Fleetwood RV Buyer's Guide

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If you are looking for RV types, with a view to buying a recreational vehicle of your own, then there is a good chance you have considered a Fleetwood.






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If you are like most people, though, you are probably not comfortable with spending a lot of money on a vehicle that you do not know much about.

You do not have to. In this article, we look at who Fleetwood is, what they do, and what makes their RVs a good buy. We'll look at some of their top branded vehicles, and at other information, you should know before you buy.

Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc.

Fleetwood Enterprises has been around for a while – quite a long while in fact. The company first started manufacturing RVs in 1950, and it's been named the top manufacturer in the business on occasion.

It's hit a few rocky patches on the road, and been bought and sold a few times, but it's still one of the top RV types on the road in America today, and you're likely to find plenty of new and used Fleetwoods on offer, no matter where you're looking.

What Are Fleetwood Known For in RVing?

Fleetwood RVs are known as one of the leading manufacturers of Class A and Class C RV types. The company is based in Decatur, Indiana, and among its flagship, iconic brands, are the Discovery and the Bounder.

The company manufactures a large range of both gasoline and diesel powered RV types, but has discontinued its travel trailer division.

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Which Fleetwood RV Types Should You Consider?

Deciding which Fleetwood suits your families needs is the first step in buying a Fleetwood, but there are several criteria you should look at when you're deciding.

First, there's the question of whether to buy a diesel or gasoline model. Diesels tend to have lower running costs, but they are considerably more expensive than their gasoline counterparts.

The entry level Class A diesel model in the range currently is the Expedition, which is priced at a little under $230,000. The entry level Class A gasoline model, on the other hand, is the Storm, which at around $75,000 is a lot more affordable for most families.

Two new Fleetwood RVs are due to be added to the Class A diesel range in 2013 though, and the Excursion and Bounder, priced at around $175,000 and $165,000 respectively, might be a much better buy for budget-conscious families looking for diesel RV types – if you can wait that long!

In the Class C range, you'll find diesel and gasoline RV types that are much closer in price. The entry-level diesel Class C model is the Tioga Ranger, which is priced at just under $90,000, and the gasoline alternative, the Tioga Mantara, is around $65,000.

One of the best ways to choose a Fleetwood RV, whether you're looking online or looking at a dealership, is to decide before hand what you need. Consider how many people you need to accommodate, and how far you want to travel.

Factor in the repair and maintenance and fuel costs (usually higher for gasoline models.) Then consider how powerful a vehicle you'd like to have, and which other features you need.

Having a ready-made list of requirements when looking for a Fleetwood, or any RV types for that matter, is a good idea, as it helps sales people to match the right models to your needs and budget.

New Or Used Fleetwood?

If you're looking for an extended warranty, peace of mind, modern convenience and the latest in technology, then a new Fleetwood RV is probably the best choice – if your budget allows.

However, with such a long history, there are many used Fleetwoods out there – some a few years old, and some decades old. You should be able to find one in just about any price range, in just about any city in the country.

Do a little research, find out how much you qualify for in terms of RV financing, and use that as your guide to choosing a Fleetwood.

Where to Buy a Fleetwood RV

The first option, when you're looking for a Fleetwood RV, is to visit one of the many dealer branches, located throughout the United States. A list of official dealers is available on the company website.

Alternatively, if you want a used Fleetwood RV, then you might want to visit RV wholesalers or RV auctions. They're also for sale via classifieds online and in print, and you may find one through one of the Fleetwood owner clubs around the country.

If you do buy a used Fleetwood RV, you should bear in mind that the warranty is transferable for the first 12 months, so it's a good idea to look out for repossessed RVs, which you can buy on auction or direct. That way, you'll save a lot on the purchase, and get the peace of mind.

What About After-Sales Service?

Buying any of the many RV types is often more about what you can expect after you pay for the vehicle than what you're promised before.

New Fleetwood RVs come with a warranty, which gives owners of the new vehicles peace of mind. There's also an extensive network of repair shops, spare parts dealers, and service centers throughout the United States, so if something goes wrong, you should be able to find answers, and help, relatively quickly.

All in all, Fleetwoods might not be one of the most recognizable RV types out there, but they are certainly a good, solid investment, with a good, solid company backing them up.

If you are looking for an RV, whether new or used, they are a good choice for your shortlist. They're not the cheapest, or the best known RV types out there, but they are a well known and respected brand, and you can be sure you get what you pay for with Fleetwood RVs.

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