BOLER TIME: FINISHING UP STAGE ONE

You know those times when everything seems to be happening all at once?  The last three weeks of my time at the farm was exactly like that.  Between running the sprayer (herbicide application), producing a dance recital DVD for a local dance studio and renovating the Adventure-Boler I was full throttle for about three weeks straight.  I'm happy to say though, everything got done, for now.  

When we left off I had just finished the basic design for the sleeping platform and put new rims and tires on the trailer.  Needless to say, we've advanced by leaps and bounds since then.  Those of you that follow along with our adventures on Instagram will have seen that we've already departed on our summer work-hiatus and that the Adventure-Boler has been deemed road worthy.  

After finishing the initial bed platform design it was time to get our paint on.  Lesson learned: don't use exterior oil-based paint on the interior of your trailer, you'll be sniffing that smell for weeks to come.  Interior painting went quick, thank heavens, I hate painting.  

 Panels drying, looking all pretty.

Panels drying, looking all pretty.

 notice the scuff marks along the white wall by the floor, apparently 1/16 thick layer of paint was applied and I could no longer get the floor boards in without trimming them.

notice the scuff marks along the white wall by the floor, apparently 1/16 thick layer of paint was applied and I could no longer get the floor boards in without trimming them.

Next on the list was flooring.  19 sqft of laminate oughta do it!  I was a little apprehensive about the flooring, turns out its really easy.  One thing I've noticed through building this project is my ability to make accurate measurements has significantly improved, to the point where I'll be a 1/16 out and the floor won't go back in after you paint the fiberglass underneath.  

When flooring was down I turned my attention to the cupboard and drawer faces.  Alison and I butted heads a little on color choice, so you'll notice a compromise between some faces painted grey and others stained wood...I prefer the stained wood.

 Found these nifty extendable jacks at Princess Auto.

Found these nifty extendable jacks at Princess Auto.

In quick succession, I also finished the hitch, put stabilizer jacks on the rear bumper and installed a new door handle.  

 The jacks tuck in nicely to the bumper in transport.

The jacks tuck in nicely to the bumper in transport.

 Decided to remove the ugly stainless steel rack I had on there before and weld in the grating.  Also mounted the spare tire using the old tire carrier.

Decided to remove the ugly stainless steel rack I had on there before and weld in the grating.  Also mounted the spare tire using the old tire carrier.

 The door handle is a universal RV door handle that I cut a stainless steel plate for so that it looks little cleaner.  FYI: you will need to cut a large hole int he door for this to be installed.

The door handle is a universal RV door handle that I cut a stainless steel plate for so that it looks little cleaner.  FYI: you will need to cut a large hole int he door for this to be installed.

Next on the list, exterior paint! Oh joy...

 You'll notice our friends tiny house being built in the background.  They're our bigger-better neighbours.

You'll notice our friends tiny house being built in the background.  They're our bigger-better neighbours.

 We used Tremclad rust paint and simply rolled it on, basic but effective.  

We used Tremclad rust paint and simply rolled it on, basic but effective.  

 I was fortunate to have a friend selling a high quality truck box which I can use for exterior storage, goes well with the rugged/ offroad theme of the trailer.

I was fortunate to have a friend selling a high quality truck box which I can use for exterior storage, goes well with the rugged/ offroad theme of the trailer.

From this point it was only a matter of doing a few little fixes and we were on the road.  Stage one is complete, stage two will consist of more interior painting, new axle, new windows, some interior upgrades and solar.  Now for some fun travel photos, yay!  Also, our trailers name is Casper, like the friendly ghost.