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1275gtsport

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1970's GMC motorhome
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:22:44 AM »
So does anybody have one of these? there is one for sale local to me and it looks very interesting. (front Wheel Drive, low to ground etc)

looking to chat with someone that owns one and what to look for when I go see this rig in person.
1977 GMC 26 foot Palm Beach
1976 Austin Mini

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 10:20:46 AM »
That coach is a classic and there is an avid bunch of owners who band together to share info and camp as well.  There are three great resources for owners of these GMC motorhomes:

The Yahoo Group for GMC Owners:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/gmcmotorhome/

GMCmotorhome.com
http://www.gmcmotorhome.com/

FMCA's several GMC owner chapters (you have to be an FMCA member to join). Plus here is an article in the FMCA magazine:
http://www.fmca.com/index.php/join-family-motor-coach-association/stories/162-gmc-motorhome-remembering-a-classic
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Tom

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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 11:00:23 AM »
John Wilson, our prior Forum Librarian, owned one of those beauties.
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bukzin

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GMC motorhome forum/club
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2009, 10:08:32 AM »
One of the most active online forums is found at

http://gmc.mybirdfeeder.net/GMCforum/index.php?t=i&rid=362



This site is free and has many long-time owners who welcome 'newbies'.
Tends to be about fixing, and upgrading these coaches.

Very friendly with tons of helpful info.



Bukzin



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1275gtsport

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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2009, 08:01:48 PM »
thanks. I joined up, now to go read for the winter! lots of info!
1977 GMC 26 foot Palm Beach
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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2009, 11:42:31 PM »
There is a nice one just north of Oregon 58 on I 5, east side of the interstate (Eugene). 

I met a guy in Fort Worth that had one, and built his house around a garage to hold it.  He said it cost him one wife, and he did not care if it cost him another.  That man really loved his GMC.
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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2009, 02:01:34 PM »
Hi Tom -

If I remember correctly, John had a Revcon motorhome, not the GMC.   The Revcon used the same Oldsmobile Toronado front wheel drivetrain as the GMC.

The GMC's are surely a classic, though.
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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2009, 02:06:45 PM »
Ah, you're right Lou. Good catch.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2009, 05:13:37 PM »
Sounds like a great deal to me, those things are classics.

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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2009, 05:19:23 PM »
Great avatar, Seilerbird...now we know what you look like  ;D

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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2009, 07:25:52 AM »
When they first came out I was on a camping trip with my family,we saw two units at Mystic Seaport, they looked like  space ships with wheels, WOW. Over the years I have talked to several owners, to my surprise I have heard from several of them that one real problem with them is they will get stuck on wet grass and stay away from mud and sand, I would have thought they would be great in slippery situations with the front wheel drive. real beauty for sale on E bay now.
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Re: 1970's GMC motorhome
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2009, 10:57:38 AM »
For traction, you want the power to go to the axle carrying the most weight.  In most cars, the engine is in the front so that's the end carrying most of the weight, which makes front wheel drive work so well.

Motorhomes have most of their weight over the rear axle.  That's why they have 4 tires back there vs. 2 on the front.  This weight distribution means you'll get best traction with rear wheel drive.

Same thing holds true for rear engine cars like the VW bug.  They get tremendous traction from rear wheel drive because that's the heavy end.

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