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Old 10-24-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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17' Burro vs 13' Uhaul, buying decision

Hi everyone,

We are trying to decide between a 13' Uhaul and a 17' Burro. They are both about the same price, $4500. We haven't seen either of them yet in person. I have a couple of pictures, but cannot figure out how to post them. Anyway, I was wondering if you have any advice regarding which would be better. We have a 6-cylinder Izusu Trooper (5000 pound tow weight) and a small dog, and we boondock all the time, never use hookups. We also go up in the mountains a lot, so I was wondering if the heavier Burro would be harder to pull or use a lot more gas.

Thanks very much for any opinions you could offer.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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Okay, figured out the pictures (Thanks, Donna!)

I only have one picture of the Burro, not sure what that dark patch is at the front. The UHaul has an air conditioner inserted in the back window that would have to be removed and the window repaired.
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I know nothing about either trailer, but the black patch is probably a truck bed liner type material. Used to protect from rock chips.
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Your tow vehicle should handle either. I have a 13' UHaul which I like, but would strongly consider a 17" Burro if and when I move up. They have similar construction with the molded inner panels - the UHaul is most similar to the Burro. If this is the wide body Burro, you will have considerably more interior space, which ultimately is what causes people to sell and buy bigger.

If both are in acceptable condition, I think I'd go with the Burro. The black on the front looks like an anti-stone chip coating.
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Go for the bigger one. Or someone here will and sooner or later you will regret it. We had a 13' Burro and decided we need more space. Found a bigger Uhaul.

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Your tow vehicle can handle either, if they are in otherwise equivalent condition I would get the larger one for more space.
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If you do end up with the Uhaul a Scamp rear window can be made to fit easily.
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Hi again,

Thanks for the advice! The Burro was in pretty bad shape, so will be going for the Uhaul. It's just so cute!
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Hi again,

Thanks for the advice! The Burro was in pretty bad shape, so will be going for the Uhaul. It's just so cute!
Sorry to hear the Burro was in bad shape, but the UHaul is a high quality trailer. Post lots of pictures when you get it!
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Happy UHaulin!

Ms. Linda,

Congrats! The mpg advantage is fantastic and if you need more room you can always put up a popup.

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VIVA UHAUL!
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As a fellow UHaul owner, I like your choice. However, what was in bad shape on the Burro? I'm curious because the outside picture looks nice. I know my wife (CindyL) really like the space in the big Burros, so I wondered what tipped the scale for you.
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I'm curious about the reasons for your choice, too...

Is the Burro in question is the one at this ad?
: 1984 17' Burro travel trailer | Dublin / Pleasanton / Livermore, CA | Fiberglass RV's For Sale...

Did you get any pics of the interior, etc?

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I shouldn't have said it's in "bad" shape, it just needs more work than the little that we are capable of--we really need something in close to perfect shape. As the seller said, there are some things that need doing on his trailer, and we aren't up to them. I am sure that he will sell his trailer to someone who is more adept at rehabs than we are.
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I hope the Uhaul doesn't have all the issues ours had, leaking windows, plus other leaks that I'm still tracking down, inoperative furnace and power converter, rusted and broken body bolts, cracked insulation on the wiring, and some poorly done mods by the previous owner. Overall we like the trailer, but it was a bargain price, and I don't know as if I would buy another, although I am becoming familiar with all the quirks!
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