An orphaned GMC motorhome stars in a rags-to-riches story.
By Janet McKenzie Prince, F305683
The motorhome was parked next to a dumpster, which seemed fitting for the tired old relic of the past. It wasn’t the weathered, rotted awning silhouetted against the dark sky that caught our imagination. It wasn’t the flat tire, or the greasy odor, or the critters that made their home in the wheel wells. It wasn’t the faded, peeling paint or the rusted, dented hubcaps that captivated us. Instead, we saw a vision reflected in the vintage 1977 GMC motorhome.
Our vision was reflected in the beauty of the stately body style, the classic, iconic lines of the GMC of yesteryear. Too long neglected, this worn but noble coach deserved to be returned to the vibrant 40-year-old GMC fleet that continues to roll across America today. But we weren’t interested in simply restoring the motorhome to its classic 1977 form. We wanted to bring it up to modern standards, and even push it into the future through design and function.