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Old 11-09-2017, 09:25 AM   #1
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Advice on Coachmen vs Fleetwood

Looking to move from a 5th wheel to a class A motor home; I am looking at a 2015 Coachmen Encounter 37SA and a 2016 FLEETWOOD BOUNDER 35K. The bounder is priced a little higher but i do like both floorplans. Anything i need to watch out for with either of these brands? Should I steer away from one or the other or both? My wife and I have a 100k budget and would like to buy something 4 years old or newer. Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:26 AM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Don't know anything about either of those. Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:37 AM   #3
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Coachmen is a division of Forest River. Have not heard a much negative about them. Fleetwood is a standalone with a fairly good reputation. I would not be afraid of either one. I would check the chassis spec's for longer wheel base and more carrying capacity. They may be different or nearly identical. I have not looked.
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Fleetwood probably has a much larger dealer and service base and Bounders are loved by many.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:03 PM   #5
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Bounder

Its my understanding that starting in 2011 all gas powered class A's are basically on the same Ford Chassis F53. There are some differences with wheelbase, GVW and tire sizes depending on the model chosen. I personally feel that the Bounder is of slightly higher quality Coach wise that Forrest River.

I plan on moving to a Bounder 36H in the future (I need $113K ) , I personally prefer the 22.5" wheels and the pass through basement on the larger bounders, coupled with the in hose 2000 watt inverter. But I don't know if that was a standard in 2015.

When I was looking at the dealer a few weeks back it did seem that the bounders were better built and more solid that the Forest River units. IMO.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:34 PM   #6
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Just my two cents worth get the Fleetwood. Newer & better built.
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Being a 2016 model, the Bounder should have a six speed transmission which is a huge improvement over the five speed in the older Coachman.
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If you're in vicinity, check Texas RV Dealer, Used RVs for sale, motorhome sales, new RVs (Motorhome Specialists in Alvarado, TX). Great people, great pricing and we LOVE our 2018 Coachmen - Mirada 35KB.
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Fleetwood has always built a nice MH. IMO I would go with the Fleetwood.

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We own a 2016 Fleetwood Bounder 35K
Be aware of the vacuum flush toilets. Love the idea of a second bathroom, but the vacuum pump is loud.... especially at 3am !!!!!!
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Being a 2016 model, the Bounder should have a six speed transmission which is a huge improvement over the five speed in the older Coachman.
So glad you said something! I over looked that up to this point.
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We own a 2016 Fleetwood Bounder 35K
Be aware of the vacuum flush toilets. Love the idea of a second bathroom, but the vacuum pump is loud.... especially at 3am !!!!!!
Hahaha. Have you felt the need to add any stabilization items? Is this your first class A and what are your thoughts on the 35k?
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If you're in vicinity, check Texas RV Dealer, Used RVs for sale, motorhome sales, new RVs (Motorhome Specialists in Alvarado, TX). Great people, great pricing and we LOVE our 2018 Coachmen - Mirada 35KB.
We bought a new 2018 Coachman Mirada 35KB in June of this year NEW for what your budget is. Look around and see what deals there are.

BTW....We love the Mirada and have had few minor issues quickly resolved.
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So glad you said something! I over looked that up to this point.
do some research on the chassis. Many 2016 model class A's are on 2015 chassis which would not have the 6 speed I have a 2016 coach on a 2016 chassis I have the 6 speed and from what I see there is a significant diff. in how it shifts vs a 2015. In the budget range that you have stated I would also look at Newmar and Tiffin. Also good advise was given about the 22.5 tires vs the 19.5 you will notice a difference in the ride. A 24,000 lb Chassis with a greater than 55% OAL to wheelbase will also be a difference in ride.Allow a budget of up to $2000.00 additional for suspension upgrades as the f53 needs a few tweaks to make it a better mannered rig as far as sway and body roll is concerned.. Good luck and enjiy your search.
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