Fleetwood Opinions Please?

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by jewel99, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. jewel99

    jewel99 New Member

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    We're now considering purchasing a 2004 Fleetwood Sedona (10'). Based on the pics and description, it looks to be a good buy, but we're still going to check it out tomorrow.

    I have heard wonderful things about Coleman campers, and I know they're now made by Fleetwood - but how does the quality compare at this point? I heard that some things aren't as good since Fleetwood started making the tent trailers, but how would a 2004 model compare to something like a Jayco?
     
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    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    Welcome to the Portal Jewel!

    I've got a 2004 Westlake and I'm very happy with the quality of the camper. Coleman and Fleetwood are one in the same camper...just a label. Fleetwood licensed Coleman's name...they were all built in the same factory in Somerset, PA. They went through a messy divorce around 2002 and the Coleman name has not been on a pop-up camper since then.

    If the Sedona is on good sahpe you should be quite happy with it. Be sure to check out Natasha’s Pre-Purchase Inspection for some great hints in buying a used camper.

    Good Luck!!

    ~Cheers~ Ðigger
    2004 Fleetwood Westlake - StonyBlue
    2002 Econoline E-150
     
  3. PattieAM

    PattieAM New Member

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    I too have a Fleetwood, but cannot compare the new to the old, or model to model. When shopping for new, I felt that the Fleetwoods were sturdier than the other manufacturers PUP's I toured, but that could be due to terrain, set up, etc., or just my imagination.
     
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    Luv2ridebikes New Member

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    Fleetwood purchased the pop up line from Coleman almost 20 years ago and recently sold the line to raise cash because of their woes in their core product area (travel trailers).

    Fleetwood had problems with their ABS roof venture and eventually gave up on them (prior to 2004). They also had some problems with the edging on the counters and tables, but I think that was also corrected before 2004.

    We've owned 4 Coleman/Fleetwoods over 20 plus years and been very happy with the product. Fleetwood pop ups have consistently commanded 39% to 42% of the pop up market despite not being the low cost provider. As they point out in their 2007 annual report, that is more market share than the next three brands combined.

    Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
    05 Fleetwood Sequoia & lot's of bikes! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
     
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    We purchased a 2008 Fleetwood Niagara earlier this year. I confess I had decided on a Fleetwood a few years ago but just recently got to the point of making the purchase. I like the high walls of the Highlander series and the flushable marine toilet...well, heck, I like the whole thing! Did a bit of comparison shopping and, although the Fleetwood was higher $$ up front, am very pleased with our camper. Fleetwood/Coleman has a solid rep and resale value.

    Besides, it's just a groovy camper! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">

    She's been through a couple of storms while camping and has been cozy and snug. The king bed is comfy and we sleep like dogs...unless, of course, it's storming! HA!

    1 Texas Chick / 1 Scotsman / 1 Heinz 57
    '03 Chevy Tahoe / '08 Fleetwood Niagara
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    awsandlin Active Member

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    I also have a Fleetwood. I just bought it this year, picked it up March 1. Our family has camped in it 5 times so far this year including a week long camping trip. I have a family of 4 two legged and 1 four legged and the camper works out great. I had a Jayco for 10 years before I bought the Fleetwood. I liked the Jayco and thought it was well made. However, I had issues with the lift system multiple times due to the pulleys. The pulleys on the Jayco are difficult at best to replace with out doing a lot of tear out and some customizing. Also, I did not think the roof was that good on the Jayco. I think, and it is just IMHO, that the Fleetwood lift system is easier to maintain than the Jayco. I also think the roof on the Fleetwood is better made than the Jayco. I also like the buck end set ups much better on the Fleetwood than the Jayco. So, to sum it up, to me a Fleetwood should be a good popup. But, I will say I enjoyed the Jayco for a number of years. I sold it to my brother in law and I am sure he and his family will enjoy it for a good while.

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah
     
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    pianewman Ft. Worth, TX

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    Love our 2002 Coleman/Fleetwood Santa Fe, (10 ft. box) with a solid (no problems) ABS roof, incl. A/C.
    I prefer the quality of our year to the 07 and 08 models we looked at. They've made some improvements, but I think the vinyl, canvas, vinyl windows are a heavier gauge in ours. More weight, I suppose, and maybe harder to maneuver, but perhaps a longer life span.
    We plan to keep ours a long time.

    pianewman
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    2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L, Reese 400 WDH, Honda AT and PS coolers, Airlift 1000s with Dual-gauge compressor
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    winston24 New Member

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    We like our 98 Bayside. When we get a new one it will probably be a Fleetwood.

    1998 Coleman Bayside
     
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    bknjohnson Tyngsboro MA

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    We've been very happy with our Fleetwood. The quality is definitely there but I can't compare it with earlier models since this is our first one. We were deciding between a Fleetwood and a Starcraft, and ultimately went with the customer service we received at the Fleetwood dealer. The Starcraft employees really didn't want to be bothered unless you were buying a big rig, while the Fleetwood dealer took her time and walked us through a Starcraft and a Fleetwood on her lot and showed us the differences, answered our questions and then brought us through the service department to answer questions too. Hope this helps...

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle> 06 Fleetwood Williamsburg
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> 05 Grand Caravan
    DH '71
    DW '73
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    I have a 1998 Coleman Westlake and will probably upgrade to a newer Fleetwood next year.

    I would not buy anything other than a Coleman/Fleetwood. They have the best lift system and frames in the business. Not only that, they are fully functional and have great floor plans.

    Brian

    - 1998 Coleman Westlake
    - 2004 Chevrolet Suburban
    My Used Tent Trailer Site
     

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