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Old 01-20-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Allegro Bus vs American Dream

Hi. I am new to the forum and am getting back into camping. We are looking for a used diesel pusher and at least currently have narrowed it down to 2: a Fleetwood American Dream & a Tiffin Allegro Bus. Both are about the same price ($42,000 to 44,000), are 1999, 40 foot, have Alison transmissions, and Cummins engines. The Dream is 310 hp & the Bus is 330 hp. We like them both but before we decide, I wanted to know what knowledgeable people think. Any & all opinions are appreciated. Are they comparible in quality & original price? What is your advice. Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the Forum. I think you'll get some varying opinions. Hopefully you can sort through them and make a good choice.
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Hard to tell based on info given. If it was me I would choose the American.
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Floor plan is everything, how well they have been cared for and maintenance records is very important. Tire age, battery age. Indications of water leaks.
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I think they are both wonderful coaches.

I don't know what chassis was used to build either of these coaches.

Each brand of chassis has its own handling characteristics, so I would take both coaches out for a test drive to find out which one handles and rides the way I like.

Then I would decide which floor plan I liked the best.

Then I would decide which coach was the one I wanted.

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Thanks Clifftall. I am finding my way around how to use this form. Tonight I am learning how to reply to a post. I hope this works. I found & read the FAQ section.
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Hard to tell based on info given. If it was me I would choose the American.
Thanks for the reply. They are both great coaches & I know my question should have been better phrased. I will get on to this forum soon. I will also check out the owners forums on both. Thanks again.
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Floor plan is everything, how well they have been cared for and maintenance records is very important. Tire age, battery age. Indications of water leaks.
Thank you for your message. It appears to me they have both been well cared for & well maintained. I probably would do well to get either one. Thanks again.
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I think they are both wonderful coaches.

I don't know what chassis was used to build either of these coaches.

Each brand of chassis has its own handling characteristics, so I would take both coaches out for a test drive to find out which one handles and rides the way I like.

Then I would decide which floor plan I liked the best.

Then I would decide which coach was the one I wanted.

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Sounds like good advice. Both are on Freightliner chasis but I need to drive them like you say. The floor plans are almost identical.
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Chuck you may want someone (inspector) to look over each one first. They may find some hidden problems that may cost you dearly. I had one we were looking at inspected and they found several costly problems yes it cost me some money but it saved me some major headaches later.
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I would take the bus. I have a 2005 allegro bus. When I was looking for a class A I looked at fleetwoods while I was looking and there seemed to be issues with the fleetwoods having leakage problem. When I first started camping I bought a 5th wheel. The dealer where I bought it carried Fleetwood class A MH. He was a personal friend and told us he was going to quit carrying the MH because of too many warranty issues with leaks. I am sure there are a lot of Fleetwood owners that will disagree with me. I am just passing on what I was told by dealers.

Whichever bus you decide to buy find a dealer that can pressurize it and do a proper leak test.
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Ask each dealer to let you take the coach to an independent knowledgeable RV mechanic for inspection. I have had Fleetwood products and most are fine. I own and prefer Tiffins, but given the age of both, the one that checks out the best will serve you well, because this won't be the last motorhome you buy. Ask me how I know that.
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Chuck you may want someone (inspector) to look over each one first. They may find some hidden problems that may cost you dearly. I had one we were looking at inspected and they found several costly problems yes it cost me some money but it saved me some major headaches later.
Good advice Thank you This may sound basic to experienced owners but I have no idea how to go about finding an experienced mh mechanic. Any ideas?
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Thanks for all reply s. All good advice. Any thoughts on how to locate an independent experienced mg mechanic? I live in the Pittsburgh Pa area (western PA).
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