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Old 03-17-2014, 09:42 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info, Rabbit. That was pretty much what I had gathered from a variety of sources, but it's good to have it confirmed first hand. As near as I can find from the fairly complete paperwork that came with my '83, it went through at least 4 owners before it came to me and the last previous owner began a frame-off resto. I got what I assume was the original instruction "booklet" with it... marked up as though it were used as a sort of check list as the original owner did the finish work, so I made up new copies of the marked up pages using the electronic copy on this site.

There is no sign of the metal sticker, but the VIN is still stamped into the side of the tongue, and it matches the paperwork, so I guess that works wherever I take it... they gave me a VA registration on that anyway. As soon as I finish reconnecting the wiring and the stove, I plan to just put a carpet strip in along the ridge line as was shown in our original instructions, but since the last PO gave the new HD plywood floor a heavy coating of textured pickup liner spray, so I'm going to put a couple of throw rugs in and call it good. About the only thing I'm still waffling on is what to do about an ice box or fridge... I camp off the electric grid more often than not, so I either have to go with a three way (which mine originally had) or just use an ice box in the old slot. Right now I'm just using a couple of coolers. I also have to install some sort of fresh water tank as there is nothing at all there now... just the hose from the faucet pump going down to... nothing!

BTW, how did you finish your front seat/bed? I'm thinking of leaving the rear set up as a bed all the time and making the two person mini-dinette in the front as was shown in my instructions as an option. Since I camp alone and never feed a crowd inside (like I could get a crowd inside a 13' Burro!) that makes more sense to me.


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Old 03-18-2014, 05:42 AM   #16
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Only my wife and I and a couple of dogs so we have the later B17 set up with a "permanent" dinette up front. Have the cushions so the possibility of reverting to convertible both ends remains. No Perspex gun turrets of course.

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Old 03-18-2014, 08:36 AM   #17
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I had one of those Burros where there was no evidence whatsoever of a VIN anyplace on the trailer. If there ever was a metal plate on the body/inside the door it was long gone. Nothing turned up on the frame.

The seller had two numbers associated with it - the number it came with when he purchased it from its first owner which was in some of his paperwork, and the VIN listed on the Minnesota title...which was different. I established with the Minnesota vehicle services folks that it wasn't in fact listed as stolen. And then my dad and I borrowed a set of metal stamps and stamped the MN VIN on the tongue to avoid the PA title-giving people giving me the stink-eye about it. We even scraped up the paint a little for dramatic "it's been there forever!" effect for the photos that I had to include with the title transfer application (I forget all the details but that's the basic outline). It all worked out just fine.

Froggie, I also have a 13' trailer and mine came with a dinette-ready interior mold. It has the two "seats" with a space in the middle into which a porta-pottie originally lived. I re-created seat cushions and set up a dinette table, and I leave the bed down permanently as a bed. It works great both for when I'm camping alone and with my husband.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:41 AM   #18
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jen b, that front arrangement you describe sounds like just what I have in mind. The moulded part in mine has the same two "seats" with a space between bridged by what would be the table. Since the whole floor was replaced, the table base is gone, but I plan to use the same type of heavy pole and base that was in the rear. I also plan to make the table top a little more substantial than the original since it will be my primary table and probably will remain set up rather than having to be folded away. My original cushions are long since replaced with a one piece mattress in the rear and (IIRC) a three piece in the front. Since it's just me in the trailer, I plan to use what I have with a "full time" bed in the rear and just use the side cushions and new-made pedestal table for my mini-dinette. I don't know whether I'll even fool with vertical cushions for my back. BTW, if you could post the front dinette mode arrangement of your Burro, it would be great.

As for the VIN on the tongue of my '83 Burro, it was pretty tough to spot under the heavy (and multiple?) coats of paint but it was there on the side where it was supposed to be. Once I found it the first time, I've just used what was written on the registration, since it matches, and to be honest I'd have a pretty hard time finding it now. (But I found it once, so I know it's there!! )


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