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Old 08-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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Before and After - 74 Boler

Just some updates I've been working on


First change was the cabinet lights. I swapped them out for LED.
They are about the same size, but with 24 LEDs =) You would think this would make the Boler look like a scene from close encounters, but it actually provides just the right amount of light. AND they are marine lights so they are sealed and corrosion resistant.

Sorry the before pic isn't that great. I really need to take more pics during this process....
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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New Stove - Boler Addicted

I really was planning to keep the original stove, but I saw this stainless one from Suburban and really thought I NEEDED it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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New Cushions

OK I can't take credit for the red and lime green color scheme. I saw an amazing interior online and wanted to do something similar. It really brings some color to the interior. My sister also thought it might be clever to make the entire interior reversible (with the exception of the upper bunk) so we can roll with all stripes, all red, or any combination of the colors.

The stripped fabric is duck canvas used for beach chairs (it's mostly poly and has water and stain resistant qualities). The red is a heavy cotton canvas.

The green is also a heavy cotton canvas. I learned how to make the piping from my sister. Overall the interior took 70 yards of green piping all made by hand. It's a good thing she has some tricks to speed that process up. When we started this project I thought piping was something you could just buy on a bolt and sew it in....
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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New Lights

Don't really have before pics for most of these, but I added the princess auto tail lights...I didn't even have to drill holes. That must be the quickest update so far! I also added a lens to the license plate light for a little extra something...

I also rewired the trailer from front to back and added new running lights.
I had 3 red and 1 amber for some reason. And none of them worked, so I swapped them all out for LED. Can't miss this little egg in the dark!
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:55 PM   #5
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Nice upgrades!

Tell me about that classy looking fan? 12V?
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:59 PM   #6
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And while I'm asking questions, how easy was it to swap the old style SD2 stove for the new style? Was the propane connection in the same place? Close enough to bend the existing tubing into place? Or were new flair fittings needed?

I have the old style stove, I have a stainless stove top replacement on order, but who knows when that will actually get delivered. I could Amazon a new one like yours quite rapidly.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:21 PM   #7
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LOL I wish that fan was 12V! I got it at target a few years ago. Really helped to keep the air moving when working in the Boler. I plan to install a fantastic fan (In fact I already bought it, just a little intimidated when it comes to cutting a hole in the roof)

The new stove is exactly the same size as the old one. I had to sink a couple screws to hold it in place, but otherwise it was not too bad. The gas line was about two inches too long and wouldn't bend like I wanted so I just cut it to fit and re-flared it. (this was my first time doing any kind of propane fittings so I had to You Tube some reference material =)
The new stove has several punch out holes at the back so you can run the lines through the sides or through the back. It all lined up perfectly. Connections were the exact same size so I didn't even have to buy new fittings.

One thing to note though. My old stove was rusted pretty bad and it's not that easy to get to the gas line (I had to take out the burner assembly on the old stove to disconnect it) The new stove is really easy connect though.

Here's a pic of what the connection looks like. (I got to know this thing really well. I did the first connection with white Teflon tape, then talked to a guy at Home Depot and redid it with the heavy duty yellow stuff)
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #8
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New Fridge

This change I mulled over for a long time. I had a 3 way fridge (original and nonfunctional) and I really wanted to replace it with another three way.
I actually got one from someone on Kijiji classifieds, but the measurements were a bit off and it stuck out really bad.

SO - off I went to Home Outfitters and got an electric fridge. Fits great int he hole and is MUCH bigger on the inside. Guess I can always us a cooler for those non-electric sites.

Just need to cover up the screw heads on the trim...wood work is really not one of my stronger skills
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:03 PM   #9
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Tongue Box - Battery & Propane

I picked up a tongue box from Canadian Tire.

I wanted to install one for the propane and the battery, but they are hard to find and expensive here in Canada. I setup a sale reminder on their website. It went on sale for $40.00 off so I got it.

The full Boler shot is behind my garage. I eventually moved to the driveway to work on it though....much easier to get around.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #10
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Any chance of getting the mfg name and or the demensions for the batt/pro Box.. Looks real clean. Did you exit plumbing out the back or bottom? Bob
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Any chance of getting the mfg name and or the demensions for the batt/pro Box.. Looks real clean. Did you exit plumbing out the back or bottom? Bob

Sure thing Bob. Here is a link to the product at Canadian tire but it looks like you are in Oregon? I also see the same one on Amazon looks like the same part number so they should be the same item.

One thing to note. My 20Lb tank just fits through the opening on the right side of the box (it's so close I had to take the label off my tank), but it fits and the box does have a little give. The box has a small gas spring lid lift on the left that gets in the way so that's where I located the battery.

I ran the battery and propane lines through the back and trimmed out the hole with a bit of snap on cable protector.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #12
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New Windows - This was a bit of a long journey....

The new windows are in!

I ordered the beading and lockstrip from Scamp intending to put these in on my own. I ended up chickening out and having a local auto glass company install them. It was a really good choice though. They installed the windows using Lexan. Apparently this is much more durable than plexi, but 2 days after the install the front window had a small crack in the lower left corner. I'm thinking this was possibly from the window being too tight?
Or from the weight of the upper bunk when I reinstalled it?

I took it back and they replaced the window. The second install looked even better than the first....well practiced?!

At any rate - they are in - they don't leak - and they look great!
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:12 PM   #13
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I love the curtain with the big red flowers!! Very festive!
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:52 PM   #14
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Thanks! We made a couple sets of curtains so we could switch up the look. I found this fabric at Hancock fabrics (this link is for the fabric itself) . It's an outdoor fabric so I'm hoping it holds up to the sun / moisture.
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