Amerigo Progress......Finally! - Page 3 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-10-2016, 09:31 PM   #29
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Every window frame was rotted from leaks & split from having the screws run in off center of the wood. It seemed like it took forever to do but I drilled pilot holes for every screw before assembling and at every joint I used polyeurathane construction adhesive. I also used an oil based enamel paint & sealed the wood.....hopefully rot & mold will know they are not welcome here!
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:59 PM   #30
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The aluminum window frames were all bent & distorted at the screw holes probably from over-tightening when it was built. These need to be straightened first or you'll never get a good seal. I used a pair of channel locks and a small piece of 1/8" plate steel on the outside to keep the jaws of the channel locks from damaging the aluminum. The straighter you can get the frame at the holes the better you're likely to get a good seal. Before I put the butyl tape on the frame I first put the window in the opening & drilled pilot holes into the wood for the mounting screws. This will help keep the screws from splitting the wood like everyone of the original frames were. After putting the new tape on the window I ran the screws in with the cordless drill just until they snugged up, then I finished tightening them by hand a little at a time just enough to get the seal to start to squish out.

Next is rebuilding the door frame, it's gonna feel good to get it weather proof!
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Old 03-11-2016, 08:06 AM   #31
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Nice work and great informative posts Steve. Keep them coming!

But I can just see it now ... you're probably going to end up with one of these "show trailers" with the professional level of workmanship and finish that make most of us who are not as skilled, just sick with envy
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:50 PM   #32
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Another step forward, the door frame is done & the door is installed.

The original door frame side boards were made of 3/4" plywood but after years of water leaking in there wasn't much left of the plywood. I had initially cut a new pair of side boards from 3/4" plywood but soon realized that the screws holding the aluminum door frame to the side boards run into the edge of the plywood causing the wood to split apart fairly easily. In an effort to tighten up & seal the door frame more than 2 dozen additional screws were added throughout it's 44 year life.......of course none of those hit anything solid behind the fiberglass.
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:46 PM   #33
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I decided to make the sideboards out of some 3/4" solid oak instead of the original plywood, I felt there was a better chance of the oak holding up for many years....hopefully decades! It took a few test fittings & fine tuning to get the side boards to fit good. After a little fiberglass repair by the door frame it was ready to go back together. With the new side boards the door fits great now, no more door droop & the door closes/latches very smoothly now.
I'll let it set outside in the rain for a while now to check for any leaks before the cabinets & paneling go back in.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:37 AM   #34
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I really like that door.

Nice job on the frame, too.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:38 PM   #35
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Hi, So. Did you have to replace the door weatherstripping?
If so, what did you use? We have a door now, wood framing
replaced, but the stripping is hanging loose all around.

Boy, with a floor and a door it starts to feel a lot more "like home!"

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Old 04-09-2016, 09:19 PM   #36
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I haven't replaced the weather stripping yet but there is a worn piece at the bottom that I need to replace. If I find something that works I'll post it up.
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:27 PM   #37
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Door Frame I also like it

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I decided to make the sideboards out of some 3/4" solid oak instead of the original plywood, I felt there was a better chance of the oak holding up for many years....hopefully decades! It took a few test fittings & fine tuning to get the side boards to fit good. After a little fiberglass repair by the door frame it was ready to go back together. With the new side boards the door fits great now, no more door droop & the door closes/latches very smoothly now.
I'll let it set outside in the rain for a while now to check for any leaks before the cabinets & panelling go back in.
: beautiful work on the door frame. I looks though that it still has that bend on bottom and top? if not great. I would of made it so the door fit in straight up and down or recessed so that it was flush inside the frame and got rid of the curve but maybe u did this.
It is hard for me to see the amount of work your putting into this trailer and if you ever sell it there will be line up at the door trying to buy it. I know this from our restoring Cars, seems like everyone wanted one of my wife's restorations, now that she has quit that the boat and car people are calling for Upholstery repairs or complete work but she wants to retire to.
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It's awesome to see the pictures; THANKS to you both!

Our door is marine white, its little window has been cleaned up and resealed; now he's going around redoing the rest of the windows.

We have all our logos ready to install; another learning project.

I've figured out a stand for the porta-potty to keep it in place during travel and more stable during use. We're working on the inner configuration now, in the planning stage, as the fewer redos needed for a while, the better.

It's beginning to be exciting!

want to thank both of you again, for the great photos! It helps so much!

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Old 03-12-2017, 07:37 PM   #39
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Vacation is over!

After a 6 month break I'm back to working on the Amerigo.

The doors for the trunk & refrigerator access had .020" aluminum panels in them & after 45 years they were both pretty beat up looking. It almost seemed sacrilege to have aluminum doors on a FGRV anyway so I "scalped" a conversion van's top from the local salvage yard for some donor fiberglass panels. I painted the fiberglass panels with some Rustoleum almond paint I had laying around. It needed a little white added to it to get a reasonably close match to the gelcoat color & was happy with the results.
I am doing away with the Dometic dual powered fridge so I did away with the vents in the door.
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:54 PM   #41
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It was time to start on the seating & bed bases. I upgraded the rear bed from the 5/8" plywood that it originally had to 3/4". I also added a piece of 1 1/2" angle iron salvaged from an old bed frame to the underside since there wasn't any support there before. There was about an 1 1/2" of sag in the old bed by the back wall! The hatch doors were about the only wood in the rear that could reused.
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The center fridge cabinet was next. I'm coating everything wood with either paint, stain and clear polyeurathane on all sides with the hope it will prevent future rot or mold.

That translates into it takes a lot longer to make progress!
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