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Old 02-25-2024, 10:19 PM   #1
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Burro RV gutted

My mother (at 73yo) bought this little 1984 Burro that has seen better days.
There is nothing inside but a sink. the stove and ice box as well as the electrical have all been removed. She wants to run a microwave, small 20" refrigerator and a portable AC unit since we are in Texas. She has tasked me with this build and I usually stick to classic cars. I have shore power questions as well as retro fit questions. This is all new to me. Can someone please get me started.
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Old 02-25-2024, 10:45 PM   #2
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They removed everything but the kitchen sink, eh? I don't know much about rebuilds, but the first thing to do is probably to check the floor everywhere (especially near the door). If the wood is soft, replace damaged sections before adding to the interior.

Floyd has done at least one Burro rebuild; he would know a thing or three.
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Old 02-26-2024, 04:45 AM   #3
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Our first fiberglass camper was a Burro, but it was not empty like this one. I might suggest looking to a few groups on Facebook also, besides here. There is a Burro group and also a couple of Uhaul groups that have also offered suggestions for Burros, since they are quite a bit alike.

Good luck!

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Old 02-26-2024, 06:43 AM   #4
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I'd second Cindy's advice to check the U-Haul group on Facebook... I'll dig up a link for that in a minute.
In the meantime, at the top of the home page on here, there's a "More" tab, and under it, a "Document Center", and at the bottom of it, in the fine print, are various camper lines, including Burro. When you click on "Burro", you get the following:


And then, there's the U-Haul group (they welcome Burros, too)...

For what it's worth, and if you didn't already know, the basic Burro is very similar to the U-Haul CT-13.

Best of luck with the rebuilding,
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Old 03-02-2024, 03:57 PM   #5
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I have completely rebuilt several fiberglass RVís. And I agree that you should ensure the floor is solid before the interior build. Carefully check the frame; it may need to be sanded/finished. Check all the welds and look carefully for any cracks or bends. The axle must be inspected, and be sure to replace the wheel bearings; start fresh there if the axle is good. Do a leak test. Observe the fiberglass shell for cracks or chips and see if it needs gel coat attention. Eventually youíll need to give her a wax and a buff. I would inspect every hull penetration. Plan to remove windows and re-seal with butyl tape, etc. The door on these is notorious for sagging. Although I canít see the trailer, it sounds like the roof support system is gone. Plan to build-in some kind of floor-to-ceiling structure - shelving or brackets - that will prevent the top from sagging down. In the meantime, search for as much visual inspiration online while you plan-out the build. I think youíll enjoy the process and your mother will love and enjoy the result. Good luck!
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