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Old 06-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Coachmen quality

I have a question first of all I own a freedom express I like it have really had problems so for and I had it for a year now. My friend owns a coachman also and was looking at getting a toy hauler. He went to look at some coachmans and he said he was not happy with the quality of them he said they are going down hill was wondering what are your thoughts for those that have seen them in the last month or so.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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You will get people say that about every brand. Others like me have had hardly any issues with mine.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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We bought ours used as a 2011 model only 6 months old....no complaints other than a cabinet hinge pulling the screws out, the screen door Iatch breaking and the horrible excuse for a mattress. I guess one could really pick apart a trailer for little things....scratches, loose screws and so on....even with a warranty I found it more effective to fix these little items myself rather than take time off of work plus fuel to tow the trailer back to the dealer.

We have been very happy with Coachmen.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:31 AM   #4
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I have a question first of all I own a freedom express I like it have really had problems so for and I had it for a year now. My friend owns a coachman also and was looking at getting a toy hauler. He went to look at some coachmans and he said he was not happy with the quality of them he said they are going down hill was wondering what are your thoughts for those that have seen them in the last month or so.
Our 2012 292BHDS has spent more days in the repair shop than in the campgrounds this season. "Coachman" and "quality" should not be used in the same sentence. If I had it to do all over again I probably would buy a Jayco ( even if it cost me more $").
"You can put lipstick on a pig but at the end of the day you still have a pig".
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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Mine TT is a 2012 but I got it last July and had no problems. My friend has a coachman but wanted to get a new one and his TT is only a couple of years old he liked his TT so he wanted to get another coachman but he said the quality is not like it was and I have read some reviews and it seems the new models aren't stacking up so I was just trying to see if it was only him.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:42 AM   #6
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We have a 2010 Coachmen Catalina 20RD. It is our first trailer and didn't know a lot about RVs when we bought it. After looking at a lot of trailers, we bought this one. Partly because it was at the end of the season and we got it for a low blow-out price, and secondly because it has a large picture window looking out the rear.

The salesman at the dealership told us that Coachmen went out of business and was bought out by Forest River and that we were buying the last one they were going to bring in. Never did see anything on Google to substantiate that. If true, you would think that something might have improved in terms of quality?

I am pretty disgusted with the build quality of our unit, but being an engineer and in the construction bus. a long time, I am probably more critical than others. Did a lot of interior mods/upgrades this past winter and got a lot of surprises. Cabinetry isn't plumb, level, square or straight. Counter top has about 3/8" warp in it from end to other. Things are really badly stapled and screwed together. Poor finishing details. Poorly insulated. Wires in ceiling laying on top of numerous sharp-pointed screws. No care/thought to plumbing layout causing a lot of wasted space inside cabinets. Lift up queen bed plywood and frame so poorly built and out of whack I had to rebuild it. Could go on more....

A couple of weeks ago, we ended up camping next to a coworker of DW (unplanned). They had a Coachmen 28' or so trailer about 4 years old. They have had a TON of problems with theirs, especially with the long slide. Makes our trailer seem pretty nice in comparison.

Having said this, I now understand that poor quality is more the norm than the exception in the RV industry. There's no excuses for that IMHO. While we love our new TT to death (because of size, layout and my mods.), we would NOT buy another Coachmen unit unless they went through a Hyundai-like quality transformation.
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We have had our 2012 292BHDS for only a few of months and since it is our first one, we have nothing to compare it to. We initially had a couple of issues, like the dinette table didn't sit flush when used as a bed causing it to wabble like a table on an uneven floor (dealer fixed). The silver floor trim at the entrance door had one screw pop up on the end (dealer fixed). The water pump failed during sanitization (dealer fixed). So like almost every other TT out there, I have had some minor issues that I identified even before our first trip out. The great part about all of it was that my dealer has been fantastic (Ruston RV in Burlington Ontario). They fixed every issue right away, in fact they replaced the waterpump in an hour while I waited.


We have since been out camping 3 times this year and so far so good, no other issues have cropped up. Hopefully any other issues show up before the warranty is up.
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I have a question first of all I own a freedom express I like it have really had problems so for and I had it for a year now. My friend owns a coachman also and was looking at getting a toy hauler. He went to look at some coachmans and he said he was not happy with the quality of them he said they are going down hill was wondering what are your thoughts for those that have seen them in the last month or so.
freedom express low priced vehicle made by coachmen to camping world specs.

coacmen brand usually superior
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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.
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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 agree I am not nick picking I realize fixtures are not going to be like a home. But we spend lots of money for our TT and want them to last and stay nice. I hope they keep up there quality up to the standards that were used to make mine. I spent a week in my TT for first time. It was the first time I was able to and I spent it nice and comfortable.
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