Sunday, March 26, 2017
 
News & Updates

Andy,

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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Diesel Powered Travco Sold

1975 Travco 270 with Cummins Diesel Engine - $9500 (Jackson, MO)



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You will have to read this pretty carefully to see what all I replaced and repaired during the initial restoration and while making some of the later modifications.
The coach had 32,897 miles on the odometer when I changed the instrument panel and the Cummins engine and transmission had 52,000 miles on them. The new instrument panel has 18,391 miles showing on the odometer for a total of 51,288 miles on the coach and 70,391 on the engine and transmission.

1975 TRAVCO MOTORHOME
1995 CUMMINS DIESEL ENGINE &TRANSMISSION
VARIOUS SMALL FIX-UP SUPPLIES
RV COVER
LEVELS, WATER FITTINGS
PLUMBING SUPPLIES & SMALL FIX-UP SUPPLIES
CLEANED AND PAINTED WHEELS
FEDERATED # D87 BRAKE PADS
FEDERATED REBUILT FRONT CALIPER #18-4271
FEDERATED REBUILT FRONT CALIPER #18-4272
BRAKE ROTOR "CENTRIC" #120.67010, AUTO SPECIALTY #AR8710
TURN FRONT BRAKE ROTORS
1 LB. WHEEL BEARING GREASE
2 BRAKE HARDWARE KITS, NAPA #82695 @$9.17 EA.
FEDERATED REBULT MASTER CYLINDER #10-1583
2 RAYBESTOS REAR WHEEL CYLINDERS #WC37279
1 INNER REAR WHEEL BEARING CUP #3920
1 INNER REAR WHEEEL BEARING CONE # 3982
2 NATIONAL FRONT WHEEL SEALS #3210
2 NATIONAL REAR WHEEL SEALS #456648
NEW ALTERNATOR
NEW THROTTLE LINKAGE #4011959-AB 14043005
NEW SPEED SENSOR #5013660-AA 8037156
EXHAUST MANIFOLD #3931744
OIL PICK-UP TUBE #3920795
OIL PAN GASKET #3959052
DIP STICK TUBE #3905801
EXHAUST MANIFOLD GASKETS, 6, #3927154
TURBOCHARGER GASKET #3901356
GEAR COVER GASKET #3918673
FRONT CRANKSHAFT SEAL KIT #3804899
TURBOCHARGER STUDS, 4, #3818823
TURBOCHARGER NUTS, 4, #3818824
OIL PICK-UP TUBE GASKET #3938157
BANKS GIT-KIT #46381, TORQUE AND CHROME
TRANSMISION FILTER KIT, NAPA ATP #1-7957
FAN BELT, NAPA #25080653
BELT TENSIONER PULLEY, DAYCO #89005
OIL FILTER, HASTINGS #LF408
FUEL FILTER, HASTINGS #FF1005
ENGINE KILL CABLE, DORMAN #DP100-021
DIFFERENTIAL COVER GASKET, FEL-PRO #RDS6095-1
9 PINTS SYNTHERTIC GEAR OIL IN REAR END, VALVOLINE #975
USED AIR CLEANER BOX WITH K&N FILTER
3 USED TURBO HOSE CLAMPS
USED TURBO HOSE AT TURBO OUTLET.
NEW TURBO AIR ELBOW , DODGE P/N 9049008
TURBO ELBOW O-RING SEAL, DODGE P/N 14099003
6 USED TURBO HOSE CLAMPS
2 USED TURBO HOSE
USED V-CLAMP FOR TURBO AIR ELBOW
TURBO BOOST GUAGE, SUMMIT #ATM-2310
TRANSMISSION COOLER, SUMMIT #BMM-70266
DIGITAL DASH PANEL, SUMMIT #NRD-DP10002
AUDIOVOX CRUISE CONTROL
REAR TRANSMISSION SEAL.ATP # ATP 1-2049
REAR TRANSMISSION MOUNT ANCHOR # AHN 2852
TRANSMISSION SLIP YOKE, SPICER #3-3-4851X
STEEL FOR CROSSMEMBER & TRANDMISSSION MOUNT
WOODGRAIN MATERIAL FOR DASH BOARD
WIRE LOOM MATERIAL
JENSEN RADIO CD PLAYER $106.50
STEEL FOR FRONT MOTOR MOUNTS
TWO 12" COOLING FANS FROM PARTZFINDER
MISC. HOSE CLAMPS, & FITTINGS
POWER STEERING CONDITIONER, BARS P30L
I QT. KW TRANS-X
12 QT. SYNTHETIC ATF & PS FLUID
DASHBOARD LETTERING by SIGN MASTER
BUILD DRIVESHAFT: FRONT U-JOINT IS SPICER #5357X
RADIATOR CAP
2 INTAKE AIR HEATER GASKETS
PLASTIC PIPE ELBOWS & SLEEVE TO BUILD AIR INTAKE
RADIATOR HOSE & ELBOWS
COPPER FITTINGS TO CONNECT ELBOWS ABOVE
HOSE CLAMPS AND BOLTS
PIPES FOR INTAKE AND EXHAUST SYSTEM
4 ea 4" MUFFLER CLAMPS
STEEL FOR BRACKETS, ETC.
PIPE BENDING AND WELDING FOR INTAKE, MR. MUFFLER
HYDRAULIC HOSES FOR TRANSMISSION COOLERS
HYDRAULIC FITTINGS FOR THRANSMISSION COOLERS
HEAVY DUTY RELAY, WIRE, & WIRE FITTINGS
2 1/2 GALLONS ANTI-FREEZE
3 GALLONS SHELL ROTELLA T OIL
MISC. SMALL PARTS AND SUPPLIES NOT ITEMIZED
STEER SAFE STEERING STABILIZERS
3 QUARTS CASTROL 20W50 OIL IN GENERATOR
GENERATOR AIR FILTER, JOHN DEERE #M115978
FRONT PARKING & TURN SIGNAL LIGHTS & FITTINGS
CARPET $144.42
12 VOLT READING LAMPS AND SREAKER COVER
WIRING AND TV CABLE PARTS & FITTINGS.
INTERIOR PAINT AND PAINTING SUPPLIES
WOOD FOR ENTRY DOOR FRAME
STAINLESS STEEL SCREWS

WOOD FOR ENTRY STEP WELL
PAINT, HARDWARE, TRIM ITEMS FOR INTERIOR
BATHROM FIXTURES, CAULK, PAINT, HARDWARE, WEATHERSTRIP
PANELING AND LUMBER
FLOOR TILES FOR BATHROOM
CARPET PAD
CARPET TRIM, PAINT, ADHESIVE
ENGINE COVER SEAL
ENGINE COVER CARPET
ENGINE COVER HANDLES AND TRIM SCREWS
WINDSHIELD TINT MATERIAL
WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP
ENGINE COVER LATCHES
CARPET ADHESIVE
WASTE WATER DUMP VALVE, HOSE, & RELATED ITEMS
INTERIOR TRIM AND SCREWS
WINDSHIELD CURTAINS
VENTS AND DOOR CATCH
RIGHT SIDE CHAIRS
GAS LINE AND FITTINGS FOR GENERATOR GAS TANK
CUSTOM MADE ALUMINUM GAS TANK FOR GENERATOR
PRIMER & PAINT FOR NOSE
WASTE TANK DUMP VALVE, FITTINGS, & SCREWS
MISC PAINT, PAINT SUPPLIES, HARDWARE
5/19/2005 DROVE FOR FIRST TIME, PERFORMED LIKE A NEW ONE
5/23/2005 FRONT ALIGNMENT AND FRONT WHEELS BALANCED
IMPROVED CORE INSTALLED IN RADIATOR, NORMAN'S
INSTALLED KF53 COOLANT WATER FILTER BASE
FITTINGS, HOSE, CLAMPS, & HARDWARE TO INSTALL BASE
WC6 HASTINGS COOLANT FILTER
3 GALLONS ANTI-FREEZE COOLANT
INSTALLED "BOULDER" FUEL SCRUBBER
GASKETS AND SEALS FOR ONAN GENERATOR
NEW HOUR METER FOR ONAN GENERATOR
INSTALLED REAR AIR LIFT KIT # 57214
TIRE ROTATION & BALANCE AND FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT
NEW ENGINE FUEL TRANSFER PUMP
NEW ELECTRIC FUEL BOOST PUMP
20' DAYCO 80391 11/32" P/S RETURN HOSE FOR NEW FUEL LINES
16 HOSE CLAMPS
BRASS FITTING FOR TRANSFER PUMP
BOUGHT 4882049 OIL PAN DRAIN PLUG SEAL 9003018
INSTALLED INTELEPOWER 9245 ELECTRICAL CONVERTER
INSTALLED EXHAUST TEMPERATURE GAGE
INSTALLED TWO REBUILT BRAKE BOOSTERS
4 FEET OF 1/2 INCH ID VACUUM HOSE
2 QUARTS DOT 3 BRAKE FLUID
2 CHAMPION H12 SARK PLUGS IN ONAN GENERATOR
2 NEW SPARK PLUG WIRES I HAD ON HAND ON ONAN GENERATOR
CONDENSER FOR ONAN GENERATOR
6 NEW TRAILMARK LT TIRES
RADIATOR REPAIRED AND TESTED
MATERIAL TO CLOSE AIR GAPS AROUND RADIATOR
NEW FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS, MONROE #555011
BATTERY FOR GENERATOR FROM ELLIS BATTERY
BATTERY FOR COACH FROM ELLIS BATTERY

Engine: 1995 Dodge 5.9 Turbo Diesel with Banks Git Kit, K&N air filter, and 4 inch exhaust system yielding an estimated power gain of 50 HP and 135 Ft-lb. torque. Other additions are a coolant filter, digital instrument cluster, vacuum gauge to monitor the vacuum pump which supplies vacuum to the power brakes, a boost gauge to monitor turbocharger per boost pressure, and a pyrometer to monitor the exhaust gas temperatures.

Fuel System: As best I can figure from measuring the tank it holds about 75 gallons. I added an auxiliary electric fuel pump near he tank and use it to quickly "bleed" the fuel filter when I change it and when draining the extra "fuel scrubber" near it. Another use for it is if the fuel delivery pump on the engine should fail I can switch two fuel lines near the filter and run the coach on the electric pump.

Transmission: Totally stock with fluid change to full synthetic fluid. It has two coolers. First in line is an original Dodge/Cummins oil to water cooler and the second is a B&M oil to air cooler good for 28,000 lbs. GVW. The cooling lines and fittings are heavy duty steel braided industrial hydraulic hose like used on heavy equipment hydraulic systems, backhoes etc. The transmission is a three speed automatic with overdrive and converter lock-up. I have toggle switched the OD and Lockup and have total control over them. You start off in drive like normal and when you have a speed of between 40 and 50 MPH you switch on the OD and anywhere from 50 to 60 MPH switch on the Lockup. Reverse the order when slowing to 40 MPH or less.

Suspension & tires: Heavy duty Gabriel shock absorbers on rear, new Monroe HDs up front, Steer Safe steering stabilizers on front axle, air lift kit on rear. Tires have about 6,000 miles on them and I had balancing powder installed when new. that stuff works much better than conventional balancing with wheel weights and have provided the best balancing job I ever had on any vehicle.

I installed a new 30 gallon water tank and plumbed it so it can be filled by attaching a
garden hose on the outside of the rig. I placed the tank fill and city water connections
side by side and also installed a vent and a drain on it. I also rigged a small tank and
valves so you don't have to put any anti-freeze in the water tank while winterizing the
coach.

The coach has a CB radio with Fire stick antenna cleanly mounted outside, the AM
FM antenna is completely hidden, I wired extra DC outlets under the folding table and
one pus a GPS mount pad handy to the driver, and both sides of the coach are wired for roof mount antenna/dish and cable TV.

It has a trailer hitch that looks to have been built to pull a freight train and would handle any trailer and load you would ever want to tow and an electronic trailer brake controller. I have gotten 14 MPG at 47 MPH while towing a 1997 GMC Safari van on 18 foot steel floored dovetail trailer and 16 MPG with no trailer at 65 MPH on the first trip after I installed the Cummins engine.

There are some things I forgot to list while I did them, minor expenses on things you hardly notice until you add them all up and say, Wow!




Vehicle Details



Year 1975
Make Travco/Dodge
Model 270
Body Style Motorhome
Color White with stripes
Vehicle ID No. (VIN) M50DA5J012837
License No.

Engine Specifications


Engine displacement 5.9 LITRE OR 360 CUBIC INCH
Number of cylinders 6


Fluid Specifications & Capacities


Engine oil type CHEVRON DELLO 400 15 W 40 12 QUARTS
Fuel tank octane DIESEL 75 Gallons
Radiator coolant type ETHYLENE GLYCOL APPX, 6.5 GALLONS
Transmission fluid type DEXRON SEMI SYNTHETIC DRAIN & FILL 4 QUARTS, DRY FILL 10 QUARTS
Power steering fluid type SAME AS TRANSMISSION FLUID

Miscellaneous

Battery size
GROUP 8D 90 AMPERE HOURS
CCA (cold crank amp) 450
Tire size 8-19.5 LOAD RATING D 8 PLY, E 10 PLY
Front air pressure 80 PSI
Rear air pressure
90 PSI
Rear suspension air assist Solo: 30 PSI left, 35 PSI right. towing car on trailer: 70 PSI Left 80 PSI right.
Front turn signal bulbs Grand General Accessories #79220, or, iowa80.com #26948
or vigrofleet.com amber 4" spyder light

Part Numbers
RECOMMENDED EQUIVALENT
Air filter K&N 33-2056
Fuel filter Hastings FF1005

Oil filter Hastings LF408
Water filter Hastings WC-6 Change every third oil change
Drive belt NAPA 25080653
Timing cover seal kit
Cummins #3804899

Brakes
Front brake pads Raybestos #D87
Front brake rotors Auto Specialty #AR8710 Centric #120.67010
Federated calipers #18-4271 and #18-4272
Brake hardware kit Raybestos #H5598 NAPA #82695
Federated rebuilt M/C #10-1583
Front wheel seals National #3210

Rear brake cylinders Rabestos #WC37279
Rear wheel seals National #456648 Scottseal type #370191A
Brake Boosters 2510813 With 5 8 A spaced out under that #
General Parts
Transmission output yoke Spicer 3-3-4851X
Transmission pan gasket NAPA ATP #1-4430
Transmission filter kit NAPA ATP #1-7957
Transmission rear seal ATP 1-2049
Transmission rear mount
Anchor (ANN) 2852
Transmission filter kit ATP 1-7957
Trans. pan gasket only ATP 1-4430
Front universal joint Spicer 5357X
Front shock absorbers Gabriel G-63605 Monroe 555011
Rear shock absorbers Monroe 555012
Fuel transfer pump
Airtex 79104 Airtex 1407, original plunger type Airtex 1407 or AC Delco 73060,
Rear electric fuel pump Airtex E8090
Rear air lift kit Air Lift 57214 from Summit Racing
Windshield wiper arms Anco 45-27

Widshield wiper blade Anco 52-20, natural metal finish
Windsiheld wiper blade Anco 57-10, black finish
Wiper refill rubber Anco 53-20
Wiper blade shim Anco 47-20
Wiper blade screw & nut Anco 47-14 & 47-11
Generator

Oil 20 W 50
Change interval 300 hours
Ignition condenser Standard (brand) #AL 111
Ignition points Onan 160-0002
Air filter, paper John Deere # M115978
Original foam air filter Onan #140-1907

Parts & Info.
General information http://www.rvingthemidwestconnection.com/links.htm





The generator runs good and works good but burns some oil. Since we use it only for
only short periods of time it has served us well and I never bothered to fix that but I
did
fix it's oil leaks a couple of years before the oil burning showed up.

The water heater works but makes
the water stink so we don't use it.


One bathroom wall needs a wall covering replaced.

Both air conditioners and everything else in the coach works fine.


It is located inside the fenced lot of King Bros. automotive Hwy 61 East
in Jackson, MO. That is is mile West on Hwy 61 from Exit
99 of I-55.



More Pictures Here:

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This Travco is sold