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Hello-

 I recently came across your excellent Travco webpage! Very informative. As a 25 year veteran of RV restoration/refurbishing (semi-retired) in Wisconsin, I can appreciate your efforts. Over that period I restored well over 1,000 classic trailers, pop-ups, and motor homes, but amazingly not one Travco.

 I have been looking for months now for a small, 20’ Dodge powered (440 or 413) motor home. I had restored 1972 Landau 30’ bunkhouse which we used for years while our three daughters were growing up. The 440 industrial engine in that unit was far smoother, more powerful, and more economical than any Chevy 454 I had ever owned.

 I have been somewhat interested in the Dodge Broughams, particularly the latter years of production, but yet have found a unit up to my standards.

 I really would like a fiberglass body, and am seeking a unit that has been restored. My primary purpose for ownership is two fold, both business and pleasure.

 I need to find a small unit which can comfortably tow my 20’ concession trailer (pic attached) which weighs 5500lb’s loaded. I currently tow with a ‘91 RoadTrek, perfect for what I do as it allows me to position my trailer without issues at most all my events where space is very limited, and I always have a place to stay. I owned the RoadTrek before I built the trailer, and it is underpowered with a 318. I have been “getting by”, but you know as well as I do that is not optimal, so the search is on.

 If you know of anyone that may have a Travco 210 available please let me know. Attached also is a pic you have posted on your website of a unit I would be very interested in if it became available, as it matches my trailer very nicely. If you know the owner of this unit, I would love to be able to contact them, you just never know whether or not they me be interested in selling.

 Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

 Thanks in advance,

Alfred Voll

Fred Voll <usananomad@gmail.com>

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


Archive
 

Travco Owners

                  Shaggy        Free Bird      

James G. Anderson, Indiana, 1974 Travco 270. This 1976 Travco 320 is now in Georgia  
To see the restoration of Shaggy, Click on Shaggy's picture.       



    

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Sue Boyle and Family of Yale Michigan own this 1978 Travco 290.

Cindy Fowlers 1973
This 1973 belongs to Cindy Fowler of Tyler ,Texas.  She tells me that you can come by and help her restore it.

1969 Travco
Vincent Seidl of Maine owns this beautiful 1969 Travco that he bought on ebay in Tennessee.  They plan to drive it across the United States as soon as they get all of the bugs out.  I hope to meet them on the highway.

1973 Travco

This 1973 belongs to Guy Roy of Quebec.  They race Go Karts.

Larry Rogers
Larry Rogers of Renton, Washington is restoring this 1969 Mahal 2+2.  Click on the picture to see the restoration of this beautiful Motorhome.

Mike Jennings

Mike Jennings of Toronto, Ontario, Canada owns this beautiful 1969 270.  Click on the picture for more pictures of this beauty.

Arlo Hoffman
This 1975 Four Wheel Drive Travco 270 belongs to Arlo Hoffman from Ellington, CT.  It is at the tip of Cape Cod, Mass where they lower the tire pressure to 18 psi to allow the duals to touch each other  to drive over the sand,
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This picture shows the 1946 Willys Jeep that they drive around the beach at Cape Cod.

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The Hoffmans tow the Jeep four wheels down. 
Thanks for the great pictures.

Another season for the Hoffmans.  They added the Travco Logo to their Travco.

Arlo Hoffman

Arlo Hoffman
Here is a picture of the Travco down by the water at Cape Cod. 
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The Hoffmans have a nice lift for working on their Travco.
Arlo Hoffman
They removed the gas tank to replace the sending unit.  The lift makes the job so much easier.
Arlo Hoffman
The Large Jack also takes a lot of work out of this repair,
Arlo Hoffman

Notice the outdoor shower that they installed for use at the beach.

Jacob Hayes
The Jacob Hayes Family of Louisville, Kentucky own this beautiful 1966.

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Jacob Hayes

They have done a beautiful job on the restoration.

Kevin
Kevin from Port Huron, Michigan owns this 1969 270.

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Kevin

This 1969 is currently going through a restoration.  I wish Kevin luck in the process.

David Willard
This Travco, "The Purple Colonel" belongs to David Willard of Minnesota. To see more of "The Purple Colonel"  Click on the picture. To see it buried in the 2011 Blizzard, go to the 2011 Blizzard page.

Rex and Renee Taylor

Rex and Renee Taylor

Rex and Renee Taylor of Bradenten Florida own this beautiful restored 1973 270.  To read the Journal of her restoration, click on the above picture.

1966 Serendipity

This beautiful 1966 Travco named Serendipity belongs to Shannon Lyons from Red Deer. Alberta, Canada, Who can be contacted at perfectpuddles@hotmail.com.  Click on the picture to see more of this unique Restoration.

Mike Brancich

This beautiful 1974 Travco Mahal belongs to Mike Brancich of Noble, Oklahoma.

Mike Brancich

Mike Brancich

A Beautiful 1974 Mahal.  Thanks for the pictures, Mike.

Scott's 1974

Scott's 1974

This 1974 was just purchased by Scott from Christiana, Tenn.  He is looking for information on the restoration process.

Peter Banning

Peter Banning

Peter Banning of Rochester, New York owns this 1966 with a 440 and it is For Sale.  You can contact Peter at peterbanning@gmail.com.  This Travco is also shown on the For Sale Page.

diesel
This 1974 Travco is Diesel Powered and For Sale.  For Information on the sale, Click on this Travco.  It belongs to John Weimer of Jackson, Mo.


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The Interior is Beautiful.  Thanks for the pictures John.

Charlie Wilcox
This Beautiful 1969 210 belongs to Charlie Wilcox.

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

This Travco belongs to David Rowe of Twin Falls, Idaho.  He has just started the restoration.
This is the list of changes that he wants to make;

Travco    changes, Modify steering column angle, height, spline to GM, Change brake pedal size and angle., Modify dash, modify wiring

New toggle switch for ignition control, new starter push button switch, New gages tachometer, speedometer, volts, fuel, oil pressure, temperature

New transmission shifter on floorNew front body vents….    Truck type, New rear LED lights, New Front Park and turn LED lights.

Remove shower, bath sink and cabinet….   Toilet remains..

Relocate converter near AC breaker panel, Install new inverter near AC breaker panel.

Create new plumbing system…   sink for cooking, and toilet

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

David Rowe

Dave has a lot of work on his hands.  Good luck with the restoration and thanks for the great pictures.

Chuck

This 1982 Travco belongs to Chuck in Marana, Arizona.


Hi!  We just brought a 1972 Travco home yesterday.  It made it the 175+ miles home in traffic with no problems except some loose lugnuts we tightened at a rest stop. I  have been researching them and stumbled across your site, it has lots of great information that should help us with this project RV.  I think we got a great deal, it has the 413, new brakes , new fridge, new stove, 2 working AC units, all the plumbing has been replaced and there is no major damage to the inside or outside.  The undercarriage is solid and it purred down the highway.  It does need a new exhaust manifold (which was included in the sale price) and the passenger windshield wiper needs to be fixed( we have that too).  The upholstery needs some TLC and we are going to go pretty retro with it.  Just thought you would be interested :)

-Andrea, Dave, Matthew and Cassidy Bridge of Wareham, MA

1972 Travco


1972 Travco


Thanks for the pictures and good luck with your new Travco.


HERE ARE SOME TRAVCO PICS FOR YOUR WEBSITE:

We bought our 1977 270 in January of 2013 after searching for a Travco for several years.

We wanted a turn key Travco but that proved to be unrealistic.  We have remodeled the interior and done extensive work on the coach since then, including brakes, cooling system and general maintenance. Next will be the exterior paint job.

We now consider it a member of our family!

Jonas

Kerrville, Texas

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A Beautiful 1977.  Thanks for sharing your pictures.


Andy,
This is our 78 Travco 270 named Tank.  It has 70,000 miles and has had several previous owners. Bruce and Rachel Williams in SW Missouri

 

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A Beautiful 1978, Thanks for sharing your pictures.

1969

This 1969 Travco belongs to Ronald Lynn from Roseville, Michigan.

The next 1967 Travco belongs to Ed Campbell along with this message;

Really glad to have found your site, hoping I can rely on the experiences of others to help me in the restoration of my purchase. I've always admired them but just yesterday was presented with an opportunity to buy a restoration project. My plans are to have her completed in two years.

It's a '67 with the anemic 318 wide block and a four barrel but it starts the first time every time and runs really well, just really underpowered. I have a 413 and tranny out of a '63 Chrysler that I may transplant but that's down the road. Yes, she's rough but I saved it from the salvage yard crusher so it made me smile to find it and to save it. I've restored a lot of cars over the years but this will be my first motorhome ever and my first motorhome restoration.

Everything including all of the exterior lights are in working order but it will all need to be gone through of course. Even the four cylinder engine/generator is there. To me it was like finding a pot of gold so I can't wait to get started on her.

I'd be interested in finding some sources for original fixtures (interior lights, etc.) and exterior parts as I may need them.

If you'd like you can post my information and or pics. Thanks in advance!

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Ed Campbell is located in Strasburg, Lancaster County Pennsylvania


The Next Travco named Bubbles belongs to Ted Heath.  He sent the following message;

Hey there,

  Here is Bubbles, we horse traded a 95 dr 650 for her. The 318 purred the whole 500 mile trip back to So-cal.

 I'm amazed at how much of the original equipment that it has and how much of it still works. (Couldn’t get cruise control 2 work.)

Does the charging on main engine system run thru generator?   The guy tells me the engine battery won't charge because it needs a relay on the generator. Does that make sense?

Any clue where to get the seats for the dinette?  BTW thanks for the awesome site!

Ted Heath

Thanks for lightning quick response Andy.

 So I guess I missed a big drawer when I was cleaning bubbles out. My mouth fell open when I found all this stuff. There's a book that has an owner’s manual for everything on the motorhome, heater, refrigerator, stove, generator ...everything. (Who knew that there was a system for a high pressure water system built into it). I thought all that was pretty cool until I came to the big draft style drawings. It looks like they were drawn in late 69 for the people that bought bubbles originally. Being a history major I'm kind of a sucker for that stuff, very neat.

  A little history on why I'm a big softy on Travco. My mom took me out of the 6th grade when my parents divorced and she bought a class c GMC Jimmy Mini for a kind of drive about.

  Apparently not the strongest of motors as it blew up by the time we got to Tulsa. Instead of arguing with the dealer and waiting for them to fix it, she proceeded to rent a 27 foot Travco. 3 months and 30 States later we came back to Tulsa to pick the gmc up.

   She ended up getting a job with trailer life Magazine and we rented that motor home 2 more years to go and rate campgrounds and sell advertising for the directory. 

  So being the first vehicle that I ever drove at 11 years old you can see my joy to have another Travco. Ha ha.

 Thanks again,

  Ted Heath

P.S.  If there is ever any kind of shindig were all the Dodge motorhomes get together, please let me know

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Ted Heath is in Southern California.

1977

This 1977 belongs to Dwayne Poe

The following 1966 in need of restoration belongs to Marilen Monrow.

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Greetings! Im so happy to have stumbled onto your website! My mother in law bought a house near Atlanta, GA, it had been vacant for 20 years. Completely buried under trees and behind 20ft tall bushes, we find an old 1966 Dodge MotorHome. Previous owner days it ran when he parked it there.... But now its in bad shape. MIL doesn't want to deal with it, I love old classics of anything, and see value in this moldy rig. It's a big project, that will likely take me years to complete. I started to clean one side, which you can see in the pics. The other side is still nasty. I am here looking for any advice on what I should do with it! Like, what kind of wood should I use to replace the floor? What is the most economical exterior paint? How can I clean the mold out of the headliner, or should I throw it away? Same with the seats? Any info is appreciated, and I am already getting so much info from others' projects! I can be reached at Marilenmonrow@gmail.com.  Best regards, Thanks again

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Good Luck Marilen