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Old 04-25-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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How much would a 1981 Boler weigh?
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Hi: Carrie...Thats a loaded question. As 13' Bolers became more modern ('68 to '87) they also put on a few pounds. More options ment more weight!!! Dry weight would probably be 1250lbs. Loaded and ready to tow 1600-1800lbs. The suspension capacity of our former '77 Boler was 1750lbs. These weights should be listed on the inside of a cupboard door or on a plate fixed to the trailer somewhere.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:16 AM   #3
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What size boler?
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:10 PM   #4
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You have just reminded me that I still have not taken the trailer to a scale and actually had it weighed. This way I can lie to myself as to its weight.
The weight of YOUR Boler will depend on how much STUFF you load it with. Our '84 is listed, on the sticker, as being 970 lbs. The actual towing weight is probably somewhere between 1200-1700 lbs after you count all the extras. AND a lot more if the water tank were full. Do you carry all of your outdoor gear in the trailer or in the tow vehicle? Do you have a stove, furnace, three way fridge, microwave, television, battery, solar pannels etc. These all add up to a lot of weight. How much food, blankets and clothing do you take along? Do you fill the cutlery drawer with a lot of stainless or do you take the minimum in plastic utensils? Just about everything except the shell is extra weight that the Mfg didn't take into consideration.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:27 PM   #5
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Hi Carrie I just sold my Boler which we had in our family for 20 years and she was a 13 ft she weighed in at 900lbs dry do you have the sticker on the closet door that is where all the specs are but if is gone you out of luck, anyway if it is a 13 ft that is it the weight. I now own a Bigfoot and add another 900lbs , hope this helps you out .. Rick..
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:20 PM   #6
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Rick,

When you say "weighed in," was that by actual weighing on a scale? Or do you mean that's what was published on the sticker by the mfgr? Apparently there is often a difference, with the actual trailer weighing more.

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Back in the '70-80s, there was apparently something magic about 1,000 lbs, so a lot of the small eggs have dry weights just under that, most of which turn out to be somewhat fictional, esp if the egg had options like batteries, fridges, spare tires, etc., so all the dry weight stickers and labels have to be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Actually, a more useful number is the GVWR from the trailer label, because this is the maximum the axle(s) should carry -- Multiply this by 110%, to account for tongue weight and that's a more real-world weight to deal with for early planning purposes.

But once one actually has the egg, one should pack it all up with personal effects, liquids, food, tools, etc. and take it to a scale and weigh it -- This is the only weight we really care about because this is what's going to need to be pulled, steered and stopped -- All the rest is theory and guesswork! Then one can go about setting up proper tongue weights, side-to-side weight distribution, etc.

Same for the tow vehicle, BTW. Once one adds in the driver, passengers, luggage, tools, receiver hitch, etc., it should also be weighed.
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