‘RV Buddies’ to Chronicle 1977 GMC Restoration

May 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The 1977 GMC Royale that will be rehabbed.

The 1977 GMC Royale that will be restored.

“RV Buddies,” the Internet-based adventure-lifestyle show, has announced the launching of “Project RV,” a series of “webisodes” that will follow the bumper-to-bumper restoration of a classic 1977 GMC 26-foot Royale.

“We’re really excited about this,” said show host Mark Summers in a news release. “Restoring, repairing or upgrading an RV is something most of the 8.2 million RV-owning households have either done, wanted to do or dreamed about doing over the course of their RV ownership.  ‘RV Buddies’ wanted to show them how we’d do it — in a way that maintains the integrity of a coach’s original design but updates it to supply the owner with the modern amenities that he or she wants.”

“RV Buddies” selected a very used 1977 GMC 26-foot Royale because it is a true classic with unique design, detailing and engineering features. It is one of 12,921 models GMC built from 1973 to 1978 before deciding to discontinue producing luxury motorhomes to focus on their truck operations.

“It’s a great example of a coach that has good bones but its fine points have suffered from the ravages of time,” Summers said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for our audience to follow the process.”

Over the next nine months, “RV Buddies” will film and report on Project RV through four phases – demolition, chassis and drive train, interior, and exterior body and paint. Audience members will be able to follow the process through a combination of video and written reports and even email their questions to Summers.

“That’s the beauty of the Internet,” Summers said, “Our audience will be able to interact with us during the project and apply what they learn to their own projects.”

Episodes will air on a weekly basis starting the second week of June.

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