Originally Posted by travel_buzz
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!
How to make thing stop shifting:
"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.
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.
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.