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Old 10-13-2019, 08:16 AM   #1
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Earlier this summer I sold my Scamp and as partial payment accepted a Boler 1700 that the POs' had realized was far more of a project than they wanted. The Boler didn't come with a title but that was okay. My reasoning for accepting the Boler was that I planed on picking up a old cheap camper to use as a hunting camper once the Scamp was gone and once at the hunting lease it would stay there probably forever. I agreed to the Boler without seeing it, after all how bad could it be. So this is what I got.
[IMG]1980 Boler 1700 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]1980 Boler 1700a by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]4447 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

When we made the trade I realing didn't look to closely at the Boler because it was raining and I spent most of my time walking through how the Scamp worked with its new owner, as he was a newbee when it came to camper appliances. Pulling it home I was laughing to myself because I started to realize I barley looked at what I was pulling and had no idea what I was going to do with it. I stopped get gas once the rain had stopped and took a couple of photos and checked again to make sure nothing was going to fall off going down the interstate. Once I got it home I started looking hard at it and had to conclusions, oh my god I am an idiot for taking this thing and wow this can be way more than a hunting camper. Now I started trying to figure out how to get it titled and registered. In Tennessee it is not the easiest thing to do but it is possible. In the mean time I would do the bare minimum to get it ready for hunting camp which would be to seal it up. I didn't want to spend too much time on it at this point because I am also in the middle of a complete Frame off restoration of a 1977 Airstream. I started filling in all the holes and repairing the door/entrance which was a mess. Here is the best part of the door frame.

[IMG]20190510_192957_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

I had to disassemble the door and rebuild it along with a new door latch.

[IMG]20190504_164308_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

And since I can't leave well enough alone I decided I better pull the frame out and make some modification, you know in case I get the title and all. I cut out all the cross members and relocated them so when I put in the floor it would all line up to minimize seam flexing.

[IMG]20190608_154118_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]20190609_164451_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

Once the shell was back on the frame I installed the door put in the plywood flooring.

[IMG]20190512_142431_resized_1 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190623_164804_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:28 AM   #2
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I got the Title of the Boler this week and I am supper pumped about that. I put the Airstream on hold this week and pick back up on the Boler to finish sealing it up for hunting camp. I installed a Maxxair fan yesterday, not that I have any wiring or electricity , as well as put the storage access door on and built a door threshold to tie the bottom of the door frame into the camper. Today I will try to work on the interior a little and do a little electrical so I can use the fan and maybe have a couple of lights.

[IMG]20191012_182846_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 10-13-2019, 07:00 PM   #3
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That is a great start on a major project
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:40 PM   #4
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Today I decided to try something to get the sag out of the ceiling. I attached a sheet of 3/8 plywood to the ceiling with construction adhesive and my plan is to add support with the bathroom door frame and a small storage closet opposite the bath.

[IMG]20191019_121704_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 10-22-2019, 04:45 PM   #5
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Wow - what a neat project! At least you have the skills for it and seem to enjoy the process. Looking forward to seeing future pics. nice problem solving on roof.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:02 AM   #6
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Wow it has been a while since I posted. I have been able to get a few things done on the interior like installing the power panel, installing a hatch door on the street side that will allow access to the under bed storage. Then the weather changed from drought to flooding I found out that the roof leaks like Swiss cheese. The glass is so cracked and crazed that water just filters through it like a pasta colander.
Sooo, my plans to ruff it in and take it to hunting camp came to an abrupt halt. Since the weather has turn from 90 degrees every day to 40 degrees and raining I had to figure out how to get it in my garage to work on it. First I tried letting the air out of the tries and removing the ceiling vents but I was still about 1/2 inch too high. So I made a gamble and I ordered a set of 12 inch wheels, hoping they would fit over the brakes. On my first attempt at installing them they didn't fit there was about a one inch gap, but I then flipped the wheel around backwards and it would just set against the drum. Since they are just for moving in and out of the garage I put in the wheel bolts and that allowed me to just slide it in.

[IMG]20191127_162014_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20191127_162430_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

Before the rain started I did get some work done. I built the walls for the bath/closet and opposite of that what will be a small storage area/roof brace. I will probably cut an opening in the storage area/roof brace to open the cabin up as it does make it feel a little tight. Not entirely sure how I will accomplish it or the finished design but I am leaning towards an open C with the support running up the wall.

[IMG]20191027_154443_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

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I love looking at threads like this. What do you plan to do about the roof?
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I think these new wooden side supports are for the roof....
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The walls do provide support for the roof. I also plan on adding a couple of layers of new fiberglass to the exterior which should help hold the shape.
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