Quick! Someone tell Fleetwood’s President John Draheim that they’re sending Bounders down the luxury coach assembly line! So went the comments as we surveyed the 2012 Bounder. Clad in a handsome, new full-body paint scheme (with a choice of three more), and looking more like a Fleetwood Discovery clone, the Bounder promises a new direction for the iconic front-gas ’Roo coach.
As gasoline-engine motorhome sales continue to “fuel”buyer interest in a convalescing economy, manufacturers are capitalizing on that interest by migrating features and amenities from larger, more expensive diesel coaches into their best-selling gas lines. The results are stellar and after more than 41,000 Bounders built since its debut in 1985, the new Bounder represents the culmination of owner feedback and manufacturer redesign of a true iconic coach...
Family Room Plan
This floorplan immediately caught our eye, leading off with a forward galley and dinette behind the cockpit and the main seating area aft of the dinette. While most floorplans combine both seating and dining areas around the perimeter of an open cabin, Fleetwood has created two distinct areas with the use of its new expanding Transformer Sofa serving as a room divider. Families and couples will find this arrangement appealing as activities can continue at the standard drop-table-style facing dinette or the optional ($1,358) jackknife cushion dinette, while conversations, a movie or a good book can be enjoyed from this very comfortable sofa.
Releasing the hidden sofa latch extends the end of the sofa into the room creating a full L-shaped sofa with additional seating. It also creates a unique and intimate family room feel, which is centered around the wall-mounted 40-inch Sony LCD TV and optional ($315) 5,200-Btu heating fireplace. The impression of a cozy study is further enhanced by the optional MCD Innovations day and night shades and the decorative wood-trimmed glass panel above the TV that is back-lit and dimmable for added ambiance. But true to Bounder’s functional heritage, whenever maximum floor space is needed again, simply retract the sofa...
MCD Day/Night Shades can be retrofitted to any coach or fifth wheel. For more information, click here.