Weekend Edition – A Classic 1978 GMC Royale Motorhome that will earn it's Stripes…

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Continuing on with the Brown Car Appreciation Weekend, and look what we have here. This is a 1978 GMC Motorhome that has been treated to an upgrade. We love the GMC Motorhomes, with postings by LongRoofian here, and by myself here, but this one appeared on the Brown Car Appreciation Society Facebook Page, and I had to share it with you… So what do you think about it?

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According to the Craigslist Listing:

Selling a 26′ 1978 GMC Royale Motorhome
Very well taken care by a GMC motorhome fanatic
Full Tune Up New Wires, Cap & Rotor Plugs, Belts, Hoses
Generator works great
Updated Interior and very clean
New carpet with protective plastic installed
Twin roof air conditioners that work

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43000 miles which are very low for this style coach!
Air ride suspension works great with newer compressors and air bags installed
Oldsmobile 403 V8 runs great
Doug Thorley headers
3 New Batteries Installed $250
Has a custom faux wood paint job by Mural Mike
Onan 6000 watt generator
Awnings are in great condition

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Asking price for this customized Motorhome is $12,000. Is this really a lot to pay for a vehicle that is this big? See the listing here to tell me what you think. By the way, did anyone get the posting title yet?

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35 responses to “Weekend Edition – A Classic 1978 GMC Royale Motorhome that will earn it's Stripes…”

  1. longrooffan Avatar

    That is certainly an interesting look on that longroof. Not bad money for a decent GMCMH and yeah, got the title right off. I'm pretty sure all of my fellow Hoons did also. Nice play on words UDMan.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      That's a fact, Jack! 🙂

    2. mac350 Avatar

      Perfect for the EM50 Project.

    3. PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆ Avatar
      PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆

      Такой грузовик был бы хорош для поднимая девочек в Минске.

  2. mac350 Avatar

    That looks like a steal to me. If all else fails you can put it up on blocks and live in it.

  3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Sounds like a fair price, if it's as good as it says it is.

  4. cruisintime Avatar

    12 Grand would hardly buy a decent used pickup, and here you get a place to stay with a toilet.
    But the wood block emergency brake has me pondering.

    1. mac350 Avatar

      I'm not sure about GMC motorhomes but older motorhomes that I'm familiar with don't have a "Park" in the automatic transmission. Wheel chocks give that added safety to the parking brake. When in doubt don't rely on the parking brake alone.

      1. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
        C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        Our 1999 diesel pusher coach doesn't have "Park" in the Allison MT-643, but the air brakes hold it well.
        This, however, doesn't likely have air brakes. With air suspension, it might.

  5. LTDScott Avatar

    I'm fascinated by these things. When I win the lottery, I totally want a modernized version of one of these. Upgrade the interior, add a more powerful drivetrain (maybe diesel?) and leave the exterior mostly stock. Heck yeah.

  6. Alff Avatar

    I wooden want it but the rest of the panel seems to like it.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Fir sure! It has a bit of the beeched whale look, birch it's not bad.

      1. mac350 Avatar

        Yew didn't ashed me but I can't knock it.

    2. PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆ Avatar
      PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆

      Somethings are knot everyone…

  7. scot Avatar

    ~ same as Toronado running gear, should have P-ark. 403 is a weaker engine than earlier 455 Olds or later 454 Chevrolet, such as used in Revcons, on which GMC coaches are based. my '78 has been transplanted with Cadillac Eldorado 500ci power. surprising but many owners testify they get over 10 mpg.
    . love the Urban Assault Vehicle concept.
    'Yeah, would they send us someplace special?'

  8. this old guy Avatar
    this old guy

    No way. I found a 48,000 motorhome from guy for 8500 he's leaving for Europe so he needs to sell asap. Let me know its a 2004

    1. boxdin Avatar

      These GMCs were made from 1973 to 1978.

  9. this old guy Avatar
    this old guy

    Its 38 foot. It has turbo I know. Completely self contained. Loaded. I wish I had it.

  10. scot Avatar

    ~ same as Toronado running gear, should have P-ark. 403 is a weaker engine than earlier 455 Olds or later 454 Chevrolet, such as used in Revcons, on which GMC coaches are based. my '78 has been transplanted with Cadillac Eldorado 500ci power. surprising but many owners testify they get over 10 mpg.

  11. monkey_tennis Avatar

    Mmmm…. Royale with Cheese.

  12. Kris_01 Avatar

    Like a DeLorean with cocaine comments, or a '69 Charger with a reference to the General Lee, or even a Pinto with mention made to exploding gas tanks, I think it's time that certain automotive tropes come to an end.
    Yes, the GMC Motorhome was featured in Stripes. Time to stop reminding us all.

    1. mac350 Avatar

      The bad guy tornado chaser in the movie Twister had a blacked out GMC motorhome in his entourage.
      <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i010719.jpg&quot; width="600">
      <img src="http://www.palmbeachgmc.com/images/twister01.jpg&quot; width="600">

    2. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      Never gonna happen. Who'd remember the Pinto without explode-o-tanks?

  13. scot Avatar

    ~ and now for something completely different; http://clunkbucket.com/wp-content/uploads/toronad

      1. FЯeeMan Avatar

        Woah! The way that came up on my phone, it looked like a car parked really closer to the front of an air stream. Wasn't till I scrolled sideways that I realized just how close.
        That… would bend some minds rolling down the road!

      2. mac350 Avatar

        The best of both worlds. The cool thing about the old Toronados is that you can cut the front off and graft anything you want to the rear. Just splice into the wiring harness and brake lines and you're good to go.

      3. topdeadcentre Avatar

        "Come here leetle Toronado… Airstream is HUNGRY and I'm a-gonna EAT YOU!"

      4. Rover1 Avatar

        From an early stage in the design process?

  14. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
    C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Definitely nice price!
    I have a portable diesel apartment. Awnings = big bucks, so if they're in good shape, and the awnings on this are freakin' HUGE, then that's a $5K savings…at least.
    Also, working genset, so true independence while travelling. Would be a bonus if it pulled fuel from a dedicated gasoline tank, but it's likely propane, which is a drag.

    1. The son of Gimmi Avatar
      The son of Gimmi

      I remember my dad once bought a Volvo camper, I think he wanted to take a break from private jet I guess haha
      I think he left it in Sweden at my Uncle's place, I should go get it one day !!
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      To embed the picture above, you’d do:
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  15. CrzRsn Avatar

    Got stuck in traffic in Indiana yesterday, so I pulled off and decided to bypass the highway on local roads. At one point I saw a seemingly neglected GMC Motorhome. I really wanted to stop and have a look but it was getting late, and I was in a rush to get back home since I had work early today. Might go back up in the near future and see if I can offer them some low amount of money to save it (if its in running condition).

  16. HTWHLS Avatar

    These things are very cool and I wanted one since Steve and Jaime took a trip back to Ojai in one on the Six Million Dollar Man. Yeah, I saw Stripes (one of the best movies..ever) and got the hook set harder. I will say, however, the brown paint on this one is turdish.
    The flat black is the way to go, although I'd add red pinstriping/highlights and brilliant white wheels with caps and rings.

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