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Old 04-10-2016, 12:42 PM   #127
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We HAVE been looking for a new coach already and Yes, it will be another American. It was unbelievable how our coach stayed together & is a testament to the quality of the build. Don't think I'd feel as safe in anything else.
I would also look at Country Coach, Beaver and Monaco's for replacement. I think all of those use steel framing.
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:14 PM   #128
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I would also look at Country Coach, Beaver and Monaco's for replacement. I think all of those use steel framing.
Yes, thanks, but I really researched the hell out of all the higher end coaches & although they were all well built, in the end I fell in love with the looks & floor plans of the Americans. Would make my life much easier if there were more coaches in the mix. Husband loves the Country Coaches, but you know how THAT works... "If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy", lol! He really is an amazing man!
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Newmar says it uses an aluminum frame, 16" on center. I believe that qualifies as a "high end coach."

One of the reasons Newmar lists is that it is lightweight. Aluminum is lighter than steel for the same amount of metal, but I thought it was not as strong. However, the configuration (shape) of the framing can add to the strength.

So, which would be good/better/best for the framing on a coach: wood, steel, or aluminum?
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Yes, thanks, but I really researched the hell out of all the higher end coaches & although they were all well built, in the end I fell in love with the looks & floor plans of the Americans. Would make my life much easier if there were more coaches in the mix. Husband loves the Country Coaches, but you know how THAT works... "If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy", lol! He really is an amazing man!
Are you members of the Amer Coach Assn? They'll have some coaches for sale and you can find out where the dealers are located:

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Are you members of the Amer Coach Assn? They'll have some coaches for sale and you can find out where the dealers are located:

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Thanks Cat320! No, not a member but have checked out the "for sale" listings. Hopefully we'll find our new coach sooner rather than later! The process isn't a lot of fun & actually kind of stressful -1) too late, already sold 2)Not as described 3)delamination, blah, blah, blah...wouldn't be so bad but it involves flying around the country, none are ever close by.
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Newmar says it uses an aluminum frame, 16" on center. I believe that qualifies as a "high end coach."

One of the reasons Newmar lists is that it is lightweight. Aluminum is lighter than steel for the same amount of metal, but I thought it was not as strong. However, the configuration (shape) of the framing can add to the strength.

So, which would be good/better/best for the framing on a coach: wood, steel, or aluminum?
Oops! Sorry just realized you quoted someone else's post! My bad!
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Newmar says it uses an aluminum frame, 16" on center. I believe that qualifies as a "high end coach."

One of the reasons Newmar lists is that it is lightweight. Aluminum is lighter than steel for the same amount of metal, but I thought it was not as strong. However, the configuration (shape) of the framing can add to the strength.

So, which would be good/better/best for the framing on a coach: wood, steel, or aluminum?
Newmar is definitely a high end coach, I just prefer the looks of the Americans, inside & out.
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Yes, it WAS my last post before the accident which happened at 5:30ish. I'm feeling a little better each day, mentally and physically.

I tell Dave (my husband) everyday how thankful I am that it was him behind the wheel and what am amazing job he did keeping us all safe. Thank you for the kind words!

We HAVE been looking for a new coach already and Yes, it will be another American. It was unbelievable how our coach stayed together & is a testament to the quality of the build. Don't think I'd feel as safe in anything else. Although excited to start a new search, I'm dreading the actual process. Quick round-trip weekend flights around the country for Dave is not fun... we have 4 dogs, so I stay home with them. We have a few checked off on our list & hope they're still available when insurance comes through, hopefully in a few weeks. I'm praying we find it by August... We have my most favorite trip then & this year my brothers & mom will be going down also! We are scattered around the country & it'll be the first time we'll all be together for a "fun" thing & not a funeral... Ahhh, the joys of being middle age!
You're not kidding about the surprises!!! Lol!

Again... Thanks Ed, for the kind words... Actually thank all you!!!
All the Best! Lisa
Lisa, a lot has been said about those "Steering aids" like Safe T Plus!

I seem to remember reading that for our American Eagle Coach that is build on a Spartan chassis with a Granning independent front suspension system, (that could possibly have been on your Dream or one similar to it) and has been used on MANY American Coaches, that you should Not use Any Aftermarket steering stabilizer devizes or it could seriously jeopardize the normal operation of the steering system as designed!

It has a twin cylinder device build in to itself already so I would advice strongly to check with the manufacturer before installing anything aftermarket.

Unfortunately I can't find that piece of writing, what I'm looking for right now but I know it's there somewhere and thought I should give you a heads up!
This goes for all Granning IFS (independent front suspension systems) !!!!

I guess you're Husband would likely do his research but you never know.

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If I was at all concerned about crash worthiness of a RV, there is only one vehicle type I would ride in.....Super C. just sayn
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Lisa, a lot has been said about those "Steering aids" like Safe T Plus!

I seem to remember reading that for our American Eagle Coach that is build on a Spartan chassis with a Granning independent front suspension system, (that could possibly have been on your Dream or one similar to it) and has been used on MANY American Coaches, that you should Not use Any Aftermarket steering stabilizer devizes or it could seriously jeopardize the normal operation of the steering system as designed!

It has a twin cylinder device build in to itself already so I would advice strongly to check with the manufacturer before installing anything aftermarket.

Unfortunately I can't find that piece of writing, what I'm looking for right now but I know it's there somewhere and thought I should give you a heads up!
This goes for all Granning IFS (independent front suspension systems) !!!!

I guess you're Husband would likely do his research but you never know.

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The only thing it has is some of them have two steering dampners that will do nothing for a tire blow out.
If you happen to find that piece of writing please post I'm curious as to why.
I know Steer Safe makes one for that ifs.
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The only thing it has is some of them have two steering dampners that will do nothing for a tire blow out.
If you happen to find that piece of writing please post I'm curious as to why.
I know Steer Safe makes one for that ifs.

I put my trust in SteerSafe! And at $439 it's the cheapest insurance you will find!
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I put my trust in SteerSafe! And at $439 it's the cheapest insurance you will find!

I hear ya. I spent a little more and got a Blue Ox Tru Center because I liked the idea of it being adjustable on the fly.
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They don't make a "steer safe" or other unit for our 20,000# Reyco Granning front axle. This axle has two steering boxes, one is primary and in the standard position the slave is under the passenger seat (more or less). Those puppies are huge and I'm not sure that there would be any benefit from anything add'l either.
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Lisa,

My wife just told me about this last week. She's a teacher in Marlboro and talked with you about the accident and now I just saw your post and thread on this forum. I'm so happy you, your husband, and dogs survived! Your husband did a great job handling the event.

Good luck in finding another rig so that you guys can get back in the saddle!
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