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Old 03-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Smile We love our li'l Boler

We are in love with our li'l Boler. We have big dreams for the li'l guy but are not sure where to start.

There is loads of information on this site!

Here are some of the things we'd like to sort out and other things we'd like to do, but don't have the skill, money or time to do. Ah, to dream...
  • paint the exterior. Gel coat or paint or truck liner?
  • transform the front into a dinette and the rear into a wider semi-permanent bed.
  • Paint the cabinetry. (This we can handle!)
  • Figure out how to stop things from shifting during travel.
  • Install a storage box on front hitch
  • Figure out if if is possible to travel with 17' kayaks AND the boler
  • Get cushions reapholstered and curtains to match
  • change the windows out
  • Oh sooo many things to do in such a tiny space!
In the mean time we'll head out as is and have a great time doing it in Retro Style!

Cheers,
TravelBuzz
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Hi Rosie, welcome to FiberglassRV! You've got quite a list going and you're going to find lots of helpful and kind people here that will give you ideas that may help. AND, you need to know... we love pictures! Please share when you can.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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Welcome Rosie! As Donna said we would love to see pictures of your Boler.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:24 AM   #4
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We are in love with our li'l Boler. We have big dreams for the li'l guy but are not sure where to start.

There is loads of information on this site!

Here are some of the things we'd like to sort out and other things we'd like to do, but don't have the skill, money or time to do. Ah, to dream...
  • paint the exterior. Gel coat or paint or truck liner?
  • transform the front into a dinette and the rear into a wider semi-permanent bed.
  • Paint the cabinetry. (This we can handle!)
  • Figure out how to stop things from shifting during travel.
  • Install a storage box on front hitch
  • Figure out if if is possible to travel with 17' kayaks AND the boler
  • Get cushions reapholstered and curtains to match
  • change the windows out
  • Oh sooo many things to do in such a tiny space!
In the mean time we'll head out as is and have a great time doing it in Retro Style!

Cheers,
TravelBuzz
How to make thing stop shifting:
1.wedge!
"Are we ready to go?"
"Yes, I just have to wedge things, won't be long now!"
Things on the floor under the dinette, like coolers, are snugged in with sleeping bags, foam mats, rain jackets, etc. A backpack with shoulder straps or belt can be wound around a table leg for the finishing touch.
2. securify!
Most of the cupboard locks on our 1977 17 foot Boler have failed, won't stay clicked. Oversize twist ties, an old curly phone cord work well to stretch and wrap around the cupboard handles -- not too tight.

The Flying Drawer under the fridge and the "coat closet" each have washroom door-styled locks attached on the outside.

Bankers boxes fit nicely under the bottom bunk at the rear, and a two-by-four fits between them and the kitchen cupboard/fridge area bottom, then is stashed along the kitchen counter when we are at rest.

Fridge door came equipped with a mod from the previous owner, a strangely strong string that stretches a bit then holds. Along the top where it opens to the hinge. (I forgot to secure that one day and the fridge door opened, bounced out some Tupperware which flew fast enough to dislodge the lid of the seafood stew. It was The Revenge of the Chowder splattered through-out the interior.

We take some mighty rough roads, decommissioned logging roads, pot-holed, twisty-turny rutted bumpy bits abound.

What is your tow vehicle? We have one 18 foot canoe and one 16 foot kayak we put on top of our Silverado, with custom-made holders to easily slide them into place, then tie down with buckled straps.

What is the nature of your love for your Boler? I love ours like it was, hmmm, a pet, a big goofy loyal dog.

If you like, I can tell you about our 30-year-old upholstery, Oliphant, and why we should respect Ancient Boler Wisdom.

Welcome!
Char
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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Hello,
I can help you with new covers and curtains.
check our my website Professional customizable RV upholstery



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We are in love with our li'l Boler. We have big dreams for the li'l guy but are not sure where to start.

There is loads of information on this site!

Here are some of the things we'd like to sort out and other things we'd like to do, but don't have the skill, money or time to do. Ah, to dream...
  • paint the exterior. Gel coat or paint or truck liner?
  • transform the front into a dinette and the rear into a wider semi-permanent bed.
  • Paint the cabinetry. (This we can handle!)
  • Figure out how to stop things from shifting during travel.
  • Install a storage box on front hitch
  • Figure out if if is possible to travel with 17' kayaks AND the boler
  • Get cushions reapholstered and curtains to match
  • change the windows out
  • Oh sooo many things to do in such a tiny space!
In the mean time we'll head out as is and have a great time doing it in Retro Style!

Cheers,
TravelBuzz
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #6
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hey shannon..nice stuff. have you considered posting your website on the new commercial forum???
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:04 AM   #7
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Another Bolerite! Right on!
Welcome to fiberglass RV.

A new axle and a little slower speed helped to keep things in place. Like Charlynn, We carry a 17 1/2 foot canoe or a kayak on the roof of the tug with no problems. That makes it easier to transport to the waters edge if you don't have a shoreline campsite.
Take your newfound friend to a Bolerama gathering and meet and see what others have done to theirs.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:17 AM   #8
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if your going to paint it yourself, duplicolour sells premixed acrylic enamel thats easy to spray. you can get it all over,,, even meijers sells it.
or do the sanding and prep work yourself and have someone else spray it. like earl schibe ?
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:35 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips!
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:32 AM   #10
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Hi, Rosie - when you get ready, post some your questions over in our Problem Solving section, where they will surely be seen by some of our more tech-oriented members. (Not everybody hangs out on the welcome wagon, a.k.a. "Hi I Am")

And Welcome to FiberglassRV.com. We're glad you found us!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #11
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Ha Ha, if you go to Earl Schibe make sure you wash it first because they'll paint the dirt too.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:32 PM   #12
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Ha Ha, if you go to Earl Schibe make sure you wash it first because they'll paint the dirt too.
And the tires!
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:16 AM   #13
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Hi Rosie: Does your little boler have a screen door? The first 2 things we did and we found the most valuable to our comfort, was install a screen door (to which I have since added 'roll-down' clear plastic over the top and bottom halves to let us keep the outer door open even on colder days)! Then we converted the front couch to a table for two (and I have since added a flip top to this little table which allows 4 people to sit and play cards should it be raining).
All the rest of the stuff - awnings over the windows, new cupboard doors, tremclad paint, TV antennae (which we never use), etc. etc., can come later.
The easiest way to stop stuff from moving around? -
#1, buy a bag of mixed length BUNGIE CORDS
#2, stick-on velcro works really well on utensil drawers etc.
Once I get our winter cover off, I'll take some updated pics and post them.
We've had our boler since 1997 and every year I have engineered some new comfort to "The Boogie Boler" so that can be a great hobby too - small steps.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:57 AM   #14
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Another Bolerite! Right on!
Welcome to fiberglass RV.

A new axle and a little slower speed helped to keep things in place. Like Charlynn, We carry a 17 1/2 foot canoe or a kayak on the roof of the tug with no problems. That makes it easier to transport to the waters edge if you don't have a shoreline campsite.
Take your newfound friend to a Bolerama gathering and meet and see what others have done to theirs.
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Hi Jim and Charlynn,

Regarding the kayaks... We were concerned about the turning radius with the kayaks on top of the car. We just got our Honda Element and haven't put the racks on quite yet. Our last vehicle was a Rav4 and it just wouldn't work. The Kayaks were simply too long and wouldn't alow for turns (especially sharp turns).

So... no problems with this?
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