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Old 06-04-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Burro.... Really no info?

Put out a call the other day for opinions on Burro trailers. Not a single reply came through!!! Wonder if there is just very little knowledge about them out there (meaning very few sold) or that activity is low on the site now. I was told that because the seam runs through the top that the unit is constantly under gravitational pressure to pull apart.... hence prone to cracking? Saw one locally (1999 Escondido, CA build) and it looked very tight and had no history of leaks. There were virtually NO rivets passing through the body. I liked that.

Please speak up if you know about Burro trailers: Quality and durability. What is appropriate pricing on a 15 year old Burro in average condition?
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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Did you do a "search" on this forum for "Burro"? I would start there while waiting for someone who owns one to chime in. If you go down to the bottom, you can search the Archives under Classifieds to see common asking prices as well as here: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers For Sale | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:29 AM   #3
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I really don't agree with whoever claimed the seam would likely crack or pull apart. Those seams are fiberglassed across and are more like a truss than a seam. It's one of the stronger parts of the body, not one of the weakest IMO.

Burro has been out of business since about '99 or thereabout. They started in a different part of the country, then moved to CA (new ownership? I forget) at some point, but didn't last very long out there. Interior build quality was not considered to be all that great, but acceptable. I had a early '90s Burro for a couple of years and had no real problems. The window weep holes needed to be cleaned out so the water didn't overflow into the interior, but that was about it.

If the price seems fair, don't hesitate to buy the Burro. It shouldn't grenade on you or anything like that, but expect it to need upkeep like any older trailer. My guess would be between $5000 and $8000 depending on condition.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:38 AM   #4
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Burro is very similar to the Uhaul campers. Rumor is that the Uhauls were made from modified Burro molds. There are some Burro owners on the Uhaul Facebook group. I had a couple water leaks through the seam on our Uhaul, but that was probably due to an assembly error. I've also heard that some Burros were sold in kit form, unfinished interiors.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:35 PM   #5
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Some were sold in kit form as described in this article toward the bottom: Burro Travel Trailers
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:45 PM   #6
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I owned a 1981 13 foot Burro I bought used a number of years ago. That seam splitting tale is just silly. Back then the company was based in Minnesota and their build had a very good reputation. When the original owner of my Burro, who had in fact, bought it as a kit, died, the family lost interest and allowed the poor thing to suffer from years of horrid neglect in the back yard. Really wasn't much of a kit. Basically, the cabinet doors and the axle were inside and the cab shipped on skids. I restored it and had many happy trips with it, including over the Rockies. Never a problem.

Later in life someone bought Burro out and moved the factory to California. But their production values dropped, or so I am told, and probably a bad business plan caused the company to go belly up. When U-Haul decided to branch out in the travel trailer rental business they bought rights to the Burro molds. That's why the two look alike. U-Haul beefed up all the key structural, propane and water systems to protect from renter abuse.
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Later in life someone bought Burro out and moved the factory to California. But their production values dropped, or so I am told, and probably a bad business plan caused the company to go belly up. When U-Haul decided to branch out in the travel trailer rental business they bought rights to the Burro molds. That's why the two look alike. U-Haul beefed up all the key structural, propane and water systems to protect from renter abuse.
And, that's an old wives tale. Burro went out of business in early 2000. U-Haul started building in 1984: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/d...nDailyNews.pdf
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Wonder if there is just very little knowledge about them out there (meaning very few sold) or that activity is low on the site now.
Well camping season has started so folks are out enjoying their trailers. There are actually a number of folks who have owned Burros or still do here. As was suggested use the search option at the top of the page and use the bottom Google option for best results.

Regarding pricing take a look at the site Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com for the current sales listings as well as past sales under the RV's Sold section. That site also has a search function top right that you can search for all Burro ads past and current to take a look at pictures etc for a price comparison.

A few old threads to get you started re the seam question:

Burro Questions

Burro Seams

Burro Center Seam

Seam Beading for Burro
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Burro ads

I'll repost these old magazine ads for Burros to save doing a search
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:03 AM   #10
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You can ask me any questions as we just recently purchased a 1985 13 ft. They are very well built with double wall construction.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:26 AM   #11
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Hi I have a 13 footer. I love the burros for there cool details and lights. I have an 83' . The top seam is easy to reseal and get a new piece of trim for. It is pretty lightweight. The U hauls were made for 2 years and are a more burly version of the Burro. Sturdier frame and bumper, plastic cabinet doors.
there are 13' footer, 15' widebodies and 17' versions. all shiny fiberglass on the inside and out.

The problem areas are window seals or lil water leaks.
Otherwise these are some of the coolest looking little fiberglass trailers( in my opinion)
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #12
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Smile Burro leaks,integrity of unit

I've owned my 1982 13ft. for almost25 years and have not experienced any leakage or design flaws. FINDING PARTS,NOW THAT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT ANIMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:47 AM   #13
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We bought a 1982 Burro for $2000.00. There has no leaks that I can tell. For the condition it's in I would say for a 33 year old trailer it is very well built. Selling it bought a 2015 Casita.
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #14
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Interesting reading folks! My 1980 Burro 13' had it's first trip with me two weeks ago to Elkmont, GSMNP. It did great! I'm in the process of remodeling the interior now and will continue to work on it through the summer. The previous owner had a cool Hawaiian theme, but I'm going Southwest/Native American. I'll start posting pics in a week or so.
I'll be at Pisgah Campground in two weeks for another trial run before being camp host at Cataloochee, GSMNP for the month of August. I can't wait to spend a month in it. Got lots of great remod ideas from pics a lot of you posted. I never would have thought of some of them, so thanks to all for your great and imaginative designs.
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