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Old 05-12-2012, 10:30 AM   #15
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Congrats on the buy! I'm sure you will have many good times in it. Sounds like just what you need (clean).
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:53 AM   #16
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we will need details on the sideways hitch thing when you get your hands on it...thats just odd. my guess is its an old style hitch that the locking lever is on the side.
yup he gets copies only. the drivers insurance should cover it.
and no way you overpaid. its always worth what ever to have fun now rather then not have fun later. cause we never know if we will be here later.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #17
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Thanks, John. My tow guy seems vey nice and reliable. He will be here early tomorrow and then pick up a trailer a few hours away to deliver somewhere else.

The lady who sold it to me did break several promises after she got my money transfer. She kept the hitch (which I bought with the trailer). She had promised not to clean or vacuum but leave that to me but she hired a "green cleaner" to do so anyway which I definitely didn't want. I asked her to put the cushions in unscented garbage bags as she had them in storage. Maybe she had the cleaner guy do it as she noticed the whole trailer smelled from the bags when she opened it Sarurday. And she was supposed to mail me both keys separately so my tow guy wouldn't be tempted to sleep in it which he has promised not to but she just gave him the second key. I think I can fix it with a thorough clean but I was really not happy she was like that. Before the actual money transfer she was super nice. She claims she fractured a vertebra last week and almost cancelled the sale (which would have lost me my shipping costs as he was already on his way).

However the good news is the tow guy says it ties beautifully and seems clean.

Fingers and toes crossed. So excited and nervous!

I want a screen room. I saw a custom paha que on an rpod with roll up walls. I also see in the archives that Gina got something at Wally world that fit right over the burro. Any advice?
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:41 PM   #18
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Well in my experience even unscented plastic bags do have a plastic scent to them when fresh out of the box. As far as giving him a key goes if he is as reputable as you think he is then it should not be a problem - besides if he has moved enough trailers he knows all it takes is a screw driver and a couple of screws to get into most of them - no key needed. Its possible she just misunderstood and assumed you didnt want her to have to take up her own time cleaning it up or vacuuming and thought she was being *super nice* in hiring a "green cleaner" to to do it....... by hiring a "green Cleaner" it appears she did understand your concerns to some extent at least. I have no doubt that more than a few folks would have been VERY happy folks if their sellers had taken that much care in presenting the buyer with a clean camper.

If those were the biggest issues/problems I had as a result of taking the gamble and purchasing a trailer sight unseen I would be very happy.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:51 PM   #19
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Hi Carol, she has mcs herself--I'm pretty sure she doesn't even use regular detergent, just baking soda etc, and she gets headaches from fragrances and so on. That, along with the dry climate in Utah, the fiberglass walls, and that it was stored under cover, was what prompted me to instantly say I'd buy it, and i sure hope I am happy.

You have to understand I have a condition that is extremely difficult to deal with in the modern world, and that fragranced bags (sometimes they say "odor control") will contaminate the cushions--and I won't be able to sleep on them, so I'll be lucky if I can take them off, and wash them by hand and put them out in the sun. Etc. So she and I had discussed all this.

It's a good point about he could get in the trailer with a screwdriver, however, I doubt he would do that as there are liability issues then. I'm just saying, with a key, it's likelier the tower will pull over and sleep in the comfy trailer--and once again--if someone who uses fabric softener sleeps on the cushions, it will get embedded and I can't use them.

I remember when a guy wearing clothes with fabric softener visited my apt in NY and sat on my hard wood chair and it took about an hour of washing, with soap, water, and rubbing alcohol, to get it off afterwards.

These chemicals these days have phtalates which cause them to stick. In fact, I complimented the RV park here where we are waiting for the trailer, for not using glade plugins in their bathroom. It's wonderful to go in a bathroom without those horrible things.

I really do like the driver though. He just inspires confidence. I just accept his text message updates twice a day and don't feel nervous. I am likely to give him a really good rec, like the 40 plus other folks on uship. He is smart about his business, too. He ships dogs, motorycles, ATVs, my trailer, other trailers, anything, and thus makes a business out of it, by essentially spreading the cost of gas among several shippers.

As an aside, really, I wish our American society were not fragrancing everything. It is not healthy for us anyway--and in Europe not widely used. All this glade, febreze, even scented garbage bags--sheesh, what's wrong with fresh air, flowers, or the smell of newly baked bread?
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:54 PM   #20
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BTW, I called Paha Que and though they've never customized a screen room for a burro (they do for T@B trailers) it would cost $800! Well, maybe someday, but I think I'm going to PM Gina and see what she got from Wally World a few years ago when she had a burro, I'm sure it was much much cheaper. The idea of keeping my door open in good weather and walking out into the screen room seems great. It seems to me I could put this nice comfy lounger I saw at REI, and a plastic table, and other stuff, to cook outside or extend my space. I guess though I need the kind of room that has screens and/or walls. I know they sell at walmart, but it seems like Gina had one when she had a burro that fit right onto it. I clicked on that old link and it was no longer active.

Well anyway...just thinking ahead. Plus I see someone installed a tall moen faucet in their casita, how beautiful. It is my opinion that in a small space, clean, simple, yet elegant touches change the whole feeling. Others agree?
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:24 PM   #21
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Just see if the FirstUp at Walmart is fragrance-free enough for you. It will go up and fit over the door of the Burro (See my pix of the Uhaul, but we did it to our 13' Burro first.). You buy the screens and then tie one side back, prop the screenhouse next to the camper, and the door will open under the edge of the frame. It keeps out lots of bugs. I whine if we camp without it.

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Old 05-14-2012, 04:30 PM   #22
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I love that!! I am sure I could air and bake out the first up like I have with tents if they smell when new.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:35 PM   #23
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In addition to the screens you can also buy walls to attach. When fall comes we're going to get them. $50 at Walmart. We'll be able to set up our chairs and a heater in there this winter. We'll be somewhere in the south and, in winter, it gets dark too early (and too uncomfortable) to spend the evening inside the trailer. Dinettes are killers, especially at our ages (70s).
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:41 PM   #24
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Yes, I'd like a wall too--however is it like the Paha Que, where you can attach both, or do you have to detach the wall and reattach the mesh? Only because right now in GA, it's cool in the early mornings, but baking hot by midafternoon.

I just love that blue awning. I did read the the first up can retain water in a rain--and they sell some kind of bags to weight the awning so it doesn't do that? Well anyway, it's very reasonable and a start.
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Hey, Bob and Jen,

I recommend that you not buy the FirstUp walls. We did and never use it. We bought roll down screens, the kind that are used in commercials tents from Hutshop. Those we use all the time.

The FirstUp wall zips in the wrong place for propping the screenhouse against the trailer. Maybe you could find someone who can add a zipper or set the screenhouse by itself if you do buy the walls. I have not seen them in the store for quite a while to be honest though.

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I'm going to PM Gina and see what she got from Wally World a few years ago when she had a burro, I'm sure it was much much cheaper.

I know they sell at walmart, but it seems like Gina had one when she had a burro that fit right onto it. I clicked on that old link and it was no longer active.
It was 2006, and it was her first Burro. I camped next to her in a US Forest Service campground near Big Bear, California called "Heartbar". I have pictures I can share, but I think her screen tent then was a close-out item and may not be available today.
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Just a caution. That screenhouse looks exactly like the one we had first for our Burro that got flattened in a thunderstorm. Thus far, knock on wood, our FirstUp has survived several storms.

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:04 PM   #28
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Cindy, what about a wall like this with a vinyl window? Probably the vinyl would bother me, though. It probably smells like a new shower curtain :-(

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