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Old 01-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #15
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Craig, what year is your Burro? Is it a 14'? On the Burro website it says the wide body came standard with 5/8 plywood. That's a plus as it will be a better floor and nothing special to get it to fit.
I have been talking to several boat builders about how to put the floor in and treated so I will not have to do this again. I am definitely using epoxy and fiber glass cloth. I am just debating about cloth weight and whose resin to use. I sold West Systems resin for years, so I know how good it is. I also know how expensive it is.

I am looking forward to reading about your progress. I promise to keep this post updated better, now that the holidays are past.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #16
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Regarding floor thickness Escondido Burro, the following is my post to another rotten floor thread in July 2011:

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Great pictorial and revelation of the procedural sequence which is EVERYTHING! We should all core our floors! Wait a min, I did! I had a smoothbor water fill hose split where it passes thru the floor on my '98 17' Widebody. I had no experience with this stuff so initially assumed that it had simply rotted out. I ordered 10' of new hose and after clamping to the water fill and feeding thru the floor and trying to make the bend to the tank, I could then see that the hole was too close to tank and the lead was too severe. So I pulled it back out and bored a second hole with a hole saw with about half-hole overlap and at an angle which relieved the tight bend, ran the hose, clamped, and caulked with a permanently flexiable gun goo. I have retained the core so here's the dope on this particular floor. 1/2" plywd. 5 ply. 1/16"+ of glass on bottom; 1/4" on top. I think this is not much more than two layers of fabmat outside and possibly as many as four layers of mat inside. Overall thickness .85".

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info. I started cutting my floor out and it is 3 ply 1/2 inch. I had hoped that the last time it was done the guy picked the cheapest he could find. Turns out he probably just put back what was there. I am still planning to do 5/8. I will test fit and see how it will go. I will post results.

BTW: It looks like the Burro trailer website has finally died a quiet death.
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BTW: It looks like the Burro trailer website has finally died a quiet death.
www.burrotrailers.com = Account Suspended

Ding dong the spook is dead!
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:14 AM   #19
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Too bad we never got around to archiving the "anniversary ads.

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:09 AM   #20
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Burro Site on Wayback machine

You can go out here and see if you can find what your looking for:
travel trailers-burro travel trailer manufacture anniversary models

I was in IT for 20 years and this site has been around almost as long.

Sorry, I should have added the link to the actual archive site as well.

This site archives all the webpages it finds.

http://archive.org/web/web.php

They call it the wayback machine like the Mr Peabody cartoon.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #21
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You can go out here and see if you can find what your looking for:
travel trailers-burro travel trailer manufacture anniversary models

I was in IT for 20 years and this site has been around almost as long.

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Awesome!
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:57 AM   #22
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Stainless Steel

I just got back from Menards and see that they have added a full line of non magnetic SS bots, washers, and nuts, you name it to their line up.
They may have been there before but I just noticed them.

I will be reassembling everything with SS. I thought I would pass it on for those working on their rebuilds.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #23
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Sherman! Set the Wayback Machine for wayaaay back.

Gee Mr. Peabody, I'm trying to complete an online trade here.

If that's the attitude, I'll do it myself, Sherman! Ungrateful boy!

(Machine emits phuutzizzpoppbammphlottpuuzzz sound)

Gosh, Mr. Peabody, you forgot to shunt the stator coil to the tortial nabiscoid AGAIN!

Now I'll have to go to eBay for another gross of vacuum tubes.

Never mind, Sherman.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #24
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I just got back from Menards and see that they have added a full line of non magnetic SS bots, washers, and nuts, you name it to their line up.
They may have been there before but I just noticed them.

I will be reassembling everything with SS. I thought I would pass it on for those working on their rebuilds.
Yea, Home Depot has them, too, often for less. The least expensive nuts and washers that I've found are at Harbor Freight in their plastic box assortment.
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Ya BUY cheap, ya GET cheap.
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Are you talking to me?
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #27
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I have decided to coat the frame with POR-15. After a lot of research and digging it sounds like the best solution for the long term. The issue I am having it is winter here, with highs of 25. The prep work for POR-15 involves washing with 2 different chemicals, letting it stand for a half hour or more and then rinse. It would probably freeze before I got done. Tough to do with salt and wet streets. So, my plan is to take it from the welder to a sandblaster. I found a guy that is very reasonable. According to the POR-15 website after sandblasting you just blow off the sand and brush on the coating.

I asked the welder about it and he said that most of the car restores he works on have POR-15 used afterward.
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Jim, I'm an old hot rodder at heart and have spent more money on old iron than I hate to think about. POR-15 is expensive, but saves money, time, effort in the long run! I have a couple of gallons hiding in a closet waiting to be put on the frame of my Scamp. Pay attention to cleaning off road rash (grease!) and dust off the rust with a brush... but leave most of the rust alone. And remember POR-15 gets harder with moisture and age!

PS: wear gloves, something on your head and a Tyvek suit when applying... ask me how I know
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