Originally Posted by terryjan
Hi Kai in Seattle. Thanks for the tips
Never heard of your Amerigo Looks quite similar to bigfoot. I've never seen one here in Canada. Good luck with your major renos!
We've owned our 14' bigfoot for about 4 years. Its very plain with a 48" bed a shelf/Counter top "came w matresses for bunks" up front for cooking with coleman stove or our single burner 110v electric and a "larder" cupboard in between. We have a portapotty that we rarely use. An electric portable cooler box. Heat is a Cube heater or a Mr Heater Buddy
Have done 3 month trips all over USA & Canada.
On talking with people with bigger rigs very few seem to use the shower. We found our cooler worked fine and the coleman stove can be used in or out.
Would rather keep things simple without all the maintenence.
Our main criteria is a decent bed and a separate dinet.
The 17" bigfoot seems about the right size to suit our needs with a little modification. Was thinking more of the centre bath model and just remove the fridge & stove/oven to fit a larger bed.
Stay tuned! Terry
PS have you checked this out Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites
Very simple and basic.
A little pricey with CAD exchange rate though.
Well, you sound a lot like us, keeping things simpler, having basic needs, a decent bed, no shower, not a lot of doo-dads...
So, yeah, maybe for what you need, it makes entire sense. And yes, I'm sure it can be done. All these mods take some effort, sometimes a lot more than you bargain for, but YMMV, your mileage may vary. It will work out for you the way it works out for you, not for anyone else.
Our Fg-16 amerigo is being redone with two bed areas, one of which is also a settee for daytime. We'll have a folding table, not the original dinette, no fridge (using a 7-day cooler), the small square ceramic heater (we have 2), and a one-burner propane
grill for cooking outside. We plan on using the "straw" dishes and the "cornstarch" utensils and not doing any dishwashing...we won't even use a water tan, but will re-use 2-liter pop bottles and our home water. We'll shower in campground facilities when we do, and keep it simple. If I want amenities beyond our basic bed and warmth and picnic-style meals, I'll stay home. We may not even add a TV or the microwave
I'd planned on.
Most of these rigs have a basic similarity; the big diff with the amerigo is that it's a fiberglass outer shell, but a stick-built interior. So it's the best and worst of both worlds. Luckily, we're long-time house remodelers (our own houses, in small ways) and have some resources, lots of tools, materials, experience, and access to the machine shop my husband, Paul, retired from only two years ago, so they still remember him well. He just went in today, and among other things, scored 8 feet of nice chain to lock the two batteries onto our trailer tongue. Score!
We, too, have a portapotty, not sure how much we'll use it. Certainly at night! I'm afraid of creatures in the dark, having once been trapped idn a public restroom for several hours by what I thought was a coyote prowling nearby outside...finally I was so sick of being int here I decided to make a dash for it and fight my way if I had to, only to realize at last it was a nearby tent camper SNORING. Boy, was I embarrassed for my silly self! But better red-faced than eaten by a coyote!
Good to meet you!
Kai in Seattle
(Kathleen & Paul NEAR Seattle)