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Our New Used RV - Fleetwood Bounder 34J Motorhome


As I mentioned before, we decided on the Fleetwood Bounder 34J. Not only was I thrilled it had passed the inspection but this model truly reminded me of the one I had camped in as a child.  I don't think I can begin to tell you how seriously excited we all were to bring this home.  I even prepared a scavenger hunt for my kids which ended outside with the big surprise right before Christmas!


A few of the features our Fleetwood Bounder includes are:
  • (2) Solar Panel Systems
  • 4.0kW Onan® Generator
  • 100-Gallon Fresh Water Holding Tank
  • Reclining Swivel Captains Chairs with Table
  • Convertible Sofa and Updated LED Lighting Throughout
  • Island Queen Bed including a Full Wardrobe w/ Lighting
  • Fully Enclosed Bathroom with Extra Large Tub/Shower
  • Large Double Stainless Steel Sink and Water Filter with Faucet
  • Dual High Efficiency Roof A/C and 42m BTU Furnace 
  • Rear Back-up Camera and CB Radio
  • 4-point Hydraulic Levelers 
  • Lighted Pass-through Storage Throughout
  • Utility Compartment with Exterior Shower
  • Vacubond Walls w/ Smooth Ext. Fiberglass
  • Vacubond Upper and Lower Floor
With so much more I could go on forever.

Though this camper was trip ready, we probably didn't make the best decision in deciding to take it across country a week later.  However, we had our yearly road trip scheduled to go visit family for the holidays and we were eager to use it.  We crammed as much knowledge and research as we could into that week as well as spent every free moment cleaning it out and packing it up.

Here's where our nerves went through the roof and we really started saying things like, "What the hell did we get ourselves into?".  Not only was my husband extremely nervous to be driving this big beast over 700 miles one way, at night, and in the start of winter, but we were unfamiliar with what we would do if something went wrong with the motorhome.

That being said, we knew we wanted to have more than just our normal insurance coverage "just in case".  My Father recommended Good Sam Roadside and after a quick look at what they offered we decided to purchase their highest package.  The Good Sam Platinum Complete Roadside Assistance was on sale at the time of purchase for $189.95 + $30 back in Camping World Gift Certificates.  Coverage listed multiple benefits and coverage such as all sorts of discounts for RV owners as well as the extended tire, wheel, and emergency roadside services.
Well, we quickly learned a few lessons on this trip.
1. A thorough inspection on a used RV purchase doesn't mean that nothing will go wrong.
2. Good Sam roadside (even the expensive package) doesn't cover hoopla in all reality...not even a basic Good Sam membership <--that is another separate cost apparently.  All the discounts they mention are not actually included.
3. RV repairs can be insanely expensive especially at places like Camping World.
4. Don't go to Camping World ever, their customer service and costs are outrageous.

It seems like this is the general opinion amongst all seasoned RV owners and we learned the hard way as most newbie's do.

The first encountered RV problem...

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