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Old 08-27-2010, 04:58 PM   #1
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I have sad news. Our little Burro had a tree fall on it. I have not had a chance to examine all the damage as of yet since the tree is not full off of it. It is fully insured but need to get an estimate. Where would I want to take something like this? I don't think the local RV shops would even know what to do with it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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Oh bummer! A boat repair place would probably be your best bet. I hope it's not damaged too bad!
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #3
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I can tell you from experience, that if the tree cracked or broke the roof top in any way, the insurance company will total the camper. The price to repair the damage will probably be over 70% of the value, which is the percentage insurance companies deem a vehicle a total loss. Hopefully it is not too bad.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:32 PM   #4
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I always feel like I am going to be run off the RV lot when I tell them I own a Scamp.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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Make sure to arm yourself with comparable replacement cost of the trailer. Don't let your insurance company only go by the blue book value.

Search craigslist, the referral and for sale forums here as well as the archived. So you have documented replacement cost. If they go by blue book the value is much less than what you can actually replace it for. Good Luck!

Sorry to hear about your trailer. Do take lot's of pictures and share them.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:05 PM   #6
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We bought our Scamp from a guy who got it off of the owner who had a tree fall on it. It took some work, a lot of fiberglass and patience but we brought our camper back to life...

Make sure you buy back the camper from the insurance company... the parts alone will help you get another.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #7
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Make sure to arm yourself with comparable replacement cost of the trailer. Don't let your insurance company only go by the blue book value.

Search craigslist, the referral and for sale forums here as well as the archived. So you have documented replacement cost. If they go by blue book the value is much less than what you can actually replace it for. Good Luck!

Sorry to hear about your trailer. Do take lot's of pictures and share them.
I have been searching to try and determine the "blue book" value but nobody lists the Burro.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:54 PM   #8
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There is no listing of value for Burro in N.A.D.A. You will have to use sold listings and for sale adds for your research. I just got a 1999 Burro 17 wide with the side bath, and I have no idea what it is worth to the insurance or the bank, but I know what other egg style campers are bringing. You don't have to have exact value of the trailer, just an amount that you would be happy to use toward another egg purchase. Ebay is about the best venue to research values by looking at completed auctions. There are not alot of Burro trailers or Bolers or Trilliums, but there are plenty of Scamps and Casitas that will give you an idea.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:05 AM   #9
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If you or friends have FG skills; buy it back from the insurance company.
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:50 AM   #10
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One of our members - Greg A. created a website maintaining an archive of fiberglass trailers for sale and sold. You might find this helpful in determining value.
Burro Trailers SOLD | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:39 PM   #11
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One of our members - Greg A. created a website maintaining an archive of fiberglass trailers for sale and sold. You might find this helpful in determining value.
Burro Trailers SOLD | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
AWESOME! Thank you very much! I have scoured the site and come up with a good list of Burros sold and for how much.

I have posted pictures up on Picasa for those who want to see them, very sad time taking them.

Find them here

Thank you for all the help, I know I haven't been a very active member, it is nice to know that there is a community like this here.

We spent the day going to the three biggest RV dealerships in the area because the insurance company wants an estimate for repair and they all said that it would cost too much to repair, giving no estimate. Then again they all deal in stick trailers. I even tried to get a estimated value for the Burro. One dealership said it was worth $2000 (that is what they would put it on the lot for). Sigh...........

We will replace it if it gets totaled, as far as keeping it I am still unsure, I am not very good with doing this type of work. Give me something electronic and I am in hog heaven, lol. Again thank you all for the support and help.

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Old 08-28-2010, 08:00 PM   #12
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Ouch, that was one big tree - for your little trailer.
Given your location. Have you considered taking a drive to the coast and seeing if any marinas or boat repair places might be willing or able to tackle the job? I'd go armed with pictures, before towing it anywhere.
Does your insurance not want to send an adjuster?
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:15 PM   #13
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Aw, that is a bummer about your Burro

One note on the "sold" trailers - I think that is the asking price, which may or may not be the selling price. Just something to keep in mind and/or to know before you present your figures (I wanted to mention it in case "they" did and you would then be put on the spot).

Of course eBay completed auctions give a true price, but there aren't that many Burros.

I haven't ever shopped for a Burro like yours, but unless it was a real project-condition trailer, a $2000 value seems way too low. I would have thought $5000 or so, depending on condition and options

One way to estimate might be to look at ones that have sold here, and how quickly they sold. I would guess that the trend would be for trailers that sold "instantly" to have gone for close to their asking price; whereas ones that hung on for a while were probably priced a bit optimistically.

Okay, I hate to even look at the photos, but here I go...

I just looked at them.... ouch, Ouch, OUCH. I am so sorry that happened to your Burro.

I would not be surprised it the camper were "totalled," because skilled fiberglass labor does not come cheaply, and - especially with the liner - repair would be time consuming. At something like $80 per hour, plus materials, it adds up quickly.

I would say that your best bet would be to take it to someone who repairs boats; they are familiar with this type of construction, liners, poor access, etc. But again, it will probably be expensive. If it's cheap, you are either very lucky in who you find, or maybe finding an amateur.

If you were the type that liked a project, I would say that you could repair it. But it won't be a quick job; especially if you want it to look decent.

Again, so sorry to see this.

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You can aslo search the "sold archives" forum here for burro.
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