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on: May 19, 2019, 12:04

Hi all, Louis and Laural Hudgin here in Gilbert, AZ. We own a 1974 26 ft.Yellow Canyonlands with a Cadillac 500 engine that we bought in Tucson Febuary of 2018. Some of you might have seen it at the GMCMHI convention in Tucson that year. We had one of our micro cars, a 1969 Subaru 360, with us on a trailer behind the GMC. We have had a lot of fun enjoying the initial excitment of a new vehicle. We have taken it on a few dry camping trips, a few rv park trips (I had never done that before the Tucson convention), 4 car shows and 2 airplane fly in's. It's a fun and practical machine that everyone loves and fits our needs so we will probably be keeping it for quite some time.

All that being said, the realities of operating vintage machines has come to light. We are experiencing engine noises caused by failing trust bearings. We have crankshaft movement of at least 3/16 inch when the spec is .008. My issue is I need to get the engine out and repaired and find the cause of the damage (probably the transmission) and get it out and repaired before it does unrepairable damage. Anyone know of a shop or person with GMC knowledge, experience and tools in the SW USA that could handle such a job? I have heard that many GMC owners are pretty handy and do most or all of their own work. I do all of the work on my other cars and airplanes but I dont have the heavy duty equipment needed for this kind of job. Any suggestions would be appreciated and we look forward to meeting and camping with you all.

Louis and Laural Hudgin
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  1. The Webb Update….

    Hey fellow GMCSJ’ers! Barb and I wanted to say hi to all of you from Europe! We’re having a wonderful time seeing all of the magnificent historical sights 🙂 Have yet to come across a GMC motorhome. Europe’s idea of an RV is a bit different than ours and the largest we’ve seen is about a 25′ class C with nary a slideout to be found 🙁 Must be something to do with all the narrow roads and $9 a gal gasoline!

    See you this fall !!!

  2. Just some news here. Don’t know how many of you know it but Jim and Adell’s 26 footer is at the GMC CO-OP in Orlando getting a facelift. You can watch the day by day progress here:
    Just cut and paste the link into your browser.

  3. Got this from Carol & Gordy: Howdy and Happy Thanksgiving!
    We FINALLY got permission to start “thinking” of coming home! Now, we have to see if we can make it happen. It will involve setting up continuing wound care, another month of daily antibiotics and weekly wound vac changes. Things have started improving and the wound is looking good. He can’t put any weight on his ankle but we’ll manage. Our son, Craig will come out and help with the drive so we’re looking at about two weeks away. We never thought we’d be here this long but besides the discovery of valley fever, we’re also dealing with MRSA in the wound. We’ll need a wheelchair (looking for something light weight as I’ll be lifting it in and out of the car) and hoping it will get through the bathroom door! Thanks for all your prayers. Thanks.

  4. Just a suggestion: It wo9uld be nice to have a more complete rally schedule on the website. We will not be able to attend the Jan. Rally this year due to some family issues, but are trying to plan ahead to Feb. My recollection is that there is a Rally at Distant Drums RV Park, but I don’t know the dates. A few of us still work and have to make arrangements to get off work in advance. Maybe include the WS rally in Amado as well.

  5. Hi Jetsetters,
    Just a quick note for any of you who have Norcold 1200 series refridgerators in your coach. There is a recall currently in effect. Get to a dealer and take advantage of this recall. – Steve

  6. This year’s Bluegrass Festival had 11 coaches. Two nights of good weather and bon fires and good company. The rain sort of kept us in the main building most of the time but it was sure worth it. I only recognized one group from previous years and the gap between the almost great groups and the best groups was non-existant. Fantastic Bluegrass music. Next year, however, you can be sure that I am going to secure all the “high” ground sites for the Jetsetters just in case it decides to sprinkle again. See you all at Lazy Daze next month.

  7. Nice pictures Carl. (As usual:>) )

  8. For all of you in the GMCSJ that still own a GMC. All of the club owned GMC tools have come home. I have them, and I will post here (from now on) who has them on loan. Check out and return day.
    We own the following for use by our members:
    Engine pulling hoist – you can use this to pull the engine out through the coach, or drop it out the bottom if you have the nose of the coach high enough.
    Thoma bearing tools – Complete with seal installation tool and the jib to drill your knuckle for a grease zerk.
    Ball Joint removal tool
    Torsion Bar Unloader (2) This takes a lot of the effort out of setting the ride height after replacing the ball joints, bushings, or to compensate for age.

  9. Hey Jetsetters, check this out. A new attempt at the land speed record for Class A motorhomes. The current record is held by a GMC at 102 mph. Click here for more information plus pictures:

  10. It is with great sadness that we report here on the passing of Phoebe Snyder.

  11. Hi all

    Gerri and I wont be attending any rally this coming season. We wont be coming to AZ
    due to Gerri being treated for breast cancer. this will be a year ordeal so must stay in Spokane. In addition to that she broke her ankle, so I have my hands full. Hoping to be back in 2016. You all have a good season.

    Ed Geise