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Old 05-13-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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Hi there! I am the proud owner of a 73 Amerigo. I'm thinking it's a tidge too low and my father is chomping at the bit to have it raised.
I'm still fairly new on this sight and can't seem to perform a search that touches on this.
Does anyone have recommendations? Have you heard of doing a spring over?
Any & all input is greatly appreciated.
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Terina
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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I thought the Amerigo had a torsion axle. Dexter has excellent documentation on their axles. For your weight you would use a Dexter Torqflex #10. You can order them with up to 3" perches and you can get different swing arm angles for different heights.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:28 AM   #3
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Hi Terina
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Axle 'flipping' is very common, as is re-aching the suspension (IF you have 'leaves!). IMHO: best done by a suspension shop. One thing to remember is if you do raise the trailer's height you should also raise the tow ball (receiver, if you have a slide in one) height, keeping the trailer fairly level while being towed makes for a much nicer trip.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:53 PM   #4
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I raised my Scamp 13 by 3 inches with a bolt on kit from Perfect Casita. Easy install worked well and tows the same with a bit less worry about driveway ramp bottoming, losing underneath plumbing, etc. I raised the ball too. Perfect Casita folks were a pleasure to do business with.

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:28 PM   #5
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Thanks all for your helpful info! I will tell dad!

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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I'm looking at a sales brochure for the 1973 Amerigo and it indicates that overall height is exactly 7' 0". The Amerigo design is a much lower profile than most so is the problem that it is lower than it was when new or do you just want more ground clearance, or both?

The sales sheet mentions "Torsion Bar suspension", "Rubber mounted torsion bar suspension" and "an independent rubber mounted suspension system, identical to the ones used on the largest and most expensive travel trailers". With those descriptions, as I could only guess what's there, you might take a look and tell us what you find so we can offer more suggestions.

But to repeat, the stock Amerigo rides much lower than most other FGRV's, the kick-up in the front frame sorta attests to that issue.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #7
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I'm looking at a sales brochure for the 1973 Amerigo and it indicates that overall height is exactly 7' 0".
With that info, they can measure the current height and see if the torsion axle has settled.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:31 PM   #8
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BAMA (Herschel) raised his Snoozy 4 inches.

http://lilsnoozyclub-com.webs.com/apps/forums/

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Old 05-21-2014, 01:59 AM   #9
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Unless for serious enthusiastic fans to raise trailer for off-road hobby, the original design include stability and safety. When gravity plays as factor, raising trailer frame higher is seriously involved technical aspects...Just my thought...
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:26 AM   #10
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And you have to step up and down more everytime you mount and dismount the rig. All while trying to turn sideways to get through the smallish door. What I want is some air bags like the slammer kids use to lay their rides on the ground. Bouncing would optional. Humm, I have just given myself an idea for my ultimate retirement trailer.
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