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Old 03-21-2019, 12:28 PM   #1
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1972 Boler American practical resto!

Hi all,

Recently we became the owners of a started-by-someone-else project. There has been a bit of work put it here but most of it has been in the "demolition" phase, I get to do the restoration. The trailer is a 72 Boler American. Even though the interior is gutted, the trailer came with 95% of the original FG fixtures and appliances. Our plan is to do a restoration with a mind towards practicality for us (Me, wife, dog). We are optimistic about the pace and hope we can have a camp-able trailer for the end of summer and into fall. We shall see how far that optimism takes us.

The current plan, somewhat in chronological order but subject to change:
-Remove body from frame (Cesar and co.)
-Have frame repaired, new axle with brakes installed, painted (outsourced)
-Reinstall body (Cesar and co.)
-Patch wood floors (Cesar and co.)
-Lay out electrical and plumbing (Cesar and co.)
-Remove all windows (Cesar and co.)
-Have shell and interior FG painted (outsourced)
-Reassemble all interior FG, complete interior work (Cesar and co.)

Our priorities are, in order of importance:
-Practicality and fit to our needs (ie two batteries and efficient appliances for off site camping)
-Future proofing (ie prewire for solar)
-Resale value (ie we probably won't ever need a 110v circuit, but its easy to do and adds appeal for when the time comes to part ways)

I will post updates as things get done. I have noticed that this forum is full of helpful people, and look forward to gain more knowledge and perhaps share some of my own with you. Below a photo of the trailer the day we go it, basically unchanged right now.

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Old 03-23-2019, 02:42 PM   #2
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We are optimistic about the pace and hope we can have a camp-able trailer for the end of summer and into fall. We shall see how far that optimism takes us.

The current plan, somewhat in chronological order but subject to change:
-Remove body from frame (Cesar and co.)
-Have frame repaired, new axle with brakes installed, painted (outsourced)
-Reinstall body (Cesar and co.)
-Patch wood floors (Cesar and co.)
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Thoughts:
While you are working on it, keep in mind what DonnaD posted that kept me going "consider it a hard tent on wheels"


If the body is off, consider replacing the wood floors. Jean-L says it helped with his body bulge / door fit I see on yours. You will get a better idea once the two are separated. On mine there was a disconnect of components near the door opening on the right or hinge side. You should see a small piece of plywood that attaches to the metal upright and the body side wall.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:07 PM   #4
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Hi all,

We have been slowly chipping away at this little guy, and finally separated the body/frame. It wasn't too bad. The frame is in great shape, not bends, or crack. I will reinforce some areas for piece of mind as well as replace the ball receiver and more importantly the axle.

Question about the axle: The trailer has 3 matching, white, 13" rims which are 4-4.00. I've notice that almost all axle replacements people do will go to brakes and 5-4.50 rims. Is there a reason I should order the replacement axle with brakes AND 4-4.00 hubs? At first I thought that brakes were only offered with 5 bolt, but my dexter dealer has the option of either bolt pattern on the 7" brakes.

Here are some pics of the slow progress.





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Old 07-29-2019, 05:39 PM   #5
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Well some work has been done! The frame looks to be in great shape! doing some reinforcement and axle replacement this weekend. Then paint!

What is the appropriate "weather-strip" for in between the frame and body? I have read somewhere that people use the same tape as truck bed canopies, but isn't that stuff super soft and more foam than rubber? Can someone chime in?

In terms of progress (will try to do photos soon...)
-Remove body from frame (Cesar and co.)- Complete
-Have frame repaired, new axle with brakes installed, painted (outsourced) 50% complete
-Reinstall body (Cesar and co.)
-Patch wood floors (Cesar and co.) 30% Complete
-Lay out electrical and plumbing (Cesar and co.) 10% Complete
-Remove all windows (Cesar and co.) Complete
-Have shell and interior FG painted (outsourced)
-Reassemble all interior FG, complete interior work (Cesar and co.)
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