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Old 07-24-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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Greetings all. After giving up on tent camping and selling our park model trailer my wife and I decided to buy a small trailer to head out for some road trips. We found a 1982 Boler for sale that was owned by a couple who were no longer using it much. It had a well weathered sticker on the back from an RV dealer in Alberta where I assume it was sold new. At some point it ended up in Florida where the current owner purchased it while on a winter vacation and brought it back to Ontario.

When I inspected it I liked the fact that it had not been modified or cut up by any previous owners, the fibreglass was in good shape and the frame looked solid. There was lots of silicone around the windows and roof vent so I knew there would be issues there. I was the first one to get to it when he listed it for sale, the price was fair and I figured it wouldn't last so money exchanged hands and I towed it home.

I knew that any 30+ year old trailer was going to need some loving. I wasn't too surprised when the wiring was a mess of wire nuts, tape and mismatched pieces of wire all cobbled together. The city water connection leaked. Every window except the front and the door leaked. The fridge was a Home Depot bar fridge. I pulled out all the windows, scraped off a lot of silicone, bought a few rolls of butyl and put it back together.

With water penetration under control I stripped the interior down to the ensolite. Our plan for the start was to get rid of the dinette/bed and build a slightly larger permanent bed, better electrical, both AC/DC, improvements in lighting, cooking, refrigeration, storage, porta potti and some modern conveniences such as TV, cell phone and iPad charging capabilities.

Having said that, I'm not a carpenter, a plumber or an electrician. But I do know one end of a hammer from another so I'm willing to take a run at it. I have already completed quite a bit of work so I decided to post my progress here as a way of giving a little back for all of the info I've received here. My posts may be scattered and infrequent due to demands at work etc. But I will attempt to keep up.

I've attached a couple of pics that show the exterior of the Boler when I brought it home and the interior after I stripped it. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-25-2014, 07:05 AM   #2
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Here's a few shots of the beginning phases of the new larger bed. I built it using 1/2 inch plywood. It's screwed, nailed, glued together. I used bulldog grip adhesive in a few spots to bond the wood to the fibreglass. Click image for larger version

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You can also see the new convertor on the left and water pump on the right.


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Old 07-25-2014, 08:01 AM   #3
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It really looks very good!


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Old 07-25-2014, 09:00 PM   #4
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Couple more shots of the bed nearing completion. Click image for larger version

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I'm not totally happy with the way the doors turned out. I may take them off and have another go at them. They're a bit sloppy and not all that secure. My wife found some storage bins that will fit perfectly under the bed.


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Old 07-25-2014, 11:55 PM   #5
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Good job Martin, you may think of using the center divider as a point to lock the doors to as it is a rigid point. With the right hardware it wouldn't rattle.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:18 PM   #6
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Greetings Dave. It's not the rattling, I just don't think they turned out as well as they could have. Wouldn't be the first time I've turned perfectly good lumber into kindling.


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Old 07-26-2014, 01:38 PM   #7
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Now that the bed is basically good to go here's a couple of shots of my slightly narrower closet. It'll have an upper and lower section. Fixed shelves at different spacing up top for a cutlery tray, etc. The top shelf will have a 120v plug to charge phones etc and keep the wires out of sight. I'll also drill a hole the run the wires to a small flat screen mounted on the bed side of the closet. Click image for larger version

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You can also see the beginnings of my Progressive Dynamics convertor install.

Comments, questions, suggestions always welcome. Thanks to all, I've borrowed liberally from numerous threads I've been reading here.


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Old 07-26-2014, 02:54 PM   #8
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Looking good Martin
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:53 PM   #9
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Thanks Ian, admire your work and your endless dedication to polishing aluminum!!! Where did you get that beaded curtain? My wife loves it.


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Thanks Ian, admire your work and your endless dedication to polishing aluminum!!! Where did you get that beaded curtain? My wife loves it.
I looked all over for the perfect beaded curtain, found this one used on Kijiji.
Originally it was 6' long with the bead strings spaced over an inch apart. I remade the curtain spacing the bead springs 1/2" apart.

Just got back from the Oregon coast and it worked perfectly as a bug screen, not one bug got it
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:19 PM   #11
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Looks like its kijiji time. Thanks


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Old 07-27-2014, 06:56 AM   #12
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I spent all day Saturday working in the boler. I finished the bed, finished the interior of the closet and did some more wiring. The new front bench is partly done and I'll post a few pics when it progresses further. I'll also post some pics of the PD convertor after a trial run to see if I've actually put it together correctly. The included instructions are practically useless but the product seems like it will be great once I figure out how to wire everything up. I haven't started the kitchen area yet. But I have bought a new 2 burner stove, a small microwave and a tap. I still have to get the sink and I've ordered a 12 volt Truckfridge.
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Closet shelves and cheap plastic containers from Walmart. I used 3/4 inch strips wood on the front of the 1/2 plywood shelves to make a small lip so the bins won't slide about during transport

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I put a 120 outlet in the closet to charge phones, iPads and power the tv. All the wires are just in a bunch next to the convertor. I'll soon cut them in and try it out.

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A couple of shots of the tv mount that will hold a 19" screen that I got on sale at Future Shop. I installed the mount so that you could watch tv from either the bed or the bench. I also set it up so that you could just slide the tv on or off the mount without needing tools. When travelling we'll remove the tv and put it somewhere secure.

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Back to the bed. When I started building the bed area my wife had some rough measurements and went looking for some bins to put in the space underneath. She found these and I worked around them when building. Tons of storage IMO. My wife is a neat storage fanatic.
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