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Old 02-17-2013, 08:07 PM
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Dodge Travco motorhome

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Another cool-looking vehicle. This one seems to always park near the Hells' Angels clubhouse on 3rd St/NYC -- the owner isn't affiliated apparently. Photo isn't mine, but I couldn't help notice the thing when walking there this evening.

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:30 PM
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Those are sweet old campers. I dig it!
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:07 PM
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I love those old Travcos and Winnebagos of the same vintage. Would love to restore and drop a Cummins in one some day.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:14 PM
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a little different catagory

but check this jewel out.

Bowlus Road Chief
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:22 PM
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but check this jewel out.

Bowlus Road Chief
Brilliant. Fairly light, aerodynamic, and not an iota of space gone to waste. And looks damn sexy as well.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:28 PM
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That's a Travco 270. I used to own a Travco 220. I'll see if I can find a picture of it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:31 PM
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Picture taken at Vidauwoo. It had the 413 ci engine and a 727 transmission.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:32 PM
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At the very end of production, they started putting a Detroit 8.2 diesel in them.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:43 AM
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but check this jewel out.

Bowlus Road Chief
Tow it with a Town Car or just forget it, and live in a town HOUSE.
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but check this jewel out.

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There had better be a lot of jewels inside it for $100k
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Another cool-looking vehicle. This one seems to always park near the Hells' Angels clubhouse on 3rd St/NYC -- the owner isn't affiliated apparently. Photo isn't mine, but I couldn't help notice the thing when walking there this evening.

When getting out of the Army in '71, I ended up working until the Spring Semester at the Dodge Trucks shop on Irving Blvd. in Dallas. We worked on motor homes like that. We also had chassis' delivered to us that were used for building motor homes. Most of them had a 440 and Torqueflite. If they weren't well maintained they didn't last long because of the CONSTANT fully loaded condition.

Some of them were a real Bltch to work on, since they were built AROUND components that needed to be accessed.

At that point in time, Dodge had a Lions share of that market, I always assumed that this was due to them selling them way cheaper than Ford or GM, but I don't know that to be true.
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Maybe but those old 440s were pretty high quality too. IIRC they had steel cranks.
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Most of the early motor homes were made in Northern Indiana (Waukarusa, I believe) which was just a "hop, skip and a jump" from the old Dodge truck plant. It was a sensible idea considering the Dodge Bro.'s early history with Indiana's motoring industry.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:26 AM
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Lots of those Travco's are still on the road with the 440's or 413's. Some even had the 318's in them. Certainly in the 220, the drivetrain wasn't being pushed very hard. They did have a funky brake system in them. Some had large vacuum reservoirs and others had a system which ran off the the power steering system I think. Problems were hard to diagnosis when they occurred.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:36 AM
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At the very end of production, they started putting a Detroit 8.2 diesel in them.
That could be the reason that production ended- one of the worst engines ever made by anyone.

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