did sell through dealerships. I looked at a 13' at the Benton Harbor KOA back in '83. The KOA there was a dealer and had 2 on hand. I still have the brochure and some notes.
Just pulled out the logbook to get some details. It was July 29, 1983. The price list in the brochure shows $4,650 for a factory assembled Burro
and a basic starter kit for $2,596. Several "groups" were available to add to your kit including wood group, appliance group, electrical
group and decorative group. The basic starter kit was, well, pretty basic. It was listed as a fiberglass coach with a 5/8" plywood floor, torsion axle
, 6.00x13 wheels with hubcaps, 2" coupler, tongue mounted swivel jack, safety chains, interior walls and 5 plexiglass windows
. Tail lights
, mounted and connected, were $65 extra.
They also offered an Ultra-lite unit with a 740 lb. weight
at an introductory price of $5,450. It had an aluminum frame, mag wheels, aluminum propane
tank and a fiberglass honeycomb floor in place of the the plywood floor. I don't think they sold many (if any) of them at that price point. I've never seen one.
Yes, I wanted a fiberglass camper even back then but Burro only offered a 13' and the price was way more than I could scrape together. Also, there was no bathroom or shower and with with two teenagers there wouldn't be enough room.