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Old 05-29-2009
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Default Mr Finn's motorhomes before The Bud Bus

I am not going to say John is old, but I just found some of his photos of motorhomes he has had before the Bud bus. http://home.comcast.net/~robmorg/oldmh/oldmh.htm

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interesting site,Guy,Thanks.
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I am not going to say John is old, but I just found some of his photos of motorhomes he has had before the Bud bus. http://home.comcast.net/~robmorg/oldmh/oldmh.htm

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Ah the good old days!!! I did have a Travco like this one in the article.

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Ah the good old days!!! I did have a Travco like this one in the article.

If I remember the Travco was designed by Larry Shinoda who also did the 69-70 Ford Mustang.
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If I remember the Travco was designed by Larry Shinoda who also did the 69-70 Ford Mustang.
Brett,

I believe that you are correct. The one i had was a 22 foot with a 440 Dodge engine, needles to say it was very fast, but suffered from the leaky valve cover gasket syndrome that plagued the Chrysler wedge engines of that era and that along with the lousy leaking engine cover gasket that were almost impossible to find new ones to replace it with, when you would shut the engine off the oil fumes and smoke would come up inside of the cabin.

I must have tried about a half of a dozen GUARANTEED TO FIX THE PROBLEM valve cover gaskets and installation techniques, before I sold it and moved onto my old pusher engine bus.

I just got to thinking, the last time I was here at Road Atlanta racing over 20 years ago, I was driving the old Travco and pulling the old formula car behind on an open trailer, my how things have changed.
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Things have changed John,the Travco was fast and so was the F.V.,now you have a slow bird and a slow VW!!
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Things have changed John,the Travco was fast and so was the F.V.,now you have a slow bird and a slow VW!!


Randy,

Yes, that is true, but it seems like I'm having just as much, if not more fun now days with both the 'Bird and the WABBIT
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Some interesting history of the motor home. But I didn't see Wanderlodge even mentioned in the web site.

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Just two years later in 1970, Newell was the first company to market a rear-engine motor home, on their own built-from-scratch class A pusher motor home chassis - a design which would become the standard for the future. Within another two years they were offering "diesel pushers" far ahead of the rest of the industry.
In 1969 Wanderlodge built 9 pusher units. Maybe the fact that they didn't continue to build pusher units until 1982 didn't give them the right to say they were the "first on the block".

I read elsewhere that Newell used a rear engine model on a chassis that was purchased in 1969. He was unsatisfied with the result so he built his own chassis in 1970.

So who was the first one to have the first rear engine motorhome?
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My first RV they called it a Grateful dead bus, I say I am grateful I am not dead

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Things have changed John,the Travco was fast and so was the F.V.,now you have a slow bird and a slow VW!!
LOL a real rabbit would beat John's car! ... and a rat.. rod I know of HA
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