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Fall 2011

Emerald Desert RV Resort
Palm Desert, California
October 1 - 5
Dave and Donna De Graffenreid
Sharon & Pat Cerrina


We are very excited for the opportunity to Host the GMC Western States Fall Rally. Emerald Desert is our favorite park to Host rallies. It has a beautiful green park like camping area with patios and full hookups. We will all be parking together. This time Pat & Sharon Cerrina
are joining us as Co-Hosts.

We have great plans to make good use of the remodeled air conditioned club house as well as the kitchen and stage. The park provides golf, putting, tennis, swimming, spa and a gym. We have a theme and it will be lots of fun. We will enjoy meals, seminars and activities. There will be games, gifts, prizes and lots more.

The first day we will be making Succulent center pieces. Soil and home grown plants will be provided. Bring your container (similar to the ones before, garage sale specials) and build your own center piece planter. Wednesday is Hawaiian Luau night, dust off your Mumu’s and Hawaiian shirts (Dave’s has no dust) and wear them to dinner and the awards ceremony. Ladies book exchange was great fun so bring a favorite book for another book exchange. Lunch and relaxation break 12pm to 1:30 every day, on your own for lunch.

Vendors sign up soon for front row parking and be apart of our official Vendor introduction ceremony.

See Ya There!
Dave and Donna


Spring 2012

California Coast    
Date pending
Hosts: De Graffenreid and Travao    

Fall 2012

Date pending
Hosts: Les and Sharon Watson    




Spring 2011

San Lorenzo RV Resort
King City, California
April 27 - May 1
Host: Phil and Jo Anne Hernandez


See Gene Fishers and Armand Minnies photos!


Fall 2010

OCTOBER 17 - 22, 2010
Hosts: Michael and Judy Cherry    

Posted as it happened at the Oasis RV Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada ...

and the winners of the Brake Reation Arm Raffle Are ...

Les Leach of Thousand Oaks, California for the West
George Zhookoff of Snellville, Georgia for East


Two lucky GMC owners will have the BEST BRAKES POSSIBLE for their GMC

The raffle more than paid for itself and netted our club $1000 for our activities. The GMC Eastern States Club will also receive $500 from the proceeds.

Brake Reaction Arm System

Spring 2010

MAY 19-24, 2010
Hosts: Frank and Freddi Condos    

Fall 2009

Colorado State Fairgrounds
Pueblo, Colorado
September 25 - October 2, 2009
Hosts: GMCMI and GMCWS Boards    

Spring 2009

Palm Desert, California
April 22 - 27, 2009
Dave and Donna deGraffenreid

The Rally has started!
Check here for play by play reports and photos from Gene Fisher

Gene Fisher's PHOTOS
John Ruff's PHOTOS


Wed 4/22/2009 8:19 AM
The gang is starting to collect.  Only a few vendors so far, Pat is here with his Ragusa stuff, Steve is here with his bushing information, I am here (the APC) guy, and I would guess about 30 coaches.  Today is registration day so it  will be real busy.

This morning is beautiful, COOL, and clear.  Hope it will be cooler today.

I find interesting optimism here with the  guys, FrankC sold his 26 and is starting over with a new old 73-26. SteveF has his 26 here (no - really)  with almost everything new in the mechanical parts. Me, I am collecting parts for my new/old 23. Pat was thinking of moving from a 23 to a 26 but they love their 23. ChuckG had a great 5,600 mile trip to the east coast and his 3 gas tanks worked well.

I find optimism about the new/replacement parts that are becoming available for our coaches,... quadra bags, dual bags, new design lower control arms, "the zerk" for 100,000 mile bearings, new bushings, Lenzi's stuff, ...

There is a lot to talk about, and it has not even started yet;>) I will post some pictures gene


Fri 4/24/2009 8:10 AM
Had dinner last night with Betty Gaw and Marilyn Maxwell, from Atascadero,
ca. These Gran-dams, were a real hoot recounting their experiences driving their own GMC since the early 80s. One time in Canada they went all over the country side trying to get their transmission fixed, only to find it was the thermostatic fan coming on. (been there done that)

Speaking of fan clutches, lots of problems for those coming to the rally. It was sooooooo hot. One member has changed his clutch 5 times in the last 2 years, seems normal. SteveF. has his fan stuck on, and I know of 2 others. Hope JimK (Applied GMC) brought a lot of them.

Had an excellent presentation on OILS by FrankC and I will post the handouts. Later today SteveF is going to repair all of our coach front ends for free, ( well maybe he is just going to talk about it ;>)

Miguel Mendez (MGM-GMC of Ontario,CA - 909-982-7747 - mokingo6@msn.com) is here with his coach that has the new Genrac generator installed. Have to get over to see that.

Well, off to the sauna and a shower before breakfast. What a great facility and a super rally put on by GMCWS.

Ten Minute Combiner Install
Combiner Assisted Boost Switch


Fri 4/24/2009 8:21 AM
I just returned from an attempt to fix your coach's front end for free. Where were you? Oh well, next coach please........
Steve F


Fri 4/24/2009 8:47 AM
FLASH: Manny Travao (Manny's Transmissions of San Jose, CA 408-937-1583 mtrovao@hughes.net) was seen yesterday chasing a nice looking gal (and a nice gal) in a STRING BIKINI, all over the coach parking area. I don't think he caught her
but wish I had my camera with me. When asked about this event, he said "well, someone has to do it"
gene     very exciting    ;>)


Sat 4/25/2009 9:26 AM
Al Chernoff (MR.C) presented a technology update on MagicJack, / Skype and GPS technology. He demonstrated MagicJack that many of us use at home and on the road for free telephone calls in the US and Canada. Al used a standard Kitchen phone to connect to the computer and place and receive calls.


Mr.C also placed and received calls from his Nuvi GPS to show the blue tooth technology that you can use on the road.

It was a very active discussion


I Can't Tell You How To Do Email




Fall 2008

Blackwell Island RV Park
Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID
September 15-19, 2008
Terry and Gloria Morris
Larry and Gaynor Calhoun
and the GMC Cascaders

Blackwell Island RV Park is located on the water with full hookups and drive thru convenience. Sit on the beach or take a dip in the water, or catch bass from the dock. Other features:
-500 feet of swimming beach;
-20/30/50 Amp hookups, sewer, cable TV, wireless internet;
-Laundry, showers, propane, mini-store, rally rooms;
-Pontoon rental (18' or 24'), canoes, water bike rental;
-Within minutes of downtown, golfing, dining, shopping, cruises, hiking, biking, live theatre concerts;
-Within walking distance of the Cedars Floating Restaurant
-Less than an hour from wine tours, scenic drives, gambling casinos, mining tours.

There will be an abundance of GMC activities during the rally, so you may want to plan on coming in early and/or staying late to take advantage of some of the activities above.


Spring 2008

Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Santa Rosa, Ca  
Host: GMC Motorhomes International Club  

Note: We be rallied with GMC Motorhomes International  (Rally Info)


I'll try to add some new info that has not been readily available regarding this rally and the fairgrounds
Here is a link that show the fair grounds layout www.sonomacountyfair.com/fi_map.php

The RV park is located to the extreme south across from gate seven. Shows as horse trailer parking but not true.

All activities/seminars will take place at Finley, Garrett and Kraft buildings. The plan is to place vendors along Lindwood so that all would pass by the vendors from the RV park to get to the activity buildings. The distance from the RV park area to the Activity buildings is about 3/8+ mile. Many of the members will have vans and cars to help with those who do not wish to walk.

Current thought is that there are several nearby dump station close to Linwood. Power and water are available along Linwood.

Do a google satellite view for more info. HERE

WE, Western States, have arranged for dinner on Saturday night for our members. More importantly, since we are in the midst of CA wine country we have also set up a late afternoon Saturday wine tasting and non alcoholic beverage with excellent snacks for all, for a charge of $10.per person. The tasting will be at the Jockey Club, and can be paid at registration for all early arrivals.

BTW the Jockey club offers nationwide off-track betting as well as excellent lunches for a three dollar fee in a nice setting.

Please direct any comments about the facility to Ray. Any questions about WS to me.

Frank Condos
President GMC Western States

For all of you coming out to the rally March 30 - April 5, there are some other happenings that you might want to see. The weekend of March 28 - 30, there will be a horse show (Arabians, we think) happening at the fairgrounds. For those of you into horsepower, instead of horses, there will be a vintage car race happening at Infinion Raceway (the ex- Sears Point track) running from April 4 thru the 6 and spectators are more than welcome. Also happening that weekend is the Boat and RV show at the fairgrounds. (NOTE: Free admission to rally attendees!)

Hope to see everyone at the rally - we are really trying to pull out all of the stops to make this the best rally GMCMI has ever held in California!! Be prepared for vendor surprises.

Bert and Fay Curtis
"76 Glenbrook
Kneeland, CA




Cochise Terrace RV Resort
Benson, Arizona
Was a huge success !
September 4 - 9, 2007
Gary Berry's PHOTOS
Steve and Nancy Ferguson
Steve Ferguson's PHOTOS


Everyone had a great time!

Just 7 miles North of the incredible Kartchner Caverns. 

Located 1 mile south of I-10 on Hwy 90. Spotless, paved, modern RV resort. Two clubhouses. Pool, spa, large outdoor covered patio area, easy access sites with 50/30A hookups. Pull through spaces at the clubhouse for vendors, all GMCs will be parked together.
Hands on demos and journey repairs are permitted. Nearby attractions include ghost towns, Kartchner Caverns, Cochise Stronghold, Tombstone City, Pima Air museum, Fort Huachuca museums, Bisbee, Casinos, and the San Pedro River, one of the premier riparian areas in the US. Plenty of ghost towns for explorers.

Two "free" days because of all the sightseeing and a two day flea market. Bring your treasures. Open coach will occur over these two free days and in two separate groups to encorage "newbys" and Oldbys to explore others coaches .

Weather this time of year will be in the upper 70's, lower 80's during the day and gentle breezes and 60's at night. Expect 10-15% humidity and no rain.

This rally is targeted to bring in vendors and encourage flea market participation. Meals will hopefully rise to the standards of past GMCWS rallys. (Tough row to hoe here.)



Other Rallies

Although we do not have the schedules from all of the other GMC chapters, here is what have listed by Club:

GMC Classics

GMC Eastern States


Sunshine Statesmen


GMC International


GMC Mountainaires

GMC Pacific Cruisers


GMC 49ers


We invite other clubs to send us their rally schedules. In this way Western Staters who are going to be out traveling, can make plans to meet up with friends in different areas.

GMC Western States will be pleased to publish your rally schedules both in the Newsletter and on the Web Page Please let us know. email