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Old 04-22-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Should i or shouldnt i ?

Drive by these 3 rigs every day, today I stopped by to take a closer look. I am thinking about stopping in this week and see if they want to sell them. The green gmc is a 26 foot and is in the best shape inside out of the three. The Winnebago is the runner up, then the tan gmc. Is there any money to be made in refurbishing these and selling them? I have now clue on the engine and systems working condition. Any feed back would be appreciated.


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Old 04-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Drive by these 3 rigs every day, today I stopped by to take a closer look. I am thinking about stopping in this week and see if they want to sell them. The green gmc is a 26 foot and is in the best shape inside out of the three. The Winnebago is the runner up, then the tan gmc. Is there any money to be made in refurbishing these and selling them? I have now clue on the engine and systems working condition. Any feed back would be appreciated.


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I am repairing a 20 year old silver eagle and I am new at this but from my experience so far, what ever damage you see is in far worse shape then you think it is. The hidden stuff I keep uncovering is mind boggeling, especally with rot and rust.. Be careful and expect to spend more then you think you will.
If I ever do this again I will buy something that is used regularly and well maintained.
I have learned that if you see evidence of a Leak, the damage is worse then you think,
If the seller cannot operate every system on the unit and show you that they actually work, they probably do not. By every system I mean does it have fuel in the gas tank, does the motor run and drive and Stop. LP in the LP tank and water in the fresh water tank so they can demonstarted that everything that uses LP or water or both actually works.
Everyone I ever spoke to selling old RV's all said it all works but almost every one had either no water in the tank, No LP in the Lp tank or said all it needs is a new battery or a freon charge or a tune up
Be very careful. Let the buyer beware
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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I was just thinking of doing it for fun. Would never think about stepping down from my winnie or its technology.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:21 PM   #4
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i vote for the gmc, way ahead of it's time. the green one
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Two or three months ago, I saw a program on one of the Discovery Channels and there was a guy featured that guts them and starts from scratch with the interior, updating it with all of the latest tech. Takes care of any mechanical or body issues and then resells them. Somewhere out of Florida. Picks them up for next to nothing and turns around and sells them for 80k and up! He seemed to especially like those 6 wheel (GMC's?). But of course, he's made a business of it and has parts laying all over the place.

As far as should I or shouldn't I? You probably shouldn't. It's pretty easy to get in over your head with this kinda stuff. Once you start there's a tendency to find a LOT more wrong than you first anticipated. But if you're into it and enjoy this sort of thing. Have at it! Rule of thumb. Don't buy it for any more than its worth in scrap.
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I have a soft spot for the GMC motorhome for 2 reasons;

When I was a teenager my Dad helped me buy a new GMC van off the showroom floor. Back then it was cool to drive a van, now everyone would think you're a pervert if you have one. The GMC MH was my vans big brother and I always wanted one, but that was a long time ago.

Other reason is the GMC MH was based on the FWD Toronado. Dad bought one new in 1966 and it seemed like a rocket ship to me back then. Still love to see them if I am lucky enough to spot one on the road.

Thanks Dad, RIP
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