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Old 10-09-2015, 07:47 AM   #1
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Hello from Andy in Wisconsin

Greetings! We are pretty new to the camper world, decided sleeping in a tent on a deflating air mattress in the rain wasn't as much fun as it used to be. We bought a 1974 Amerigo in late spring, have been getting it into camping shape for the past few months and have been very happy with it on a few trips so far!

The camper was in decent shape overall, but had no stove or refrigerator, had a non-working marine toilet that acted as its own black-water tank, complete with a stinky slinky drain connection through the bottom of the trailer. Also had non-working lights, no water tank, but good cushions and one new tire!

We have added our own variation on a portable water tank with an electric pump, put in a PD4045 power center (haven't finished the AC side yet, but it controls all the DC circuits), added a Thetford Curve Porta-Potty, have replaced most 12V bulbs with LEDs, and my fiance sewed a nifty awning to match some newly sewn curtains.

A few pictures will follow if I can figure out how to ad them!
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Andy!

Nice trailer, lots of potential there. I'll look forward to seeing your updates as you get everything working again.

Happy camping!
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:35 AM   #3
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Nice find and it looks like you're already getting it whipped back into shape and getting out having fun with it. Love the awning!
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:55 AM   #4
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Great trailor looking forword to more pics
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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Hello AndyC
I grew up about 20 miles south of Eau Claire so seeing any posts from Wisconsin always gets my attention.
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Old 10-09-2015, 12:04 PM   #6
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Marry your fiancee soon! Between your handyman skills and her sewing skills I can tell you are a match made in heaven! As a seamstress myself, I want to compliment your fiancee on the nifty awning and newly sewn curtains. I love seeing glamping efforts go along with the modifications and upgrades. Attached are some of my "glamping" efforts you might enjoy. I like to change the look for the season or for the travel location. This one is for the fall/autumn season.
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Old 10-09-2015, 12:14 PM   #7
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By the way, I'd love to see a close-up of the awning edge and track/rail. That looks like a tricky bit of sewing. How do you attach the awning to the trailer? Was there a track in place or did you add a new one? How do you accommodate the curve of the trailer? What kind of fabric did you use; Sunbrella, outdoor or indoor fabric, waterproof or not? What did you use for support sticks and where did you purchase them?
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Old 10-09-2015, 12:23 PM   #8
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Your Amerigo looks great.

The Amerigo FG-16 was one of Steward Gardner's better efforts in molded fiberglass RV's (The Toyota Sunrader mini-motorhome was the other one). It's a shame that there are so few of them out there.


If you don't have one, I believe that there is a copy of the original sales brochure in the documents section.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:44 PM   #9
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I'll post some more details about the sewing of the awning in a few days - we will be camping one last time for the season (probably) and will have it out and set up again. I didn't mention it earlier, but after the Amerigo fell into our lap I managed to persuade a neighbor to sell me a 1980 Boler 1700 that had been abandoned on some property he bought and that he had been using as a chicken coop. I took some effort to get a title for that, and I'll write up something about our experience with that process in Wisconsin in the appropriate spot on the forums one of these days.

Then yesterday we were at an estate sale and this cute little 1983 Scamp followed us home. We live on 125 acres, so it may be a while before we run out of parking space!
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:42 PM   #10
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Well, for a hoarder, I'll at least say you have good taste.
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:58 PM   #11
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Andy Welcome aboard to you and your fiance and congrats on the team effort to revive the Amerigo, it is looking very sharp. A word of caution to you and your fiance a couple , such as you and your fiance, with an obvious love of fiberglass trailers and 125 acres of room could be a truly frightening thing. My wife, Norma, and I only have three trailers due to limited space. Lee.
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Old 10-11-2015, 05:12 PM   #12
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Welcome to the forum Andy and fiancee! You're off to a great start on your collection.
I myself have two - a 1984 Scamp 13' and a homebuilt teardrop. I'm sure you'll find, as I do, that each time you go camping, you'll have a difficult time deciding which one to take.
Enjoy 'em all!
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