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Travco 210, 220

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


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This the completed job I had done at Berkeys  garage in Goshen, In.  I had some trouble finding someone to do this job.  I went to a shop in Fort Wayne Indiana and asked if they could replace King Pins in a 1976 Dodge M500 Chassis Motorhome.  They did not know what a M500 Chassis Motorhome was.  They told me to just leave it there and they would figure it out.  I did not feel too confident about that answer.  A friend of mine sent me to Goshen and when I met the mechanic who was my age, he said, the job normally takes four hours and we adjust the toe-in after we are done.  I liked that Answer and since the Freedom Bird had a custom exhaust, I had them change the glass pac mufflers to something more mellow.  They replaced the bad front carrier bearing and the bad passenger side tie rod end.  I was now ready to work on some of the other problems.

 
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