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SOLD - 1973 13' Eco Travel Trailer - N. Little Rock, AR - on Ebay ends May 5
Sun, 04/29/2012 - 00:50
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sold for $5,600
1973 13’ ECO Fiberglass Travel Trailer. Like Boler, Scamp, Burro, U-Haul, Casita, etc.
After several months of “remodeling” and many hours of fun, I bring you the result of my efforts:
I now have two fiberglass campers and decided to sell this one so I started in redoing it a bit. That turned into a major project and I redid a lot. It’s not a frame-off restoration, but it’s very nice. Still, it’s nearly 40 years old and there are minor blemishes that are beyond my ability to remove. I’ve made every effort to put out something I can be proud of and I’m sure the buyer will love this camper. I spent countless hours on the details and I think in some ways it’s superior to a new one ($14k+) from Scamp, but I like old things. ECO’s are very much like the original, Canadian made Bolers.
Please come see it for yourself if that’s possible.
This 13’ camper weighs just 850 pounds. Almost anyone can pick up the tongue and move it around. Anything with a hitch can pull it and hardly notice its back there. I move it around the yard with my riding mower. Another good thing about these is if you're towing with a truck or SUV, you can see right through it to see the cars behind you!
Manufactured in Aurora, Nebraska, by Century, Mfg., this trailer was one of the “American made Boler" clones. The ECO name was reportedly an acronym of the names of the three brothers who owned the company. Also known as ECO Featherlite.
- New front dinette, converts to single bunk
- Rear dinette, converts to double bed
- New deep cycle battery (type 24)
- New 12 volt light fixtures & LED lights. (all 3 lights can stay on literally for days on this battery. I ran them for 48 hours straight and battery voltage was down to 11.9 volts)
- Fantastic fan (attic-fan-like roof vent, exhaust or input). I ran the fan for 38 hours straight and battery voltage was down to 11.2v).
- 110 volt refrigerator. Small but this older type has a compressor. Makes ice. Many newer types do not get cold enough to make ice.
- 5,000 BTU air conditioner with remote, exhaust ducted to external vents
- Propane 2 burner stove (Coleman)
- New faucet and plumbing
- 12 volt shur-flo water pump, automatically starts when faucet turned on
- New running tires, original hubcaps. Spare is old but holds air & has good tread
- New Plexiglas front & rear windows with new seals, professionally installed
- All new 12v & 110v wiring (except heavy-duty service cord that plugs the camper in)
- New 1.5amp battery charger & maintainer (you can leave it plugged into AC all winter)
- New paint (Interlux Brightside Marine paint, blue-glo white)
- New upholstery covers
- New cabinet doors, shelves, and storage covers. All that falling apart particle board was the first thing to go when I got the camper.
- New laminate “hard wood” floors w real oak trim
- Three 12v outlets to charge your iphone/ipod etc.
- Four 110v outlets (total of 8)
- New 400watt / 800w peak inverter. Will run small 110v appliances off 12v battery,
- New sidelights
- Rear taillights appear to be original. The lens’ have some minor cracks around the edges. You have to look very close to notice.
- New door hinges (from Scamptrailers.com)
- New curtains
- New propane hose
- New inside paint on “elephant skin” insulation
- Original jalousie crank-out windows
- New screens and frames
- Original Bargman? door handle with new keys made.
- All cabinet and other hardware that was reused was painted
- Frame painted to prevent rust. Tongue was treated with POR-15 rust preventative prior to painting.
- Old but clean porta-potty.
- Not camped in since it was redone.
- Hitch is 1 7/8”
- No leaks! All rivets and external bolts were coated with a flexible non-silicon sealant before painting. The recommended Butyl putty and sealant was used around the Fantastic Fan. Tested in the last rainstorm and again with garden hose when I washed it. It was very easy to wash with the new paint. Could probably still use a coat of wax to preserve it.
- Aluminum belly band was removed, brushed and reinstalled. Should be waxed to maintain bright look.
If you’re into boon docking it’s ready for you. Instead of the small internal water tank that didn’t last long I installed a 12 volt pump with a hose that you can put into a 5 gallon jug. This way you don’t have to move the trailer to renew your water supply, just change out the jugs.
The left faucet is for the water pump, the right faucet is for the city water connection.
The original tank was missing from this camper when I purchased it.
You should be able to run the water pump, LED lights and Fantastic fan for quite a few days on this deep cycle battery. To run the air conditioner and refrigerator you would need electricity. However, you could put dry ice in the refrigerator and use it like an ice box.
There’s a huge following for fiberglass camper trailers.
If you have children and want the original, two front bunk configuration I have the front bunk, original cushions, and hardware. The upper bunk folds down and makes a couch during the daytime. It’s even possible to sleep an extra person on the floor with feet in the area below the bunks, bringing total capacity to 5. We’ve done it!
Of course, you would lose the front dinette option if you re-installed the original upper bunk.
I also have the original and very large gravity type propane heater which had been removed from my other camper. It will be provided upon request. To re-install it you would need to remove the new cabinet under the sink and the access port on the outside beside the water hook-up.
Dimensions: External height to top of Fantastic Fan: approx. 7', ext. length 13’, interior length: 10' 0", interior height: 6' 3", interior width: 6' 6".
Axle weight limit: 1,250 pounds. You can load up to 400 lbs of gear inside.
Honda EU2000 generator in the pics is not included (unless you want to add $850). I will generously include the blue water jug. :-)
I can deliver or meet you up to 400 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas for $ .75 a mile both ways.
Full disclosure disclaimers :-)
- The lower pane on the right rear window is Plexiglas. It was replaced by a previous owner. The windows frames were painted red before I painted them black.
- I had it sprayed by a professional painter and was hoping for a “factory finish” but he wasn’t familiar with this type of paint so we had a few runs to brush out. It’s not perfect but it looks good.
- The cushion covers are one thing I’m not completely satisfied with. The originals were not in good shape and they had rigid seams that you could feel when you laid down, very uncomfortable. I took them off and covered them with fabric. It was applied with 3M Super77 spray adhesive. They look good on top but on the bottom not so great. You should never see the bottom, though. I included a pic somewhere.
- Although the porta-potty has a new bellows & tubes for flushing it can leak a bit when carried by the handle (the clean water flushing part, not the black tank below). The black tank does not leak. I think most people with these toilets prefer to pour water in anyway rather than fill the top part and use the bellows. That’s what we’ve always done and it works better. It has chemical additive and is ready to use.
- Propane tank is not full but still has some gas in it.
- The bearings have not been repacked lately but it’s been on several multi-hour trips and wheels checked at stops. They do not get hot at all. I could have it done at a local shop if you’re willing to add this to the cost. It’s about $150. I broke the bank with all the woodwork and other details.