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Larger windshields, new front and rear caps and three more inches of interior head room are among the new standard features of the model year 2001 Eagle, Dream and Tradition motorhomes introduced this week by the American Coach division of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.

The new model introductions occurred during the American Coach owners rally that began in Decatur, Ind., on Wednesday.

All three brands are mounted on Spartan Motors Mountain Master stacked rail diesel pusher chassis and 40 feet is the standard length. There are 37-foot versions of the Dream and Tradition available as options.

Cummins 8.3-litre engines and Allison 3000 MH six-speed transmissions are used on all three models.

The base MSRPs for a 40-foot unit are: $301,700 for the Eagle; $259,350 for the Dream and $231,210 for the Tradition.

The floor and engine frame were lowered so the additional three inches of headroom increases the total height of the coach by only one inch, said Jeff Kohrman, an American Coach sales rep.

A front overhead-mounted 27-inch TV is standard and a new “east-west” bedroom floorplan is available as an option, Kohrman said. The headboard is along the sidewall and the wardrobe at the rear of the units with the east-west floorplan, he said.

The slide-out room in the bedroom allows for the east-west configuration. A bedroom wardrobe slide-out is another available option, he said.