If you own 2 Burros, do you have a herd? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 01-28-2007, 10:30 PM   #1
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OK, it pays to be bold.

For a couple years, I have seen a 17 foot Burro wide body sitting in front of a house in a small berg here on the mountain.

The first time I saw it, I pulled up, knocked on the door and handed the owner a card for MFROG and invited him to join. We chatted a bit, he told me it was his Dads and Dad gave it to him and he planned on taking it out lots. Nuff said, I went on my way.

Today I decided to stop by again to ask if he was willing to sell it, since it hasn't moved an inch since it first showed up.He said "Sure!" XX dollars and it's yours!"

So... I liked what "XX dollars" was and asked if I could look. Inside, I found a perfectly stock and pristine 1999 with EVERY ammenity that Burro had to offer.. Air, furnace, bathroom, water heater, city water, all original lighting, 3 way fridge, 3 burner stove that appears to have never been used, roof vent with Fantastic fan, 2 propane tanks with cover, cushions that look like no one has ever sat on them, fancy dan TV antenna, awning, outlets everywhere, inside and out, screen door.. effectively.. the works, including insulation.

I run 45 miles down the road to get Kurt to check the "vitals" as, I have never had a bath, tanks and what nots. We found all the propane stuff worked, all the lighting (12v) works and the infrastucture looked good, for the most part. We couldn't try the water. It has brakes, but they should be checked.

It will need to be jacked up and the wheels removed to get new tires. They have rotted to the core, sitting in snow at below freezing, then exposed to 100+ degree temps in the summer. It is located at almost 8000 feet, so the weather goes to extremes.It also has been sitting so long that the wheel on the tongue jack has sunk into the ASPHALT!

It also has a 6 pin round that has filled with dirt and snow and was not checkable. We can clean it out to see if it works later, or just get it out of there with temp lights.

I am already making plans to change the stark white doors to wood, and taking the carpet up to lay a wood floor.

The bed in back is WAY large (A queen) and I am actually thinking of turning that area into a living room and sleeping on the front guacho/dinnette.

It's basically a blank slate.. I am going to play!

Oh, yeah, once I see the title and pick it up, the Shady Bush will need a new home.. I'll keep you posted! He did not have the title on him, so I am waiting to actually see it before I close the deal, but it all sounds like a formality at this point! I even walked away with all the paperwork that came with the original buy, + a very interesting flyer on a dual axle Burro 21 foot! I will scan and post THAT later.

I took no pictures, but Kurt did. It's nothing special now, it's completely stock. Look in the albums, thats what it looks like now. Dirty from sitting, and dusty on the inside, but it won't even take elbow grease to get that gone.


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Old 01-28-2007, 10:47 PM   #2
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Very cool. Congrates on the new trailer. I really like the 17' Burro. Very stylish!

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Old 01-28-2007, 10:55 PM   #3
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Wow Gina,

Good for you! How unexpected and exciting. Will your Element tow it? I would imagine you will feel like you have more space than you know what to do with.

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Old 01-28-2007, 11:10 PM   #4
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No, The Element couldn't budge it. Since it has everything, I am guessing it is about 2500 or more. The Jeep will have no problems tho.

The coolest upgrade... a double sink! (Liz will shoot me!)
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:12 PM   #5
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Wow Gina! That sounds so cool. That is such a cool find I'm jealous!

Can't wait to hear (and see) what you do with it. Can't wait to see (and hear) how you set it up for dry camping and solar, either! Or will this be Luxury Castle on Wheels, complete with throne and flying monkey servants to serve your every whim?

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Old 01-28-2007, 11:20 PM   #6
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I am keeping my panels. I will need to install the low draw lighting, but thats not tough.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:38 AM   #7
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WOOOHOOO Gina It's good to be a woman, we have a natural tendency to change our minds. First from wanting a BigFoot, to an iCamp and now the proud owner of a BURRO!!!

Just think of it as being the Shady Bush on steroids

Can't wait to see it at the Oregon Gathering, I'll bring you a Sweaty Betty to celebrate
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:04 AM   #8
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Two Burros is NOT a herd, it's a team. You'll need harness now.

You'll like it. A LOT! Let me know if there's anything I can help with. Per will also be an invaluable source of info!

You'll need a BRAKE CONTROLLER!!!! Get rid of the six pin wiring connector, and go with a Bargman seven pin on both the Jeep and trailer.

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Old 01-29-2007, 06:05 AM   #9
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Way to go! I am so jealous. I love my 13' Burro, but I sure would like a bathroom! And a bigger bed.

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Old 01-29-2007, 06:57 AM   #10
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Another lesson about checking thoroughly, locally, when hunting for vehicles. Nearly all of the cars, trucks and trailers we have purchased have been with 1 1/2 hours of home.
Donna, you've got that right...Gina made a good score. It has been closed up so tightly that we really had to hunt to even find dust. I felt guilty walking inside without a Dust Buster to clean up my imagined footprints. I suspect the exterior will scrub nearly as clean, but it will have to be moved to warmer climes to accomplish that, (there is still some snow on it's roof and garden hoses are still frozen on the mountain).

Thanks, Gina, for inviting me to share your adventure. You've now entered the rarified atmosphere of those few who have multiple FGRV's. I think "The Shady Bush II" deserves at least one more trip for nostalgia's sake.
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:08 AM   #11
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Congrats on your egg.. it will be great for you and the pupsters!! Cant wait to see pics!!
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:15 AM   #12
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That's a BIG step away from the Little Joe. But probably in the right direction. You know what everyone wants now. Pictures, pictures, pictures.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:02 AM   #13
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Congrats on your new rv ! Originally, we were considering a new 17 ft. Burro, the floor plan and width offered more walking around room than other makes. To our dismay, the factory was out of business. Now we will get a chance to see yours at the Oregon Gathering ! You will bring it won't you?? Don
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:02 AM   #14
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Congrats. The pups really enjoy the extra room. Mike B

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