1973 GMC Motorhome

23' Canyon Lands
    8.1 EFI Vortec Power
Hot Rod with plumbing!



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Originally a GMC Canyon Lands
This is one of a kind GMC Motorhome.

VIN Number TZE033V100828 built 5/8/1973, we are the 5th owner. The 23 foot model is kind of rare since only 1700 were built between 1973 and 1978.

Health issues force sale.

This motorhome starts immediately and is very dependable.

Unit had been restored ($43,000) shortly before we purchased (July 2003) it, and then in 2005 we began updating it.

Rear bed, side bath, awning, Alcoa LST wheels, and Flexsteel seats.

You must see this motorhome to fully appreciate it.

The following items have either been replaced with new, or rebuilt in the last 16,000 miles (since 2005):

1. NEW engine with a EFI 8.1 (496 cu. in.) Marine Vortex Chevrolet engine with larger engine oil cooler (includes NEW water pump, ac compressor, alt. and power steering pump) with headers, and remote large capacity oil filter. (Less than 9,000 miles)
2. NEW aluminum radiator. (Less than9,000 miles) 8/22/2005
3. Transmission rebuilt (Less than 9,000 miles)(8/22/2005)
4. NEW torque convertor with larger stand alone transmission cooler with electric fan. (Less than9,000 miles) 8/22/2005
5. Rebuilt front hubs, NEW bearings, NEW seals, rebuilt steering knuckles (drilled and zerks added), passenger side CV joint, rotors, and NEW 80mm calipers installed. (500 miles) 1/11/2009
6. Brake booster with NEW extra capacity master cylinder. (2500 miles)
7. NEW front shocks. (2500 miles)
8. NEW HD front and two rear sway bars
9. NEW stainless steel brake lines with all NEW rubber hoses.
10. 4 wheel disk setup on rear with NEW calipers. (Streetrod Mfg. Co)
11. 4 wheel air bag set up on rear with air shut off valves
12. NEW Track Rite stabilizers on front boogies. (Bob Hooton GMC MH Products)
13. NEW Macerator pump. (500 miles)
14. NEW fuel lines from tank, oversize fuel filter (screw on type), and NEW electric fuel pump.
15. NEW Generic 5.5KW generator.
16. NEW Alcoa "LST" aluminum wheels (6) with Goodyear's on rear and 2 NEW Michelins in front.
17. NEW air compressor. (500 miles)
18. NEW electric pusher fan in front of air conditioner condenser coil for cooling when in slow traffic or idling
19. NEW fuse blocks in closet area and under hood
20. NEW 110 volt transfer switch
21. NEW 40 amp PD Dynamics power convertor
22. NEW Ragusa aluminum transmission cooler pan
23. NEW Ragusa aluminum final drive cooler cover
24. NEW SS brake lines
25. Brake hoses replaced (2500 miles)

1. NEW McNeil custom dash with the following gauges: Speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, water temperature, engine oil temperature, transmission temperature, volts, air pressure, and fuel gauge. Has AM/FM radio with CD player, reworked dash air conditioner, dual personal electric fans.
2. NEW marine 2 door refrigerator (compressor type)
3. NEW Icemaker (500 miles)
4. NEW convection/microwave oven.
5. NEW 15,000 btu roof air with 1500 watt heat strip.
6. NEW 22,000 btu basement air.
7. NEW 22,000 aux air conditioner (runs off engine) under kitchen counter with outlets in back to cool bedroom along with outlets in living space has hot water (engine heat) heater for winter. Installed by TMO Custom Rod Air (6/29/2005)
8. Electric baseboard heater under refig.
9. NEW flat screen TV with NEW DVD player in bedroom.
10. Custom designed bed mounting with some storage underneath with a great mattress
11. NEW custom Corian type counter top
12. NEW custom made powder coated aluminum cabinets in kitchen, over sofa, and wrap-around bookshelves /cabinets in bedroom and drawers in wardrobe. Cabinets have custom made Pecan wood trim.
13. NEW lights under cabinets.
14. Aluminum dog house cover
15. Engine compartment extra insulation.
16. NEW Pergo flooring
17. Updated toilet
18. NEW black water holding tank
19. Custom design Pecan and Mesquite wall-mounted canister holder, with canisters in kitchen
20. NEW headliner along with extra insulation installed
21. NEW water heater

1. Ragusa door step.
2. Ragusa door grab rail.
3. Ragusa inside door handle
4. Ragusa steps (2) on front bumper with Ragusa handle in center.
5. Couch pulls out into a bed.
6. Captains chairs
7. 2" receiver hitch thru bumper

Much of the rewiring, cabinet mounting, 4 bag suspension, tru-track, brake work, and redo of the interior was done by the Cooperative Motor Works in Orlando, FL (4/29/2005), the aluminum work was done by Lockhart Metal works in Austin, Texas (over several months in 2005), the engine conversion and transmission was done by Dyno Services, Inc in Sequim, Washington (8/22/2005)

We have all manuals and parts books as well as some specialty items that go with the Motorhome.

Answers / Comments / Additional Information:   2/13/13)
* I have had several people ask about the lack of a cook top and oven. My wife and I thought long and hard about it and after camping several times decided we could use an electric skillet, crock pot, electric sauce pan and a convection oven. Our first MH was a Winnebago 36 foot and we always carried an electric skillet and we have a convection oven in our home so this was a pretty straight forward decision. My wife has baked biscuits, pies, and cookies in the convection/microwave oven since it bakes as well as microwaves. Not having a cook top and gas oven gave us room for a convection microwave oven, more counter space, and an ice maker. It also allowed us the ability to remove the propane tank and use that space for basement storage; it also removed the weight of the tank, valves, and propane.

* I have been asked about the lack of a pod on the roof and a roof ladder. I did not want a pod - could have gotten one and a roof rack easily enough – because they add weight and makes the coach more top heavy. When I designed the cabinets I increased the size slightly both in height and depth and added a shelf in each of them. I was able to do this since they are powder coated aluminum and weigh much less – an added feature is this also reduces the top weight. I then added shelves in the bedroom and over the door. With the propane tank removed and the space under the couch for storage we get along great. I also use a hitch rack and carry a smoker, grill, and an ammo box with charcoal and wood chips along with lighter fluid because we BBQ and grill a lot.



in Seguin, Texas

Overhead at Foot of Bed

Overhead at Head of Bed

Storage Behind CoPilot

Cabin Auxiliary A/C Vent

5.5Kw Generac

Locking Outside Storage

Through the Bumper Hitch

Alcoa LTS Wheels

Icemaker & Convection Microwave

Pecan Cabinet Trim

Cockpit Fans

MacNeal Dash

All new gauges,
Steering Wheel

8.1 Chev Marine Vortec

Electronic Fuel Injected

Aluminum Engine Hatch

Flexsteel Leather Seats

Basement A/C Filter under Bed

Auxiliary A/C return air under kitchen sink. Vents into bedroom, cabin, and cockpit. Icemaker also shown.

Auxiliary A/C Driver Vents

Auxiliary Cabin Vents

Over Door Storage

Storage over Driver.
Pecan Cabinet Trim

Aluminum Overhead Storage

Powder Coated Cabinets

Veiw in Bed

Spice Rack
Pecan Wood

Cockpit Seats Swivel