I enjoy going to your website and can see that you have put a lot of effort into it. It is a great resource for people that are interested in vintage motor homes, weather they own one or are thinking of restoring one or just love the history.
I don't know if are aware but I am the owner of two places of business, Soapstone Valley Equipment is a truck and equipment repair shop, with myself and three mechanics since 1994, and next door Classic Motorcars of Ellington, where we have a show room with 20 - 25 antique cars for sale, we also offer repair service and parts for old cars and trucks. www.oldantiquecars.com
The reason I tell you all this is because after being in the truck and antique car repair bussniess for 35 years, I have a few thoughts I would like to share with people who are thinking of restoring a vintage motor home.
I'm sure you have seen other web sites or blogs about Travcos. Some have done wonderful jobs and inspire the rest of us. Others seem to jump into a total restoration project without sitting down first and counting the cost. I have seen this many times when it comes to old cars.
I tell people the most expensive car (or in this case motor home) is the one you can get for free.
The real cost of a restoration is staggering.
People start with good intensions, tow home an old Travco and rip out the interior, try to get it running, after a while reality sinks in, the list starts getting longer and longer, rust issues, fluid leaks, wood rot, glass, electrical, paint, brakes, tires, exhaust, interior, etc. and all they wanted to do is take a trip in a cool old motor home. Sadly some get frustrated and give up.
I really admire those who stick with it and end up with beautiful rigs even if at a great cost.
I would encourage wannabees to consider buying a vintage coach that has had most of the work done, this has proved over and over to be the most cost effective way to enjoy the hobby.
Good running, driving Travco can be bought for $5,000 - $7500 and is far less than the cost of a restoration.
We that have old vehicles know that there is always things that need attention or find that even a good unit is a continuous work in progress. Or better said, we get to use out rigs and are always tinkering with them too.
It is my hope that someone reading this might give it some thought and that more people would be able to enjoy this great hobby.
Thanks Arlo Hoffman
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Hello, I am James Gary "Andy" Anderson. I was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Dodge Chassis Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association for a long time. I was responsible to publish the newsletter. Each newsletter contained some bits of information on maintenance and parts, plus some tips on keeping the Dodge Chassis Motorhome running. I started this website to pass that information on to other Dodge Chassis owners in search of that information. I hope this website is helpful to you.
I have taken all of the areas in the menu on the left and tried not to make things too cumbersome for people who are looking for information on the maintenance, upkeep, restoration, and care for their wonderful Classic Dodge Chassis Motorhome. They are wonderful to own, but they can be a real pain in the a-- when things go wrong or it appears to be impossible to find parts. I have tried to keep each page and sub page to a single problem and solution to hopefully ease your pain and frustration in the search of solutions for your wonderful Classic Dodge Motorhome. When you put the cursor over a menu item, you will see sub pages with a subject, but the title page also has something on it. I hope you enjoy this website as much as I enjoy sharing my information and love for a Dodge Chassis Motorhome.