It is finally time to paint the trailer, I plan to spray it (later I roller another and would roll it next time). Without the space to spray it, we had a offer to use a space at a relatives house, so we packed up the trailer (wrapped it to keep it clean) and drove to the mountains.
Having never attempted anything like this before, it should be fun.
The plan is to use a tent to paint in, it keeps the sun off the wet paint, and random things from falling / blowing onto it when it’s wet.
A little more sanding and it is ready to go.
We also decided to spray a truck while we were at it.
First step was to primer the whole thing, a couple coats.
I picked up a spray gun for this project on sale at princess auto, around $15.
I picked up the paint from Industrial plastic supply, as seen below.
For a couple of the detail parts I used brown spray paint.
I also grinded off the tongue jack, as I have not yet been able to get it to work.
The trailer freshly painted I rolled it out and got ready to install the windows.
The side windows were ordered from Sunview industries.
I threw a tarp over it at night, just in case it rains.
Door and door window installed
After breaking a couple pieces of plexiglass, I got the local glass shop to cut it.
I ended up getting a more flexible clear plastic for the front window, the only problem is at freeway speeds it flexes so much it blows into the trailer, requiring the rock guard to be on when driving.
The new front window installed.
Adding the LED tail lights and licence plate.
I picked up some door trim from Canadian Tire, and used it to trim up the front rock guard.
The hardware to hold the rock guard on was purchased from Scamp trailers.
I picked up a LED light / grab handle for beside the door on the Boler.
A huge storm came through, thoroughly testing the seals just installed.
I did not have the metal piece the door latches to, so I found some scap metal and made one.
While driving home we discovered that we needed to have the rock guard on the trailer, because the plastic front window was too flexible, so we tied it on for the drive home. (plexiglass front window would not have this problem).
To install the wrap around curtain rod, I used butyl tape to seal the bolts. I bolted the bolts to the fiberglass shell, then added another nut to hold the curtain rod on, this way I could take the curtains down without messing with the seal.
Above the dinette I installed a LED battery powered light.
I added a smoke detector and CO2 detector to the top of the closet, both run on their own batteries.
I picked up a new tongue jack for $20 at Costco and bolted it on.
Installing the hardware on the trailer to hold the front rock guard on.
After cleaning up the emblem, it still didn’t look great, so I painted it.
The current vents are not enough for the propane cooler, so I picked up some larger ones. (The propane cooler turned out to be a poor choice)
After painting and installing the vents, I found vents that where already the right color at the store.
Not sure how to install the propane tank, I made this. After finding out later I had the right parts, I installed them, they work much better.
To improve the fit of the door, I added washers to the hinges in spots to create the right curve. Can’t see them, but it did make a difference.
With the bottom of the door still having a little gap, I decided to add a magazine rack to the door, to help pull the door into place.
I painted the rims brown for now, as rims are still an unnecessary expensive.
I made a wood piece and brackets for the bottom of the door, to finish sealing the gap.
For marker lights I picked up the smallest LED ones I could find, took the mounting ring off to make them smaller and cleaner looking. Then added my own bolts to mount them.
I had a need to flame something, but big flames on the trailer seemed to be a bit much, so I cut out little ones that came from the marker lights.
I used a piece of curtain rod to make the roof support, this matched the wrap around curtain rod in the trailer.
It was finally time for our first trip with our camping trailer, however after driving for a couple hours the frame broke. It was the same price to get it towed home as it was to get it towed to the yard and welded up. With this we headed home, no camping this weekend.
I turned out it broke right where the last repair finished. ( 14 months later it broke again where this repair stopped, should have sucked it up and built a new frame to start with).
Getting the trailer home I started working on the awning. I plan to make a nice awning eventually, but for now I wrapped a tarp around a rope and cleaned up a couple of old tarp poles to hold it up.
To tighten the awning I found a scrap of metal and made a couple of pieces to hold it tight. Then I painted them in glow in the dark paint.
The awning worked great! Next it was time for a 12 volt system and a solar panel. I decieded to go with a jump pack, as it is small and comes with all the extras required to charge it from the solar panel, 120 volt. The solar panel and jump pack came to just less than $100 at walmart.
We also use this solar lamp from Ikea, at $10 it is a great addition for lighting up the picnic table at night, or inside the trailer.
My wife did a great job sewing up some curtains for the trailer, adding some color to the inside and keeping it dark when sleeping in.
Camping I noticed the trailer frame twisted on just one front tongue jack and 2 rear jacks, so I picked up enough to ensure I had 4. This made a huge difference.
With more summer it was time to get out and test all the new changes.
With a 12 volt battery on board I wanted to use LED light that run on it. I already had puck lights in the trailer. I got a suggestion on a forum to use a cell phone charger to make a voltage adapter so I could run the lights off the 12 volt system. This worked great for a while, but the LED lights started to fail after a while.
One of the best modifications was adding usb ports, as so many lights, fans, tablets, cells and other electronics can run off of these, and at a $1 each it costs nothing to add.
One issue we had, was when camping our keys, flashlight and such clutter. With shelves in the closet the space at the top has been wasted, so I added another shelf and cut a hole to make use of this space. This did wonders in keeping the trailer neat when camping.
Attending our first fiberglass trailer meet was great fun, need to go again.
One challenge we have had is heating the trailer, a furnace takes up too much room, and a small off grid solution has been a tough thing to find. I decided to experiment with a candle heater.
I had started a rack on the door, and although it had fixed the gap at the bottom of the door, I never finished the storage part.
In our move I lost one of the Boler emblems, at the suggestion again on an online forum, I molded a new one. this was much easier than I would have expected.
As camping season approached I decided I should learn to repack the bearings, and important skill for anyone with a trailer.
At the Boler meet, at the end of the last camping season I lucked into some red cushions for the bed of our Boler. However when picked up a red boler, and threw out it’s cushions, putting the red cushions in it only made sense. so when I went to pick up the foam (from Ikea) for the Red Boler, I also picked up enough for our bed and the boys bunks. Again using a bread knife to cut it out.
The plan was to make cushions, but having not used the table I decided to make one solid mattress
The bed was comfortable at first, but in the morning I was sore, so I picked up a couple of things to try and make it better, it didn’t help much though.