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Old 07-25-2013, 05:50 AM   #1
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Hello everyone
I'm new to the site !!
Could anyone tell me the factory / normal height of the Boler 17' trailers.
I see them listed as 7'2" is that correct ?
Looking at putting one in my garage ( 7' opening ) for a redo.


Later :-) Dan
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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At 7'2" it would be 3" too tall to get in a 7' door , you will need some gap. Try smaller wheels to get it in or lots of guys have made plywood wheels to get in and out of the garage.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:29 AM   #3
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Thanks Rick for the response.
Yes that's the plan.
I figure you can probable get around 5" lowering by changing out wheels.
My concern is that there actually 7'8" tall NOT 7'2"
So would like to verify height on 17' Boler's, all the manuals online are for 13' Boler's, are they the same ??

Thanks guys & gals :-) Dan
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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I see them listed as 7'2" is that correct ?
Not likely; that sounds like a Boler 1300 (13' model), rather than a B1700, and even then it would not have very large tires or a tall roof vent cover. Some B1300 owners can just squeeze under 7' by using a flat vent lid, but a B1700 is much taller. The B1700 frame is further off the ground, the floor doesn't recess down into the frame, and the interior is taller... all of which adds up to much more height.

I don't remember the overall height, but the top of the B1700 frame is 16" off the ground, the floor is on top of the frame, and the ceiling in the middle clears my six foot height comfortably, so that's a total of over 7'4", and the floor thickness, extra headroom, shell thickness, and roof vents are on top of that.

With the tanks hanging over 8" below the frame, you could pull the axle right out, slide it on skids just high enough to not rip off the waste plumbing, and probably still not clear a 7' garage door.

I know this sounds really negative, and there may be a solution, but I don't want anyone making unrealistic plans based on a misunderstanding of specs. The B1700 looks much like a B1300, but is a very different and much larger design. It's not like some other brands, in which the 13' is essentially just stretched to make the next size up.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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I figure you can probable get around 5" lowering by changing out wheels.
I don't think so. The usual tires (205/75R14) are about 26" tall, so a 5" height reduction means a 10" diameter reduction, to 16". I can't imagine a 16" tall tire on a wheel big enough to clear the 10" brake drums, although I haven't looked up sizes yet.

The plywood wheels would work, and only need to be about a foot in diameter, but I don't think even that will get you in the door without at least removing the vents and the wastewater outlet.
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Boler 1750 (17') brochure in the document center lists overall height as 7'8".

Here is the link....http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/d...0_Brochure.pdf
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Humm, I don't think in 2013 it matters much what the height was of any 35-40 year old trailer from the factory. Axles sag, owners change them to new with different angles, roof vents are added, etc. The only way to absolutely know is to measure a particular trailer and that only means it's accurate for that one trailer.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:30 PM   #8
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Humm, I don't think in 2013 it matters much what the height was of any 35-40 year old trailer from the factory. Axles sag, owners change them to new with different angles, roof vents are added, etc.
True, but fiberglass shells and steel frames don't shrink, and no suspension sag will account for even 2" of height loss, so the original spec height can be reasonably treated as a minimum.

Added stuff (vent lids, my MaxxFan, air conditioners, oversize tires) could be removed before hauling it inside.. and that sort of thing would need to be done to even a stock B1700 to get it in a 7' door, anyway.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:44 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for all the help.
I do realise that the only way to absolutely know is to measure a particular trailer but figured the shell / frame height were all the same between the Boler 13' and 17'.

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Old 07-31-2013, 01:03 PM   #10
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I have had my trailer in 4 different garages in the last 2 years. All standard height. Without the roof vent it was easy. With the vent on now I disconnect the garage door from the opener it can make a big difference. Then I deflate the tires, much cheaper than a new set of wheels.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:14 PM   #11
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Good to know, Chris. That's a Boler 1300, not a 1700, right? Your profile just says "Boler" (and 1974).
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #12
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It is a 13' boler.
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