Just picked up a 2016 Excursion 35E a week ago in Phoenix, AZ and drove it back to Maryland. Overall I like the coach, especially the bunk layout with the front drop down.
I do have a laundry list of items to be repaired or adjusted now that I am home. Although many of these should have been done by the selling dealer. I would never deal with them again. Fortunately Camping World is willing to do the warranty work for me since a local dealer (who doesn't carry this model) won't do the warranty work since I didn't buy it from them.
A few things I found to keep in mind. This chassis does ride low, much lower than my gasser. It is an "Entry Level" diesel, but I had no problem with any of the hills coming back cross country. True it was empty, other than a full tank of water, but with one or two exceptions, it pulled hills in 5th or 6th gear. I think the worst one dropped to 4th gear and maintained 55 mph on an 8% grade. I don't recall needing much accelerator on any of the other hills, most being between 5 and 7% grades. My gasser would have been screaming.
On most roads it was pretty quiet, although things do bounce on the bumps. The overhead bunk just adds to the noise when hitting bumps.
I stayed under 38' due to limitations in some parks.
Having looked and compared for several years, I found this coach to appear to have the most storage among bunk models.
Being an entry level, I didn't expect it to be exceptionally high on quality.
FYI, for 2017 the Excursion is getting a name change to Pace Arrow. Same floor plan and specs, just a new price.
Good luck with your search.
Rob - 2016 Fleetwood Excursion 35E
2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Custom
1999 National SeaView