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Old 04-03-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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American Tradition?

Why are there so many used American Tradition class A motor homes for sale lately? I see them posted on my local Craigslist site daily. And they seem relatively cheap--$70,000 for a nice 2002 40 foot diesel. Did they go out of business? Are they underpowered--Cummins 8.3? What chassis do they typically ride upon?

P.S. I don't have any money like the rest of you but I'm still dreaming about the day I upgrade to diesel.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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American Tradition is a brand from American Coach, which is Fleetwoods luxury coach division. As such, they are potentially affected by Fleetwood's Chapter 11 filing. I doubt if that has anything to do with the number of Traditions you see for sale, though. Too soon yet, if no other reason. The most likely reason is that a lot of folks simply can't afford to kep their expensive motorhmes anymore. Another reason is that the 2009 American Coach models have been a big hit and a lot of older Traditions and Eagles are being traded/sold in order to get the new ones.

Prices are depressed on all motorhomes, so it is a good time to pick up a nice luxury coach model at a bargain price. And American Coach is famous for its outstanding factory service, in or out of warranty. Nobody knows if that will survive the current economic woes, but right now you can still call American Coach service for advice on any kind of problem or drive your coach to Decatur, IN, and have them fix it for you.

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As Gary does, I suspect it is people who are either able to take advantage of the economy and buy a new one or people who are in trouble given the economy.
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