new member with not so new class C 1986 Fleetwood jamboree! doing lots of work on my little rig and loving it. So far lots of cleaning inside and out ,new flooring , new tires ( not so easy at 16.5 size), redo on the kitchen area new microwave, new backsplash, still lots to do but hoping to be road ready soon! We are empty nesters and ready to go meet new friends, we live in Nebraska! Hope to meet you all soon.
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We had an '85 Jamboree "Spirit" model that was only made that one model year. It had curved sidewalls, with a welded steel tube structure underneath. It turned out that the corner bed and pedestal tables were real issues for us and we got rid of it after two seasons.
I'm assuming yours has the Ford 460 motor in an E-350 van chassis/cab, like our was. I would recommend a thorough brake inspection/rebuild. The under-hood temperature on the carburated 460 gets very high, particulalry if you do a lot of hill-climbing. It will boil off the volatile compunds in the brake fluid and the stuff in the master cylinder reservoir ends up with about the viscosity of molasses in Anchorage in January. In our rig, it got into the rear wheel brake cylinders and the return springs weren't strong enough to fully release the brakes. Luckily, it didn't mess up the front calipers.
We only got about 6mpg, which I'm sure was primarily the fault of the brakes. Of course a 460 with a caburator isn't best revered for its fuel economy and we did a lot of mountain driving, where carbs are at a serious disadvantage.
Another caution, if it still has the Ford exhaust manifolds and you decide to replace them with headers, is to make sure the headers purchased by your muffler shop are for the E-350 van, not an automobile with the 460 motor. We ordered Thorleys, and we'd have had to punch a 4" hole through the rear engine support cross-beam to get them to fit. Thorley insisted they were the correct p/n and refused to take them back. The muffler shop ate the cost for about three years before they sold them to someone with a 460 LTD.
Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
ex-pat Brits (1968) and ex-RVers.
We too just purchased a 1986 Jamboree and live in Nebraska as well! How's the rig looking? This is our first RV, and we are learning a lot from it. So far new tires all the way around, brake booster, master cylinder, new water pump and just got done replacing the board in the furnace with a dinosaur electronics board before deploying. While on the road the wife called and reported that the back roof vent sprung a leak resulting in some water stains on the roof. She handled it perfectly with some enternabond tape stoping the leak. When I get back I guess I need to find a way to remove/ cover the water stains and ensure the leak is sealed. Even with all the repairs we are having a great time with it, and moreover the wife is into it. I fully realize the rig is not the best, but we are young and need the experience/headache . Good to hear we are not alone in our old fleetwood ford 460, maybe we can share some ideas! Welcome