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The American Coach Division of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will introduce the 2004 American Tradition and American Eagle models during the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) International Convention which opens Friday (July 18) near Buffalo, N.Y.
The new Tradition and Eagle are built on Fleetwood’s new Liberty chassis.
To produce the Liberty chassis, American Coach orders raised-rail diesel-engine chassis from suppliers Freightliner and Spartan Motors without the raised rail, according to Mike Cloninger, product development manager for American Coach. The bridge-type construction of the Liberty chassis holds the front and back ends of the chassis together and provides more torsional strength to accommodate more weight.
The Liberty chassis can be used for two-, three- and four-slideout floorplans and allows for slideouts longer than 15 feet, the current maximum available length, Cloninger said.
The Liberty chassis is used on 38-, 40- and 42-foot floorplans. The addition of a front axle with a higher GVWR means the GVWR on the 42-foot tag axle model also is increased.
The 2004 Tradition and Eagle have net cargo/passenger carrying capacities of up to 6,000 pounds and up to 125 cubic feet of exterior basement storage, making them ideal for full-timers and those who enjoy extended periods of stand-alone dry camping.
The Tradition comes in seven new floorplans while the Eagle is offered in nine new floorplans. Four new exterior full-body paint and graphic schemes are available on the Tradition and seven on the Eagle.
Suggested base retail prices range from $240,000 to $385,000, according to John Draheim, vice president of sales and marketing for the Fleetwood RV Group.