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Old 05-29-2006, 09:42 PM   #15
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We have just purchased a 1982 Burro. I believe it is a 12 or 13 foot trailer. We are trying to clean the exterior. It has small grey spots on it and also some tar. How do we get this clean? What takes off tar. How do we restore this so it looks good? It also has some cracks or lines on it. How do we repair those? What is a gel coat? Were these made with a gel coat?

Welcome, fellow Burro owner!!!!

WD-40 is pretty good for removing tar. Liquid OXY-Clean (in a spray bottle) seems to work very well at getting out mold, black streaks, and generally brightening the finish.

That said, 24-year old Gelcoat is going to be very, very hard to bring fully back. We ended up having our '87 13' Burro (BTW - your Burro IS a 13 foot) repainted after trying for 2 years to keep the gelcoat looking good. Painting can be very expensive and really is a personal choice as you may find that things will clean up well enough for what you want to use 'er for.

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Old 05-29-2006, 10:30 PM   #16
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Welcome, fellow Burro owner!!!!

WD-40 is pretty good for removing tar. Liquid OXY-Clean (in a spray bottle) seems to work very well at getting out mold, black streaks, and generally brightening the finish.

That said, 24-year old Gelcoat is going to be very, very hard to bring fully back. We ended up having our '87 13' Burro (BTW - your Burro IS a 13 foot) repainted after trying for 2 years to keep the gelcoat looking good. Painting can be very expensive and really is a personal choice as you may find that things will clean up well enough for what you want to use 'er for.

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Michael, thanks for the info!! I will try WD40 on the tar again. It got some of it off.
How long do these Burros last if they have the chalky non shiny appearance. Does this mean the fiberglass is going to pot?

Well we paid $1800 for this Burro. We have been searching for a long time. I had been on the phone with Scamp asking them for a used one. They said when they get a used one in they are usually gone within a few minutes. The salesmen get on the phone to people who have left their phone numbers. They said maybe they get in 20 used ones a year. They are making the 16 footers now and will be making the 13 footers again in the fall. The warehouse isnt up and running quite yet after their fire.

The prices on Ebay are astounding for these older travel trailers. Ours was about 3200 new. It almost seems that some of these people must be making money or almost breaking even on these older ones at least on Ebay. Why do they hold their value?

Oh well. I have the material here to order a new scamp. I almost did until my husband found this Burro. I sure do hope it will last. I really do like it.
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:35 PM   #17
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Hi Chuck. Well, I did use WD40. I also used toothpaste, Mr Clean miracle sponge, oxiclean, windex, etc etc. It is now clean at least on the inside. The outside was washed once and will due for now. Thank you for the information.

Hi again. I just read your post again. I did not let the WD40 sit before wiping it off. I will try it again. Thanks again.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:13 PM   #18
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Hi Dorrie,

I tried Bug Off, WD40 and various other concoxtions on mine. Nothing worked but acetone.

This problem isn't unique to Burros, it's the old Gel Coat. Mine never got completely cleaned until it was sanded to paint.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:45 AM   #19
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Dorie, you'll find these trailers do hold their value! In fact, there's been many cases of older molded fiberglass trailers selling now for much more than they cost new. Using quality materials in making quality mods is good too.

We have recent discussions on wax and fiberglass restoring products such as 303, Vertglas, Collinite 925, and lots of discussion on waxes from Mequires Flagship to .....

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Old 05-30-2006, 07:51 AM   #20
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Dorie, you'll find these trailers do hold their value! In fact, there's been many cases of older molded fiberglass trailers selling now for much more than they cost new. Using quality materials in making quality mods is good too.

We have recent discussions on wax and fiberglass restoring products such as 303, Vertglas, Collinite 925, and lots of discussion on waxes from Mequires Flagship to .....


Hi Donna. Thanks for the info. Wow. Can't believe the prices. Just looked at ebay again and checked the completed listings on burros.
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Old 05-30-2006, 07:04 PM   #21
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Michael, thanks for the info!! I will try WD40 on the tar again. It got some of it off.
How long do these Burros last if they have the chalky non shiny appearance. Does this mean the fiberglass is going to pot?
I'm not sure if anyone has found the life-span of a well-maintained Burro yet. I could see ours making it to its' 30th birthday provided we keep maintaining it.

Ours is an '87, which is not much newer than yours and we have replaced the icebox (with a 3 way fridge) and the axle (which after 18 years did not have much spring left). but the floor, fiberglass, and frame are all in great shape. Really about everything we have done to it has been in the interest of "improving" it in our own special way. I could have just cleaned it up and camped in it in the condition we bought it in and it would have been just fine.

The two areas that seem to cause Burro-grief is floor-rot and cracking of the frame where it bends in towards the front. We had some very mild softening of the floor around one fenderwell which was cured by soaking the area in an epoxy-resin and our frame has been trouble-free. But there have been Burro owners on this board that have had to replace the entire floor, as well as several which had to to frame repair or reinforcement.

Worn Gel-coat (the chalky, easily stained finish) doesn't really affect the fiberglass itself. Bad cracks (as in all-the-way through cracks) are about the only thing that would be a real issue.

We had ours painted more for cosmetic reasons that any other. Basically I got sick of having to wash the thing constantly to keep it looking reasonably well. Now with a base-coat/clear-coat I've been able to wax it couple of times a year (usually spring and fall) and it pretty much hoses clean. Since getting the original Burro logo is pretty much out of the question we also re-logo-ed ours with something that looked a little more modern and unique. While not cheap (about $1,000) almost everyone who sees it (and doesn't know their history) mistakes it for new.

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Can anybody enlighten me to other chronic problems that a Burro might suffer? I'm looking at one, but I have no idea what I'm doing...!
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