1980 Boler 17 resto, roof vents and other - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-19-2019, 12:05 AM   #1
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1980 Boler 17 resto, roof vents and other

Hi all!

Well were finally starting to put the Boler back together after ending up stripping it right down to fibreglass. One thing we have done is replace the (poor quality) 14 roof vents with 16 7/8 deck hatches for a sailboat. As an aside, we found that Victory Marine in Vancouver has pretty much everything for a Boler restoration. Weve been switching everything to stainless steel, and because our Bolers are basically more like boats than RVs, the marine shops are the places to go.

https://victory-products.com/

Anyways, we cut the holes larger in the ceiling and dropped the hatch frames in. Well be through-bolting with stainless 10-24 pan head machine screws and using either 3/4 mahogany plywood, aluminum, or if our budget allows, stainless steel as a backing plate on the inside. Im thinking about making one frame for both hatches with a stringer along the ceiling centre that should add some rigidity to the fibreglass ceiling and to the hatch frames themselves.

Another thing weve done is remove the rivets that hold the cabinet brackets to the fibreglass. Weve instead through bolted with stainless 10-32 machine screws and used PL Premium to bond the bracket and the nuts to the fibreglass. So, they wont leak!!! The idea is that the screws can be taken out periodically and caulked then threaded back into the nut on the inside, which will be behind the liner and inaccessible. The weight/force of the cabinets will be taken by the PL Premium though, not the screw, which should distribute the forces over more area and help prevent cracking the gelcoat and stressing the fibreglass. Ill take some photos and share, although in the first photo you can see the PL on the nuts which we used to fasten the fridge vent frame. Doubled up the number of bolts on that frame to get a good seal. Doubled up the bolts on the hatch frames too so now theyre at 3 spacing.

Ill keep posting as the resto continues. Just started installing new interior foam backed liner today. Fun stuff.

Thoughts, questions, comments always welcome!
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:43 PM   #2
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More photos

Progress report. Installing foam backed vinyl insulation in place of the enargite and stick-on vinyl plank flooring. Our boy getting into it!

I can see why enargite was so awesome as it forms to the round shape of the Boler better than the vinyl. Needing to do it in panels and will put upholstery piping in the seams. Good times!
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:45 PM   #3
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Vapour barrier

Learned pretty quickly that stick on vinyl flooring doesnt bond to vapour barrier. Ended up taking the vapour barrier off and using waterproof flooring adhesive to bond directly to the plywood floor. Worked like a charm. I pity the person (probably me) who has to lift that vinyl off someday.

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Old 07-08-2019, 05:10 AM   #4
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Please keep posting so I can "borrow" ideas from you. I have a 1980 B1700 as well and I picked it up as a shell only. All the original cut outs had been glassed back in and the wood floor was gone. It is a blank canvas so I will definitely follow your thread.

Where did you get the foam backed vinyl material?
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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The foam backed vinyl came from JT's outdoor fabrics. The vinyl is essentially what they use in many sailboats. We are using 3M 74 spray adhesive to stick it to the fiberglass. It is difficult to source locally so we've had to spend quite a bit on shipping to get it. Wish we had spent a little more on the viny l flooring, as the stuff we bought is lifting around the edges, even after using additional adhesive to stick it to the wood floor.
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Thanks for the information on the vinyl. Sorry to hear about the flooring.
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