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Old 03-05-2016, 09:20 AM   #15
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No particular order:

-American Coach (Toss in the Fleewood Revolution here too.)
-Wanderlodge
-Foretravel
-Country Coach (Allure/Intrigue/Magna/Affinity)
-Beaver (Patriot Thunder/Marquis)
-Monaco (Dynasty/Executive/Signature and their Holiday Rambler equivalent)
-Alpine
-Travel Supreme
-Newmar Dutchstar and Mountain Aire

Harder to find, but good bang for the buck, Rexhall and Triple E.

I prefer units with bigger block engines over small to mid size engines. They don't work as hard, can bring the same or better MPG in many applications. And have superior braking HP for going down the hills.

Save some funds for catch up maintenance. And drop years to stay within budget range, and buy the highest quality coach that you can. (And, agree about the statement at this age, the care of the previous owner(s) is important. Can be the best coach ever built, but if not propeller maintained, it could suck your wallet empty quick!

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Old 03-05-2016, 10:43 AM   #16
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As stated I would be ,ore concerned about floor plan and how it was maintained vs a specific brand. I would bet most will be similar in quality, it's just a matter of how it was maintained.

Did it spend it entire life outside in sun, snow and ice with a yearly coat of wax, constant recaulking of the roof and all maintenance done to the "T"

Or did it sit inside a few months a year, however never was the roof looked at and zero service history.....

I think you will find as others stated a DP of just about any year will be a huge step forward in road manners. I would also say a gas class A especially if you get the latest gen of the workhorse chassis is also a big step forward, however filling it up with gas as stated is a PITA. That's the biggest reason I am looking to replace my gas A with a DP
I have to respectfully disagree with this post. Floor plan is important and definitely has to fit you or you will have to fit it! I am good at adapting and don't have a problem with different floor plans, others, not so much. Another poster mentioned cabinets. The first thing I do when I look at a coach is reach for a couple of cabinets. If they are good solid wood, I will continue looking, if not I do a "U" turn and exit the coach. Some are just beautiful but the cabinets and ultimately the rest of the coach are cheap! Yes I said cheap. Monacos have a lot of high end side radiator coaches in your price range in the early 2000 range with low mileage. I would also look for a Tag Axel coach. Just me. I am partial to Beaver because of the high quality and the support I receive from the Beaver Ambassador club.
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I looked at all of those. They were all on my list. Wife was seriously pushing for Safari. I wanted (demanded) side radiator (she will not have to work on the thing!), so no Safari (awesome coach otherwise!). Father in law owns Monaco, and once I discovered that not ALL wooden cabinets/panels are made of solid wood (press board! ), I backed off of Monaco. Some Monacos have side radiator, but not all of them. Beaver is awesome! Almost got one (loved the jetted tub!), unfortunately, the owner thought it was worth more than I was willing to pay (he is still trying to sell it after 3 months). HRs are nice also (side radiator too!), and I would jump on one, IF one was available at the time.

These are ALL good suggestions. Like I said......OP should think hard and long, make a list of "must have" features, list of "will do" features, throw in the equation asking price/available cash on hand,.......and make a decision!

Not THAT hard. The hardest part is finding the coach that was taken care off, with books and records, and in PRISTINE condition. They are out there, one just has to be patient, and when "all the stars are in right formation"........go for it!
Just a FYI my 2002 Safari had a side radiator.
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Check out the Fleetwood American coaches. Quite a few Traditions for sale in your price range.
Will do. Thanks.
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X2 on the current responses. I would like to add the big plus to the year range you are looking at in my opinion are the engines, they are pre EGR/Catalytic/DEF. Much more reliable and less finicky than the later model Engines. Look for good records and maintenance practices and you'll have a coach that will be a pleasure to drive and serve you well for many years to come. You might just be saying after your first trip "Why didn't I do this sooner?". Good luck with your search.
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That is a beautiful coach!

And my recommendation to the OP is to look at 2000-2002 range Monaco, Beaver, Safari and Holiday Rambler coaches. All very nice and high quality coaches.
Consider the Newmar brand. We bought our Dutch Star 10yrs old with 30K miles. Looks and drives like a new one.

Buy from the owner rather than a dealer so you really know how it has been maintained.
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Consider the Newmar brand. We bought our Dutch Star 10yrs old with 30K miles. Looks and drives like a new one.

Buy from the owner rather than a dealer so you really know how it has been maintained.
I am currently looing at a Dutch Star 03 vintage with Spartan chassis and a few other upgrades the p.o. had on the coach. Yours looks amazing btw.
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