After having a pickup camper & fifth wheel looking into a d/p. Found a 2002 Fleetwood Discovery 37t & a 2002 Fleetwood Bounder 39r. Both have low miles 25000 on Bounder & 45000 on Discovery. Other than age of tires anything one needs to be aware of? Anyone out there ever had or has one of these? This will be the first motorhome and don't know a whole lot about them. But have narrowed it down to a d/p as we tow a boat and neighbor has a gas Class A and says d/p is a lot quieter and better for towing. Which I tend to agree after having a diesel pickup. Thanks in advance.
I would opt for the Bounder 39R 2 slide model myself. That time frame, they were both built the same with the Discovery getting a little more glitz and a much higher($15k-$20k) price tag. You should be able to get the Bounder for considerable less money. We had the 2003 37U model that we traded on our current coach.
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You could do well either way. Both are Fleetwood products. One, the Discovery, is a tad higher in the scale. We've had a Bounder Gas model, a '99 Bounder 34V and it was a great coach. Lots of room, well built, very little problems, very dependable. We always thought we'd move to a Diesel Bounder when moving up but, times and ideas changed so, we moved on to an Itasca for our reasons.
As for the Discovery, we've got three friends of whom we camp with that have Discoveries. None of them has any real complaints. Those rigs seem to keep on going and going. Many of the parts are interchangeable, i.e. compartment door latches, some window latches etc. One of the main reasons we shied away from the diesel Bounder was the fact that for many years, Bounder only housed the 300 HP Cummings. To us, and our needs, it was not enough. Recently, if I recall, they've advanced to at least a 330.
So, It's almost an even choice in my opinion. But, there are more experienced Diesel owners out there that have better info on your choice. Good luck.
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I would say get the one with the bigger motor, which should be the Discovery. They are very similar RV's. We have an 05 Expedition, which is a Bounder in FBP. The Discovery should have tile floors instead of vinyl which I don't know it that is better or not.
Beside tires, hopefully you have service records or maybe you will get lucky with Freightliners database. By now all the liquids should have been replaced eg coolant, power steering fluid, rear end, all filters, belts, compressor dryer/dessicant. Repeat for genset.
Take a close look underneath of both. I owned a 2000 Discovery and after 4 years the underneath had several rust issues, some to the extent that a couple of the storage box frames in the rear were rusted and broke. I did use mine for skiing during the winter and driving on salt roads, on the beach, and other places that could enhance rust, but I've had three motorhomes since that were used under the same circumstances, and severe rust was not an issue. The Discovery was a good coach, but the rust issue was a turn off when I looked for a new one.
Just a word of caution that you might want to look for in case the coach you're looking at may have been used under the same conditions as mine.
I have a 2003 Discovery with a 330hp Cat motor. I pull a Jeep and if I need to haul something I pull a Chevy 2500hd, crew cab, longbed, 4x4. I lost the power steering pump and front air bag. Other than that I just keep up on general maintenance items. We have been all over the Western states. Power hasn't been an issue for us.