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Hitch perfect

This trailer bunkie may look ready for Pinterest, but the road to its makeover was paved with hard work and good luck

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KNIT WIT The owners found a woman on Instagram who crochets cozies for spare tires, and she agreed to make one for the Boler.
PAUL ORENSTEIN

“When my parents took us camping, in the ’70s, we’d watch a family pull up with a Boler, and we’d go, ‘Ooh, those people are fancy,’” says Catherine Doherty. “I’ve wanted one ever since.” The freelance prop stylist searched for one of the discontinued trailers— made in Winnipeg from 1968-88—for years before she found an affordable one. “You’ll pay $10,000 for a restored Boler,” she says. “They sell fast. People use them for mobile coffee shops and such. We got this one for $3,500.” That’s because it needed work—a lot of it. “The owner was about to cut a hole in the bottom and use it as an ice fishing hut,” says Catherine. Her handy husband, a teacher named Bryan Pearce, drove four hours to pick it up, wondering what he was getting himself into. “I was halfway home when I thought, Hey, this thing is kinda neat,” he says. And so, the pair began their labour of love, reviving the old trailer into a beautiful bunkie for their Grass Lake, Ont., cottage—and a mobile mini cabin when they feel like hitting the road.

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Start fresh for a new cottage season with the May issue of Cottage Life! The dos and don’ts of natural shorelines How to love your old boat instead of listing it, and how much upgrades and fixes will cost A DIY project to update the sign on your cottage road Pro tips on building a bunkie The inspiring story of cottagers who rebuilt after a forest fire destroyed their cabin Why flood plain maps are essential—and outdated Design ideas from a redone super-cute trailer How innovations in car design and technology can put us on the road to a greener, faster, easier weekend commute Plus, recipes for grilling impressive (yet surprisingly easy) large cuts of meat, such as prime rib, pork shoulder, a whole chicken, and a leg of lamb—yes, please! Pick up the May 2018 issue of Cottage Life for everything you need to get your cottage in shape for summer.