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Old 01-22-2015, 03:05 AM   #1
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The Story of a Poor Mans Airstream

Ok after keeping an eye on used ad's for a couple years we found a Gem.

In November found a Boler in very clean original condition with a new very well built frame. Couldn't get a chance to look at it until after the holidays, on the way back north from California, we made a call, and the trailer was still available.

After a slight detour to the interior we grabbed the trailer and headed back to the island. BC had just gotten some heavy snow and we had to travel the highway thru hell to get home .

We made a quick stop in Merrit at the local Crappy tire to get some much needed safety items. the trailer electrical didn't reach the TV so picked up a 4plug extension, light bulbs for the turn and brake lights, and safety cables. only the Safety cables will be carried over.

Our Subaru pulled like a champ, normally getting 7.8L/100km with winter tires installed. We maintained 100kph over the Coquihalla, used 4th gear from our 5 speed on the way up, and maintained 100kph down the other side through the snow shed without touching the brakes. Wind resistance was enough to offset the added weight. By the time we got back to Vancouver island we were burning 12.2L/100kms.

This trailer is in mint condition (considering 1970's) and we are looking forward to upgrading not butchering a Boler.

Enjoy the show
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:17 AM   #2
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After getting the trailer home, the first order of business was to gut the electrical and make it safe for towing.

The following are before pictures.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:33 AM   #3
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The Following are after photos. I replaced everything, all lights to LED including the License plate mount. Built a new electrical harness from the 7 blade plug to rear bumper and everything in between. Added reverse lights on the bumper as well, wanted to mount them in the bumper but there wasn't enough space to make the cut. Did miss ordering the forward clearance and marker lights. Previous owner incorrectly mounted only reflectors pointing forward, but I built the wiring harness to accommodate them when they arrive. Found a 7 year old Trojan 12v battery under the dinette and it had 0v After 6 days giving it some tender loving care its back to life and we will have to see on the capacity, but after 24hrs off the charger it is sitting at 12.8v. I moved the battery to the tongue as a Lead acid should never be in your living corders, and placed it in a twin 6v box for future expansion. While I was at it, I included a brake-away kit for a new axle and brakes that will be installed in the near future. I love the Retro look of these tail lights.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:02 AM   #4
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Very cool. What kind of LED's did you use and from where?
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:08 AM   #5
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Welcome to FGRV Walter. Nice find and keep the pics coming
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The Story of a Poor Mans Airstream

It's great to hear your story Walter and your rig looks great but I'm not sure about your title. Our 73 Airstream cost us $6,000. I have seem a number of small Fiberglass eggs sell for more than our Airstream.

The popularity and demand for the Glass Eggs has driven their values very high.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:32 PM   #7
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Lights are by Optronics and I got them from etrailer. 7" glolight installs with out modification.

We can't tow an airstream with a compact car, and the smaller the trailer the less the upkeep.
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Welcome Walter and nice looking unit. Congrats
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Nice Find Congrats now what to do before Summer is apron us.... Most can't wait
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We can't tow an airstream with a compact car,
Hey now Guy, don't get me started!!!:
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Welcome to fiberglass life. check out Island Bolers and Friends. We would love for you to join us in June at Living Forest Campground June 26th to 28th.
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Welcome Walter, nice new rig and thanks for the reminder that I should not store my lead acid battery in the cabin. I will move it outside before my next trip. Since you seem to be very knowledgeable about electricity, perhaps you can let me know about my intention to use an old 12V battery from a wheelchair, if I can get it charged up and retain its charge? I am also planning on getting the brakes hooked up on my T4500 for next year with brake-away kit.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:28 AM   #13
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George

Sorry but I'm not at all familiar with wheelchair batteries. In my mind 99% of the time a flooded lead acid is THE only way to go. And the single most important detail is Ah capacity because that is what it's all about.
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Very nice looking 73. Make it yours.


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