Yesterday, I tried to post an introduction of myself and of my new Boler
but everything disappeared as I tried to insert an emoticon... Let's try again.
We camped in a tent for three weeks last summer, our record! The weather was mostly nice but we had a flood of almost biblical proportions 2-3 days before the end so that our stuff got wet from the water that was litterally running like a river on the ground. We spent our last days there drying our stuff, and our last nights sleeping in the camp director's living room. Never again.
I have stressful responsibilities at work and need to unwind during my vacations. I can't afford to lose some rest because of the rain. So I started thinking about a camper trailer.
Here are a few factors that brought us to a small fiberglass camper:
-Our teenagers don't come with us as much as before so we can plan for 2-3 instead of 5.
-We skipped the pop-up because, for the same price, we can skip the time to install and uninstall. Furthermore, with a camper, you can easily sleep on the way to destination.
-A big thing for me is the fact that I wanted something that could be pulled with my Kia Rondo. I can pull a max of 2000 lbs, but the CAA and one experienced Kia salesmen both told me to not buy something that's more than 1500 lbs. I almost bought a 1500 lbs conventional trailer but would have had to change the hitch of my car from 1 7/8" to 2" and to get a 7-strand wiring on top of my current 4- strand wiring. I'm againt the principle of buying a toy that makes me change car and buy more, and more, and more.
-I like the fact that the Boler
, instead of depreciating will increase in value.
-I read a post on this forum by a lady saying that the Boler
could be pulled by a three-legged donkey: I was sold!
So, Wednesday, I drove three hours round trip to look at a 1975 13' Boler that needs some love and care. Because I had been exposed to this forum during my research and decision-making process, I relied heavily on you guys: a bunch of people I don't know but who are passionate about something I'm willing to discover and learn about. I'm an active member of a canning forum and love to learn, but also to give and receive.. I'm assuming to find here the dynamic I experienced on the canning forum.
My need will be, at first, to figure out how to paint
the inside and outside. We were given two gallons of water based melamin paint
, one is teal, the other one cream. Perfect for the vintage look we want to keep! I read carefully all 8 pages of the thread about painting
the outside. A friend offered his heated garage and I'm confident we can do a good job on the outside once my wife and I agree on the color...
I might pick up our new possession Monday. Right now, it's a sad grey color, almost like a primer! The paint
has cracks but not the fiberglass.
I'm in Québec and would love to get in touch with some people who have the experience in what I'm doing.
Also, the fridge
has been taken out because it wasn't working. The guy's willing to get rid of it with the traler. One of my friends works in refrigeration and might manage to do something with it.
My fear and trembling come from the fact that I'm impressed both by the work ahead and by the unknown. It's also the fact that I'm anxious to look at it somewhere warm. I looked at it in over a foot of new snow. I made a quick move because the price was right - 3900$ - and because there was no way it would still be for sale
this weekend. I hope I'll find out that everything is as described...
Well, that about sums it up for now! I will NOT insert a smiley face at this point by fear of losing my hard work again...
Thank you all beforehand for your contribution to my life. I'll make my best effort to be worthy of your trust.