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Old 02-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #15
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Oh, PHEW.

Chatting with some folks further about this, it appears as though Burro floor construction is rather different from the Scamps, Casitas, etc. and that I do not need to go whole hog on a replacement.

This is great news. I can get away with installing a plywood floor inside the camper, over top of the fiberglass floor that is there, and still be utterly structurally sound.
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I am most of the way through a 1980 Burro 13 floor replacement, but had to stop because of the cold weather.

I do not agree that you can put plywood inside the camper, over the rotted floor and still be utterly structurally sound. The floor I replaced sounds similar to your floor. When cut apart I found it was even more rotted than I thought it was. I would have guessed half of the floor area was rotted, but what I found was almost no solid wood. If your Burro is like mine the screws holding the floor to the frame will be rotted where they contact the plywood. My Burro floor was 1/2" plywood with fiberglass on both sides. They did not seal the edges of the plywood very well around the wheel wells so water got in and rotted the floor. The rotted plywood had no structural strength left at all. The floor is an integral part of the strength of the trailer. The floor is screwed to the frame and if the plywood is rotted there is nothing left for the screws to hold on to. The walls are fiberglassed to the floor all around the inside and the fiberglass body overhangs the frame by several inches on each side. The floor is what holds the fiberglass body onto the frame.

Plywood over the rotted floor would make the floor seem solid when walked on but would not be structural, unless screwed to the frame and fiberglassed to the walls. The Burro has an inner liner that screws to the existing floor through a flange at the edges of the bottom compartments. There is not enough room to put a layer of plywood between the old floor and the bottom flanges. As painful as it may be, I believe that replacing the floor is the only way it will last another 30 years.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:45 AM   #16
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I agree with Andy. Ensuring that the integrity of the floor is strong and stable is imperative. If this interior has already been stripped out, you are already well on your way to proper restoration.

Removing the old rotting plywood will also no doubt reveal any other problem areas that exist. Goes without saying that the integrity of the floor and the strength of its attachment to the frame is critical.

If you plan to keep this trailer for, as you say, another 30 years...and wish to enjoy it with complete confidence, you won't regret doing the right thing and renovating the floor with a properly prepared replacement.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #17
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Thanks, guys. I think we're going to re-assess the next time I'm over in Pittsburgh to tinker, and try to get a good assessment of the extent of the wet soft bits, and sort of go from there.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #18
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After I started cutting up my 1980 Burro floor and realized just how bad it really was, I felt lucky that the fiberglass body, along with the rotted floor, did not fall off the frame when I towed it home after purchase. It seemed like a big bump in the road or a strong headwind on the highway could have caused it to detach from the frame.

The Burro floor construction, with fiberglass on both sides of the plywood, does not allow the wood to dry out very easily after it gets wet. The musty smell inside the trailer went away after the old floor was removed.
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Greg H was referring to Mark Shaffer down in KY---another very talented guy!!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:27 AM   #20
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By way of update, I happened to run into information about a place very close to my folks that had never really been on my radar, and phoned them to see if they could check things out for me, and at the very least save me the day's work of re-sealing my windows.

Long story short, a very enthusiastic can-do RV repair guy is on the floor-replacement job. He is bursting with excitement to play with an egg and I've heard from family members who've had contact with other parts of this business that they are super honest and do very good work.
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Fantastic!
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