Updated Luxury! 1969 Boles-Aero 310-J

Post-War America bristled with optimism, and the Interstate Highway system begun in the Eisenhower years expanded the appeal of trailer camping. Before the war, pulling a trailer long distances largely appealed to folks either fleeing their criminal past or as the purview of the super-rich. Sure; there were some adventurous types in-between, but not many. Enter the Boles-Aero company, a brand not as recognizable as the well-respected Airstream, but heralded as equal or superior in its day. This fully-refurbished and improved 1969 Boles-Aero 310-J in Seattle, Washington comes to market here in our classifieds, where $49,500 can make it yours.

Some vintage trailers put on a rather awkward face, but this Boles-Aero looks great from every angle. A trailer-full of pictures in the listing includes some “before” shots so be sure to check out the beautiful “after” pictures as well. While the sound bones of frame and aircraft-quality aluminum remain, all the functional systems within this home on wheels have been fully updated. Don Boles took his knowledge of aircraft construction and Boles Manufacturing aimed to help families answer the call of the open road in style.

Wow! It’s hard to think of camping as “roughing it” when surrounded by beautifully-crafted real wood and other attractive finishes. Personally I’d love to see some vintage linoleum or similar flooring, but these durable tiles should last a second lifetime. Updates include red cedar on the walls and ceiling and cabinets made from baltic birch, and superior alder

Modern appliances and fixtures blend well with the gorgeous wood panels and cabinetry. Again I’d prefer vintage Formica for the countertops and backsplash but there’s little to complain about here. I’d definitely keep the big flat-screen TV! What sites would you visit with this modernized palace on wheels?

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Comments

  1. That AMC Guy

    Where would I visit? Heck, I could live in this!

    Like 7
  2. Gunner

    Yeah AMC, pulling it with your Rebel Machine!

    Like 1
  3. TimS Member

    Problem with this thing, beautiful as it is, it really needs a tow vehicle from the 60s through the early 80s or else it just looks like you’re taking it somewhere to flip it.

    Like 5
  4. Fred Alexander

    $49,500 Isn’t going to make it mine – – –
    It is very nice, but the ask price is not that nice.

    Like 2
  5. CATHOUSE

    Kudos to the seller for doing a very informative well written ad and for including plenty of nice clear photos. Good luck with the sale.

    Like 3
  6. gerry Member

    For that price I’d have to live in it

    Like 3
  7. Pat Housel

    Tow rig…
    IH Travelall 1210
    392 V8
    Clark 5spd

    Like 5
  8. Howard A Member

    I agree, gonna take a stout rig to pull this. If I may, a slight correction. These types of trailers were usually pulled to a somewhat permanent spot, like a lake for the season, rather pulled around the countryside. Back then, we did a lot of camping and most campers were the small single axle jobs. These are a challenge getting around, like pulling a semi trailer. There is a resurgence in vintage campers, but not this much, I don’t think. Now, I suppose, every poker shack trailer in the woods is going to escalate to 5 figures. What next, auto ferries? Wait,,,

    Like 5
    • That AMC guy

      Yes, see the movie “The Long, Long Trailer” for a look at some of the challenges. Remember, TRAILER BRAKES FIRST!!!

      Like 4
  9. Ken Carney

    Funny you should say that Pat, my parents did indeed own a Travelall 1210
    equipped the way you mentioned except
    ours had an automatic instead of a manual trans. And what a thirsty beast
    it was too! Seemed as though we were only getting only 5 gallons to the mile with it and that was on a good day. And
    yes, my parents pulled a 32 footer for a
    few summers until Dad broke down and
    bought a very large Champion motorhome while I was on the road playing music. I asked Dad if I could use
    it on a road trip once, and he said “Hell no
    not the way you guys party!”. Howard, I think you might be right on this one. Every time I look at this thing, it just screams “Park model”. In that case, I’d
    park it in Mom’s backyard and use it for
    my own little tiny house!

    Like 4
  10. dogwater

    I thought barn finds was for cars these old motors homes and trailers are for the recycle yards there are a lot of nice new RVs for sale at good prices.

  11. John Member

    Geez, didn’t see a bedroom, just that J couch. Not good for the long run, bad backs. How many it sleep? Need at least 4. Not streamined and light like an Airstream, as was sed, parked by a lake somewhere. Some newby will practice on it then get real…a real MH or trailer

  12. John

    Nice resto. I agree that it would have been nice to see vintage countertops instead of the modern formica, but the seller did do a nice job. I’d also want a dinette booth — wouldn’t want one without that! — instead of the fold-down table and two hassocks to plant your butt on. Seems as if you’re going to re-jigger the floorplan you could make make that space. Maybe lose the L on the sofa …

    We’ve been looking for a vintage trailer that we can restore/remodel, but wouldn’t want anything as long as this. We camp primarily in state parks and sites for one this long can be harder to come by at some parks.We currently tow a 21-foot and wouldn’t want to go more than 24, for site selection, towing and storing at home.

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  13. TimM

    It might make a good guest quarters for the mother-in-law when she comes to visit but I would want it in the lake then instead of by it!! Oh and not for 50K!!!

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