5 Star update for 2016 6 speed
We purchased a new 2016 Fleetwood Bounder, 30th anniversary edition early this year and traded in a 2 year old Holiday Rambler Vacationer on which I had loaded the previous version from 5 Star about 9 months earlier. The difference was remarkable on the 5 speed transmission in the Vacationer. It more than lived up to the high praise I had read in posts on this forum. We picked up the Bounder in Jacksonville in early April and over the next 3 months put about 3000 miles on it driving north through GA, TN, VA, PA, NY, Canada and back into Vermont. Overall I was quite pleased with the up and down shifts, it drove about as well as the 5 speed with 5 Star. It was a big improvement over the stock 5 speed on the Vacationer with the exception of braking down shifts in tow haul mode. I debated about getting the update when it became available but took the plunge on a $110 email update while in an RV park in New Hampshire. I loaded it the morning we headed across NH and Maine for Bar Harbor. It made a modest improvement on the up shifts and down shifts but fixed the tow haul braking downshift delays and was certainly worth the cost of upgrade. Would it be worth the initial cost of $400 or more I am not sure. There was an improvement but no where as dramatic as on the 5 speed.