Jay C's Trailer :: Cheezy
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Cheezy
Jay C Jay C is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Lethbridge
Posts: 3
Registry
Trailer Name Cheezy
Year 1976
Make Boler
Model
Length 13'
History My wife Deanne and I got our little Boler 16 years ago and for the first decade used it every summer for trips to BC wine touring, to attend music festivals, and to camp along the Eastern Slopes while doing a little fly fishing. Over the last couple of years, we decided to do a full renovation. We're now in the final stretch and are considering moving from the Boler to an early 90s era Bigfoot TF-20 5th Wheel to get a bit more room.
Interior
We did a "bare walls" renovation. Completely new electrical system with fuze box, LED lights and 12V power outlets throughout; new water system with pump, tank and city water hookup; and a two-way high efficiency compressor fridge. Cabinets were removed and repainted and doors have been replaced with cedar boards. The cabinets were reinstalled with rivets and now everything is nice and sturdy. We removed the front bunks and converted the space into a permanent two person banquet so we can leave the bed made up. New foam and upholstery were installed throughout the trailer, new curtains, and a custom cedar wardrobe drawer was installed beneath the bed to stow our cloths, coats and extra blankets. One of the first changes we made was to convert the closet into a full sized pantry. We ended up throwing out the non-functioning furnace and dead 3 way fridge, but the rest of the original parts have been saved in case we (or a future owner) wanted to change the configuration back to have a double front bunk.

We still need to install the vinyl plank flooring we selected and fill the seams between the ensolite.

Exterior
Our aim has been to avoid painting any of the fiberglass. We've recently used a power polisher and a marine rejuvenator compound to bring out the shine. We replaced the flaked pin-striping and were able to get reproduction Boler logos made here in Lethbridge for the front and rear. We replaced the plexiglass and gaskets, giving the front window a bit of tint in the process. Clearance and tail lights were converted to LEDs and the door latch was replaced. The small port windows and jalousie windows were removed, reglassed and regasketed, and then installed so for the first time since we bought it, they don't leak. The old roof vent was removed, the fiberglass around the holes was repaired and a new Fantastic Fan was installed with a custom cedar surround. The boler holds twin 12lb propane tanks and has a new Group 27 battery as well as a battery disconnection switch.

We're now in the process of finishing the polishing, installing a porch light, adding some rock-guard to the front and rear and then we'll scrape and paint the frame. I'd also like to replace the old jack and maybe add new safety chains.

Customization
Our aim was to keep the trailer original (or in a condition that meant it could be taken back to original) while adding the convenience features we felt were lacking during the first few years we used it. The water system and the all new electrical system are fantastic, as is the new fridge.. Beyond that, we figured owning a Boler was about keeping things simple. We've avoided adding onboard solar or an inverter because we figure the trailer will outlive any electrical system we could add. Instead, we use an off the shelf battery charger to get ready for a trip and hook the battery directly up to a 140w solar panel once we're landed and so far that has worked great with the two way fridge. We added a quick connector where the furnace vent used to go and that allows us to use our pump to send onboard water to an external on-demand LP water heater we hang next to a pop-up shower tent.

Tow Vehicle
2018 Nissan Titan Pro-4x. However, we can also tow it with our Subaru Forester.
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