Day 1 of restoration - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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Day 1 of restoration

Had to post as I am so excited of the progress of day 1 of work on my 1980 Burro. Purchased it in new haven and drove back 4000 miles to Co! It is in rough shape but I am a carpenter/contractor of 15 years and grew up on a lake enjoying and working on boats and jet skis so this project seemed possible on my own...when purchased I noticed as many others have that wheel well plywood was rotting as well as in front of door. I am doing a full remodel on interior and exterior so I didn't want to overlook any structural. I decided to have a new torsion axle put on as well as give it a 4" or so lift to level with my truck. Knowing the floor is possibly very bad after reading many posts from other burro owners, and also knowing my mechanic would charge me less for axle work if the shell was off, I decided to remove shell. I managed to strip the interior down to basic shell removing EVERY screw and piece of hardware. The plywood floor was rotten in several spots but most surprising to me was that because of thin fiberglass sheets on either side, it was saturated with water throughout entirety. The whole floor had to have weighed 300 pounds almost all water...the fiberglass prevented it from breathing and would never had dried out.and, of the 30 or so screws going into frame, only 1 screw was not rusted to nothing. One good pothole going 75 mph bringing this back could have meant the burro surfing the highway!..So, floor is out, shell is up on 5 gal paint buckets and quite secure, and frame is headed to mechanic tomorrow. All things worked out well as shell only needs minor fiberglass repair b4 paint and all interior hardware and fittings are accounted for..replacing floor with 3/4" and undercoating/ waterproofing seems to be the biggest job. I will leave all the upholstery work up to my girlfriend and hopefully if all goes well and we don't get too much more snow, this burro will be working in the spring. Also surpring is the amount of new friends we have made since hooking the burro to the truck...This baby is a real head turner even looking as it was pulled out of a swamp. Can't wait for finished product! We were not able to get a title only a bill of sale and I have been unable to locate vin #...any suggestions? I need it to register and license...Thanks All! Very excited to be part of Burro community!
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:06 PM   #3
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I saw your previous post about not finding the Vin#. Sorry I can't help you with that but I can offer a suggestion on the trailer dimensions. These little trailers are measured from the tip of the tongue to the bumper. Your little trailer is actually a 13' not a 10' as listed in your description. The DMV will be pretty perplexed if you tell them it's a 10'. Good luck with your build.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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Thanks Steve, as big of a pain as the DMV is, I'm sure that just saved me a hassle
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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These little burros are just so darn cute. Good luck on your restoration and happy trails!
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:39 AM   #6
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What are you thinking about using for undercoating? I've been wondering if something like a thinnish coat of truck bed spray-in bed liner would be a good choice.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:43 AM   #7
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Thanks Steve, as big of a pain as the DMV is, I'm sure that just saved me a hassle
Here is the VIN:

Steel Letter / Number Stamping Set - 36 Piece, 1/8"
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:52 AM   #8
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Welcome Jay & girlfriend. I'm sure you will be very happy that you adopted a Burro. Great little camper. Have fun. Also like to find more folks from Colorado on this forum.
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