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Old 04-27-2014, 09:43 PM   #15
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Just a different thought, maybe they are parts rigs. The GMC's are pretty unique and based on what owners I know say need lots of work. They really all seem to have most or part of one or more to use for back up. The owners seem to need lots of work done, and are frequent shop hoppers.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #16
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It's really pretty amazing the number of RVs just parked and left to decompose. I didn't notice them much before we owned one, but now it seems I see them everywhere.

one day i well try to take a pic there in good shape like they well be put up for seal soon or some thing

they where pulled out of a shop
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:53 AM   #17
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Those GMCs in 1975 gave DW and I the itch...could we ever afford that lifestyle; I seem to remember a $32.5K price tag. Took 38 years to finally get there
Wasn't even aware of them until a young family of 4 parked up the way from us at Fairmont RV park in MT this summer. Didn't get a chance to talk to them but the rig looked darn near new. Idaho plates.
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I sold my '78 Royale about a month ago. Contrary to what was posted earlier, not many of them require continual work. Of the ~12,000 that were produced from '73-'78, over 9,000 are still roadworthy. Put that number up against any other '70s brand. ~40yr old vehicles do require some work, and updates/upgrades to replace NLA parts. Considering the entire coach framework is aluminum, the upper shell & roof are aluminum, the lower shell and F/R caps are fiberglass (not a luan composite), they can last virtually forever. The big drawback is the GM engineers who thought a Toronado drivetrain designed for a 4000lb car could just be slipped into a 10,000+lb vehicle; so the front wheel bearings are a serious weak point, expensive and difficult to replace. There is probably more parts/upgrade support for these coaches than for any other brand. There is even a 'black list', so if you're traveling and have problems, check the black list and call a local fellow GMC owner, and they'll give you a hand getting back on the road.
They drive and ride much nicer than any Class A MH I've been in. They ride like a Cadillac, especially with the quad-bag rear suspension upgrade mine had, giving it six wheel independent suspension.
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I first saw one at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Indiana. Ever since, I've been seeing them in CG's. 4 were parked together at an FMCA rally last summer. Classics!

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I see one every-time I go out to a flea market and finally stopped to take a look. (Closed/Out of business Auto Dealership) Been there going on a year. Rear end sitting on the ground,. (Air Bags) Its all there and the interior looks to be in fairly good shape looking thru the windows. That's all I know on it. I wish I had a garage big enough so I could re-store it.
I think they are so neat looking.
Thanks for bring this post back to life.

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If you go back, they modified one of them as an "Urban Assault Vehicle" in the comedy Stripes, with a couple of the stars from Ghostbusters.
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I always liked the style of these motorhomes. They were so ahead of their time with it and I think they still are even today.
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The guys up in Bend Or. at Beaver Coach Sales are restoring one of the old GMC motorhomes.I didn't get the whole story why but it is an ongoing project for them.
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They were built not too far from where I worked as an RV tech for quite a while. The 2 things I remember best are that the windshield was curved and very close the the drivers eyes. It needed special optics built into it to prevent distortion in the drivers line of sight. The other thing is, they had a really complex 12v wiring system to operate the leveling system.Thankfully, they were reasonably reliable. Most of the work I ever had to do on them was pretty routine. Of note also, serious RV'ers thought they were too small even back then. Awesome for tailgating though...
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I have pictures of many GMC motorhomes in my RV archive site, ViewRVs.com.

ViewRVs.com - GMC Motorhomes

The units have a very loyal following. They are unique with the front wheel drive, air bag leveling, and aerodynamic shape. I have heard they have a very smooth ride driving down the highway. There are several shops around the country that specialize in maintaining and restoring the GMC motorhomes.

They come in 26' and 23' lengths. The 26' length is the most common.

Even though they are smaller and more aerodynamic, they still only get 7-9 mpg. They have an Olds 455 engine.

The front wheel drive allows them to sit lower and have a lower center of gravity.
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Regarding sitting lower, I don't remember them as having an entry step. In the "park" position with bags deflated, you didn't need one!
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They ride like a Cadillac, and 'float' down the highway. There is no real need for an entry step, although mine had a Ragusa folding step which was very nice.
The interiors are def space challenged. They were not advertised or intended for full-time, or even extended stay camping use. Back in the '70s, road trip vacations were far more prevalent than today. I remember cruising across the country every summer with my parents in our '72 Olds 98 2-door HT; had the 455 and netted 11-12mpg hwy. GM promoted the the motorhomes to replace large cruiser cars for short term vacation use. Makes great sense for the time. Get very close to the same economy (I netted 10-10.5mpg consistently with mine) and have home-like amenities. And no more listening to "I have to go to the bathroom" every 5min from the kids.
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