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Old 09-06-2008, 04:19 PM   #29
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After almost 3 years of planning, making, fixing and finishing I can finally post the results of my door fix. The complete and lengthy post documenting the fix / mod can be seen on this thread here.



I took the sagging door with stress cracks and broken connections, added an aluminum frame to the body and did some fiberglass repairs to complete the job. I also changed the balls using the kits from Scamp trailers.



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The door now opens and closes as it should and no longer opens while travelling. The gel coat still needs to be repaired. You can see the new ST145/R12 tires installed on the last picture, I really like how well they ended up fitting the wheel well and body.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:02 PM   #30
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I've been asked by a few of the members here to start posting pictures.
Hi Roy

I'm a newbie on this forum having spent the past two months researching fiberglass campers. Two days ago I purchased a 1973 13' Boler. Yippie!

On your very informative series on restoring your Boler I noticed in one of your pictures that you have what appears to be a two or three way refrigerator installed. My Boler has an ice box that is in poor shape and I want to replace it with something similar to what you have. I'm not sure if the original camper has the wiring required to retrofit a new fridge but I'll be poking around and looking into that today.

Question: Is yours a retrofit or did it come with the trailer?

Many thanks in advance for any response from anyone on this fine forum. I'm looking to learn as much as possible about how you all have done such fine work resurrecting and reviving these great little trailers!

Holiday regards to everyone!
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:25 PM   #31
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Hi Tony,

This thread might help you out...

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...erator&st=0

Congrats on getting a FG trailer!! YAY!
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #32
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I'm a newbie on this forum having spent the past two months researching fiberglass campers. Two days ago I purchased a 1973 13' Boler. Yippie!
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Question: Is yours a retrofit or did it come with the trailer?
Welcome to FGRV Tony,
Congratulations on your new trailer! The short answer to your question is both. The fridge came with the trailer but it was a retrofit by the previous owner that I modified to make it work a bit better.

The fridge is a 3 way Dometic RM182B originally used in the VW Westphalia campers. Though no longer in production they can be found used. The VW's don't seem to last as long as our fiberglass trailers, the fridges outlast the VW's.

Here is a link to how I modified the original retrofit install to obtain better venting. If you get one of these fridges. Place the lower vent as close to the floor as possible. My propane guru even suggested putting the vent in the floor as was done in the original Westphalia installation. I had to work with an oversized precut hole that I did not want to make it any larger nor did I want to patch the existing hole. Good venting maximises your fridges efficiency and cooling ability.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:12 AM   #33
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Once the majority of the door problem was completed, I proceeded to fix and refinish the floor and replace the floor covering.

Here are some before and after pictures.



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Here’s a link to my full post on Fixing a Floor.



I hope to be able to compose and post my axle swap soon. That involves raising the trailer and changing from a leading arm axle to a trailing arm with electric brakes.

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Old 04-05-2009, 04:42 PM   #34
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The summer of 2008 finally provided the opportunity to change out the old leading arm axle and replace it with a new trailing arm axle with electric brakes.

Full details of the axle swap can be read here.

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The trailer feels and sounds like it has less resistance towing now that it is a little higher. That might have something to do with one wheel not being severely out of alignment. Things no longer fly around on the inside while towing. I can definitely feel a big difference in stopping with the electric brakes. I am not as scared about having to stop fast while driving. It is a major reduction in stress.

The Dexter # 9 Torflex axle with brakes cost a little over $400 CDN including taxes from CERKA in Milton, ON. Installation $300 CDN, 3 new tires and rims about $300 more. Total cost was just over $1000 CDN plus a few hundred hours of researching, measuring and planning. That should keep our trailer towing smoothly for the next 15 to 20 years.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:10 PM   #35
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #36
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Hi Roy in TO,

I am going to be changing my axle on my 74 Boler this spring, so I was very interested in your thread. Great job on the renos, by the way, a lot of work. But what caught my eye was one of your interior pictures of your furnace grille. It looks exactly like the Wagonmaster 6000B grille that I am searching for, as mine is unlovely and broken (I ran a separate thread in the fix-it forum recently but so far it looks like I am going to have to get one made from scratch). Would you know where to get a front grille plate like that, by any chance?

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:16 PM   #37
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Thanks Rick,

PM sent on suggestions for the grille.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:16 PM   #38
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Well we picked up the trailer from storage this weekend and took some pictures of the last few things we did last year. For the first time since I started this thread this post brings us up to date on the restoration. Here are a couple of shots of the interior.

The ensolite was reglued everywhere it was loose then primed with Kilz. The seams were caulked and seam tape applied over the gaps. The whole things was then painted with one coat of "One Shot" sign paint. Added a backsplash, front and rear end cabinets, replaced the doors on the upper kitchen cabinets.

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Old 05-18-2009, 11:05 PM   #39
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Ooh, nothing like a nice, juicy set of "before" and "after" photos

I love the Kleenex built into the overhead cabinet! When you mentioned it earlier, I pictured the Kleenex coming out the side, like in hotel bathrooms. But your way is brilliant! How does that work on the inside? Did you make a partition/holder for a certain sized box... or?

Also, can you tell more about the quilted backsplash? Is that stainless steel, or... do I remember you saying it was plastic?

And the last one for now: Is that a standard kitchen sized cutting board that fits into the sink? Or did you customize the size?

Again, very nice!

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Thanks Raya,

For the Kleenex, I put two small angle brackets spaced an inch or so wider than the box on either end into the 3/4" brace facing upwards. Then I took a piece of the (1/4" inch or so) flat white elastic used for sewing and tied it onto the brace closest to the wall. I dropped the box of Kleenex in place, snugged up the elastic a bit and tied it to the hole of the brace closest to the door. That should handle just about any changes the tissue paper manufacturers come up with.

The backsplash is plastic from Home depot, meant for walls and ceilings. The "J" channel that comes with it for finishing is a little finicky and does not want to stay put. That will be one of my little projects to tinker with this year.

The cutting board was standard from a dollar store. All I had to do was round the corners with a sand paper disk on an angle grinder to fit. Then I took some wet fine sandpaper to smooth the rounded edges a bit.
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That before picture is enough to give me the willies. Yikes! What is that black stuff on the walls? Mildew?

You did a great job of restoring your egg. You should be proud.

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That before picture is enough to give me the willies. Yikes! What is that black stuff on the walls? Mildew?
I'm not sure Roger, something biological and it was everywhere. I was a little aprehensive about wanting to send samples out for testing to find out for sure. I did not want the trailer to be condemned as a biohazard. All I know is that so far it has not returned. So our efforts have paid off.

Thank you for the compliments. Another 3 or 4 years and I might have it finished.
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