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.
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