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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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1973 Travco 220


1973 TRAVCO 220 …… 413 engine/727 transmission/ 4:56 rear

 3” dual exhaust done about 5 years ago.  Rather loud nice voice. 

 2 new General 235x85x16 tires and new rims installed at the same time

  These tires have less than 1000 miles on them

 Rear tires are 235x85x16 Good Year Wranglers about 50% tread

   Right rear shows slight weather checking.  These are on the original split rims

 Interior upholstery and shag carpet are original… (Light green 70’s shag)

 Truck will need three new batteries...1 for the generator 1 for the coach and 1 for the drive train

 These are separated by a Perko switch … battery 1, battery 2, both on or all off

 Water heater and oven have been disconnected….Never had use for them

 Furnace worked the last time it was used about 8 years ago

 Roof air works fine off the generator or 110v plugged in

 Stainless steel deck on rear for hauling miscellaneous?????

 There is also a class 3 receiver hitch. Never used it

 Truck was painted about 10 years ago and THIS IS THE DOWN SIDE TO THE SALE  It needs to be repainted again

 Slight brake fluid loss …I suspect a wheel cyl but have not checked but just top it off before   going on a 400 mile trip each summer for the last 4 or 5 years

 This truck was used only in the summer and never in the salt since we have owned it

 Last summer it was not used so we are offering it for sale.

 The instrument on the dash is a vacuum gauge not a tach…used to keep the Holley power valve from opening when possible

 Cabinet doors are my wife’s art work and are not included in the sale nor is the vintage lamp on the rear dresser

 This is our first attempt to sell this truck so I thought I should let the Travco group have first look.

 As I stated earlier the paint is checking in various places.  It could be spotted in but for a real classic Travco

 Strip and repaint…..Oh, one last thought a small bb chip in the passenger wind screen.  Glass guys say they can repair this by squirting in some “mending material”.

 Any more photos needed or questions contact me.  Any close up photos of the paint flaws or interior I can send.

 Mileage is original as I have a pack of old registrations and records from years gone by.

 Bathroom is original lamps, sink, shower, etc.  Toilet has a slight leak on the fresh water fill side.   Easy fix

 Wiper blades are on the table, I take them off for the winter as the truck is not garaged.

 It has an A&E awning that needs new fabric.  Accidentally hit it with the pressure washer while cleaning 3 or 4 years ago

 I did not replace the fabric.

 There is a 2” thick OEM folder with all the books, manuals, receipts, etc. in the closet.

 We paid 10k for this rig in 1990.  Original receipt included.

 Bunk beds in the rear.  2 on the driver’s side, 1 on the passenger side

 I may still have the one that I removed but need to check to see if it is still in storage.  Top bunk drops down to make a sofa

 Since there were only two of us this was adequate but it can sleep 6 if needed using the front seats and table

 I have been a professional mechanic and shop owner all of my adult life and in my own shop from 1979 until retirement a couple of years ago.

 Current mileage on the truck is 38,736.  It has not been driven since 5/30/12.

 Firm price is $5k cash.  Truck is in a gated area and can be seen by appointment only. 

 We are in Pa. one hour south of State College between Pa. turnpike and route 80

 If you reply by e-mail please put Travco 220 in the subject line.

 Transmission shop e-mail is trannytime@verizon.net

Phone # is (814)542-8952 cell phone (814) 251-5674 (voice mail on cell line)

Photos will follow soon.  Thanks for your help………………………………………………………regards, Don Emory

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