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Old 02-26-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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Older Coachmen 5th Wheels

Howdy all

I see a number of discussions on the newer Coachmen 5th wheel
trailers, but not much about the older trailers. My wife and I bought
a used Coachmen 5th wheel (277DS 2006 Chaparrel), in real good
shape, the previous owners took real good care of such I see
allot of good idea's about upkeep and how to care for the new
trailers and I'm sure this is done as well for the older trailers but
what I don't see allot of talk about the older Coachmen products.

I also see allot allot of complaints about the workmanship of Coachmen
but looking at mine I see it well built, pretty light for what it is and
lots of room for storage. Coming from a Class C motor home any
storage would be more than what that Class C had but I was amazed
at the room this trail had.

The only problem I have is the book that came with the trailer, it has
every type of vehicle it seems that Coachmen made and directed
stickly to the Chaparrel model. I have made my own book up but I would
have thought they would have at least took some of the extra out of
each model to suit that model and saved money for printing.

My wife and I love this trailer other than the book but like to see some
comments on older Chaparrel models. I do belong to the Coachmen travel
club as well and see the same thing on their site, many comments on
new stuff but not much on older models.

Maybe they Coachmen made a better product back a few years
ago that many owners do not have many problems other than general
maintains and upkeep LOL

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Old 02-26-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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pretty much all RV manufacturers only provide a generic non-model/brand/type owner's manual.

and Coachmen has had their own owner's website for a long time before their financial problems resulted in FR's acquisition of them, back in 2009.
you'll probably find much more info on older Coachmen models there, than here, since they've only been a FR line for 4 years.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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I have posted over there as well thank you but thought I's see if
I got any responce's over here as well, again thanks
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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Thought I Did

Well looking over at both Coachmen RV and the Coachmen Cavavan Club
the is no where to post any comments....look like here and Good Sam are
the only two site's that I can find right now Ugh
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:53 PM   #5
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Well after being on this site for two months now I see
a number of people with problems with new trailers
large and small....Good advice about walk thoughts
before signing on the dotted line and giving the dealer
any money....I wonder if the Q&A is lacking with
camping trailer company's now days, the old story of
get it out and then if there is any problems we will
deal with them afterwords. In the last ten years I have
had to deal with venders for windows, frig's, water
pumps for our class C. I have always replaced the unit
that went bad with a better unit, so I know the next
owner can look back and say "man they took real good
care of the coach". The 2006 Chappy we bought was
in great shape and that is why we bought it, could we
afford new, yes but we really like the design and the
room and how the trailer was built. Again as I have
said in the other post I think we need more owners of
oldering coachs on this site. Some day all the people
who have bought new or newer coachs in the last
year will be asking some of the same questions about
their coachs that are now eight, nine or ten years old.
Of course you always have new owners and that cool
to and I'm always happy to see new people get into
RV'ing nad camping.
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