Originally Posted by irishtom29
He mentioned blown hot air underneath but not heating pads.
I asked about Azdel as it's mentioned on the website for lower lines but not for the Brookstone. He said the Brookstone doesn't use Azdel but something he considered better, luan encapsulated by a heavy gel coat or some such thing. One would think since they use Azdel on cheaper models they do really think what they're doing in the Brookstone is better.
What's your opinion of the insulation and general overall quality of the Brookstone?
Does seem odd that they don't use the Azdel. The Chaparral and Brookstone are built on the same line.
The Brookstone's have changed a lot since my 11. They have some very nice new floorplans, I really like the 378RE (basically a reversed FL version with better outside storage).
Insulation: Excellent actually. We can leave the fireplace on all night and it keeps the place warm, even into the high 30's, no gas needed. We tend to camp in the woods, so heat is not a problem in the summer even with our dark paint and only one 15k a/c. I bought mine as a left over model/off the lot. If I were to want to camp in hot sun, I would want 2 a/c's.
Overall quality: Hard to compare, as mine is now 5 years older than the new 16's and a lot has changed. After too many teething problems, it has been excellent (jinx). I am lucky, I don't live too far from Middlebury and took it back there for my issues (some subcontracted equipment issues, some manufacturing issues) that were all covered under warranty. I highly recommend the repair shop there. Good people, great work.
Overall, I am not sure what Coachmen is doing with Brookstone. It's like they don't want it to really succeed. Their website is lacking in compared to other brands, in the past few years they have kind of made the Brookstone too similar in appearance to the Chappy. You almost never hear anything about it in Trailer Life.
Although we are now very happy with our Brookstone and plan on keeping it a very long time, I would definitely compare it in person to other trailers at its price point (where ever that may be now). Previously she was on point with the Montana's and Infinity's, but I don't know where she is now.