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Old 06-12-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Snow or tree damage?

Hello to everyone out there from a Boler newb!
I recently bought a 1975 Boler that was part way through a renovation. Seems it either got hit by a tree or it got squished by snow but I didn't notice this side until I started working on it. The left side is bulging out and deforming the side window. I noticed a couple things, that there was no wrought iron upper cabinet support, and the floor under the left side dinette seating area seems to have dropped a few inches also. Any helpful suggestions on how to whip this egg back into shape would be very much appretiated.




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Old 06-12-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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Welcome! I have no idea how to help you but know there are lots of folks here who can help. I'd love to see postings of your solutions! Good luck on your renovation.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
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More interior pic's needed. To me, and I am not a expert at egg restoration but it sounds more like support wall issue rather than weight from the top. Has it been off it's frame? Shouldn't there be a support in the interior?


Reason I say that is, because you don't speak of any exterior issues, of course it could a combination of all factors. Hopefully one of the restore guys will see this post and help you out. Just seem's like the problem may be interior/frame issue. Snow or tree would probably do glass damage with that much of a bulge. Good luck!


Welcome, glad you found Fiberglassrv, you found a great place! Congat's on your new to you egg. Good luck with the restoration................
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Hi Paul, my guess is it was most likely a snow load that did that if you dont have a cabinet support - we have a member of our BC group who's Boler's whole roof caved in a few years ago due to snow. Nope he wasnt up north but it was one of those rare deep snow days in Vancouver. :-)

Have no idea how you fix it but if you are in the lower mainland area of BC you may want to come out to the Meet we are holding at the Sons of Norway Campground near Mission June 21-24 - the trailers will be open for tours on the Saturday morning and we have 32 Boler's attending so far, so someone may have a suggestion or two as to how to do it. PM me if you want details.
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Thanks for the replies! And thanks for the warm welcome. Just found the FGRV app awesome! Now I can reply on my breaks lol.
Here's a couple more pics, I think it may be from a couple issues.. Getting hit or snow load and floor sag in that corner. It seems the back corner is a weak area as the trailer sits on the frame, two short pieces of 2x4 fiberglassed into the floor extend out to support that area. It looks like they have sagged and it's pushed the tire well outward, this along with no cabinet support and the trauma it received at some point.
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Nothing that a little Poliglow won't fix.

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I don't have any more pics of the problem area until after work. I'm thinking start at the bottom and work up. I am going to try to jack up the back corner and bolt metal right angle brackets to the frame, to support the 2x4's and level the floor.
I can see that the kitchen counter unit was pulled back with the wall so I removed the rivets and am thinking of fastening the counter to the floor better, where it should be, that way I can push the wall back in enough to make the window opening straight and rivet it back to the counter and screw it back into the fiberglass dinette seat. I just hope that is not too much pressure on the rivets.
Oh ya, those pics of the door area just give you an idea of what kind of load was put on the trailer at some point. I'm not too worried about the door fix, I've got a plan for that.
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You may want to take the body off the frame and start with a new floor, then build up from there. Lots of similar restorations here if you do a search.
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Tom didnt you mean Red Max
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Tom didnt you mean Red Max

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Hello Paul and welcome to the forum. Without seeing the trailer in person it's hard to judge what to do but just to thrown an idea at you: there is so much bondo to begin with I would consider eyelets/wire/ turnbuckles to pull the sides in and then add roof support/ structural members to keep things there. Pushing up on the roof might achieve the same result. I am thinking plywood/2x4/hydraulic jack. Be gentle. Raz
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Paul here is a photo of a seriously cracked egg - caused by no supports and a snow load. As you can see prior to the whole roof giving in the sides appear to have bulged out a little as well....
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Carol, Can you post the 'after' photo to show Paul how it was repaired good as new? :P
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