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Old 01-08-2006, 11:01 PM   #1
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The future of Motorhomes as seen by GMC

With all of the talk about the new Airstream Classic motorhome, I thought some of you might be interested in what's on GMCs mind lately...
Surfing the web I came across this link:

http://www.laautoshow.com/2006/designla/popGmc.html

It's a concept vehicle from GMC called the PAD. The concept claims to be "an urban loft with mobility". It even incorporates a SkyDeck atop the unit. Pretty futuristic, but it seems a little (ok, VERY LITTLE) reminiscent of the original GMC motorhomes.

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Old 01-09-2006, 12:57 AM   #2
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Hope it's got a Duramax under the hood.
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Old 01-09-2006, 06:10 AM   #3
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With all of the talk about the new Airstream Classic motorhome, I thought some of you might be interested in what's on GMCs mind lately...reminiscent of the original GMC motorhomes.

Hmmmph -

What goes around, comes around.


Looks as if GM upgraded the EM-50 Urban Assult Vehicle - from "Stripes" with Bill Murray.


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Old 01-09-2006, 07:45 AM   #4
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Looks like a cross between the Futurliner and the GMC motor home.
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Cool - the urban assault vehicle returns!
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I still love those 70's GMC. There was a company trying to reproduce them, but it seems it did not get off the ground. I drove one before buying my airstream, and had it not needed so much tlc, who knows I might be on a different Forum today. GMCCoop has some awesome redone GMC mohos on their web site.
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I still love those 70's GMC. There was a company trying to reproduce them, but it seems it did not get off the ground. . .
The tooling for the GMC motorhomes was on eBay a little over a year ago. I didn't bid on it because I didn't have a place to put 400,000 lbs of tool steel.
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:42 AM   #9
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I really like the GMC MH's. While pursuing an Airstream for years in a tandem search we also were looking for just the right GMC. Got close a couple of times but kept hearing the horror stories from folks who had owned them. Two of our close friends do have them and one has redone his to a level I could only dream of. The other has his for sale because he wants to tow his hotrod and there's concern about the towing capability of these units given front wheel drive. He tried it a bit later last summer and it just wasn't comfortable, so he's bought an SOB with sufficient towing capacity. He also needed more room to accommodate a growing family of grandchildren who want to go camping. They sure do look great going down the highway and heck, someday, I just might pick one up anyway for those trips where I just don't want to drag along a trailer, and they are getting cheap enough again to make that feasible. As for the new one, well, that's pushing a bunch beyond my idea of a "camping" unit. I think you'd be fighting off the crowds at any stop you made. I like some level of anonymity.
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Old 01-09-2006, 02:30 PM   #10
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I still love those 70's GMC. There was a company trying to reproduce them, but it seems it did not get off the ground. I drove one before buying my airstream, and had it not needed so much tlc, who knows I might be on a different Forum today. GMCCoop has some awesome redone GMC mohos on their web site.
I'm sure glad you went with the Airstream. I love those classic GMCs as well, but the guys I've talked to who own them say they just don't have a support system like this Forum that's comprehensive enough to help them when things go wrong. If they hadn't been FWD, I think they would have been even better, but that would have taken away a little from the look and style of such a low riding rig.

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I almost bought one ten years ago. A company here was rebuilding them from the bottom up. They would take them off the frame and start from scratch with new rebuilt engine, tranny, suspension and all. They only wanted $25000.00 for one. My Wife said No!! When you look at the bed it goes from wall to wall and she did not want to make it. I also talked to owners that said that on wet grass, they were stuck. No traction. They are also really small inside compared with out 345.

I still think they were really neat.
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I had a chance to buy a fully restored GMC that was a real classic ony problem they wanted $27,000 for it.
They are great for short trips but don't know about extended stay.

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I almost bought one ten years ago. A company here was rebuilding them from the bottom up. They would take them off the frame and start from scratch with new rebuilt engine, tranny, suspension and all. They only wanted $25000.00 for one. My Wife said No!! When you look at the bed it goes from wall to wall and she did not want to make it. I also talked to owners that said that on wet grass, they were stuck. No traction. They are also really small inside compared with out 345.

I still think they were really neat.
I had long talks with a GMC owner at a campground in the mountains of North Carolina a number of years ago. He loved the vehicle, but said it essentially was better looking than practical. He complained about the bed layout, and the fiberglass body determining the location of so many appliances and such. The final problem I noticed was that he got stuck trying to leave his camp site. The combination of front wheel drive (slipping on a grade) and the low slung body dragging caused him to have to go back-and-forth in a rocking motion (like on snow and ice) for a very long time in order to work himself out of the site. I love the look of those things going down the highway, but they apparently aren't as practical as they are attractive. Such a shame.

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yes, I was scared off by the olds drivetrain, front wheel drive and the lack of room. also the one i was looking at started at 16000, and the owner dropped the price repeatedly which made me nervous about it. I was really blessed to come across an Airstream and realize how much better they were in the build quality. Then it only took 4 months to find one
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