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Class A - Gas / Fayetteville, AR
1979 Free Spirit Eagle M-26-RB by Holiday Rambler! Clean Title. $2995 OBO.
1979 Chevy 454 Engine
This 26-ft class A motorhome has many upgrades since we purchased it. Six new tires, new AC, new toilet, new curtains, new mattress for over-cab bunk. Very awesome vintage styled camper. Is not currently running, but has less than 40,000 miles on the original engine. Would be a perfect tiny home, or cabin. Or spend some time to get it running and it would be great for road trips.
We bought this because it was a cool, vintage RV and we wanted to try out Class A RVing (we were in a pop-up previously). We learned two things: 1) Our camping style is not suited for Class A RVs. 2) We don’t have the time to work on restoring a vintage RV.
The following mechanical services have been done since we purchased it:
Brake and mechanical inspection passed (Wingfoot truck center)
Oil and filter change
Fuel filter change
New spark plugs, wires, distributor
Carburetor rebuild (still needs work)
New PCV valve
New ignition switch
Generator oil and spark plug change
Gas tanks drained of old fuel
Systems check. The following systems have been checked and were operational last year:
Refrigerator and freezer (gas and electric both work)
Cook stove and oven (propane)
Rooftop A/C with electric heater(new)
Water lines at all sinks/shower operational (but faucets are loose and need tightening and some new washers in the faucets)
Freshwater Tank water pump. I’ve never filled the holding tank to test the pump.
Tank monitoring panel. Have never filled fresh or black water holding tanks, so not sure if this panel is working.
Note about current (not) running condition:
When parked last September, it was running and driving, but running rough. Engine would cut-out and lurch, especially once it was warmed up. Mechanic at Wingfoot truck center suggested that the carb was probably clogged up from sitting a long time and recommended a carb rebuild. I just rebuilt the carburetor and have been working to get it running. It will start and run briefly if you put fuel directly into the carburetor, but it dies as soon as that bowl runs dry. There is fuel coming out of the line, right at the carb, so the issue is localized to the carb itself. I just don’t have time to keep working on it. It does sound like its running pretty well for those few seconds that it’s running off the bowl. Also, note that the tank selector valve was bypassed during the troubleshooting process and will need to be re-connected.
Overall I’d rate as fair-to-good. It’s definitely vintage and needs some work, but we’ve done a lot to clean it up since we purchased it. There is evidence of previous water damage, particularly around the front cab windows (damaged paneling). However, there has not been any recent water penetration that we’ve observed in the 18 months we’ve owned it. That being said, re-caulking around the vehicle and sealing the roof would probably be a good preventative measure. There are also a couple dings and minor damage around the vehicle, which is probably to be expected for a camper of this age. None of the damage interferes with operation.
You should plan on having it towed from its current location, but maybe you can get it running soon. Price reflects current running condition.