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Old 06-25-2011, 12:18 PM   #15
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Our Boler was one of the first ones that Paul Neumiester replaced. He now ships all over the place. You could contact him re pricing.
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:03 PM   #16
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best thing to do would be to offer to pay for the MVI before you buy it...and get the guy doing the inspection to give it a really good check for you. if it does not pass inspection, you can use that as a bargening tool..........if the seller does not want to do this, then you need to ask your self if they are hiding somthing...........it sure would be nice to have the 2 year inspection done before you buy it, one less thing to worry about!!
do you know if the trailer came from NB? i had looked at one 5 or 6 years ago in NB that looks ALOT like that one!!
best of luck with the shopping.....it is part of the fun! well i enjoyed the hunt!
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:45 PM   #17
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So we went to see the 1977 Boler again this evening. It was a perfect night to go...pouring rain! Vent leaks...back window leaks...side window leaks. The frame and axle look good...and all of the appliances work...but...I think I'm falling out of love...

...beforehand, we stopped by a campground and I saw a green and white Boler! It was a sign...

...so tomorrow we're going back to see the 1973 Boler we saw Thursday night (2 hours each way!). In another post I described damage to the fiberglass around the wheel area which is really scaring me off. It's far from original...larger furnace, painted upper exterior, sink faucets removed/replaced, fridge doesn't work, no propane tank, no spare, no awning, no front window cover, a bit of door sag...but I keep coming back to it. Floor is beautiful, paint job is old but good, interior has orange upholstery and it is very clean...and hopefully no leaks!

1973 $3800 (1977 $5200)
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:53 PM   #18
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best thing to do would be to offer to pay for the MVI before you buy it...and get the guy doing the inspection to give it a really good check for you. if it does not pass inspection, you can use that as a bargening tool..........if the seller does not want to do this, then you need to ask your self if they are hiding somthing...........it sure would be nice to have the 2 year inspection done before you buy it, one less thing to worry about!!
do you know if the trailer came from NB? i had looked at one 5 or 6 years ago in NB that looks ALOT like that one!!
best of luck with the shopping.....it is part of the fun! well i enjoyed the hunt!
Thanks Kevin - I thought about trying to get an inspection before buying but didn't quite know how to handle it. Your suggestion sounds fair. I'm not sure where it came from but see my last reply...it leaks a lot and one of the main reasons to buy a Boler is to get out of a leaky tent! Maybe I'm expecting too much from these old eggs!

...and yes, we are enjoying the hunt...although the cost of travelling all over to see them is getting up there! We have learned a lot about what to look for just in the past week...thanks to this forum for much needed info.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:40 AM   #19
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Thanks Kevin - I thought about trying to get an inspection before buying but didn't quite know how to handle it. Your suggestion sounds fair. I'm not sure where it came from but see my last reply...it leaks a lot and one of the main reasons to buy a Boler is to get out of a leaky tent! Maybe I'm expecting too much from these old eggs!

...and yes, we are enjoying the hunt...although the cost of travelling all over to see them is getting up there! We have learned a lot about what to look for just in the past week...thanks to this forum for much needed info.
You are not expecting too much from these old eggs.You can find them with no leaks for much less money than they are asking for that green one.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:20 AM   #20
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Just make sure that beautiful floor you've fallen in love with, isn't hidding a rotten floor. Leaks happen. All windows and vents leak over time and are easy to fix. No matter which trailer you buy, you will eventually become very family with butyl and (good brands) of caulk.

Did you take the Buyers Check List with you?
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:26 AM   #21
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I agree,they all leak over time but for that price it shouldnt have any leaks.Even with all the work I've done on mine so far I have less than $1300 in it including the purchase price and it has no leaks.I know you dont normally find them for what I paid for mine but for $5200 it should be camp ready with no leaks.
The green one looks to be in pretty good shape though.The fiberglass damage should be a pretty easy fix.I wouldnt let that scare me off if the rest of the trailer is in order.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:07 PM   #22
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finding a rim for a spare tire

So we just got back from looking at the green 1973...I'm torn now, between the two.

The yellow 1977 ($5200) has all of the bells and whistles - awning, propane tanks, spare tire, original sink faucets, original stove-furnace-fridge (all working), original gel coat - but it's a bit grungy and it LEAKS!

The 1973 ($3800) is, to my taste, a better colour - but there's fiberglass damage, no spare tire, no propane, no fridge, no awning, no front window guard. It's clean though, the interior is much better and it doesn't LEAK!

By the way, does everyone travel with a spare tire? Is that a given? The green 1973 never had one.

Do you know if I can get a rim easily? I can't imagine travelling far without a spare.
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Based on your description of each camper I would go with the green one.Thats just my personal opinion though.As far as the spare goes,I wouldnt travel without one.They can be found pretty easily anywhere that sells trailer wheels.You can even get them at Walmart in my area.
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Would you drive your tug without a spare? Probably not. My trailer leaves the driveway, the spare goes with it (in the back of the tug). I have no opinion one way or the other about which trailer you should buy, but I'm not a died-in-the-wool fan of "original."
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Hi: Melanie...I'd buy it with a little negotiating. You can lay under it and take a hammer and sound out the frame...tapping to listen for a thud rather than a ring. Visual crack detection in the area where the frame bends toward the tongue and put your fist on top of the tires to check for space under the wheel housing...looking for black scrub marks too. Nothings fool proof but all things are replaceable except the door lock maybe. Very clean '77 from my POV. Grunge doesn't count as elbow grease is free but resealing the windows and vents isn't "Rocket Science" either.
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie p.s. here's a pic of our former '77 Boler that also resides in Halifax I think?
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:29 AM   #26
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Just make sure that beautiful floor you've fallen in love with, isn't hidding a rotten floor. Leaks happen. All windows and vents leak over time and are easy to fix. No matter which trailer you buy, you will eventually become very family with butyl and (good brands) of caulk.

Did you take the Buyers Check List with you?
Donna - How can you tell if a floor is rotten (during the buying process when you can't dig too much!). I'm assuming that even a fiberglass floor has plywood sandwiched between two layers of fiberglass (is this true?). If so, do they rot? How can you tell? Can they be fixed? I know the leaks can be fixed but how badly did those leaks damage the floor - that is my concern. Melanie
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:00 AM   #27
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Propane tanks have to be replaced or purged and tested every ten years, so the old tank probably goot retired.
I carried a temporary spare for a long time until I found an original boler rim and tire. If you get a 15" size with the 4 1/2" bolt pattern it will be almost the same outside diameter as your 13" tires. They are available at wrecking yards for $5 or less. I sold the temp at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago for the same as I paid for it.
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