Boler 1300 cabinetry beside the couch - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-11-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Boler 1300 cabinetry beside the couch

Hello,
I will have lots of questions for all of you, and I sure appreciate all your wisdom and help! Hereís my first one:
It looks like a PO removed the bunk support ledge (?), and now there are just big rusty bolts covered with duct tape. I would like to remove the bolts. Can I fill the holes with Bondo, or would it need to be patched with fiberglass?

Also, there are these odd little cabinetry pieces on each end of the couch that I would like to remove. They are already coming apart from the walls, and donít seem to be attached very well. Is it okay to take them out, or do they provide structural support?

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Old 09-11-2019, 06:37 PM   #2
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Everything supplies structural support on these FG trailers, and cabinets near the door are particularly important.

If you are not careful, your roof will start sagging and the sides will bow out. Then the door won't fit.


On the bolts, what's happening on the outside of the trailer in that spot? Fiberglass needs to be sealed on the outside. If you do it on the ensolite, then water will leak in between the ensolite and the fiberglass. Not good.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:20 PM   #3
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I’ve attached a few more pictures that show the bolts on the inside and outside.
Luckily the bottom part of the cabinets are still there, hopefully providing some support. They appear to have sturdy wood framing inside.
There is also a wooden panel on the right side of the door that supports the curved wall, but doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling.
I was thinking about putting a small dinette in the front, but I can see that I would need to keep some of that base cabinetry in to provide support. Hmmm...
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:19 PM   #4
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I’m not sure why the pictures aren’t showing...��
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:16 PM   #5
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Old 09-17-2019, 02:31 PM   #6
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You fail to mention what year Boler you have. Based on the pictures and my 1979 13 footer, it appears that a PO replaced the fiberglass couch base with what is shown in your pictures. The curved piece close to the door may or may not be structural. If you still have the metal bar in that location then the wooden part is not structural and can be removed. Otherwise, you would need to replace the existing wooden part with something else to make that side of the door more rigid. Just a suggestion, some owners have attached a frame to that side, above the door and to the side of the closet to attach a screen door.
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for your insight Alex!
Mine is a '79 Boler. I think you are right about the fiberglass couch being replaced with wood. The cabinet doors on the couch do not match the other faux rattan ones.
Where would this metal bar be, that you mentioned? I don't see one anywhere near the door.
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:42 PM   #8
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The metal bar would be on the inside of the jamb on the side where the door hinges are. It runs about 3/4 up the side of the trailer. It is quite possible a Previous Owner has removed it. I was hoping the wooden piece shown in your pictures was secured to the metal bar.
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Old 09-26-2019, 09:58 AM   #9
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Well, now I'm discovering even more interesting things about my Boler! It looks like a PO replaced all the fiberglass seats and the couch base with wood. I didn't know they were supposed to be fiberglass!

The rear dinette/bed base is all plywood that has been painted brown. I'm actually happy about this because I think it will make it easier to remove the water tank, which we will never use.
It also will be easier to convert the front couch to a dinette, as I don't have to worry about fiberglassing anything.

I don't know WHY anyone would do this, and I'm sure it adds to the weight of the trailer, but I'm still very happy with my little trailer.
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I’ve never seen a Boler 1300 with a wood interior so it’s not that surprising.

Since the fiberglass cabinets were riveted in place, I’d want to know how the wood is attached. The cabinet near the door separating from the wall is not good. If the wood is screwed in place through the shell this creates a future leak.

The “best” wood interior design has wood pieces fiberglassed to the inside of the shell with no penetrations. Then the cabinets are attached to these wood cleats. Wood attached with either rivers or bolts/screws through the shell will leak. Think hinges on a Trillium door.

And the second question is what did the prior owner do with all the original rivets and rivet holes.

As far as why, with a trailer that is about 40 years old, that’s plenty of time for people to make changes. Maybe they didn’t like the stark all fiberglass interior? Certainly fiberglass can outlast wood on an RV.
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