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Old 03-29-2012, 10:19 PM   #29
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Robert, can you tell me what you used for a Bed in this build? and where a good place to get that stainless you used for the back splash? how thick is that stuff and do you have to ask for something specific wherever you get that stuff?

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Old 03-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #30
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Pam, You're correct... Dometic now owns the SMEV line of products. Unfortunately, they do not yet sell everything one can find in Europe and offer only a couple options through dealers.

As to rebuilds, everything depends on the necessary repairs. New frame? Extensive body work and paint? New subfloor? New insulation and wall covering? All new furniture/cabinets? Each step obviously takes it own time.


Joel, the "bed" is a custom-cut (to fit the bed platform and match the arc'ing walls) piece of 2" memory foam laminated to standard 2" foam. I buy my stainless from a local sheet metal shop. Nothing exotic, just the lightest/thinnest gauge available.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:18 PM   #31
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Robert: thanks for getting back on the bed, so its only 4" thich then? it looks like 6" or more in the photos? please let me know, it looks super comfy.

thanks for the info on the stainless, I'll have to see who can supply some stainless then locally when the time comes. do you have any idea on the gauge of metal you used? I don't want to go to thin that it warps easily or pulls in with rivets or something.

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Old 04-01-2012, 12:13 AM   #32
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Robert, as always great work!


Joel, Recently I saw stainless at Lowes............ Of course they are now caring it, many are using it for their back splashes in there homes. So it's more excessable.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:33 AM   #33
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Robert: thanks for getting back on the bed, so its only 4" thich then? it looks like 6" or more in the photos? please let me know, it looks super comfy.

thanks for the info on the stainless, I'll have to see who can supply some stainless then locally when the time comes. do you have any idea on the gauge of metal you used? I don't want to go to thin that it warps easily or pulls in with rivets or something.

thanks again,

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Hey guys. Does anybody know where I can get a lock hinge for my cupboard doors. Something small
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:41 PM   #34
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Robert,
Simply amazing! Another beautiful job! I've spent much time on your website looking at the high quality and attention to detail in each one of your builds.
The only thing I think I might be able to come close to recreating in my trailer is that little clock on the upper kitchen cupboard door on the Scamp.
Thanks for all the inspiration.
BTW I, too, love the continuous curtain rod.
Take care,
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:45 PM   #35
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This renovation is another example of your amazing work Robert!

We had the good fortune of visiting Robert in November to see the restored 1971 Boler in person. Robert was exceptionally generous with his time and information. Anyone considering having Robert restore their trailer would not be disappointed!!

Robert, I was wondering if you could please provide anymore details about the 12V/solar power system for this trailer? i.e. the components required, how many watts the solar panel is, the size of battery, etc. We are in the process of choosing the electrical fixtures for our Boler which will include 12 V LED lighting and the same Engel fridge that you used in the '71 Boler. I'm wondering if a solar panel will allow us to use the fridge on 12V without frequently running the car to re-charge the battery.

Thanks for all the knowledge and experience that you've shared!

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:20 AM   #36
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Robert, how big is that bed? When Scamp does the larger bed you are left with a much smaller closet yet it looks like you still have a regular closet even with the bigger bed. Scamp's bed is 54".

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Thanks for the kind words, Shannon and Maureen!

I must be honest and say that the solar power requirements were defined by the client and the components put together by the guys at AM Solar in Springfield, OR (541 726 1091, Welcome to AM Solar_Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987). All I had to do was follow instructions with the install.

That said, the 100 watt stand-alone panel and the recharging/monitoring system perform beautifully, providing total (with sun of course) daily recharging of the two 6 volt on-board batteries. The LoveBug is ALL 12v inside, and the client can boondock for as long as the sunny days hold out... No need for ANY car connection for recharging.
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Melissa,
The LoveBug bed is 60" wide, which does reduce the size of the vertical cabinet by about 6".
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Thanks, Robert. How did you get a 60" wide bed with only losing 6" of closet space? Scamp removes 10" of closet and only gives you a 54" bed.

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #40
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Thanks for your reply Robert. Would you mind sharing the approximate cost of the solar system?

Also, unrelated to the electrical system, it looks like you install the insulation/"rat fur" covering to the inside before installing the cabinetry. Is that right? Do you cut out the insulation to install your cleats? Many details to think about!!!

Thanks again Robert,
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Sorry, don't know... the solar system was purchased directly from AM Solar by the client.

The "rat fur" is actually a marine-grade "Hull Liner." Cutouts were made only to accommodate the cabinet mounting blocks, which were epoxied directly to the FG shell. Otherwise, the fabric is behind the cabinets.
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Ooops! Sorry, I messed up. I rechecked my drawings and the bed is only 48" wide, and the vert cabinet is 16".
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