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Old 01-17-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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Looking at 2015 Coachmen RV Chaparral 360IBL

We are going to look at this 5th wheel for the second time today. We will be full timing as of April or May and were wondering about whether or not this would be a good 5th wheel for full timers. The floor plan is what we want but know that some aren't "rated" for full time living. Any info would be appreciated as I couldn't find anything online about this. If it matters, I weigh 190# and DH is lightweights here.

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Old 01-18-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
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I may be wrong,but I don't think any MFG's rate their campers as"full time".If you like it get it.If it suits you and your DH,get it.We have a 2015 Chappy lite 29 RKS.Don't full time,but are out a lot.Roughly 90 days since we picked it up in April last year.Close to 8,000 miles or so.We have had little problems and the ones we have had I've fixed.Good luck and welcome to the forum.Dave

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Old 01-18-2015, 09:58 AM   #3
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We use ours 2 weeks a month all summer. That's not full time but wouldn't be afraid to use it full time. Just control the humidity and all will be good.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:10 AM   #4
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A true "fulltime" rig is going to cost you 3-4 times what the chapparal will cost you. I wouldn't let that stop me from buying it if that's what worked for me and my wife. The insulation won't be as good and things will be gear more for vacations but doesn't mean you can't live in it. Especially if you stay out of freezing weather.

Also you may have to trade in/up more often as they are not made for years of fulltiming.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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The' wife & I seen one yesterday at the rv show in K.C. We're looking at the different mid bunk layouts of the different trailers, including Sandpiper/Heritage Glen/& a few others. Wife is leaning toward the Coachman as we are preparing to take our grandkids with us the next few years and the TT is getting too small. The Coachman sales person if I remember correctly said the upper bunk holds up to 225-250lbs. and lower 300lbs. I would double check if you have a lot of company going with you. Don't want to push the limits and be asking for trouble. Model at the Mid America RV Show said $39,995.00(show pricing), but if you look at, theirs are in the $37,980(but in Ohio). Good luck with your decision!
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:44 AM   #6
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I believe in how well you maintain your trailer, I don't see
any problem full timing in a 5th wheel as long as you do
the upkeep like anything else....

If you read the fine print in most of these 5th wheels you
will see it states that they are not meant for full timing.
I would not state such when sending in the warranty
paper work.....

Also I would not pay the full sticker price, they want to
sell you that 5th wheel, they will come down you can
take that to the bank.

If you do buy the trailer do a complete two or three
hour PDI, sit in the trailer for while, go thought the
day to day activity you might do.

Have the sale's person or whom ever is doing the
PDI or walk thought show you everything twice and
even three times to make sure you know how to work
all the equipment and operation of the trailer you buy.

Ask about service, one of the biggest things I see on
this an other sites is lack of service from a dealer. The
other thing is TOW Vehicle (TV), make sure you have
a TV that can pull safely what you buy. Some dealers
will tell you that you can pull anything with a 1/2 ton
pickup, don't be fooled, look at the weight of that
trailer and then make sure your TV can handle what
you are buying.

Above all have fun and enjoy meeting new people
where ever you go.......
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:05 AM   #7
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DaveandSue, does your 2015 Chappy lite 29 RKS have the Furrion Backup camera housing on it?
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:58 PM   #8
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Thanks everybody for your responses. When we first decided to start full timing, our son who is also a full timer and does workkamping, told us to not put all our money into our rv, regardless of what kind we got. That way if we don't like it, we can trade up or down or out without being soaked. He advised us to look at all different kinds, all different brands, all different prices and decide on a good brand and a moderate price. So although we are hoping this will be our only rv, we realize it might not be. But we did want one that was worth the hard earned $$ we would be spending. We have seen some dream rv floorplans and builds but we just can't get way up there in price without delving into 401k which we refuse to do at this time.

We are getting a 350 diesel which might be overkill for this rv but we want to err on the overkill side for towing ability and safety, rather than be underpowered.

Thanks for all the tips on what to do if we go this route and what to do if buying any rv. DH will be discussing the price with the dealer tomorrow and if we can come to an agreement, we'll probably get it this week. We don't think anybody will be traveling with us but if they do, they get the couch. I am an avid scrapbooker and card/craft maker so we will be taking the bunks out and making that my crafting room. We'll put the bunks in our storage locker so that we can put them back if we sell it.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:09 PM   #9
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DaveandSue, does your 2015 Chappy lite 29 RKS have the Furrion Backup camera housing on it?
No it doesn't.I'm putting one of the GE baby monitors on.Already have it and will put it on as soon as we get some warm weather.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:59 PM   #10
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We purchased our 360IBL back in July of 2014. We fell in love with the floor plan and size of the camper very quickly. A 1 ton truck (350) would be the correct sized truck to handle this camper. My 250 does just fine, but weight needs to be monitored very closely. I've done a bunch of upgrades, which I listed here: New Owner of 360IBL
I consider the addition of the JT strong arms and the anderson levelers a must. I'd suggest getting the 2nd AC unit or installing aftermarket - the front bunk is about 5-8 degrees hotter than the back with just 1 AC. Double pane windows will help with condensation in the cold.

We've spent a max of 8 consecutive days on the camper, which is hardly full timing. It's very comfortable. I'd full time tomorrow if I was wealthy enough to do it. Heading down to Florida for 3 weeks this summer and I'm sure we'll be very comfortable living in it.

The 360IBL is a great camper. Its BIG, but well balanced and trailers very well. When towing you've got to treat it like a semi box trailer and everything will be ok.

Good luck & have fun!

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