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Old 08-20-2010, 06:52 AM   #1
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Amerigo Shower questions?

Hi everyone,
This summer I purchased a 1973 Amerigo FG-16 camper trailer..lol, and immediately loaded it up and took it on a 10 day vacation (along with my camping partner..my mother) to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Gaspe`. We had an absolutely wonderful time, with very few problems. I did have to replace the propane connections to the two tanks in NB, but fortunately was camped less than two miles from a camper repair place. Someone was watching over us I'm sure, that was just too lucky.

Now for my question..This camper has a small bathoom in the front, it has no water holding tank, it does have a "honey wagon" grey water tank that came with it. The water seems to come in only from the intake valve (Hose) directly to the sink..after investigating I found that there were two hoses fromt he sink faucet, one for the sink and one that goes under the floor and under the couch area, that has been cut, but did at one time go to the shower. It appears that the previous owner attached two pumps under the couch, and may have used the water tank as a feeder tank for the shower? I tried to see if I could make the water go through the hose from the sink directly to the shower..and could as long as the sink faucet was plugged..but not a large amount of water flowed through it. I'm wondering a couple of things. First of all, is there a type of faucet that will shut off the flow to the sink, but allow the water to go through to the shower? And also if there is a method of installing a water heater that will heat the water as it goes through to the shower?

Has anyone else had experience with this type of camper/shower set up?

I think that the camper was made with the shower, I don't think it was an add on by the previous owner.

Thanks for your consideration! Denise
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Hi Denise, a simple solution that's easier and cheaper than replacing the faucet may be a bypass valve installed in the waterline to the kitchen sink. You'd just need to remember to turn it on and off as needed.

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Maybe someone else has a better solution, but I think this would work for just a few bucks.
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Hi Denise, a simple solution that's easier and cheaper than replacing the faucet may be a bypass valve installed in the waterline to the kitchen sink. You'd just need to remember to turn it on and off as needed.
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Maybe someone else has a better solution, but I think this would work for just a few bucks.
Thanks for that information Donna..lol..apparently I'm not a plumber..not even close, but that would probably do the trick! I also found on the site an inline water heater w/shower head that can be attached to the wall. One could be used with propane and one was electric for fairly reasonable cost. Looks like I may be able to figure this out after all!

We managed to get by with using showers at the campgrounds we stayed at, and I will admit that the shower room in the Amerigo is a bit clostrophobic. But I do love this little camper and would like to make it as good as it has the potential to be.

Thanks for your help! Denise
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Shower Issues...

Hi Denise!
I have an FG-16 also and original manuals,etc. I don't know of any that came with a shower but I have heard that some folks have added showers to their own rigs. The Amerigo FG-16 came with a 20 gallon fresh water tank originally installed under the seat/ lounge and fed through to the kitchen sink. There also was an electric water pump beneath the seat and switch located on the surface of the seat cabinet. This pump helps propel the water to its destination. Without a pump, an airtank can pressurize the water tank, but an electric pump is the easiest and cheapest way to go. You should not have to have 2 water tanks and 2 pumps to achieve your goal. Also, you can purchase a propane water heater or simply use an on demand high flow water heater (electric) if you think you'll have electricity available from a land line power source. I have had both an on demand Bosch propane water heater and a traditional Atwood Propane Water Heater with tank, and the Atwood worked better. The flow rate on the tankless was insufficient-poor water pressure but was excellent in the traditional version using a tank. Go to ask.com and simply type in "How do you install a water heater to RV shower" and it will give you some directions. Have fun! I'd love to see a photo of that bathroom with shower!
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Hi everyone,
This summer I purchased a 1973 Amerigo FG-16 camper trailer..lol, and immediately loaded it up and took it on a 10 day vacation (along with my camping partner..my mother) to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Gaspe`. We had an absolutely wonderful time, with very few problems. I did have to replace the propane connections to the two tanks in NB, but fortunately was camped less than two miles from a camper repair place. Someone was watching over us I'm sure, that was just too lucky.

Now for my question..This camper has a small bathoom in the front, it has no water holding tank, it does have a "honey wagon" grey water tank that came with it. The water seems to come in only from the intake valve (Hose) directly to the sink..after investigating I found that there were two hoses fromt he sink faucet, one for the sink and one that goes under the floor and under the couch area, that has been cut, but did at one time go to the shower. It appears that the previous owner attached two pumps under the couch, and may have used the water tank as a feeder tank for the shower? I tried to see if I could make the water go through the hose from the sink directly to the shower..and could as long as the sink faucet was plugged..but not a large amount of water flowed through it. I'm wondering a couple of things. First of all, is there a type of faucet that will shut off the flow to the sink, but allow the water to go through to the shower? And also if there is a method of installing a water heater that will heat the water as it goes through to the shower?

Has anyone else had experience with this type of camper/shower set up?

I think that the camper was made with the shower, I don't think it was an add on by the previous owner.

Thanks for your consideration! Denise
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