Might buy amerigo fg16 - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-08-2020, 10:45 AM   #1
Junior Member
Name: Alan
Trailer: Shopping
Posts: 3
Might buy amerigo fg16

Im going to look at an amerigo fg16, and would love to get a little advice. I plan to tow it with my Toyota Highlander 270hp rated for 3,500 tow capacity

How and where should I look for water damage in an amerigo? Is there wood in the walls? How extensive Is replacing a rotted floor? Any advice would be appreciated. This is a fixer upper, but my hope is to just remake the cabinets and beds, not get into insulation and stuff like that. Im pretty handy, but Id love to get a better idea of what Im signing up for.

Also, they look pretty low. I dont want to do a lot offroading, but we may try to take it to the ski area parking lot a few times. Maybe clearance will be an issue if it snows too much while were on the slopes.

Roby4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2020, 01:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
M Scott's Avatar
Name: Marilyn
Trailer: 13 ft 2005 Scamp Deluxe; 2002 Subaru V6 Outback
Posts: 282
trailer road clearance

While I've not seen an Amerigo, I have had issues with road clearance with my 2002 Scamp with standard axel height. I've successfully removed a mixing valve under the trailer in a pothole. I have to slow way down for speed bumps, some RR tracks and to avoid potholes. Years earlier I got high-centered and really stuck in heavy snow while driving a toyota celica... that's why I always carry a shovel in winter.

Parking in ski lots is usually very crowded and driving is difficult as lots are generally plowed before/after operating hours. It's also interesting as skiers speed to ski areas, roads crowded leaving areas. I've been skiing for 40 years..No, would not take a travel trailer to a ski area parking lot.
M Scott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2020, 01:42 AM   #3
Junior Member
Name: Alan
Trailer: Shopping
Posts: 3
M Scott, thanks for the input. I’m definitely hesitant to be driving on bad roads ... maybe just for spring skiing.
Roby4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2020, 01:36 PM   #4
Senior Member
Name: bill
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19; 1977 Trillium 1300
The Mountains of North Carolina
Posts: 3,928
There is a lot of wood in an Amerigo, more than most. I would expect to find a lot of rot in a project condition unit, so inspect carefully. Walls, ceiling, floor and cabinets.

There are threads in the Amerigo section that you might find sobering.
thrifty bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2020, 02:29 PM   #5
Name: Jonathan
Trailer: Amerigo F-16 1978?
New Hampshire
Posts: 33
Amerigo Owner fully gutted

Hello Roby,
Mine came out of the woods of Maine. Flat roof had sagged dramatically from years of ice and snow build up, the more it sagged the more it held. It could not be flattened without removing the inner ceiling shell. So watch for pooling on the roof. As for the interior mine was a complete gutting. Lots of water damage from water at the louvered vent and windows draining inside. Behind the rear wheel wells hold water if there is no drainage holes. The front of the cabin is usually the worst as there are a couple of pockets in the floor that again will hold water. The rear upper flooring is a 4x6 approximate sheet the bottom front flooring at the door entry way is made up from two pieces of plywood with a seam about two feet from the front. The pocket in the center is designed for a strip of plywood to reinforce the seam. This is where the water pools and does not drain. So the front of the flooring is usually the worst shape. It also uses pink fiberglass insulation which seems to get moved around or totally removed by varmints.
Please check out the gallery photos under Amerigo for some pictures of what is on the inside and underside.
JonnyX151 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2020, 05:44 PM   #6
Junior Member
Name: Alan
Trailer: Shopping
Posts: 3
Thanks so much for that info. I just want to make sure I know what to look for. It’s a long drive, I think I’ll ask for a photo of the roof first. Pretty sure I don’t want to take the ceiling apart.

It seems like a pretty cool trailer, although a scamp would also be a good option for us. There seems to be a shortage right now, so they’re all so expensive. maybe I should just be patient if this one doesn’t work out.
Roby4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2020, 09:06 PM   #7
Junior Member
HippoHunter's Avatar
Name: Danny
Trailer: Amerigo
Posts: 22
The design of the roof isintegral to the structure. Do not take apart if you dont know what you are doing. (read some threads on mistakes, things I wish I knew before...)
They are a nice camper. Mine (72) is getting new suspension/wheels in a few days/weeks. Looking forward to having working brakes on it and not scraping as it crosses the painted lines in the road
HippoHunter is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NY | SOLD: 1973 Amerigo FG16 carlthecamper Classified Archives 8 01-20-2018 10:50 AM
1972 Amerigo FG16 likeair2me Referrals: Molded Fiberglass Trailers 1 06-17-2017 08:34 AM
Replacing The Electrical System in my Amerigo Fg16 carlthecamper Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 7 02-10-2017 03:30 PM
Amerigo FG16 Mimi Juno Referrals: Molded Fiberglass Trailers 1 08-07-2012 12:19 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.