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Old 04-08-2019, 09:53 PM   #1
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Winnie vs Fleetwood

We are in the process of purchasing a newer to us coach And are torn between Winnebago and Fleetwood options. The currently I looking at a 2003 Fleetwood Discovery powered by a 330 horsepower Caterpillar diesel. My research indicates that both the winnebago and the fleetwood are on a freightliner chassis. Given that both units have the same engine and transmission what are the quality differences?
We are really on the fence as we love both options I need to make a decision. Does anybody have any thoughts that may help us move us off the fence.
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Never had a Fleetwood but we sure are happy with our Winnebago and the resources they offer;

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Old 04-08-2019, 10:10 PM   #3
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Never had a Winnebago, but have had three Fleetwood motorhomes over last 30 years. My next one will be a Fleetwood. Great support and a lot for the $$. Had a 2003 Discovery, sold it due to health problem. Wish We still had it. Good luck, either brand will be a lot of fun, sometimes a pain until you fix what is broke, then a lot of fun again. Keep on traveling.
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Which Winnebago are you looking at?
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We sre considering a 2003 Istasca horizon 36ld.
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We sre considering a 2003 Istasca horizon 36ld.
A member here, Scott, (his nickname is "530 KTM") has an '05 I think. He would be able to give you some advice/opinions about the Horizon.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:32 AM   #7
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I have owned both. Now have a Fleetwood.

Have been happy with both, quality and finish comparable.

The customer service on the Fleetwood has been good.
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Have had both brands gas model. Like all RV's both have their quirks. On the Winnebago it's the roof and the windshield. The roof is one piece fiberglass which in concept is a great idea however the issue is with the joint where the roof meets the dip rail. If the caulking is not maintained water can migrate up under the roof and debond the adhesive. It's not uncommon for a poorly maintained Winnebago to have a section of the roof peel off as your driving down the road. If the roof joint has been properly maintained it's really not an issue but something you should definitely inspect when buying used. The second issue is with rust on the frame behind the windshield. If left unchecked eventually a leak will develop or in the worst case the windshield will crack. It's really a dumb design and to this day Winnebago still uses the same windshield mounting method. So again in buying used carefully inspect the windshield area for any leaks or signs of rust. Both of these issues are well documented and a quick search on the web will bring up plenty of info on them. That said if properly maintained Winnebago's are a solid coach. The Southwind is my first Fleetwood product and so far I've only had minor issues with it but too early to tell in the long term. In my experience both Fleetwood and Winnebago have good customer service.
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That was a good timeframe for both coaches, but I would lean to the Discovery in an '03. If you were buying new today, Winnie would be my choice.
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I have owned both as well - although both of mine were/are gas models. They have their brand differences but Id say they are pretty comparable for a given market level. Both companies offer entry level coaches as well as higher level products. Obviously an entry level from one product wont align well with a higher end product from the other. And with used coaches condition is everything. Maintenance, and history will weigh heavily on future performance. Nevertheless, after all my waffle words I think you will find them to be comparable.
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Good info Petes. You get what you pay for. If someone has a Winny that is cheaper than a Fleetwood it will be a cheaper coach.

This is a Fleetwood forum, and the Fleetwood is a good motor home in my experience, which is the +150,000.00 range. There are no historical issues like the Winnie windshields that I know of.
I had a 38' Winnie and I now have a Southwind and am very happy.
There are likely Winnie owners that feel the same. But you will likely not be disappointed with Fleetwood, the REV group seems to have helped them step up in quality and customer service in recent years.
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I have owned a 2008 Itasca Latitude for the past year. The quality and workmanship is top notch except a crooked furnace vent (and that's not even very noticeable).

I had twice toured a 2005 Fleetwood Pace Arrow, it was a nice coach but the seller would not budge on the price and it had a laundry list of issues he would not fix. I was able to purchase the Itsasca for about 7k more than the Pace Arrow.

I was also put off that Fleetwood would not do phone support on the coach, they do offer schematics. When I called Winnebago they said they will do phone support for any age items.

I have called them about 10 times for queries and advice and each Tech has been very knowledgable.

Also Winnie has the molds for all the items it manufactures to put in to the coach.
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A member here, Scott, (his nickname is "530 KTM") has an '05 I think. He would be able to give you some advice/opinions about the Horizon.
Sorry, must correct myself. I got a couple members here mixed up in my memory banks.
Scott, whom I was referring to goes by "FIRE UP". He has an '04 Horizon to be exact. He may be of some help with the Winnebago/Itascas you're looking at in that year range.
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