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Old 03-18-2015, 01:47 AM   #1
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Picking up 71 Boler 13' tomorrow! Ideas?

Hi everyone,

I am picking up an original 71 Boler 13' tomorrow evening.

Any ideas of what to do first?

Devan
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:54 AM   #2
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get 'er cleaned up and go over the running gear, tires basically see if it is useable as is, if so I suggest you use it on a couple of weekend outtings just to see if it is really you.
That is what we did the first summer we owned ours, that gave us an idea of what we were happy with and what needed attention first.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:41 AM   #3
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If it was me, I'd pull the hubs and rebuild them, unless it was done just before you bought it. Make sure the tires are okay, all the running lights work, the hitch is in good shape and go for a spin!

Best of luck to you!

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Old 03-18-2015, 06:39 AM   #4
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum.
Safety and reliability first.
As mentioned; Tires, bearings, lights, adjust and check coupler, safety chains. Then clean it up but I would not do anything until you use it some, get a feel for the space and how you camp and use it.
I just publish the Boler Buyer Guide which may give you an idea of what to check and what you may need to work on first
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:42 AM   #5
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Thanks for joining Devan, ,it's great to have you here.

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Old 03-18-2015, 10:46 AM   #6
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Make it safe before all else. Check out all the basics first. tires, bearings, trailer wiring/lights. check out your internal wiring for potential hazards and definitely check out the propane system. Ian published a buyers guide which is an excellent read for a person new to the FGRV world or any RV for that matter. Check for any leaks especially from the roof vent and windows.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:50 AM   #7
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Follow Ian's Great Boler Buyer Guide! first off to look at running gear and frame! At a min take the wheels off and inspect and replace or repack the bearings!

Then look at the date on the propane tank, if the tires and battery are more than 5 years old save yourself some grief down the road and replace them. RV tires are a funny thing they may look good but not so good when you hit the road .... Unless you know that the previous owner was meticulous in maintaining an older battery don't count on it lasting for more than a day ....
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:35 PM   #8
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Ive got an original 1977 b-1300...fun times...safety first......although Im thinking about selling mine because of storage costs in my area...santa barbara ca...any interested parties? I will post more pix on sellers page
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:48 PM   #9
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Out side of the safety stuff mentioned.

First step for me was a complete rewire of the light wiring and switching to LED. Lighting is the largest single headache while towing. Fix it once.


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Old 03-18-2015, 11:20 PM   #10
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Devan, Welcome to the forum and congrats on the purchase. Pictures so we can see it please.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:57 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the valuable information everyone! Ian's guide was very helpful. Unfortunately the previous owner took the propane tank for his bbq and the battery for his boat. I will be heading the store to buy these items.

The frame looks like it has been reinforced in the past with pieces on the frame rails at the front welded on and also some triangular pieces below those.The door is slightly off set though. It does have all interior supports.Its also missing the furnace and water tank which I will be looking for. The fridge works and stove!

Looking forward to getting rid of my tent!

I have uploaded some pictures for everyone to see.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:41 AM   #12
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Welcome Devon, a new LP tank and battery are minor. Do check out your frame for safety though, everything else is gravy
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:20 AM   #13
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Okay I have taken some frame pics.

To me everything looks good except for the amount of rust on rear section of the frame. the frame feels solid when I tug on it and appears to be mostly surface rust.. Maybe some rust paint would be beneficial.

Not sure if this should go into another thread, but let me know what you think.

I also took a picture of the tire spacing. Looks like the tire is pretty close to me.

(Some pictures are upside down..sorry)
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Looks pretty nice . I don't see anything wrong with the frame additions from the pics but do check it out. If you do end up painting the frame you may want to use Por-15 as from others it sounds like a good product.
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