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Old 07-28-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Freedom Express 282BHDS

Hi All, I was just looking at a Coachmen Freedom Express 282BHDS with the Liberty / Maple Leaf Edition and the 50th Anniversary Package. Just wondering if any one else has gotten one and what they think of them? Any problems, pros and cons, we have looked at lot of TT and we really like this one. Thanks

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Old 07-30-2014, 04:14 AM   #2
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I bought a 2014 freedom express 320bhds liberty in November. Have had a few issues but dealer has been great with fixes. If you are working a hitch into the deal make sure you research that and they give you the right one. If the 282 is set up like my 320 then the only outside storage is in the front, putting more weight over the tongue. Something my dealer, and I didn't think about. Other than that it is what it is. Do a thorough walk thru and check everything. Good luck
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:09 PM   #3
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We just bought the 292bhds liberty edition a few weeks ago. Absolutely no problems so far in 2 trips. I was actually surprised how easily my Ram 1500 pulls it.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:00 AM   #4
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we bought the sister trailer 288 BHS Apex 50th anniversary, Coachman added a lot of options to the 50th anniversary that come standard on this model, we have been out in it about three weeks total and absolutely love the trailer. so far (knock on wood) we have had zero major issues. We did have to adjust all the doors to close and open without catching. But that is a nothing issue.

my opinion is that you will love the trailer!
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:19 AM   #5
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Thanks Score300, looking at the base weights between the 292 and 282 they look pretty close. Did the liberty edition add any extra weight? If you don't mind looking, what does the yellow sticker in the door actual say the weight is?

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We just bought the 292bhds liberty edition a few weeks ago. Absolutely no problems so far in 2 trips. I was actually surprised how easily my Ram 1500 pulls it.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:24 AM   #6
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we bought the sister trailer 288 BHS Apex 50th anniversary, Coachman added a lot of options to the 50th anniversary that come standard on this model, we have been out in it about three weeks total and absolutely love the trailer. so far (knock on wood) we have had zero major issues. We did have to adjust all the doors to close and open without catching. But that is a nothing issue.

my opinion is that you will love the trailer!
Thanks Burch42, I can't believe how close the Apex 288 BHS is to the Freedom Express 282. We really like the idea of having the outside fridge in the 282 but if I find the weight to much we will a closer look at the 288.
Is that a tri fold or a jack knife sofa in that model? Do you pull it with a 1/2ton?

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Old 07-31-2014, 10:11 AM   #7
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The dry weight on mine is 6400lbs. I think the liberty edition is just a tad heavier because if the solid surface cabinet tops buy I'm not positive.
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The dry weight on mine is 6400lbs. I think the liberty edition is just a tad heavier because if the solid surface cabinet tops buy I'm not positive.
The online specs say the dry weight of the 292 is about 5500lbs. I could maybe see a couple 100lbs but that seems alot. Do you have any other options like the fireplace or 8 Cu. Ft. refrigerator?
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:28 PM   #9
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We have the 310bhds maple leaf edition, make sure there's a strap on the outside fridge, mine opened during travel, broke a shelf


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Thanks Burch42, I can't believe how close the Apex 288 BHS is to the Freedom Express 282. We really like the idea of having the outside fridge in the 282 but if I find the weight to much we will a closer look at the 288.
Is that a tri fold or a jack knife sofa in that model? Do you pull it with a 1/2ton?


we do in fact pull it with a 2011 dodge ram crew hemi, i don't even feel the trailer behind the truck. tows the trailer easily. When we were looking for our new trailer we looked at the model that you are, the Apex won out on two major things for our needs. 1st) was the fact that the dinette is located on your camp side of the sites. this allows my wife to see our kids playing because of the big window at the dinette. 2) it fit on our driveway! we have a 30 amp hookup in our garage that allows us to test the trailer before leaving and while packing it up a couple days before our trips.

Then thier is the fact that when we looked they were not doing a tub in the bathroom, with 2 little girls under the age of 5 having the ability to bath when away for more then a few days was important, they were willing to build us one with a tub.

On the sofa side it is a jackknife on ours, it is also the residential style sofa.
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:22 PM   #11
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We have the 310bhds maple leaf edition, make sure there's a strap on the outside fridge, mine opened during travel, broke a shelf


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I had not thought of that. Ours does not have a strap. I guess I need to do something before there is damage.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:39 PM   #12
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We got a 292bhds liberty edition in early July this year. We are very pleased, pulls well behind our 2007 Chevy 1500 4 door with 5.3 engine. I run between 60 and 65 mph.
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We got a 292bhds liberty edition in early July this year. We are very pleased, pulls well behind our 2007 Chevy 1500 4 door with 5.3 engine. I run between 60 and 65 mph.
Thanks Hydrope, I too will be towing it with a Chevy, 2010 Silverado 1500 ext cab, 5.3l and 3.42 rear axle and the HD towing package. I am hoping that the dry weight of the trailer will be around the 6000lbs mark.

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Old 08-14-2014, 10:50 AM   #14
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Mine weighs 6400 dry. That's because of the solid surface cabinet tops, porcelain toilet and outside kitchen.
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Just ordered a 2015.5 282BHDSLE. Can't wait for it to arrive! TV is a 2011 Yukon XL Denali with HD towing package.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:58 AM   #16
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Just ordered a 2015.5 282BHDSLE. Can't wait for it to arrive! TV is a 2011 Yukon XL Denali with HD towing package.
Congratulations!!!

Let me know when you picked it up. Very interested in what you think of the TT once you get it and have used it a couple times!
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:45 AM   #17
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Great rv. Pulls easily. I have 292bhds. I pull it with a 1/2 suburban. No problems. The only problem I have is the speakers are underated for the stereo system. Has any one else experienced any problems. My speakers keep blowing up
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:31 PM   #18
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My wife and I just ordered the 282BHDS at the show in Hershey, PA. Expecting it in 6-8 weeks. We have looked at many manufacturers that had this floor plan but liked the Coachman the best. Looks well built and has many nice features. We can't wait to get it and maybe get 1 trip in later this year. We are upgrading from stick and tin construction with our current TT to the aluminum and AZDEL in the Coachman. This shaves 300-400lbs off the weight of what we have now which is great for our tV
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That's exactly the reason we chose Coachmen. Hoping to get a couple of trips in this year after we take delivery in October.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:12 PM   #20
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Our 292 is at 6450lbs of the production line and after nine months I am upgrading the leaf springs from the crappy 1750lb flat worn out ones to 2000lbs, I have add a had great support from both Coachmen & Lippert on the issue though.


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