Apr 172016
 

The story of Holiday Rambler Motor Homes is the story of the US motorhome market. Started in 1953, building luxury coaches and towables (caravans and 5th wheelers for those of us outside the US), the company’s fortunes have waxed and waned over the course of the last 60 years.

Now owned by Allied Speciality Vehicles, it has for stable mates: American Coach, Fleetwood RV and Monaco. The current Holiday Rambler range, much reduced, includes:

  • Endeavour
  • Ambassador
  • Vacationer
  • Augusta B+
  • Aluma-Lite C

You can learn more and find authorised dealers at their corporate website, here: www.holidayrambler.com

Older Models of Holiday Rambler Motor Homes

Older “Holiday Ramblers” might remember when the range included

Class A Motorhomes – a motor home with a large frame similar to that of a bus but built on its own specialised chassis.

  • Navigator
  • Imperial
  • Scepter
  • Endeavor
  • Ambassador
  • Neptune
  • Vacationer
  • Admiral
  • Arista
  • Aluma-Lite

Class B Motorhomes – built on a cargo van chassis

  • Augusta B+

Class C Motorhomes – usually built on a truck chassis

  • Traveler
  • Atlantis

Corporate History

Our interest in the corporate history of Holiday Rambler motor homes, and other motorhome manufacturers, is simply that of reliability. If we are travelling the world, we want to know if our home-on-wheels can be serviced easily.

The Holiday Rambler Corporation was founded in 1953 and was an American corporation which primarily manufactured recreational vehicles.

Revolutionary in its time, in 1961 they introduced aluminum body framing ushering in a new era of lighter, stronger and more durable recreational vehicles (RVs). This aluminum frame (Alumaframe) became the standard for lighter and stronger RVs for close-on 40 years. The designers and engineers at Holiday Rambler were also responsible for many RV firsts; built-in refrigerators, holding tanks and aerodynamic corners, all things we now take for granted.

Holiday Rambler was sold to Harley-Davidson in 1986 as part of H-D’s diversification strategy and later, when H-D re-determined that motorcycles were its core business, the Holiday Rambler assets were sold to the Monaco Coach Corporation, in 1996.

2010 saw both Monaco and Holiday Rambler operating under the umbrella of Navistar International Corp. This period marked a difficult time for all motorhome manufacturers. In May 2013, both Holiday Rambler and Monaco were sold to Allied Specialty Vehicles.

Service

Which brings us to the service question.

Obviously, nobody knows Monaco and Holiday Rambler coaches better than ASV’s veteran service center technicians – many with factory assembly backgrounds and more than 20 years of experience. Their expertise, familiarity with the products and attention to detail make for efficient, comprehensive and timely service appointments.

Allied Specialty Vehicles has state-of-the-art Service Centres for both Holiday Rambler and Monaco Motor Homes, ideally located and suited to do

  • collision work
  • restorations
  • major and minor repairs
  • rebuilds

The service centres can perform seasonal/annual maintenance based on the expertise and availability of

  • over 100 combined RVIA and/or RVIA Master certified service techs, ASE chassis techs and DuPont and Sherwin Williams certified painters
  • expansive service bays: 10 in Oregon, 38 in Indiana
  • on-site engineering and OEM technical support teams
  • state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • authorized warranty repair shops for: Spartan, Freightliner, Aqua hot, Dometic, Norcold, Carefree, Thetford and DuPont
  • cross-draft paint booths (capable of handling motorhomes of up to 45 feet, that’s about 14m)

They provide convenient on-site campgrounds allowing full use of your RV with both electrical hookups and dump stations with fresh water hydrant. In short, you can simply take your motorhome to a service centre and continue living in it while it is being serviced.

Our conclusion?

While we really like the craftsmanship that obviously goes into Holiday Rambler motor homes, like all Class A motorhomes they are not for us. Too big, much too big. Not suited for poor roads, from what we can determine and could prove quite difficult to ship.

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