Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-17-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 158
Question Is Coachmen really part of FR family?

My Flagstaff dealer -- a reputable firm -- has recently been carrying a large inventory of new Coachmen TTs. Some years back, before their acquisition by FR, I was suspicious of the Coachmen brand, based upon various reports on RV forums. When FR took over, I expected that the Coachmen units would be included on the FR web site, just as all the other acquired brands have been, and listed at dealers under the FR name. But this hasn't happened and I remain suspicious. What's going on?
__________________

__________________
"But, oh that magic feeling, nowhere to go." -- The Beatles

2015 Flagstaff 8528RKWS fiver
2013 Ram 2500 CTD Laramie CC SB 4WD Auto
cbconway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
fonzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Eastern Ontario
Posts: 3,237
Go under recreational vehicle and then coachmen.....

Forest River Inc., A Berkshire Hathaway Company | RVs, Park Models Trailers, Commercial Buses, Commercial Trailers, Pontoons
__________________

__________________
Fonzie
2011 Rockwood 8319SS with ProPride 3P hitch/GoodYear Marathons/TST TPMS 507
2008 F250 Lariat CC SB 6.8L V10 4.10 axle ratio (NITTO TERRA GRAPLER G2 LT275/65R20E)
Yamaha 3000iseb generator:Progressive Ind. EMS-HW30C : Eastern Ontario
Nights Camped: 2011(21) 2012(36) 2013 (17) 2014 (18) 2015 (18) 2016 (36) 2017 (32)
fonzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Indymule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 503
I don't know for sure but it is common practice in buy outs with an established company to keep that brand name separate. They already have an established customer base and name recognition.

Dynamax is similar in that it does not show up on the standard Forest River website but is owned by FR.
__________________
Jay & Maria - Camp Dogs Jackson & Joplin
2015 Rockwood 2604WS Emerald
Hensley Arrow hitch
2015 Ford F350 Crewcab Lariat Diesel
Ham Callsign K9NDY
Indymule is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 09:56 AM   #4
(Dry Huunday)
 
DreiHunde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,876
Coachmen shows up here....
Recreational Vehicles | Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheel, Tent Campers

But when you add /rv to the root website page they don't show.
Forest River RV - Recreational Vehicles


As far as Coachmen quality? I'm sure they have their issues but we took delivery of ours back in May (ordered - not off the lot) and the only "quality control" issues were that they could have vacuumed the sawdust out of the floor vents a little better and the TV mount was mounted just a tad crooked. We have gone on 4 trips (not enough), towing about 1000 miles total and other than a few screws loosening up (common with something that moves) we have had zero problems.

Now having said that I will go home this afternoon and find the bumper laying on the ground and the A/C fell through the roof!

knocking on a whole lot of wood right now!!!
__________________

Beau & Sue
FurKid Express
2015 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS
2016 Chevy Silverado LT 2500HD Duramax
The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs!
DreiHunde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 10:10 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
mlangdn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Western Kentucky
Posts: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrieHunde View Post
Coachmen shows up here....
Recreational Vehicles | Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheel, Tent Campers

But when you add /rv to the root website page they don't show.
Forest River RV - Recreational Vehicles


As far as Coachmen quality? I'm sure they have their issues but we took delivery of ours back in May (ordered - not off the lot) and the only "quality control" issues were that they could have vacuumed the sawdust out of the floor vents a little better and the TV mount was mounted just a tad crooked. We have gone on 4 trips (not enough), towing about 1000 miles total and other than a few screws loosening up (common with something that moves) we have had zero problems.

Now having said that I will go home this afternoon and find the bumper laying on the ground and the A/C fell through the roof!

knocking on a whole lot of wood right now!!!

The same guy must do all the TV mounts for Coachmen as our's is a tad crooked also. I think sawdust in the vents is standard across all the RV makers.
__________________
2014 Coachmen Catalina
243RBS 50th Anniversary
2013 F250 Lariat 6.7 Powerstroke
mlangdn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 10:23 AM   #6
(Dry Huunday)
 
DreiHunde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,876
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlangdn View Post
The same guy must do all the TV mounts for Coachmen as our's is a tad crooked also. I think sawdust in the vents is standard across all the RV makers.
Its amazing how much a 1/16th of an inch at the mount will cause the TV to be all jacked up when you extend the arm out!!!
__________________

Beau & Sue
FurKid Express
2015 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS
2016 Chevy Silverado LT 2500HD Duramax
The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs!
DreiHunde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 05:24 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 158
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrieHunde View Post
Coachmen shows up here....
Recreational Vehicles | Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheel, Tent Campers

But when you add /rv to the root website page they don't show.
Forest River RV - Recreational Vehicles


As far as Coachmen quality? I'm sure they have their issues but we took delivery of ours back in May (ordered - not off the lot) and the only "quality control" issues were that they could have vacuumed the sawdust out of the floor vents a little better and the TV mount was mounted just a tad crooked. We have gone on 4 trips (not enough), towing about 1000 miles total and other than a few screws loosening up (common with something that moves) we have had zero problems.

Now having said that I will go home this afternoon and find the bumper laying on the ground and the A/C fell through the roof!

knocking on a whole lot of wood right now!!!
Okay, now it makes more sense. There are other brands besides Coachmen that don't show on the FR RV website. I hadn't seen the other site. Thanks!
__________________
"But, oh that magic feeling, nowhere to go." -- The Beatles

2015 Flagstaff 8528RKWS fiver
2013 Ram 2500 CTD Laramie CC SB 4WD Auto
cbconway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 08:37 PM   #8
(Dry Huunday)
 
DreiHunde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,876
__________________

Beau & Sue
FurKid Express
2015 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS
2016 Chevy Silverado LT 2500HD Duramax
The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs!
DreiHunde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2014, 09:35 PM   #9
Site Team
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 10,373
Yes coachmen is a division of forest river the same as palomino, shasta, primetime and dynamax. Divisions (ie coaches) are different than brands. A forest river brand would be Rockwood. Coachmen is a division of forest river and make the brand Apex. Basically forest river is the parent company of coachmen. It's the same concept as Darden restaurant is the parent company of both olive garden and longhorn steakhouse. They are two different entities but owned by the same company.
__________________
<a href=http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2014, 05:47 PM   #10
Member
 
bud121156's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlangdn View Post
The same guy must do all the TV mounts for Coachmen as our's is a tad crooked also. I think sawdust in the vents is standard across all the RV makers.
Same here.
__________________

__________________
2007 Fleetwood Westlake .... 2011 KZ Sportsmen Hybrid
2014 Coachmen Freedom Express Bunkhouse
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 Ext Cab
bud121156 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coachmen

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 PM.