I had never camped or slept in an RV type thing in my whole life and a couple of years ago I was walking across Pennsylvania with a horse and sleeping on a lot of barn floors (which was awesome, not complaining)...and a couple of my overnight hosts put me up in their RVs that they used for guest rooms. One was a classic old really long stick-built, the other was the front living quarters of a really big horse trailer.
I was 100% charmed and decided during the last weeks of the trip that I had to have one of these. During evenings when I had some time and wifi signals I googled around to learn what could be pulled behind my Subaru. The T@b trailers showed up, and then molded fiberglass and there was no turning back. During one of our meetups when my dad came out to Somerset county to resupply me with horse feed, I asked him if he was interested in a project.
And so it was that a month after I finished the cross-PA walk, my dad and I were driving through a snowstorm from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis to pick up a cheap Burro
that we'd never laid eyes on before. Yep, I was that guy.
We spent three winters totally renovating it (though I started camping in it the first year) and it's a whole new Burro
now. My husband and I use it as our rolling HQ for wildlife photography and love it. And last summer, my dad died just 6 weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer, so the trailer is an especially nice gift from him. It was the reason we spent a whole lot of time together over the past couple of years and boy was I lucky to have that.
Photos show the trailer when we picked it up, and in August 2012 after lots of work and a paint
job, on my way out for its second trip over the rocky mountains from Pennsylvania, and then last fall
with new windows
, custom rock guard and front gear trunk.