By Marco Kathuria—Part two of a vintage RV owner-conducted tour series featuring Scott Sommers, owner of a fully-restored 1974 GMC Motorhome. It is part of an on-going series of interviews and coach tours focusing on the GMC Motorhome owner community. Other videos in this series can be found on our YouTube channel.
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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.
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Scott Somers Shows us Around “Elle”
Some of the Equipment seen in the video
Scott was kind enough to respond to our followers on social media who had asked for more information about some of the equipment featured in this episode.
Partial List of Featured Equipment
1800 Watt Planet Audio Anarchy Sound System
The subwoofers are two of these:
Mounted in these 8″ Subwoofer cabinets:
The center channels are these:
And the rear speakers are these:
And the front (over cab) speakers are these:
According to Scott, “I also used additional speakers directly behind the front seats at floor level, and the original “center” speakers were Infiniti speakers, but I don’t have data on either. I installed an additional subwoofer under the kitchen, but again, I don’t have the data on it.”
“The marine latches are these and I highly recommend them”, says Scott.
“Although I didn’t install them myself, the door and drawer pulls are of the following type”, says Scott:
House Battery and Charging System
Scott uses a large lead acid 8D flooded lead acid battery of the type seen below:
He charges it with Renogy solar panels. “It will run a microwave or hairdryer, and is entirely sufficient for boondocking and is very cost effective when compared with lithium or AGM”, according to Scott.
Scott notes that “the inverter/converter is a Xantrex Freedom SW 2000. It performs well, though as noted in the video, there is no way to turn off the cooling fans when connected to shore power and it is “converting,” so I installed a disconnect switch. “
Photos Submitted by Scott Sommers
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The marine latches are these and I highly recommend them: