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Old 08-06-2015, 02:43 PM   #1
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We are going to sign on the dotted line for a 2016 Chaparral 360IBL this weekend. I've noticed that there are a few of you on here that own this model. Would like to hear some current feedback on how you are liking this model and anything that I should be weary of before purchase.
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Old 08-09-2015, 04:36 PM   #2
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Do a search in this forum for my thread on my 360IBL or search by my posts. I have listed a ton of issues I've had from the factory. Nothing really mechanical.. mostly all minor problems and things that the factory should have picked up.

I still love the camper and look forward to going each and every time.
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Old 08-09-2015, 06:03 PM   #3
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Just got back from our fourth trip since getting ours. This trip was in 107 degree temps in Texas. Everything worked great...did realize that we had to have both a/c going around 10:00 am to make sure temps were nice and cool in the afternoon. We keep our home ac at 80 so running both units in the 5er kept us more comfortable than at home. May need to check just minor things but have had no major issues so far.

We did have a vendor associated with the dealership deliver the unit to us at a storage shed. They had a blow out just before getting there so we bought four new tires within 2 weeks of getting the unit. That's my only suggestion...change out the tires to some good ones.
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:48 PM   #4
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We signed the papers yesterday. Blwnsmoke, I checked out your posts. I'll keep an eye out as we do our walk though on Friday. I'll make sure to hand them the check after that is done. Scootingranny, what tires did y'all go with? Also do you know why they had a blowout? (Driving too fast / low tire pressure?) We are immediately taking it to Colorado Springs (got to get away from this Texas heat) and I want to make sure it's not something we should do prior to leaving. The ones one there now are 16 E. I know there are better ones though.
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We could open up a whole can of worms talking about tires. So many have had issues with the stock tires that come on the rvs these days, others have not had any issue. We aren't sure why our tire blew...we personally think it's probably a combination of being driven from the factory in Indiana to Texas, being on their spare storage lot for a few months, possible under inflation and possible speed by the driver or he could have run up a curb. We just don't know for sure. We weren't savvy enough to have them check tire pressure in front of us during PDI which I now recommend to anybody picking one up at a dealership or having one delivered for them, like we did (didn't have the truck until 3 months after getting the 5er) DH did lots of research on tires and he said every single brand has good reviews and bad reviews so he went with what we could afford and that had a reasonable probability of being better than the stock tires, so he got Goodyear Marathons. You'll read good and bad reviews on those and I'm not familiar with the details of the tires. I only know that he went by what is recommended on one of the stickers on the 5er.

As for replacing yours before your trip, that's a good question. Since DH and I are newbies, I can't really give advice from our other experiences, as who knows...we might have been able to get lots more mileage off the stock tires (which were Westlake). I just know that we had been reading lots of bad reviews on the "China bombs" as they are affectionately known, ours arrived to the storage lot with a blowout and we wanted to err on the side of caution as we are hoping to spend LOTS more time traveling in the very near future.

Best of luck to you...post pics (we all love pics here) and can't blame you for wanting to escape this Texas heat. We just spent this past weekend camping at Lake Tawakoni State Park and it was hot! HOT!
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Old 08-10-2015, 05:22 PM   #6
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Scootingranny, thank you! I will make sure they check the pressure for us during the walk through. Goodyears are good tires. I'll look into those for a future investment. We will post some pictures. Looking forward to our new 5er. We are upgrading from a FR Vibe 829. I think we are going to like the spaciousness of the 360 much better. With twin 3 year old boys, we need the space! The middle bunk house was what sold us. I saw what y'all did with it. My wife is a big scrapbooker. If we still have it 15 years from now I know I will be making that mod. 😊


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Old 08-10-2015, 05:43 PM   #7
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J-Mac you might want to consider a topper for the bed in the master. It's a decent mattress by itself (it's a good quality Serta), but DH got a topper from Sam's and it makes such a comfortable bed! Have a friend who got one for her Vibe TT from Wal-Mart (called a Spa Sensations) and other companies make good ones, too. Just an added layer of comfort.
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Good call! We will probably do that. The mattress in our Vibe was horrible! This one does look a lot nicer but the more comfortable the better the camping experience.
Sorry for the stupid question, but... What does DH stand for? New to the forum and the abbreviations.


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DH, for me has two meanings. On a good day it means Dear Hubby. On a bad day it means Doofas Hubby. Insert grinning face here but I don't know how to
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Ahh... Ok. Thank you.


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Old 08-11-2015, 06:37 PM   #11
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J-Mac...just saw news tonight about the floods around Colorado Springs. Stay safe....
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We saw that too. Hopefully that will all be calmed down by the time we get there next week.


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Did you pick up the camper? Couple more things that I've found wrong (again minor but annoying).. the tracks need to be replaced for the wash/dryer sliding door. It slides open during travel every time. The light switch to the right of the kitchen sink is squishy when you push it up (springs back) and wanted it replaced before warranty is up. Also the drawer under the stove pops open during travel.

Will say I haven't had any issues with FR in regards to having anything/everything replaced and my dealer has been fantastic. Those parts have just arrived and they are just waiting on the slam latches to come in to be replaced so I can get a key in them to lock them.

They did peel the hallway floor up and cleaned up all the particles from the wood and laid it back down. Overall it looks great and couldn't tell they had to rip it up. I didn't both having them do the kitchen as it is far too labor intensive and i don't want everything unscrewed from the floor and then remounted.

I'm sure you will love the camper overall. I have a 1 and 4 year old daughters and the mid bunks is exactly what suckered us in as well.

On a side note, we accidentally stumbled upon the LED light strip that is on the camper under the canopy lol. I didn't realize the camper came with this and saw a picture of one recently and was like "damn I wish ours had that". We were showing our camper to someone and they hit the light switch without me knowing and when I walked outside, I was shocked lol.. learn something new every day!!
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Our door on the washer dryer compartment opens during travel too but we just use a small bunjee cord and attach it to the knob on the door to the far left. Not tight, just enough to keep it secure. Just thought that's the way it was. None of the kitchen drawers or cabinets have opened during travel.
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BUT I do have a question I'll ask on another thread so that I don't hijack this one
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It's not the way it is supposed to be. They inspected the glides and found that the door is not locking into the notch enough. FR first tried to tell them to mount a lock/latch on the outside of the door and they laughed at them. CW response "what if he doesn't like this latch screwed to the outside of the door".. then "we'd be replacing the whole door"..

Long story short, 2 new glides.. You can mention this to your dealer whenever it goes in for service if you want it fixed.

Part 12973 - DRAWER GUIDE 26" OUTER (need 2)
Part 12974 - DRAWER GUIDE, INNER 26" (need 2)
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Thanks blwnsmoke!
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We did get the trailer. Picked it up on Friday. Then drove straight to Colorado for cooler weather. Having a great time. No issues as of yet. Enjoying the shakedown trip so far. Staying at Garden of the Gods RV Park. Very nice park just outside of Manitou Springs.
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Thanks for posting the pic J-Mac. We are really enjoying our 360IBL. It's not just a camper for us....it's our hopes for adventures and challenges. I love that it's got room for lots of friends. Once we had 9 people over for breakfast waffles and mimosas and we all fit in the living/kitchen area without being crowded. Once we had hot dogs for 11 (that was a little crowded but 2 were kids so it was workable). Twice we've put chairs around the island to play LCR (fun dice game) for 9 (using the 4 dining chairs, the two stools, a cooler with two pillows on top for two and a 5 gallon bucket with a pillow on top. I am so happy with our choice of 5er and hope you will be too!!
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Our door on the washer dryer compartment opens during travel too but we just use a small bunjee cord and attach it to the knob on the door to the far left. Not tight, just enough to keep it secure. Just thought that's the way it was. None of the kitchen drawers or cabinets have opened during travel.
We do the same thing.
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