Boler Voyageur 1300 Reno - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-31-2015, 09:50 PM   #1
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Boler Voyageur 1300 Reno

I have been hanging around the site for a few months asking questions and reading as many posts as I can and I figured it was about time to share. After 25+ years of tent camping my wife and I decided we needed a change in our travel accommodations. We did our due diligence and what captured our heart and our imaginations was a Boler. So last September, we picked up what we hoped would be the perfect addition to our family.
Lots of puzzles and lots of big dreams captivated us most of the fall and winter.
Here are some pics of the boler when I got it home:
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:05 PM   #2
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The interior was in good shape, especially the cushions and we really liked the colour of them. The wall covering though needed to be removed. Some mice had made a little nest in one of the cupboards and most importantly to us, we wanted a different colour!
The kitchen base cabinet is one thing I just do not understand about Boler design. I might just be a little too uptight but the asymmetry of the cupboards and that seemingly misplaced electrical outlet drove me nuts, so there is another definite project.
I was unhappy about the shelving in the closet too. The black drywall screws thought the white fiberglass just didn't work for me and the shelves were in need of replacement too - looks like another project.
Oh and the red cabinet doors look nice in a photo but the painting was not up to my dream camper standards either.
The Fridge looks pretty rough but after some work and lots of research and conversations I figured out how to make it work, and it works great, too. Now I just need to clean it!
here is the interior as it was.



So the reno list for the inside was:
Replace all lights with LED,
Redesign the kitchen cabinet,
replace the rat fur / headliner,
redo the closet,
fix or replace the cabinet doors,
put in a new floor (vinyl planks),
We really want a new backsplash too.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:14 PM   #3
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I have been hanging around the site for a few months asking questions and reading as many posts as I can and I figured it was about time to share. After 25+ years of tent camping my wife and I decided we needed a change in our travel accommodations. We did our due diligence and what captured our heart and our imaginations was a Boler. So last September, we picked up what we hoped would be the perfect addition to our family.
Lots of puzzles and lots of big dreams captivated us most of the fall and winter.
Here are some pics of the boler when I got it home:
Welcome friend! Glad to see you here and glad to see you picked a Boler...what year is yours? Our is a 71 we got in March which we brought down to the frame to do a full restoration with some interior layout mods...maybe we will see you at a campground when we get ours finished...
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:21 PM   #4
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A couple of days later I noticed there was some caulking under the paint on the roof at the back of the trailer. A little elbow grease revealed two cracks right through the shell on either side at the back of the roof. A little patch work fixed those up but with any reno like this the more I looked at the gel coat the more cracks and spider webs and even pin holes that I found. I planned to repaint the shell so I fixed all of the defects I could find. Unfortunately though, my garage is not heated and I am too cheap to fix that so by the end of November I was having a hard time getting my resin to set up so I had to put the glass work on hold.
Here are some shots of the roof. You will notice there is some waterproofing around the vent. In fact the roof sags right behind the vent quite considerably. Some of the wise people I consulted suggested the cracks and the sag were the result of snow load. I would take that as a pretty good reason, especially since I drove up to North Bay to buy it. (A 10 hr round trip for those who were wondering).
Keep tuned and I'll explain my solution to the sagging roof...
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:43 PM   #5
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Well John your question has a strange answer. My wife and I were looking for a vintage trailer, something unique with character but we didn't want to get something too old. We were looking for an 80s boler and we saw this one on Kijiji advertised as a '91. I sort of knew the factory closed late 80s but I also knew the boler was made in a few different locations over different years so when I asked the seller if he was sure it was a '91 he said "absolutely". He had a bill of sale and everything.
So, lets be clear. The Midhurst factory closed in 1988 (I've spent a few hours talking with Paul Neumeister who bought out the factory stock from the family). My ownership says 1991. My original Boler Owners manual from Carlson Sports in North Bay lists it as a 1991 sold in July of 1992. I also have an aluminum plate riveted to the street side of the shell with the VIN and the date 1991 stamped on it.
I don't think I believe any of it at this point, though. There have been a few things throughout the project that have struck me as different than many of the Bolers I have seen online and in person.
On the back of the shell below the bellyband on the curbside there are faint markings of where the serial number was originally in the fiberglass but they are faint and indiscernible now.
I wonder if it was cobbled together after the factory closed. Maybe from replacement pieces or used trailers... I do not know - but it can't be a 1991.
So after all of that the answer is - My trailer is a 1991 Boler Voyageur 1300!
Let the debate begin!
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:12 PM   #6
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As I said, I went to Paul Neumeister's in Sebringville in the fall and what a great guy! I bought a ton of stuff off of Paul (he should be able to retire now!)
I bought new old stock windows for the front and back - I went with sliders for both since I have a rockguard on the front. I also got a new side dinette slider. Paul also had a roll of headliner fabric leftover from his own Boler reno so I picked that up along with a new dexter axle with brakes. Boy - I needed a breather after that shopping trip!
The axle installed like a breeze and after months of researching and agonizing I decided to keep the original 13" rims and I bought new Hercules ST tires for a dependable ride (the PO had light truck M+S tires on it).
I also painted my Boler this past May. I used a urethane single stage and I sprayed it in my garage with a HVLP gun from Princess Auto. I am really happy with the result, more importantly, so is my wife!
I spent weeks sanding and filling holes and sanding. I loved what a few people (especially Ian G) did with their tail lights so I took the time to french mine and I love the result. Here is the painted trailer as of last Friday!
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:19 PM   #7
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Here are the tail lights! I bought the princess Auto sealed LED units (7"). I was thinking of trying to reuse the original wedding cake lens but, they are safely in a drawer right now because I actually really like the clean look of the new ones.
You'll also notice the black rims without a hubcap. I had originally thought that I would like to dress the wheels up a bit but I like the "rat rod" aesthetic going on right now and after I painted the rims and put them on the trailer I just like the way it looks as is. Maybe I'll find some baby moons in my travels, who knows.
So, what do you think of my first paint job and first crack at Frenched tail lights?
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Very nice Jay. Kind of had to chuckle with your story of a trailer age and possible make up. To me, if the motor vehicle dept goes with it, just say thanks, but it will make for some interesting talks at rallies.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:45 PM   #10
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That's one sharp looking trailer! Love the red paint job!
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Here are the tail lights! I bought the princess Auto sealed LED units (7"). I was thinking of trying to reuse the original wedding cake lens but, they are safely in a drawer right now because I actually really like the clean look of the new ones.
You'll also notice the black rims without a hubcap. I had originally thought that I would like to dress the wheels up a bit but I like the "rat rod" aesthetic going on right now and after I painted the rims and put them on the trailer I just like the way it looks as is. Maybe I'll find some baby moons in my travels, who knows.
So, what do you think of my first paint job and first crack at Frenched tail lights?
Well I think the paint job looks great by what I see in the pictures, good job! As for the model of the trailer the weight on the plate seems excessively heavy. These trailers were made to weigh around 1000 pounds +/-. Mine is a 71 and the factory plate on the frame says it weighs 850 lbs. Look on your frame on the sides right behind the tongue and also between the main side frames on the axle if it is original. Between the frame plate and the axle manufacturers plate this should confirm whether or not it is a 91. 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.
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Well, on second thought maybe not. I didn't pay attention to the windows on the side but particularly the door window. The door lock is not a 70's model style either, but the rear bumper is 70's, I believe 80's models had a squared off rear bumper, but that could depend on the factory that it came from. Other than the lock on the door & the windows it looks extremely close to my year model. Are all the windows original? What does the inside of the door look like? Also, I noticed your kitchen counter is missing the twisted metal that supports the roof on both the right & left of the kitchen counter...this could be why you had cracks in your roof along with the sagging but heavy snow might still have caused cracks too...
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That little ID tag on the shell has a few suspicious elements. Besides, listing the weight higher than what most 13s actually weigh, the date seems to be hand stamped / punched. Look at how crooked the stamping is.
I have had all of the windows out and they seem to be original. Or in other words I couldn't find evidence that they were not.
the kitchen supports are not in the trailer either and there are no holes in the cabinetry to indicate that they were ever there. And yes, I suspect they contributed to the roof sag, I have yet to install some replacement supports.
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Beautiful job!
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