Boler Extreme - Fiberglass RV



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Old 05-27-2018, 10:56 AM   #1
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Hello all. For the last 5 years I've been knee deep into my Boler modification - which turned into a complete rebuild. It runs the gamut from new windows, to the infamous door fix, to new timbren axle-less suspension (and 10” brakes!), to ultimately a new frame…. and on and on and on. So the specs on my Boler are 1972 1300 s/n 651. I picked it up from one of my very good friends whose family size increased and the little Boler didn’t fit anymore. It had all the garden variety problems that early 70’s Bolers are known for, so I jumped in and started building an Extreme off road camper. I must commend all those who came b4 me and contributed to this site, because, it has been my go-to resource for 99% of questions regarding Boler repair and also for inspiration of what others have done. Now it's time to stop lurking and share a few of my own pics! Thanks again to everyone that has contributed to this forum.

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Old 05-27-2018, 11:10 AM   #2
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Here r a few more pics. I should also mention that I took out the old vent and installed a fantastic fan above the table. And the new frame extends 26" behind the shell.
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:04 PM   #3
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Here is a little update - frame galvanising is complete, cabin mounted on new frame, canoe racks installed, and a 60km highway test was a success - its starting to come together!! Just wish I could have made the 50th in Winnipeg...
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:09 PM   #4
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How do you plan to transport the canoe from the campsite to the put-in?
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:54 AM   #5
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Nice! That platform on the rear should be useful.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:54 PM   #6
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Nice set up.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:02 AM   #7
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I found some pics of the frame after the galvanising was complete. Truth be told I would not go the galvanising road again, it was wayyy too expensive and I am super unhappy with the quality of work the galvaniser did. I spend just about a week straitening parts of the frame and they knocked holes all over the frame that I had to seal. Next time I would use POR-15 or a box liner and not rely on someone else's poor quality and workmanship. All in the galvanising cost just shy of $700...not worth it in my opinion, but mostly because of the crappy job they did....
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:45 PM   #8
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Now that the snow is almost gone and the weather is warming up I finally got a chance to get back 2 work on my Boler. I picked up a Westin 80-TBS60 Brute Topsider box that fit perfectly on the front. Its not quite as heavy duty as I had hoped - little flimsy but will work...
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:40 PM   #9
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I got an opportunity to do a road trip and do a shake down test last week, the axleless suspension and 14" tires has made a HUGE improvement! I whipped up a template for the bed and cut up some 10" foam. Also installed a new 3/4" kitchen floor. It would have been an excellent trip except for the -6c nights...
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I forgot to add the pics of the blocking pieces ahead of and behind the door opening. The original pieces could not b saved - too old and rotten. I used DAP for Metal and Wood to make a nice water tight seal.
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:36 AM   #11
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Hi Schwinney,
That's a very cool, custom frame you've built to suit your very specific needs. Too bad you had such a bad experience with the galvanizing. It should hopefully last a long time. I used POR15 on the tongue of my frame (rest of it was galvanized) and the stabilizer jacks. Not the easiest product to work with but hoping it will last well.
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