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Old 05-16-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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1983 13 Foot Burro

Here is my Craigslist posting for my 83 Burro. It makes me sad to even try to sell but it has to go............

The camper is located in Round Lake IL (suburb of Chicago).

1983 Burro Fiberglass Camper / Trailer
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:10 AM   #2
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This is a 13 foot 1983 Burro fiberglass camper trailer that I spent most of last summer restoring. I will be moving to Texas in the next couple of months so between finances and the impending move my beloved Burro has to go. The Burro is a super light fiberglass camper that can be hauled by just about anything, my plans were to pull this camper with my Jeep Wrangler on my offroading trips. When I bought the Burro the floor was pretty much rotten due to water. So I separated the body from the frame, then sanded the frame down, painted it with POR 15 (which is a fairly expensive rust preventing paint that keeps moisture away from the metal permanently), and then painted the frame. The axle was sanded down, POR 15ed, and painted as well. The wheels were painted as well and I bought some new baby moon hub caps and put them on the wheels. But by far the biggest undertaking was the floor replacement. I removed all of the old floor and used treated plywood for the new floor. I also used herculiner (the spray on bedliner for truck beds) and coated all the plywood front, back, and sides before installing. This should keep any water from penetrating the wood again. I also scrubbed the interior and exterior extensively to remove all the oxidation and just years of gunk. The camper is ready for the Vertglas cleaning kit that I purchased to bring back the shine on the gelcoat. So what is left? Well it needs the finished flooring, laminate, hardwood, whatever you want to do. I do have a very dark laminate flooring that I bought from Home Depot that I was planning on using. I was also going to buy new windows, I removed both side windows and was going to buy new windows from Scamp (Burro is out of business but Scamp sells these egg campers so they have lots of stuff that works in the Burro). I still have all the old windows so you could just clean those up and reinstall them. I also have a couple new windows that I got off ebay, they arent exactly the right size but if you are handy you could make them work. Also it needs to be rewired as the old wiring was pretty much shot. The cushions are in good shape, albeit ugly in my opinion, and the previous owner had one big cushion for the rear when the table breaks down into the bed. And all of the cabinet doors have been removed as I was going to make new ones that matched the flooring. There is also a brand new never installed Fantastic Vent (models 4000 R) for the top of the camper, these are pretty cool, check out their website for more info. I have all the original paperwork for the Burro as well as a title. Im sure Im forgetting stuff so as I remember I will update this ad. I have hundreds of pictures so if you want to see more just let me know.

  • Location: Round Lake
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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Price,

...please?
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:44 PM   #4
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1983 Burro Fiberglass Camper / Trailer - $2500 (Round Lake)
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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thats a good deal on a camper with alot done already
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:30 PM   #6
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I can't tell if it is ready to roll down the road or not?
It seems to have no windows,interior doors,flooring,wiring or cushions?

Any idea of the actual status?
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It can be towed, but as you stated the front window is out and one of the side windows is out. It doesn't have the finished flooring installed, but the real floor is fully bolted to the frame and shell of the camper. The cushions are not "installed" but come with the trailer. The interior doors, cabinet doors, are also not installed. But none of this will effect the way you tow it away. As Bruce said, someone is basically buying a Burro that they would put the finishing touches on, finish off the windows, but the biggest job (the new floor) is complete.

Edit - Ed, all of the items you mentioned are there, just not in the camper, I think in the Craigslist add there is a picture of a large pile of items, those are everything you mentioned and more. I have TONS of pics so if you want them send me a PM.
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Lake County must be a hotbed of 13' Burros. We are in Oak Park and bought our Burro in Gurnee Mills, not far from Round Lake.

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Yep, that's not far at all!
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:30 AM   #10
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Nice one!

I'd love to buy this one, if it has any chance of making its way towards Northern Nevada I'm all for it. I live in Lake Tahoe and I think that's about 2,000 miles. Any idea of how to get it here? I'm not in a position to make a 4,000 mile trip...
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Hello,
If the camper is still available, I'd be interested in seeing pictures of the under carriage (if you have them). Also what is the condition of the tires? Do you think that it is at a point where it can be towed safely to the Joliet area?
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Here are some additional pics for everyone.........

http://s870.photobucket.com/albums/ab261/sjo426/1978%20CJ7/Burro/Burro%20Floor%20Replacement/
http://s870.photobucket.com/albums/ab261/sjo426/1978%20CJ7/Burro/
http://s870.photobucket.com/albums/ab261/sjo426/Burro%202/

The under carriage is in perfect condition, the frame was separated from the body, sanded down, painted with a rust preventive paint (POR 15), and then painted black. The bottom of the Burro floor is plywood that has been Herculined. And then all the bolts holding the body to the frame are new. It could easily be towed anywhere.
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UPDATE: I found this thread while looking for information about Burro wheels to add a spare tire. This is MY NEW BURRO!!

I found a listing for it on the fiberglass rvs 4 sale site and via e-mail and phone made arrangements to drive from Central VA to Chicago and see then purchase this little gem. Yes, for those of you who considered it and didn't buy, it is a gem. Shane is a super great guy and a real craftsman. His reno of the frame and floor of the trailer was flawless (to my eye, at least! ) and he put the windows back in for towing. He was a little untruthful about condition... it was really better than described. He didn't want the potential buyer to come look at it and be disappointed.

I would like to publicly thank both Shane for the opportunity to buy this great little Burro, and for the work he did on it AND the members of this forum who gave him good suggestions on how to build on it. I will continue to take advantage of the wonderful resources of this forum as I continue the reno.

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Congratulations on the super find!
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