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Old 10-10-2012, 11:27 AM   #15
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We love our fleetwood.Rides smooth and drives great. Very well built and has been a very good dependable unit.Would buy another in a heartbeat.
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My suggestion is to look back 2-3 years at both and see how they hold their value down the road. You can learn a little from this that might be of value.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:59 AM   #17
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The Fleetwood prices out at 6k to 7k more expensive than the Tiffin. Both are on a 22,000# Ford Chassis. Identical power plants, and drive train on each coach. Floor plans are nearly identical, which is what attracted the DW and I to the coach in the first place. The A/C system in the Tiffin is fully ducted (supply & return) whereas the Fleetwood only has a ducted supply and central return. That is the most glaring difference between the coaches.
Based on these two items, I would choose the Tiffin. Other than that, I believe that in today's world they are very similar coaches.

Some other things that I would compare:

1) Residential fridge vs Nevercold/Dometic
2) Size and make of generator and accessibility
3) Surge supressor or not
4) Tire and wheel package - rims vs liners
5) Night shades vs curtains/blinds
6) Electronics package...name brand and consistent throughout, in-dash Nav/Satellite radio
7) Satellite set-up or not
8) Flooring package - tile vs carpet vs vinyl

We have a Tiffin now, but when we upgrade, a Fleetwood Discovery will be on our list to take a look at.
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With a 100k budget, u can get a very nice five or so year old multiple slide DP....
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One other minor geographic consideration to toss into the mix. Some product fixes (defects or repairs) are best done at the factory...even mandatory at times. Tiffin is located in northern Alabama, whereas Fleetwood is in northern Indiana.
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Very good point Fitz....
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:22 PM   #21
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When we were starting to shop for our coach, a advice I received was to spend time looking under the coach, on top of the roof, and construction. Look behind cabinets to see if things are cleaned or if debris is left behind. Look at how the plumbing and electrical are run, etc. Given all equal, buy the coach the DW likes the best.
No matter what brand you will buy, you will first year Warrenty issues and things will need to get fixed.

let us know what you buy and have fun!!

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There are other brands . . .

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Both coaches do fit our budget of around 100k to 110k. Of course I would love to have a DP such as a Phaeton, but I/we do not want to spend 150k to 250k+ for a coach.
With that kind of budget ($110k), look for other brands -- for example, check out used Country Coaches. Though they are "orphans", they are superbly made.

To get a perspective on what you could afford, check out PPL's DP offerings:
Diesel Motorhomes for Sale - PPL Motor Homes

. . . and PPL's list of what DPs sold for at PPL:
Used Diesel Motor Homes Sold - PPL Motor Homes

Finally, you should also check out the various owner sites. There's a lot on Yahoo Groups and I know Tiffin has an active owner's site. You'll get less BS on these.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:33 PM   #23
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I'm completely biased here but I wouldn't waste my time or $ on a Fleetwood product. PM me if you have specific questions about the 32CA, Tiffin, or anything else you can think of.
I wouldn't waste my time or money on a Tiffin product they are about has cheap as they come.
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They are similar and both great coaches. Buy the one that has the floorplan that you find most comfortable.

p.s. We love our Fleetwood.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #25
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Looks like Fleetwood is inching ahead. I am on my second and will probably buy a third unless my wife and budget let me buy a new Marathon! I like the Tiffin product too, my wife liked the Fleetwood. They seem to appeal to the younger or more modern crowd. The Tiffin just felt more like your parents house!!
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depends if you want to go to alabama or indiana for repairs that why I want a tiffin
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If you're looking for anecdotal evidence:

We were parked next to a brand new Tiffin several weeks ago - the owner had done his homework and driven up to Montana to pick up his new coach, spending $330,000 on his dream. Three weeks later he was here in California. IN those 3 weeks he found that the street-side slide would not extend; the curb-side slide would not retract, and the tiles on the kitchen floor were cracking every time a slide was extended or retracted. He had several other things that he called "minor" listed on his repair sheet.

He had called a local dealer about the slide not retracting and the dealer told him that if he could get the unit to his shop (about 40 miles away) it could be worked on. It took a call to Tiffing himself to get that dealer to agree to send a repair crew to the campground to get the slide retracted so it could be driven to the shop. The guy also made an appointment at the Tiffin factory to get all the issues addressed.

That's apparently the best thing about Tiffin - once you have major issues they're willing to work with you to get them fixed. But then we've heard the same about Fleetwood - if you complain loud enough you can get your issues fixed at the factory, assuming you've got the time to drive to Indiana...
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