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Old 01-10-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hi...I am looking at two 1999 American Eagle motorhomes with comparable price (within $2000 of each other) and features. Both are in great condition but one has 100000 miles and the other only about 36000 which for a 16 year old rig seems it's spent more time sitting than rolling. Should I be concerned about the really low mileage or is it a better buy due to the low miles.

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You're probably going to get a lot of different views about this.

Here's mine.

I would disregard the miles. Neither 100,000 miles or 36,000 miles means anything to the power train on a diesel pusher. We're comparing 6,250 miles/yr to 2,250 miles/yr. Neither is very much. Both coaches have sat more than they have been driven.

It's all about maintenance.

My suggestion is to look each coach over with a very critical eye and determine which one has been looked after the best.

Oh yes. Check the hours on the generators. No or very low hours on an older generator is not a good thing.

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Hi...I am looking at two 1999 American Eagle motorhomes with comparable price (within $2000 of each other) and features. Both are in great condition but one has 100000 miles and the other only about 36000 which for a 16 year old rig seems it's spent more time sitting than rolling. Should I be concerned about the really low mileage or is it a better buy due to the low miles.

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The $60.000 Question No really It depends all on weather the coach was well maintained and hopefully well stored!
That alone could mean the 100.000 mile coach may be the best buy but if they both have been well maintained and looked after and you find the floor plan of one more suitable then the other then that obviously becomes the deciding factor!
If and this is possible they are very close in that respect as well THEN the mileage becomes a much bigger factor.
We own a 2000 American Eagle and of coarse love it but there are a few things you have to be aware of depending on where they have lived (rust) and how well they have been maintained and pampered, front end lower balljoint boots, tires, generator maintenance and use, etc.
After that it's getting personal with colour schemes and upholstery fabrics and more importantly the floor plan, It Works Or It Doesn't !

I hope you get a good deal, Let Us Know!

And Show Us Some Pictures, We Love Pictures!!!!!!

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Old 01-10-2015, 08:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. One has been in Texas and other in Florida so both good weather states...expect no rust but will look closely. I'll look them both over as well as go through the maintenance records. It's good to know the low mileage, if maintained, is not a serious red flag.
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Also considering a Holiday Rambler, Airstream Landyacht, and Summit....but the American Eagle just appeals to me more than the others.
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You're probably going to get a lot of different views about this.

Here's mine.

I would disregard the miles. Neither 100,000 miles or 36,000 miles means anything to the power train on a diesel pusher. We're comparing 6,250 miles/yr to 2,250 miles/yr. Neither is very much. Both coaches have sat more than they have been driven.

It's all about maintenance.

My suggestion is to look each coach over with a very critical eye and determine which one has been looked after the best.

Oh yes. Check the hours on the generators. No or very low hours on an older generator is not a good thing.

Jim
What Jim said ! Take Em for a ride and get the feel- Nice Coach though !
By the way A/C service is 2nd to None !
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If on a Spartan chassis they both probably have rotted ball joint boots. Can't replace just the boots, have to replace the whole assembly. About a $2000 fix, but that could be negotiated in the deal. Also don't take anyone's word on maint., get the maint. records. And if checking for rust, look along the bottom of the bay doors for any bubbling under the paint. The Eagle is a good coach, just do your due diligence and you'll be fine.
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Thanks...I'll have the coach checked out as part of the process and will insure this is checked.
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Also considering a Holiday Rambler, Airstream Landyacht, and Summit....but the American Eagle just appeals to me more than the others.
Cybersaab,
I know the site you are looking at. Just an FYI, the Summit has been listed there for about a year.
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I know the site you are looking at. Just an FYI, the Summit has been listed there for about a year.
Thanks...good to know. I've pretty much eliminated all but the American Eagle and Holiday Rambler Endeavor models...floor plans and color schemes/styling.
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If you go to the NADA site to obtain value, they don't even ask about the mileage if a diesel...mileage is a non issue. American Coach tech service is really good, don't hesitate to call them.
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We bought a 2000 American Tradition. Extremely happy with the quality, layout, etc. Yes we had to put some $$ in it but expected that. FMAC has an American Coach Yahoo Group. Well worth joining for tons of info about the AD.

Be sure to check over each coach thoroughly, check date on tires, look at service records.

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Old 01-22-2015, 09:29 AM   #14
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OK..I'm definitely locked in on the American Coach motorhomes. The American Eagle I was looking at had a pending buyer so still looking. Now that I've done more searching I find that I really like the American Heritage (I know it's more money but seems worth the difference). Only question for any of you with one...does it greatly limit your RVing options being 45ft vs 40ft?

I guess I should either modify the title of this thread or start another. Thanks...
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