1982 Burro - updating - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-04-2018, 08:47 PM   #1
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1982 Burro - updating

Got a Burro a couple weeks ago. Initial look wasn't too great. I can't have it by the house so it's at a storage lot an hour away. Needless to say, I won't be working on it too often as I have other projects in the works. This will be slow going but I wanted to start this thread to keep things in one place.

I went to the camper this past weekend, moved things around, organized, and collected some trash to throw out. Only spent a half hour there as I was on the way home from a day working on my sailboat (another project).

I have this video I took, just getting a look around, thinking out loud some work likely to come.

https://youtu.be/Jb6-Dhs7DJ8

I appreciate any comments, suggestions along the way.

I'm also going to be documenting work on this blog:
https://82burro.blogspot.com


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Old 11-10-2018, 08:59 PM   #2
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Visited the camper early this morning. Took out some of the wiring that I pointed out last visit. Got the water tank out from under the seating.

While I suspected some sort of accident had occured at some point in the past, I can't say whether it was during the previous owners time of ownership or the owner before. The guy I bought it from mentioned the owner before him had painted it, and perhaps the damage is the reason why.

While at the camper this morning, I looked in the damaged area closely and noticed how it had broken apart and how it was repaired. The following video shows some of the damage I noticed.

https://youtu.be/PdCzRX3f7P4
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:10 PM   #3
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Posted some pictures on the blog page. some before/after pictures while I removed stuff I didn't need.

https://82burro.blogspot.com/2018/11/discovery.html
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:03 PM   #4
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Since I'm looking at cutting the inner shell to repair the inside of the outer shell, I placed tape to get an idea of where I would make the cuts. Right now, I'm thinking to cut into the countertop where the sink sits, and the other cut I was thinking from the middle of the window but then looking at maybe cutting where the broken glass is just to the left since it needs work anyway.

Before doing any cutting, I'm thinking to add brackets that can be used to align the pieces when it's time to put back together.
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:06 PM   #5
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I'm looking to replace these fittings. With it being a rainy day, I got to see where a lot of leaks were coming from. The middle fitting leaking here goes to the sink drain.
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:14 PM   #6
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Found some soft spots in the floor. This one I found by the dinette and table mount. I used a Dremel cutter on a cordless drill and cut away a piece of the fiberglass cover and the plywood underneath was soaking wet. Just pulled away like mush.

While I might be able to replace patches of plywood, I think best to do the whole floor.

Almost not sure if I should repair the shell first or replace the floor first. It'll have to be one or the other, and not at the same time for structural integrity.
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:16 PM   #7
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Took out the floor mount for the table. All the screws were rusted. One was eaten away a little too.

Might be difficult to see in the picture but the screw on the right has missing threads.

The screws I found holding the floor to the frame all look rusted so that will be interesting to see how they look when removing them.
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:58 AM   #8
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Made a realization today.

Looking over the Burro assembly manual in the documents section, I stated thinking that my trailer looks like it was put together just like it shows in the manual. Perhaps my trailer was a kit. Then it dawned on me that the VIN ends in a K. I looked on the forum and found post 19 in this thread with paperwork also showing the K for a kit.

Northern Nevada mini rally

I'm pretty sure I saw a VIN of another trailer without the K so it gives me a little idea if its history as being completed at home.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:09 AM   #9
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Visited the trailer today.
Took the battery box and propane tank off the front and removed the diamond plate to get a look under it.

Tried looking for a VIN some more but saw no trace of it.
Good thing I have it on the title. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a letter punch kit that I'll use to put the VIN on the trailer. Maybe in another less obvious place too, just in case.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:16 AM   #10
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Looked under the trailer and saw there was a lot of edges that wasn't glassed very well. This led to a bunch of rot. There was also a couple areas where someone tried to patch the bottom, at the front, but that didn't go well. More rot.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:20 AM   #11
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Before finding the failed patch work under the trailer, I lifted the foam floor covering and saw under the bench area, the plywood is just rotted out. Not safe to stand there.

The more I look at it, seems the shell will have to come off to replace the floor.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:28 AM   #12
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Decided to pull out the cover I found on the trailer. There's no manufacturers lable on it. Just a couple labels indicating front and back. Definitely not made for a molded fiberglass camper but it's about the right size. Covered the trailer well, even the tires. Not sure about water resistance but should help repel some rain.

Don't plan on any work over winter and it's certainly not going to be a quick job. So there, in the storage lot, it'll sit till I can get to it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:06 AM   #13
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https://youtu.be/NYD6NgVkG3w
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:16 PM   #14
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Burro Axle

Thought this could be useful for anyone looking for Burro info. While I didn't find a VIN anywhere, I did find a plate on the axle.

It reads:
HENSCHEN INC.
CAP 1500 LBS.
SER NO. 2-142562
JACKSON CTR O. 45334

I looked it up. Seems the company was in Ohio and went under in 2009.

The plate was seen near the driver side wheel facing toward the front.
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