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Old 01-25-2011, 04:04 PM   #1
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Hawkins Motor Coach

I just found a 1987 HMC coach, for sale in my neighborhood. I havent called to get a price yet, but I thought I might see what ya'll thought would be a good price for a used one. From the looks of it, it looked in pretty good shape. Just wondering, did the Hawkins company go out of business?

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Old 01-25-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Yes, Hawkins has gone out of business. Their coaches were exceptionally well designed and built, but cost more to build than they could sell them for towards the end.

We seriously considered a 32' HMC that was on a local dealer's lot, but the "orphan" syndrome deterred us (and DW was scared of anyting abouve 25'). In retrospect, I wish we'd haggled for a better price and bought it.

As with most RVs, the stuff inside is pretty standard and you can get fridges, stoves, toilets, etc., from just about anywhere. With out-of-business manufactirers, the problem is getting replacement body parts if you have a fender bender.

I understand that members of the Hawkins family managed to save some of the molds for front and rear caps and a few other propietary bits from the sherrif's auction.

Maybe one of the family reads this forum and can advise. Although we have the Georgetown (see signature) an HMC might be well worth trading for if we could find a good one.

Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but if Hawkins has gone out of business, then wouldnt that make them certified classics? This one is being sold by owner, so idk how much haggling I could do. Hopefully the price wouldnt be too much. How easy are they to drive, btw?
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:16 PM   #4
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i just saw a 1987 36ft. for sale for $14,500. looks to be in good shape. i google up this coach and found it there. very nice looking.

John & Colleen Weston & Cassie(our cat) -Olympia,WA
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My first coach was a 1991 Hawkins HMC. It was 33ft DP with a CAT 3208T and Allision Tranny. It was built on a Gillig chassis (well know for their bus chassis) and it was built like a tank. It was a great coach.

It would be hard to know what to suggest for a price. You haven't said whether it's a gas unit or a diesel or how many miles are on it and it's general condition.

I sold mine a 4 years for 18K and was lucky to get that due to the market and large number of used motorhomes that are for sale.

They drive fine but not quite as good as a newer coach.

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