Coaches for sale
Let me explain my coach condition rating. As I see it, there are 3 levels of coach condition:
Core coach You can find a core for $50 to maybe $9000 depe4nding on how bad of condition it is. You must have a good, no rust damage frame and you want all of the parts of the coach there but there is no guaranty that much of anything will work. If something does it’s a bonus. Someone who is seeking a total restoration in and out needs to find a suitable core coach to work with. Of course the better coach the better the end product but with a core, you will not be paying for anything you might throw away.
Survivor coach riginal condition coach that has been and is still in descent condition. There will still be issues with a 40 year old survivor like this butit may be able to be used in it’s current condition with some mechanical updates. A survivor coach is best to look for if you are interested in economy and using the coach pretty much in the condition it is…..less mechanicals, you CANNOT call a coach reliable until you have gone through every mechanical system completely! I mean it! You will never find a coach that it “ready to go”, there is always a punch list of things to do but it should take you less work to be able to use a survivor…most certainly over a core coach. Find someone selling a coach who is “looking for a new home” for their cherished family member……… this is a good way to weed out badly maintained coaches. You can find a viable survivor for $10-20,000.
Restored coach This is the scaries category to look at. Who did the work, were they “painting lips on the pig”, did they know what they were doing, how long ago were the modifications and work done? You pretty much need “provenance” or history to determine the value of any restored coach. Well maintained restored coaches will not be found usually under $30,000. There is usually 2 or 3 times that much invested. of course investment means little but the customer has done a good job at having a nice coach and has paid to have it. A truly restored coach has value and will be something you might be able to enjoy with the least amount of additional money. Make no mistake though there will still be a punch list of issues….you will always have that on a 40 year old machine. Sorry but that’s the reality of this. YOU make a coach to what you want…don’t expect to find one you will be totally happy with…maybe so?
Keep these categories in mind when you seek to pick up one of these. You are not buying a 2010 Toyota …these are old machines…condition is everything……..god hunting
Before I show you a few coaches I know of, let me talk a little about what you should look for. Selecting a 40 year motorhome is NOT like buying any other “used car”. Mileage is less important and how the coach had been kept replaces that. Example: If one of these critters only had 20,000 miles it means it’s been driven an average of 500 miles a year…. FOR 40 YEARS!!!!! Yep, pretty scary… now if it had 100,000 miles and every scrap of documentation on what had been done well then… now we have something to work with! It’s how a coach had been loved… how many trinkets did Daddy shower on his little girl and how well did he do at being a good steward? Neglect and no maintenance will kill any mechanism made by man. And in getting it working again, you can “paint lips on the pig” making it work just good enough…or you can actually increase the reliability of this 40 year old American mad 26 (and 23) foot hot rod. You don’t do that by just getting it running in other words… Each system needs to be considered and key issues need backups. I’ll have my web folks put all of this on it’s own page… for now let me put this out here….. Here is an example of an unbelievable coach for sale …that is if you can work with a rear bath Coachman floorplan. I say this because the first consideration is NOT it’s condition although that question is right behind this one but first look at floorplans you can live with…. I mean unless you have some very specific ideas in that case forget about what I’m getting ready to outline. Remember ANYTHING can be done with cubic dollar considerations but if you are looking to budget a restoration…. pick a floorplan you can live with….. The original infrastructure of plumbing and electrical can be inspected, added to but not have to be totally replaced. Likewise if the basic wall structures are sound and where you can leave them, ripping it all out to build in all new can be much less expensive. You can “reskin” those bulkheads to match most any new décor. So in this example we are talking about a 1978 Coashmen interior “rear bath” floorplan. It’s been said folks love or hate this model. Actually I know a very close friend who raised his family in a GM floorplan coach but found working with a rear bath floorplan worked out better for the 2 of them as empty nesters.
I do say the tub is perfect for 2 bags of ice and a case of beer but a full standup shower can replace it and actually I DID take a shower in the 23′ Birchaven rear bath Janie & I owned for a bit… it worked out well for us…hey but how many motorhomes do 2 people actually need? Still, we did enjoy the attributes of a rear bath. So anyway pedigree is important.. much more than mileage……. this coach… here’s a pic of it after a recent wash job Now before we get started, I am NOT trying to sell you this coach… I do not want to be seen as a “salesman”. Yes, this coach is here and yes it’s here to sell but I’m showing you this to show you what you should look for. If you like this coach you had better pick up the phone and call me fast because you will see it’s hard to find a coach with what it has at it’s price.
OK, with that out of the way… as you can see from the pic above mechanically you can see a bunch…. It has aluminum rims which means it’s sitting on 16″ tire …. original steel rims are all 16.5″ rims which are hard to find tires for. Converting to what this coach already has costs. You can also see it has the “quad bag” rear suspension system. To me a must in countermeasure and failure backups you should never leave home without. Rear suspension systems are not all the same and there can be a BIG difference to you if you breakdown. This quad bag system gives you the opportunity to move with as many as 2 flat tires, burned wheel bearings or burst air bags. This coach has literally had it’s main ladder frame rails replaced! Lou did it himself at out shop some years back. That’s a $12-14,000 prospect to pay someone to do that! Exteriorwise, we painted the coach here at the Co-op 5 or 6 years ago….. from the above pic you can see all it needs to me is a bodyside mold kit, maybe 2 roof AC units to get the old “roofshakers” off there. We’re taking the ladder and rail off… can’t buy new pods and the coach will look supersleek without all that hardware. On the inside you may not like 80’s style but you must say it is comfortable Not only a rear bath but twin bunks! And check out those neat pillows Lou’s wife made and the stitched print! It has a more recent frig but it may need a new one soon . The dash is still together and unmolested… still has a shaft radio in the dash! And it has a carpet dash cover for protection With the paint work already done, many important mechanical updates already done and an interior that has been loved and cared for? This coach is $15,000 and I have to tell you damn well worth it! Very little will have this coach sharp and useful.
So THIS is what you want to look for… a floorplan you want, a good frame, a good pedigree, mechanical updates, good looks and comfortable …if you find a coach like this brother buy it. If you can have a survivor in reliable mechanical condition road ready for under $25,000 the numbers work and when it’s done…. news flash, they are NEVER done but one that is good looking, comfortable AND mechanical updated and sound…. $50,000 is a realistic target to expect to invest. With an average annual expense of $2000 for maintenance… some years nothing then the motor blows, you know…… if you do it right and do it well a GMC Motorhome IS “the cheapest toy in the box”. ….It’s kinda like “Badda book…badda boom”…… let it sink in……. OK good luck on your search, let me know if I can help…… .
This coach sold for $10,000
good luck on your search
(consignment by owner)
Hey, if you’re interested in jumping into the GMC Motorhome pool…… come on in, the water’s fine!
What I mean is we call the GMC Motorhome “the cheapest toy in the box”. There is NO WAY to get out onto the open road with a reliable motorhome for you to enjoy than doing it with a GMC Motorhome.
Starting price on any quality “downsized” RV of $100,000 and wayyyy up from there….. the same money and less you can have a reliable GMC, a good looking classic set up needs.
For more “due diligence” go to www.patreom.com , sign in, it’s free then search on that site for “Motorhome Rehab Ranch” where you will find many free videos on subjects to include what to look for when looking to purchase a GMC.
If you truly are interested to learn more about these amazing machines I invite to fly into Orlando…. let Mickey get you a cheap price… we’re close to the airport, we’ll pick you up, you be a fly on our walls, learn a pile about what this is REALLY all about, stay a night in a GMC that’s for sale. We average 8 coaches here at the shop for sale at any given time. We usually have 30-40 coaches at our facility, not our but owners have left their coaches for you to get a good look at many coaches to help make your decision. I want to be the “piano player” in the deal.
Look at it this way… one really traumatic thing about picking up one of these is that first drive away from the owner and getting everything checked out….. Hey, you’re already here! You won’t face THAT mess… could be.
So here’s how we can help you get one of these for your very own:
Below is a list of coaches for sale…. no real order… These are coaches that are here now at our shop. I’ll also help you guys out there with coaches for sale… I’ll mark those so folks will understand. The listing is free… as in no charge. This is something I can do to help. Folks with coaches here are simply parking them here and paying for that privilege. Take a look at what’s out there right here…. if something looks good come see it… at the least you will be able to see many things and learn much out the coach.
If you like give me a call and I’ll answer your questions about the ones here. I’ll grow this page in the upcoming weeks to include more info about the coaches but for now…. here we go, these are here right now … ready for you to start your love affair.
Coaches for Sale by owner
here at the shop
(in no particular order)
1973 26′ GM floorplan “Gator party coach” (Survivor)
Brought back to life mechanically, still needs some things but you can drive it home. (new battery…..) Certainly not a core, this coach has been used and maintained. It needs a new home. $10,000 this is a survivor with promise.
1976 26′ GM floorplan (core) 16.5″ aluminum rims, Zip Dee full patio awning, diamond plate bumper fills. Needs a good wash job and brakes A super starter coach to work on and enjoy. Interior was renovated 14 years ago.. still can be nice. More interior pics to come
1977 26′ Royale twin bed (restored coach by us)
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Come back again, we will be posting more coaches for sale…..