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>> 7-28-2017 | Summer issue of GMC Vintage RVing magazine is available!

Click here to view the summer issue of GMC Vintage RVing. This informational 4/color magazine consists of a feature on the 1973 and 1974 GMC Motorhomes, technical information, 2017 Fall Convention featuring the 35th Anniversary of GMCMI, classified ads plus much more.


>> 7-22-2017 | The Fall GMCMI Convention Registration is Open!

Friday, September 15 to Thursday, September 21, 2017
Elkhart Campground, Elkhart, Indiana
Limited spaces available – Click here for more information and registration form.
Unable to attend for the entire Convention, to email for more information.


>> 6-9-2017 | GMCMI News Release – FMCA Award

On behalf of the GMCMI Executive Committee, I am pleased to announce that Kimberlea Weeks has been chosen to receive the Robert L. Richter Award awarded by FMCA at the 96th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Robert L. Richter Award is given to a chapter member who is responsible for the publication of the chapter’s newsletter, chapter publications, or communications to the chapter and/or to the public regarding the chapter, its members, and events.

Robert L. Richter, L1, was FMCA’s founder and first editor of Family Motor Coaching magazine. Mr. Richter began publishing the association’s cherished periodical out of his home in February 1964. The first edition was “dedicated to those far-sighted people who can realize that here we begin a new era in American travel.” Mr. Richter’s vision was Family Motor Coach Association and Family Motor Coaching magazine would become a national information center for owners of motorhomes and for those interested in them.

I believe I speak for all the GMCMI members in saying “Congratulations, Kim!” What an honor for her and for our chapter, as we celebrate our 35th year.

Janet Frey, GMCMI Secretary


>> 5-31-2017 | Ann Brieger passes away.

Ann Brieger, (husband Al) long time GMC Motorhomes International and GMC Classics members passed away May 31, 2017. Visitation for Ann will be Sunday, June 4 from 1:30-3:00 pm at Pennington Funeral Home and a Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am June 5 at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, Texas.


>> 5-14-2017 | Spring issue of GMC Vintage RVing magazine is available!

Click here to view the spring issue of GMC Vintage RVing. This informational 4/color magazine consists of a feature on the TransModes commercially upfitted, technical information, 2017 Vintage Motorhomes Celebration recap, classified ads plus much more.


>> 5-10-2017 | Spring GMCMI Member Mailing is in the Mail!

Watch your mailbox for the spring mailing which includes the Spring issue of GMC Vintage RVing magazine, GMC Motorhome Parts Interchange, GMCMI Roster and the  GMCMI Publication Article Index.


>> 4-20-2017 | Last call for part numbers!

We are in the final stages of updating the priceless “GMCMH Parts Interchange” paper version. Please note that we do update the electronic version as the part numbers are received and/or discovered. But we are going to press for the 2017 edition. Please submit them as soon as possible to admin@gmcmi.com. Thank you!


>> 4-1-2017 | Vintage Motorhomes Celebration was a big success!

Thank you to all of you that attended the Celebration. Look forward to the photo postings and Spring issue of GMC Vintage RVing for a complete recap.


>> 3-11-2017 | Vintage Motorhomes Celebration eNews and Schedule Available.

Click here to read more about the Vintage Motorhomes Celebration and download the Celebration eNews and schedule.


>> 2-20-2017 | New Member Benefit – GMCMI Monthly E-News!

We are pleased to offer this new member benefit. Our goal is to assist in keeping our members up-to-date on chapter information, club members, etc. If you have anything to share, please submit items to by the 15th of the month. Thank you and happy GMCing!


>> 2-18-2017 | Jan Bechtel Passed

Jan Bechtel passed away around 3:00 Saturday morning. Most of you know she has been failing for several years; the misery is finally over and she is with the Lord. She fought the battle and won! Arrangements are being handled by Brooks and White Funeral Home; the obituary can be viewed at brooksandwhite.com/obituaries.php. Please keep Raymond and her family in your prayers.


>> 2-16-2017 | 2018 Spring Convention is Tucson, Arizona!

We are pleased to announce that GMCMI is going west. Friday, April 6 to Thursday, April 12, 2018
Tucson Lazydays KOA, Tucson, AZ. Hope to see you all there!


>> 1-25-2017 | Vintage Motorhome Celebration Registration is Open!

This is the first Vintage Motorhome Celebration hosted by GMC Motorhomes International (GMCMI). Traditionally, GMCMI holds two conventions during the year (spring and fall). We have on occasion had other vintage motorhomes visit our six night convention. During these times, the discovery of the motorhomes and their owners was so exciting, we decided to invite all of you to a Vintage Celebration and we can promise that you will have a time to remember! Click here for more information and registration form. Hope to see you all there!


>> 1-11-2017 | Linda “Kay” Marchiando Passed

Kay Marchiando (husband, David) of Sheridan, IL, long-time GMC owner, member of GMCMI and other local GMCMH chapters, died on Monday, January 9, 2017. Visitation will be held from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. with funeral services starting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan, 14th at the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home Ltd. 102 S. Johnson St. Newark. IL. 60541-0623. Phone 815-695-5131. Interment will at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace. Memorials may be directed to the Charles B. Phillips Library, PO Box 156. Newark. IL. 60541-0156. Please keep David and her family in your prayers. Click here for obituary.


>> 1-6-2017 | George Beck Passed

George passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was a resident of Cape May County, New Jersey at the time of his passing. He was married to Rosemarie. Relatives and friends are invited to Evoy Funeral Homes 3218 Bayshore Road North Cape May NJ 08204: Viewing Wednesday January 11 2017 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday Jan. 12th 10:45 AM at the Parish of St. John Neumann St. John of God Church 6780 Townbank Road North Cape May NJ followed by entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery Cold Spring NJ. Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1719 Route 10 Suite 229 Parsippany NJ 07054.


>> 1-6-2017 | Are you going to the FMCA Rally in Chandler, AZ?

GMCMI’s representative to FMCA has talked with them about parking together. Lets make a presence at the Rally! Let us know if you are going by emailing . Hope that you will then proceed onto Shawnee, Oklahoma for the Vintage Motorhome Celebration that GMCMI is hosting. Additional information about the rally click here.


>> 1-4-2017 | Sue Blackshear, VP Eastern States, Suffers a Stroke

Information from David: Sue had a stroke on Monday. They were in Lafayette with family and were getting ready to head home. Last evening her swallowing is mostly ok and they upgraded diet from pureed to soft and she is feeding herself with some assistance. She can walk by herself with some steadying help. She seems to understand everything and can use hand squeezes to answer. Still no speech. I think progress is good so far.

They are at the Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette. Lets keep them in our prayers.


>> 1-1-2017 | HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thanks to the support of GMCMI members the entire GMC Community benefits with the following FREE offerings: Electronic Parts Interchange; Marketplace; GMCMH Suppliers List; Technical Newsletters; “GMC Vintage RVing” magazine; Photo Gallery; GMCMH Community Calendar (electronic and paper); a community facebook page; the robust GMCMI.com website with technical publications, information, presentations and papers, literature, etc.; an opportunity to experience a GMCMH Convention, plus much more.

The mission of GMCMI is alive in 2017, where we are dedicated to promoting the legacy, enjoyment and use of GMC Motorhomes. Our goal is to provide fellowship and technical information through continuous improvement of communications and conventions.

Many thanks and we wish you all mechanical bliss and safe travels.


>> 1-30-2016 | Jack James Passed

James, John S. “Jack “On Dec. 27, 2016 of Lumberton, NJ and Sun City Hilton Head, SC. Beloved husband of Sonja (nee Nordlund) Brother of Doris Crowley. Uncle of Pamela (Steven) Robbins , Jeffrey Crowley and David Crowley. Also survived by great Nieces, Nephews and extended family.

Memorial service 10:30 am Thurs. Jan. 12, 2017 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 318 Chester Ave., Moorestown, NJ. Friends may call 9:30-10:30 am at the church. Interment Colestown Cemetery, Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the US (uso.org) or American Heart Assoc. Condolences may be left at
www.lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com


>> 11-10-2016 | The GMC Assist List aka “The Black List”

This is a list of GMC owners/supporters who are making themselves available for what ever assistance they can offer to other GMC’ers while on the road traveling. Whether it is only to answer the phone to tell them where the auto parts store is or to help change out an engine in your driveway, all owners are needed. Sorry no help for those in SOB’s. Just a GMC.

They are instituting a new column this year. It is whether or not you are willing and able to act as a “Pinch Hit Driver” for a GMCer in case he is unable to drive his coach home because of illness or injury. This is being done because of the case of Paul and Jackie Jones last August where FMCA Assist refused to send a driver because her coach was too old.

YOU MAY USE THE LIST EVEN IF YOU AREN’T ON IT. We would like to have you on it though.

To sign up for the list, which is not mandatory to anyone, click here to use the handy online form and you will be added to the list.


>> 10-30-2016 | Paul Bartz Passed

Paul Bartz of Kalamazoo, long-time GMC owner, member of the GMCMI and GMC Great Lakers, died on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Monica Catholic Church, 4408 S Westnedge Ave. Burial will be immediately following at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a college fund for his grandchildren. Please keep his family in your prayers.
www.lifestorynet.com/obituaries/paul-f-bartz.114256


>> 9-8-2016 | Registration deadline is September 15!

GMCMI Fall Convention
Friday, September 30 to Thursday, October 6
Richland County Fairgrounds | Mansfield, Ohio
Click here for more information and registration form.
Unable to attend for the entire Convention, to email for more information.

>> 8-19-2016 | Summer issue of GMC Vintage RVing magazine is available!

Click here to view the summer issue of “GMC Vintage RVing”. This fantastic 4/color magazine consists of features, technical information, the GMC Motorhome Pineblock Derby, 2016 Fall GMCMI Convention information and registration (in Mansfield, Ohio) plus classified ads. GMC Motorhomes and parts for sale!

>> 8-15-2016 | The Fall GMCMI Convention Registration is Open!

Friday, September 30 to Thursday, October 6
Richland County Fairgrounds | Mansfield, Ohio
Limited spaces available – Click here for more information and registration form.
Unable to attend for the entire Convention, to email for more information.


>> 8-2-2016 | NEW 2017 GMC Motorhome Calendar!!

GMCMI (with the permission of DL Design) will be producing a GMC Motorhome Calendar for 2017. We are conducting a photo call for the calendar. Please submit high resolution (300 dpi) photos to admin@gmcmi.com. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

>> 7-5-2016 | Wayne & Jan Peterson, GMCMI Members

The Petersons from Topeka, KS were in a car accident and Jan passed away on Friday, June 24. A memorial service for Jan (Janet) will be 2:00 pm. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604. Additional information can be found at: http://www.penwellgabeltopeka.com/obituary/121680/Janet-K-Peterson/Topeka-Kansas
At this time, Wayne is recovering from a fractured back, broken rib, collapsed lung, pneumonia, etc. Let us keep Wayne and family in our prayers.

>> 7-5-2016 | Summer Get-together Photos Are Up!

The photos from the Summer Get-together in Branson, Missouri are up. What a great time! Click here to check them out.

>> 6-20-2016 | Paul Burkart Passed

Paul Burkhart passed on June 19, 2016. Please keep Bonnie and the family in your prayers. Here is a few words from the obituary as published in the Pueblo, Colorado “Chieftain”, June 19, 2016.
 
Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bonnie Burkhart. Paul was a cabinet maker who evolved with the cabinet industry into a kitchen and bath designer who worked on many of Pueblo’s most beautiful homes. A talented woodworker he created and turned many beautiful wood bowls treasured by his family and friends. Paul and Bonnie traveled throughout the country in their GMC Motorhome for many years. For his 90th birthday, his family went on a cruise to Alaska, the one place he never went to in the motorhome. No viewing. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers or food, memorials can be sent to the church of your choice.

>> 6-20-2016 | Terry Skinner Passed

Terry Skinner, long-time GMC owner, member of the GMCMI and GMC Cascaders passed away last week. He had been ill last year. He hosted rallies in his pasture every year. Please keep his family in your prayers.


>> 6-10-2016 | NEW LISTING – GMC MOTORHOME FOR SALE!

1976 Eleganza located in Illinois. Click here to check it out!

>> 6-1-2016 | New and Exciting Announcement!

The GMCMH Parts Interchange, GMC Vintage RVing magazine and GMCMI Newsletters have gone public!
The GMC Motorhomes International board has taken the initiative in effort to give back to the GMC Community which will offer support to present and future GMC Motorhome owners.
These items have moved to a new location and will shortly be removed from the “members only” section of the website. As you will notice when you go to gmcmi.com and click on either the parts interchange or the read magazines/newsletter icon, you are redirected to a new website (gmcmi.net) which houses these items.

It is available free to the GMC Community, but you are required to register. Yes, even if you are currently a gmcmi member, you will need to register and create a user name and password.

As in the past, GMCMI will continue to strive to find new and up-to-date GMCMH information, conduct conventions with informational technical sessions, great vendors and fun activities, while continuing to implement innovative ideas to promote and maintain the GMC Motorhome and its community.


>> 5-13-2016 | Welcome to the New GMC Community Cookbook!

Have you ever eaten at one of the great potlucks at a rally and said, “I wish I had the recipe for that.” Well, your “wish has come true”! Great cooking and eating is soon to be had! Click here to check out the recipes submitted so far.

>> 5-11-2016 | We are Branson Bound….only NINE days till registration deadline!

The first “Great GMC Motorhome Summer Get-Together”! Registration deadline is Friday, May 20th.
Click here for more information.

>> 5-10-2016 | Health update on David Blackshear, GMCMI President

Heard from David last evening that he is in the hospital, weak after six bypasses to his heart. Please keep David and his family in your prayers. Thank you.

>> 4-30-2016 | Justed Posted – Over 500 Photos!

Photos from the GMC Motorhomes International 2016 Spring Convention in Dothan, Alabama. More photos to be posted. Click here to view.

>> 4-29-2016 | NEW LISTING – GMC Motorhome For Sale!

1975 Avion located in Michigan. Click here to check it out.

>> 4-29-2016 | Welcome to the New GMC Community Book List!

For several years at the GMC Motorhome International Conventions a session has been conducted titled “Bookworms & Their Diet”, suggestions for books to read. A list of downloadable pdfs that have been compiled by those participants. Click here to view.

>> 4-21-2016 | Spring issue of GMC Vintage RVing magazine is now available!

Check out the spring issue of “GMC Vintage RVing”. This fantastic 4/color magazine consists of features, technical information, the GMC Motorhome Pineblock Derby, The “Great GMC Motorhome Summer Get-Together” information and registration (in Branson, Missouri) plus classified ads. GMC Motorhomes and parts for sale! Click here to view.

>> 4-12-2016 | The “Great GMC Motorhome Summer Get-Together Registration is Open!

Saturday, June 25 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Branson KOA & Convention Center | Branson, Missouri
Limited spaces available – Click here to register today!


>> 3-19-2016 | Mary Robertson passes away.

Mary passed away on 3-18-16 after a long bout with cancer. She was 85 years old and had been suffering for quite some time. All of their children are with them at this time.

Visitation will be on 3-19-16 at the Frederick Dean on Frederick’s Road in Opelika, Ala. followed by a grave side service.

Please keep Curby and his family in your prayers.


>> 3-15-2016 | TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE!

Last chance to get your registration in for the Spring GMCMI Convention!
Click here for information and registration form.
Click here for a must-attend schedule available at.
Cannot attend for the entire time? Not a problem call Kim for a pro-rated fee. See you there!


>> 3-9-2016 | Ray Swartzendruber will be having surgery today – March 9th.

He is undergoing open heart surgery to replace the aortic valve through which the blood exits the heart and flows through the entire body. Please keep him in your prayers.


>> 3-8-2016 | 2016  GMCMI Spring Convention Schedule Available!

Click here to view schedule.


>> 2-29-2016 | Win a “FREE” Leak Test at the GMCMI Spring Convention!

GMCMI has made arrangements with Discount General RV in Dothan, Alabama for a live demonstration/tech session at the GMCMI Spring Convention (Friday, April 8 to Thursday, April 14) in Dothan, Alabama. One lucky registrant will win the opportunity to have their coach utilize the Sealtech 430-R leak test.

This leak test was featured in the March issue of the “Family Motor Coaching” magazine (FMCA).

Click here to make your reservations TODAY! Deadline is March 15.


>> 2-16-2016 | Dwayne Jacobson Passes Away

A message from Jackie Jones:
It is with a heavy heart in posting this, that we lost one of our own, Dwayne Jacobson. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed on this morning. He was President of the GMC Cascaders before stepping down due to his illness. He was instrumental in planning the GMC across Canada and the Route 66 trip. He was a wonderful and kind person and touched everyone who knew him. He loved the GMC and the community. He is loved and will be missed. Dads service is going to be THIS Saturday the 20th at 2:00 pm at Life Church White Rock 2265 152nd Street Surrey. Please feel free to share so all that loved dad can come. Thank you all. RIP Dwayne. Safe travels my friend.


>> 2-12-2016 | Carl Tompkins Passes Away

A message from Sue Tase:
Another of our old-time GMC’ers passed away this week. In years past, Judi and Carl Tompkins were very active in the GMC community until having to give up their beloved GMC. Alex Sirum and Carl have been friends since high school; thankfully Alex and Romona had stopped and visited with Carl & Judi on their journey home from Mass. after Alex’s health issues this summer.


>> 2-10-2016 | TadiBrothers – New Discount Program for GMCMI Members

Vendor whose product line-up includes backup cameras and monitors. Offers discounts to GMCMI members of:

  • $25 off any purchase of $300 and up by using code GMCMI25
  • $100 off any purchase of $750 and up using code GMCMI100

For every purchase made using either of these codes:
TadiBrothers will donate $25 to GMCMI!
Codes can be used with both online and phone orders.

Click here to check out their huge selection and great prices.


>> 2-6-2016 | Announcing Spring 2017 GMCMI Convention!

A Celebration of Vintage Front-Wheel Drive Motorhomes
March 24-30, 2017
Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, Shawnee, Oklahoma

This Convention will be a celebration of our vintage GMC Motorhomes, and ALSO other classic front-wheel drive motorhomes such as the Revcon, Cortez, Travoy, Tiara and Silver Motor Coach. Plans are being made to share information and have some fun with the owners of these classics. This facility has been selected to enhance the opportunity for seminars, meetings and fellowship involving all these diverse and yet similar vehicles and their owners. Make your plans to join us. If you have information on these motorhomes and their owners, please email me so that I can reach out to all of them and invite them to join the fun.

Click here for additional information about these vintage front-wheel drive motorhomes.


>> 2-2-2016 | Spring 2016 GMCMI Convention Registration is Open!

Friday, April 8 to Thursday, April 14
National Peanut Festival Grounds | Dothan, Alabama

Click here for more information and the registration form.

Join us as we celebrate two “Vintage Classics” – the GMC Motorhome and the Fabulous 50’s! We have planned a fun-filled, learning experience, must-go-to convention this Spring. Besides the great line-up of vendors, we have a bus tour to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, a Car Show in conjunction with our Open House, a vast variety of technical sessions, plus too many other things to list here…check it out for yourself.

Oh, did I mention the Fabulous 50’s? On Tuesday, we will celebrate the 50’s plus a Sock Hop! Don’t forget your letter jacket, saddle shoes, poodle skirt, bowling shirt, 50’s memorabilia and your hula-hoop! Oh, men, how about that special product to slick back that hair….who will be the Fonzi look-alike? “See you there….or be square!”


>> 1-20-2016 | Wanda McConnell Update

The following was posted just a few hours ago on Luther McConnell’s Facebook page by his son Matt about Wanda:

I want to thank everyone for the prayers and good vibes. Unfortunately we lost my mom this morning just before 8. We know that she is in a better place and now is reunited with my brother Luke. God has gained a new beautiful angel to watch over us all today. Save me a seat up there, I’ll see you again one day. I love you mom.


>> 1-19-2016 | Wanda McConnell

A message from Luther McConnell:

Wanda has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It is inoperable and cannot be cured with kemo-therapy. The Doc said we probably only have only two or three months left with her. The only thing left is to keep her comfortable. Please pray for her and my family!


>> 1-19-2016 | David Lopez Memorial

David Lopez, a long-time member of GMCMI and the Pacific Cruisers, passed away in late October 2015. David served in WWII as a navy pilot, flying off the aircraft carrier, USS Corregidor. He remained in the Navy Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He is survived by his wife, Beverly. A memorial for him was held on November 6, 2015 and was attended by many
of the Pacific Cruisers. Beverly still has their coach and we hope to see her bringing it out and joining us at a rally.
Reported by Audree Rowe in the GMC Pacific Cruisers Newsletter

>> 1-14-2016 | Update on Dwayne Jacobson

Dwayne received the diagnosis in June of stage 4 mesothelioma-type cancer. It is not a tumor but more like a spider web on the abdomen, not on any of his organs. The cancer cells do sweat causing fluid build-up in the belly, which then needs to be drained. Each drain has been less liquid than the one before, which is a positive sign. He has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy three weeks apart, the final one (they hope) being five weeks ago. Dwayne and Sharon are making plans to spend more time in their coach this coming year.


>> 1-14-2016 | A Note About Members Allen & Pat Martin

Allen suffers from dementia now and had a shunt implanted in his brain last Tuesday to drain fluid and hopefully improve his mobility and perhaps slow the dementia. He was moved yesterday to the Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, near his home for more intensive care. Cards can be sent to the center accompanied with his name.
Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
316 N.C. Highway 801 So, Advance, NC 27006


>> 1-13-2016 | Scheduling Your Summer Vacation at Work?

Where can you ride the ducks, ride a wooden roller coaster, experience the Titanic by plunging your hand in icy water and stand on deck as ship sinks, experience two 245-foot water slides with a knee-knocking 70-degree drop and a free fall into the pool below, relax and float along an 800-foot lazy river, zip-lines, lakes, over 100 shows for all ages and so much more!

Plan to attend the first “Great GMC Motorhome Summer Get-Together” organized by GMCMI. At the KOA in Branson, Missouri – June 25 thru July 1.

Registration opens on April 18th. See you there!


>> 1-4-2016 | Message from Ashley Nicole Klakoski about Cherie Klakoski

I just wanted to let you all know that my mother-in-law, Cherie Klakoski, lost her battle with colon cancer Wednesday December 30th, 2015. Her and her husband Dean own a 1973 GMC Motorhome known as “Sunny Beaches”. We’re from Portage, IN. We’ve heard stories about all the GMC rallies they’ve attended, how much fun and how many awesome people they’ve met through this group.


>> 1-1-2016 | Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year!