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Old 03-21-2014, 05:55 PM   #15
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I interested in the range and hood. I live in Indiana just east of Indy. Send me a PM and lets see if we can meet up.

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So you plan to seal the windows shut? Or are you replacing them with picture windows that don't open?
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Thank you for saving me from this project. What was I ever thinking???
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:55 AM   #18
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So you plan to seal the windows shut? Or are you replacing them with picture windows that don't open?
Gonna see if they'll still leak or not after a little work - if not, I'll likely just seal them up with acrylic caulk.
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Gutting completely is often the best course and less work in the long run.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:24 AM   #21
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So you plan to seal the windows shut? Or are you replacing them with picture windows that don't open?

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Gonna see if they'll still leak or not after a little work - if not, I'll likely just seal them up with acrylic caulk.

So I am not clear on what you planned to do in regards to "a little work" but pulling the windows out and just resetting them with Butyl tape has been the way to go for most of us with leaking windows. No other caulking required.

What ever you do don't do as one member of our Fiberglass group here in BC did and use some type of heavy duty sealant used on planes to reset the windows... he developed a leak after having reset all his windows using what ever the product was and the only fix was to cut the fiberglass around window out and have an all new windows made to fit the new opening!
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:39 PM   #22
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"A little work" translates as:

Remove windows
Replace any weak/rotted wood inside
True the frames if need be
Remount into the shell with new screws into solid wood.

If it's still a problem after that (as the front window of the PlayPac was - the Amerigo has the same style of window), then it's on to acrylic caulk. That fixed the problem in the PlayPac. Considering I'll have AC in it, I'm unlikely to be opening the windows anyway. I'd prefer to keep the option though.

Total gutting being easier in the long-run:
It's the only way to even access the worst areas of water damage. In some ways it was a shame to destroy the cabinets - but everything behind them had to go, and I was going to be resizing a few things anyway - so down to bare shell it is.

Oh... an aside on silicone caulk: Awful stuff. Not only does it smell horrible and retain a very blobby feel to it for years but... Every time I've had one of these older trailers that's been practically coated with the stuff - stuff GROWS in it. Specifically, lichens. No reasonable explanation for it, nasty as that crud is I'm shocked, but the damned lichens ALWAYS start growing all over the top of the silicone caulk. Just ends up being one more thing I have to scrape off with the razor.

Nothing to update on with the Amerigo. I was out of town most of last week so didn't really do much. Right now there's a huge pile of garbage outside waiting for trash day with more inside waiting to be bagged up. Still need to pull the wood from the floor and a fair amount from the walls. With that it'll just about be time to start rebuilding again. That should be fun.
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Oh... an aside on silicone caulk: Awful stuff. Not only does it smell horrible and retain a very blobby feel to it for years but... Every time I've had one of these older trailers that's been practically coated with the stuff - stuff GROWS in it. Specifically, lichens. No reasonable explanation for it, nasty as that crud is I'm shocked, but the damned lichens ALWAYS start growing all over the top of the silicone caulk. Just ends up being one more thing I have to scrape off with the razor.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:08 AM   #24
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Mike Watters,
Take a look at RV.net, several members rebuilt their Amerigo's. I hope this will help you and give you some ideas.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:35 AM   #25
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OK, been awhile since I was able to do much or post about it. Going has been slow due to a dozen other projects that had priority. Anyway - Interior fully gutted some time ago. The front window has been removed and replaced with a new glass window with a swing down protector. The new window was a bit smaller than the original - so I filled in the missing bits with fiberglass, smoothed it down and repainted.

First photo shows the area filled and primed for painting - the other two are painted with the window installed. Paint is DARN close to the original color! Eventual color scheme is gonna have that on top with a red metallic on the bottom.
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Did a little work on the interior too. Laid down a new floor to eliminate the various mushy parts. I'm leaning toward some sort of wood flooring on top of this. I've done linoleum or cheap self-stick tiles before. Want to try something nicer this time around.

First pic is "before", following are the "after".

Went over the whole new subfloor with fiberglass resin.
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Next thing is to rewire the running lights. I'll probably eliminate all the ones mounted up high and just leave it to low-mounted lights in the corners along with new tail lights.

That'll require some body filling again of course. At some point, I also need to test to see if the fridge will run sufficiently off of the TV's taillight circuit. Could be a handy way to keep things cool while traveling while avoiding an on-board 12V system.

I'm also planning on pulling and remounting all the windows so I can plug any leaks and eliminate the layers of gunk around them. This will also be when I fill in the old furnace vent hole which currently has a piece of sheet metal riveted over it. UGLY!

Same treatment with the belly band. Pull and remount (maybe). If I don't remount - I'll glass over the seam and leave it at that.

More on external body: I also need to pull the various "Amerigo" badges and spruce them up. One will go on the front (so it's no longer an "Amerig") rest will go back in most of the usual places.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:11 AM   #28
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Been slow going.

All the original running lights have been removed and the holes filled.
Same with all the "Amerigo" badges.
Original water/power port holes filled.
Big dumb hole in body next to the door has been filled.

(I love doing tons of work that, if done correctly, looks like you didn't do a damn thing.)

Next I moved onto the door. Framing elements next to door had long-since rotted into oblivion - so I mounted new wood alongside the door - using the opportunity to pull the shell back more vertical (it was squatting pretty badly on the hinge-side).

Hinges were pretty badly rusted, so I pulled them. Sanded them down and painted them with anti-rust primer then black paint.

Once remounted the door fit much nicer and has a much more positive opening/closing with no slop. I'm very happy with that.
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