Adventures And Restoration Of Our 1973 Travco 220 Motorhome

Saturday, July 30, 2011

If It's Not Already New Or Broken It Will Be Soon!

So I was standing in the backyard staring at the fate of the fuel tank when I thought, Hey lets hook up the water hose and see if the plumbing works.  I hooked the hose up to the outside of the RV and had one of my kids run to the house and turn the water on. I should have expected it but that noise that we heard was not a running faucet, it was rushing water behind the stove. Yes, I was screaming "SHUT THE WATER OFF!" It's amazing how sound proof these old Travcos are.

I knew we were going to have issues like this, I have even previously told my wife "If it is not already new or broken it will be soon" that's what happens on anything this old that is made to go down the road. It's also a good insurance policy to state this up-front as a pre-curser to when we are all stranded on some back road in the middle of nowhere some point in the future. 
On a good note my camera and lenses were not damaged as they were in the camera bag on the floor in front of the stove, the bag was wet but everything was safe on the inside.

All in all after taking the stove out it was just a short foot and a half copper line that feeds the toilet. My thought is to replace all needed copper with Pex tubing, it's easier to work with and I think it will hold up better.

It's 11:33am
Next Stop, Lunch.


  1. Looks like its going well. I also own a 220 - I live in Wyoming not to far from Jenison. I have 2 270,s as well. Id love to see yours.

  2. I grew up and my first home was in Wyoming, Went to Godwin High School.
    Three Travcos? Wow. Running? Parts RV's?
    Currently I have mine pretty tore up, let me get it somewhat back together before I show it off.