More than 100 classic GMC motorhomes will be arriving at the Branson, Mo., KOA Campground this week for the international Convention of the GMC Motorhomes International Club.
Emery Stora, president of GMCMI, said members are expected to attend from all over the U.S., Canada and Australia. This year is the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the GMC motorhome by General Motors, according to a news release.
“Visitors are certainly welcome to come out to the campground and see this American icon for themselves,” Stora said. “GMC owners are always anxious to talk about and show their coaches.”
There is no charge for visitors to view the coaches, but visitors are asked to check in at the campground office when they arrive. There will be an open house at the Branson KOA from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Visitors will have a chance to tour the interiors of the GMC classic motorhomes.
The GMC motorhome was originally manufactured from 1973 through 1978. It is the only motorhome manufactured by an American automobile manufacturer. The Classic GMC Motorhome Registry now accounts for more than 8,000 of the original 12,921 units manufactured by GMC.
The motorhomes at the rally will feature factory original models up to the most modern innovations and paint schemes.
The latest report from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) on the U.S. campground industry looks at the state of Missouri. Among the improvement projects undertaken by the state’s privately owned RV parks and campgrounds are the following:
- Branson KOA: This 197-site park, which features 22 cabins, cottages and recreational park trailer lodges and eight tent sites, has invested more than $100,000 in improvements this year, including a new jumping pillow, dog park and special food counters for pizza, soft serve ice cream and fudge. The park has also leveled and upgraded 32 of its campsites with large patios. Five supersites have also been created, each of which has new landscaping and 350-square-foot patios with brick pavers. Additionally, the park has invested in energy-efficient lighting, tankless water heaters and water-saving toilets and showerheads. The park has also purchased new playground equipment and a 28-foot pontoon boat and golf carts that will be available for rent. The park is also building an exercise room that will include two treadmills, a stationary bicycle and a bowflex machine.
- Cross Creek RV Park, Lake Ozark: This 80-site park, which has five cabins, is building a supersize cabin this year that can accommodate up to the 12 people. The park is also clearing land this year to make room for another 30 mostly seasonal and pull through campsites. Last year, the park added a new nine-hole miniature golf course.
- Oak Grove RV Park, Branson: This 69-site park is adding 50 additional campsites this year.