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Old 11-02-2015, 10:02 PM   #1
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Newb looking at a 97 Freightliner Tradewinds

Hi everyone! I know I know, another newb with a class a question. I went through the stickies, but wanted to get your opinions on a 97 tradewinds going for $16,000 on CL. Aside from the obvious stuff (for me, roof leaks, tires, gen, frame, and diesel engine) what should I look for? Is this good coach? I am very handy with diesel maintenance and many other repairs and plan on doing the majority of required maintenance and repairs myself. Any input would be highly appreciated.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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I have a 99 Allegro purchased a couple of years ago so we are at the same vintage point. My work has entailed some water damage repair and now into refreshing some of the worn upholstery. Fortunately the original owner had already replaced the two leather sleep sofas.

Tradewinds was one of the brands I looked at, if I recall they have a glass roof. But I recall one of the two rigs had quite a bit of possible water damage along the bottom of the walls on the outside, lots of ripples and puffy spots. Not certain if this is an issue on them but sight down the side walls from the outside.

Otherwise we really liked that brand, seems they both had side radiators as well as decent components which appeared to be well installed. I would certainly consider them, they had a good reputation while in business.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response< I will def look at the suggested. I like the look of the Allegro more than the tradewinds, but what we want is something dependable that we can use with little immediate repairs. I will attach some pics that the owner sent me since they are 3 hours from me. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-03-2015, 09:05 AM   #4
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It appears clean inside, you don't have work to do there. Outside appears decent also, and for 16K if the mechanics check out that is a heck of a deal IMHO.
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Thanks! I really appreciate it! I will update iafter we look at it.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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Just heard back from the owners. We are going to see this unit Sunday. We think this is finally the one. Out of the many we have seen this one seems to check out the best. Although, I know it will need some repairs. For example, the windshield seems to have a bad crack in it. Are replacement parts still easily available for this coach? I did a quick search on Ebay and not much came up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:05 PM   #7
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Windshields are available for just about all Motor Homes. Call several local Auto glass shops to check for prices. I called a national rv glass replacement company and found that they farmed out the work to a local company, charged a very high price, then kept must of the money as their cut. I have a 1996 Rexhall Aerbus and thought I would have trouble finding the windshield, but a new one was found with no trouble.

Good Luck with your new MH.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:06 PM   #8
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Awesome thanks!
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:39 PM   #9
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We had a '99 T'winds and it was terrible. When you look at this one, take a look at the bottoms of the windshield curtains, are they water stained? Does it have both electric and gas powered water heater? The decals on the side look like they have seen better days. The blue bottom color was in the glass and you really can't polish it out. The only way to make it look good is to paint it.Take a look at the hydraulic jack pump and reservoir. Mine was held up by a thin piece of sheet metal which broke and dropped the whole unit so it hung by the hoses. The front TV, if original, was held in with some wood screws and could possible fall out in your lap. Lot of squeaks and rattles. You won't have much, if any, factory documentation in the way of wiring and plumbing

On the good side, it ran like crazy and got good mileage but it was a hand full as I had to pay attention to keep it on the road. I had it back to the factory numerous times plus Freightliner with no improvement.

It also has a rubber roof but no big deal.
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:50 AM   #10
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Great info thanks! I was just telling my wife last night about how we could buff out the blue to make it shine, there goes that idea out the window! I have a box truck that i had to peel all the old decals off(heat gun off), paint and put new decals on. Looks like more of the same here. I will check what you mentioned. Like the fact that you got good mileage
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I would not be overly concerned with external cosmetics for the price range you are in. The color in the fiberglass, if that is what it is (gelcoat) can be buffed out if you know how to do it. I restore boats, have done it numerous times. The tape is garbage no matter what brand uses it, and many do. Many expensive boats still use that stuff at the waterline and it peels after a couple of years.
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I have a 1999 tradewinds and have had no real problems, and none of the problems stated above.
If you need any paper work on this unit I have about every thing National had on them.
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What state is that coach in? My sister is in Florida and looking for that vintage pusher.
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Pretty Good Coach

My parents had the same 1997 Coach. They had great times in it with little problems. At my father's passing, we sold the coach and just recently my brother bought it back and is enjoying it. He repainted the decals and did the floor finish on the rest and looks really great. The only problems we had were some electrical gremlins which were probably caused by another brother wiring a 30 AMP plug in as a 220V unit by mistake.
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