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Old 05-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Freedom Express 21 TQX Expandable

Hi! Looking at getting a 3 bed expandable. Does anyone have a Coachmen that they could give me some input on? Thanks! Mary
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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very few owners of their hybrids, since they've only been making this line for a couple of years.

i've seen only a handful and i'm belong to 5 different hybrid forums.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:42 PM   #3
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I have yet to see a Coachmen expandable at a campground, or any expandable for that matter. Just don't see em around here. I seen one at the dealer on Tuesday though! lol
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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I have the Coachmen Apex 151RBX. It has a queen on the front and back fold outs, the dinette folds into a bed and the couch folds out to a bed as well.
Here's the floorplan for my trailer: Apex 151RBX

I'm 6'5" and with the way I sleep (1/2-way fetal position) I seem to fit fine side-to-side on the bunks.

A tip for the fold out beds. When storing the bunk ends, take the mattress out, fold the bed up, then stow the mattress. This will prevent the tent material from getting pinched in the seals. It also makes for a "prettier" presentation inside if you are not using all the beds. I closed mine up leaving the mattress down and it looked like a parachute was filled up inside.

The center support poles will fit nicely in the fold of the mattress too.

We haven't camped in it yet. It's back at the dealer having a few frame welds re-done. My first trip is in a few weeks. Hopefully it'll be ready by then.

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Old 10-13-2014, 11:33 AM   #5
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I have a 21TQX 50th anniversary edition. I bought it new this January for $18,000.00. I love the 3 Queen size bunks! My wife and I share one, my two sones share another and my daughter has one to herself. We no longer have to convert the diner to a bed! The floor plan is more open than some 30 foot hard sided trailers I've been in and I do not know of any floor plan with the amount of counter top space this unit has. We just got back from a week in FL, 5 of us and our dog and I never felt cramped for space. Another nice thing about the 3 pop outs is all the light and fresh air. Most of the other floor plans I looked at felt dark and I'm sure would require the A/C run most of the time. We pull it with a Toyota Tundra with a anti sway leveling hitch and it trails wonderfully. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-19-2014, 08:25 PM   #6
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What is your fuel mileage pulling that coachman?
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:02 PM   #7
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It'll be 9-12mpg, just like all gas fueled tow vehicles. Every one gets that range when towing a full height HTT/TT, cause the frontal air resistance affects mpg way more than length or weight.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:23 PM   #8
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I'm going back and forth on getting a hybrid or a larger popup. The fuel mileage and ease of pull are weighing on me again after I had decided to get a hybrid. Thinking about a large popup now.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:59 PM   #9
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Well, the 2 things that you mentioned, along with ease of storage, are the only advantages a pup has over a hybrid.
For us, who had owned 2 pups over 17 years, the advantages of a hybrid far outweigh those of a pup.
We wish we would have bought one sooner.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:31 PM   #10
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Right on the money. 8-9mpg if I keep it under 70 mph. If I do 75-80mph mileage drops to 4-5mpg and it stresses my wife out!
We upgraded from a PPP up as well. The PPP up was a chore to set up and pack and in pack. With the hybrid I can be set up for the weekend and starting my campfire in 20 minutes. No joke! The wife timed me the first time we took it out. Storage is the only downside however I wish I had night the hybrid first. The benefits and east of set up far out weigh and storage concerns fit me.


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