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Old 02-24-2015, 01:18 AM   #1
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Hi All, I am new to this site since I found it yesterday. My husband and I have looking into buying our first RV for a while and time is getting closer. We like the Fleetwood Bounder Classic and Forest River Georgetown. Can anyone give me any information on those two? I would love to hear the good and bad on each one from you guys and not the sale guy. I know Fleetwood been around a long time and not sure about Forest River. Do either have a lot of issues with their product after? Thank you in advance for information given. I am sure I will have many more question and things to learn.

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Old 02-24-2015, 02:36 AM   #2
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CG, are we talking new or used, if used what year model(s) are you looking at? I can't comment on Forest River, but own and have owned several Fleetwoods. I think they do an overall good job and are generally very reasonably priced.

Btw, have two campsites in Breaux Bridge for May. It's been a long time since I have been there & we plan on putting a big dent in the mudbug population...can't wait!

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As Motor7 asked...new or used. If new, I would start thinking used for your very 1st motorhome. You'll be able to consider better quality Rv's at the same price point. If you're set on a new one then do a lot of research. Just about all new coach's will have problems that'll have to be addressed. Nothing worse than putting out a lot of money on a new RV, only to see it in the shop over & over again. Don't be in a hurry it's a big decision. It took me over a year to find our motorhome, but that's because I never intended to buy new. We've been fulltiming for 5yrs. now, and have noregrets on the coach we decided on. Maybe take a look at www.pplmotorhomes.com to get an idea of what used ones are going for. They also have a page that lists recently sold motorhomes, and the prices they went for. Just do your due diligence and you'll find the right one for you.
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Also, since this is your first experience into the RV world... Please... DO NOT sign over the check or sign the loan papers until AFTER everything you want fixed, is fixed.. This goes if buying new or used.. If possible, spend the night in it prior to completing the purchasing process..

Dealers are very willing to "say" they will address all your concerns and fix everything.. but the fact is.. the interest level declines exponentially after they have been paid..

There are A LOT of good dealers out there and hopefully you're working with one.. but the sad fact is, there are just as many bad ones.. Once they get paid, they could care less about your problems.. I know that seems harsh, but do a search of all the threads of people purchasing and trusting the dealer only to have their RV's sitting in a service department waiting to get fixed.. sometimes for months..

I'm not trying to scare you.. owning an RV is a great experience.. just trying to educate you so your experience is the very best.. Good luck and keep doing your research and educate yourself on everything about the rig you decide to purchase
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Take the time to read posts in the specific brand sections ... you can pick up a lot of info there ..... Take your time and get the one you want !!!
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Sorry I can't help with your questions. Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:02 AM   #7
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As stated and I'll say it again get things fixed before you sign or commit. Especially at a dealer. Many of us have signed and then almost literally fought to have repairs done after the sale. It is stressful and time consuming. Good luck and take your time.

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It doesn't matter if it is new or used; go over it with a fine tooth comb. If you aren't sure what to look for/at perhaps a friend could assist you or it would be money well spent to have an inspection performed (by a reputable individual). I have seen used units that were in excellent condition & new units that were put together by a blind man (no offense to the blind). Some units have excellent quality control & others not so good.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:49 AM   #9
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Thank you everyone! We have been looking for a couple years now. We go to several RV shows to look at all the different floor plans and such. We have also been looking at new and used. Right now we are finding the price difference in what we want is not that big of a difference to go new vs used. We are looking into the Fleetwood Bounder Classic 34B OR 36H and the Forest River Georgetown 351DS or 364TS. The layout is almost the same for both brands. Georgetown has a few more things I like that the Bounder doesn't for the same price but I have read bad reviews online for the Georgetown. We still doing our homework to make sure we make the right choice.

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