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Old 08-11-2016, 12:29 PM   #1
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hi everyone new guy here. wife and i are looking to start full timing next year and are looking at coaches now. we really like the country coaches and have found one that is really nice. 2007 tribute glacier 400 hp c 9 cat. would appreciate any information any of you can give me good bad indifferent. the more info for me the better. any problems inhierent to this coach in particular would also be good to know. thanks in advance.
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:41 PM   #2
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boy CC made a nice coach!

I had a coach with a C-9, and the year of yours had some major improvements.
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CC made very nice rigs. Hope they get started again.
I don't know anything about the one you're looking at so I'll wait and see what others have to say.
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Welcome to the forum, sorry not much help with knowledge on that coach. I don't know how many of these were built, but it's one that you don't hear of very often.

Check out damonrapozo.com as it will give you the changes in model years. I don't believe that the Tribute is listed.

CC made some very nice coaches. Going on 2 years of ownership on my 02 Intrigue and have no regrets.

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Old 08-12-2016, 07:18 AM   #5
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Pecking order
1-Prevost by CC
2-Lexa
3-Affinity
4-Magna
5-Intriuge
6-Allure best bang for the $$
7-Inspire
8-Tribute

Did not include Concept. Looked at a Inspire and was not up to my expectations.
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We have a 2007 tribute glacier and like it very much the cat engine has plenty of power
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:00 AM   #7
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Pecking order
1-Prevost by CC
2-Lexa
3-Affinity
4-Magna
5-Intriuge
6-Allure best bang for the $$
7-Inspire
8-Tribute

Did not include Concept. Looked at a Inspire and was not up to my expectations.
You forgot the Mistake! I mean the Mystique I think a couple of them got through as CC's before we at National re-badged them as Tradewinds LTC FE's
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I would suggest looking at the Allure and Intrigue. I don't know what price range the Tribute is in and while newer always sounds better, an older Allure or Intrigue is a better built coach, at least in my opinion. Take a look at Premier RV Services, Junction City, Oregon. They always have a good assortment of coaches on their website. The owners, Louie and Gary are former Country Coach employees and know them inside and out. Louie will go out of his way to help you.
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I agree that going back a few years would be worth going up the food chain.

There is also Kenai Coach in JC that carries mostly CC and Monaco. He was operating out of Kenai, AK for many years. I lived in Anchorage for 16 yrs and he had a very reputable name. Good guy and really knows DP.


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You forgot the Mistake! I mean the Mystique I think a couple of them got through as CC's before we at National re-badged them as Tradewinds LTC FE's
There was a Veranda also.
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thanks everyone for the info.
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As with purchase of a RV, ALWAYS get a inspection. Kevin is not far way!!!
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Pecking order
1-Prevost by CC
2-Lexa
3-Affinity
4-Magna
5-Intriuge
6-Allure best bang for the $$
7-Inspire
8-Tribute

Did not include Concept. Looked at a Inspire and was not up to my expectations.
As in many cases, the specifics of the years and the model details comes into play!

In genreal, I agree with Mike that the Allure is a solid 'bank for the $$'. (We have a 2004 Allure High Cascade 40' model, that we're very pleased with.)

That being said, to me, the sweet spot in the ay 2003-2006 Country Coaches were the Intrigue. That is because I really 'preferred' (Now for those of you the are married. This is what you really want. But, since the DW usually get's her way, not always get!).

'Preferred?' - I always feel that more power, is better. The Allure is I believe only available with a Mid Sized Block Cummins (ISL370/400) or CAT C9 400 engine. Sure, you get the real 2 Staged Jake Compression Brake, and that is a big plus one an Exhaust Brake (Opinions vary on this...). But the Intrigue usually came stock with the Mid Sized Block Cummins ISL (Do not know if the CAT C9 was ever offered in the Intrigue?). But, it also was optionally fitted with the BIG BLOCK CAT. Depending on year, the C12-13 (Maybe the C15 in later years too??).

The BIG BLOCK, adds weight for heavier drive train all around, but still yields dividends in many areas. It usually is not working as hard to do the job. So MPG is relatively similar to the Mid Sized Block engines. It being a larger displacement engine, had more Compression Braking Horsepower via the Jake Compression...

So the higher HP and Torque provide a safety benefit of extra power reserves - if needed in an emergency. And, that BIG BLOCK? Well it provides more Braking Horse Power for those mountain roads.

Me? Yeah, I'd still rather have a BIG BLOCK engine. But, our Allure makes the DW happy. And, it has treated us well. Just always aware that at times, when I press the pedal - not much in the way of reserves for acceleration in an emergency. And again, the mentioned extra braking HP?

But you must like the coach. It must 'fit you', in more then HP/Torque power, as well as stopping capability.

The Tribute? Well it's a Country Coach. Entry level into the coach lineup. But, IMO, that 'Entry Level' CC - usually compares very well with the top end of many manufactures... So, it's a fine coach. IF, you do not need Aqua/Hydro Hot heating and hot water. And, Etc. on other missing higher end benefits of the Allure on up.

I always remember the Sales Man that I had asked for help in finding my coach. (Steve Wilson, from Holland Motors in Southern California. A true 'Professional'. Yes, he wanted to see a coach. But, he also really worked the referral and repeat business angle of the business. Preferring to suggest a customer 'Keep looking...' - if they suddenly became fixated on a coach he knew was not meeting what they said they were looking for...)

Steve's comment was: "The Allure, is the entry level into the upper end of Country Coach." Well, I went and kicked several tires, drove two days in each direction, flew at times to more distant locations to go look at coaches that 'seemed' to be meeting my needs. And, I found myself comparing each coach inspected to the Allure/Intrigue/Magna. So many other brands were, well, lacking... In component of materials, foundations of chassis - and build quality. That I just kept coming back to the CC line-up. (Always factoring our budget, and more importantly 'our needs'.).

Tribute? If it meets your needs and your budget, and is in good shape. Sure. But, please also look a bit higher up the food chain. And by the way, the Inspire, one model above the Tribute, in many years is worth looking at also...

Happy hunting,
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Nice reply to this Newbie Smitty. We've had our 2003 Allure for 4.5 yrs now and we love it. Sure we have problems, but nothing major. Thanks, John
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