Originally Posted by ApexBunk
-Furnace issues; the brown vent in the bunkhouse was said to provide heat while the a/c came from the ceiling vent. I've read contradictory information on this, saying its freezing in bunkhouse and bedroom - we plan on camping in winter too.
-Slides do not go back in- I had experience of this on a class A rental and do not want to worry about this again.
-Caulking not done in outside storage caused rotted floor, and photos make it look like the tub could use more as well- is this to be a concern?
-I do not recall seeing any outlets in the kitchen for a toaster or coffee maker
I have a 2015 300BHS and let me answer your questions for you in order.
Furnace - LMAO. Well, not really. I take mine for warranty service next week for a similar issue. The heat and AC duct work are completely separate. Turned on my heat for I'm going to freezing weather this weekend for a trip. Nothing blowing out of the bunkroom heater vent. Not even a puff. Everywhere else, it heats up great.I took apart the furnace and counting the take offs on it, I'm 99% sure it wasn't connected at the factory. As in, I think the duct work goes from the bunk room vent to basically nowhere. As for the AC, it blows out of the ceiling vents in all areas as expected. Used mine in Williamsburg, VA this summer in 110+ heat index for a week. Actually had to close one of the ceiling vents in the bunkroom because it was so cold in there.
Slides - I have yet to have any problems. I can tell you that the manual override is located behind a panel under the fridge. The front and back controllers are here if you need to reset them, etc. As for what to do when the motors die and you have to manually push in the slideout? That's the part I don't like or ever look forward to. You would have to remove the wood fascia molding on the inside edges of the slide out. Then you can get at the motors located at the top of the slide out at each end to put them in free wheel and then get the slide out in. My old trailer you could just go underneath and flip the motor into freewheel.
Caulking - I had a problem with water getting in, but it wasn't outside storage. The top gutter rail that ran the length of the trailer had a gully in it. Meaning, it wasn't installed straight. So the water came off the roof, collected in the gully instead of making to the end, and then overflowed down onto the outside kitchen door. It got behind the hinges and seal and made a puddle all the way into the bunkroom. I talked with Coachmen factory direct and discussed how to fix it. I ended up fixing it myself by reattaching the gutter correctly rather than going through the hassle of taking it the dealer, etc. Factory was extremely helpful and used my Youtube video I sent them as an example of what happens when you skip attention to detail during assembly. In the end, I was pissed I had to do the work myself, but I'm extremely handy and it took about 30 minutes to adjust the gutter and recaulk it with roof sealant.
Outlets in the kitchen - I thought the same thing. But if you look under the cabinets, there is a duplex outlet at each end of the counter. They are surface mounted underneath the upper cabinets. It's actually nice because it keeps most of the plug off the counter and out of the way.
LED lighting- Yes, it has LED lighting. But that's just a qualifying statement. The brake lights, exhaust fan light, and outside light are regular bulbs. I replaced them all with LEDs. Get them from Amazon. You can buy 2 packs, 5 packs, etc for what it would cost to buy 1 LED bulb at a local auto store. If you use the exhaust fan as a night light like I did, it won't last a week. Same goes for the outside light.
I've had 2 other problems. One is a fix. The blue LED lights on the front of the trailer died and this appears to be a common problem. Getting that done with the furnace issue.
The other problem, if you can call it that is the front TV swivel. It looks like a great thing but the reality is that it sucks for all practicallity. Yeah, try to sleep in the front bed while someone watches TV on the couch. And if you have the AC on, you might as well go sleep outside. I swear the TV is louder in the bedroom than on the couch! I ended up getting furniture grade plywood, mixing my own stain to match the glazed maple cabinets, and installed a foam/wood backer behind the TV. Now its pretty quiet in the bedroom and someone can watch TV without having to turn on the subtitles.
One other thing I did was move the medicine cabinet in the bathroom to the wall over the toilet and then got a $50 unfinished cabinet from Home Depot and hung it over the sink. The stain I made matches and now I have someplace to put my towels, etc.
Overall, I love the trailer. Light and its huge. Love the outdoor kitchen and the separate bunk room.. The build quality overall is good, but these annoying few issues are ridiculously unacceptable for $38K MSRP trailer. They really REALLY need to get a handle on that.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely. This is glamping at it's finest. 34' of trailer and only 6000 pounds? That's amazing. As for the few problems I had, it's a house on wheels. You have problems with your house that are just part of owning one. This is no different. Coachmen just needs to get better quality control in place than what its got. I'll get it all fixed under warranty, but I shouldn't have to worry about whether or not my heat ductwork is connected!