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Old 05-02-2016, 07:10 AM   #1
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My wife and I RVed for 20 years in class A diesel pushers. We were almost full timer, sometimes as much as ten months a year in the RV. We have decided to downsize, sold the RV but still have the urge. We are looking at purchasing a vintage (1973-78) gmc motorhome. We have seen a few and are continuing to look.

I am having a problem getting a VIN check. Everywhere I go I'm informed that it can't be done for vehicles older than 1981. I want to get the usual stuff; owner, previous owners, lien holder, accident history. Is there such a service?
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:54 AM   #2
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Check with Alex Sirum GMC Motor Homes, Inc. They are located in Okeechobee, FL @ 1800 East Highway 70, Okeechobee34974 - 863-763-1121. Hope this helps.
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I once was looking at the GMC also.
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Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs! Keep her between the ditches!

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Old 05-02-2016, 11:37 AM   #6
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Hi Welcome to irv2. I have owned two GMC Motorhomes both 1977 models. My first was a 23' Birchaven, my second a 26' Palm Beach both with the 455ci engines. They were and are Fantastic Motorhomes. We loved both. As our travels changed we needed larger units. The storage was tight on them as we traveled more and further. They are low and very easy to maneuver they ride very much like the larger GM vehicles of that era. Parts are relatively easy to find and many companies still support them. There were Forums dedicated to them with great members offering great advice ( GMC Motorhomes .com is one).
I sold my last one in 2009 having owned it for 12 years and still miss it. For a vehicle designed in 1970 or so the design still holds up well.
On the negative side the newest one was built in 1978 ( first a 1973), there are still about 9,000 still on the road of the 13,000 originally built. For the newest being 38 years old that in itself is Amazing. Look out for Frame Rust although new frames were available. The body was aluminum and Fiberglas.The conventions would draw 500 coaches up til the mid 2000s as I recall. Due to the Tandom axle in the rear Toll roads were a problem, cost was incredibly high for a 11,000 lb vehicle arguments always ensued to get charged as a Motorhome not a Truck.
I was an active member of the forums for about a decade.
Owning one was a labor of Love.
I would be glad to share any information I have with you.
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