My Restoration. 1972 Dodge Travco - Page 3 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #29
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well, Sorry I have not updated this but been working very hard on it. Here is some more pics. I had to rip the steel out of the floor on the passenger side. The drivers side will need the same. Also All the plywood on the floor will need to be replaced. I have developed tendonitis in my elbows from using the 8 inch DA Mudhog sander so I have been in a lot of pain and not been doing much stripping. i have a guy coming tomorrow to give me a price on Soda Blasting the gelcoat. I saw a Planer used on boats to strip gelcoat but the company that sells them said the Travco is probably not rigid enough to use it on. If it can't be blasted I put an ad out looking for a bodyshop helper to work on weekends to finish stripping it. I got about a 1/4 of the way done. I was able o get new windshield gaskets from Foretravel. They took over Travco in the 80's I believe. That is the only thing they still make. The side window gaskets are no longer made but I was able to get the exact right ones from Trimlok. It was around 150$ with shipping for a 100' roll.
Also where the dinette went the side if the camper was a bit flimsy there so I welded in an additional brace and glassed it to the side. I left a gap between the steel and the fiberglass and filled i with foam as was done everywhere else. I would assume that is so the steel doesnt wear through the fiberglass.
I also built a makeshift garage to keep it in. I took a 250$ 12x24 shelter Logic garage and placed it on stacked up Mafia blocks. The blocks cost about another 200$ so the whole thing cost me 400$ but now I don't have to worry about rain etc.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #30
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I also had to glass some new wood to the inside for the cabinets to attach to. I also went in the camper during a heavy rain storm and marked off any and all leaks.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:42 AM   #31
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Ive been using POR15 on all the metal after either grinding the rust off or sandblasting. I have a small sandblaster.
Also on a different note I had found a note in the camper . It looked like a note to e mechanic about things that needed to be addressed. It was from 21 yrs ago. It had the people name and phone numbers on it. I called alll the numbers and left messages about maybe 2 months ago. well the gentleman called back yesterday and told more of the tale. It was next to a shed that caught fire. Also he was co owner of the unit although it was never registered. he gave me the phone number of the original owner so hopefully I can get some old pics of it form it's hayday and more info. Also I needed a bill of sale as the lady who gave it to me has not returned my phone calls.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:45 AM   #32
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Here you can see before and after where I added the brace. As far as the insulation, looks like plain old Great Stuff to me. That is what I am gonna use. Was thinking about using the fireblock version of it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:39 AM   #33
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Kenny; Go to Yahoo Groups they have a large Travco Group, also facebook Dodge Travco Lovers and Good Old RVs.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:01 PM   #34
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Travco's on the go

Kenny; Are all your Travco's 220s, I have a 270, been loving it for the past 12yrs. Been all round easteren Canada & northeast USA. There is a MOPAR meet the largest in Canada. Hope you can make it for 2013 as we have 4 willing to attend next year. Here is my 1969 270.

PS. Yahoo Groups "Travco" very good group member for many years.

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Old 09-09-2012, 08:29 AM   #35
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Hi Kenny

Just in case you haven't found them already, there are a few Travco restoration blogs out there.
Here's the one I created for my Dad's 270:
The Blue Whale - Restoring a 1975 Travco Motorhome

There are links to other Travco restoration projects and Travco ressources.

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Old 01-23-2013, 07:38 PM   #36
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Thanks, I actually got tired of not having a Travco specific forum. There are too many around so I started one. I kinda back burnered this one because I got another one.
travcoforum dot com.
Don't want to put a link.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:33 PM   #37
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Thanks, I actually got tired of not having a Travco specific forum. There are too many around so I started one. I kinda back burnered this one because I got another one.
travcoforum dot com.
Don't want to put a link.
Well I'm not shy about posting a link!

Here's a link to the brand spankin' new Dodge Travco Forum.

Good luck with the new forum, Kenny!

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:55 PM   #38
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I saw no less than 5 TRAVCO class "A's", and one TRAVCO Class "C" gathered at the RV meet in Quartzsite, AZ yesterday. There were also at least 20 GMC's......
I'm guessing you weren't there......

Meeeeeow....?
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #39
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I am doing exactly the same thing

I have two travcos 1969/1970 both in different stages of restoration. Your information is invaluable. thanks.
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OK Time for some updates. I have been going like the hammers of hell on this thing. Here goes my carpel tunnel...So I repaired the back hole with Mat and SMC resin. Damn that stuff is strong but it is tricky to work with. My supplier gave me Bondo brand Mat with Evercoat SMC and when I went to read the can for mixing ratio I noticed it said use ONLY Evercoat fiberglass MAtt. Uht oh...So I called Evercoat and they said they could not vouch for any other brand of mat but that there was nothing special about thier mat that it was specific for SMC resin so basically I am ok with what I used. It just seemed that the mat kinda melted with the resin more than I expected it to. It was tricky to smooth it. You could not squeegee it , only gently work the bubbles out with a paint brush. It hardened up and 30 mins and by the next day was strong as a rock. I welded the gen box back in and cleaned the frame for paint. Spent today stripping the interior out. The cabinets were destroyed by mice. I have another parts unit for cabinets in better shape. The stench of rodent urine was near unbearable. This Travco wants to live though. The closet flange for the commode unscrewed from the holding tank like it was just put in and enabled me to remove the bathroom enclosure. I may re gelcoat it. Lots of pics. Sorry I didn't take some while laying the glass but I had to move quickly.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #40
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Great job! What is the square piece of material you are using to fill the hole in the rear of the travco next to the generator? I have several rectangular holes where i pulled grates out that need to be filled in this manner..thanks!
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Great job! What is the square piece of material you are using to fill the hole in the rear of the travco next to the generator? I have several rectangular holes where i pulled grates out that need to be filled in this manner..thanks!
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #42
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Great job! What is the square piece of material you are using to fill the hole in the rear of the travco next to the generator? I have several rectangular holes where i pulled grates out that need to be filled in this manner..thanks!
Sorry, I started my own forum dedicated to Travco owners but to answer your question(hopefully not too late) I used a thick mill piece of plastic. It was actually the plastic stapled under a sunline Travel trailer to protect the underside from the road debris. When I cut up the trailer for parts I saved the stuff as it was very flexible and also with a little wax on it worked perfect as a form. It peeled right off.
Just to update...ironically I never finished the unit. My elbows gave out from sanding it with th 8 inch Mudhog. It is actually being picked up Wed by someone who I hope will finish what I started. I have since bought another Travco . A 1975 270 which the body was in much better shape but I had to gut the entire inside. It needs outside paint but the gelcoat is not cracked. I think the paint over i saved it from the UV destruction.
Here is a picture of it when I was changing the a/c unit last spring.
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