In the mountains of Fancy Gap, Virginia sits a vintage motorhome just waiting to be refurbished for its next round of adventures. It’s found a new home and the eBay auction has been taken down, but we wanted to share this great find to inspire those of you who love vintage!
A running ’68 Travco, just waiting for restoration.
A 1968 Dodge Travco with 47,000 miles, but who knows where it’s been? A partial restoration was begun in 2007 but the low selling price and relative good condition of the vehicle for its age make it a prime candidate for a complete overhaul.
According to the ad, the motor runs but needs some TLC.
The exterior currently features a bold, graphic black and white paint job, which may be the original judging by the fading, chipping and peeling. Everything from the raised marker lights to the large airhorn atop the cabin seems intact.
Cool vintage details like this airhorn are still there.
Having recently shared a refurb of a very similar Travco, I notice that the side door has what is apparently a common issue on these motorhomes. At some point the original locking handle has been joined by a second lock.
Someone has added the upper dead bolt for security or as a fix.
The spartan interior appears to be all original as well. The curtains, upholstery and once-white walls have faded into a monotone that begs to be redecorated in cool vintage styling. The dash is reminiscent of vintage Dodges of all models, with its simple AM radio and lack of modern gadgets.
Here’s the side view of this 27′ land yacht.
Behind the captain’s and navigator’s seats, the formica dinette features a white vinyl bench that appears to be intact. The kitchen counters are done in a laminate typical of the era and cabinet space is limited.
Cool curved rear end with raised marker lights.
The motor has been partially rebuilt, but runs, although the seller cautions a support vehicle should be sent alongside any adventures until a proper overhaul can be done. It’s currently tagged as an antique in Virginia, which would likely need to change.
Here’s a few shots of the cabin, love that simple dash!
If you, like me, are a lover of old things, the images have echoes of past vacations and road trips. It will be a labor of love for someone, but having seen much written about so many of these monsters being restored to usefulness, I bet we’ll be hearing more from the owner very soon.
Kitchen and dining still all original, check out the white vinyl!
The photos reveal no evidence of any serious water damage and the surface rust is minimal. It’s the kind of ad that makes me wish I had a place to work on one and the time, money and patience to see it through. I hope this particular Travco motorhome inspires you to keep looking. You never know what you may find lurking about in the corners of places like craigslist and eBay.
Finally one shot of the back bedroom, we wish the new owners good luck!
UPDATE: This Travco ended up selling for $2,025 to one lucky buyer!