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Old 09-23-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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Decorating our little Burro

We are so excited! We are avid campers but tents were the abode until we ran across our little Burro on Craigslist. It's in pretty good shape but my wife, Marilyn, has a great talent when it comes to taking something that's "pretty good" and making it extra special. A lot of our excitement has to do with finding this blog and realizing that just about anything you could ever want for advice can be found right here. Thank you all for taking the time to leave such a great body of work for new Burro owners as well as Burro owners of the future.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:06 AM   #2
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Welcome. I love the little Burro and its close cousin the UHaul CT13. Make sure that you cover the basics - find all water leaks, check the floor for soft spots, pack the bearings and replace tires over 6 years old no matter how much tread that they have on them. Check the frame for cracks, especially near the front of the body.

And decorate away.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:18 AM   #3
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Some Before Pics

We plan on making the bed permanent (Marilyn's idea which I struggled with) so we made a pattern of the area which 77" by 47" with one side having rounded corners. We took the pattern to a foam rubber outlet and had them cut two pieces. The first piece is regular 4" thick foam and the second piece is 2" memory foam which will go on top. We also bought a quilted fabric to cover the the foam. We found a great seamstress several years ago and although Marilyn could do it it just doesn't make sense when the quote is just $45.00 and that includes a zipper.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Thanks Tom! I have found two "spider web cracks" on top. Maybe hail damage. I plan I using Poli Glow after a good cleaning with "Awesome Cleaner" and Bar Keepers Friend. Anything else I need to do for those cracks? Thanks
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.......Anything else I need to do for those cracks? Thanks
Not mandatory, but this is supposed to work well.

Capt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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The Floor Project

We decided to go with the Allure flooring with a hardwood look. I was fortunate to have been scanning all the threads having to do with flooring and I came across the idea of using the carpet as a pattern for the new floor. Eureka! As you will see, our Burro has a floor vent that I think may have been installed by the previous owner. After removing the vent and the door threshold I was surprised how easy the carpet came right out. The perfect template. I started with Black Jack Floating Floor Cushion Underlayment which we purchased at Home Depot. I laid it out and put the carpet on top of it and traced the pattern. One roll was more than enough to make two perfectly fitting pieces. I have never laid any kind of vinyl flooring in a camper or a house for that matter. I've always just left it to a professional craftsman. But this just seemed so easy I thought I would give it a try. The next step was to transfer the pattern to the Allure flooring. I laid the old carpet out flat and proceeded to lay the vinyl over the top of it making sure that I went past the edges of the template. During this step I made sure that each piece was tightly fitted and with a good bond to the adjoining piece. I also staggered the pieces so that the seams would not line up. When the old carpet was completely covered I then slid it out from under the vinyl and placed it on top. I was then able to trace the pattern onto the vinyl. I used a red magic marker. The next step was to use a jig saw to cut out the pattern making sure to stay close to the inside edge of the red magic marker line. In other words, no red line was left on the pattern. I then got a friend to help me carry the pattern into the Burro and it just slide right into place. I used a utility knife to trim the door area and some of the underlayment. I don't think this would be as easy in a trailer longer than 13 feet but it worked for our Burro. I will post more pictures of the cabinet fronts with their beautiful new colors by Marilyn and also the new upholstery for the couch/bunk bed. Can't wait to go camping!
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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Your Burro is adorable. I like the choice of the rugged plaid fabric for your cushions. You will be glad to have that as it will hold up well and not show stains as much as a solid would. It also looks nice and rustic to go with your new floor.

Great idea to use the carpet as your pattern for the new floor. I'm sure that you were able to use your flooring pieces more efficiently by doing it this way.

Looking forward to the rest of your and Marilyn's decorating.

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Nice work. What is the purpose of the floor vent?
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:18 AM   #9
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Hi Rosemary! Thank you for your kind comments. Actually the plaid fabric is the original 1983 upholstery. We talked about keeping the original vintage look but decided we would go with different colors. Marilyn took the couch bottom and back to our upholsterer yesterday so we are hoping to have them back sometime early next week. We get the bedding back this Friday. After all is in I plan on posting some more pics. Our first outing is planned for 10/4 and 10/5 with friends. We can't wait!
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Sure looking good. I know y'll are already having fun working on it( Have you named her yet?? ) Just think how much more fun you will have camping !
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'Can't wait to see the photos of the interior decor when it's done! I'm an avid FGRV decorator too! Photo shows my Southwest theme.
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I've had fun with my UHaul interior. 1st pic is the original front bench, similar to Burro. I took off the bunk and turned it into a 2 person dinette. The back table area is now a permanent bed, complete with storage cubby 'nightstand'.
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Looking good Don.
Thanks for sharing the pics.
Looking forward to the new decorations.
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Love how it looks -- can you tell me what color of flooring you used? We're going to do this this year (finally) but I'm having a hard time deciding what pattern.


Also, can anyone tell me what the difference is between the different types of allure? That is, Plus, Resilient, or whatever they call it these days.
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