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Old 04-03-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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Iím New Here... Sort of!

Greetings All, This is my first post. Iíve been stalking you all and reading your threads for.. literally, several years. However, I never posted anything. Mainly because I didnít have anything to add.

I never restored a FGRV, worked with fiberglass or even owned a camper. But I did have interest in owning and restoring one.

My grandparents had an old 1980 burro sitting on the farm, basically rotting. They never used it to my knowledge but my father said they did use it a few times when they first got it.

For some reason I always loved it, always wanted it. Always dreamed of restoring it to a usable tiny little 13í home away from home.

I finally, convinced my dad it wasnít just trash on wheels that he has to watch rot away, and to grab his POA and sign over the title.

So with fresh title in hand, I threw open the door for the first time in who knows how long.

Ugh, whatíd I get myself into! Lol.

Luckily Iíve been reading all your stuff on here long enough to know, that with the resources of this community, this can be done, I can do this.

This 13í Burro will ride again!

Basic info about me.

Late 30ís, Male, moderately mechanically inclined. Live in SE. PA!

Nice to meet you all... officially!

Mike
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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Welcome Mike! What you have is a diamond in the rough. A little polish, (hard work and parts) and you will have a gem.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:08 PM   #3
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Welcome! As someone who also undertook a restore/rebuild, I can say that it can be frustrating, rewarding, challenging and lots of fun, all in the same hour! But you will feel really good when you go camping! Lots of people here to help. Good Luck.
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Old 04-04-2018, 04:33 AM   #4
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Welcome Mike...Some say that the interesting part of owning a small vintage Fiberglass RV is working on it, Guess that's why every year I work on my 79 Boler? As you said and read these campers can be fixed if the time and money is available. My advise is to get it just so you can go camping with it, enjoy it, and fix it as you go along. I remember fixing one thing only to, down the road, read something here and go back and redo what I did to only have it better.
Have fun is the key.
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:32 AM   #5
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Welcome, Mike!

So sad this poor Burro never got to get out and enjoy the world. So appropriate that a member of the family will undertake to rectify that.

Agree with advice given. Don't aim for a showpiece on the first pass. Get it clean and watertight, make it safe to tow, and take it out. There are many different ways to travel and camp. Once you find your groove, you will know which features and upgrades are important and which are not. For instance, after 5 years, we've never used the plumbing or 110V systems, but I want to upgrade the 12V system with solar, LED's, and USB outlets.

First thing, pictures.

Best wishes!
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Old 04-04-2018, 02:14 PM   #6
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As another who has restored from scratch, we wish you welcome and best luck! Enjoy the process even when it seems bleakest...and happy trails when you're ready to roll!


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Old 04-05-2018, 06:49 PM   #7
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Welcome Mike! What you have is a diamond in the rough. A little polish, (hard work and parts) and you will have a gem.

Thank You!

Thatís what Iím hoping. Iím inspired by all the rebuilds and resources here! Canít wait to go camping!
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Old 04-05-2018, 06:59 PM   #8
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Welcome! As someone who also undertook a restore/rebuild, I can say that it can be frustrating, rewarding, challenging and lots of fun, all in the same hour! But you will feel really good when you go camping! Lots of people here to help. Good Luck.

Thank you! Iím excited. Iím sure there will be times when Iím not so excited. Lol. One project at a time!


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Welcome Mike...Some say that the interesting part of owning a small vintage Fiberglass RV is working on it, Guess that's why every year I work on my 79 Boler? As you said and read these campers can be fixed if the time and money is available. My advise is to get it just so you can go camping with it, enjoy it, and fix it as you go along. I remember fixing one thing only to, down the road, read something here and go back and redo what I did to only have it better.
Have fun is the key.

I suspect youíre right and Iíll end up tweaking every year. Definitely part of the allure. Thatís an excellent point!! To get it usable and go from there. Thank you! Iím gonna focus on maintaining that attitude to not be overwhelmed and get paralyzation from over analyzation! Slow and steady wins the race.


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Welcome, Mike!

So sad this poor Burro never got to get out and enjoy the world. So appropriate that a member of the family will undertake to rectify that.

Agree with advice given. Don't aim for a showpiece on the first pass. Get it clean and watertight, make it safe to tow, and take it out. There are many different ways to travel and camp. Once you find your groove, you will know which features and upgrades are important and which are not. For instance, after 5 years, we've never used the plumbing or 110V systems, but I want to upgrade the 12V system with solar, LED's, and USB outlets.

First thing, pictures.

Best wishes!

Thank you! Oh I seriously canít wait to camp in this thing. Itís a long way off but itís just so quaint and seems perfect to camp in!

More great advice. Get it humbly worthy and go from there. Iím gonna take that advice. You guys are giving me gems already! Lol.



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As another who has restored from scratch, we wish you welcome and best luck! Enjoy the process even when it seems bleakest...and happy trails when you're ready to roll!


BEST
Kai
Paul
& the Pug girls


Thank you! One day Iíll be done... and I can over advice and welcome new people with their undertakings!

Thank you all for the warm welcome! One more fiberglass RV joining the ranks!

Sincerely

Mike
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:34 PM   #9
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welcome mike

welcome many long evenings and long days ahead of you oh to be 30 again I am 76 and to be in good health!

you will have a dream rig as good as any high dollar camper with all new stuff without the money involved!

good luck and glad to have you here


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Old 04-06-2018, 04:59 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forum. I would suggest if the floor and the frame are sound, everything else is cosmetic. If you haven't seen it yet, Jen's restoration is worth a look.

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