1973 FMC 2900R Motorhome, Used by Charles Kuralt for CBS "On The Road" Television Show

Summary

This FMC motorhome carried a three-man TV crew on America's back roads, where they took time "to meet people, listen to yarns, and feel the seasons change." The CBS-produced show, On the Road, featured Charles Kuralt's superbly crafted stories about ordinary people who were often quite extraordinary. It was a novel idea that lasted 27 years from 1967 to 1994.

This FMC motorhome carried a three-man TV crew on America's back roads, where they took time "to meet people, listen to yarns, and feel the seasons change." The CBS-produced show, On the Road, featured Charles Kuralt's superbly crafted stories about ordinary people who were often quite extraordinary. It was a novel idea that lasted 27 years from 1967 to 1994.

Artifact

Motor home

Date Made

1973

Creators

FMC Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Santa Clara 

Creator Notes

Made by FMC Corporation, Recreational Vehicle Division in Santa Clara, California.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

95.23.1.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of CBS News, A Division of CBS Inc.

Material

Metal
Steel (Alloy)
Aluminum (Metal)
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Plastic (Organic material)
Cloth

Color

White (Color)
Navy blue

Dimensions

Height: 104 in

Width: 96 in

Length: 355 in  (29 feet, 7 inches)

Wheelbase: 185 in

Inscriptions

On sides of body, painted within navy blue stripe: ON THE ROAD / CBS Oval Decal on rear of body: 2900R Plate on rear of body: Conversion/Modification by: / Executive Coach Corp. / 1003 RTE 22 Fox River Grove IL 60021 / (708)-639-0575 On spare tire cover: FMC On sides near rear of body: FMC 2900R

Specifications

Make & Model: 1973 FMC 2900R motorhome

Maker: FMC Corporation, Santa Clara, California

Engine: Chrysler V-8, overhead valves, 440 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 8 feet 8 inches

Wheelbase: 185 inches

Width: 8 feet

Overall length: 29 feet 7 inches

Horsepower: 247 at 4000 revolutions per minutes

Weight: 14,140 pounds

Pounds per horsepower: 57.2

Price: $27,000

Average 1973 wage: $7,580 per year

Time you'd work to buy this vehicle: about 3 years, 7 month

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