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Old 07-13-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Hi there,
I've been wanting a Boler ever since I saw my first one a few years ago and today I can say that my lady and I are proud owners of a 73 Boler. Just wondering what your thoughts are on ours and where we should start with regards to the rejuvenation of this little guy. Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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Welcome, and congratulations, John!

First, get it thoroughly clean inside and out. Your dirt is cleaner than anyone else's.

Second, make it safe to tow. Check axle, tires, bearings, brakes (if equipped), running lights, wiring harness, coupler. While you're at it, inspect the frame carefully for cracks, especially under the front of the cabin where the frame bends into the tongue and around the door.

Third, check for leaks and deal with what you find. A garden hose with a sprayer is helpful if the weather doesn't cooperate. Make sure you look inside the cabinets and benches around the perimeter of the shell. Water can enter at a window and run behind the insulation and come out at the floor. You may have to reseal windows and/or vents. At this point you hope you don't find floor rot from long-neglected leaks in the past.

Fourth, determine what works and what doesn't (appliances, plumbing, AC and DC wiring). You don't need to fix everything at once- you can bypass non-functional components (i.e., use an ice chest in place of a broken fridge). Just make sure there are no hazards, such as leaking propane or electrical faults.

The rest, including the fun cosmetic updates, you can deal with as time and funds permit. Just don't let renovations keep you from using the trailer- it doesn't have to be perfect to have a good time camping!

Member Ian G. has written a helpful guide to common issues with old Bolers: Boler Buyer's Guide

Best wishes!
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:01 PM   #3
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Good advice Jon....use it if at all possible and do things as you go.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:58 AM   #4
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Everyone has their own ideas/ways of camping so yes by all means camp in it first if at all possible (at least a few times would be a good idea) so you can decide what works and what doesn't before you made any changes...that is the only thing I would do different about our, we started modifiying ours right away and found a few things that we modified were not ideal and have since changed them.

Oh and Jon I like the "Your dirt is cleaner than anyone else's."
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:20 AM   #5
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...Oh and Jon I like the "Your dirt is cleaner than anyone else's."
Not mine. I believe Donna D. once said something of the kind and the phrase stuck in my mind. So true!
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Old 07-16-2016, 06:38 PM   #6
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Hi John; Welcome to the forum, and to the Ontario Boler family. Ours is identical to yours. '73, and currently under initial renovation. You haven't indicated where you are located in our huge province; but you should look up Paul Nieumeister in Sebringville. We're in the Algonquin area; but, he's the accepted 'guru' for Bolers, Trilliums, and many other FGRV's too in Ontario as well as several northern US states. He helped us with a new axle, with brakes as our first reno. PM me and perhaps we could exchange further Boler info. Havagudtime with yours, and get out for some initial camping before the white stuff comes again.
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:02 PM   #7
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Welcome John, your Boler looks great. Any inside pics? Love the cooler too,did it come with it?
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Old 07-17-2016, 08:41 PM   #8
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Talking Congratulations!

Congrats on the "new" Boler. We have an Eco which is very similar and ours is a 1974. Once I get on my phone, I will post some photos of how far we have come with ours. It has been about 2 1/2 weeks but we had it gutted, painted the interior, ripped up the flooring, and removed some dry rotted wood on the inside where the table goes. Enjoy! It has certainly been a very fun project.
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:52 PM   #9
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Hey Everyone,
Thanks for the advice! First we started off with a good scrubbing in and out, removal of the cushion covers, and new wheels and rims. Next up we are looking to get the original tail lights working again (would also like to install an internal battery too), re-upholster the cushion / switch out the drapes. We had a pretty good rain storm here the other day and were happy to see minimal leaking! The Door has some sag to it up near the top which i hope is due to the hinges (looking like our biggest issue). And yes the sweet cooler came with it! (along with many other things we are still sorting through) More pics to come.
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:43 PM   #10
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Welcome. I just bought one that looks just like yours. Mine is a 1974 and from your picture you have the same sun beaten green I do. I to have the same interior work to do that you do. I have just taken the frame from under mine for a little welding and sand blasting then paint. My wheels were so loose and worn that I bought new hub kits about $50 bucks. Not a bad way to go if you need it. I did notice one difference and that is that you have lights in the front of the body like the back. It must be in '74 they didn't do that.

Enjoy the project as I am also,

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