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Old 05-16-2012, 01:42 PM   #15
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Condition of brakes and wheel bearings is a very good thing to know. Few things can leave you in a more desperate situation than a breakdown due to overheated bearings. There are so many "system" things that need or will need attention and periodic or seasonal maintenance. To cross reference the pot hanger which you asked about on another thread, you can sometimes do some exploration in a Burro (under the sink, at the back of lockers, thru external vents, at fan openings with the interior trim bezel removed) to determine roughly what space you have between inner and outer shells. I'd say it runs the range of 1 to 3". Nice as it is to be able to do remedial or addon wiring inside that cavity rather than under "rat fur" or in surface wiring channels, the insulation can hamper the ease with which you can get a wire snake between one location and another.

I don't have major maintenance tips but here's a very useful minor one. Your rig appears fron the pictures to be in excellent condition. It is ONLY 14 yrs. old. Never assume that yours is the MOST deteriorated trailer on the planet. Many things that look bad are mostly grunge and inevitable superficial wear. Let's say you get a minor window leak. DO NOT automatically assume that you must remove and rebed windows because others are doing so or recommending doing so. I had a persistent minor leak from the rear slider window in our Burro. I got it only during heavy rains. I got tired of folding the memory foam mattress and piling cushions to the opposite side of the trailer. It finally occured to me that shrinkage at the lower mitre in the gasket material on the fixed pane might be introducing a rather large and continuous sheet of water into the drain channel. Retrofit with new gasket would be the optimum solution of course but I resorted to a bit of leftover butyl rubber putty tape pressed into the gap and later color matched to the black gasket and window frame w/ MagicMarker. Our rains have come about a month later than usual this spring and I have not had a drop of water inside in May. I don't recommend "quick and dirty" but sometimes you can finesse with "cheap and cheerful." Hope you folks enjoy your Burro.

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Old 05-16-2012, 03:46 PM   #16
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Beautiful trailer Tina! Very bright and cheery. Let the camping begin!
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #17
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Also I would like to do something about the dim tale lights. My Hubby drove the tow vehicle and I followed behind. I could barely tell when he was breaking due to how dim they were.

I am worried we are going to get rear-ended if we don't switch them to LED lights or something.

Any suggestions?
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There are a couple on this forum that sells (or used to sell) LED taillights for a very reasonable price. I can't recall thier names but if I come across them (If Donna doesn't beat me to it I'll reply to your/this post.

My wife said the same thing about the taillights on our 85 Scamp when she followed me up to set up our ATV base Camp in Northern Michigan.

Since it is on a permanent site, I havn't addressed it just yet but I will before I move it. Guaranteed!
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:46 PM   #18
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Hello and welcome!
There are a couple on this forum that sells (or used to sell) LED taillights for a very reasonable price. I can't recall thier names but if I come across them (If Donna doesn't beat me to it I'll reply to your/this post.

My wife said the same thing about the taillights on our 85 Scamp when she followed me up to set up our ATV base Camp in Northern Michigan.

Since it is on a permanent site, I havn't addressed it just yet but I will before I move it. Guaranteed!
The Names are Deb and Chuck and had I read all the posts, I would have seen that Donna had already posted. Thanks Donna and sorry to waste space. --->shutting up now
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:10 PM   #19
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Here's a great solution to the dim tail light dilemma: 7" Round Led Red Tail/Turn/Stop Light
Got those ones from Chuck and they work great!!! Never would have taken my trailer on the highway on a winter trip this year without them.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #20
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Those 7" round tail lights look great!

However, our current tail lights are about 8.5"x4.5" rectangles. They are recessed into the back of the trailer. So I think we are going to need that same size.

I have yet to find any online to match what I need.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:32 PM   #21
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How about Bargman 34-92. Nothing could be closer to what you have than what you have. You need an 1157 dual filament incandescent or an LED equivalent "bulb". Surely there IS an LED equivalent?

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addendum: On second thought, that first sentence sounds pretty smart-alecky SO . . . what I meant to say was, if there's a problem with the lenses such as clouding or opacity due to sandblasting, maybe you need the same tail light fixtures to get a set of those lenses. You can get them from Eastern Marine and J. C. Whitney and what all. Best price I've seen is Amazon. Under $8 a copy and free shipping thru Amazon Prime.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #22
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Welcome Tina, You definetly have to plan on coming to Quartzsite, AZ in the winter (Jan/Feb.) You got a lovely Burro, good job on posting pix, we all them. You will find any answers you need on this site. A WHOLE lot of very knowledgeable people on the site.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #23
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How about Bargman 34-92. Nothing could be closer to what you have than what you have. You need an 1157 dual filament incandescent or an LED equivalent "bulb". Surely there IS an LED equivalent?

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addendum: On second thought, that first sentence sounds pretty smart-alecky SO . . . what I meant to say was, if there's a problem with the lenses such as clouding or opacity due to sandblasting, maybe you need the same tail light fixtures to get a set of those lenses. You can get them from Eastern Marine and J. C. Whitney and what all. Best price I've seen is Amazon. Under $8 a copy and free shipping thru Amazon Prime.
Thank you. We will have to take a closer look at the the tail lights and see see they need to be cleaned. They look pretty clear to me.

I am worried that if I get a placement bulb in LED that it may still be relatively dim since it would be one little cluster of LED bulbs. I like the tail lights with many LEDs lined up for better visibility.

Rabbit, do you have your original tail lights on your Burro?
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:07 AM   #24
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You might also check your ground wire connections to make sure they are clean and tight. Corroded ground connections can dim your lights, too.

We kept the old fixtures in our UHaul VT, but bought LED bulbs that fit in the same size as the incandescent ones. They have an array of small LED bulbs arranged all around the bulb top and sides. They are much easier to see now. Nothing makes the upper marker lights any brighter, though, on the sides of the trailer. I think I need new fixtures up there.

Someone has also commented that you should go with the same color LED as the lens... something about the lens color absorbing the light if you use white LEDs. You might want to search about that.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:04 PM   #25
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Tina, the 34-92 Bargmans are original to the trailer (Escondido Burro). I am still running incandescent bulbs outside but have gone to LEDs inside.

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:12 AM   #26
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Thank you Jack.

After looking at our lenses, they are in good condition. I we are planning on getting red LED 'bulbs'. Hopefully that will help a bit.

I am hoping that someday soon Bargman or someone for that matter, will come out with ones for my trailer that have rows of LEDs in them. That would be ideal. I'm sure it's coming, everything seems to be moving toward LEDs and they are getting better and better.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:26 AM   #27
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That's looks in great condition, what a find!
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #28
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we just bought a new set of tail lights for ours, but have been checking out these bulbs: 1156 & 1157 PCB series LED Lamps Specifications as possible replacements. Waiting for the actual lights to arrive before ordering bulbs to make sure which size they use, but thinking it'll be the 1157-PCB-R36 in Red (probably at the 100 degree angle) , though just found 2 Watt LED Adjustable Right Angle Bulb Specifications (1157-R2W-ARA) which also looks like an interesting option. both at least allow for the lights to all be shining outward unlike the round tower style bulb replacements
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