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Old 09-13-2015, 06:26 PM   #11
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We purchased a new 233rbs Freedom Express last July and we've taken it out 8 times so far and love it! We've had a few minor things that the dealer has done a great job taking care of. As others have said, you get what you are willing to pay for, just make sure you buy from a reputable dealer.
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:24 AM   #12
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Coachmen Quality

We drove a Clipper 15rbd from St. Louis to LA CA and back over a month with zero issues.

I do think it comes down to reputable dealership too. Quality control safety-net for the parent company.


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Old 09-14-2015, 06:24 PM   #13
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IMO
I would prefer it if the company that built the RV didn't depend on the end user to do the QC work or to have to go to the expense of going to a dealership to fix stuff that should never have left the factory.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:42 PM   #14
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Have a 2014 Catalina 273dbs. No complaints so far.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:48 PM   #15
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I agree. However, do you go directly to coachmen to have work done whether additions or modifications? If I go to anyone, I would start with my dealer as they are the ones trained to install additional options.

I could be wrong but I think you misunderstood my post.


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Old 09-14-2015, 07:28 PM   #16
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We've had a Coachmen 360IBL since February of this year. We're currently on our 5th outing, 6th campsite and so far the only thing we've noticed is the washer/dryer area door in the bedroom slides open during travel as Dave.E mentioned. Didn't realize that it was designed to not do that until recently and we've just been using a light bunji to basically tie it closed to the closet door knob on the farthest left. We are not happy with the company we bought ours from (DH said he'd never worked so hard to give somebody money for a product in his entire life) and hope and pray we never have warranty issues to be fixed. So we will probably (justifiably but maybe not right) just live with it. Also have noticed a slight wiggle on the island but only when DH leaned heavily against it and he's not a lightweight. We have weathered several really tremendous downpours with some light hail and no leaks that we have been able to find yet. We did not yet have our TV when we bought the 5er so had a delivery service bring it to our storage lot when we bought it. As it pulled into our storage facility, we noticed it had a flat tire. The driver said it happened just down the road from the storage. Now we didn't follow behind him as he drove there so we're not exactly sure where or when it occurred. It could have been because the tires weren't properly inflated when it left the plant, or because it was stored in a spare lot before being moved to the dealership or because the tires weren't properly inflated when it left there or because the driver drove too fast for the tire capacity or because he hit a curb. We just didn't know, so we replaced all five tires. Just as a precaution. There was no damage to the 5er at all and DH thoroughly checked that before he signed for delivery so we are believing the driver that it happened just as he got to our storage facility.

Are we happy with our Coachmen...yes, so far but we haven't cold weather camped yet and we are newbies. We didn't buy a $100K coach and we don't expect a $100K coach but we do expect it to work the way it's supposed to and the way it's designed to. So hopefully it will give us years of enjoyment and so far we have not been disappointed.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:08 PM   #17
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Are we happy with our Coachmen...yes, so far but we haven't cold weather camped yet and we are newbies. We didn't buy a $100K coach and we don't expect a $100K coach but we do expect it to work the way it's supposed to and the way it's designed to. So hopefully it will give us years of enjoyment and so far we have not been disappointed.

Did you get the fireplace? If so, I think you will be very happy with the colder camping. When we camped last October for Columbus Day weekend, the highs were 57 degrees and the lows were around 38 degrees. We had our fireplace on high at night and that was enough to keep the camper warm all the way up to the master bedroom (with the doors open of course). We didn't have to use the furnace once.. I was really impressed that the fireplace could heat it to the low 70s with the outside temps in the high 30s.

Between the electric fireplace and electric hot water tank, we very rarely use any propane lol... which is quite nice.
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Yes we have the fireplace option and are looking forward to "stretching our wings" and doing some cold weather camping. TFS the info blwnsmoke!
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:48 PM   #19
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IMO Quality is in the eye of the beholder. I don't call building an RV such that heat ducts are crushed to half height good quality. Or having exposed copper from wire not properly insulated or requiring interior panels be removed and water hoses be disconnected at the water pump fwhen winterizing to be signs of good quality or design.
Having the vinyl graphics crack or the stitching on the awing to fail at 3 years a sign of poor quality components being selected. Water lines should not be attached with electrical tape. Half full cans of paint should not be left under the bathroom floor. Wires should not be crushed by the battery hold down bolts. Welds holding the exhaust should not fail at 6 months. All 6 brake light bulbs should not be corroded at 3 months. You should not be able to see the ground from openings in the coach floor. Basement locks should have keys that work. Sheet metal screws are not proper for attaching cabinet slides to particle board. Bumper paint should not come off in sheets.

But then again that's just me.

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Old 09-16-2015, 06:21 PM   #20
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Is this a option on the Freelander and Leprechaun? I didn't see it in the list of options for either one of those models.
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