Originally Posted by Boyd
From what I am able to find, the 295rlds you are considering has a slide out. I'm riding in a 2010 Freedom Express Class C Coachman and still have issues with the slide-out.....Check the slides underside on your 295rlds when the slide is open. Look underneath, from the inside
, and if the design hasn't been changed, you'll see daylight. I'm still hoping Forrest River will offer some sort of retrofit to keep the bugs and dust outside. I'm thinking the Freedom Express is at the low-end of the Forrest River porducts. Whatever you choose, have fun and good luck.
There is a lot of good info from current or previous owners such as the quoted post. I personally wouldn't even consider a trailer that is built with o.s.b. (oriented strand board as opposed to plywood, again this is me personally). look for nails/staples vs. screws, are the walls framed around the openings? Does one have a gas/electric water heater vs. straight gas. The awning size? Type of windows? Are the walls pinch rolled or vacuum bonded? Are all 6 sides insulated? Holding tank sizes?
These are some things you can try and compare, each brand is slightly different and probably the differences will be minor between trailers that are close in price. Find a layout that you like, try everything - with your mate and kids. Drive the dealership nuts with the length of time you spend looking at the unit. Sit on the toilet, get in the shower, sit at the dinette, open every door and cupboard that is in the trailer. You will get a feel for what is right and is not. As I'm sure that you are aware, every manufacturer has strong and weak points. To put it bluntly, things are not made the very best all the time, doesn't matter if you spend $20,000 or $250,000. That being said, there is no substitute for rving in my opinion! Just make sure that you are getting in the game with your eyes wide open!