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Old 06-19-2003, 05:03 AM   #15
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Hi All
I am doing some fiberglass repairs now.This stuf is really quite easy to work with.
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Old 06-19-2003, 08:16 AM   #16
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I haven't gotten there yet, but I've seen fiberglassing done before. I looks like it will be pretty easy, especially using disposable gloves and brushes like Tom said. Now, if only I didn't have a full time job to get in the way of Bolering...
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Old 06-27-2003, 01:26 PM   #17
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The Vent

The Before shot:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efc8b93632fdvent1.jpg/>

Hole cut larger:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efc8bf280c03vent3.jpg/>

Homemade Gasket:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efc8ba69ecc1vent2.jpg/>

End Result:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efc8c3231989Vent4.jpg/>
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Old 06-27-2003, 03:59 PM   #18
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That is beautiful. Now when are you coming to Oklahoma? I could use some help.
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Old 06-29-2003, 12:18 AM   #19
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New tires

I had new tires put on today. They are Maxxis 175/80R13 6 Ply. Hope that's a decent brand. I opted not to get Carslie's as it sounded like they can be problematic. The old ones weren't really worth keeping for a spare, so I still need to get a rim and tire for a spare, will opt for a good used for the spare I think.

Also, was the first time hooking up on my own (second time ever out with the unit). It was super great, hit the mark on the first try for lining up. The curtains were all out, so as Ches suggested to me - driving with the curtains open to see through worked great. I'm going to drive that way at least until I get used to reading distances in the UTM mirrors.

Jana, I'm one step closer to being ready to take a trip, too bad we're so far away from Oklahoma.
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:00 AM   #20
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Frame repairs

Well, I had my trailer in at the welding shop for a bit of repair to a crack. It was cracked in the same old place, only on the opposite side. When they were welding on it they said that it was pretty rotten. The shop owner came by and had a look at it. We found 2 more cracks.
This is the plan of attack:
1. I will cut out 2 bits of flooring from in the front storage area so they can access the top of the frame.
2. They are planning on welding the 2 cracks, then adding a piece of flat bar along the bottom of both sides on the a-frame.
3. I can glass in the patches of plywood back to the floor.

Does this seem like a reasonable repair? The welding shop is estimating 2 hours work (provided I expose the frame for them).
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:23 AM   #21
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Hi Lainey
That sounds about right.Those cracks are one of the biggest problems with 13ft Bolers.Do it right and you will be happy with many years of camping.:wave
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Old 07-05-2003, 08:41 AM   #22
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Visable to the naked eye?

Were these crack so tiny you couldn't see them yourself? so the check up was for your piece of mind and they found something? Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying it doesn't need done, I'm just wonder if I need an expert to see what I haven't found. I've been under mine, I've looked. :E I don't have a Boler so it may not be a problem on mine, just Janaparanoia talking. <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ed9abbebebdaflirt.gif/> but it's hard to get her to shut up once she starts. :E
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:23 AM   #23
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Jana, I'm right behind you in the paranoia department. Cracks in the frame?! Start...ing ... to ... hy...per...ven..ti..late..
now . .. .. . ....

Lainey - wanted to tell you your vent and cushions look great. Also, I bought the exact same brand and size of tires for the same reason. Keep me posted how yours hold up, and I'll do likewise.
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:28 AM   #24
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Frame

No, nothing that was completely hidden. I saw the first big crack, and it just drew my attention away from the rest I think. The other two are noticable to the naked eye. I think that as long as you've looked everything over very carefully, then you should be fine. The only thing not visible is that the cracks are at the top of the frame, so it's very likely that the top is cracked too (where the floor covers it)

Beverly - sounds like a good plan for the tires. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:35 AM   #25
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* * * * * * Jana, I'm right behind you in the paranoia department. *Cracks in the frame?! *Start...ing ... to ... hy...per...ven..ti..late..
now . .. .. . .... *
Did you see Ches's pictures of his old frame? that was really horrifying. To think he pulled that home like that. He could have really gotten hurt. He probably knew and took care, but if he hadn't. (shiver) Okay taking big deep breath. breath out whhhhooooo. there that's better. :)


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No, nothing that was completely hidden. I saw the first big crack, and it just drew my attention away from the rest I think. The other two are noticable to the naked eye. I think that as long as you've looked everything over very carefully, then you should be fine. The only thing not visible is that the cracks are at the top of the frame, so it's very likely that the top is cracked too (where the floor covers it)
Visable I can handle. Thanks.
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Old 07-05-2003, 03:37 PM   #26
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think one of the reasons the Bolers have so many cracked frames is the way they were designed. Look at the picture of Ches', it has all these bits and pieces welded together and the welds are usually where they crack.

The first year, possibly two, of Trilliums had frames like Bolers. Then they changed. Our Trill has a frame rail on each side that is continuous from the hitch point to the bumper. Built like a cars frame. Then there are cross braces between the two frame rails. The weak spot on these are where they bend upwards at the front of the trailer but one rarely hears about Trillium frames cracking.

So Jana, your Buttercup is a cousin of the Trill so you probably don't have anything to worry about.

Nancy
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Old 07-05-2003, 07:29 PM   #27
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The frame on mine has one solid piece that runs front to back on each side. It was broken at the spots close to the bend though. The metal on the frames was very thin to begin with, so I guess for being outside for 33 years, it's not all bad. The front end of the frames do take a lot of beating as they are being pulled.
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Old 07-11-2003, 08:49 PM   #28
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Paint results

Here's a couple pictures of the painted ensolite. I used 1 coat of Bullseye 1-2-3 primer and 2 topcoats of General Paint Hi Performance 2000 acrylic coating. The ensolite seams are noticable, but I think they are less pronounced than seam tape (and now maintenance free!)
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f0f68cfe57f6ensoliteseamsafter.jpg/>
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f0f68e2704efelsoliteafter2.jpg/>
(Don't ask me why they don't look the same colour in the pictures?? Odd)
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