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Old 12-10-2017, 08:29 PM   #15
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Life is short. No one on their deathbed said they wished they had spent more time at work, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Instead of spending an hour at the DMV, spend the hour instead in your Amerigo by ACE, err, I mean AMES. It does not matter.
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:41 PM   #16
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OP, got any pics? Is it really an Amerigo or one of the other brands such as Liberty Van Companion which used the Amerigo mold?
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:13 AM   #17
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OP, got any pics? Is it really an Amerigo or one of the other brands such as Liberty Van Companion which used the Amerigo mold?
I'll do one better, bud! I got a video here:


I also have the original sales receipt that says that it is a 1973 Amerigo 16F. It helped a lot to identify considering that the whole inside has been gutted save the fiberglass false roof.

The numbers and year on the title match up, just the name doesn't. I thought it would be funny to share my amusement that the make is "flamingo".
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:29 AM   #18
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I think a small pink flamingo decal somewhere on the finished trailer would be appropriate as a private joke.

If the original sales receipt has the VIN as well as the correct make and model, you just might be able to convince a motor vehicle agent to rectify the error. But as the old dog warned the young pup, "Son, you can kill a skunk, but it may not be worth the stink."

I recently had to obtain a replacement title for an old utility trailer owned by a non-profit corporation I run. Despite having paperwork showing my legitimate interest in the trailer, the agent had a way of making me feel like I was trying to get away with something illegal. After several minutes of interrogation, she took my papers to an unseen but apparently omnipotent supervisor in the back room. After several more anxious minutes in which I felt like every eye in the room was on me, she returned and unbent. In no time at all I walked out, title in hand and feeling a desire to take a hot shower.

Lots of work ahead on that Amerigo... errr... Flamingo!!
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:49 AM   #19
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We experienced a similar problem when we bought our Scamp. The serial number stamped on the frame didn't match the registration year on the title. I researched the corrected information and printed everything out and took it to the DMV and they changed the registration year on the title without any problem or questions.


It never occurred to me that making the changes to the registration and title would be an issue.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:09 AM   #20
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A Few Photos of Putative Amerigo

Interesting question, is it really an amerigo? Or a knock-off?

It says amerigo on the outside now as we had new logos made.

This was the brown trailer for sale here on FGRV fall of 2015; nothing of the original surface was left. (Note the color in the leaves in the 1st pic. That was a PRETTY autumn!)

The paperwork from the previous seller said "amerig"...and we were helped by someone here to find the previous, previous owner (I think it was SteveV) who also identified it as an amerigo, so I'm thinking it's probably an amerigo.

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Old 12-13-2017, 02:48 AM   #21
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Interesting question, is it really an amerigo? Or a knock-off?
I am certain that it is an Amerigo. I have the State of Utah registration certificate from April 1997. Even includes the licence plate number and how much the trailer was worth. A whole $510, hah!
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Blocked is the vin #. I don't know if sharing it online is a good idea or not so I blocked it out. If it is alright, I'll take pictures of the slips of paper and provide some digital documentation.

Which looking it all over... The title of this trailer is also from Utah. You'd think one of the previous owners would've shown this slip when they were registering for a title so it would've pointed towards it not being a flamingo. Since the previous owner that I bought this from was going to turn it into a food trailer, this might have been where it came from. With the holidays here and me working retail, I'm not contacting the gentleman at 12 AM asking for questions after my shift is done. Just got to remember to do it on one of my days off when I'm not working two jobs.

As it ends, the mystery continues! I'll post when I get the story, or lack of one, from the gentleman.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:07 AM   #22
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Patdeesky: Oh, after seeing the photos, I think we all believe you, though I wouldn't know a knock-off if I had one in my driveway unless it was otherwise labelled.

You sure don't need to give us your VIN#! Wise not to. Nah, no reason to be calling people at 12AM for such things--you're right about that.


I'm not sure why I took the POs question personally, that was directed at you, not me, I can see now in reading back over the thread.

I LOVE it being called a flamingo, that's so funny and charming.


Thanks for this thread, I like looking at other amerigos. They're rare enough. We rather wish one would come available around here; hope someday to meet another one in person.

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Old 12-13-2017, 05:11 PM   #23
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I just looked at my title & it has ame in the brand section. I guess was short for amerigo back in '72.

If you find someone that's helpful at the dmv & they'll correct it for you without jumping thru a bunch of hoops then go for it otherwise I wouldn't worry about it much.
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ame makes a lot more sense than ACE.

I agree, if it's easy, fine. If not, fine too.

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I just looked at my title & it has ame in the brand section. I guess was short for amerigo back in '72.

If you find someone that's helpful at the dmv & they'll correct it for you without jumping thru a bunch of hoops then go for it otherwise I wouldn't worry about it much.
'AME' would make sense. Many DMV offices back in the day could only use a 3 letter code for make. So, they probably dropped the S.
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:02 AM   #26
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Hey all!

Since the Amerigo didn't sell, I decided to try to liven the interior a bit. A guy posted in the Facebook marketplace that he was parting out an old stick trailer. Considering the looks of the interior, I'd say it was as old as my 1973 Flamingo. Anyways, I was able to somehow get the bed section out in one piece, and also into the Flamingo in one piece. Don't ask me how I'm going to get it back out. That trailer has black magic written all over it.

I also picked up some cushions, ceiling cabinets, a Suburban 40lb. model stove with the overhead fan, and a few other dodads. All in all, I only paid $50 for everything that I got to fit in my little haul trailer. Now, all I need to do is start trimming and figuring out how to fit the current pieces in until I can find another parts trailer to terrorize with a hammer.

Once the floor (not the ones you see in the pictures) and furnishings are taken care of, I'll be lining the walls with that foam board insulation stuff. It'll then be covered with aluminum walls.

Question, while I am at it, should I let down the false ceiling to check the insulation in the top as well as shore it up with wood so I can double secure the hanging cabinets? Will I need to put more ribbing in so I can put in aluminum walls? Before I put the floor in, should I take the shell off the frame and repaint it?

Thanks all for following and advice.

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The ceiling is a double hull design (outer shell & inner ceiling) & it was installed in one piece before the 2 halves of the shell were assembled.
If it's still firmly attached I wouldn't touch it if it were mine. The wall framing around the windows also helps keep the ceiling panel in place.
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