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Old 04-22-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Liking this forum! Lots of good info here and there seems to be no lack of member participation when someone has a question. Great stuff!

My wife, children, and I tent camped for years. Now the children are all grown and we had become tired f all the fun of loading all of our stuff in the vehicle, setting it all up, tearing it all down, unloading it from the vehicle. I'm sure most of you know the drill.

A "deal" came up with a friend of my wife's on a '77 Jamboree that had about 90k on it. 440, 4bbl, headers, 40 gal gas tank, wood construction. Needless to say, it's not the most economical thing to run down the road at about 6.8 MPG. On our maiden voyage with it, the tranny wouldn't downshift automatically going up a fairly steep hill. I dropped into 2nd, it slipped into neutral for a split second, just long enough for that big ol' 440 to rev to the Max, and THEN drop into second. Made a hell of a bang! Everything seemed to be fine though and we kept on going. When we got to our destination I had some spare time to try to see why the tranny didn't shift correctly. In the process of checking it out, I found that the little issue on that hill actually CRACKED the tranny! But, I figured if it had just gone 150 miles this way, it could do another 150. And it did. Still cracked to this very day.

So, I needed a new tranny. Kept my eyes peeled for an old MH or heavy Dodge Van or truck that someone might sell a tranny out of. I spotted a '79 Champion Grand Slam that had been sitting at a local motel for a long time so I inquired about it from a parts aspect. Surprisingly, it wasn't in that bad of shape. A bit of cosmetics to be taken care of but otherwise not bad. It ran and had a 360 in it and only 46k original miles on it. Asked the owner what he wanted for it. $1500! I snapped it up. Ran that one around last year at a much better 8.7 MPG.

So, one day last fall, I was outside working on the Grand Slam. A local gentleman pulls up and asks (of all things), "Hey, ya wanna buy a motor home?" I pointed at the other two and said "Um, I don't really think I need another one!" But then I realized what motor home he was talking about. "Well, what're ya askin' for it?" "$4000." OK so now things are going off in my head. I know this one's REALLY nice and easily worth double what he was asking for it. "Uh, ya know my wife's gonna shoot me if I bring this up right? I'll talk to her but I seriously doubt this'll go anywhere." "Well you two talk about it and let me know." OK. So, with my arms up to shield my face, I broached the subject. Once she realized what motor home I was talking about, she jumped on it! Talk about surprised (and glad to still be alive). So now we have a Cobra Seven Seas on a Chevy chassis. Has about 36k on it and gets about 10 MPG.

So what to do with all of these? We recently paid for a seasonal at a new campground not too far from here and took the Jamboree down there for "staycations." The Grand Slam is up for sale, and the Cobra will be our main cruiser.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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WOW! You have the best of both worlds. Good luck selling the Grand Slam. Enjoy your travels.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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It's always nice to have things work out for the good. Good luck annd safe travels.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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Howdy and welcome aboard. WOW, now that's a story. Glad all worked out and hope you really enjoy the new one. Hope you enjoy the site and if you run into problem make sure to aks a question here as there are plenty of people to help out. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! Glad you joined the bunch here! Good luck on the MH sale! God bless!
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Cobra Seven Seas is a nice rig - Chevy 350 I'm guessing. Did you get the one with the nice rear kitchen - my wife and I almost bought one.
Enjoy, but........I think you'll be in a Class A within a couple years. You and your wife have the RVing bug; don't fight it:>)
P.S. Keep an eye on the roof just forward of the AC unit for leaks and get after any signs of a water leak ASAP with Eternabond tape and/or RV sealant (if it's an EPDM roof).
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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Thanks all for your warm welcome!

Thanks folks! Tom, yes it's a great rig. Very comfortable and plenty of room for just the two of us or us and the grandkids. This one is a '96 and has a 451 ci. Chevy 4bbl.! I figured that it would be pretty thirsty but the past owner tells me (and the owner previous to him) that it gets around 10 mpg or a little better surprisingly.

I've already had to do a little work on the roof. It is an EDPM roof. Someone removed the TV antenna and never sealed up the holes left by the mounting bolts! Errrrr!!! So, there's been a little damage to the interior ceiling in that area. It's not too bad, but irritating from a "how could someone do that?" point of view.

It also had quite a few electrical issues. I was told that the unit was plugged into a house along with a 3 or 4 other MH's and some tents. Something went terribly wrong and fried a lot of stuff. I have a tendency to believe that it was plugged into a 220 line. Anyway, I have most all of them under control now. All that's left is getting new control boards for the fridge.

The layout in this one has a full sized bed in the back with the bathroom next to it. The kitchen area is just to the right of the Entrance door.

Too bad Cobra went out of business! Nice stuff.

Looking forward to getting it out on the road soon.

Here's some pics...













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Nice looking rig...thanks for sharing the photos.
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Nice - Good deal! The trick to getting 10MPG is keeping it under 65 (60-62 is better).
Mobil 1 and proper tire inflation are key as well.
My 454 gets 9.5 MPG if I baby it (the Interstates in Virginia aren't to hilly).
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WELCOME ! and thanks for the story. Im strange I LOVE other rv'ers stories. The more the better. Photos too! Happy and safe trails we are wishin for you! Sincerely, Sandy N John
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