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Old 02-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #11
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bdstuart - thanks for the feedback. With a slide-out being on the door side, the length of the awning does get compromised. As an alternative, you might consider the 3150 Tracer as it has a very large awning and similar interior characteristics.

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Ironically the Coachmen 320BHDS has the same kitchen slide out, but they ran the awning the length of the slide.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the info and we went to an RV show yesterday and finally saw the 3200BHT. For us, the short awning was a deal breaker as well! We are now seriously considering the Freedom Express 320BHDS but unfortunately there was not one at the show and have not seen one in person, but on line, it appears to be a perfect layout. Currently have an Outback 301BQ...the only thing that I dont necessarily like about the 320BHDS is the extra length...sucker is about 37' long!
How is the build quality of the Freedom Express? At this point, down to considering it or the Rockwood 8212SS or just keeping our Outback.
We have very much enjoyed our 320BHDS. The extra length is probably not noticeable towing, but in finding a storage spot it may be a hindrance. We store in a cave and so the length was no issue for us.

My wife's favorite thing about this camper is the large front closet. We can store a trash can, all our shoes and coats plus some odds and ends there. She has decried will will never have another camper without a front closet.

Our unit build quality has felt very good so far. We had a few issues right after pickup, the A/C was not sealed correctly, a cabinet door in the bunkhouse blew a joint, one couch cushion was missing a decorative button, bathroom door striker was misaligned so that door did not always latch. All was fixed under warranty.

My complaints about this unit (none is truly perfect) are that it sits very high (leaf springs vs. torsion axles, torsion would drop it some); the fresh water input is right next to the electrical plug (just think this is a bad idea), and the lavatory sink is very narrow between the shower wall and bedroom wall.

Let me know if you would like to see some lived in pictures of our unit in action.
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RV guy, the fact you spend time on the forums to help customers and future customers is a commendable business practice. I would suggest you consider (in the future) 2 slides (like rockwood does with some outdoor kitchen models) or as was mentioned, run an awning across like the coachmen freedom express 320bhds
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Jeep-sent you a message. Thanks for the help
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:28 PM   #15
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It is amazing how similar these trailers are. Though I guess not, same manufacturer, similar floor plan. The big difference I see are:
- the Coachmen has a front closet for coats and such
- the PrimeTime has u-dinnette vs. the traditional table in the Coachmen
- the Prime Time loks to have more kitchen cabinets
- the TV is flipped from one end to the other
- the bunkroom in the Primetime has a small desk and window, but less cabinet space.
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what's the difference between Tracer and LaCrosse? The Tracer trim looks about the same.
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It is amazing how similar these trailers are. Though I guess not, same manufacturer, similar floor plan. The big difference I see are:
- the Coachmen has a front closet for coats and such
- the PrimeTime has u-dinnette vs. the traditional table in the Coachmen
- the Prime Time loks to have more kitchen cabinets
- the TV is flipped from one end to the other
- the bunkroom in the Primetime has a small desk and window, but less cabinet space.
I agree with your findings...
just to note... the Primetime Tracer in the bunkroom, that desk is for the TV, it has power and cable right there, as far as cabinet space, you can't really see it, there is a shirt cabinet to the left, and two drawers under the desk. For our two kids and their friends that go with us, plenty of room.
The other thing is the Tracer does have a shorter awning, but not an issue for us.
It does however, have central vacuum. wifey loved that, happy wife=happy life
One thing we noticed before we bought was the bathroom is a little short on 'storage' but i plan on fixing that .... ideas are floating right now...
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Thanks for all the info and we went to an RV show yesterday and finally saw the 3200BHT. For us, the short awning was a deal breaker as well! We are now seriously considering the Freedom Express 320BHDS but unfortunately there was not one at the show and have not seen one in person, but on line, it appears to be a perfect layout. Currently have an Outback 301BQ...the only thing that I dont necessarily like about the 320BHDS is the extra length...sucker is about 37' long!
How is the build quality of the Freedom Express? At this point, down to considering it or the Rockwood 8212SS or just keeping our Outback.

Have you looked at the LAcrosse 318 or tracer 3150? I looked at the Lacrosse 318 and 319, 8312ss and the double slide and tripple slide coachman freedom express this past weekend.

Here is my very quick review
8312ss just felt small to me overall and the front windo doesn't even open. Front is very square and not aerodynamic for towing.

Coachman freedom express LE double and tripple slide bunk house model. While they are bothe very nice and have some great feature I felt the primetime build quality and bonded slide walls are much more durable. I also did not like the window on the top of the dinette slide. I did like the tri fold couch on the freedom express. Very aerodynamic.

The 3150 does not fit our needs so we move to the 318 love the primetime quality, reviews on this website and just my close inspection of the units. wife loves solid surface so that is a plus. We then viewed a 319qbs and found that it fits our needs the best with layout, options and quality.

By far neither of the options you listed are bad choices. Our second choice after the 319 is the Freedom express double slide model.
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