I have owned both a Burro
and now a UHaul
. I have not noticed that the Burros go for less, but I have noticed that the UHauls do. Neither is still made, so both are used when they are for sale
. The Uhauls were only made in the 80's, while the Burros continued to be made into the 90's, so you are paying for a vintage trailer.
Both have the double shell. Some Burros have insulation between them; ours was a '78 and did not have this. The Uhauls are made extra strong, as they were rental units. One person told me that they were made to fall
to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and survive. Consequently, they are the heavier of the two, so they do not work for some people.
I also think that UHaul
suffers from lack of knowledge. Many people know Scamp
. I cannot tell you how many times we are told, "I did not know Uhaul
rented trailers." Last weekend a guy said that he had camped all his life and all over and had never seen one (although that must have meant that he had not seen any type of fiberglass trailer).
Both trailers are taller than Scamps of that era, something that we found out by accident when buying the Burro
, but that we continued to keep in mind when we looked for a Burro
replacement, as my husband is tall.
I prefer the style of the Burro and Uhaul over others. I did not know about the Uhaul until we were looking for a larger Burro and found the larger UHaul by accident. (We loved our little Burro; we were just looking for something larger and with a bathroom. I got the Burro style in purchasing our UHaul VT. The VTs are hard to find for sale
, as few were made and few survive. If Carolyn has not sold her UHaul VT on this forum, it is a rare trailer.)
I like the smooth walls of both trailers. I think rat fur would make me feel closed in. Some people complain it looks like hospital walls but you can do something that those people can't; affix things to the wall with suction. I also have put pictures on our wall.
That being said, there is a caution against Uhaul that is not there with other trailers. In an effort to keep people from stealing the trailer, the wheels of the Uhaul are proprietary. When you need to replace things like hubs, wheels, etc, it can become problematic. Our Uhaul dealer sold us rims but it seems as though most will not. We stumbled across a dealer who still had new rims that fit that he sold to us when we needed a new rim. Other UHaul owners have discovered an old car that used the same type of rims that they used with the addition of a spacer. Some found older junked Uhaul trailers whose rims they cannabalized (Yes, there are trailers made today for UHauls whose wheels match their fiberglass trailer.) Still others replace the axel and wheels with new, so that they match the common style.
There is nothing wrong with either trailer. Consider them a bargain. They may need fixing up, but then, so do other fiberglass trailers of the era. One of the members over on uhaulcamper.com got a UHaul CT that was one of the more beat-up ones that I have seen. He fixed it up and took it from Canada to Florida to camp last year. We bought one of the oldest Burros I have seen when we had ours. We fixed it up and took it from Illinois to Yellowstone to camp.
Our UHaul has changed our lives. We have traveled on vacations to places we likely would never have gone to our entire lives. Instead of asking if we can afford vacation, we ask where we should go this year.