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Old 10-28-2009, 05:41 PM   #841
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1976 Grumman Step van motorhome DIY conversion

Posted this in cool trucks and vans on jo mamma but was told by someone that you might like to see it here also. It could be the nicest stepvan you have seen.

This is a link to pictures of my 1976 Grumman Kurbmaster that was a do it yourself project 33 years ago. Converted to a motorhome. It has been one tough truck, van what ever. A chevy P30 chassis with a 350 engine and turbo 400 automatic. Nicest conversion of one of these I have ever seen tell me if you agree.Will do 80mph and cruises quietly at 65 all day.

http://s327.photobucket.com/albums/k465/kurbmaster/

Truck was bought brand new by my father and he took about two years to finish. Then he sold it after 4 years to my brother who owned it for 19 years. Then I picked it up ten years ago. Still has a lot of life left in it 86k total miles. Runs great and everything works. If you look at the pictures it sleeps four, with a bed that lowers with electric motors and couch that goes into double bed, four burner stove top with oven, double sink, propane heater, tv, microwave, full size closet, shower and toilet, 3 way fridge, two dining tables, fully insulated, 30 gal water tank and 6 gal 2 way water heater, auxillary battery, air conditioned. Full awning. This is all in a package that is 23 feet long that includes a bumper on the back that can carry a full size adventure bike, back bumper has a generator in a storage compartment and other storage in it. With the bike on the back the rear doors still open. The extra bumper turned attached to the front bumper accomidates a dirt bike. We have towed three bikes behind this thing.

Did I mention that we have had 33 years of family fun in this and it was a lot of fun when my brother was single and I was single, don't want to think about what my father did in this when he was younger.

Oh yea I have been told that these step vans can be coverted to four wheel drive. It is a project but I was told I could get a late 1980's donor 4x4 truck and use those parts. Thought about it but I get back in the remote places with my bikes. Although it would be nice to go on the beach in loose sand. Lot less expensive then an Earth Roamer.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:06 PM   #842
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why do the manufacturers use the graphics? can't anyone stand just a regular painted, even 2 tone, paint job anymore? is it to detract from the parts of the vehicle which allow it to be what it is? even the old winnebegos had the silly W on the side. what's wrong with understated elegance?
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:18 PM   #843
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By and large our tastes as a society do not tend toward the understated.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:21 PM   #844
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why do the manufacturers use the graphics? can't anyone stand just a regular painted, even 2 tone, paint job anymore? is it to detract from the parts of the vehicle which allow it to be what it is? even the old winnebegos had the silly W on the side. what's wrong with understated elegance?
I think the demographic likes the mega-graphics because it looks energetic and youthful.

Me, I'll take a plain white RV with a really cool airbrushed mural.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:15 PM   #845
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why do the manufacturers use the graphics? can't anyone stand just a regular painted, even 2 tone, paint job anymore? is it to detract from the parts of the vehicle which allow it to be what it is? even the old winnebegos had the silly W on the side. what's wrong with understated elegance?
Just have it wrapped.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:16 PM   #846
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Just have it wrapped.
its been mentioned for the argosys (painted airstreams)
somewhat reasonable and rather long lived
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:41 AM   #847
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This is a killer deal.

Sheesh.

1992 Titan 32ft Class A Diesel Motorhome - $9500 (Fife)

Date: 2009-10-29, 10:30AM PDT
Reply to: sale-ve6et-1442973786@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

1992 Titan 32ft Class A Motorhome by Champion with a Cummins 5.9L front-end diesel and only 86K miles. 4-speed automatic on an Oshkosh chassis. 6500 Onan generator, hydraulic leveling jacks, dual A/C, walk around queen bed, large refrigerator, aluminum framed with smooth fiberglass, drivers door, tow package, basement storage and much more. Has a split in the rear bumper but other than that is in good condition. $9,500 OBO Please call Brian @ (253) 380-3100








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Old 10-29-2009, 10:50 AM   #848
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Pretty good video.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:39 PM   #849
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:18 AM   #850
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I also love motorhomes / camper vans. I have this 1978 Fiat 238 which I imported from Germany in June of this year. Had a 78 VW before, but the Fiat is way cooler and I love the fact that I've never seen another one. Took it to France this Summer and had a blast. It's now packed away for Winter and I'm missing it terribly. Roll on March.













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Old 11-01-2009, 08:43 AM   #851
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For PirateJohn, I took this last Sunday. Unfortunately it was the best picture I got of the Bluebird and the Cadillac. The sun and the closing speed were against me.

Oh that is neat ... THANKS!!!!

Was he heading westbound? There was a big group from one of the Bluebird lists that was meeting over in Georgia and I guess that they would have been heading home right about then.

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Old 11-01-2009, 08:49 AM   #852
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why do the manufacturers use the graphics? can't anyone stand just a regular painted, even 2 tone, paint job anymore? is it to detract from the parts of the vehicle which allow it to be what it is? even the old winnebegos had the silly W on the side. what's wrong with understated elegance?

Painting a motorhome can be EXTREMELY expensive. For many built-on-a-budget RV's they use white fiberglass sheets for the walls and then decorate it with tapes and vinyl.

Also, for some of the really big ones if you paint them a solid color they do have sort of a weird mountain-on-the-move look. How many buses have you ever seen that were a solid color. I looked at a 45 ft. Newell once that had been operated by a race car team and it was painted solid Ferrari red with just a small yellow Ferrari logo to break up the monotony and it was overwhelming.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:53 AM   #853
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Love those Blue Birds - what is really sick is that I also enjoy working on them as much as driving them!

Too bad that you are so far north. I'd tell ya to bring your tools and I'd buy the beer.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:03 PM   #854
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Great picture and a very nice camper van.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:41 PM   #855
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Great picture and a very nice camper van.
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