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Old 06-03-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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Travelux Trailer Questions

For those who have worked on Canadian 1966 through late 70's era Travelux trailers what problems have been encountered with components such as frame, traveling gear and axles, wooden floor, external water leaks from riveted joints, windows, etc. Thanks.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
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Here's a photo of a locally available 1969 Travelux that I'm interested in although I haven't had a close look at it yet.

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:40 AM   #3
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That is very cute. I would imagine that problems would be similar to an airstream of that vintage.

Worn axles, dying appliances, floor and frame issues caused by leaks. All are fixable if you have the cash or inclination. I would be especially concerned about any body damage as I'm not sure about availability of replacement parts.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:50 AM   #4
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Thanks Janet, from the following Airforum Pdf file it looks like this trailer is probably the smaller T-25 model and I like that it has tandem axles.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...9&d=1139979038

Here's another photo which shows that the owner has probably polished out some scratches on the front corners but I don't see many rock dings or jacknife damage.



We've had a lot of rain over the last few weeks so I imagine that interior leaks might be apparent but is there a better way to check for outer shell and window leaks. Sorry for the newbie question, I haven't owned a trailer or camper for decades but might get into this as a summer project for the grandchildren.

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I like the looks of that rig.

Pressure testing can be performed to check for leaks in shell seam, penetrations, and in/around windows.

Here's a recent thread on the subject.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...light=pressure

Steve (Airstream Forums - View Profile: soldiermedic) may be able to answer any questions on the subject you may have.

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Thanks Kevin, looks like a good method to find shell leaks. Another thing I like about the exterior is that anywhere the belly pan shows on photos it looks to be intact. Here are a few photos of the interior that the seller posted, the stove appears to be missing, he says that the vinyl floor is fairly new and the bright white walls and ceiling may indicate repainting, maybe done to hide water stains or other damages? This thread about another similar Travelux shows considerably more wood grain throughout, the cushion covers look original though ;

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368...ing-63844.html





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I actually bought this trailer yesterday...its actually quite nice, but will be going thru a complete reno...
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I actually bought this trailer yesterday...its actually quite nice, but will be going thru a complete reno...

Congrats and Welcome,

A unique rig. Keep us updated on your reno.

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Thank you...I will. We wanted something unique, that nobody else had. I think we found it.

I do have a question for anyone in the know...

VIN number location? I will throw on some work gear and start looking, but a clue may make the task less tedious..Thanks
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I looked in all the normal spots, no luck. If I knew what I was looking for, a number plate riveted, or stamped in the tongue, etc..
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Hi Canadaxp,

nice find at an excellent price. Hope you don't mind that I put up some initial photos to the project, look forward to seeing more of how the rig gets rebuilt.

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I have a Travelux and have done a little research on the brand. They are a sturdy well made trailer. Similar to an Avion in overall design, made of aluminum with steel frame and plywood floor. The floor can rot like an Airstream but the frame is quite deep and strong.

All the appliances, running gear etc are standard off the shelf brands. Kelsey wheels and brakes, Atam axles and leaf spring suspension, Bargman lights, Dometic fridge, Bowen water heater, Peters and Russell water pressure pump, Suburban furnace. Black tank is fibreglass made by Travelux. There is no gray tank. When using the shower or sink you are supposed to remove the plug from the terminal valve. Either have a campground hookup or separate "blue tank".

It should be easier to restore than an Airstream except for the rarity of support and information. The interior is simpler and all parts are either standard or can be made with simple tools. If you do a search on this site for Travelux info you will find most of what is available on the net.

I have never seen one with the blue trim like yours has. It appears to be factory original, I just never saw one with that configuration or design.

Interior is made of vinyl covered aluminum. The white finish is how it comes from the factory although yours may have been repainted. The factory recommends cleaning the vinyl with a damp cloth and mild soap or detergent.

Good luck with your new trailer. Nice to see another Travelux.
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There's another early fairly good condition Travelux for sale in Calgary which is probably from between 1966 to 1968, as the 21' - 25' units that I've seen from later than 68 had tandem axles. This one also has the tear drop shaped marker lights close to the top of the front and rear windows which I think were changed to small square lamps in about 1973.



I'm not interested in the trailer as I would prefer a tandem, but it may work for some, maybe parked as an office.

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I do have a question for anyone in the know...

VIN number location? I will throw on some work gear and start looking, but a clue may make the task less tedious..Thanks
From a Travelux history page this 1978 model had the VIN on a sticker which appears to be placed somewhere on the body.

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