Vintage RV’s are popular, and it seems as though they get more popular with each passing year. Most restored vintage RV’s look far better than they did even in their prime. But many restorations fall short in keeping the interior and exterior consistent with the look of the original build.
Much like with a classic car, it’s incredibly difficult to find period-correct parts and accessories to aid in restoring a vintage RV.
But this example is more than just a vintage RV – it’s an impressively restored 1964 Dodge Travco motorhome that has been redone to look much like it did when it rolled off the assembly line.
And its even got a name: “Myrtle”
Myrtle is the creation of Capri Rasmussen and Jason Auch. You can keep up with them on their blog. After a random spotting of this aging motorhome, Capri knew she had to have it. It would become a labor of love, and one that would require a huge investment of time, money, and energy to restore to its prior glory.
Myrtle is a 27’ long motorhome with the original configuration and floor plan (excluding the dinette) that includes a bathroom, kitchen, closet, couch, bench seating, and a bedroom. Some upgrades have been made such as the addition of a solar power system, inverter, and improved interior lighting.
The upgrades were the easy part.
After purchase the motorhome needed significant renovations. Most of the floor needed to be removed right down to the frame. A majority of the walls required the same treatment.
1964 Dodge Travco Motorhome After Restoration
Along the way they replaced or installed insulation, seats, flooring, water tanks, electrical, starter, ignition, wiper motors, exhaust system, tires, shocks, brakes, windshield, and cabinets.
They even rebuilt the 318 poly engine. Through the use of eBay, salvage yards, and online parts suppliers they pieced together every single thing they required, but it wasn’t always easy.
In one situation they actually acquired a part they needed from an employee of one of the parts stores who sold it to them right off his own truck!
It was a tireless process that took Capri and Jason nearly 2 years to finish.
Alas, the work is never done.
They have also put a tremendous effort into finding period correct materials, accessories, dishes, and furniture.
It was important to them to make the 1964 Dodge Travco motorhome as authentic as possible.
Though they have put a significant amount of time, money, and energy into restoring Myrtle, they use it strictly for vacations now. Capri and Jason plan to live in their restoration full time in the future.
Make sure you give a wave if you see them on the road!
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