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Old 07-09-2020, 09:07 AM   #1
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Opinions please: 2015 Bounder 35K (Great condition 21,000 miles Vs.2018 Precept 35U

We have narrowed our search down to a couple of Class A Motor coach's (Gas). A 2015 Fleetwood Bounder with just over 21,000 miles on it, in immaculate condition with many extras ($83,900), or, a 2018 Jayco Precept 35U with 7,000 miles on it, in Like new condition ($89,000). Anyone have an opinion on these two coach's that they can offer to help us decide?
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:49 PM   #2
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Bounder but be sure and change tires.
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Personally, Iíd go with the Bounder. The 35k is a nice floor plan. The Fleetwood Iíve looked at seem to be nice rigs. The Jaycos seem to be ďcheaperĒ somehow.
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Bounder. I've got the 35k. 2018 year. great machine.
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One thing to be aware of, the 2015 Bounder will have a 5 speed transmission, while the 2018 Jayco will have the later 6 speed which was used since 2016. I have no personal experience with the Ford Chassis, but from everything Iíve read, the 6 speed makes for a much nicer overall drive quality. Personally, Iíd probably still go with the Fleetwood.
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We have a coach with the 5 speed transmission. I would not let that stop me from buying because its fine even in the mountains on 9% grades. We pass trucks uphill all the time. I too would probably pick the Bounder over a Precept.
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Last winter I got inside a new 2020 Jayco Precept 31UL. I really liked the floor plan but was not impressed with the overall quality of the unit. Without seeing the Fleetwood, I would guess that it would be somewhat higher in quality. So my recommendation would be the Fleetwood.
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Old 07-12-2020, 10:29 PM   #8
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I vote Bounder. Also be sure to compare tire sizes.. for a rig that size you want 22.5 (semi) tires.

Also do the math for the wheelBase. Here is a formula for recommended wheelbase to length.

Should be as close to or above 53 to handle properly.
Take the wheelbase in inches and divide by the motor home length in inches.

Here is an example for a Bounder 35k
WBase=228 inches
Length=36ft 3in = 435 inches
228/435=.5241

Some Jayco Precept have 190in wheelbase instead of 228in and this lowers the value to about .49. This may be why some claim it wonders on interstate. Jayco tried to fix this with swaybars. They did go to longer wheelbase in later years.
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ALWAYS ALWAYS buy a coach with the better chassis - but your 2 choices are new so only 1 choice - ford.


Older models had a choice, some up to 3 diff brand chassis, ford, workhorse, and maybe a UFO (diesel or gas workhorse adaptable chassis), winnebago for instance the ford was std but the workhorse was extra $ and sometimes they had 2 diff workhorse chassis, a W24 for instance is even more - $$, higher capacity chassis including higher rated 6 speed transmission).


Second, buy the one with a NON rubber roof, they are fine, for a while but can be torn by branches (a fiberglass or metal maybe would not) and such and will eventually chalk badly, and need recoating, not so cheap - $3-4k.


but if this is a 5yr and sell deal, then get what you like best and enjoy !


If for the long run, buy a diesel pusher, higher capacity chassis and interiors can be about the same quality.


The price range you are speaking, lots of slightly older DPs should be available.


Use RVTRADER (use advance search and can set state and pertinent requirements such as # of slides, etc) as well as ebay and craigs list to look.


The mh i bought was listed in 5 diff rv sell sites, if you see the same mh for sale in multiple sites, the owner is motivated and can likely get a lower sale price !!!!


And if you are a bit scared of a non dealer/warranty sale, buy a aftermkt warranty that will cover 'most' things - but likely not everything, not so cheap but a nice piece of mind !



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We have narrowed our search down to a couple of Class A Motor coach's (Gas). A 2015 Fleetwood Bounder with just over 21,000 miles on it, in immaculate condition with many extras ($83,900), or, a 2018 Jayco Precept 35U with 7,000 miles on it, in Like new condition ($89,000). Anyone have an opinion on these two coach's that they can offer to help us decide?
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I'm a little late to the discussion, I had a new 2016 Preceipt 35U, It was nice, but I did not know until after I purchased it that much of living compartment and all of the under dash structure is made of wood and not much steel at all. I felt like I was driving a wooden box down the road, and I felt a little unsafe, it bothered me over time so I ended up trading it off and buying a new Wiinne Adventurer the next year.
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