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Old 10-23-2015, 07:52 PM   #1
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Rebuild of 13 ft Boler - Kitimat, BC

Well, I started on the rebuild today.
First, I will be doing a complete restoration and modification to what we think we need, but I will be reading all of the posts that many of you have posted.

I will be towing this boler and toad behind our Bluebird Wanderlodge, so it will be used for short jaunts from our Wanderlodge "home".

About the Boler, since I do not have the registration, I do not know what year it was made in, but I will get the registration eventually and before I put a lot of cash into the restoration.

The Boler has a large crack from the drivers side rear window to the vent. It also has a crack over the same wheel area.

The ensolite was hanging down, and is very mouldy. The cupboard doors which are particle board with film on it, are all swelled up. Both the front and rear plexiglass windows are sanded.

Ok, now the good parts - hmmmI hate all the rivets and screws through the fiberglass - that is gonna be changed. Oh yes the good parts. Well I have all the pieces as templates.

Today, I took the rear seats/bed out, one back and the rear window, and removed 1/2 of the ensolite. Yup there was lots of water built up between the body and ensolite.

Will send you pics and keep you informed of what is happening.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:58 PM   #2
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I hope you didn't tear the ensolite. It can be reglued and the mold can be eradicated.

I've done it: Restoring Our 1972 Boler American

From the description of the crack, I'd be checking the frame. Or your trailer may have met an accident or falling tree or heavy snow load at some time.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:25 PM   #3
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Roy:
Although I did give it some extra cuts, it is generally in the large shapes that it was originally in. I was going to use them as the template.
I don't know what caused it, but it has been like that for some time.
The trailer has not moved since I moved next door, that is now 5 years.

Taking off the ensolite I also discovered that some of the wood holding the seats and table on is completely rotten, so this will be replaced as well.
I am still stripping and will post some pics tomorrow.
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[QUOTE=Bill Schreurs;555189]
I will be towing this boler and toad behind our Bluebird Wanderlodge, so it will be used for short jaunts from our Wanderlodge "home".QUOTE]

I just have to ask, are these both going on a flat bed trailer? Have never seen a combo like that as a double tow. No idea of what is legal your way. Here in Calif they outlawed double towing using bumper to bumper connections. It can still be done but you now have to have a commercial license and the first trailer has to be a 5th wheel hook up with brakes. That change bit me in '96 on a trip to Lake Powell, had the license but my tug was a class A. Ended up having a family member drive my truck for launch/retrieve of the jet ski.
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I hope you didn't tear the ensolite. It can be reglued and the mold can be eradicated.

I've done it: Restoring Our 1972 Boler American

From the description of the crack, I'd be checking the frame. Or your trailer may have met an accident or falling tree or heavy snow load at some time.
I agree with Roy, try to save the ensolite, replacing it is a very large job.
Cracks in the fiberglass are an indication of stress and as mentioned usually caused by a bent, twisted or broken frame, and also include accident impact or snow load This may also help you identify the cause. Boler Buyer’s Guide
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Bill, I believe that it is illegal in BC to tow more than one vehicle. All the signs coming in from Alberta say so. Did find this interesting site on what should be towing what. Pulling a trailer behind a fifth wheel? - Alberta Outdoorsmen Forum
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Hi Ian, sorry I missed you in Calgary. Instead of heading to Calgary, we spent extra time in Lethbridge with a friend, glad I did as she passed away three days later.

Roy and Ian: The damage to the trailer could have been anthing. We do get a lot of snow and I saw approx 5 feet of snow on it last year, but that should not have made it crack in one area??
After reading many posts one of the items which I was going to do was to remove the frame and rebuild it. I am also thinking of putting on Axless axles, but will see when time gets closer.
Ian, do you have a drawing of your new frame?
As far as the ensolite, I have removed most of it in pieces as original.
While working inside the Boler, it felt like I was getting rained on, but the Boler is inside the garage?? When I was taking down the sagging part I noticed a lake on top of the ensolite, ahhh yes I got wet LOL.

Dave and Claire: As far as having the Boler and toad behind my Bluebird, yes it will be on a flatdeck trailer. Thanks for looking after me.

Well, off to the garage and take some more of it apart, then hopefully tonight I will post some pictures.
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Hi Ian, sorry I missed you in Calgary. Instead of heading to Calgary, we spent extra time in Lethbridge with a friend, glad I did as she passed away three days later.

Roy and Ian: The damage to the trailer could have been anthing. We do get a lot of snow and I saw approx 5 feet of snow on it last year, but that should not have made it crack in one area??
After reading many posts one of the items which I was going to do was to remove the frame and rebuild it. I am also thinking of putting on Axless axles, but will see when time gets closer.
Ian, do you have a drawing of your new frame?
Hi Bill

I am glad you were able to spend time with your friend, my deepest sympathies.

Yes that amount of snow could cause the cracking.
The attached link provides full details on the frame with drawing and measurements Boler Frame
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Thanks Ian.
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Taking off the ensolite I also discovered that some of the wood holding the seats and table on is completely rotten, so this will be replaced as well.
I am still stripping and will post some pics tomorrow.
I suspect you will find issues with the floor as well. If so, that might mimic frame issues.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:45 PM   #11
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As I mentioned to you earlier, I would post pics.

The damage, stripping of the ensolite and removing of all the furniture,
In addition to the cracks, the boards which help hold the table, seats etc up, these are the ones fiberglassed to the wall, are all rotten - more work.
OOPS the second pic is sidways, sorry.
And some pics of animals where I work.
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Well, I continue ripping the little trailer apart. Everything has been removed and am now brushing off with a steel wheel the extra insulation and glue.

On the outside of the trailer, where the two pieces meet, there is a plastic piece covering the area. Since it is fiberglassed together inside, is it possible to cut the outside off and make it one smooth body? Reason -the plastic strip is cracked etc and the screws are rusted in place, with some new screws sticking out.
This of course would be refiberglassed on the outside to make it one unit. Inside the trailer I am thinking of fiberglassing strips of wood for strengthing and so none of the cupboards/seats etc will have to be fastened through the fiberglass.

Another question- the floor. It appears that the floor pan was built and put into place before the top part of the trailer was installed? Should this floor pan be fiberglassed in place? I haven't quite finished taking it apart, what would be under the floor pan - wood?

Thanks for all your help so far.
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Since it is fiberglassed together inside, is it possible to cut the outside off and make it one smooth body? Reason -the plastic strip is cracked etc and the screws are rusted in place, with some new screws sticking out.
This of course would be refiberglassed on the outside to make it one unit. Inside the trailer I am thinking of fiberglassing strips of wood for strengthing and so none of the cupboards/seats etc will have to be fastened through the fiberglass.

Another question- the floor. It appears that the floor pan was built and put into place before the top part of the trailer was installed? Should this floor pan be fiberglassed in place? I haven't quite finished taking it apart, what would be under the floor pan - wood?

Thanks for all your help so far.
Yes you can remove what is referrred to as the belly band & glass over it, it has been done just search the forums here and you can find the post with pictures, as I recall you couldn't tell it was 2 pieces when the OP was done. And yes most all of the floors in FBRV are fiberglassed in some manner or another, most are glassed to the body and some are totally encapsullated in glass. I believe the 2nd is best as it gives more protection from the wood rotting....
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Bill!!! are you still working on this gem? Im from Terrace and just purchased what I believe to be a 1971 Boler (no registration plate) and would love to chat or meet!

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