Mornin, look…….. I had some updating to do on a couple of projects around here but this came up yesterday that I think will make all of you pause who have not addressed this as yet.
Now after I say what it is don’t blow this off and get some coffee…… you now cannot say you didn’t know about this! Here it is, class….. this as tough love or whatever but you must see this:
Our 455 and for that matter as I have seen 403 Olds motors used in a GMC motorhome or a Tornado have an affliction. Naming this nemesis I call it a “cracked intake”. Yeah, a pretty special name but in the case of our Olds “concave” design intake it refers to a crack you will find on about every intake I see. Between the large secondary carb ports is a thin wall of metal separating the 2 big holes. Look hard and you will probably see something like this
Good morning guys, I’m running a little late (who me?) on getting and agreed appraisal finished for a very special coach. lemme get it done and off to his insurer and I’ll come back and tell you all about the appraisal process and why it’s so dang important. Listen, if you could not get insurance to cover all of this investment you’re having fun with you are just taking too much of a risk.
Lemme give you a hint about later…….. if you have “full coverage” on your motorhome you will have to argue with those folks for $6000! I’ll talk about this later….. see ya then.
So it goes without saying the coach above has a value higher than $6000! The value though is not in anything having to do with the original value of the coach…. heck, mileage at this point is sort of a mute subject!
A “full coverage” policy is designed and based on the original integrity of the vehicle less age and mileage…. NADA can give you a pulse on what a car is worth but there is no listing for a 40 year old motorhome because there is NO value at this stage of anything original on the coach. No….. the value is in how it has been kept, how many things have been updated and upgraded….. basically what is in it now and what is that worth is the question so you need an insurance policy that identifies that value.
Just like getting insurance for your classic…. reallt beautiful antique car you need an “AGREED VALUE” insurance policy. Not “stated”, you will be arguing with this waving your receipts but your value is really up to them….. NO to that, you need an agreed value policy. Now Hagerty or any of the other unique and classic car insurance folks don’t want anything to do with insuring your classic motorhome…. they require a car to be stored inside, a maximum annual mileage limit and the vehicle can only be driven to the shop or to an event. Hey, that’s not us! We want to burn up the road so what do you do? If an agreed value policy were not available for coaches we build like this one I would be taking your money…… if you can’t insure the coach for what you have in it…….
Over the past decades, I couldn’t help but come up with little fixes and special things I have found very helpful for folks owning a GMC motorhome. These things may also pertain to other vintage RV’s and unique machines as well but they really have found to be helpful for the GMC.
These are listed in no particular order other than maybe importance to me. Please give me feedback if you have something that would help these issues and if you have something neat that’s helped you please let me know & I’d be happy to list it here for others to see.
So here we go, if you have questions on these give me a call
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