Even thought we have a 8 year old coach (don't want to put the kiss of death on it LOL) and what I have read since Forest River has bought them
out things have improved greatly. Looking at out Chaparrel 277DS it seem
well built even crawling over and under it before we bought it even thought
it is pretty heavy....As it has been said in a number of refectors Coachmen
is not the only one people complain about, reading thought a number of links
and site's since I have bought this trailer is see people complaining about
many. It seems like the newer coach's in some brands have allot more
complaints than some the older coach's. Saying this as I posted in another
post I don't see many post's on older coach's past three or four years old.
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place, but looking thought allot of links to
post on this site (way to much reading) I have not found such. I also
belong to the Good Sam site and see number of post over there in the older
posts but once you get to the newer stuff there seems to be a lack of
people posting about their older trailers.
Maybe in a few years once we pay this one off we will look at a newer 5'er
but we had our Class C for over 10 years and really liked it but with
grandchildren growing and wanting to come with us we needed bigger. We
also didn't want the pain of paying big bucks on payments being that I
am retired and the DW is only working for a few more years.
Hope you have fun with your Chaparral we have enjoyed ours for the last
year and look forward to this summer when we take trips to Oregon,
Washington State, South Dakota and maybe even California.
Have fun and be safe this summer