We just purchased this 1966 Dodge Travco. She's got 66,000 miles on it, with three previous owners all located near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our family has been traveling for ten+years, sailing around the world, driving around much of it in a '58 VW Bus, sailing around Mexico for a few years, and now we plan to drive this old bus from Alaska to Argentina with our two kids. Should be a fun adventure. We blog about everything over at www.bumfuzzle.com

Right now we're in the process of replacing the ceiling and the flooring. We'll give the engine a tune-up and hit the road.

Anyway, you can follow along with the restoration at our site. We're looking forward to another vintage adventure.

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Comment by marcel lemieux on February 18, 2014 at 9:49am

Very nice rv..love the layout and curves..happy travels

Comment by Matthew Tritt on January 13, 2014 at 2:41pm

Pat,

After reading your sailing story from last August I feel somehow compelled to draw a few comparisons between old boats (doesn't look so old to me!) and old motorhomes. And I'm coming from a place kind of/sort of similar to yours, having owned several old cruising boats, being an ex yacht broker and even a boat builder in my youth. To make matters worse, I currently own a 73 Hall GTC B which, although not a class A, is very much the same when it comes to most things.

1. While a vintage MH isn't something that can grow barnacles and rot or sink when neglected, they have their own set of needs that must be met; either before you head out on the road, or while you're on the road. I've been experimenting with this hypothesis for about 4 years now and have come to the conclusion that BEFORE is waaaaay better than during. :>/

2. Get a good insurance policy that includes long distance towing. :>#

3. Never drive anywhere on old tires (even > 6 years).

4. Replace any small steel parts that have rusted past surface rust. If fasteners, replace with stainless. Pretend it's a boat.

5. Keep plenty of spare bulbs, fuses, filters and etc.

6. Particularly on Travcos, make sure that all the master cylinders, booster canisters, slave cylinders and brake lines are in perfect shape. I suppose that should include every little pinche part of the brake system.

7. Make sure BEFORE you head off to the unknown that all the plumbing is solid and leak-free. Especially since your ride comes from a part of the world where it gets quite cold.

8. Be sure and have the entire steering system checked out and brought up to snuff. The early Dodge chassis have a rather different front end than more current vehicles do, including king pins that can wear and a spring system that helps with stability. Or not.

9. Make sure that the radiator is in "perfect" shape and all the hoses and etc are new.

10. Make sure that all the tanks; fuel, water and holding tank(s) are working and in good condition. (One common problem with vintage vehicles, especially motorhomes for some reason, is rust particles in the tank and fuel system). Doing any unpleasant work at home is way better than while passing through the deserts of Mexico.

There's no reason why you can't have as much (or more) fun with an older vehicle as long as you are proactive! Amen.

Matt

Comment by Loretta Erker on January 13, 2014 at 3:10am

nice rig for sure!

Comment by Patrick Schulte on January 2, 2014 at 8:15pm

Thanks guys. We think it'll be a lot of fun. Love this classic stuff. And yes, it's the 318 in there—a classic as well.

Comment by Matthew Tritt on January 2, 2014 at 6:03pm

A damned fine looking Travco indeed! Looks like a 318?

Comment by Pat Daly on January 2, 2014 at 5:12pm

you're livin the life. thanks for letting us follow along with your adventures. We'll enjoy it.

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