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Old 08-30-2015, 06:54 PM   #1
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My 13 Foot BURRO with Modifications

Here are some photos of my 13 foot Burro. I bought her a year ago for $1000 but she was in sad shape. The tires were rotten, the electrical system was shot, the interior was fire damaged and moldy, the refrigerator was all rusted out and decaying, and she needed a LOT of TLC.

I replaced the entire electrical system.
I replaced the propane lines and put all new valves and tanks in.
I put new tires on and packed and lubed the bearings.
I had the entire body sanded and painted and repaired the spiderweb cracks.
I put a new floor in.
I took out the fridge and converted that space to hold a cooler and a microwave.
I ripped out the useless bunkbeds/storage shelves on the hitch end and converted it to a sitting bench on one side and a sawdust toilet on the other.
I installed a curtain for bathroom privacy for use with the sawdust toilet.
I installed new outside brake and turning lights. (LED).
I hired a local graffiti artist here in Albuquerque (Mr. Melvin Mayes) to paint two African Elephants on the outside of the RV.
I ordered memory foam and installed that in sections for the bed.
I had the lock re-keyed on the exterior door.
I had the VIN number engraved on a metal plate and had it riveted to the hitch.

All in all I've spent another $2000 on repairs but I did the work myself (except for the artist's painting of the elephants).

It's a great trailer. I've taken her up to Yellowstone and pulled it with my 4 cylinder Subaru Forester. It did great. This trailer weighs 800 pounds so no trailer brakes are needed. It pulled and tracked phenomenally well.

Here are some pictures of my very early model BURRO. I think this is a 1973 model or so. It was probably kit built since there was no VIN anywhere on the trailer. I had to get the VIN off of the Title but never could find it anywhere on the frame, the hitch, or the inside door frame. This tells me it was an early kit model.

It's registered now and has a new title and all is well! I am enjoying my little BURRO. She's perfect for one or two people. Now that she has a toilet, it makes dry camping much easier. Sawdust toilets are awesome. No odor. No mess. Better on the environment too!

Here are some pictures!
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:09 PM   #2
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Awesome paint job! It all looks nice, but I'd toss a folded blanket or a cushion over that toilet seat. It looks a little disconcerting out there in the open!
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:50 PM   #3
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It does look like a nice trailer , paint job is amazing !
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:57 AM   #4
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Great work! Glad you're enjoying the fruits of your hard work.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:14 AM   #5
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Trailer as art.Good job! Milt
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:32 AM   #6
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It looks terrific. I love that paint job.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:50 PM   #7
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I am interested in your saw dust toilet. I would like something like this for my log cabin on an island that has no electric or running water. I also have a 13 foot Burro [1983]but it was well taken care of by the past owners, the way those wonderful old units should be taken care of. Thanks in advance for the info Your Burro looks great. AL POGUE KA2BVC
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:13 PM   #8
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I am interested in your saw dust toilet. I would like something like this for my log cabin on an island that has no electric or running water. I also have a 13 foot Burro [1983]but it was well taken care of by the past owners, the way those wonderful old units should be taken care of. Thanks in advance for the info Your Burro looks great. AL POGUE KA2BVC
The pros and cons of the toilet were discussed pretty thoroughly here: Sawdust Toilet

We probably don't want to re-open that discussion again...
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:19 PM   #9
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Love the painting

Just returned from a trip to S. Africa to see the rhinos and elephants. Now am stoked to hire someone to paint my 13 ft scamp. Any suggestions on how to preserve the paint from road wear?
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The pros and cons of the toilet were discussed pretty thoroughly here: Sawdust Toilet

We probably don't want to re-open that discussion again...


Why not? It was a hot thread...and the moderators shut it down because it was getting pretty contentious. But many people still had things to say about it!


CUTE trailer, by the way, John Colangelo!


Have to second the suggestion that you lay something, maybe a folded lap blanket or a cushion over the toilet and tuck the rolls out of sight.


NICE JOB! Did you give it a name?


Great elephant painting! WOW!
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:19 PM   #11
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Sink cover

Hey John
Can you share how you found/fabricated/located your sink cover?

Also, what was your approach on creating the privacy screen? What type of screws/wall attachments did you use and the type of cord/rod to suspends the curtain?

Thanks John
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