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Old 06-25-2020, 11:31 AM   #1
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1979 Boler Maintenance Finally!

I have a 1979 boler B1300 that I bought 3 years ago with intention of fixing up. It is usable as is but needs a lot of work. I have done a few things already that had to be done right away like a new axle with brakes. I am going to try to get caught up with what I have done so far and will continue to update as I go along. I will take and post pictures now that I have more time. The plan is to start with external stuff first and then work on the inside. I have already done multiple camping trips and have loved every minute of it. I hope some of what I have done and have yet to do will help or inspire others. Just for the record I have basic skills but am very good at figuring things out.

Let me start with the new axle since pictures really are not necessary.

When I bought the trailer, it still had the original axle on it and it was done and finished. Might have well had solid rubber wheels on a solid axle. A matter of fact, during my first camping trip before replacing the axle, I was driving home and lost a garbage bag full of my bedding when I hit a bump and the door opened (unbeknownst to me)!

I wanted a new axle but had read horror stories of getting the measurements wrong. So I made what some might think was a crazy decision. I decided to do a road trip to Ontario from New Hampshire to get a new axle with brakes from Paul Neumeister. My dad is retired Air Force so we could stay at the Air Reserve base in Niagara Falls. I made arrangements with Paul and rented a covered U-Haul trailer for the axle and away we went.

First off if you haven't met Paul, you are missing something! He was the nicest person I have dealt with in a long time and a wealth of knowledge. He will talk your ear off if you let him. My dad and I spent over 2 hours conversing and checking out his really nice Bigfoot (I think) trailer. One more night in Niagara Falls and on to home.

I had my local trailer shop put the axle on which was not hard, 4 bolts and done. While I was there they had a set of rims with new tires that they ordered and the customer backed out. I got them for a good deal since the old rims were a little dingy looking and the shop wanted to be rid of them. The standard size wheels for boler trailers are not in high demand. What a difference! It didn't feel like I was towing a bucking bronco and the door has not come open yet in 1/2 dozen trips. If you have your original axle, I strongly suggest you replace it. You might find your trailer tows a whole lot better. It isn't that expensive, I ended paying $684 for the axle, installation and two new rims with new tires.

That's it for now. I will post some pictures over the weekend.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:53 PM   #2
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Where is NH did you go for the trailer work? No immediate needs for me with our Scamp but it would be good to have a reference if needed in the future.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:56 PM   #3
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Ron's Toy Shop in Manchester. It's right on Elm st.
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Old 06-25-2020, 11:26 PM   #4
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A find

This is the newest Boler thread so I assume that people who like, or would like, Boler will visit here. Just happened on this on Craigslist and thought someone would be interested. It looks like a pretty nice trailer.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/rvs/d...148454333.html
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Old 07-03-2020, 09:39 AM   #5
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Sorry about the delay. I have taken my door off so I can reseal the window and replace the door lock. The previous owner had, instead of removing and resealing, slopped Silicone caulk around the perimeter of the window to stop leaks. So much Silicone on this trailer! I drilled out the rivet heads and used a straight punch to knock the rivets out. Be sure to support the underside of the door just below where you are driving out the rivets. If you don't you will never drive them out since the door flexes so much it absorbs most of the force. I bought new rubber to replace the frame seal and to replace the rubber holding the pane. When I pulled the window out most of the old butyl tape was hardened and no longer sticking to the door, hence all the silicone to stop the leaks. Here is the opening for the window after removal and cleaning. You can see how shiny the protected Gelcoat is compared to the oxidized rest of the door. Taking care of that is also on the agenda:
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I also removed the old Lyster lock. The handle had broken and the previous owner had riveted a metal plate to hold it together. Earlier this year some teens broke into the garage where I was storing the trailer and tried to force the door, causing the repair to fail. I was planning to replace the lock anyway and had purchased a Bargman L400. It will take some modification to install the Bargman since it is larger than the Lyster. Here is the Bargman lock next to the unmodified cutout:
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I plan to get more pictures this weekend, including the new rubber and hopefully the re-installation of the window. I will also post the part numbers and where I got the seals for the window.
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Old 07-03-2020, 01:50 PM   #6
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So not really maintenance but one of my first mods. I found these on sale at Home Depot and they fit nicely in the closet:
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Old 07-03-2020, 01:54 PM   #7
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So not really maintenance but one of my first mods. I found these on sale at Home Depot and they fit nicely in the closet:
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Old 07-05-2020, 01:51 PM   #8
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Not much done this weekend. I'm waiting for the gasket cement I ordered. I'm also waiting on some acetone my brother is getting for me. Due to Covid and my dad being 85, only my younger brother is doing shopping for all of us. That way if he gets sick, I can take over. This keeps dad from having to go out. So many people without masks running around.

I did get around to replacing the seal around the small door window. I got the material at Vintage Trailer Supply. It is the Hehr Standard Glass Seal item VTS-195 and is the grey color. Here is a closeup picture of the end of the seal and what the window looks like after installation. Just remember to leave a little overlap in the ends so if the seal shrinks you don't get a gap. Install the seal with the two ends meeting in the bottom center:
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It was really easy to put on and no more rattling window due to a missing seal. I removed the hinges from the door and cleaned the oxidized gel coat off with Barkeeper's Friend. Once I have the window and lock installed, I will use my polisher and polish the door. Then it will be one window down, 4 more to go!
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Old 07-09-2020, 07:21 PM   #9
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The Bargman L400 is in! I had to do some cutting of the original hole to get it to fit since the Lyster lock was shorter. I put blue painter's tape over where I was cutting and drew my cut lines on the tape. I also took some wet paper towels and stuck them inside the door under where I was cutting. All the dust and pieces were captured by the paper towels. I also wiped the dust from the surface where I was cutting. I used a jig saw for the cut with a 21 TPI blade. I found the secret to cutting the fiberglass easily was to run the jigsaw as slowly as possible. It cut through pretty quickly and the blade didn't overheat. I found the blade was a little deep so I had to use a spacer between the surface of the door and the jigsaw.
Here is the hole right after I finished cutting:
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Here is the lock in the hole:
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The cleaned up hole:
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Here is the back of the lock after mounting:
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Here is the front of the lock after mounting. If you look carefully you can see butyl tape sticking out. I will trim the excess again after a couple of days:
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Hopefully this weekend I'll have the window riveted back in, sealed with butyl tape and the hinges put back on with new stainless steel bolts!
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Nice! I like the bins. We did the same in our Scamp. Works great, very lightweight.
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I couldn't have built shelves for what I paid for them on sale. It really was a no brainer.
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