So my hubby, Dave, has been wanting one of those little fibreglass Boler trailers for years, decades even. They are not easy to come by, at least not ones that are in good condition AND a decent price. (Not to mention that over the years I've mostly just laughed and said yeah right, I'm not going camping in something that's barely bigger than a breadbox.) But, after all these years, the universe has finally smiled upon him. A guy in a neighbouring community was selling his 1972 Boler, and we happened along just at the right time to buy it.
Now you might wonder how Dave convinced me to go along with this purchase...well, he started threatening to build some kind of camper himself. Suddenly a factory made Boler, no matter how small, seemed like an attractive option! Therefore...
I am grateful that we now own a real camper, albeit tiny, and not a homemade contraption.
I think we'll enjoy camping in our new (old) Boler. It's actually pretty cute, although it would be nice to paint it something more exciting than off white (something less egg-like perhaps?) And if it turns out I hate it, we can always sell it in a year or two for the same or higher price - they are just that much in demand. Seriously, it's like some kind of cult or something...and now we're part it, oh dear!
These campers seem often to be referred to as an "egg on wheels" (you'll understand why after you check out the following photos.) I was just reading an article on the history of the Boler, and it said the creator Ray Olecko "was looking for an unusual name for the trailer, and thinking that it looked a little like a bowler hat, he decided on Boler!" (So Valerie, there is a connection to the hat after all!)
Here are some photos:
We're also talking about getting a seasonal spot at the campground where our friends Mark and Valerie have their camper. That works perfectly for us because the campground is not that far from our house, so won't be a big deal to pop over and fetch it if we decide to take it away for the weekend or whatever. (Dave is labouring under the delusion that we'll be making actual camping trips, which is why he wanted something light enough to tow with our small truck...personally, I'm thinking nearby campground + the company of best friends = duh, why would I want to go camping elsewhere??)
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