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Old 03-26-2008, 06:55 PM   #15
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Hey Brian, What is that indentation along the kitchen side fender?
mine doesn't have that.

I'm not sure. I acquired this trailer full of junk and most of the innards missing.
I've seen pictures of Bolers with what looks to be a heater in that location. Though
I've never seen one in person and don't know if it's slim enough to fit in that spot in the
kitchen cabinet.

Maybe someone else knows for sure?

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Old 03-26-2008, 06:57 PM   #16
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By the way. For anyone who's replaced a floor. How thick did you go/how many layers
of fiberglass on top of the floor were it joins it to the walls?
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:24 PM   #17
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Hey Brian, did you take out the fiberglassed plywood "lip" around the perimiter of the shell?
I know you said that you were going to fab most of the cabnetry yourself so, are you going to make the rear section a full time bed or just make a whole new booth?
I am undecided. The thought of customizing the trailer to fit my needs really is weighing on my mind because I would like to take the closet out as well and make a 60"x74" bed. Then I would just make a countertop only big enough for the fridge and a sink. Along the front, I would make a small dinette like some I've seen. Decisions, Decisions!!! I may at one time in the future want to sell it so I may just put it back to normal.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:13 PM   #18
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I would like to take the closet out as well and make a 60"x74" bed.
I think a big bed sounds comfy, but be aware that the closet may be part of what is keeping the roof up! Scamp sells completely empty trailers (no bed, no cabinets, etc.) but it does come with a closet across from the door and extra bracing around the door... without it the roof starts to come down. It would be sad indeed if all your hard work created at low ceiling trailer!
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:43 AM   #19
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Hey Brian, did you take out the fiberglassed plywood "lip" around the perimiter of the shell?
I know you said that you were going to fab most of the cabnetry yourself so, are you going to make the rear section a full time bed or just make a whole new booth?
I am undecided. The thought of customizing the trailer to fit my needs really is weighing on my mind because I would like to take the closet out as well and make a 60"x74" bed. Then I would just make a countertop only big enough for the fridge and a sink. Along the front, I would make a small dinette like some I've seen. Decisions, Decisions!!! I may at one time in the future want to sell it so I may just put it back to normal.

The "lip" was ground flat. I have glassed in the topside of the floor with 3 layers of mat.
When I pull the body off the frame, I'll put some on the underside and coat the bottom with resin..

I'm probably going to try to recreate the original layout(or something like it) I have 2 kids, 6 & 3 who are looking foward to some camping.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:55 PM   #20
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Wow....Fiberglassin' sure is fun! Most of the holes that I wanted to fill are filled.
The roof vent has been closed, the floors are all solid, and now I'm starting to fill
the corners of the window openings to accept curved windows. The light "cups" have been recessed.
A little more finish work on them and I'll be satisfied.

In order for me to get to the underside of this thing, I want to remove the body from the frame
and lay the body on its side. Anybody done this? I'm thinking maybe some supports from side to side(which will be up and down when turned 90 degrees). Any idea on how much an empty egg shell weighs?

Some pics of the progress.......
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:13 PM   #21
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Wow....Fiberglassin' sure is fun! Most of the holes that I wanted to fill are filled.
The roof vent has been closed, the floors are all solid, and now I'm starting to fill
the corners of the window openings to accept curved windows. The light "cups" have been recessed.
A little more finish work on them and I'll be satisfied.

In order for me to get to the underside of this thing, I want to remove the body from the frame
and lay the body on its side. Anybody done this? I'm thinking maybe some supports from side to side(which will be up and down when turned 90 degrees). Any idea on how much an empty egg shell weighs?

Some pics of the progress.......
Hey Brian,
How did you get the ceilings so clean?? The ensolite on mine doesn't want to come off! It's grabbing on for dear life!!
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:14 PM   #22
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When I got it, it had been sitting for quite some time. I don't know if moisture was a contributing factor, but it was leaking, damp and moldy inside for years. It peeled off very cleanly on most of the interior. There are a few spots(mostly behind the kitchen area) that will need a bit more work to get it clean.

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In order for me to get to the underside of this thing, I want to remove the body from the frame
and lay the body on its side. Anybody done this? I'm thinking maybe some supports from side to side(which will be up and down when turned 90 degrees). Any idea on how much an empty egg shell weighs?
I dunno about laying on it's side, Brian. The shell is designed for vertical loads; even with braces, the weight would be on the curved sides. If possible, I would jack it up, drop the frame, and keep the shell vertical.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:59 PM   #24
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I now have curved window openings.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:53 PM   #25
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Thanks so much for sharing the photos. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from your work. We're hoping to find a small egg in another year or so and I imagine we'll be doing a lot of renovations, too. It's exciting to see the progress you're making. Did you use marine grade plywood for the new floor?
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:10 PM   #26
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There is really no need to spend the extra $$$ for marine grade ply. All that makes marine different from AC plywood is that the marine grade has all the small voids in the inner layers filled. Otherwise they are the same.

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Old 04-08-2008, 07:12 PM   #27
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Hi Brian
Looking real good!..
It's nice to see an other American Boler.
How do you do such a nice fiberglass work?
You're changing the side windows
Are the old windows for sale.
WE are looking for a side small window
for our American Boler .Let me know
Keep up that real nice fiberglass work.
Hope you keep on posting pictures of your project for us. Jean-L
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:08 PM   #28
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Jean,

Did you get my message? You can have the two side windows for free if you want to come get 'em.
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