This is our 2nd Coachmen Freelander. Current model is 2016 22QB. Previous was 2008 2130QB.
While we are generally happy with the new coach and do see a number of improvements since '08, I wanted to let others know that in my opinion there is a potential safety issue with the new design.
At the foot of the bed there is a small space to step on when getting in or out of the bed. On the 2008 there is similar step.
However we note that the width of the step in the 2016 seems narrower than in the '08. My wife has noted this as more than once when climbing down off the bottom of the bed she has slipped when only part of her foot was on the narrow ledge. Luckily she has not injured herself but she has asked me to design and install an extension to the step at the curved section of the floor step.
We do not have access to an '08 model but do not seem to remember having this problem with that unit.
It appears that there is a significant possibility of someone twisting and ankle or even worse, given the tendency to step off the bed and expect the floor be wide enough to support your entire foot.
While it is possible to gain full support if you put your toes right against the power center this is not a normal maneuver when exiting the bed.
Having worked in the automotive industry for 40 years and being involved in a number of new vehicle evaluation programs I have to wonder if anyone spent any time actually sleeping in the bed and the person nearest the side of the RV attempting to get out of bed, when not fully awake in the dark of night.
I am thinking of about a 6" extension curved to match the OE cutout should do it. Does this seem reasonable solution to this oversight?