80's Burro value - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-02-2010, 05:30 AM   #1
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My brother has found a 1980 something Burro for sale and it seems to be in ok shape. It has a crack in the front window but that seems to be all that is wrong and the old smell from the 80's! Is $2000 too much? Let me know, Thanks!

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Old 04-02-2010, 06:22 AM   #2
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A Burro is one of my favorite trailers and if that trailer is in even half decent shape that is a very good buy. If your handy all the better as a trailer that old is bound to have some minor problems....

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Old 04-02-2010, 07:32 AM   #3
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Check out all the usual problems areas... like floor rot. And then, you have to decide if whatever needs to be fixed/repaired is anything you wish to tackle.

The big question is it worth $2,000 to you to have it? BTW: I think the price seems more than reasonable if there are no major problems with it... YMMV
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:10 AM   #4
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Is $2000 too much?
A crack and an odor are clues to possible mystery ailments lurking beneath the surface.
Two Thousand Dollars may be a fair asking price... But I would offer less, based on a [b]thorough follow-up inspection.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:06 AM   #5
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I agree with Frederick that I would want to check carefully in regards to the source of the odor - it might be an important clue.

Burros have a double shell, so there could conceivably be a mold or other problem between the shells - that would be a pain to deal with, so you would want to consider that in your valuation of the trailer.

Trailers do not necessarily come with an "old trailer smell." I detest odors and have bought two older Bolers (1970's) neither of which smelled "old" at all. (That said, both of the U-hauls I have been in had a slight fiberglass-related-type smell which I suspect results from the doubled surface area of "raw" glass that is not covered in Ensolite or etc. I suppose this could be the case with a Burro too, but I would not have described it as "old trailer smell.")

Of course it *could* just be old foam, prior pet, etc. (which you would still have to deal with, so keep it in mind)

The floor on a Burro is rather more difficult to replace than that on a Scamp (because it runs under the inside shell), so I would look carefully at that.

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Old 04-02-2010, 12:42 PM   #6
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Tires, bearings and axle is something you must check.

See if www.nada.com has a price listed. They are generally on the low end and if so a good bargaining tool to show the seller.

Check for FRAME cracks.

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