’76 GMC Begins Long Road to Rehabilitation

November 9, 2010 by · Comments Off on ’76 GMC Begins Long Road to Rehabilitation 

Jim of Applied

Jim Kanomata (center) of Applied GMC takes the keys to a 1976 GMC motorhome from Mark Summers, host and producer of "RV Buddies." The show's Robert Wittenberg looks on.

Editor’s Note: “RV Buddies,” an RV adventure-lifestyle show available on the Internet at, is updating a classic 1976, 26-foot GMC Coachman Royale to include current technology and maximize the layout. The design of the project is to update the coach to represent how it would look if it was still being built today. Project sponsors include (in alphabetical order): Applied GMC, Coleman-Mach, Cummins Onan, Fantastic Vent, Go Power, Half Time Oven, Intellitec, Norcold, Progressive Dynamics, Safe-T-Alert, SHURflo, Suburban, Thetford, TRC Surge Guard and Truline RV. A brief account of the unit’s first trip appears below.

“RV Buddies” begins “GMC Project RV” with a drive from Los Angeles to Applied GMC in Fremont, Calif., just south of San Francisco.

The drive began at dawn on a cold day to help avoid over-heating of the less than dependable cooling system. “We didn’t know what to expect,” said Mark Summers, host and executive producer of “RV Buddies.” “Once we hit the road, we were committed and there was no turning back.”

Robert Wittenberg and mascot Alex the pit bull accompanied the GMC for the trip with our trusty cameraman following us in a chase car. “Worst case scenario, we have back-up transportation,” said Summers.

The trip took the RV over the California grape vine, through rain, over lush mountains, and all in spite of some interesting mechanical problems. In the end, the coach was delivered to Jim Kanomata of Applied GMC, the first stop for “Project RV.”

For the complete story, photos and a video featuring Mark, Robert, Alex and the GMC, visit RVBuddies.Net in the “Project RV” category. Future episodes will show each aspect of the demolition and rebuild from beginning to end. Depending on what is discovered, the project may take up to a year to complete.

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