1946 Boles Aero Questions Jun 29, 2020 13:50:37 GMT -8
Post by kody on Jun 29, 2020 13:50:37 GMT -8
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Hello everyone! Just joined the forum today, so excuse any mistakes I may make.
Last weekend at an aunt's house we were cleaning out a patch of ground near the woods. We ended up pulling this camper out, and I asked her about it. She said she had bought it back in 1981 and that she still has the title, although she didn't use the camper much. I figured I would do some research on it. After 10+ hours in countless searches, I ended up learning some information about the Boles-Aero company and did some researching on the specific model we found. From my understanding and from searches on eBay and craigslist, BolesAero made only 18,000 trailers in their years of business, and they are rare to find today. From some reading on the Tin Can Tourists website about Boles Aero, I learned the company started in 1946 and made 300 trailers their first year. After getting a hold of the title, I learned that this trailer that was found in the woods is indeed a 1946 model. However, I am a bit confused because from my limited understanding of Boles Aero serial numbers, the third and fourth numbers indicate the production year of the trailer, which as shown below as 47. I am wondering which is right: the serial number or the title?
I am also wondering a trailer like this is worth as is. I have read that redoing trailers like this can be a lot of work and require knowledge of the subject: both of which I do not have the time for right now. I would say the trailer is in fair condition: some of the glass windows are cracked, the original upholstery is gone, and there is some water damage to the ceiling, although my aunt said she had that fixed so it no longer leaks. A small part of the underside looks like it is rotting, but otherwise, I could not find any other major issues (little experience so I could be wrong). A ballpark estimate of this trailer would be very helpful for me in deciding what my aunt and I should do with it.
1. Is this trailer a 1946 or 1947 model?
2. What is a ballpark estimate on what this trailer is worth?
If anyone needs more information or photographs, feel free to let me know. The camper is not far away.