Boler Fiberglass Trailers: "The Egg"

Updated on January 18, 2019
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Rainydaz has learned a lot from her vintage 1973 13-foot Boler trailer.


The Original Lightweight Trailer

Boler camper trailers are the original lightweight trailers. The trailer was made of fiberglass and was the lightest trailer on the road at that time. Even today, there are only a few trailers available that are as light as the Boler.

Bolers were manufactured primarily in Canada for over 20 years. The first trailer was produced in 1968 and the last one, apparently, in 1988.

In spite of their age, you can still find Boler trailers for sale. They are a highly sought-after collectors item as Boler enthusiasts are restoring them to their former glory. The owners even organize an annual meeting to show off their trailers.

The Boler's rounded shape led to them being affectionately referred to as an "egg." The space inside the Boler is small, but well-utilized. As teardrop trailers and tiny trailers are becoming popular again, people are once more finding value in a Boler trailer.

The History of the Fiberglass Boler Travel Trailer

The Boler was designed and manufactured by Ray Olecko. He based the design on his own family needs—a lightweight trailer that could be pulled with a car and accommodate two adults and two children. He was fascinated with fiberglass and had designed a fiberglass septic tank before he started producing the Boler travel trailer.

Ray Olecko named the small trailer Boler because he thought it looked much like a bowler hat. The lightweight trailer became a fast selling item because smaller cars were coming into vogue at that time.

Buyers of the trailer nicknamed it "the egg." It's believed that around 10,000 of them were produced and some of them are still going strong. There was a 17' Boler but it wasn't as popular as the 13' Boler.

Bunk beds convert to couch
Bunk beds convert to couch | Source

The Design of the Boler Trailer

The Boler Floorplan

The Boler camper trailer sleeps four people. There are two single bunk beds on one side and a double bed on the other. The beauty of the design is that the bunk beds convert into a couch and the double bed area converts into a table with seats for dining. The kitchen has a stove, fridge, sink with overhead shelves. There is even a closet worked into the floorplan.

The Boler furnace runs on propane and the trailer can be hooked up to electricity. There is a 12-gallon holding tank for water. Since the body of the trailer is made of fiberglass it is corrosion-proof. The interior of the Boler is lined with insulation. It weighs 850-900 lbs depending on the model.

There is even an awning that goes over the door of the trailer. It slips easily into the slot just above the door. Our trailer still has the the original awning and is in perfect shape. I love my vintage camper.


Our Boler Trailer

It Was Love at First Sight

We bought our 13-foot Boler trailer eight years ago and haven't looked back. It's a perfect trailer for young families with kids. Traveling with the trailer is easy because it's so small and light. You hardly know you're towing anything.

The only updating we did to our trailer was replacing all the foam on the cushions and covering them with new fabric. We also replaced the drapes. The trailer was in very good shape, the electrical worked, and the furnace worked.

Our vintage camper still had the original specifications attached to the closet door. It was manufactured in Peace River, Alberta in 1973. As far as we know the trailer had about four previous owners.

The Dining Area

The Dining Area
The Dining Area

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Do You Own a Vintage Trailer or a Boler Trailer? Or just leave a note to say you stopped by.

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      4 months ago

      I bought a home with one left in the yard. I’m considering the possibilities

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      14 months ago

      I own a 1972 biker that I love. It was an ugly yellow and brown when I got it. I repainted it red on the bottom and white on top. It looks good but I would like it to be Sony. Any suggestions? People at the park call it the “little ladybug” trailer and I always have a lot of people asking to see the inside (or buy it!)

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      Jennifer Zulian 

      20 months ago

      I inherited a 1973 Boler and am starting to fix her up

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      22 months ago

      Just purchased a 1976 boler. Looking forward to our first trip and many more. Would love to be able to catch up on the big meet up some day.

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      2 years ago

      We own a refurbished 1974 Yellow Egg.

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      5 years ago

      I would love to have one of these ones!

    • Northerntrials profile image


      6 years ago

      I remember when we finally got a trailer for family camping. It was a Boler. They are awesome. The first renovation he did to it was glue a floor mat to the front lower panel for rock chip protection. We had it for years but I never slept in it once. I was always out in the tent. The trailer was for Mom and Dad and the babies. :) Good thing... its easier to sneak out of a tent at night than a trailer...

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      I've been researching vintage trailers in the hopes of building one (a teardrop) or perhaps restoring one. I enjoyed being introduced to the Boler trailer here. Congrats on your feature!

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      My brother used to have a teardrop style trailer that he pulled behind his '40 Ford to go to the hot rod shows.

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      6 years ago

      We lived in and traveled in an older Airstream for 15 years and loved it. We currently have a 1964 Silver Streak that we're fixing up to travel in. RV's are great. Thanks for the info on Bolers.

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      7 years ago

      Definitely still see eggs from time to time. :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      7 years ago from Diamondhead

      I don't own one but I am looking for one to purchase. I want to get one that I can fix up, so my family can use it when the come for a visit.

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      7 years ago

      The only trailer I ever pulled was a U Haul from MD to NY. Terrible gas mileage and I felt insecure. I bet the Egg would be a whole lot better and safer. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Just stopping by again. I really would like to have a little trailer for going on the road camping at campgrounds.

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      7 years ago

      My daughter and son-in-law just purchased a vintage trailor. My daughter is having fun redecorating the interior.

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      7 years ago

      Looking forward to have one..:)

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      7 years ago

      We have a GMC motorhome. We may switch to a trailer someday since we also have a truck. Thanks for sharing your Boler. It seems perfect for family trips.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      No, but boy would I love too. When we're ready, it won't be a 36 foot condo on wheels for the price of a stationary home, but a super light trailer like the Boler.

    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Check out my other page Boler Trailer Parts and Repair for places to find parts for Bolers.

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      7 years ago

      yes i am an egg canper also i have a 1970 and i am in need off a gas regultor for frig .windos with cranks compteat if possible ;{left & right rear sides }

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic lens, inspired me to research further. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      I only once had the pleasure of a trip in a trailer and it was great fun. We went to Algonquin Park.

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      7 years ago

      Brings back fun memories of family camping when I was a kid!

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      7 years ago

      I need some help repairing my 1975 13 ft. Boler in Central Alberta Canada. Any information on someone who can help with this at a reasonable rate would be apreciated.Thanks/Bob

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      7 years ago from Florida

      That is cool. Congratulations on winning the Purple Star for a fourth time. Impressive accomplishment.

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      7 years ago

      What fun! Your trailer looks like it just came off the showroom floor. Congratulations on your Purple Star!

    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @bushaex: Thank you for the blessing!

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      Stephen Bush 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. Fun and informative!

    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the blessing!

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      7 years ago

      These are neat little trailers, I would love to have one. Congratulations on the Purple Star. :) Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      I would love to try traveling with one of these.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We had a trailer when our two kids were young. They still want to go back to our camping haunts at ages 29 and 30. We love the sky over our head. Have fun this summer camping.

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      7 years ago

      I have a1973 Boler. I love it. Would like to buy an awning for it, Email me.

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      Lori Green 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      They look like so much fun. Very classic looking

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      8 years ago

      we had one when i was young

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      8 years ago

      Classic looking old trailers. Now I want to use one and take a trip cross country!

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      8 years ago

      Oh, now I want a Boler trailer. That's just fabulous.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      8 years ago

      Had an old vintage trailer once, but not a Boler. This is downright cute.


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