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Old 05-03-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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Vintage 1976 Amerigo TC re-build underway



Here is what she looked like mid winter. Literally all of the walls, snap n nap bed, and interior were taken off to allow us to replace almost each and every piece of the frame.
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front fiberglass cabover and full fiberglass roof construction. Probably the only things we didn't touch and/or destroy
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:18 PM   #3
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what she looked like before the "gut" Can you say that 70's show?



"after" the beginning of the gut job.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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Whole outside with miles of new butal tape, thousands of stainless steel screws, paint, and some "new to me" Amerigo emblems, she's startin to look pretty again.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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with the entire outside almost complete we stared inside. Ran all of the wiring, installed the new furnace, got some plumbing in place... and started installing the ceiling with a few "recessed" lighting fixtures in place ( and working mind you!)
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Curious minds what's to know, what happened to it that you had to pretty
much do a complete rebuild.?
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What material did you use on the cieling? Can't wait to see when done!!!!
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truck camper

It would have been easier and maybe cheaper to buy another camper.
Nice work!!!
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Cool!

I think the Amerigo is the sharpest looking camper ever built.
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The rebuild was intentional. We decided we wanted a TC when we bought a truck. We had a really bad experience with a 30 foot TT that was of the poorest quality. 3 years after purchasing new, the thing just started to fall apart, starting with the roof down. (but that is another story)

When we started our research, we had in mind that we wanted a rig with a "solid" one piece fiberglass roof. (if not a TC that was ALL fiberglass) Well that led us to the Amerigo. I loved the roof, the front panoramic window, and especially the bed that opens in the back. For a 40 year old camper, we knew we would be getting rot (they are known for rot over the fridge which is over the front right jack) But the difference is, the rot rot was really confined to the fridge area and the entire back snap n nap area. Regardless, we knew from the beginning we would do a COMPLETE" rebuild from scratch. That way we knew we were basically building a "new" rig.

So far so worth it. The thing is built (and re-built) like a tank. They just don't make em like this anymore. AND for 10,000 I am getting a "custom" coach, with everything I want, new furnace, new fridge, new hot tank, new electrical, new converter, new cabinetry (which is custom maple) stereo, surround sound, blue tooth, LED's... internal and external. Brand new TC's go from 20,000 to 60,000 and fiberglass ones are on the upper end of that figure.

The walls go up next, I will post as we go along.
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What material did you use on the ceiling? Can't wait to see when done!!!!
oh and ceiling is a piece of non-carpenters grade luan primed with primer paint (to stick) and a really nice "paintable textured wall paper. We papered each piece before we installed. Then plan on using RV "seam" tape for the seams before we do a complete paint job. The little lights you see are recessed LED pots with a glass looking lens. They are 12 volt of course. Got them on ebay.
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Not to rain on your parade, but have you weighed it yet? Is your truck going to handle it OK?

Back when these were new, there were not a lot of trucks around that didn't require a little "customizing" to carry these.

All that said, I couldn't possibly agree more. Likely the nicest TC ever built.
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These TC's weighed approx. 2700 lbs dry when they were made. As we go along with the re-build we are trying to use lighter (but strong) building materials for replacement parts/items. We are being very conscious about this. As an example the new cabinet doors are actually lighter than the old particle board doors. (believe it or not)

In the past, they were advertised to be hauled with a Dodge 3/4 ton, which seems absolutely crazy to me, but regardless, we are hauling with a 1 ton Ford 350 Triton V-10 Dually. Already have sway bars installed and will install air bags if necessary, but when loaded she looks good. Initial trip when we bought her was a 16 hour trip back from Arkansas to Pittsburgh. And that was even when she was saggin with major rot. The truck was purchased originally to haul another TC and haul tons of steel for our business.

I hope we have taken all the precautions to make this a successful build. Many many hours of research has been on-going. For example, when replacing the jack points, we installed 16x16 steel (thin) plates before the re-bolt. Adds an extra 20 lbs on each side, but I think it will make a world of difference with the stability of the jacks when loading and unloading.
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