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Old 06-01-2015, 10:36 AM   #15
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One of the key things that I wanted to do to the inside of the trailer was to replace all of the traditional style RV lights with LEDs. Since we are tent campers we are most comfortable off grid (and honestly, we are pretty cheap too!) I ended up buying under-cabinet light blocks from Home Depot. I have to say up front, I am not a fan of HD but the lights were Canadian made (assembled or imported maybe?) in Quebec, so I felt better about the purchase. I went against my "cheap" streak but LED is pricey no matter what! These were about $40 a fixture. What I really liked was that they ran on a 12volt system off the start, What I wasn't thrilled about was the switch that came with them was an in line switch and it wasn't fitting with my plan. I finally found some little round rocker switches that I liked (I looked all over for switches without LED lights in the switch, I was going crazy because I couldn't find anything. Finally on a trip to Massachusetts at Easter, I found unlit switches at Radio Shack for a 3rd the price of lit switches at my local NAPA. As it was I had to go to 2 different radio shacks in Mass. to get enough!) I just finished wiring the lights this morning and I like the sleek modern look they have. Here is a pic from a while ago but you can see them in place.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:48 AM   #16
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Here is my redesigned kitchen base cabinet. I changed the height and width of the cupboard side and made the drawer larger. I tried my best to balance the two sides so that when I put the fridge back in the cupboard door is the same size and drawer is the same width. The electrical outlet on the front was relocated to the side right above the converter. I used the pieces that I cut out to fill the gaps where I needed to close up holes (I actually made the cupboard door shorter). Once everything was sanded smooth I painted the cabinet and clearcoated it.
I also relocated the breaker box and the outlet that was in the bottom of the cupboard to the dividing wall between the cupboard and the fridge area. While I was at it I replaced the corroded ground wire coming from the breaker box and painted both the breaker box and the outlet box. Hopefully, this will make a neater area that looks better too.

If you haven't read Dave White's "you can repair fiberglass" thread you should. It is comprehensive and Dave gave me some pointers for my body work too. It sure is nice to have a resource like this website!
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:59 AM   #17
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Greetings to you both from east of T.O. You'll love the Boler. Nice job on the paint. I love the tail lights and would like a closer look at them if we ever cross paths. Some baby moons would look great on that. I got a set at Vintage Trailer Supply.


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Old 06-01-2015, 01:43 PM   #18
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Thanks for the kind words everyone, I really appreciate it. While this has been a fantastic project and I have mostly enjoyed my time on the remodel I will admit that I have run into my fair share of frustrations. The paint job is actually the 2nd one. After painting the trailer for the first time, my wife and I absolutely hated the colour when we rolled it out into the sunshine. I don't think I slept for a couple of days while we figured out what to do next.
By the way we love the colour now. It is a deep red. My wife and I have travelled across Canada over the years and we are now in the process of taking our 3 girls to every province and getting to know the chartacter of each one. Last summer was Newfoundland and Labrador, this summer the Rockies! So to us, the red is that classic, antiqued Canadian maple leaf red. If all goes as planned I have a few custom decals in mind to really pull the red and white Canadiana theme together.

Thanks for the compliment on the tail lights Raff, here are a couple of pics of the tail lights in progress. I had posted the pics in an earlier thread but I might as well repost them here.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:51 PM   #19
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Fabulous job. Looks great. I like the story. Makes this trailer unique! Enjoy. Sure beats tenting.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:33 AM   #20
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I have been working on the interior the last couple of days. In the fall I stripped all of the carpeting off of the walls. I was surprised at how easily it let go of the glue as well as how little of the carpeting was attached to the walls. The carpet had to go - it was stained, smelled musty and housed a mouse nest too. Besides, the Boss said she would like a different colour!
Getting the dried glue off of the shell interior was frustrating to say the least. I started with a wire wheel on my angle grinder in the early spring (March). I rolled the trailer shell out into the driveway and went at it. This took a lot longer than I planned. I learned a few things along the way.
1 - when its cold out (5* or less) the glue stays hard and the wire wheel worked great, but when it got warm all the glue did was move around!
2 - the little wires really hurt when they fly off the grinder and impale your arms.
3 - Don't do this in short sleeves even when the spring weather gives you a 20* day, enough fiberglass came off with the glue that my arms itched for days.
4- a really sharp chisel (2") will take the glue off faster than a wire wheel and its a lot quieter.
While I had the carpet out I removed the dinette benches and the kitchen, redid all of the 12 volt wiring and rewired the trailer lights too.
I was lucky enough to get an end of a roll to replace what had come out. I kept the original pieces and traced them onto the back of the new headliner carpet.
Some people suggested 3M spray adhesive, while others recommended contact cement to reinstall the carpet. I din't want to use spray cans so I bought a gallon of contact cement at Home Depot. It didn't work. I opted to brush the glue onto the back of the carpet and once I put it up the first piece I realized that the glue had bled through in many different places. I was so disappointed.
I ran into a previous student at the local Home Hardware the next day and he suggested I try outdoor carpet glue (He installs carpet for a living now). It worked fantastic and I am pretty sure it is what was originally used. I replaced the stained piece and I think the new headliner looks great
Honestly, replacing the ceiling was the hardest. I finally clamped the carpet through the ceiling vent and glued it in sections while it hung down. The biggest challenge was the 6ft ceiling height since I am 6"4" - A fair bit of contortions to work overhead while stooping! A couple of people advised against this but I am glad I persevered.
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Having the original carpet pieces as templates was the key. The new pieces fit perfectly and using the carpet glue instead of contact cement meant that I could readjust the pieces as I installed them. I recommend a mask though and a good pair of rubber gloves - make no mistake it was industrial strength glue that gassed off fast and stuck to everything! I have been working on the the carpet inside the upper cabinets, the end ones are awkward to say the least.
I still need to replace the backsplash, going to use a sheet of maple veneered ply. I want to make new cupboard doors this week out of Maple too. I'll post when those are done.
Here is another pic of the interior.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:11 AM   #22
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I replaced our backsplash with a piece of flexible plastic like material from Home Depot. It's about 1/8" thick, flexible and easy to work with. It made a great backsplash trimmed out with some aluminium. Cleans up fast and easy. I have a big piece left. If you're anywhere near Toronto you're welcome to it.

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Old 06-02-2015, 06:08 PM   #23
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Thanks for the offer Martin, but I already have a piece of maple to go in. I took out a piece of fiberglass and my plan is to warm up the interior with some wood accents. Tonight I am installing the maple (vinyl) plank flooring. Its good stuff I used it years ago in my house mudroom before we installed tile. I also hope to make maple cabinet doors and install them soon.
I finished the carpeting in the cupboards today, that's a relief...
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:58 PM   #24
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Here is my redesigned kitchen base cabinet. I changed the height and width of the cupboard side and made the drawer larger. I tried my best to balance the two sides so that when I put the fridge back in the cupboard door is the same size and drawer is the same width. The electrical outlet on the front was relocated to the side right above the converter. I used the pieces that I cut out to fill the gaps where I needed to close up holes (I actually made the cupboard door shorter). Once everything was sanded smooth I painted the cabinet and clearcoated it.
I also relocated the breaker box and the outlet that was in the bottom of the cupboard to the dividing wall between the cupboard and the fridge area. While I was at it I replaced the corroded ground wire coming from the breaker box and painted both the breaker box and the outlet box. Hopefully, this will make a neater area that looks better too.

If you haven't read Dave White's "you can repair fiberglass" thread you should. It is comprehensive and Dave gave me some pointers for my body work too. It sure is nice to have a resource like this website!
Yes, Dave's thread is excellent, I have been putting his lessons to good use on our 71 Boler restoration...seems like we are doing a lot of the same at the same time, mine can't seem to go fast enough but I am taking my time to do it right...just ready to take our son camping in it...nice work by the way, I have been looking at your posts & pictures...I just finished rebuilding our door. It was rotten on the inside so I made a steel frame and filled the door with styrofoam, I will have to update my thead, check it out if you get a chance and let me know your thoughts...and yes I thought the paint marks and stamping was a little suspicious on your plate too lol...
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I looked very closely at your pictures and if I had to guess I would say it was an early 70's model but I am no expert on these trailers.
Hey Johnny, thanks for the comments. I always appreciate feedback. As for the age range of the trailer I am pretty certain it is an 80s model. There is a neat magazine article in the document centre. Besides havng a great review of a 1981 Boler Voyageur 1300, it also has pictures and the body and frame are identical to mine (at least from what I can tell).

As for slow progress, my Dad always said, "A job worth doing is worth doing well". If I've learned anything it's that doing a job well takes time. I hope to have mine done by the due date my wife has set for me though...
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:46 PM   #26
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Had some excitement in the garage today. I had removed the fridge and stove while I gutted and rebuilt the interior so this afternoon I figured it was time to make sure the lpg system worked. I connected everything on the floor of the garage and gave it a try. The original stove top worked perfect.
The fridge was a challenge. I have to admit the system makes me a little wary too, never used a propane or gas fridge before. I finally figured out how to light it and was very pleased with myself until the thermostat burst into flames! I shut it down and blew out the fire and checked the fittings and then adjusted the thermostat and of course I tried it again. Same thing. A few seconds of good behaviour then "woof". Thank goodness it wasn't in the trailer.
I started to disassemble the thermostat controller but it was awful crusty and I didn't want to break an old, hard to replace part and as I suggested I am wary about messing around with something that is combustible in a fiberglass trailer, so I dropped the fridge off at an RV repair shop a couple of concession roads over. Hopefully it is not too big a deal...
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:18 PM   #27
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It's Done!

I haven't posted in a while because I have been working like crazy on the Boler. I have finally finished the Remodel (well mostly!). I know that everyone loves pics and I owe a lot of you on here a big thank you for all of the advice. I have read so many posts in the past few months, scoured all the photos I could find and borrowed more than a few ideas from all of the amazing posts. So, Thanks
I hope you enjoy the pics.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:28 PM   #28
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I have spent the last couple of weeks working on the interior. I built new cupboard doors, enlarged the drawer over the fridge, put a new face on the fridge and put down a new floor.
Rita was adamant that I build her a cedar lined closet, so I did my best.
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