Good Advice.:."Set your sights on keeping the inside dry and thread the mechanicals as you would an ocean-going vessel. Plan for reliability and have spares on board. Drive it short distances to test and then load your tools and dog and venture out. It's a lot of fun."
Charles Kuralt and his "On The Road" crew for CBS News traveled about the country in a motorhome from 1967 to 1994 to come up with unique feature stories that appeared on the CBS Evening News and later on the CBS News Sunday Morning program, also hosted by Kuralt. One of the motorhomes used by the On The Road crew was a Travco.
The book, Mobile Mansions by Douglas Keister (March, 2006) has an informative section on the Frank Motor Home, Dodge, and the Travco.
In 2006, BrinkMedia restored 2 1968 Travcos to become The Brinkmobiles. They tour the currently to promote BRINK activities.
Moby & Toby a 1969 and 1970 Dodge Travco Renovation/Restoration Project
Toby is 99.99% identical to Moby. There was not much difference between the two years for the 270 model Travco Motor Home. This means I have parts and spares for the Travco that is renovated first. AM I CRAZY??
I have decided to run with Toby first. He's in the shop getting worked on... btw think Toby is a she, maybe she should be Tobi.
All windows, fiberglass body and MOTOR are intact. Electrical/Mechanical and engine are in good shape.
I will switch out the wheels/tires from Moby to Toby. Moby's tires have larger diameter wheel base and tubeless (Toby's current wheels have inner tubes)
Toby's been in the shop now for over 2 months. They are having trouble finding master cylinders for rear brakes. It's inside and dry. That's good.
I can't wait to start on her. She needs a full clean and stripped down to where Moby is at now which is exterior tight, very clean, rodent free and smelling fresh and clean.
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A Little Travco Trivia...
The country music star Johnny Cash owned and toured in several Dodge Travcos (many of which are included in documentaries and films about him) over the course of his career; William Shatner of 'Star Trek' had a specially customized 1979 Travco with four wheel drive. Travco was considered a leader in the industry, and was the first manufacturer to create a vehicle that defined the modern day Motorhome. Lucille Ball used a Dodge, Travco throughout the first four episodes of season 2, as Lucy, Harry, Kim and Craig take a road trip to Colorado. Gary Player rode with the Team Lotus in a specially outfitted Dodge,Travco.