to pay.


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Old 08-27-2010, 10:29 AM   #12
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This things brings the funk! I would keep the color, but that's just me. Love the coffee brown with orange logo and then orange interior.....it screams 60's/70's and I think that makes it super unique to anything I've seen on the road....
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It was a 3-hour drive away, but that seems a small price to pay.
That's not too bad at all. I went all the way to Winnipeg for mine (30 hours each way).

All part of the fun though
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:59 PM   #14
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So I have determined the axle is probably shot. The left side is about 1.5 inches lower than the right side. I have looked over the frame pretty well but do not see any signs of damage or cracks, so I am going to blame it on the axle. I was pleasantly surprised the bearings had fresh grease in them! Routine maintenance = long life.

I think Jess and I have decided to remove the body from the frame and clean up the frame when we swap the axle. I believe I could just swap the axle pretty easily, but I figure it would just be easier to do both at the same time. I am hoping we can get this done in the next month or two, before it gets too cold.

Anybody have the exact measurements for a 1977 Boler 1300? I am not doing any thing goofy, just want a direct replacement. Anybody know where to get one? I have reviewed the axle suppliers on the Helpful-Links tab, but it appears most of those links are wholesalers.

Further, we have electric brakes on now, but one of the many previous owners chopped the brake wires right at the hub. Does anyone have a schematic for those wires? I am about a (four banana) mechanic, but when it comes to electricity, I am a real mouth breathing moron.

I will do some searching of the forums in the meantime.

I have purchased a set of Ansen (5 slot "Mag wheels") wheels from a guy on Craigslist, but he has somewhat disappeared since he received my paypal payment. I will give him a couple of more days before I get ugly.

Jess is out there slaving right now, but I am sure she will have more later.

-Sam
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