1975 Boler Complete Restoration....my once in a lifetime project! - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-19-2018, 09:22 AM   #15
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Back from the shop. Door crack repaired....
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:32 AM   #16
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Vent holes patched....
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:42 AM   #17
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Plywood floor....
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:51 AM   #18
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Frame with extra "tabs" added, new tongue and tongue jack, powder coated and new Dexter torsion axle...
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Old 11-19-2018, 11:06 AM   #19
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That's looking great! Just starting out with my Boler 1300 so looking forward to seeing your progress. Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:31 PM   #20
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Wonderful documentation of your project..
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Old 11-19-2018, 03:48 PM   #21
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Hi Bob and Chris,
Thank you and glad to share! I have spent a lot of time on this forum searching for solutions to the vast number of challenges in the restoration of these trailers. I hope sharing my experience will answer someone else's questions
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:02 AM   #22
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I thought it was now time to start putting my Boler back together but apparently not! I discovered that water was leaking into the trailer through the seam joining the top and bottom half. I also wanted to "waterproof" and protect the underside of the trailer by painting it with truck bed liner. My solution....cut the seam joining the top and bottom, take the trailer off the frame, flip the bottom upside down, do any clean up and repair required for the underside, paint it and put the 2 halves back together with butyl putty in the seam to fill gaps and prevent water entry from the outside. Sounds easy, right?
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:11 AM   #23
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When Bolers were originally constructed, strips of plywood were fibreglassed in the floor for reinforcement. Over the years, water seeped into the piece reinforcing the door sill, rotting the plywood. I removed it to be replaced later with a piece of aluminum or stainless steel angle iron to provide strength and stiffness at the sill.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:13 AM   #24
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Hi.. Well whatya know I'm up to the same thing here in the west Kootenays. Last year I restored a 73 Boler for my Daughter.. And learned a lot.. It realy pays to add more steel to the frame... because there are week spots. I just finished my second frame for the 79 Scamp I'm working on this year. The Scamp has the floor bump out under the front like I see in your photos. BUT look what else !

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Extra framing ... This is factory too... so that tells me that they had so many problems with the older frames. Where the frame bends up front was bad.. and lots broke on the drivers side. This extra framing solves that. I also do the same for the back of the trailer.. Again a problem with the long frame on the drivers side.. it sags over time .. and the dinette floor has to span that huge open area? I add more steel there to help.
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Now you won't worry about the sagging floor.. and the main frame has help.. only added 50 lbs to the frame.. Better that 50 lbs of plywood.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:17 AM   #25
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After cleaning up all of the fiberglass, repairing any areas that looked "dodgy", I painted 2 coats of truck bed liner on the bottom of the trailer. I think it looks great and will hopefully add an extra bit of water protection. Did I mention that I'm only doing this once?!!!
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:23 AM   #26
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Now time to put it back together! This required a few friends
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:30 AM   #27
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Wow You took it apart ! maybe I should too.. there is NO floor in the scamp... gone.. that's why I got it cheap.. someone wanted to fix the floor and cut most of it out.. and the body was collapsed ... SO I could not tow the Scamp.. It had a ride here on a trailer. same thing with the Boler.. the frame was so bad that that I had to toss it. I built a new frame using old tent trailer pieces.

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The frame weighed 300 ibs as you see it. And got certified in Alberta for licensing. Then under the boler traveled to the Yukon and back no problems.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:35 AM   #28
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Top back on and 2 layers of 1/8" butyl putty between the top and bottom to fill the gaps and seal the seam. I used screws to temporarily line up and attach the top and bottom before re-fiberglassing the seam inside.
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