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In December 1986 Holiday Rambler was sold by Klingler Corp. to Harley-Davidson.
Anyone know if there were any good/bad changes to the travel trailers between the two years of 1986 vs. 1987? They appear a little heavier in 1987.

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Holidaytoday wrote:

In December 1986 Holiday Rambler was sold by Klingler Corp. to Harley-Davidson.
Anyone know if there were any good/bad changes to the travel trailers between the two years of 1986 vs. 1987? They appear a little heavier in 1987.


The 1987 Holiday rambler products where the same construction as the 1986. At the time of the sale the 1987 models where in production. While Harley did make cosmetic changes while under there ownership they keep the same construction as had been developed prior to the purchase. It wasn't until Monaco purchase the company that major structural changes occurred.

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Thanks Doug for your reply. I prefer the early 70's but I found an 1987 Imperial 31' rear bath that looks good. Any noted problems with the 80's era that you know of? John

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Holidaytoday wrote:

Thanks Doug for your reply. I prefer the early 70's but I found an 1987 Imperial 31' rear bath that looks good. Any noted problems with the 80's era that you know of? John



Your welcome John, Frankly I put a Holiday Rambler built in that era up against any RV built in that era or today. Holiday Rambler took their product development very seriously and built high quality RVs in all their product lines. If you've found an older cared for Holiday Rambler then you have a gem of an RV. The 1987 models were a continuation of the 1986 models with up dated interiors and some floor plan changes. There where no major structural changes to the product line that year. If the Imperial you have is an 1987 I wouldn't have fear that it is not structurally sound as long as a past owner did do something to it that they shouldn't have. As with any thing 26 years there can be problems but from what I have seen and I have seen a lot of older Holiday Ramblers they hold together very well.

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We had a 1989 HR Imperial Class C 26 ft and loved it. It was very well built and performed well, so well that we bought a 1993 HR Navigator that we still have.

Holiday Rambler bult very good RVs right up until they were purchased by Monaco in the late 1990's, and then quality started to slip. Monaco declared bankruptcy in the mid 2000's. The new Monaco LLC bought the assets of the old Monaco, but is not otherwise connected to the old company.


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Thank You Doug and Bob for your words of encouragement. I really like the older Holiday Ramblers and have admired them since the late 60's. Our neighbors had two or three starting smaller to larger. I have four I'm going to look at right after Christmas and New Years, ranging from 29' to 31' with years 1983 to 1987. As soon as I find one, I will try to send pic's. Thanks again!

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I am looking at a few Holiday Ramblers from 1983 to 1989. There are three series, Ambassador, Imperial and Presidential. Is the difference in the three models related to quality or is it options? All three models seem to have the same sizes. I'm looking at a 29' to 32' and the weight seems to be around 5500 lbs so they are easily towed. Thanks, John

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You all need to add some pics. Or links to brochures, etc. Raise some awareness and keep the good ones a'rollin"!





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I am asking what the difference is between the Ambassador, Imperial and Presidential models from Holiday Rambler from the early 1980's through 1989.

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