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Old 07-22-2021, 07:47 AM   #221
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Dinette seats completed! I added a torsion box between the 2 seats so we have the option of 2 seats with a table between, a bench seat or small bunk. A Lagun table will be added shortly. Lots of good storage in the seats as well!
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:53 AM   #222
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Really starting to feel like I'm getting close to finishing this very big project! I chose to install insulated Dri-core tiles as a subfloor. It will provide a little bit of insulation and a nice flat surface to install vinyl plank flooring. I've used the vinyl plank flooring as "baseboard" on the vertical surfaces.
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:59 AM   #223
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Vinyl plank flooring installed! This should be a really durable choice for the trailer. I tried to make the floor pretty well water-proof caulking the edges and sealing the edges of the subfloor with epoxy. Trying to avoid any water problems in the future!
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:04 AM   #224
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Onto some finishing details. I purchased hardware for fold-down legs the lock in the up and down position...great support for the bed pull-out.
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:28 AM   #225
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Onto some finishing details. I purchased hardware for fold-down legs the lock in the up and down position...great support for the bed pull-out.


Wow Iíll say it again wow
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:34 AM   #226
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Thanks Alan! I would have to admit that when I'm working in the trailer now I feel like I have to pinch myself. Sooooooo much work to get to this stage! Really looking forward to using it this summer
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Old 08-24-2021, 06:59 PM   #227
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I just came across this post. First, wow and congratulations!!

What you created is exactly what I have planned out on paper! I must admit reading this blog post made me quite depressed, since I started this year and have got no where.....then I realised your 1st post was in 2018!! I'm not sure if I'm relieved or even more depressed about the amount of work needed to make the transformation possible :/

Thanks for detailing all of the work.

One question, do you know the final weight, and what axle did you choose?
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Old 08-26-2021, 10:08 PM   #228
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Hi Pierre,
Thanks! I had to laugh when I read your post! Be prepared for lots of tedious work where it doesn't feel like you're making a lot of progress but it all comes together! It was certainly a process of trial and error for me which slows things down.
As for your questions...I don't know yet what the weight is with all (our nearly all) of the cabinetry in place. I will be weighing it in the next week and determining the tongue weight. We weighed it after the walls were complete with no cabinetry and it was 1200 lbs. As for the axle, I chose the 2000 lb Flexiride with electric brakes. It was that or the 3500 lb one which seemed overkill but we'll see how close I am to that 2000 lbs!
I'll post after I've weighed it.
Good luck with your renovation!
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Old 08-27-2021, 09:56 PM   #229
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Haha, thanks for the message.

So I'm not sure if I have bad news, or I'm still learning about axle capacity.

I'm ordering a 3,500lb flexiride and detuning it to 2,500lbs (the maximum is 30%).

I've been told that you calculate maximum load as follows:

Highway 80% of axle capacity
Off road 60% of axle capacity

Therefore, if you weigh in at 2,000 you will be xx% over capacity??
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:39 PM   #230
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I had a feeling I was getting close to the limit of the axle. One of those situations where if I knew then what I know now...
I've already thought that I would be contacting the people that made the axle for me and talk to them about what would be involved in upgrading to a 3500 lb axle.
Can I ask where you got the information about 80% and 60% depending on the road? And when you say detuning it to 2500 lbs...how do you do that? That's what I was thinking would be a better capacity.

Thanks for the heads up and any help you can give me on this!
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:45 PM   #231
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I live in squamish and spoke to someone at Vancouver axle who owned a Boler. He recommended a Dexter 3,500lb axle, I thought that was overkill and thought wouldn't 2,500lb be ideal?

Then speaking to Canadian axle (flexiride) they told me they could detune it.
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:48 PM   #232
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One thing I don't quite understand is tongue weight. I'm not sure what relationship this has on axle capacity.
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:59 PM   #233
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Thanks. I'll contact Canadian axle as well and ask them about what they recommend after I weigh it and get the tongue weight. The tongue weight should be between 10 and 15% of the total weight of the trailer as I understand it. Perhaps it wouldn't have too much bearing on the size of the axle but I'll ask about that as well.

Really hoping that it's a matter of changing some but not all of the components to upgrade so it doesn't cost too much. I may be able to sell the replaced components since they are still quite new. Too bad but I don't want to have a trailer that's too heavy for the axle.
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Old 08-28-2021, 09:11 AM   #234
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I think the majority of Boler owners would be happy with a 2,000lb axle and would snap up a used axle! Let me know what they say....
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Old 08-28-2021, 10:20 AM   #235
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I will for sure. Do you happen to know the size of the drum that you will be getting with your axle? Is it 10"? I believe mine is 7" so it look like it'll just be a swap out of old for new. Easier to sell a complete axle I would imagine
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Old 08-31-2021, 08:18 AM   #236
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Ok...well it's done...I weighed the trailer yesterday...a whopping 2200 lbs!! I must say I was a little surprised at this but I need to consider a much heavier frame, lots of baltic birch plywood, 2 batteries, etc., etc. Tongue weight was 240 lbs so about 11% on the tongue which is in the ball park as I understand it. However, my 2000 lb Flexiride axle is NOT adequate. Spoke to Canadian Axle and will be getting a 3500 lb axle derated to 3000 lbs (told there was no effect on the ride if it's a little on the beefier side). Still well within the tow limit of my vehicle so upgrade the axle and all good! I would have to say the person I spoke to at Canadian Axle was SUPER helpful!!
Stay tuned for a sale on a very little used 2000 lb Flexiride axle!
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Old 09-13-2021, 09:42 AM   #237
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I've been waiting for then to get parts back in stock. Any update?
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Old 09-13-2021, 11:18 AM   #238
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I probably need to get a new axle as my tires wear unevenly. I was wondering how much was your flexi ride axle and how much to install?
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Old 09-13-2021, 11:25 AM   #239
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Hi Carl,
I believe I paid about $900 all in. We installed it ourselves...4 bolts and make sure the distance from the tongue to each side is the same. I see you're in Alberta. I plan on selling mine... only has about 5000 km on it so lots more life in it. Expect my new axle near the end of October
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:22 AM   #240
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Hi guys
I just received my Dexter 3500 with 10 inch brakes. Can not get 7 inch on a 3500. I had it detuned to 2500. no problem. Just order it from a Dexter distributor, and tell them what you want.
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