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Old 12-11-2011, 08:27 AM   #29
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Good looking coach!

If you get some Boeshield T-9 (available at any Marine store) you can have the engine looking much like the one in the video.


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Old 12-11-2011, 11:44 AM   #30
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That is a beautiful and well regarded coach. It should be a reliable rig.

We have a similar floor plan in the same vintage but different brand coach.

We do not have 4 kids.

If you have not already done so, envision how you are going to use the rig and where everyone will sleep. I suspect the furniture allows 4 sleeping positions and of course, floor space may allow two smaller kids but you will be very crowded in the evening bedtime and when arising in the morning.

The space issue is no worse than sleeping in a tent with your family, but something to evaluate.

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Old 12-11-2011, 12:09 PM   #31
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Hello folks.
Well, after months of searching online and checking out RVs, I'm real close to closing the deal on a 95 American Eagle 39AF on consignment
Um... isn't the most dangerous thing in the world a Marine pilot with his own toolbox?

Chris, I think you're on to a good thing. Go for it.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:26 PM   #32
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Believe me, I have had many "visions" of how we would use this coach (or a '00 Newmar Mountain Aire, or an '01 Searay Sundancer 280...). I see it like this: 3 and 5 year olds on the pullout sofa, 7 year old on the single sofa, me and my bride in the rear bedroom, baby in the bassinet next to us. That arrangement should last us for about two years of growth. By the time the baby is too big to sleep in a pack-n-play, hopefully I can replace the dinette with a booth, which will leave the two youngest kids (now 2 and 5) on the double sofa, the 7 year old in the new booth, and the 9 year old on the single sofa. That arrangement would probably buy us another five years of growth, at which time we'll be looking at upgrading. My dad actually has a few black walnut logs awaiting a trip to the sawmill. If I talk him into processing them now, the boards should at 15% MC by the time I'm ready to build a booth. Or I guess I could just go the easy route and buy one in a couple years.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:07 PM   #33
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If the price is right, go for it. But do take delivery at the dealership and do plan to spend 3-4 days there, living in the coach and using every system. Make sure everything works before you leave, and make sure YOU know where everything is and how to operate it.

Tom Johnson is a well known American Coach dealer and should be able to take good care of you, but don't rely solely on their good will. They may not do as thorough a job as you would like when they check it out.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:34 PM   #34
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Um... isn't the most dangerous thing in the world a Marine pilot with his own toolbox?

Chris, I think you're on to a good thing. Go for it.
True, they're glad to issue us Berettas and M4s--just in case things don't go according to plan--but they would never let us have our own wrenches.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:17 PM   #35
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My opinion, go for it. One of the reasons it is so inexpensive is the mileage. Don't get me wrong, it's not high for a DP. Many buyers wll pass it up because of the miles, so it won't command the 50-60 k that many of these will bring. The genny should go 10,000 hours.

Basically, you will have the same issues as anything from 1995 to 2005, stuff inside breaking, all the stuff mentioned plus plumbing, propane tank, etc.
Get underneath, if the frame looks good, and you can see no signs of damage or recent floor/ frame repair, it is probably ok.

I'm not a mechanic by any means, but you are starting with a premium coach. I was looking for one of these before I got my Holiday Rambler.

Good luck, and enjoy it for at least 10 years.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:13 PM   #36
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You might want to look at some coaches a few years newer when they started putting slides in them. With four kids, you might need a bit more room than this one has.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:17 AM   #37
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That is a nice MH. Mine was very similar 95. It had 80,000 miles and was in reasonable condition. I paid $29,000 two years ago and have since gone to a 99 with slide. I would not hesitate buying the one shown for a reasonable price
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:00 PM   #38
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I bought one without a slide on purpose. You give up storage space for the mechanism and more things to break. Ours is a 94, and yes, I have had to replace lots of little things like starter, alternator, master cylinder, and exhaust manifold. I am also handy, and think if you are game to face those possibilities, go for it. The unit you are talking about will continue to depreciate, but very much more slowly than a newer one that would cost a lot more. Your kids will adapt to whatever space you have, and they will make memories that will last forever. This forum has saved us thousands of $$ through 10 plus years of motorhoming. We love the lifestyle, and encourage you to go for it. Keep all of us posted as you make your decision and let me wish you the very best of luck. HarveyP
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Hey Chris, Semper Fi Marine, retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Haney here. I think you will love the Coach, however there is that little nagging voice in the back of my mind when the wife said that it was a little "Small".

With three little boys and another on the way, those guys are going to be growing, so they will need some more space. There are RV's with Bunk Beds, you might want to do some searches for those. Don't want to be a wet blanket, but you got to SLOW DOWN Marine, do you want your own baseball team Ha Ha Ha.

The American Eagle is a great coach, you need to put down some gravel or better if you own the home, pour some concrete, a fifty foot long twelve foot wide is where I park my coach. We have owned several, Bonnie and I, and am currently in negoations for a 2001 Expedition with two slides its a diesel fleetwood in excellent shape 5.9L with 50,000 miles and only 49,995.00 it is 36 feet long.

Anyhoo, whatever you get the boys will love it and they will have memories that will last forever.

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