Thanks for having us. while we have been a RVer for a long time and we are now on our 4th rig. We were full time for about 6 years, saw a lot of places and had a lot of fun.
Our first rig was a 1972 Winnie Brave 22' class a (Shoebox on wheels), it looked as if it was decorated by Austen Powers but we loved it, we were in that for a year or so, but it was to small, the 2nd one was a 1979 Executive II 28' we full timed in that girl for about 5 years, crossed the USA...twice and made 4 trips to Alaska. But as time went on it was time to settle down and get back to work (We ran out of money) so we sold her. Our next adventure came in the form of a 1978 Dodge Sportsman class C 27' that we used on weekends and holidays [moderator edit] for the past 3 years...a little short on sleeping, but a great rig, however again to small.
Last month I found our dream, a 1988 Cobra 34' diesel, she's loaded, solar, genset, a real sweet rig. We have spent lots bringing her up to speed, tires, brakes. hoses, belts. new 1 piece rubber roof, she's a GREAT RIG. However, I have no idea who makes this thing. It's got a Dodge ignition, a DDA (Chevy) power plant on a med duty chassis. HELP!!! I need info on this beast.
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By doing a web search, here's what I found so far:
With history dating back to the early 1970s, Cobra produced a wide range of recreational vehicle products. Producing Class A and Class C motorhomes through much of its three decades of existence, Cobra was also attached to the creation of fifth wheel trailers until the 1980 model year. Cobra’s extensive line of motorhomes have been powered by Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge powertrains. Cobra ceased production of motorhomes after the 1994 model year with Forest River Incorporated buying assets of the company soon after its shutdown.
Details are sketchy at the time of this writing, but it was at this point that Rockwood was acquired by Van American, Inc., the company later known as Cobra Industries. In July 1985 by Peter Liegl, Dale Glon and Juergen Boessler purchased a small company called Van American, Inc. located in Elkhart, IN. As Van American continued to grow the company was sold to a group of private investors early 1993 who then took the company public. Cobra Industries, Inc was incorporated in March 1993 and was one of the five largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles in the United States and Canada. Cobra's RV products consisted of multiple brands of travel trailers and motor homes sold under the Cobra and Rockwood names through a nationwide network of more than 650 independent dealers. Almost immediately after going public Cobra experienced financial troubles. By January 1995 Peter Liegl was "fired", in his own well spoken words, while Cobra undertook an extensive review and assessment of all aspects of the company's operations with the assistance of Arthur Andersen & Co. Without the leadership of Peter Liegl Cobra Industries simply could not make it and filed for bankruptcy on October 27, 1995.
After the Cobra bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court sold off portions of the company to satisfy debt. Forest River, founded by Peter Liegl in January 1996, bought certain assets, but none of the liabilities, of Cobra from the court-appointed trustees and the transaction was endorsed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Forest River now owns the brand names (Rockwood, etc), and much of the former Cobra facilities. But to be clear Forest River isn't Cobra.
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Welcome to the irv2 gang and congrats on your new-to-you Cobra wheels. Now you know the history (thanks to Afubar) maybe you can find information that helps identify parts and such. Good luck and enjoy!
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