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Old 01-04-2015, 06:38 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Troys66 View Post
Thanks to all for the comments and feedback.

After driving all 3 my observations are the Country Coach is very good quality and the best attention to details and had the best ride but felt slightly under powered with the 330 ISC. The American Coach felt the most luxurious with the cherry cabinets and paneled doors, had good attention to detail and the 370 ISL felt adequate. The Alpine Coach with the 370 ISL felt the most powerful (I think this is the lightest coach) but was not as nice interior as the other two coach. We have owned 3 Alpinelite 5th wheels over the last 30 years and all 3 held up very well. I like the smaller size of the Country Coach but am a little concerned the engine won't be adequate.

I would welcome feedback and comments on these coaches. We will be towing a 4 door Jeep Wrangler (4500 lb). We will be spending time in mountainous areas in California, Colorado, etc and don't want to be cresting hills at 30 -40 MPH. 50 - 60 would be fine. I don't plan on being in a hurry and will likely be driving between 60-65 MPH.

Thanks again.
I have owned 2 American Eagles, the first one had a 350 hp ISC Cummins in a 40' non tag and I could pull a 10,000 lb GVW trailer with no issues at 65+mph. My current one is a 42' tag with a 425 ISL Cummins and it pulls the same trailer adequately, on steep grades I will lose some mph, 5-8 mph isn't uncommon, but I am grossing way more on the 42' than the 40'.

I won't tell you to buy the American as I haven't seen the others or driven them, American customer service is very good, I bought both of mine used and they still help me all the time. Country Coach makes a very good coach also and I don't know enough about their factory support to help you.

American and Country Coach built way more units than Alpine, but I wouldn't tell you not to buy the Alpine because of it.

None of these coach's should have any issue pulling your Jeep, but depending on the grade, how well you downshifted to keep your rpm's in the power band, traffic etc you may not top a grade at 50-60 mph due to above considerations and the number of curves etc on your climb.

Are you able to drive your favorite coach of the 3 in similar conditions you are concerned with? If so, that should give you some idea of the capability of the unit. Good luck and enjoy!

Johnny Rotten
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