Amerigo 16 Project Near Binghamton NY - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-07-2017, 09:21 AM   #1
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Amerigo 16 Project Near Binghamton NY

Hi,

I just saw this. https://binghamton.craigslist.org/rv...225730296.html

It will need some work and is definitely overpriced, but maybe they will be reasonable (playball) if you educate them.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:36 AM   #2
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I know that people get excited when they buy a new to them toy HOWEVER one would think that they would also consider or evaluate their "Restoration" skills before they turn their new toy in to " A Half Finished Project that brings 25% of What They Paid For It"!

Trailers sure do come apart easy! It's that "Put It Back Together" part that's kinda hard! This trailer was probably a great restoration project BEFORE the seller worked his magic.

This all begs continuing question:

Why do so many seller's start on their trailer project by "Striping Out" the old trailer interior and THEN decide to sell it???

Never ceases to amaze me!!
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:50 PM   #3
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Gutting--what a chore! Redoing--Priceless!

Not a great job of stripping out, either. And the weight at 1300 is shell weight only; it'll be 700-900 pounds more finished, depending on appliances.


I think the $2,000 price tag is OK; and the outside looks very good.


But once stripped with the interior gone, you've lost your patterns. Remaking those is a bugger.


I think people really don't realize how hard these things are to restore. If you have "house" skills, you also need automotive skills, and a workshop, and a place to keep it out of the rain, and, tools, and a seamstress or two, and a decorator, and, and, and...an electrician, and a propane guy, and a flooring installer, and a metal trailer frame shop, a fiberglasser, and the amerigo has two different skins, the outer fiberglass and the inner wood paneling...so it's double the skill set needed...

I think they get it gutted, and realize, whoops, it s a LOT more than what I thought! Not a straight edge in sight! Everything has to be custom-fitted, it's like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle, it's not just a simple empty box, it's like a Rubik's Cube I want to sleep inside of...

For a space 7 x 13' (the actual body of the amerigo FG16), you'd think you could knock that out in a month. You'd be wrong!

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Old 08-08-2017, 06:45 AM   #4
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I think how this usually happens is a thought process along the lines of

"Fire, Ready, Aim". "It smells a little musty in here, what happens if I poke or pry this with a screw driver... hmmm now it smells musty and looks like crap b/c I removed that thing and cabinet fell apart b/c it was being held together by the random trinket... I guess I should gut it... damn i don't have the time/cash/skill for this ... "

BUT for the next person who buys it, and knows what they are getting into or has some determination and imagination and is willing to learn on the fly (or already has the skill set) this could be a gem or a really fun adventure or learning experience.

I have been on both side of this scenario, but if you don't grow up around this stuff sometimes the only way to learn is by taking the leap.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:31 AM   #5
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This looks like it's forum member carlthecamper's amerigo, same pictures as his ad anyway. 1973 Amerigo FG16 For Sale
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:59 AM   #6
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Right, well-said. It starts out small and snowballs on down the mountain until the avalanche buries you.


Or you surf on top and survive...but it's a wild ride.


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Old 11-11-2017, 09:31 AM   #7
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New Owner - Amerigo on Binghamton CL

Hi, I'm Bob in Vestal, NY. I purchased the Amerigo camper which was recently posted on Binghamton CL. It IS the former CarltheCamper camper. It is now referred to as the Chigger Woods camper. I have it set upon a piece of wooded property I own - separate from my residence. After purchasing, I completed stripping out the interior, have cleaned, repaired one crack in the fiberglas belly pan, and have installed PT floor structure, foam board insulation, and wide plank red pine flooring throughout. I'm not trying to restore it as it was new, since the original quality of workmanship and materials (of any camper) is pretty pathetic. The only original interior parts I'll reuse are the overhead compartments, the wall divider for the closet, and the formica table. The F'glas shell is in remarkably good condition and cleaned up well. I have taken care of most of the window leaks. I'm done for the season, but next spring I'll replace any remaining rotted wood wall structure, wire for 110v, insulate and panel the walls. Then enjoy.
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Hey, Bob in Vestal,

And there it is! Congratulations, best luck, thanks for the pics! Is that your new flooring?

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Congrats on your purchase Bob.

Looks like you've already got a "happy camper" in your first pic!
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Yes - the little girl is a friends granddaughter and the love of our life. She thinks the camper is just her size. The flooring is leftover pine from last years flooring project at my cabin. In fact, virtually all materials I'm using is stuff which was just laying around the house. So, besides keeping project costs to a minimum, I'm clearing out my garage and basement. This Amerigo on CL last summer caught my eye due to it's all fiberglas construction, and it's a bit different from most vintage campers. I had never seen such a thing before! This one was priced right (after some negotiation) and just needed a special type of person to grab it up and give it some love. I guess I was that person. I like projects and this has been a fun one so far. I look forward to next spring to continue work.
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Nice flooring! Even nicer that it uses up leftovers.

I would just like to say that we have a 1973 amerigo FG-16 and it looks like you have a different year. They only made these a few years. Your front window is bigger than the '73, and if that storage box in the back opens to the outside, that, too, is a different feature from the '73. Probably doesn't matter.

Cute little girl! How fun for her to have this to enjoy! Like a playhouse.

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Yes - my registration says it's a '72 even though I think the seller advertised it as a '73. It was a pain to get it registered in NY since it had a PA title and the seller had never registered it in NYS. But its done and all legal now.
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I hear you about the DMV tanglements. Congrats all around. Nice to see another amerigo here on FGRV.

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Amerigo production numbers?

Kai or anyone out there - does anybody know how many Amerigo FG-16 campers were originally produced, what years they were produced, and how many may have survived? Nothing I have seen in my research tells me that information. BTW - after purchase, I found an original copy in an overhead compartment of "Trailer Travel" magazine, "testing the radically new Amerigo FG-16". Dated August 1971 (60 cents). Kind of cool, and the three page write-up provides a lot of information on the camper. Their evaluation was mostly "thumbs up".
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