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Old 03-05-2012, 08:23 PM   #31
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I took delivery on Saturday and overall a very good dealer experience. Got there Friday night right at closing, they gave me code to the gate and was able to park my trade in door to door with the new coach.

Did not have all the inside storage as my old coach but what it lacked for inside it made up for on outside storage with the quad bunk set up which is one of the reasons I choose the quad bunks. All the "outside" stuff I had to store inside is now outside and was able to fit everything I needed inside. For example, all my folding chairs, outdoor lights, charcoal, tools, water, etc...I can now store outside.

Being able to "Camp" one night in the coach I was able to transfer all the gear, put it away, see what needed to be address before taking delivery. They had about 5 campsites where you could park coach to coach with water and power.

The only issues I had were the outside latches needed to be tweaked to close correctly, the main door needed to be adjusted as it was not closing right, and the TV was not working, they ended up swapping it out for a new one. The paperwork put only took 15 minutes as this was pretty much done before I got there.

Towing it back was a challenge, I had sustained winds at 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. It was not fun at all. I actually got better MPG towing my heavier trailer up there but I am suspecting the headwind had a lot to do with that.

I am going to work on mounting the two TVs this week, one in both bedrooms. Also a towel rack for the bathroom, mine did not have one in there are they suppose to come with one.

I am also curious, there is room for two house batteries but it only had one. Is it suppose to come with two batteries or one.

Other than that we will be going camping in a few weeks for the maiden voyage. In the meantime I am sure I will make quite a few trips to the storage facility to play with my new toy.

Lets keep this thread going with mods and other issues we need to look out for. I went ahead and applied for the extended warranty through Forest River, an extra year from $150, can't go wrong.
Sounds like your really like your new trailer. Do most dealers allow you to camp in the trailer overnight before you take delivery? Also, did you contact forest river directly before you purchased to get the extended warranty? What was challenging about your ride home with the wind, a log of sway?
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:23 PM   #32
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By the way Shark, How was your maiden voyage with your new coach?
Everything went very well. I had a great time. I even got to go to Monster Jam. I finally found 2 very small issues. The power panel latch does not work. Also I need a small plastic stick for one of my blinds to open and shut it. If that is all I have to worry about, I think I am in real good shape. On Saturday late night, it poured down rain with good winds. I had ZERO leaks!

As for the towel rack, check all your drawers. Mine (towel rack and toilet paper holder) were in a kitchen drawer. They said they do not install them because people prefer it in different places. Also, you only get one battery with the trailer. If you do not plan on going off the grid, it is probably all you need.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:08 AM   #33
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BMCGEE, I can't answer if a lot of dealers let you stay the night before you take delivery, I know there was another couple staying on Saturday night at the dealership but I think they already took delivery that morning.

As far as contacting forest river about the extended warranty, I asked the dealership about it and they agree it the worth the $150 dollars, I found a form on this forum for the paperwork to complete, at the very bottom, it said original new owner only and must be received within 10 days of delivery. I sent it via usps signed receipt with a check. I figure worse case scenario they will say no and send it back. I will keep you posted with the progress on that.

As far as the ride home, the wind was insane as a cold front was moving through. It was not exactly sway, but just blowing me all over the road. The trailer being over 30 feet long has a lot of area to catch wind, (Especially cross winds). The trailer did sway a little but corrected quickly, a lot different handling characteristics than my trade in. I will have to tow again to find out how the much better it handles as it was kind of an unfair comparison since I had no winds on the way there. Just driving in 25-30 mph you can feel it, let alone towing a trailer.

Shark: I am glad you had a good maiden voyage, I noticed one of the plastic sticks for the blinds in the back bunk area was laying on the bunk, pretty sure it just came loose from the dealership transferring the unit from TN. Toilet paper holder was already installed but I did not find the towel bar. I am not to concerned as we have some heated towel bars from my trade in which I took out before I let it go. I also had them screw down the battery box to the rack with some self tapping screws just to be safe.

What were you refering to when you said the "power panel latch does not work".
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BMCGEE, I can't answer if a lot of dealers let you stay the night before you take delivery, I know there was another couple staying on Saturday night at the dealership but I think they already took delivery that morning.

As far as contacting forest river about the extended warranty, I asked the dealership about it and they agree it the worth the $150 dollars, I found a form on this forum for the paperwork to complete, at the very bottom, it said original new owner only and must be received within 10 days of delivery. I sent it via usps signed receipt with a check. I figure worse case scenario they will say no and send it back. I will keep you posted with the progress on that.

As far as the ride home, the wind was insane as a cold front was moving through. It was not exactly sway, but just blowing me all over the road. The trailer being over 30 feet long has a lot of area to catch wind, (Especially cross winds). The trailer did sway a little but corrected quickly, a lot different handling characteristics than my trade in. I will have to tow again to find out how the much better it handles as it was kind of an unfair comparison since I had no winds on the way there. Just driving in 25-30 mph you can feel it, let alone towing a trailer.

Shark: I am glad you had a good maiden voyage, I noticed one of the plastic sticks for the blinds in the back bunk area was laying on the bunk, pretty sure it just came loose from the dealership transferring the unit from TN. Toilet paper holder was already installed but I did not find the towel bar. I am not to concerned as we have some heated towel bars from my trade in which I took out before I let it go. I also had them screw down the battery box to the rack with some self tapping screws just to be safe.

What were you refering to when you said the "power panel latch does not work".
The power box that has the fuses and circuit breakers by the door. It did not stay shut until I rigged it. The mechanism that holds it shut is broken.
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The power box that has the fuses and circuit breakers by the door. It did not stay shut until I rigged it. The mechanism that holds it shut is broken.
Shark,

Looking at finally buying the coachmen liberty edition. Was wondering what type of hitch setup you have on your Armada. I've been looking at the propride p3 hitch and I'm reluctant on the cost of this hitch compared to a Reese inline cam setup, but the review n this hitch have all been really good.
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I just have a standard Curt weight distribution hitch with dual friction sway control. It works fine for me. The Reese would be an upgrade from what I even have. I just do not mind moving getting out to remove them before backing.
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I use the Reese dual cam, seems to work fine, towing with ford f150.
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I use the Reese dual cam, seems to work fine, towing with ford f150.
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I am surprised there are not more out here with this outstanding trailer. I have yet to find a make and model with a like floorplan and the amenities at this price point.
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Up until 2008 or 2009 coachmen was kind of known as an entry level model. When forest river took over it seems as the build quality has definitely improved. I think most people don't realize this is not the coachmen it used to be.
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