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Old 04-30-2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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First of all, I have been repairing RV's professionally for just under 30 years and this is the most difficult and time consuming RV I have ever "restored".
I started with a standard 13 foot Boler and decided I wanted to make it look like one of those silver streamlined trailers (I won't mention which one but it should be obvious).
I gutted the trailer and finished the entire inside with a marine headliner material. The dinette was removed and a sofa/bed was constructed ( more comfortable for sitting, sleeping, and much easier to fold up or down) The front bed was removed and a bathroom complete with shower and a clothes closet and storage cabinets was installed. There are 3 tanks in the Boler- fresh water, grey water and black water tank. All are monitored from the monitor panel. There is also an outside shower. The galley includes a stove with power range hood, stainless steel sink, hot and cold water, 3 way refrigerator, and a built in microwave. The fresh water tank, water heater and water pump are under the rear bed including good easily accessible storage. On the door side is a furnace, AM/FM CD player, TV antenna with booster,and 12v/110v TV. There is a battery, power converter with charger and pull out power cord. The windows have all been replaced with radius corner ones with day/night shades and there is a window in the entrance door. There are twin LPG bottles with auto changeover regulator, crank-down levelling jacks on the rear and a spare tire and cover. The awning is a custom automatic one with blue canvas material and an aluminum weather shield. A matching screen room also installs. This trailer has electric brakes. Now that this project is finished, it is time to move on to another project so this one is for sale.
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Old 04-30-2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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That is just beautiful!

How much?
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Old 04-30-2006, 05:47 PM   #3
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Robin,
That looks really beautiful! Could you make the pictures larger?
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Old 04-30-2006, 07:40 PM   #4
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From the pictures, it looks amazing like a mini A_______m, curved awning rails, aluminum window frames and all.

Just wondering if you would be willing to divulge the paint and color numbers you used to get that authentic sheen.
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Heck, most people will want to know where you bought that awning!
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:56 PM   #6
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Gorgeous! I really like the way you changed the floor plan to add the bathroom. And the paint job is just right. First class work!
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:04 PM   #7
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Heck, most people will want to know where you bought that awning!
I hand bent each piece of the hardware and had the fabric cut and resewn to match the size needed. I probably have about 40 hours of actual work and who knows how many design hours just in the awning itself.
This is really a one-of-a-kind project and for most of you interested in installing an awning, I would suggest a bag awning like the ones used on tent trailers. They are easy to install, simple to set up and effective in keeping the rain/sun away. They also have add-a-rooms available. They are not really that expensive as well. Check with your local dealer. A&E Trim Line is the most popular model.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:05 PM   #8
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It looks great, Robin. A friend of mine suggested that if someone were to do this aluminum-look effect, it would be really trick to airbrush joints and rivets - all of the A_______m look, but with a weathertight nearly joint-free shell! Some of his street rodding friends have done similar airbrush effects, such as Buick-style portholes, which can be quite convincing. Are you up for one more tweak?

I, too, would appreciate seeing higher-resolution photos, just out of curiosity - if they're posted elsewhere, a link would be fine. The 13' Boler is too small for us, but what you've done would be great - just one bed short.

And now for one question: what size are the wheels and tires? They don't look stock, but I didn't see any mention of them in your post.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:05 PM   #9
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Gorgeous! I really like the way you changed the floor plan to add the bathroom. And the paint job is just right. First class work!
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Thankyou Sandra!!
That is nice of you to say.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:08 PM   #10
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It looks great, Robin. A friend of mine suggested that if someone were to do this aluminum-look effect, it would be really trick to airbrush joints and rivets - all of the A_______m look, but with a weathertight nearly joint-free shell! Some of his street rodding friends have done similar airbrush effects, such as Buick-style portholes, which can be quite convincing. Are you up for one more tweak?

I, too, would appreciate seeing higher-resolution photos, just out of curiosity - if they're posted elsewhere, a link would be fine. The 13' Boler is too small for us, but what you've done would be great - just one bed short.

And now for one question: what size are the wheels and tires? They don't look stock, but I didn't see any mention of them in your post.
Thanks Brian

I will have to look at the tires again. I just bought 13" RV rated tires from a local tire shop.
They weren't cheap but they are good quality. I had to cut down the size of the photos so that they would all fit on here but I can always email photos if you want.
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Old 05-01-2006, 03:24 PM   #11
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Your trailer is beautiful. Looks like a lot of love and hard work went into this project. I would love to see larger photos also.
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:31 PM   #12
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That IS a work of art! Whew!!!

I want to know the advantages of the windows you put in.... I think we are going to have new windows put on our Scamp, and what kind should we get? And Where does one get them installed, etc.

That is one SUPER nice little camper.
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Old 05-01-2006, 10:51 PM   #13
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That IS a work of art! Whew!!!

I want to know the advantages of the windows you put in.... I think we are going to have new windows put on our Scamp, and what kind should we get? And Where does one get them installed, etc.

That is one SUPER nice little camper.
Thankyou for the compliments Deb.
The biggest advantage of radius windows is the look. They are up-to-date looking. The problem with these moulded fibreglass units is that the glass also needs to be curved on the front and back so I had to "build" mine using flexible lexan instead of glass. The side windows could be replaced with current style windows but the only problem is that a round item in a square hole leaves openings in the corners so the windows need to be slightly larger (wider is better) than the original opening. This involves more work again. Can you get me the dimensions of the outside of the frame of the side windows on your Scamp? If so, I can do some figuring and get back to you with some ideas.

Once again, thank you for the kind words
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:54 PM   #14
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Wow!! so many people have requested larger photos of my trailer and I want to thank you for your kind words. Here are some larger photos.
Cheers
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