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Old 01-05-2016, 08:21 AM   #15
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Woah, Gilles! That sounds like a lot of fun! The 2016 edition is really close by and I'd really like to be there! I wish it was this weekend so that I could get wisdom and tips from others right away!

So here's my plan:

I'll try to post pictures...

A picture is worth a thousand words ...
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:15 PM   #16
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A picture is worth a thousand words ...
Yes, yes! But what do you think of my plan?!

Does it make sense?

Any advice on changing the lock? The previous owner thinks that I can try a few old keys and manage to lock/unlock it...
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:33 PM   #17
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Hi. Im Janessa. I've recently purchased a 1968 Trillium. Im looking for more info on the history of Trillium. Any help would be appreciated. Thx
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:30 PM   #18
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I'm off today. This is my first real up close and personal meeting with my Boler.

It's freezing and windy outside so it's freezing and windy inside the trailer. I understand the cold part but not the wind... I don't know how you call those funky trailer windows that open with a crank, "cranky windows"? :-) So those windows don't shut well on the side the wind is coming from. I don't know if there's a way to snap them shut or not...

I pulled out the power wire and plugged it in. Having power within the trailer, I put a little ceramic heater in the trailer. I discovered that the smell changes with heat... Hmmm. Old and humidity. The trailer hasn't been used for 6 or 7 years and it's a 1975. I guess the old smell would be normal. But humidity?

When I walked in, I found a patch of ice as big as a loony (for US readers, a little bigger than a quarter...) on the bench by the table. When I came back in, there was a little bit of water on the counter. Not much, but enough to go "Hmmm".

When I took the trailer home, the table was up. It was down this morning. Is that normal? Should the table always be down when traveling?

I took the cushions inside and will take care of those later.

Does anybody know whether the top bunk should bend down to make some kind of backing for the bottom one and make a couch? It comes off of the two vertical posts but the hinges and its rigid shape doesn't seem to allow it to go down.

As I vacuum the ceiling, the paint peels. I assume it's just paint and not the actual elephant skin I read about.

There was a velcro glued awkwardly around the inside of the door frame. I assume it goes with the screen that I found in the little closet. I threw away both velcro and screen...and what might have been an old mouse nest.

Speaking of which, there seem to be gaps where the electrical cord come out and where there's vents for the fridge. I'm not too sure where the water hoses are going or coming from... Will inspect more...

The laminated part of the doors and table top is coming unglued in some places and the restoration might take a little more than paint. And the rug needs to go but is really glued down well, we'll see what happens with that.

At this point, I would really like to look at a Boler that's in top shape and have a seasonned Boler owner look at mine and tell me a little bit more about it.

I'm going back outside to vacuum and take some dust and fly poop off...

I'll try to take and post a few pictures later.

At this point, I feel some heaviness thinking about the work ahead. Normal as well, I assume!
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:57 PM   #19
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Uncle Cereal, Those 'cranky' windows are called jalousy (sp ? ) windows. Cranky describes the trailer owner when sitting in the cold and wind . . . INSIDE his trailer. lol Those windows are old fashioned and good for ventilation , When raining outside the windows can be cranked open a bit without leaking. But not good for very cold conditions. The little heaters often change smell according to the dust or moisture and smells in the room. I'm sure folks with more info than I will answer many questions. I will just comment that it is usually better to travel with the table down, especially over rough roads. Especially on an older trailer which may have a warped table or loose fittings. Good luck, hope to see you in wonderful Canada some day ! David in Fresno and Sonora. (Calif)
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Do not become discouraged, check off the small projects first and get back that feeling of accomplishment. The weather will get warmer and the work easier, the days are already getting longer!
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Old 01-11-2016, 01:26 PM   #21
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Yes, yes! But what do you think of my plan?!

Does it make sense?

Any advice on changing the lock? The previous owner thinks that I can try a few old keys and manage to lock/unlock it...
You looked on this site? :

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Old 01-11-2016, 04:10 PM   #22
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Sooooo.

I spent the afternoon removing dust, dirt, fly doodoo, and other junk. I think I found one or two wasp nest in the making! Felt and looked like two pieces of cement with holes in them. Through one hole, I could see a body... Don't tell anyone in my family! One of them was in the gas heater!

Speaking of which, we have little trust in propane heaters and I wonder whether it would be a good idea to just yank it out. I think I read something about that on the forum. I'll look.

I'll post this and try putting up a few pics from the inside.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:22 PM   #23
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Can't manage to post pictures. If I click on the picture icon, I'm asked for picture url... But they're on my "portable device"... Whoever's interested will have to help me post them because my search for instructions didn't produce anything interesting!

I forgot to say that I also vacuumed everything inside and I vacuumed all my cushions...that are desperately in need of being recovered! (And they will be!)
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Speaking of which, we have little trust in propane heaters and I wonder whether it would be a good idea to just yank it out.
There are millions of RVs with propane furnaces out there that have no problems. Why the lack of trust?
Even the NFL uses propane heaters on the sidelines at football games.
Why not just have it serviced?
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There are millions of RVs with propane furnaces out there that have no problems. Why the lack of trust?
Even the NFL uses propane heaters on the sidelines at football games.
Why not just have it serviced?
I agree. We're fair-weather campers and I never thought I'd want a heater until this past Thanksgiving near Phoenix and the overnight temperatures dipped into the mid-thirties. I love my heater now! I did have it checked after I bought my trailer, and it needed a new thermostat, that was all, but it gave me peace of mind.

The worst that could happen is they might tell you it's no good. If it passes, install the appropriate detectors (smoke, CO, LP) and you're about as safe as you could reasonably hope to be anywhere, and far safer than when you're in your vehicle headed down the road.
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Ok, John and Glenn, I get your drift.

I always hear not to use gas heaters in the house so I'm thinking "much less in a trailer"! Also, we heard once again fairly recently of a lady who died because of some form of gas heating. What gas? When was the last inspection? How many detectors? You guess is as good as mine. But it does give a weird impression, doesn't it?
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Think we need to clarify some terms. I describe a 'gas heater' as some portable unit with probably a propane bottle attached. An RV would likely have a 'propane furnace' that, if properly installed, does not draw on or exhaust combustion air into the trailer. It gets air from outside and exhausts to the outside.
If you choose to use a portable heater, you need to leave a window and/or vent open which somewhat defeats the purpose.
If you have a propane furnace, get it serviced to ensure it is safe and install carbon monoxide / propane and smoke detectors.
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I suspect the "gas heaters" you were warned about are the catalytic type, which involve catalytically-controlled slow combustion inside the living space, with specific requirements for venting. Some people do use them in trailers, either the portable kind or built-ins. They are quiet and use no power, but they will add a lot of water vapor to the cabin and can deplete the oxygen if venting requirements are not followed.

With an RV furnace (Glenn is right; I used the incorrect term in my previous post), the combustion chamber is sealed off from the cabin, so combustion air is drawn in from outside and exhaust gases are vented to the outside, just like your furnace at home. In the inspection and testing process, the tech will make sure that the combustion chamber and heat exchangers are intact.

Older RV furnaces are the gravity type that rely on convection to circulate the heated air. There were phased out over concerns about surface temperatures on the grille (not going to burn the trailer down, but you might get a scald if you touch it with bare skin). Newer furnaces use a 12V blower to circulate the air, so they are noisier and can deplete your battery when off grid, but the surface temperatures are lower. We have the latter.
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