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Old 02-29-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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A friend will soon be purchasing a 40 ft DP. He is considering an '08 Gulfstream and an '04 American Eagle. Both look like they are in great shape. Both have low miles. Overall, they are very similar in terms of amenities and equipment. Any advice in helping with this decision would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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As has been said many times before in related threads, with all other things being equal, the floorplan of his (her) liking should be high on the decision-making list. After that, look for evidence of water leaks on the ceiling, check the DOT dates on the tires, ask for maintenance logs (if available), check the age of the batteries, the condition of the roof, whether the fridge recall has been done (if applicable).
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Don't know which GS you are checking out, but the Eagle has an MSRP of over double most GS's when new. So I don't know how they can be too 'similar' regarding features, amenities, etc. As noted above, check the floor plan...then get the one the D/W likes best.
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A friend will soon be purchasing a 40 ft DP. He is considering an '08 Gulfstream and an '04 American Eagle. Both look like they are in great shape. Both have low miles. Overall, they are very similar in terms of amenities and equipment. Any advice in helping with this decision would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Have the coach checked by a qualified tech pay the money it is well worth it on a used coach. My hop go with the Eagle!
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In my opinion the American Eagle is a far better built and equipped coach than the Gulfstream, and you can get top quality service at the American Coach factory in Decatur, IN.

But then, I own a 2004 American Tradition, so I'm probably a bit biased!
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My vote would go to the Eagle as well. Thank you all for your input. -Laker17
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A friend will soon be purchasing a 40 ft DP. He is considering an '08 Gulfstream and an '04 American Eagle. Both look like they are in great shape. Both have low miles. Overall, they are very similar in terms of amenities and equipment. Any advice in helping with this decision would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
We looked at a Tourmaster whose floorplan I really liked; plus, the quality of the interior furnishings was better than most we'd seen. Our salesman, the one selling this rig, quietly ushered us away. "It's a wooden bus, you don't want to own one."

I'm sure this will garner some reaction from devoted Gulfstream owners; but, it's what we were told, nonetheless.

Meanwhile, I've heard good things about the Eagle have friends with an older one that they love.

As I've said in the past, low mileage in older buses can be a negative. If one Eagle that vintage had 80,000 miles and had received top maintenance, had never been lived in, and had been stored indoors, I'd chose it over one with 20,000 miles that needed new tires and had been parked outdoors, even if it were thousands less.
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My experience owning a Gulfstream for 6 years would definitely point me to the American Eagle! No contest in my mind. Good luck.
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Our dealership sold both Fleetwood and Gulfstream. I liked dealing with Gulfstream much more than Fleetwood. The Fleetwood factory is hard nosed and mostly by the book. However I feel the Fleetwood is a better product. Fleetwood usually has a much higher carrying capacity. Fleetwood products also seem to hold up better.
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Our dealership sold both Fleetwood and Gulfstream. I liked dealing with Gulfstream much more than Fleetwood. The Fleetwood factory is hard nosed and mostly by the book. However I feel the Fleetwood is a better product. Fleetwood usually has a much higher carrying capacity. Fleetwood products also seem to hold up better.
Although American Coach (of which Eagle is one model) is owned by Fleetwood, they are a totally different animal. AC to Fleetwood is like Lexus to Toyota. Dealing with AC is very easy and they are very helpful and very responsive.
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Having been a past owner of a GS Tourmaster, I would go for the American Eagle!
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Our dealership sold both Fleetwood and Gulfstream. I liked dealing with Gulfstream much more than Fleetwood. The Fleetwood factory is hard nosed and mostly by the book. However I feel the Fleetwood is a better product. Fleetwood usually has a much higher carrying capacity. Fleetwood products also seem to hold up better.

American Coach will treat you like you just bought a 2012 American Allegiance when you call their dedicated customer service unit.

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The responses that you folks have been providing are very informative - thank you all. It looks like it comes down to the old saying: "you get what you pay for".
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I hope not. There is no such coach as a2012 Allegiance, so they would probably give you some very strange looks.
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