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Old 01-14-2022, 11:08 AM   #1
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Fleetwood Quality of Build

I started a thread earlier and realized later that I didnít ask a specific question. My wife and I are upgrading to a larger diesel power coach, and are concerned about build quality for something this expensive. The old adage ďyou get what you pay forĒ probably holds true in many cases. We had a Fleetwood discovery years ago that we thought was pretty good. Are they still a decent quality coach? Or are there much better coaches for the same money. Weíve been attracted to these models for their layout, design, and colors available(interior). I would like to hear opinions both positive and negative. Thx in advance.
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Old 01-14-2022, 11:36 AM   #2
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After extensive research and many factory visits, NIRVC took on the Fleetwood line because we were so impressed with the quality of the units, and the quality checks throughout the build process. I recently did a video on the Frontier. I was very impressed with the quality of the coach, and the incredibly quiet and smooth ride.
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Old 01-14-2022, 12:49 PM   #3
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We have a 2 year old Fleetwood Pace Arrow which is one rung down from a Discovery.
We owned a Thor and a Winnebago previously both purchased new.
The Fleetwood had some minor issues at first that were corrected by a trip back to the factory repair facility.
The quality is good but we still have things break that perhaps shouldn’t.
The latest was the double sliding doors that separate the bedroom from the rest of the coach . The entire assembly became detached from the ceiling . It had been held in with light grade hardware that failed . I’m pretty handy so the repair was easy.
Fleetwood has treated us well and I would buy from them again , the Thor was horrible and the Winnebago was similar to the Fleetwood.
The local dealer is worthless but I think that’s true in most cases.
The only caveat is that quality seems to have suffered across the board with the recent going’s on in our country.
We were recently overnighting in South Carolina on our way home from a trip to Florida and a brand new discovery pulled into the site next to us. What a beautiful rv , it was a pearl white and the interior looked gorgeous .
Our rig is a pleasure to drive and the layout is very suitable for us. One test of quality for me is the amount of hardware I find on the floor after a long trip , you know screws , nuts , sawdust etc .
So far I have found nothing and when I have been in behind the cabinets and drawers it’s pretty clean back there as well.
We are happy so far.
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:15 AM   #4
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Build Quality isn't horrible

My wife and I had the exact same concerns when selecting our next motorhome after keeping and upgrading from our ACE/Thor.

We went to multiple dealerships to check out the many manufacturers in our price range. Even a few above our price range. Fleetwood definately fell into the category of "you get what you pay for". Even within their own models and price categories, you can tell a difference.

I would never consider another THOR product after dealing with all of the build quality issues in our ACE. However, I wanted to see for myself if the Top of the line THOR product was better/same/worse. We toured a brand new Palazzo and found many of the same cheap hardware and build style that our 10 year old ACE had.

We only looked at new Fleetwood coaches in many price brackets and they start out with better products than Thor. The higher the price, the higher the tech and components.

If I could afford an American Coach, I would get it based on the quality of interior build. Those things are beautiful.

In the end, the Fleetwood Discovery checked most of the boxes for us. Good amount of tech, Freightliner chassis, 4 slides, decent build quality.

We have a short punch list of things that need to be repaired, but most of the items are cosmetic and not structural.
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We bought a 2022 Bounder 35K in August 2021 and are absolutely thrilled with it. A little over 5000 miles and very few issues. This is our 3rd new motorhome in the last 17 years and by far the best built with the fewest issues. We were looking at a Newmar Baystar 3609 and side by side we choose the Bounder. Granted I have a 22000lb chassis but I know that limit and it's not an issue. The Bounder fit and finish was much better than the Baystar. There were conveniences in the Bounder that were missing in the Baystar. Not to mention I like the room in the bedroom much better.
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Old 01-23-2022, 03:02 PM   #6
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We bought the same coach as you Sanford. 2021 44H used. In service date was march 2021. We have some cosmetic issues as well. Is it 1 year basic warranty? Loose interior panel rubbed sliding door in rear bathroom. It would be nice to have this replaced as large area of finish came off. What were your issues? Thx
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We bought new 2021 D LXE 40m. Ours was build dec 2020 bought beginning of February. Meet another 40m owner his built nov 2020 he bought in January 21. He had lots of issues some big. Ours more minor issues and fewer. Iíd guess itís the luck of the draw.
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We have had our 2020 Discovery 40M LXE since May of 2020 and have driven it about 20,000 miles. We have had a few problems (a cracked tile, bad AC unit, bad TV), but overall it has been the best coach of the five we have owned. We have used the Decatur Factory service and were very pleased. I am very pleased with the build quality on both the Freightliner and coach components.

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