I intend to buy one of these

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  1. Brownout

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    These are so darn cool! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GMC_motorhome They were made between 1973 and 1978, and something like 3/4 of those made are sill on the road. These are one of a very, very few lines built to be a motorhome from the "ground up." If anyone know of one in excellent mechanical shape, I'd appreciate a heads up.
     
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  2. strantor

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    With 3/4 of them still on the road and being out of production for 30+ years, finding parts is going to be fun. The closer you can find to pristine condition the better.
     
  3. Zazoo

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    I like it.
     
  4. maxpower097

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    Its a GMC which means it's really a chevy. There are so many GMC, GM , and chevy parts around I don't think it be an issue. I'd even bet it has a chevy truck engine in it. Like the GMC JIMMY or Chevy whatever.

    This is quoted on Wiki
    "Several companies specialize in parts for GMC motorhomes, and the strong community has developed a substantial cottage industry for needed replacement and modernization parts. Most parts are still available from GMC or aftermarket suppliers who support muscle-car-era Oldsmobiles, or from suppliers dedicated to specialized GMC parts production."
     
  5. Brownout

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    Yeah, maxpower you beat me to it. Many of these have been restored to pristine condition. Their owners are like owners of other classis vehicles, they treat them like their babies.
     
  6. DerStrom8

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    Nice rolling piece of history there :D I wouldn't mind having one of them myself at some point. Good luck! :)

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  7. Brownout

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    Thanks, but it's a bit more than just a rolling museum. It's simply one of the best motorhome lines ever produced, and surely the best styled. That's why the vast majority are still on the road, more than 40 years after the fact. Modern motorhomes aren't built to last, and they are da*n expensive. I intend to use it when I go to the lake in the summer, and if I have to go out of town for work. There is a possibility I will be living away from home, and I would use it to keep my expenses down. At least, that's my excuse :)
     
  8. DerStrom8

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    I don't see where you got an argument out of that. I'm just saying that it looks like a great piece of american history that you can own and use, and that I wish you luck in finding one. I'll keep my eyes open. ;)
     
  9. Brownout

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    I wasn't arguing. I'm saying it's all that and more.
     
  10. Brownout

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    When I first discovered these a few years back, I really liked the styling. I didn't know they were old, and I had no idea there was such a community that supported them. I guess the historical aspect is just as cool as the style is. Recently, I was informed about an opportunity for a job that's out of my state. That's when I remembered how much I liked these vehicles. Also, I enjoy spending my summers at the lake, but it gets so hot in the mid-day. It seems a perfect time to start looking seriously for a well-restored unit. Also, I wonder if anyone knows of a shop what will remove the old, tired motor and replace it with a fresh one with a modern electronic control unit (ECU) It would be wonderful to have a motor that starts easily in all conditions and gets good economy in this chassis. Maybe I'm asking for too much, but I know it's technically feasable.
     
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  12. Brownout

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    maxpower, are you the owner? His this vehicle been restored? What is the milage? Does everything work? I'm definitely interested.
     
  13. maxpower097

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    Nah I'm not the owner. If your serious about it call em. I'll drive over and take pictures and verify everything.
     
  14. Brownout

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    I am serious about buying one of these, but I want one in excellent mechanical condition. That typically means one that has been restored. I dont' want another project, believe me I have enough. My concern is the price usually means it needs some work. I want someting ready to go. I just don't want to wast your time. Are you in Tampa?
     
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  16. Brownout

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    I think I once saw Fred Flinstone drive one of those :)
     
  17. gerty

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    Looks like it has the aerodynamics of a billboard.
     
  18. Brownout

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    Areodynamically, it's probably not that bad, considering the rounded nose and rear. I see many newer MH's that look to be much worse. It remindes me of the Airstream trailers ( they also made a few motorhomes ) It's constructed using the same methods as Airstream, which means it will last forever.
     
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