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Old 08-01-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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04 fleetwood discovery purchase

I have a chance to purchase an 04 Discovery 40 footer with a 330 cat. Can I get some opinions on the good the bad and if I should consider buying one of these. Is there any thing I should look for or ask about. Are they under powered. How do they ride and drive etc.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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I believe the discovery is fleetwoods biggest seller as far as how it drives and rides you will have to be the judge of that.

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Old 08-02-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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If that's a Cat 330 with Alison transmission it's a good combo.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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Have a 02 38p discovery with a 330 cat to just got back from our first long trip in it to Colorado got 8 mpg and I am happy with that we love it the only thing that I could say to look for is two fuel filters and a hand primer pump mine has one fuel filter and no pump but have had no problems with it some people have check tire age I am a big fan of five years fifty thousand mile before changing good luck
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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I've had my '05 Disco for 5 years and 35K miles I'll list things I've found that seen to have happen to quite a few coachs. 1 the Weldex back up system is quirky had to have the wiring replaced 3 years ago fine since. 2. the front slides have failed due to the relays replaced and now acting up again. Can work around this if it happens. they are the only recurring problems. These are just my opinions the ride and handling are fine, plenty of power, mileage between 6.5-7.5. I would not hesitate buying another
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:58 PM   #6
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My Providence is a cousin of the Discovery. I was in the market for a year old Discovery when I came across my Providence, for a price that I couldn't pass up. Both coaches offer some of the same floor plans.

I had the same issues as Hondo with the Weldex B/W camera system. I ended up ripping it out and installing a color system.

You didn't mention what chassis the Discovery is on, so I am going to assume it's a Freightliner. I wasn't crazy about the ride, so I thew some more money at it. I installed Koni FSD shocks and SuperSteer Motion Control Units. Rides and handles much better.

Good coach, I wouldn't hesitate buying one as long as it's been well taken care of. I went RV shopping with some close friends recently who were in the market for an '04-'05 Discovery. We saw alot of beat up units for sale at dealerships.

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Old 08-05-2011, 07:32 PM   #7
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I have a 00 Discovery. IMO Since you already have a Monaco you already know most of what to look for that is obvious. I belong to the Discovery Owners Assoc. Inc which is a very knowledgeable group of D owners for diagnosing problems. As far as known problems with D there are none that stand out on this model. You do not say whether you are buying from a Private Party or Dealer. At any rate I would ask to take the coach to Freightliner and have them check out the engine and Allison Trans. If you are not comfortable with that I would ask to see the maintenance records for what has been done. Most of us keep very good records for everything that has been done to the coach. But you probably already know all of this.


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