We started out with a 13' Burro
in 2006 and had it for a year, taking it to the Black Hills and Yellowstone. The Burro was a great little trailer (with smooth fiberglass walls inside), but my wife really wanted a bit more space. So... in late winter 2007, we were keeping an eye out for a larger Burro trailer when the 16' U-Haul Vacationer came up on eBay. It was listed with a Buy It Now price of $3750 in Arkansas, so 10 minutes later I had bought it! I only went on the pictures offered and was taking a chance, but it was a great chance. The U-Haul had the same general layout as the Burro (they are actually "cousins" in the trailer world, with some models using almost the same molds), so we were comfortable with the idea of 3 more feet of length and a slightly wider bed. Since we were driving to San Antonio for a conference a month later, the seller agreed to hold it (after we sent a 50% deposit) and we picked it up on the way home from Texas. The seller also threw in a couple other things, including a stove top, an old AC, and a Dometic 3-way fridge
. The AC was junk and the fridge
is way too big for the trailer, so it sits in our basement as our downstairs pop and beer fridge
In the month before we picked it up, we cleaned up our Burro, advertised it on Fiberglass RV, and sold it for $3,000 to a couple from Indianapolis. We met them at the halfway point on I-65 and made the sale the week after we picked up the U-Haul. For a short while, we had fraternal camper twins! I've included pictures of the two trailers - they look a lot alike except for size. That blue Coleman cooler on the back of the Burro is actually just a shell covering a 5,000 BTU AC supported on the back bumper. It rode like a dream since it was supported with heavy metal braces. It fooled a lot of folks who thought we carried our drinks on the back of the trailer! We would just pop off the cover and turn it on when we camped.
On the U-Haul, we added a new Coleman Polar Cub AC, put in a dorm fridge, rebuilt the stove, put in a Wave3 Catalytic heater/furnace, installed a mini-microwave, and put in a DVD/LCD TV unit. Really roughing it! I still need to fix the shower drain in the privacy room since the drain is about a half inch higher than the floor. Hard for the water to completely drain out!
We're preparing now to take our annual trip to the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota in mid-March. We take our trailer to haul donations, then sleep in it at the camp there. We work on fixing homes and building beds for the local residents. We haven't planned our summer trips yet, but we always try to get out at least 5 or 6 times to VW shows, parks, and canoeing spots.
I forgot to mention, the U-Haul and Burro trailers have a double hull with air space in between. This acts as an insulation barrier. The smooth interior walls are easy to wipe down and keep clean, too.