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Old 10-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Talking Wanted: 13' Boler

Looking for inexpensive trailer in good operational condition. It doesn't have to look pretty but be safe to tow.

Send me a PM if you have something. I am willing to drive a good distance for a unit at the right price and condition.

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Have you taken a look at Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com There are a number of 13' bolers currently for sale in BC as well as a few Trilliums - one of which is a newer one - 03 in Langley.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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Thanks. I have looked at all the Craigslist bolers. I was hoping for more affordable choices.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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Are you willing to pay a premium for the Boler brand for some reason, or are you just looking for a fiberglass trailer to go camping in?
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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I am looking for a small light weight trailer that can be towed by a Subaru. I do not own a Ford pick up.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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I am looking for a small light weight trailer that can be towed by a Subaru. I do not own a Ford pick up.


Neither do I! My tug's a '97 Kia Sportage...

You don't say which Subaru you own, but if it's an Outback I think it'll tow 2,000 pounds if the trailer has brakes...lots of brands other than Boler that are in the 13 foot range would probably fall well under that limit, especially the older models.

Just a heads up that I hope will broaden your search choices...

Best of luck to you!

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[QUOTE=Francesca Knowles;342063
You don't say which Subaru you own, but if it's an Outback I think it'll tow 2,000 pounds if the trailer has brakes..[/QUOTE]

Actually an Outback will do better than that. Two different specs depending on the model:

2.5i, XT- 2700 lbs with trailer brakes, 1000 w/o brakes,
3.6L, 3.0L: 3000 lbs with trailer brakes, 1000 w/o brakes

I believe the Subaru Forester's towing cap is 2400 lbs with trailer brakes, w/o brakes 1000lbs.
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I have a 2009 forester xt.
How much do trailer brAkes cost?
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I have a 2009 forester xt.
How much do trailer brAkes cost?
All depends on if the trailer already has an axle on it that will except brakes. Many of the old 13' trailers do not. If the trailer doesnt have the flange on it to add the brakes then the axle would need to be replaced - at a cost of about $5/600 on a 13' trailer here in BC so that brakes can be added.

There is a recent thread on Axle replacement to add brakes along with pictures of what the axle you would need looks like.
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I have a 2009 forester xt.
How much do trailer brAkes cost?
Many older trailers already have them, but if not the mechanical parts to add them can usually be had for under $100.00 a wheel. Wiring including a new pigtail if needed is probably another $30.00-$40.00. Probably a couple hours of shop time if one has to hire it done...

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The tow vehicle itself will require a brake controller installation unless it already has one.
That's another expense that, depending on your vehicle's present wiring and do-it-yourself skills (or not) will probably run from $150.00 to around $300.00.



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Many older trailers already have them, but if not the mechanical parts to add them can usually be had for under $100.00 a wheel.
The O.P. needs to be aware that the above assumes the axle on the trailer has the required flange on it needed to add brakes. In BC were they live, the most common 13' trailer the OP will come across is a Boler. The base model Boler built in the 70's which is the most common, did not come with brakes and it wasn't an option.. The next model up from the base model did come with brakes as an option, but many have discovered it was an option few seemed to bothered to purchase. If it was a model that did have brakes as optional they may find the trailer does have a usable flange to mount the brakes to. Assuming the axle has never been replaced in the last 25/30 years by someone who didnt think brakes necessary either or the flange hasn't rusted out. The OP has a better chance of finding a brake flange on the axle of a Trillium which is the other brand of trailer they are mostly likely to come across in their area. But no sure thing it will have brakes either - about a 50/50 chance. The 3rd most common small trailer in their area is a 14' Surfside which has also has about a 50/50 chance of having working brakes on it as well.
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I appreciate all the info you share. It is quite the learning curve. I am looking at a surfside as well.
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It seems to me that I read somewhere that most if not all Surfsides came with brakes- in fact, I thought that all early Canadian-built fiberglass trailers had them due to Canada's foresight in having that requirement...

Am I all wet in that department ????

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I thought that all early Canadian-built fiberglass trailers had them due to Canada's foresight in having that requirement...Am I all wet in that department ????

Francesca I am afraid so. ;-))) Each province has its own towing regulations. In the three provinces where many of the fiberglass trailers were built; BC only requires brakes on rec trailers over 3000 lbs & I think Alberta & Manitoba have a requirement for rec trailers over 2000lbs - I seem to think all three also have a brakes required on the trailer if its one-half or greater of weight of towing vehicle. I dont know what years those laws came into being.
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