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Old 02-24-2016, 03:55 PM   #15
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Whoaa, Marty, what is the rack on your Boler??? How is it mounted? Do you carry stuff up there?

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I have a 1972 Boler that has the original axel in place. I see no reason to test or measure just replace with new as I am positive the old axel is shot. I contacted Scamp they will ship the axel to me (Wisconsin) all up for less than $400.00. I have a weld shop and am not afraid of the conversion. I thought about brakes but opted to do them later as I have Mustang 2 ET slotted mags. that I love on a 4 on 4 pattern. I will do what I have to when I convert to brakes. I know it is more expensive but I love the mag look on the old boler. It also matches the future tug wheels and I can't resist. "It's not about the money just the cool factor."


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Old 02-24-2016, 04:02 PM   #16
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Sweet looking little trailer, Marty.

I oft times wish I had learned to be more mechanically inclined, but for now I know just about enough to think that I am somewhat protected from the totally unscrupulous who are out there. At least that's what I tell myself.

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Old 02-25-2016, 07:11 AM   #17
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Oh yeah, the rack - - - 1" x 2.125" Stainless Steel rectangular tube with 1.5"x1.5" Stainless posts setting on 10 gauge formed plates that conform to the roofline. The rack has no uplift so a single 1/4" bolt with a large Stainless fender washer from the interior through the shell from the inside holds it on nicely. For added assurance I sandblasted the mating surface of the Stainless support pads and glued the rack to the top of the camper with white RTV. I carry a 17' canoe or 2 Old Town Loons (138 & 120 size). The rack also has some attachments that are part of my unfinished canopy idea. Just one of those projects that gets a life of it's own that get to a certain point and stop. I have been camping all of my life and have supported myself as an inventor / automation & management specialist for years. I am currently trying to replace the original furnace with a Suburban NT 16 and the axle before April 28th camping (cooler on the lake) meet. I can post other photos of the rack at any time. I plan to make some attachments to better support the kayaks inverted as they can get heavy in a downpour with the cockpits open facing up.

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Old 02-26-2016, 02:16 PM   #18
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Just got off the phone with Scamp. I ordered a new axle, should ship out on Mon or Tues. Lippert, 2200 lb, with brakes. $445 plus shipping.

I found a reasonably close Trailer Shop that quoted me a price of $110 to remove the old and install the new. Wiring the brakes will be additional, based on time involved.

Still want to get a quote from the really local shop, will do that next week. Scamp said I should have the axle here at my house by the end of next week, so I'll definitely be in great shape for hitting the road come spring.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:44 AM   #19
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Just an update, if anyone's interested.

I dropped off my Scamp at the Fabricating Shop that is a couple of miles from my house this morning. They will remove the old axle, install the new and wire the brakes/lights to the 7-pin plug.

I also asked them to check the frame at the bend while they have it on the lift. The owner said he will just go ahead and add some reinforcement plates while they have it in the shop, should be cheap insurance.

He guessed it should be done later today. I gave them Scamp's Service Department's phone number in case they have any questions regarding the install. Figured Scamp would be accommodating, since I bought the axle through them.

I also have a break away switch ordered through Amazon, but it won't get here until tomorrow, so I guess I'll install that myself.

Other than a new spare tire (current one is old and severely cracked with dry rot) the trailer should be good to go, and legal wherever I want to take it as soon as the weather gets nice. The current running tires look good and are only 3 years old, so will be fine for now.

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