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Old 03-31-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
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Holiday Rambler Vacationer 35K vs. Fleetwood Bounder 35K

The DW and I are approaching the closure of our house sale, and since we wanted to pay cash for it, the timing isn't so great for getting a 2017 Bounder 35K, our coach of choice (I'm aware of the argument of used vs. new, but we wanted to take advantage of the transmission change in the F53 so that points us toward a new coach). The 2017 model year is ending and there just aren't as many Bounder 35K's on the lots with the options we want.

I noticed that Holiday Rambler (owned by Fleetwood) has the same floorplan but for about $10K cheaper. I see some obvious differences in the amenities between them in RVTrader pictures that might account for this, but I was curious if there is anybody out there who has bought the HR 35K and likes it. Both come with the LX package, and both are likely done in the same factory.

Anybody have any comments?
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You get what you pay for. They are built by the same people out of the same factory. I am sure if you go detailed item for item you will see the $10k in differences.
A couple people have asked similar questions (Bounder vs. Vacationer). I don't recall anyone actually posting back the differences. May want to also look in the Fleetwood forum for more info (http://www.irv2.com/forums/f107/)
I know the dash is different. I thought some of the color options were different too. Check options available.
Check the OCCC of comparable RVs.
I laughed at a salesman one day at an RV show when he was comparing a 22k GVWR coach with a lower rating coach saying they were EXACTLY the same. I explained to the buyers as to what the main differences were. If a salersperson's lips are moving...
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Hmmmm, a savings of 10 grand...

Go look at them and report back on any differences.
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I think REV Group (owners of FW, AC, HR & Monaco) are trying to keep both the HR & Monaco brands alive by pricing them lower than their FW & AC cousins. As others have said, they're made in different factories in the same town with, essentially, the same components. Carefully compare the amenities/options for the 2 you are considering. If you can make the trip to the factories, all the better.

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These coaches come down the same assembly line. Different fabrics, paint and perhaps a few insignificant changes. Same coach different stickers.
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Just visited factory, same line, same construction, same floorplans. Little stuff may be different.
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Mojoracing and riget are right. These motorhomes are the same and are produced on the same assembly line by REV. The dash on the Bounder is a little different and I like the doghouse cover on the Bounder better. One of the Bounders I saw had interesting cup holders for the driver and passenger but I didn't care for that. Otherwise some of the paint colors may be a little different. Check the options for both and see if if the Bounder has more options to choose from. To be honest with you, the MSRP's on these things are fantasy. Find out what you can really buy one for and then compare. By the way, has anyone checked out the new Storm? I saw one at Lazydays with an interesting pantry and 22.5 Wheels.
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The first time you question the price they will drop. 25 to 30 percent below keep is pretty easy to attain. Motorhome Specialist in tx is lowest around but I heard their service after the sale is nad.
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