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Old 08-09-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Old Open Road motorhomes

Does anyone remember the old Open Road motorhomes from the early 70's I believe? I had a friend that had one in 76. They were kind of boxy. I never see them anymore, once in a great while in a field somewhere, but never on the road. Anyone have one they still use?

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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I have seen a couple, one about 3 years ago. I may be mistaken, but I believe that the Allegro (Bob Tiffin) are the manufacture of the Open Road motorhome

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Old 08-15-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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A colleague of mine when I worked for a NASA contractor in Virginia, in 1971/73, had worked for Open Road. They were located in Florida someplace, maybe Sanford. From the stories he told about the way things were done, I'm not too surprised they went out of business.

There didn't seem to be much engineering effort. One story was that the first time they built a new model Class A on a GM chassis, they drove the rig down to the local Midas mufler shop when the body was installed and said "Put an exhaust system on this thing". Midas did, and they drove it back to the plant, took photos of the installation, then removed it. Using the photos and the first example on the bench, they made production drawings for future manufacturing.

On problem they had was convincing customers they really were "new", particularly customers in the western states. GM had contract drivers take the bare chassis from the plant in Detroit and drive them to Florida. Once the rig was built, OR people were given the job of driving them to the dealers. He took one to San Diego and it had almost 5000 miles on it before the customer ever saw it. I believe they started taking a new speedometer with them on the trip and replacing the original one at the dealer's shop.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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I look for Open Roads and Mobile Travelers, since that's what my parents had when I was a kid. I saw an Open Road about a year ago, it was pretty run down, but driving. Out of the 5 MH's they had, the Open Road was my parents' favorite.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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I remember them. They were sold as an entry level coach.

They had a '76 model that was red, white, and blue!
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