77 Boler 13 Restoration - Our first Egg - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-20-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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77 Boler 13 Restoration - Our first Egg

My wife and I just bought our very first camper. We started out just wanting something vintage as it's going to pull dual duty, family camper and a Cupcake Camper for our bakery. Local outdoor markets, parties and such. We thought we'd end up with something "Shasta like" but then she found a Boler listing on Craig's list. So last Thu I drove to Long Island and picked her up.

I am planning on a total restoration, will be posting pics here and no doubt be looking to those who have done this before me for advise. I start tearing her down tomorrow, wish me luck!
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and looking forward to pictures (before, after, and during). Good luck with the renovations.

Did you see this thread http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f51/lemon-48454.html
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link. Here's a pic from last Thu when I picked it up.

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:49 PM   #4
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Sorry, apparently I'm not to good at posting pics. I'll have to figure that out soon!
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:15 PM   #5
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Slow start...Took the AC unit off the roof today. The top rain cover is 80% busted/gone. Have to test the unit to see if it works. Not even sure the manufacture of the unit. It has a water tube, that looks like it was hooked up to a pump at one time, that runs inline with the wiring harness. Not even sure if it runs on freon or some kind of evaporator type. Thinking I might find a small wall 110v wall unit and install it if this roof unit turns out to be a turd. Don't feel like dropping 7 bills on an RV roof unit.

The main reason I took the AC off was so the camper would fit into my outer garage. It's still about 3 inches too tall. I thought about letting the air out of the tires but instead went to Harbor Freight and bought a tarp and some bungee cords.

Anyone have any insight on the roof AC units. I can take a pic of it, maybe someone can identify what/who it is.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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Parts - Scamp to Boler

Are there any Scamp 13' parts that I should beware of that just won't work on the Boler? I have lots of questions, I'll just post and see if anyone wants to chime in.

DOOR HINGES - I'd like to totally replace the door hinges but I notice Scamp has a 3 hole mount on the body side of the door and my Boler only has 2. I figure this should be as easy as drilling a 3rd hole. Scamp probably did this to add strength to that mounting area. I was thinking about backing the bolts with a small piece of sheet metal to add strength from the inside. My OEM hinges are rusted with worn bushings allowing the door to sag.

Ensulate - That foamy stick on coating inside all the walls. I want to tear it all out because its sticky and I'm afraid painting over it is a cheap fix that might haunt me later. Can I use the sivler bubble wrap stuff from Scamp? I think U-line also has this same stuff in big rolls. In a perfect world I'd like to use headline adhesive to install the silvery bubble stuff then again use the same adhesive to cover it with a faux suede as a final covering. Can I do this?

Electrical - I was thinking about upgrading to a 30 amp or even 60 amp system if I choose to install a window type AC unit. I've seen some all in one AC/DC inverters /fuse panels available. Is this a good idea or should I keep them separate.

OK my 3 yr old is screaming at me needs my attention... More later.

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:34 PM   #7
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Can I edit/delete my old post? Thought I knew how to post pics but apparently I'm not doing it right. I have a Picasa account and thought I could post pic from it. But that's not working. I just want to clean up this thread of failed pic posting.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:08 PM   #8
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Hey I'm back on the forum and have finally started renovating our Boler. It's getting a concessions trailer rebuild. Started last week and will start posting pics, questions and comments soon. Have lot of internal parts that I am removing, thinking I'll try to sell them.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:53 AM   #9
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Slow start...Took the AC unit off the roof today. The top rain cover is 80% busted/gone. Have to test the unit to see if it works. Not even sure the manufacture of the unit. It has a water tube, that looks like it was hooked up to a pump at one time, that runs inline with the wiring harness. Not even sure if it runs on freon or some kind of evaporator type. Thinking I might find a small wall 110v wall unit and install it if this roof unit turns out to be a turd. Don't feel like dropping 7 bills on an RV roof unit.

The main reason I took the AC off was so the camper would fit into my outer garage. It's still about 3 inches too tall. I thought about letting the air out of the tires but instead went to Harbor Freight and bought a tarp and some bungee cords.

Anyone have any insight on the roof AC units. I can take a pic of it, maybe someone can identify what/who it is.
Sounds like it might be an evaporative cooler. I'll wait for the pictures. If it is, it won't do you much good on the East Coast- too humid. Bolers of that vintage were not originally built with the required reinforcement for a roof-mounted AC, so unless a PO has done some fiberglass work or added internal ribs, it is not able to support the weight of a unit.

To get your trailer into the garage, what a number of people here have done is to buy a set of 8" wheels to replace the stock wheels & tires. I've seen it done both with and without tires. Here's one with tires:
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:02 AM   #10
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Just caught the gap in dates...
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:35 PM   #11
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I'm still here and still working on my Boler. Put it in the back burner for a little over a year. Jon in AZ thanks for the reply. Felt like I was writing to myself back in 2013 when I first got on here.

We are turning it into a full on concessions trailer. Have lots of pics I'll try to post. Did a POR15 treatment to the frame last week. Turned out great. Got it back under the shell yesterday. Today we power washed her down inside and out with the power washer.

I need to be done by end of Aug so I will have lots to post.

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Old 07-05-2015, 10:38 PM   #12
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The AC unit was definitely an evaporator. I completely gutted it. Will be doing fiberglass patching and building the inside out this week.

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Old 07-06-2015, 10:58 PM   #13
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The Scamp door hinges will work I have them on my 71 Boler, most of their other stuff should work, may be pricey though (try ebay for things like water tanks & pumps, door locks, electrical & water connections, etc), the problems you may run into would be with molded fiberglass items like doors, closets, cabinets, etc. There windows should work but you may have to do some mods to your Boler...local salvage yards are a good place to find used replacement windows...also All Rite Manufacturing sells all the seals necessary to rebuild your crank out windows for you Boler including Hehr brand windows...
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:11 PM   #14
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Thanks Johnny for the info. All of my interior cabinets, bunks and tables are in pretty good shape. Because we are making it a construction trailer I have removed 90% of those items. I am only keeping the kitchen counter top and cab, the closet and the rear overhead storage couby hole. All cushions, bunks, bunk poles, table, and molded benches are in tact and available.

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