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Old 05-27-2018, 11:21 AM   #1
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TO BUY or Not 2007 Fleetwood Southwind

We are looking to buy our first class A. Located a 2007 Southwind with low miles. We were advised that low miles could mean difficult to drive, Does anyone have any info or experiance with how well these drive ?
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Old 05-27-2018, 12:16 PM   #2
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How long. .?

And what chassis?

Low miles for an 07 should not sound the alarm too much.....

pretty normal for an 07 to have under 20,000
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Welcome and low mileage is good. Many reasons why but drivability generally wouldn't be one of them. Some only take a couple of trips per year or go south and park it for a period of time, etc. If you check it out and everything works and the floorplan fits what you want, go for it.
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A very subjective question with answers that will come from both ends and everything in between. Every coach will drive and feel different and it will take a couple of miles to get used to it. In general terms regarding driveability the coach should maintain lane position at highway speeds with minimal correction needed when no outside influences are occurring on it (as in wind push). You should not need a "white knuckle" grip on the steering wheel. In other words it's going to drive differently than what you maybe used to but no reason you couldn't drive 400 miles and arrive no more tired then if you drove the family minivan.

The Southwind model line are good overall coaches and Fleetwood makes a lot of them each year. Finding one with low mileage is a good start but for a used coach you'll need to judge it as a whole to accurately gauge if the listed price reflects its condition and your budget. I wouldn't walk away but also wouldn't buy sight unseen and without a test drive.
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friend of mine has an 08 dp. He has replaced the frige with a house hold unit because the original unit failed. Since it is in the slide it gets really poor air circulation through the outside vents that are located in the wall rather than the roof. The heat from the frig spidercracked the fiberglass sidewall behind the frig. Other than the normal stuff, like messing around with the slide limits, replacing the fan clutch ($$ouch) and replacing most of the living room furniture, it has been a dependable coach. However, if you are a perfectionist, I'd look elsewhere...
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Old 05-28-2018, 07:40 AM   #7
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We are looking to buy our first class A. Located a 2007 Southwind with low miles. We were advised that low miles could mean difficult to drive, Does anyone have any info or experiance with how well these drive ?


We have a 95 southwind storm, we bout it with 24000 miles. Now this is the first rv I have driven, but I have not noticed any handling/ driving issues in ours
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:08 AM   #8
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We purchased a very gently used 06 Southwind 32VS in 2015. Our plan was to retire in 2017, and full time, upgrading from a Class C. Overall we are very pleased with our Southwind (named "Goggins" by our Grandson).

After full timing for 1 year, we have spent approx. $5K in repairs and upgrades. No matter which RV you end up with, be prepared to either perform some repairs and maintenance yourself, or have the $$ to have it done. It's always something, and you need to be ready to handle it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to discourage you, just sharing some friendly advice.

Things to look for (based on my experience with the Southwind):
- Tires, not checked or cracked and be sure to check the date
- Windows not fogged
- Condition of batteries
- Backup camera - works, does not blink in and out
- Storage compartment doors, gas struts hold doors up
- Fridge, probably 4 door Norcold 1200, works on gas and electric
- Water heater, work on gas and electric
- Day/night shades, good condition and operable
- Both A/C units work properly
- EMS system reads out correctly on 30/50 amps, and generator
- Generator starts and runs under load

Good luck with your decision!
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test EVERYTHING

A year ago we bought a 2007 Fleetwood Fiesta with 65,000 miles. Put another $5000 into it for maintenance before we took our first trip, only to discover on our first night that the jack system was flaky and "not worth the money to fix it", according to the customer service advisor at the EXCELLENT factory help desk. (No joke, those guys treat us new owners of used coaches with great enthusiasm. The are VERY helpful.) Bottom line, go thru every possible item before buying. Also note, the subframe that holds up the dash broke on BOTH sides within three months. Fortunately, there was no permanent damage and repairs were easy.
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We have a 2004 Southwind 38 ft. We bought it 2 years ago and love it! We thought it was perfect. Even our mobile RV guy we have used forever thought it was perfect. Then we took it to get set up for flat towing. We took it to the place everyone recommended and that we have gone to for over 15 years. This old man, about 75, comes outside when he saw his grandson sticking a hitch on our rig to figure out how low it needed to go! He immediately said something is wrong! Crawled under the rig and said “Take this back to where you bought it!” Well that had been a over a year before so we knew it wasn’t happening. My hubby is disabled and can’t get on the ground, so here was this old lady on her knees looking under my rig. The frame connecting the hitch to the rig was twisted! He said that it wasn’t safe to pull anything! (We had been towing our HHR for the past year). He could see no way to fix it and he was not going to be liable. Heartsick we left. We talked to friends and family. Thank God our brother-in-law is a certified welder and his bud is trained and certified in this type of work. They work for major farm machinery company and have it fixed. Materials were going to cost $1000 and a couple cases, but we gave them $2000. They also gave us paperwork for our insurance company guaranteeing the work. Now we will get our New GMC Canyon set up to flat tow. Just sow you know, have it checked out inside and out from top to bottom before you buy!
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X2 in the front subframe. Mine broke on both sides as well. Got it jacked up and welded and now stronger than new.
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My 2008 also has a VaccuFlush toilet system. I am not a fan of these but fingers crossed I havenít had any issues yet. Fingers Crossed.
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