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1996 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher

Below is an independant and unbiased review of a 1996 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher


I'm based in California USA and own a 1996 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher, 29' long, Class C motorhome. Obviously gas/petrol costs are less expensive here (but rising) so the 7.5 litre V8 returns something around 10mpg. I fitted a vacuum gauge to the dashboard (actually a pod on top of the dashboard) and keep an eye on how the engine is straining, dropping out of overdrive or even changing down, if the needle drops in the red. These gauges are essential if you want good gas mileage.

These Class C's are perfect for a family but not the best choice for a couple think of retiing and living in the RV. I would point them to a Class A that will sleep two in comfort and have plenty of room for a couple.

The Jamboree Searcher sleeps eight = two over cab, two in the rear bedroom, two on the folding sofa, and two on the folding sofas and dining table. It has a full size shower and toilet/handbasin opposite. I replaced the toilet for a new model. The kitchen has fridge freezer, two bowl sink, three burner hob and oven, microwave and coffe maker. Electricity either comes from a big coach battery that provides 12v for the lights, water pump, warm air heating fan and control, hot water tank control (both previous mentioned derive heat from propane) and the gas leak detector. the 120 volts either comes from an electric start 4KW Onan generator or a 30 amp shore line and powers the battery charger and airconditioning and the fridge freezer when not switched to gas.

We were thinking of buying a 24' for the ease of parking but went for the 29' because of the bedroom with the queen size bed and twin wardrobes. If the toilet door is swung across to click on the shower side wall, the bedroom becomes en-suite.

As for work I did to the RV, I had to fix the propane delivery system as a ground was missing from the solenoid valve. I fitted a new 4 inch square rear bumper with polished cover that stores the swer hose and is stronger than the flimsy Fleetwood bumper. You need to stand on it to access the roof ladder. I fitted a new toilet and a new water heater with both gas and electric heating. Finally, I fitted new folding mirrors to replace the fixed and cheap ones originally fitted.

We get a lot of fun from the RV... it has an outide shower that's very handy for rinsing sand off when visiting the beach and provides a roomy home from home if my wife and I (and Pyranian dog) go away for long weekend breaks.





Title: 1996 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher
Category: American RVs
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Reviewer: Geoffrey Tanner
Added: February 23rd 2011
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