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Old 12-20-2013, 06:36 PM   #15
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Cool Nails?

Actually, ring shank nails hold better. Even sheet metal screws let loose after a few miles. Bolts would be better.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:09 PM   #16
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No, no... Don't get the wrong idea! (Read the entire thread...)

I NOT using nails, I'm pulling them out!

Of course, the new floor gets bolted to the new frame.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:00 PM   #17
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Hi Robert (and "Iggy" the '72 Trail Mite---or does she have a new name, now that we've sold her to you?) We are delighted to see the pictures of the renovation, and to read about your progress---we had no idea what was under her shell, until now! Thanks for taking such great care with her---we wish you and her new owner well, and we hope Iggy has many more wonderful miles of traveling in her!

P.S. For those of you who met Iggy at the Oregon Gathering in years past, she stayed in Oregon with Robert when we sold her, prior to our move back to MN. We remember her, the Oregon Gathering, and all of you fondly, and wish we were there right now (the wind chill is -45 degrees here right now, and all the schools in MN were closed today because of the cold...brrr)! Take care---Lynn and Teresa
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:42 AM   #18
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Great project Robert
I always find it facinating what companies/people use to hold thing together.
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:26 PM   #19
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I now have the shell body separated from the frame. On close inspection, I discovered a few cracks and weak areas. So I'll be building a new frame for the new owners.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:22 PM   #20
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Hi Teresa - We are working with Robert on the Trail Mite rebuild, and are looking forward to meeting Iggy sometime this late spring. We have tentatively started calling the Trail Mite Diego since he's a replacement to our "Dora" VW vanagon that we sold this fall. Glad you posted your note!
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:50 AM   #21
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Hi Robert,

You keep yourself busy! I had a few questions I was hoping you could answer. Is there someone at Herh windows that you have found particularly helpful when ordering windows for Bolers etc.? With respect to the front and back windows on Bolers, what material do you use...plexiglass? Where do you get the new gasket for these windows? And lastly, once you have stripped the interiors down to a bare shell, about how long does is typically take you to finish these projects? I have a Boler that is stripped down and I'm wondering if I am being overly ambitious to think about having it ready for August/September. Thank you very much for answering my questions Robert!
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:14 PM   #22
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For Hehr windows I go directly to their LA facility.

Front and rear windows are plexiglas, but I let my local auto glass company handle the install, including new gasket/seals.

As to how much time... How fast can you work?
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:33 PM   #23
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Robert,
Approx. how much did it cost to replace the windows and gaskets?
I'm wondering if I'm going to change out the 2 side windows as will, but I do like th glass louvers, but wondering how to shine up their aluminum framing?
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:08 AM   #24
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Since this thread is about Robert's rebuild of the Trail Mite, I respectfully suggest if you have general questions regarding your own trailer, you post a new thread. Other's may have answers for you, not just Robert.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:15 PM   #25
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Hi Robert,

I just picked up a Trail Mite myself. Haven't had a chance to pull the wheel off to check on mine, but did that Trail Mite have any way to mount brakes on the frame? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:51 PM   #26
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Well, the original frame on our Trail Mite was in poor shape, so we had a new one built. Of course, this meant installing a new axle as well. The original set-up featured a solid axle and leaf springs. We're going with a TorFlex- style option.

If you also have the solid axle and leaf springs, in order to add brakes, I suppose you would swap out the original studded hubs with a drum/brake package. I would check with the various aftermarket axle manufacturers for their advice and recommendations.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:12 PM   #27
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New frame built and powder-coated silver. Looks sharp with the 15" "phat" spoke wheels from AWC.

Body repairs now underway on the FG. Next stop, paint shop.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:28 PM   #28
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Update!

All of the body work is complete and the Trail Mite is now in the paint booth. Because the Trail Mite features a double-hull with no glue-on wall covering in the interior, we are also painting the entire interior, including the original FG furniture components.

All of the cabinets doors and hatches will be replaced with our signature-style carpentry, and of course, new hardware.

Likewise, all of the utilities (plumbing, electrical and gas, and all associated parts) cushions, window coverings, galley appliances, and flooring will be new.
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