We picked up our 2016 Coachmen Chaparral 390QSMB this past Wednesday, January 13th. I have been looking at the midbunk models since seeing a Sandpiper at the RV show last winter. I had a 13 year old traditional bunk house and wanted more open living space and a lot of windows at the rear like a rear lounge model.
I have been seriously looking for about 2 months. Went to all of our local dealers to see the mid-bunks they had and check out the overall fit and finish on the various brands. I had a list of "must haves" and "nice to haves". Everything that looked good on a web site, didn't cut it when we looked at it. Even the Sandpiper we really liked at the show last year came up short in a few key areas. We extended our circle to dealers within 3 hours of home. Drove nearly to Chicago from St Louis to see "the one" only to be disappointed. A friend on a Disney forum suggested a couple of dealers near her. I had missed looking at one of their websites during my searches. One of the dealers carried Chaparral 5ers. For some reason I hadn't checked them out on the web, but when I did the Chaparral started looking good.
I drove the 2 hours last Saturday, in rain changing to snow, to look at the 390QSMB, expecting to not like it, and within 5 minutes my wife looked at me and said, "I really like it, I think this is the one". The more I looked around, the more I couldn't find anything I didn't like. The only box on my list of "haves" that it missed was a large fresh water tank. My old 5er had a 62 gal tank. This Chaparral, only a 48. We dry camp a lot at state parks with only electric hookups. I could stay out 4 or 5 days in my old 5er without needing anything. I'll have to see how long 48 gallons will go, but everything else about this trailer is right.
I made a silly offer at the dealer (over 30% off MSRP and a reasonable trade on my old 5er) and she said, "When do you want to pick it up?"
4 days later, in better weather, we drove up, did a decent PDI, signed some papers and drove her home.
Just waiting now for the weather to improve so we can go out on our first real trip.
2016 Coachmen Chaparral 390QSMB
2011 F350- CC, DRW, LB, PSD
2016 nights camped: 40