Fleetwood Unveils Diesel Version of Bounder Classic

Fleetwood 2012 Diesel Bounder

Motorhome builder Fleetwood RV Inc. unveiled a front-diesel chassis option for its 2012 Bounder Classic Class A motorhome during this week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

According to a press release, the platform represents a collaboration between Fleetwood RV and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC). Fleetwood said the new, front-engine diesel adds increased power and contributes to better fuel efficiency, featuring a Cummins ISB 6.7L engine, full air suspension and air brakes.

“One of the most exciting features of the new Bounder Classic diesel is that it has air brakes and air-ride,” said John Draheim, president and CEO of Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV. “It offers a premium ride and drive, which is something our customers have been asking for.”

The diesel chassis on the Bounder Classic also eliminates the “dog-house” — a hump between the driver and passenger seats. The flat floor in the cockpit allows both the driver and the passenger to have improved access to the cockpit area. It also creates additional legroom when the chairs are swiveled to be part of the living area.

Consumer research in this product category has shown potential buyers have concerns about increased noise and heat in front-engine diesel applications, which Fleetwood said has been addressed in the new Bounder Classic. The coach features a newly engineered cockpit sub-floor and engine compartment with premium thermo-acoustic liners and insulation. The result is a driver’s cabin that is quieter and has less noise intrusion than comparable gas powered coaches at cruising-speeds.

“Once again, Fleetwood RV and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. have teamed up to provide our family of customers a product platform and features they’ve been asking for at a price they can afford,” said Draheim.

For more information on all Fleetwood RV products, call 1-800-322-8216 or visit www.fleetwoodrv.com.



  1. The entire RV manufacturing industry is stupid. Look at the Fleetwood Diesel Bounder. Look at the rear overhang. Doesn’t anyone see the absurdity of this design? A moderate crosswind would knock you off the road. And the driver is sitting on top of the front wheels. What we consumers need is a rear diesel pusher, about 30 ft long, with a mid-side entry door. The fault lies with the chassis manufacturers and the unimaginative coach buyers. The Diesel engine should be no more than 4.5 liters, with a 7 speed auto tranny. With a lighter engine and lighter coach, the chassis doens’t need the the huge steel frame and chassis, and the unit would not have to be so high off the ground.
    Build what we want, not what you say we want. We are waiting.


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