Adventures And Restoration Of Our 1973 Travco 220 Motorhome

Monday, February 20, 2012

Where Did I Go Wrong?

Last we talked I was on the hunt for a welder to weld my fuel tank back together and hunt I did but somehow things got off on a different track.

Alright, I'm just going to put it out there.
I bought a sewing machine for my wife with my welder funds..... Yeah, let's just move on.

It's been a while since my last post but the quest has continued.

1. Gas tank is still out and after hunting for a replacement all winter I have reverted back to my original plan of welding the tank back together. Let me know if you have a better idea.

2. The interior is extremely clean and in good condition but the thought of living with 30 year old foam rubber and fabric that has never been cleaned does not give me thoughts of relaxation. That said we pulled one of the covers off a rear bunk bed and carefully washed it in a kiddy pool, unfortunately it resulted in a semi-crispy fabric that I doubt will ever fit back on the foam. we knew this was the risk but until you try? With this new knowledge, we are now thinking we will use the other bunk cover to create a pattern and sew new covers. That sewing machine might come in handy after-all.

3. The cabinet and interior wood structurally is in good shape but the finish is pretty rough, it's cracking and peeling quite bad. I have sanded a couple doors down and tried a couple different stains but matching the original finish which looks like some form of one-step stain/varnish has proven difficult. Currently I am planning on either painting the cabinets, finding a contrasting stain or investigating the possibility of putting a laminate on the doors and painting the frames.

I really like the dark wood of this Airstream pic.

Upper Cabinets

Lower Cabinets

Sanded Clean

New Stain - Take One

4. We are having a few electrical issues but I'll save that for another post. 

Well the weather is getting warmer and the season just getting started.

Next Stop Lunch!


  1. Hi Jeff, Great to see another Travco restoration! I'm thinking of doing one myself, but haven't bit the bullet yet. Question: could you show how the passenger bench seat works? Thanks, and best wishes on your big project!

  2. Chris,
    The passenger seat flips so it can face the front or the table. Give me a couple days and I will click a couple pics of the operation