1973 Boler 1300 updating - Fiberglass RV



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Old 01-14-2019, 10:38 PM   #1
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1973 Boler 1300 updating

I thought I'd start documenting the process of updating the new addition to our family - "Lita". She's got good bones and was too good to pass up. There's a lot to do since she's in her mid 40s and has been sitting in a shed for the past 8 years and before that was used primarily as a hunting cabin for quite a while I think. But I love a challenge. I've started on the inside and what didn't seem like a big deal has certainly been a lot of work. What's taken the most time so far has been removing the peeling paint and cleaning the mildew underneath. Not pretty, but that's done and now while I'm waiting for some warmer (and drier) weather to start repainting and doing exterior work I've decided to spend my time redoing the cabinets, plumbing and lighting and ripping out and replacing the old wiring. You know, fun stuff!
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:19 PM   #2
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Upper cabinet

The upper cabinet came off easily. Mostly because quite a few of the rivets were already loose or missing. Luckily there were some machine screws in the mix still holding it up so it hadn't let go. Unfortunately there's going to be a lot of silicone to deal with but I'll deal with that when I reinstall the cabinets. With the cabinet off and the doors removed I got started with filling the multitude of holes. I used bondo glass for the holes and it worked pretty good. I haven't done any glass work for quite a few years but it's like riding a bike.

With the holes filled and sanded down next I got to work on the false bottom which houses the recessed under cabinet LED lights and all the wiring. I did a little bit of reinforcement, glued in some pieces for the false bottom and cut the holes for the lights and the switch. With everything ready to install I primed with bullseye 123 and topcoated with Behr Premium Ultra. Should hold up. I guess we'll see. The cabinet now has 2 LED under counter recessed 12 volt lights, a short 110 volt LED fixture and either end has a 12 volt reading light. I've gone with soldered connections and marine heatshrink. My previous life as a marine mechanic showing through here It's all tested and ready to reinstall when the time comes.

I got a good deal on some maple boards so those are going to be for the cabinet doors. I have them glued up and I'm waiting for my pal Gord to have some free time so we can do some CNC work on them. Nothing fancy but nice and some cool knobs too. Next on the list is getting the lower cabinet and front and rear benches spruced up.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:03 AM   #3
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Really liking the false bottom,, that idea will likely be stolen!
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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Thanks Fred. Just seemed like the right thing to do. Anyone who wants to can steal away!! Although no warranty is expressed or implied.. Try at your own risk.. You know the usual disclaimers
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:04 AM   #5
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FGRV is not for everyone. Please consult with your significant partner before purchasing FGRV. Long term use of FGRV can result in the following side effects:

Time loss
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If you no longer have these side effects, consult with your significant partner and purchase additional FGRV immediately as serious funk can occur!
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:13 AM   #6
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Used to have a sailboat and that pretty much had the same side effects Alex. Go figger! Maybe subconciously I'm just exchanging the water for wheels. Bet a psychiatrist would have a field day with that!!
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:26 PM   #7
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Sunny day work

Had a break from the rain today so I thought I'd get outside and pull off the front propane/battery holder and the rear spare tire mount. Thought this might be a quick and easy job on a sunny day....Somebody must have had unfettered access to a steelyard because both were fabricated out of 1/4 steel plate. How's that for adding weight to the poor little boler frame? I started out by using my angle grinder with a zip disk to try and remove the rear spare tire mount but quickly realized I needed "MORE POWER" so hooked up my plasma cutter and got to work.

The plasma cutter did a pretty quick job on the rear mount. I wasn't too particular about getting it all off because the rear bumper is going to have to be replaced anyway. Rusted through in a number of spots. The front holder went a little bit faster because I already had the plasma cutter set up and pretty easy access to the lower mounts.

Doing a rough calculation I think I pulled off about 125 pounds of steel off the frame. The replacements will definitely be lighter and I'll start working on them once I get all the interior cabinets and benches out of my welding bay.

Clouds are rolling in and the forecast is for rain and wind tomorrow so back inside to finish some painting tomorrow.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:11 AM   #8
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Can you post a picture of the lights installed on the inside? Want to see how low profile the LEDs are. I am at the same stage with my camper.

And also a link to the lights and switch?
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:17 AM   #9
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Sure thing Chris. As soon as I get them up I'll be posting. Still working on the interior and it's been a little too cold to finish the paint but when they go in I'll definitely post pics.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Those should be the links for the lights and switches. Lights are currently out of stock I think but I just did a search for "12v LED recessed lights" and there were lots of options.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:19 AM   #10
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Just reread the post Chris. Did you want a pic of the internal wiring and lights from the inside of the cabinet? Because that I have. Only on my first coffee here.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:29 AM   #11
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Here's the interior shot. Not quite finished the wiring so it's a bit of a rat's nest.

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Perfect. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:43 PM   #13
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Progress on Lita is being made although not as much as I'd like (of course). But still it is progress. The upper and lower cabinets are now patched, prepped and painted. I can't wait to get the interior painted and get everything back in place. Then I'll have my fly tying space back

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I got a good deal on some Maple S2S boards so with the help of my good friend Gord (who has all the woodworking tools) got new cabinet doors made and as a bonus we fired up his CNC machine and did a little faux shaker styling on the upper cabinet doors. They turned out nice. I have a little different CNC plan for the lower doors and closet door and will post those pics when that gets done. Not sure when that will be.

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With the cabinets and benches pulled out I replaced the thru-hulls for the city water and sink drain. They sure look fresher than the old ones.

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Installing some plywood backing for the new electrical boxes came next.

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I initially mounted the plywood with construction adhesive and once that had set fiberglassed the plywood in and painted it. The new breaker box and GFCI mounted nicely and wiring up the new lines for the 110 plug boxes went pretty quick once I had diagrammed what I needed to do.

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With the 110 wiring back and roughed in place I started patching the myriad of screw holes in the floor, and did some priming and painting before the temperatures dropped. Now I'm waiting for some warm weather to finish things inside.
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Old 02-25-2019, 04:49 PM   #14
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It may not seem to me that much is getting done with Lita but when I look back and get back to documenting what I've been doing it is something . The snow and cold weather (for Vancouver Island) has put me back a bit but I was able to get some interior stuff dealt with. I was able to spend some more time with my friend Gord and his CNC machine so we finished off some funky artwork for the front of the lower cabinet door and the new closet door. Since Lita (for now) will be staying close to home we did up a Vancouver Island outline for the lower cabinet door and a kooky little camping scene for the closet door.

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I also got my act together and finally finished the upper cabinet. Doors finished and hinges and latches installed. I was a little leary of screwing up the latches. They mount through the face of the door and push in flush to latch the doors.

As I was installing the hinge hardware thought I had measured it all correctly but after drilling for the hinges realized that the openings were not all the same size and the holes for the left side door were not in the right spot. But it's fiberglass which is magic so I ground down around the holes, patched them up with bondo glass and and a final coat of bondo and we were good to drill again. Got it right this time.

Everything installed nicely and I really like the looks of the whole cabinet. Can't wait to get it installed but that will wait until the interior is painted.

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It has warmed up now so I've managed to get out and caulk the ensolite seams with Dynaflex 230 and have now started priming with Bullseye 123. That should be done by the weekend.

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And that will be it for the next month or so. Australia and New Zealand are on the schedule so It will be April before I move on to the next steps. That's okay I could use a little break.
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