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Old 07-14-2017, 03:43 PM   #3581
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Happy/sad to report we traded our 2016 Coachmen 312 BHDS TT for a 2017 Open Range Roamer RF376FBH 42' fifth wheel - 5 slides - autoleveler. I blame the wife but I got the new truck out of it. We loved the Coachmen but the wife wanted a bath and a half (we often have one of our kids families as guests) and an easier hookup when one of us arrives a day early at the campsites.


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Old 07-14-2017, 07:52 PM   #3582
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We love our new setup! Tows really nice.
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Happy/sad to report we traded our 2016 Coachmen 312 BHDS TT for a 2017 Open Range Roamer RF376FBH 42' fifth wheel - 5 slides - autoleveler. I blame the wife but I got the new truck out of it. We loved the Coachmen but the wife wanted a bath and a half (we often have one of our kids families as guests) and an easier hookup when one of us arrives a day early at the campsites.


Ya we like those Open Range products too. Very nice looking rig. Enjoy!!!
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:33 AM   #3584
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Happy/sad to report we traded our 2016 Coachmen 312 BHDS TT for a 2017 Open Range Roamer RF376FBH 42' fifth wheel - 5 slides - autoleveler. I blame the wife but I got the new truck out of it. We loved the Coachmen but the wife wanted a bath and a half (we often have one of our kids families as guests) and an easier hookup when one of us arrives a day early at the campsites.




I was seriously close to purchasing and Open Range or a Mesa Ridge earlier this year. Two things kept me away (right or wrong). The slide mechanisms and no hydraulic auto leveling.

I still very much like them, so curious to hear your input after a while.

Enjoy the new RV!
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:09 AM   #3585
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:20 AM   #3586
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Here's my setup with a 2018 Flagstaff 27BHWS and Silverado. First truck, first TT and loving it all - we've camped quite a bit in my FIL's class C and we were always renting cars to go anywhere once we arrived... so we bought the truck and are giving this a shot. 3rd trip out was from Ohio to Florida and it towed great! Still learning a lot on here...

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Old 07-15-2017, 07:51 AM   #3587
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Our dealer has mainly Montana (Keystone) and this Open Range 5ers for the non toy haulers and all Coachmen TT's. If you read the comparisons on many forums everyone with experience in both always says Open Range hands down over Montana on Fifths for being built better. Especially, if one plans on being in one long term (which we will not). All of that said we negotiated 35% off of the extended service contract and our dealer has always provided excellent excellent service in the past (as long as you buy from them). This is our third RV from them.

While the cable slide mechanisms and LCI leveler tend to be very reliable there are a lot of slides - 5. The slides operate smoother and are always perfectly level compared to the Coachmen which sagged a bit and were loud. The slide systems was specifically was one of the things we wanted and liked.

Open Range tend to have very few "new" defects from the factory on the forum compared to Coachmen (so far we have had none - everything has worked perfectly) and our Coachmen 312 BHDS had about twenty "new" defects that took a few months to correct.

The factory seems to check them over pretty good and we used the same dealer who also does a cursory check. I joined the Open Range forum months ago and they seem to be generally very reliable with the exception of the Frigidaire residential refrigerator which we read of some failures and repairs. The only horror stories I read about were a few OR dealers.

We loved our Coachmen but the 5er is so much easier to hookup with no WDH to worry about or manual leveling. We have company camping with us maybe 75% of the the time so my wife really wanted the bunk room and extra half bath.



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I was seriously close to purchasing and Open Range or a Mesa Ridge earlier this year. Two things kept me away (right or wrong). The slide mechanisms and no hydraulic auto leveling.

I still very much like them, so curious to hear your input after a while.

Enjoy the new RV!
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:54 AM   #3588
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Our dealer has mainly Montana (Keystone) and this Open Range 5ers for the non toy haulers and all Coachmen TT's. If you read the comparisons on many forums everyone with experience in both always says Open Range hands down over Montana on Fifths for being built better. Especially, if one plans on being in one long term (which we will not). All of that said we negotiated 35% off of the extended service contract and our dealer has always provided excellent excellent service in the past (as long as you buy from them). This is our third RV from them.

While the cable slide mechanisms and LCI leveler tend to be very reliable there are a lot of slides - 5. The slides operate smoother and are always perfectly level compared to the Coachmen which sagged a bit and were loud. The slide systems was specifically was one of the things we wanted and liked.

Open Range tend to have very few "new" defects from the factory on the forum compared to Coachmen (so far we have had none - everything has worked perfectly) and our Coachmen 312 BHDS had about twenty "new" defects that took a few months to correct.

The factory seems to check them over pretty good and we used the same dealer who also does a cursory check. I joined the Open Range forum months ago and they seem to be generally very reliable with the exception of the Frigidaire residential refrigerator which we read of some failures and repairs. The only horror stories I read about were a few OR dealers.

We loved our Coachmen but the 5er is so much easier to hookup with no WDH to worry about. We have company camping with us maybe 75% of the the time so my wife really wanted the bunk room and extra half bath.



That is the exact floor plan we were looking at. I really liked the amount of storage space under the bedroom, and the front "bunk area". Good luck with it, and keep us posted.

Very nice RV!
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:03 AM   #3589
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Thanks! That storage is incredible. Our Coachmen was nearly 37' long but it seems small inside compared to this on storage and especially living area. Of course there is quite a price difference.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:46 AM   #3591
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The Lippert electric/hydraulic level is a bit slower than a six point hydraulic but you are talking a few minutes. Each has it's own idiosyncrasies. I know folks that prefer each because they are used to them I think. The JT stabilizers are really great. It is solid as a rock with them on the front and rear. The Coachmen always was moving.

Last camping trip with our Coachmen
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I guess so. But a good year. Lol
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:49 AM   #3597
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Yeah! We made the crazy switch from years of a Class-C to suddenly being truck & fiver owners.
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My mom came across a deal on this 5th wheel. It's vintage, but it was $500. The only problem was it's location. Tested my towing skills to the limits. It took 3 hrs to get it out of its spot, but my mom is happy as can be about it. She's now camping for the first time at a state park.
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