Boler - Front window rock guard/shade lift shocks modification - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-14-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Question Boler - Front window rock guard/shade lift shocks modification

Hello,

Wondering if anyone knows off hand what size lift shocks would be needed to replace the window locking supports on the front rock guard on an 81 boler? One of the original locking supports had fallen off on the original owner I guess or broke maybe, but they had welded up a steel one to replace the original aluminum one and doesn't look great. its also kinda weird to put up locking one side at a time. so i'd like to replace them with lift shocks, I see them at princess auto here in canada all the time for real cheap so i'll get some there if they have the right size, it would really make putting that rock guard/shade up when we arrive at the grounds.

if someone has done this do you have an idea on the length of lift shock you used that would be great. if you also have pictures of the front of your boler with the rock guard up that would be great.

thanks for your time,


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Old 01-14-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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Picture of window lift shock mod

oh, here is a picture of someones customized boler that has done exactly what i'm talking about.



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Old 01-15-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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Rock guard on the back.. always wanted one
Marker lights on the top and at corners molded in
Air on top
Slider window at the back
Tail light brackets smoothed in
Great mods .. I like it!
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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the guard on the back window is nice. but is that from factory? or is that just a front guard put on the back window?
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
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not a single person on here has added lift shock/struts to their front window shade/rock guard???

wondering what size lift shocks were used? and were the original connection points used?
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:26 PM   #6
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Looks like they have guards front and back. I have never seen a factory one on the rear. Maybe they ordered one from scamp. BTW, You might check there for the struts.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:13 PM   #7
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hi James,

the struts aren't factory, at least not on the boler, they are just made up of two square tubes with the outer one having a thumb screw in it to hold the center one when it is extended.

I think the new scamps are just clip on, clip off covers and don't hinge up out of the way/or block the sun once you are at camp. think you take the cover off and have to put it someplace. but not sure. i'll have to look but i'm sure they don't sell them on scamp parts site

i want to add struts to mine and remove the original setup.

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:22 AM   #8
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Scamp doesn't use struts of any kind. Many owners have used all manner of items to hold the gravel guard up in the awning state. Items from archery arrows to PVC. I built simple PVC props... ala Joy A. and they work just fine. I never take the gravel guard off, so storage is never a problem. I believe in the KISS philosophy. YMMV
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:58 PM   #9
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That's a stock back window, the rest of it is all custom work. I believe that rock guard looks just like the one on the front of my trailer.

Joel, my trailer is missing one of the slide parts on one side. So I just use a stick to hold it up. The shock idea seems much more elegant!
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:24 PM   #10
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liz, the shock is just nice. because you can just unpin the two corners and it lifts up like a trunk on a car with lift struts. then you don't have to set the height of them or anything it just lifts up into position. and when you are done just push it down and push in the pins. it would be a much nicer option vs. the screw down lift supports that are factory.

so i'll just have to do a few measurements and buy a couple sizes and see what works and what doesnt.

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hi donna,

I didn't think scamp had shocks when james mentioned that. was sure the new scamp covers clip on at all for corners and don't have any sort of lift/screw in support to hold it in place when you are camping. the 81 boler we have has two hinges at the top and two pull out pins at the bottom two corners so adding these lift shock/struts will work nicely. I've seen them in other pictures on the internet, just figured someone would post what size they used and if they had any other details about the mod, but doesn't seem to be the case.

thanks for the post.
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Just be sure that you get ones that are also the correct load rating. Size (as in how long are they compressed and how long when extended) is only half the battle!

If you wind up with ones that can't hold the load - or worse- ones that lift a couple hundred pounds! - you are no further ahead.

Bigfoot has the struts as standard equipment and I'd volunteer to run out and see what the specs are on 'em, but - well - my trailer is currently about 50 miles away from where I am!
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hi donna,

I didn't think scamp had shocks when james mentioned that. was sure the new scamp covers clip on at all for corners and don't have any sort of lift/screw in support to hold it in place when you are camping.
The top hardware for the Scamp gravel guard is a sort of hook, the bottom is a draw clamp latch.

As Dave says, you must make certain the struts are of the correct poundage for the lift, otherwise you're liable to crack the fiberglass trying to get the shield to go back down. I'd start by weighing the shield and go from there.
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Maybe someone who attended Bolerama 2009 can tell you who the person was/is?
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