Memory Lane

Vintage MuuMuu
Vintage MuuMuu

I have a MuuMuu.

Two of them, to be precise. Found them on eBay.  While waiting for parts to be shipped and repairs to commence, we’ve found taking trips down memory lane are as big a part of this classic 1975 Travco restoration as the work itself.

The MuuMuu brings back the days of flipping through the Sears and Eaton’s catalogues, discovering the latest styles and colours the “right crowd” in the big cities followed. Little did we know in rural Eastern Ontario that shopping from the catalogue was not haute couture. And it provided us with entertainment and craft projects (I remember clipping outfits from the pages and using them on paper dolls) before being relegated to the cottage outhouse.

We are also getting nostalgic about our bank account. I was aware this project would not be cheap. I read a quote from a Travco owner before we got the RV stating “A cheap or free vehicle is the one which ends up costing the most”. So true. I’ve discovered that the majority of Travco dedicated sites are outdated, and their price guides and contact numbers need updating.

The biggest blow so far has been the windshield. It is a two piece unit and both sides of ours is damaged – one with a big Y-crack and the other with a stone chip. After a bit of searching and calling phone numbers listed that were no longer in service I hit on an excellent supplier. For anyone interested, Foretravel in Texas no longer carries Travco windshields, but Duncan Systems, Elkhart Indiana (800) 551-9149 fixed me up with the glass in a few days. Ask for Sonia at Ext. 5115. She’s awesome.

The blow came when Sonia priced it out. The cost has doubled since information was added to the website. Cost of the glass is $820 apiece. Add in the gasket, exchange on the Canadian dollar, shipping and customs, and we’re looking at around $2,300. I told the installer his life is on the line if he breaks them.

Repairs to the brake system and wiring are less painful. It will come in around $500-$600. There was significant body rot under the driver’s seat and one of the storage compartments has to be rebuilt, so welding will be another $750. The welder said he has to tear up some of the carpet to do the work, as it could catch fire. The carpet was the one thing in the vehicle that was clean, undamaged and intact. The propane system has to be checked for certification as well.

We’re confident it is short term pain, long term gain. It’s a work in progress and we realized that there would be surprised along the way. So far, we’re on budget. Making it pretty may have to wait a couple years. We’re preparing to make more memories in our classic RV and we’re preparing for them to be happy ones with as few bad surprises as possible.


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