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Old 07-27-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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Need Help Please :)

Hello I purchased my first 1981 Burro Trailer a couple of weeks ago and I want to do a little work on it. Since itís my first time owning a trailer I was wondering if some of you can recommend places where I can find the products that I am looking for. Thank you in advance

1. I would like to purchase or replace the windows. The ones they have are fine, but I would like them tinted. Do I just replace the plexi glass?
2. Would like to find new 13í white wall tires with baby moon hubcaps
3. Find a new Dinette table
4. Add a refrigerator, what kind should I purchase? Propane?
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5. I want a cute new awning?

Can someone help please



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Old 07-27-2015, 06:50 PM   #2
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Hi Jessica and welcome to the group


1. Windows can usually be tinted in place. Either buy the film or take it to an auto tinting shop. New glass or plastic will be very expensive.


2. I really doubt if you can find 13" white wall tires that are trailer rated. Try looking at the classified ads on the Hemming's.com site. You might also check with tincantourists.com. they are into classic trailers and may have a source.
The baby Moons are on Ebay, but you have to match them with the kind of rim you have. They're called innies or outies.

3. You don't mention where you are in CA, but many larger RV dealers will have take-out and scratched table tops for a very small price. If you need an exact dimension you might be able to find one. Richardson's RV in Riverside has about a half a dozen table tops in their recycle area. Ask for Mike & drop my name.


4. The Dometic RM2193 is a good choice and there are several other in that same size range, BUT, they are abut $6-700 and, if you don't already have one installed, a new installation can get somewhat expensive. The 12 VDC only refrigerators have the advantage that they are a lot easier to install, but require a lot more battery capacity. Research that entire question before you decide.


5. I don't know abut "Cute" awnings, but a new roll out awning will run about $800 + installation. There are other awnings, like bag awnings, that I am sure others will chime in with, but Cute is a real tough one for moi ...LOL
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:05 AM   #3
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There are four main categories of awnings commonly used with fiberglass eggs.

(1). Case awnings. They self-store in a rigid aluminum case that attaches to the shell. Many factory awnings are this type.

(2) Bag awnings. These self-store in a fabric bag that hangs from an awning rail (aluminum C-channel) that mounts on the shell.

(3) Rope-and-pole awnings. These slide into the same awning rail as a bag awning and are supported by separate poles and guy ropes. They have to be removed for travel and stored in the trailer or tug. They are popular among vintage trailer owners. Perhaps this is what you meant by "cute" as they are usually custom made in a variety of colorful fabrics?

(4). Free-standing awnings. These include the metal-framed types you see at Walmart as well as some more sophisticated designs like the Clam shelter.

Do a search to find out more about any of these. If it's the rope-and-pole you're looking for, Marti's Awnings is one vendor I've heard of. Vintage Trailer Supply may also have them.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:12 AM   #4
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We are buying an 8x9 awning for $410 (we added fringe and scalloping) plus rail $30, poles $30 and $20 tape to attach. We are doing the work ourself as it is as easy as double stick taping it on (we hope. We haven't done it yet)
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:29 AM   #5
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2. Coker tire might but mostly make tires for autos not trailers. You can always put incerts in. This web page has 13" for sale. PORTAWALLSHOP, WHITEWALL, CLASSIC TIRE INSERTS FREE SHIPPING ;side wall,¬* port-a-wall, port-o-wall, tire insert, whitewall, tyre insert, tire line, tire trim
Please note: I remember seeing a tires sidewall worn down under the lip of the insert a guy had on his vw bug. Maybe he had them installed wrong but I would do some research before thowing them on your wheels.
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WOW... Port-a-walls. I haven't seen those in actual use in 50 years and, even at the service station I worked in as a teen, we wouldn't install them and pulled a lot of them off that had started to pull out on their own.


For period Show Cars and Trailer/Driveway Queens, maybe, but for daily use on a trailer? Never.
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This company is pretty much nation wide which is why I used them as a link but a Google search for Aluminum awning track should find you a lot of options.

TACO Aluminum Awning Track - 16'L, 1-1/4"H, 1/2"W, Silver Bright Dip and Anodized | West Marine

Essentially you have a rope either sewn into the edge of the awning which you then slide into the track from the end. slot is large enough for tarp to come through but too small for rope. Can even use with regular tarp wrapped over a rope by adding a few grip clips.

People attach the molding to the side of trailer with heavy duty double stick tape (think tape is called VBH)

Please be aware most awnings will not tolerate stormy weather reliably. Taking them down or providing extra anchoring for bad weather is pretty much a given. Even the big steel 80 lb. Ez Up canopies will break in a storm. Don't ask how I know. Would not spend big bucks trying to get "storm proof" awning, probably not going to happen.

Make note of your bolt pattern on those wheels how many and the distance between the bolts will determine what you can get for rims.

Did campers generally even have white wall tires? Google search for advertising showed some in the 60's having WW tires but very few and none in the 70's that I saw. Most of the vintage campers with WW tires I saw were current pictures but when I went looking at the original advertisements most were black wall.

Of course you do have the option of changing axle to get different size rims in order to have a different selection of rims and tires. Not cheap at more than $500 but it is an option.
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:17 PM   #8
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Bob, your such a sweetheart, thank you so much! I will look into all the information you gave me!
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:22 PM   #9
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Jon, thank you for helpful information! Now that you have explained them all to me, I think I am considering the Rope-and-pole awnings. They are the cute ones.
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Originally Posted by Jon in AZ View Post
There are four main categories of awnings commonly used with fiberglass eggs.

(1). Case awnings. They self-store in a rigid aluminum case that attaches to the shell. Many factory awnings are this type.

(2) Bag awnings. These self-store in a fabric bag that hangs from an awning rail (aluminum C-channel) that mounts on the shell.

(3) Rope-and-pole awnings. These slide into the same awning rail as a bag awning and are supported by separate poles and guy ropes. They have to be removed for travel and stored in the trailer or tug. They are popular among vintage trailer owners. Perhaps this is what you meant by "cute" as they are usually custom made in a variety of colorful fabrics?

(4). Free-standing awnings. These include the metal-framed types you see at Walmart as well as some more sophisticated designs like the Clam shelter.
What about the Carefree Fiesta Awning that's standard on the Escape? It's definitely not a case awning, a bag awning, a rope-and-pole or a free-standing. Just curious what category they fall under.
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:24 PM   #11
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We are buying an 8x9 awning for $410 (we added fringe and scalloping) plus rail $30, poles $30 and $20 tape to attach. We are doing the work ourself as it is as easy as double stick taping it on (we hope. We haven't done it yet)
We got ours through sew country awnings. This is not our camper as we haven't finalized the order yet Attachment 87205Attachment 87206


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This is exactly what I am looking for soooo cute! And I love the extra details! Thank your for sharing!

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Old 07-28-2015, 04:26 PM   #12
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2. Coker tire might but mostly make tires for autos not trailers. You can always put incerts in. This web page has 13" for sale. PORTAWALLSHOP, WHITEWALL, CLASSIC TIRE INSERTS FREE SHIPPING ;side wall,¬* port-a-wall, port-o-wall, tire insert, whitewall, tyre insert, tire line, tire trim
Please note: I remember seeing a tires sidewall worn down under the lip of the insert a guy had on his vw bug. Maybe he had them installed wrong but I would do some research before thowing them on your wheels.

Wow interesting, never new these existed! I will do a little more research!
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:36 PM   #13
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This company is pretty much nation wide which is why I used them as a link but a Google search for Aluminum awning track should find you a lot of options.

TACO Aluminum Awning Track - 16'L, 1-1/4"H, 1/2"W, Silver Bright Dip and Anodized | West Marine

Essentially you have a rope either sewn into the edge of the awning which you then slide into the track from the end. slot is large enough for tarp to come through but too small for rope. Can even use with regular tarp wrapped over a rope by adding a few grip clips.

People attach the molding to the side of trailer with heavy duty double stick tape (think tape is called VBH)

Please be aware most awnings will not tolerate stormy weather reliably. Taking them down or providing extra anchoring for bad weather is pretty much a given. Even the big steel 80 lb. Ez Up canopies will break in a storm. Don't ask how I know. Would not spend big bucks trying to get "storm proof" awning, probably not going to happen.

Make note of your bolt pattern on those wheels how many and the distance between the bolts will determine what you can get for rims.

Did campers generally even have white wall tires? Google search for advertising showed some in the 60's having WW tires but very few and none in the 70's that I saw. Most of the vintage campers with WW tires I saw were current pictures but when I went looking at the original advertisements most were black wall.

Of course you do have the option of changing axle to get different size rims in order to have a different selection of rims and tires. Not cheap at more than $500 but it is an option.

Roger your so helpful, I saw these pictures and I definitely loved the look.
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For Cute vintage awnings check out this site. I haven't used them but have seen numerous references to them.

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