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Old 11-25-2010, 11:43 AM   #15
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Hate to tell you, but, YOU are NOT a geek, if you own a fiberglass trailer.
You are JUST ANOTHER SMART BUYER.

By the way EVERYONE have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:00 PM   #16
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I'm planning a camping trip to Northwest Ontario and Winnipeg next year with our new boler, and also enjoy doing wildflower photography. (Have family in Newfoundland you will find it a real treat.) T@bs was to heavy at 3000lbs, so we purchased a 17' boler current weight with mods 2000lbs. We have a Corolla with dealer installed tow package, proportional trailer brakes and progressive trans cooler. More than you will need but the cooler is a good idea. What is the weight of a borro?
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:59 AM   #17
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Smile Congratulations

I well remember the excitement we experienced when we purchased our Trillium.

You may be surprised to know that, although Burros haven't been made for 10 years, there is still a website!

travel trailers-burro travel trailer manufacture anniversary models

Enjoy!

BTW: According to the website, Burros made a 17' and a 14', not a 13'. I am open to correction.

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:14 AM   #18
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I've seen the website, and couldn't tell whether it was active or abandoned. But come to think of it, I guess I haven't noticed anybody talking about their brand-new Burro in the present tense. My impression is that the 14' and 17' were the more recent models, and everything I've seen about the older Burros confirms they were originally 13' campers.

I ran across an old Scientific American article from the early 80s about new-improved lightweight RVs and campers that featured a photo of a Burro. I'll have to track that down again.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:22 PM   #19
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I also see a lot of weekend trips to Pennsylvania elk country and regional wildlife refuges in the near future.


The question of what I could tow with my Subaru Forester led me to the fiberglass eggs by way of T@bs and other ultralight models, and before my husband knew what happened, I'd made a deal on a Burro in Minnesota. Anywhoodle, I'm looking forward to sprucing it up, camping, and reporting back.
Congratulations on your new addition!!! You should have no problem towing with a Forester. I have a 2009 Forester, and pull a 13' Scamp with no problem at all. Does the camper have electric brakes? If so, a brake controller would not be overkill.

Enjoy your visits to Elk County, I know St. Mary's well from growing up there. Route 322 across PA is a pretty, scenic drive.

Best wishes for many memorable travels.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:29 PM   #20
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Congratulations on your new addition!!! You should have no problem towing with a Forester. I have a 2009 Forester, and pull a 13' Scamp with no problem at all. Does the camper have electric brakes? If so, a brake controller would not be overkill.

Enjoy your visits to Elk County, I know St. Mary's well from growing up there. Route 322 across PA is a pretty, scenic drive.

Best wishes for many memorable travels.
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Alice, thanks! St Mary's is an adorable town. I love the northern tier of PA.

The Burro does not have brakes right now, so my plan is, after I go and fetch it this weekend, to leave it with an RV sales/service place near my folks' house in Pittsburgh to install a new axle with brakes and to give all the wiring a look-see.

I'm hoping for manageable weather this weekend. I'm trundling over to Pittsburgh on Friday to pick up my dad and his truck, and then we're going to just blast on up to Minneapolis overnight, collect the camper Saturday morning, and then blast on back to Pittsburgh so I can catch a Megabus back to Philadelphia Sunday night in time to be at the office Monday morning. I feel tired already.
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I'm trundling over to Pittsburgh on Friday to pick up my dad and his truck, and then we're going to just blast on up to Minneapolis overnight, collect the camper Saturday morning, and then blast on back to Pittsburgh so I can catch a Megabus back to Philadelphia Sunday night in time to be at the office Monday morning. I feel tired already.
That's a long trip in good weather, over 14 hours one way from Pitt. I feel tired for you. Hope you have good weather, and the lake effect snows won't be a concern for your trip. Drive carefully.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:28 PM   #22
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Alice, thanks! St Mary's is an adorable town. I love the northern tier of PA.

The Burro does not have brakes right now, so my plan is, after I go and fetch it this weekend, to leave it with an RV sales/service place near my folks' house in Pittsburgh to install a new axle with brakes and to give all the wiring a look-see.

I'm hoping for manageable weather this weekend. I'm trundling over to Pittsburgh on Friday to pick up my dad and his truck, and then we're going to just blast on up to Minneapolis overnight, collect the camper Saturday morning, and then blast on back to Pittsburgh so I can catch a Megabus back to Philadelphia Sunday night in time to be at the office Monday morning. I feel tired already.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:35 AM   #23
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I was also following that Burro on CL. Congratulations on getting (what appears to be) an excellent deal on a sweet little trailer.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:40 PM   #24
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Well, three cheers for a handy dad! We went our our Burro retrieval adventure over the snowy weekend. We'd had a feeling that the seller wasn't kidding when he mentioned that he wasn't an electrician, so my dad packed along some tools just in case...

On Saturday morning we met the seller, who was a nice honest guy, and ended up doing some minnesota-winter-morning wiring work to get the brake lights working. I know how to do a lot of things, but not so much wiring, and I'm super glad my dad was along for the trip and was able to macgyver the lights into operation in less than ideal work conditions. Otherwise a smooth trip despite the snow, which did slow us down a good bit on the return trip to Pittsburgh.

The camper is now hanging out at a trailer service place near my parents' place in the Pittsburgh area, getting new electric brakes and a wiring overhaul. I stripped the cushion covers and brought a couple of them home to Philadelphia with me so I can use them as patterns for new covers. The original foam is structurally in great shape, though a little mildewey smelling. I read a thread here about bathing cushions and a test run on one yielded encouraging results.

It could use a bit of sealing work around the windows, but otherwise it's campable as-is. I just want to do some cosmetic stuff, shining up the outside and doing new cushion covers and curtains and whatnot, maybe painting the original and now dingy looking cabinet doors, etc. My dad is eager to get the exterior painted but I'm undecided about that.

I think I'll name it Rucio, fitting for a Burro that's going to follow me around in support of adventures.

edited to add a pic from the trip:

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Old 12-06-2010, 09:07 PM   #25
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Yea Dad! (can I borrow him?) Glad you're home safe and sound Jen and have plans for your new-to-you Burro. Thanks for sharing the picture too
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