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Old 06-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #11
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I went with the Coachmen F.E. 292BHDS for it's size and weight. It seemed to weigh less then other comparable RV's with quad bunks and a big slide. The quality seems nice to me although this is our first ever RV. Comparing it to my in-laws 5'er (Copper Canyon by Keystone) I would say the quality is a touch better and seems to be on par with my parent's Crossroads 5'er. I would say that the quality of the Walkabouts or the Cougar's is probably a touch better but you will pay more. Overall I think the price and quality of the unit seem to be fair.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:18 AM   #12
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freedom express low priced vehicle made by coachmen to camping world specs.

coacmen brand usually superior
If they put their name on it, they should build quality in it. Otherwise, Coachmen gets a bad name. They build crap, they earn the reputation for it, no matter whose standards they use.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:56 AM   #13
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Manufacture warrenty?

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We have only had a few outing but so far so good, minor stuff, all that I fixed myself, not worth the time to take to dealer for a $10 part. Getting ready for our third outing. As far as build quality of a manufacturer, I think it really depends on the the day of the week and who was working on the coach when it was built. I have had all types of RV's and cars and I personally don't think it a brand name but when the unit was built and by whom.

With that being said, keep in mind when you are driving or towing your coach you are exposing it to almost hurricane force winds, and the unit is constantly bouncing, if you were to do that to your home I am sure you will have some issue.

I would be more concerned with big items, like delamination (sp?), roof leaks, and slide functions and not pick a part the little things.

I find more people complain than compliment so keep that in mind on any vehicle and any forum.

Good luck and happy trails.
I have a delamination issue around the Heater exhaust exterior. Coachmen has been giving me the run around to fix it on my 2 year old this month 291 QBS. The dealer says its delaminating. Anyone can offer advise or warrenty details as i cant find any?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:48 AM   #14
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I have a 2013 Coachmen Class A (Mirada 35DL). I have had a few minor issues and one big one. The big one was the main slide was not coming back in evenly. The dealer was able to fix that. The other issues were ones I could probably take care of myself, but since it is under warranty, I would rather they do it. It is in the shop today getting some things looked at as a matter of fact.

I bought this coach after owning a 2000 Coachmen Mirada 34MBS and seeing how well it held up. The difference in design is night and day. Even the materials are better. That said, there are little details they could have done better. And some finishing could have been done better. But even after all that, I love this coach. I think the quality is fine.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:37 PM   #15
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We have a 2013 Freedom Express and are happy with it.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #16
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I bought my Freedom Express 291 QBH new 2 years ago last month and the laminite is bubbling up around the heater exhaust vent. Which i noticed in March after using it in the cold months. I had a $300 cover for it the first year and a carport for it this last year. Camp once a month. The outdoor elements are negligible for the issue. The dealer says it has delaminated due to little or poor glue. Coachmen wants to say its my fault for water contamination - the investigation to be continued with me cutting open the laminate at my expense to discover the reason. After many pictures sent by the dealer (Coachmen authorized dealer) stating glue failure. Does anyone know the Coachmen structure warranty? I found the floor has a ten year warranty but not clear on the other structures.
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I bought my Freedom Express 291 QBH new 2 years ago last month and the laminite is bubbling up around the heater exhaust vent. Which i noticed in March after using it in the cold months. I had a $300 cover for it the first year and a carport for it this last year. Camp once a month. The outdoor elements are negligible for the issue. The dealer says it has delaminated due to little or poor glue. Coachmen wants to say its my fault for water contamination - the investigation to be continued with me cutting open the laminate at my expense to discover the reason. After many pictures sent by the dealer (Coachmen authorized dealer) stating glue failure. Does anyone know the Coachmen structure warranty? I found the floor has a ten year warranty but not clear on the other structures.
That might be an easy one. If the hot exhaust is too close to the glued together siding, of course the glue may fail, its not designed for those temps. Ones I've seen the guard plate should dissipate the heat, if too close it can't.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:33 PM   #18
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I can agree with you about the heat dissipate. I feel Coachman is avoiding their responsibility to fix it. I have owned 3 used campers prior to purchasing brand new and I did lots of research to find Coachmen to be the biggest bang for the buck - in short. I gave up on buying used because unsure of the lack of prior care I always end up fixing at a large expense. I even bought an extended 7 year warranty on all mechanical parts for my new Coachmen. This has been a great camper and I get lots of compliments at the parks. But very disappointment at the moment with Coachmen's run around.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:02 PM   #19
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I have a 2012, 335RBS Coachmen Chaparral, have not had any problems what so ever yet. Quality seems to be very good, every thing works fine.
As was stated before, they take a beating on some roads, and with strong winds and heavy rain.
Love it so far.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:11 PM   #20
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I was waiting to get Coachmen's response to this issue before replying here. I have their response, and unfortunately my oppinion of Coachmen's qaulity and customer service is sinking by the minute. Here is the thread I started with my roof issue:
screw poking up...how quickly should I have this addressed?

Coachmen refuses to do anything about this. As stated in the other thread, they claim the aluminum shaving is not piercing the roof material, and therefore will not address this problem.

Keep in mind the trailer is actually at the dealer for replacement of delaminating rear cap that Coachmen denied for 9 months. It also there for leaks in the slide; propane exhaust smell in unit, failed cabinet door hinges, and broken power center door. This will be the second time it has been in for leaks. It also had a failed water pump.

While much of that list is the normal things with virtually every new camper, the roof situation is serious as is the rear cap. I will give Coachmen one more chance to fix the roof. But I cannot give nay positive comments about their workmanship, quality or customer service.
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