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“Who let the dogs out– o-o” is one of those songs that gets in your head and rolls around till you can’t take it anymore but this “Big Dog” will never make you bored.
Not even a “one owner” this coach has never been sold! It was the last GMC “dealer demo” bought by Robbins Auto Group of Humble Texas. See they were GMC Motorhome dealers and had one GMC each year to use at the dealership and at the beginning of the next year, they sold their demo and got a new one. They never sold their last year 1978 Royale opting to keep it and use it personally. Bill Robbins drove over the tired war horse for a total makerover It was rough but all there and that’s all we needed. First Bill envisioned a quality basic refinish, nothing fancy then it happened. Getting caught up in the work we were doing and seeing all of the options that were possible– he pulled out all stops and we had a full blown monster machine on our hands!
The dash began original and badly damaged We broke it down to it’s “root mean” and then the magic began of puting it back to a new level State of the art in every way, the dash features the Pioneer Z-1 touch screen GPS double din head unit with back up camera, DVD and video capability, XM, Ipod, blue tooth– the works. He has a K-40 blue tooth radar detector that talks to you, a calibrated white faced instrument cluster, 18″ custom burlwood and chrome steering wheel— like I said, the works.
All counters are true Corian including the new bar counter complete with an electric bar tender (super sidebar) for dispensing your favorite poison safely and conveniently. He has a wine shelf backlighted of course. This cabinet started out as a table affair, kinda usefull but not really so it all came out and we started with a clean slate. We had relaminated the original cabinet but in changing it’s use found some modification needed. Whatever it takes– and sometimes ya just gotta get tough! With Bill’s help this area came together to be impressive and finished off awesome
The seperate shower bathroom got a monotone bone color treatment with accents of mahogany and brushed aluminum but it wasn’t always that way. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet and everything had to come out before we could do anything then rebuilt from “scratch” the bathroom took shape. Corian counter tops, china toilet, twinkie lights, mahogany and brushed aluminum went into the finished product.
The galley also came out completely , repaired and refinished. The floor was damaged and needed repairs before the refinished cabinet was reinstalled Corian counter top installed and trimmed out We have a microwave of course, a 3 burner gas stove top, a double sink with pull out faucet and a trash compactor. Sounds out of place but just think of all of those funky plastic trash bags and baskets you sit around in your way for silly little throw aways. Bill was tired of that and the trash compactor I think will be one of his more used options.
The exterior was extremely refined working hard to match to the color of Bill’s 07 Razor Red Harley and accenting it’s gold flames, our paint Guru Walter had his work cut out. From a rough cob , working with Bill on the design and colors the custom mix colors and spray sequence they layers were laid on I gotta tell ya, there is no short cut to quality— and none was taken here This custom cut foil striping was a brainstorm of Walters . Check out his handiwork Then with the clearcoat on, the “Royale SS was born . You will never loose this coach in a parking lot.
Even on the road it stands out. As Bill passed me heading home to Texas , I was proud to say “I made that” and I truly appreciate the opportunity to make this dream a reality. Oh, I forgot to tell ya what this machine will be doing and why it was built. Bill runs a new car dealership in Humble Texas, his father started the dealership and Bill is now heading it up. With his dad being a GMC Motorhome dealer, this coach was the last “demo” motohome and the family used it and enjoyed having it over the years. Bill brought the coach to us and told his father that he had sold the coach in that it was past it’s useful life. The coach will be a huge stocking stuffer for dad this Christmas. Good job Bill, boy you sure have a way of surprising someone with a present!
Hey Santa, don’t get upset when your sleigh is upstaged a bit when you pass through Humble Texas!