‘RV Buddies’ Updates ’76 GMC Rehab Project

December 23, 2010 by · Comments Off on ‘RV Buddies’ Updates ’76 GMC Rehab Project 

Mark Summers and Jim Kanomata inspect the 1976 GMC motorhome under renovation at Kanomata's shop in California.

Mark Summers and Jim Kanomato inspect the 1976 GMC motorhome under renovation at Kanomato's shop.

“GMC Project RV,” an undertaken by “RV Buddies,” is well underway at Applied GMC in Fremont, Calif.

“After demolition was completed, the crew at Applied GMC cleaned up the mess and found a good foundation for the project to begin,” says Mark Summers, producer for “RV Buddies,” an online show about the RV industry. “Now the hard work begins — but the fun will be seeing the project being born each step of the way.”

Applied GMC is a specialty shop dedicated to the GMC motorhome. Jim Kanomato, an engineer and the owner of Applied GMC, is overseeing all the chassis aspects of this project. The shop is installing the best and newest available GMC motorhome gear on the 1976 unit.

This phase of the project includes all the chassis work, with the suspension and braking system being the first to be tackled. The engine work along with the front-wheel-drive assembly will be done separately.

Applied GMC is installing its “Quadra-bag” rear air suspension system which updates the original GMC design to use current, available air bags. At the same time this modification gives the RV six-wheel independent suspension.

Another view of the GMC motorhome

Another view of the GMC motorhome

The rear drum brakes are replaced with an optional disc system, the fronts upgraded and a new master cylinder and sensitized power brake booster are also installed. With this additional breaking capability, a “Chuck Aulger” rear anti-skid kit is also fitted to keep the coach firmly planted on the road.

The complete story with photos is now on “RV Buddies” at Video of each aspect of the installation will follow beginning in 2011. For more information about Applied GMC, visit their website at

About GMC Project RV

“RV Buddies” 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. The projects newest sponsor is Fire Fight 1.

Project sponsors include (in alphabetical order): Applied GMC, Coleman-Mach, Cummins Onan, Fan-Tastic Vent, Fire Fight 1, Go Power, Half Time Oven, Intellitec, Norcold, Progressive Dynamics, Safe-T-Alert, SHURflo, Suburban, Thetford, TRC Surge Guard and Truline RV.

About RV Buddies

“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise and Robert as they visit America’s most beautiful campgrounds and resorts.

The program is distributed as an Internet Television production on its own website, on Apple iTunesTM and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

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