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Old 09-14-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Hi all !
A few years ago we almost bought a Boler. But we had a very small car that could not tow anaything. So we bought a campervan instead. Bad move. Long story short, campervan is for sale , ans we are looking for a nice little Boler, our first love ! We found one actually, a bit overpriced and the campervan is not sold.... It's OK, there are a few that come on the market on a regular base, altough not as much as in the western part of the country.

I discovered this forum a few days ago and became addicted to it in a matter of hours (even on my job, like now .) I love reading reno posts and watching pictures of all the wonderful jobs you did on your RV. I'm jalous... and a little bit scared since my companion in crime (DH) is NOT a very manual person. Althought I love remodeling, I'm not sure I could manage plumbing or wirering. So, I will be asking a lot of questions, read a lot of posts and ask for a lot a précisions.

English is not my first language so, please, excuse me for every mistakes, or badly written posts in advance ! But you may correct me.

It will be a pleasure to «meet» all of you !
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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Bonjour Mireille. You're English is lovely! We are from Montreal, settled in Ottawa and bought our Boler in Gatineau. Like you, we found there were very few of the fiberglass trailers--at least few in decent shape--in our area so paid more than was probably wise. Unfortunately we are dependant on professionals to do any major renovations. Since buying the Boler last fall, we've been to Texas on a six week trip, La Beauce for a week, and heading to Florida next month for five weeks and must say its WONDERFUL! Folks on this site are amazing and very generous in sharing their wealth of knowledge. "Bonne chance" whatever model you decide upon.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for your welcoming words. Glad to know you like your RV it so much. We hope to travel a bit also. I really envy your trip to Texas... It will be a few years before we can manage to travel for those long periods of times ...but what's a few years when you can enjoy camping in such a stylish way.
We are shopping for a Boler 13 feet, not to renovated (I want to do some remodeling for fun) and in good structural shape. We will find one in time I'm sure ! Until then, I can draw, virtually shop for fabrics, organise everything in my head...dream a little !
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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Welcome Mireille! There is a wealth of information here and the people are great.
Good luck on your project once it gets going.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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Mireille,

I think that language is not going to be a problem on this site. Pictures will help. You will find lots of people who are happy to offer assistance here.

Welcome!
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #6
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My knowledge of Canadian geography is somewhat limited to our honeymoon trip to Quebac and a trip a couple of summers ago to Manitoulin IS and Niagra, but a bunch of people are camping at Niagra this weekend. You could drop by and see the campers (at a campground in a beautiful location. We camped there when we were taking our Manitoulin IS trip).

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Old 09-14-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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Thanks for the invitation...8 hours drive from where I live...
So...maybe not this week-end !
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:49 AM   #8
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If you and your husband are not handy at fixing things, yu probably would best enjoy a new egg or a freshly renovated one. I'm the same way, not handy.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #9
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I dont' t mind a bit of work like paint, and lite wood work But we wouldn't feel confortable with electricity or propane...We are visiting one this afernoon and it's fully renovated, or so the seller says !
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What did you think of the trailer you visited?
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We saw 2. The first one was a 1980 Boler. Good working condition except for the door. The bottom hinge was off and their were a lot of little lines around the top part of the door. Lots of reno to do for decor...not as clean as in the pictures. Had been repainter a dull beige on the outside.

The second one was a 1974 Boler. Thats the one we want. A lot lighter, better reno (although no fridge, no furnace but that's ok for now ) . Waiting to sell the van. The seller gave us one week. Don't think it will be enough....We'll keep looking and find the perfect one I'm sure
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Still, it's good to see more units while you wait. As you look at different ones, you'll become more familiar with them and look for certain things that you will find desirable in the 'right' one. Our Canadian camping season is almost over (unless you head south) so you will have lots of time to shop around.

BTW, welcome to FGRV, we're glad you've joined us.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 AM   #13
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You're right about camping season...One week-end on thanksgiving and we store everything until may.
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The good thing is the electrical and propane are pretty standard on campers so if you do need repair of those things it should not be difficult to find a shop to do it at a resonable cost.

Damaged fiberglass, broken parts such as doors and windows and floor rot are all a bit more challenging or costly to repair. Don't forget to check the wood floor around the edges in the storage under seat or couch, also floors in closets and cabinets. Also look from under the trailer. In these places look for signs of water having been on floor or soft spots where the wood feels like a sponge. Painted wood may look good but be like cardboard if pushed on with a finger or finger nail.

A small leak can do hidden damage to the floor over time and floor damage might be a lot of work to patch or replace.

Good luck, welcome! Your english is fine, god help me if I had to try and use what little french I learned in school.
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