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Old 12-20-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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I am looking at each on a web site.There is the usual info engine etc.Bit what is the real advantage to the Excursion over the Discovery.They are 2005's.I know I should buy a Tiffin ,but I do not like the style as much.The Southwind I have has serverd me well.
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I am looking at each on a web site.There is the usual info engine etc.Bit what is the real advantage to the Excursion over the Discovery.They are 2005's.I know I should buy a Tiffin ,but I do not like the style as much.The Southwind I have has serverd me well.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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Hi tqracn,
If your coach has served you well, why would you purchase another coach?
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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We have no slides, it has 80,ooo miles on it, its not a coach that is enjoyable to drive on a long trip,it is cold in the winter on the highway as it has air leaks.We are planning a trip to New Mexico and a newer coach seemed a good idea.Also it seems like a good time to buy.A 40 foot 2005 with 17k for $100,000 plus our coach, seems a steal or a 39 foot Discovery for$ 86,000.Same amount of miles give or take.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:30 PM   #5
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tqracn,

The Excursion is 2 models "up the ladder", so to speak, from the Discovery. It starts out $30,000 more than the Discovery. There are many differences between the 2 that only you can decide if they sway you to one coach over the other. Some of the differences would be things like:
350HP Cummins ISC 6.7L Engine on the Discovery
360HP Cummins ISC 8.3L Engine on the Excursion
Different floorplan options
Items that are standard on the Excursion could be options (or not available) on the Discovery.

If you want more specifics, go to Fleetwood's diesel webpage & click on the <span class="ev_code_BLUE">Compare Features</span> wording on either of the coaches & then pull up the other in the drop down menu when the Compare Features pages comes up.

IMO, both are fine coaches. Right away, you'll notice a HUGE difference between a 12yr old gasser & a recent model diesel. You'll need to check out (& drive) both to see which will suit your needs/wants best.

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Old 12-21-2008, 08:52 AM   #6
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tqracn,

If you're looking at used 2005 models, its going to come down to the floorplans & options of the two. Back then most Fleetwood diesels had the Cat engines. There is actually very little difference between the two, same major components, same construction methods, same assembly line. One includes a few options in its base price, but the same options are available on the other model, as extras. So in the used market, it comes down to which options are included and which floor plan you prefer; and of course what condition each is in.
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As said basically the same coach the Excursion has a 350hp 860 torque Cat, the Discovery has the 330 860 cat. there are some trim differences and the end caps differ slightly. I f the Discovery has the floor plan you like and has been maintained properly I would save the 14k and go with the Discovery. The 20 hp means nothing in real life. There is a very good owners group http://www.discoveryowners.com I'm Bias love mine but there are those that don't like fleetwood. I would assume you're not one of them. Good luck
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The greatest advantage of Discovery over Excursion is the excellent support system provided by the Discovery Owners Group.....
http://www.discoveryowners.com/
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What I cannot understand is the difference between the Providence and Excursion. According to the website both start at the same price. When I do the comparison it seems only the exterior graphics are different.
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You are correct - there is no difference between Excursion and Providence. Having two identical models with different names gets around exclusive franchising restrictions. Fleetwood can have a Providence dealer and an Excursion dealer in the same city or rural county, if they need to. The cost to do so is very low - mostly in printing two sets of sales brochures and two sets of graphics templates for the side walls.

Winnebago does more or less the same thing with Itasca and Winnebago models.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">What I cannot understand is the difference between the Providence and Excursion. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I've wondered the same thing, too. Thanks for the explanation, Gary.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Winnebago does more or less the same thing with Itasca and Winnebago models. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
At least they have sense to vary the floorplans on 1 of their sister lines (Adventurer vs Suncruiser) to break up the monotony.

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thanks Gary.

Itasca/Winnebago - I know a dealer that sells Itasca and there is a dealer not 10 miles away that sells Winnebago.
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WE bot the '08 Providence because we liked the style of the end caps better than the Excursions. Crazy, I know, BUT, beauty is in the eye of the beholder ! Robbie


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">What I cannot understand is the difference between the Providence and Excursion. According to the website both start at the same price. When I do the comparison it seems only the exterior graphics are different.

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