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Old 05-01-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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Fleetwood or National HELP?

We are about to purchase our first diesel pusher. Our budget is 60K and we have narrowed it down to an 04 Fleetwood 39J or a 04 National Tropical LX. They are both right at 60K with full body paint. Same 330 cat and MH300 tranny. Almost identical floor plans. We like the exterior of the Fleetwood better and it has leather couches were the National has cloth. National has 50K miles and the FW has just under 40K. Ive read that National is a better coach but the FW sure looks nice to us. We would just like some input from owners of both coaches on the pluses and minus of each manufacturer. We hope you experienced RVers can help us choose the right one
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Welcome to iRV2! As a Fleetwood owner, I'd say buy the Fleetwood! One thing to consider, Fleetwood is still in business which makes parts, customer service, etc. more readily available. Good luck with your choice.
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Welcome to iRV2! As a Fleetwood owner, I'd say buy the Fleetwood! One thing to consider, Fleetwood is still in business which makes parts, customer service, etc. more readily available. Good luck with your choice.
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We are about to purchase our first diesel pusher. Our budget is 60K and we have narrowed it down to an 04 Fleetwood 39J or a 04 National Tropical LX. They are both right at 60K with full body paint. Same 330 cat and MH300 tranny. Almost identical floor plans. We like the exterior of the Fleetwood better and it has leather couches were the National has cloth. National has 50K miles and the FW has just under 40K. Ive read that National is a better coach but the FW sure looks nice to us. We would just like some input from owners of both coaches on the pluses and minus of each manufacturer. We hope you experienced RVers can help us choose the right one
No experience with National but have been into RVs for 20 years now and we purchased a FW GAS new in January. We love it and have found very few problems. Customer service at the factory has been great. The coach and mfg are the same whether gas or diesel so I'd say go with a current winner.

Good luck and happy RVing. Let us know how it works out.
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Which ever coach you decide on get a survey done on it. Best $$$ you can spend. A good pro will charge $300-$500 and will go through the whole coach top to bottom. And will know the possible problem areas.

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We have a 2005 National Tropical LX. We're very happy with the coach. Build quality is very good. Finishes are very nice. The wiring. plumbing, etc. seems well laid out and easy to service. Haven't owned a Fleetwood but they also have a good reputation. Don't think you can go wrong with either based on brand. I would agree that it is important to get them checked out. Review service records. Check tires and brakes. Overall wear and condition. Some people are just harder on the equipment than others.
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While I'm partial to National products, however go with the one you feel best about.

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Both units are out of warranty so any replacement parts are bought directly from the original supplier.
Like most have said, both were well built. Do your research and check everything out.

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Don't know about National, but you'll get good tech phone service from FW.
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