American Road Trip Talk

GMC Motorhome: A Passion For The Past

We all have a trusted steed that carries across the American Road whether it’s a vintage VW Campervan or the latest hybrid. But there is group of travelers with a peculiarly deep passion for an historic American Road transport: The GMC Motorhome. From 1974-1978 GMC made the only RV produced by a major automaker. Of the 12,000 made, 8000 are believed to still be on the road. The GMC motorhome was not a home stuck on top of a truck frame; it was intentionally built as a motorhome from the ground up. In addition the community of devoted fans who keep these vintage RV’s going are unique among car groups. According to our guest, Dave Silva who is also an avid RV fan and ersatz chronicler, “There is a cottage industry of specialized vendors, all on a first name basis. They drive these 40 year old coaches all over the country under the protection of the ‘Blacklist’.”” This is a story not only of a remarkable house on wheels but also of the passionate people who have kept them running on the American Road.