Our Boler

For more on the trailer and restoration check out the Boler project Category of our Blog. Or click here to view all Boler post.

After Watching the internet and calling for over a year, November 2011 I was off to pick up our new Boler.  It is a 1974, built in Ontario.  It was modified to work as a coffee stand.  I can’t find much on the history of the trailer, or of it’s life as a coffee stand.   It needed lots of work as you can see below.

Boler before and after

I brought it home and started stripping it down.  It was in much worse shape than I thought it was.

To read why it had to be a Boler click here.

For more on the trailer and restoration check out the Boler project Category of our Blog. Or click here to view all Boler post.

The boys wanted to build their own, so I made them a paper model template.

Inside it has a counter with a sink, bunk beds that flip into a couch and a dinette that folds into a bed.

Inside it has a counter with a sink, bunk beds that flip into a couch and a dinette that folds into a bed.

The see the pictures of the model of our trailer I built, or print and build your own click here.

The project started with the intent of just cleaning it up a little and using it while I fixed it up, however getting it home I noticed a lot of water coming out from the walls, upon a closer look it turns out insulation had been put over the vents to the outside, allowing water in between the walls.  As I started to pull the ensolite off I noticed mold, which makes sense if the water had been able to get back there for a while.  So a slow renovation quickly became a much bigger project.

At this point I also started polishing the logos and trim, a little optimistic as I didn’t need those for a very long time.

Since the ensolite was also held on by the furniture, hinges and windows, they all came out too.

All the time I was running a fan trying to dry the inside out.

 

With the trailer stripped a friend offered up his shop for the project, much bigger. stocked with tools and someone that actually knows how to use them was just to good of offer to pass up.

Boler stripped and ready to move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front bottom had been damaged and never fixed properly

 

Frame exposed and ready to look over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boler on the workbench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will post more soon, until then check out the blog posts

Although we are now able to use our trailer, I have many little projects left on it, I plan to build a new frame and possibly a custom suspension.

7 comments


  1. This is terrific! I am so happy to see another blogger venturing forth and restoring a vintage camper like we are! Good luck on your adventures! :)

    • Maybe bloggers restoring trailers will catch on. I was happy to find your site, as it fun to watch other projects, so many great ideas:) Thanks for visiting my site.

  2. spoonbeams

    Wow! Thanks for the like and sharing your site with me. Not only do I love your Boler — I never heard of one before — you’ve also shown me how to use categories to organize my site. I wish my kids would grow younger with me so we could have more family adventures. Enjoy!

    • Thank you :) Kids at every age are great for adventures, then come grand kids and it starts again. I always find myself missing the last stage, enjoying the current, and planning bigger adventures for the next.

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  4. Thank you for checking out my blog. Your Boler is adorable. I love those colors. I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures.

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