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Old 09-14-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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97 Fleetwood Bounder 34V Questions

We are looking at a used 97 Bounder 34V. Do any owners out there have specific good or bad points? And what "problem" areas should we check out? Thanks
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I have a '97 Bounder 34V and love it. I've had mine about seven years and 30K miles. Mine is on the Ford F53 chassis and I much prefer it to the GM-P30 chassis alternative.

I've driven mine to Alaska and back, as well as many trips up and down the east coast.

If money permits, you would be wise to get a '99, or newer, as the chassis would have a 6" wider stance and larger 19.5" wheels (vs 16" on the '97), but that really is not a problem with the '97. The cheaper tires for the '97 more than compensate for the difference.

If it's in good shape, and priced right, go for it. You'll love the floor plan.
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Thanks for the reply, one more question, what about fuel comsumption? I know it will be high, but what mpg do you get?
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Thanks for the reply, one more question, what about fuel comsumption? I know it will be high, but what mpg do you get?
I average 7.5 mpg running between 60/65 mph while towing a '97 Honda Accord. I can improve that to approximately 8 mpg by holding speed to 60 mph or not towing.

That's not bad fuel mileage for a one bedroom house, carrying a 100 gallon fresh water system and a combined 80 gallon sewer system while towing a 5 passenger car.
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I've got a 97 36s bounder F53. I am a big Ford fan and am fairly impressed with the performance of the 460 but my mileage is probably closer to 6 MPG, if that. I do have a heavy foot and am alway pulling a trailer full of toys. Also longer rig w/ tag and slide. Enjoying the Bounder overall but does requires repairs and upgrades continually, they always seem to be a good value. Paid $20000 CAN to purchase it this spring. I thought it was a pretty good deal
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I have a bounder 07 39v.diesel this is our first motor home an we love it. Has everything we will ever need.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:07 PM   #7
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A great coach. We have a 98 34V with a tag axle. First owner had a Banks kit installed and when on a turnpike we get 10 to 11 mpg. Our coach has a 4' tub which is impossible to get now- spent 7 hours at the Hershey RV show a week ago and NO manufacturer would do it, so we are staying put. Only issue we are having trouble over is how to deal with an aging roof. Make sure it is in at least repairable condition.
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Wow, that is a lot of toys. We trial our dogs;Jack Russell Terriers;have you had any trans. issues? Ours was under high load, slow speed, up a hill to a trial site in the boondocks. Trans fluid venting out top of trans.Ihave heard this is not uncommon.
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I haven't had any trams problems or loss of any fluids. Have noticed if I gear down (even to first if necessary) and keep revs at 3500 the engine stays nice and cool which I imagine also keeps the trans cooler.

There is a bit of climbing to get to where we like to go as well.
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