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Old 06-24-2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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1977 Boler - worth the price?

I looked at a 1977 Boler last night - asking price $5200.

It's mostly original - working furnace, fridge, stove. There has been vinyl flooring nailed down - not sure what condition the floor is like. The upholstery and curtains are newer. No paint inside or out - original finish. Looks like it's been neglected - which is probably why it's in the original condition - but as a result there is some rust on the metal parts. Original awning included. No mold. Frame seems good but hasn't been reinforced. There is no door sag - looks like someone fixed that.

What do you think - does the price seem right?

Also, you can see from the first picture that the window in the door is small. I've never seen a small window here - do you think this is original?

Thanks for your help...Melanie
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:56 AM   #2
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Yes, those are the original windows. Standard for that year Boler (and other years). Just like buying a stick built home.. there's location, location, location. When was the last time you saw a Boler with very similar options, cleanliness, etc. for sale in your area. What is it WORTH to you to own it? If you can afford it, it's what you want... go for it. You can start your memories immediately. Or delay.. for how long.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:06 AM   #3
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Melanie, the door window looks original. Or at least it's the same one in my '72 Boler and appears the same as others I've seen in pics. I'd find out if the axle is original... if it is, consider how much life it has left (if you want to compare to an original picture, check out this link and scroll down a couple posts to see the height of a '76 Boler Replacing an Axle - leading arm to trailing arm) Overall, it looks in very nice condition - tho it's hard to see the exact finish of everything.

You'll get plenty of opinions on whether $5200 is fair, in part b/c if restoration is needed or has been done - we all have a different monetary value on our own time/expertise! If there's still reasonable work left - I'd say it seems high. If it's completely healthy and ready to roll w/no more money/work - then it may be fair.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:09 AM   #4
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Yes, those are the original windows. Standard for that year Boler (and other years). Just like buying a stick built home.. there's location, location, location. When was the last time you saw a Boler with very similar options, cleanliness, etc. for sale in your area. What is it WORTH to you to own it? If you can afford it, it's what you want... go for it. You can start your memories immediately. Or delay.. for how long.
Yes, what Donna said She's a faster typer than I am apparently!
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:57 AM   #5
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Maybe the pictures are just flattering, but I guess that's not what I'd consider neglected -- looks uniquely tidy for 30+ years of use! But, don't tell the seller I said that

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Old 06-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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Maybe the pictures are just flattering, but I guess that's not what I'd consider neglected -- looks uniquely tidy for 30+ years of use! But, don't tell the seller I said that

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I agree...by neglected, I mean no one has painted or changed anything (aside from the 'new' vinyl flooring and upholstery). It looks like our damp, salty maritime environment has been tough on it over the years though - every metal bit is rusty.

Has anyone attempted to remove flooring and salvage the fiberglass floor? Any tips or tricks to repair the holes?

Were probably going for another look at it on the weekend. Any advice on what to look for underneath. I got a good tip in a previous post on how to check the axle - fist width between top of tire and fiberglass. I will bring a tape measure to see if it's much lower than originally spec'ed as well.

How do I know if the frame and axle have much (or any) life left? We would like to use it for the rest of the summer and fix it up a bit over the winter months.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:16 AM   #7
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A bit high but it depends what else is for sale.

Have a good look at the frame for cracking around the axle mount points and underneath the front bunk. Those seem to me like the most likely places you'll see issues. Are the tires usable and is there any indication of leaking? You might find a few negotiating points and identify how much work you have to do before using the trailer.

If the trailer is largely un-modified (and I mean *bad* modifications!), then the price is only about $700 higher than I've seen around here. If there's nothing else for sale out where you live, it might be a fair price.

BTW, I've seen a *lot* worse being listed for ~$4000...
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If you could teleport yourself and a purchased egg anywhere, that price seems high (or, rather, you could find one in similar shape for cheaper). But teleportation doesn't exist yet, so travel costs must be added in to any price. How many do you see around Halifax?
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:59 PM   #9
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Even if the axle is shot, that doesn't mean it's unusable for the summer. You just have to be careful of packing... everything shakes and bounces! And go slowly over bumps and pot holes. I pulled my Scamp for two years hundreds of miles up and down the length of Oregon and Washington before I changed the axle. I mean... there is a budget that needs to be considered. The biggest problem is too much bouncing could cause the frame to crack at the a-frame area. Check it everytime you stop!

But boy, did I notice the difference once the axle was changed
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:42 AM   #10
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Use your concerns about the axle as a bargaining tool with the owner to help out on price. Being into hot rods and custom bikes I have bought and sold and traded many things an I've very seldom listed anything for exactly what I wanted I usually list something for 10-15% more than what I'm willing to take that way there's room to deal and I rarely pay the listed price for an item. So in short I'd start at $4500 and be willing to go to full price if you really want it. I've seen some out my way in similar condition listed for $6000 +. And some real junk for $3000 so the price does not seem out of line.
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It appears to have newer interior lighting and a newer water pump. The referidgerator looks to have been replaced too. Does the Bargeman 400 door lock work and is that a working outside light by the door? Overall, from the pictures, it appears to be a trailer that someone has tried to keep in up-to-date but in original condition.
Ours is 7 years newer with new axle, new paint job, outside hatches and new interior, permenant bed with two person dinette and a new fridge. If we were to list it it would probably sell for around $5500-$6000. Check the trailers sold archives to judge prices in your area.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:58 AM   #12
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looks pretty good and fair too me. We paid 4800 for ours and I am approaching 1800-200 added too it in reno-repairs and cleaning. We missed out on a few great deals because we kept looking for a better deal, eventually you just have to bite the bullet. That trailer looks in pretty good 'original' shape. Curious about the trailer trolley mounted on the hitch area
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:56 AM   #13
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Even if the axle is shot, that doesn't mean it's unusable for the summer. You just have to be careful of packing... everything shakes and bounces! And go slowly over bumps and pot holes. I pulled my Scamp for two years hundreds of miles up and down the length of Oregon and Washington before I changed the axle. I mean... there is a budget that needs to be considered. The biggest problem is too much bouncing could cause the frame to crack at the a-frame area. Check it everytime you stop!

But boy, did I notice the difference once the axle was changed
How hard is it to find a replacement axle? Do you buy them new?

My main concerns are the frame and axle - worst case, we'd buy it and need to do a whole lot of work reinforcing and/or replacing.

The inspection is only good until next month - would that factor in your decision to buy?

We're going back to see it tomorrow. I appreciate all of the comments and advice - helps a lot making a decision.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:09 AM   #14
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looks pretty good and fair too me. We paid 4800 for ours and I am approaching 1800-200 added too it in reno-repairs and cleaning. We missed out on a few great deals because we kept looking for a better deal, eventually you just have to bite the bullet. That trailer looks in pretty good 'original' shape. Curious about the trailer trolley mounted on the hitch area

Are you wondering about the old lawn tractor towing it? Or the jack to hold the hitch up?
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