#VIDEO/INTERVIEW: John Mest Worked on the GMC Motorhome Assembly Line in the 1970s

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BY Marco Kathuria—Another episode in a series featuring interviews with GMC Motorhome owners. This time we hear from Tom Mest as explains how he was recruited to be parts of General Motors’ beta-testing of their soon-to-be-announced motorhome in 1972. Part two (to come) explores how the assembly of the motorhome came to an end in 1978.

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Meet John and Denise Mest (Excerpt)

BY JANET FREY | GMC VINTAGE RVING MAGAZINE EDITOR

JOHN AND DENISE MEST are from Potosi, Wisconsin own a 1976 Eleganza Il. They have been married for 12 years, and have two dogs. They travel with Mini, a chihuahua rat terrier mix, and Abby, a maltese. As many pet owners have discovered, their “kids” have taken to the motorhome with no problem. Denise shared that she enjoys laser art as a hobby.

Built by General Motors using automobile assembly techniques, 12,921 GMC motorhomes were produced from model years 1973 to 1978. Over 7,000 are currently listed at the GMCMI.com international registry. Estimates suggest that at least 8,000 to 9,000 of the original production run are still in operating condition.

But we have so much more to share in this GMC Motorhome Member Profile found in the Summer edition of GMC VINTAGE RVING MAGAZINE. Click here to join GMCMI to unlock access to the full article…and much, much more!

Source: GMC VINTAGE RVING MAGAZINE, Summer 2023.


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Digital versions of the magazine can be found in the “Members Only” section of the GMCMI.com website. Visit the website to read a sample copy of GMC Vintage RVing Magazine.

#GMC Motorhomes International

GMC Motorhomes International is an organization 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. Visit the GMCMI website to find out more.

History of the GMC Motorhome

Source: GMCMI.com


#GMC Regional Chapters – FMCA Chapters

Local GMC Motorhome Owner Chapters

GMC Cascaders
Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia & Alberta (Canada)
Website: www.gmc-cascaders.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMCCascaders/


GMC Classics
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Website: www.gmcclassics.com
Facebook (closed group): www.facebook.com/groups/gmcclassicsclub/


GMC Colonial Travelers
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland & SE New York
Website: www.gmccolonial.com


GMC Dixielanders
Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Western Carolinas
Website: www.gmcdixielanders.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GMC-Dixielanders-610910142357001/?fref=ts
Facebook (closed group): www.facebook.com/groups/751435414991402/


GMC Eastern States
The Mississippi River and east in the United States and Canada
Website: www.gmceast.com


GMC Flatlanders
Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Colorado
Randy Van Winkle | 417-429-5925
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/884368598352256/


GMC Forty-Niners
Northern California & Northwest Nevada
Club Email: [email protected]


GMC Great Lakers
All States & Canada Provinces touching the Great Lakes
Website: www.gmcgreatlakers.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/182402062678966/


GMC Greater Midwest Classics
Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Ontario
Website: www.gmcmidwestclassics.org


GMC Heritage Cruisers
Covering Parts of Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, & West Virginia
Website: www.gmcheritagecruisers.com


GMC Mountainaires
500 mile radius of Denver, CO
Website: www.gmc-mountainaires.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GMCMountainaires/


GMC Nor’easters
Northeastern portion of the United States and neighboring Canadian provinces
Website: www.gmcnoreasters.org


GMC Pacific Cruisers
Southern California (Los Angeles to San Ysidro)
Website: www.gmcpc.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/452658788228404/


GMC Saguaro Jetset
Arizona
Website: www.gmcsj.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmcsj/


GMC 6 Wheelers
Illinois and surrounding states
Affiliations required for membership: none
Email:  [email protected]
Website:  http://www.gmc6wheelers.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/gmc6wheelers


GMC Sunshine Statesmen
Florida
Website: www.gmcss.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMC-Sunshine-Statesmen-703965912957918/


GMC Tidewater Crabs
Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia & District of Columbia
Club Email: [email protected]
Website: 
www.gmctidewatercrabs.com
Closed Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141736789738596/


GMC Western States
Mainly drawn from the 11 western states and 3 western provinces of Canada.
Website: www.gmcws.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GMC-Western-States-426459820808296/?fref=nf


Other GMC Groups

Aussie Classic GMC Motorhomes
Australia
Gail Bennett | Coordinator | [email protected]
Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/groups/369935933206436/


GMC Motorhome Tulsa Lunch Bunch
Join us for lunch and friendship. Every first Friday of the month. Golden Corral 71st and Mingo, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Newcomers welcome!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMC-Motorhome-Tulsa-753600574784610/


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