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Old 04-20-2021, 06:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hello, new Adrenaline 21lt owner.

Hi all,

I picked up a new toy hauler a couple weeks ago, had to drive about 7 hours to the dealership, so I didn't get a chance to check it out ahead of time. I am now in the process of preparing it for use, and have been pretty disappointed in the quality control as I go through the trailer. I am not new to RVs, have had Artic Fox, Desert Fox, Outdoors RVs, but this is the first Coachmen. I understand all the manufacturers are under pressure currently, but the things I have found are really unacceptable, and I would be ashamed of myself if I did that poorly a job at my work. I am fixing everything myself, because if I took it in to the local dealership I would be waiting weeks or months for service right now.

So far I have fixed a slider door to the bathroom, that I was lucky to get home without it falling off because the screws in the bracket holding it to the ceiling were all stripped out. Then I found the paneling behind that door had a seam that was only taped halfway down, and when I started looking at that I realized that neither side of the two panels at that seam were stapled down, and it looks like the guy ran out of staples and just continued to make holes all the way down and then covered it up with the seam tape. Next I found the strip that covers the seam between the diamond plate and the fiberglass on the nose had a screw with a broken head, and when I started to check the other screw I found 6 with broken heads that were just stuck on with silicon, and one of the end screws got stripped out and replaced with a larger screw that also got stripped out and then just siliconed in place so you couldn't tell. That was an obvious cover up by someone that doesn't care. There are other items, but those are the main ones so far.

My concern now is that these are just the things I have found so far, and if the same lack of craftsmanship and zero pride in their job was used throughout the trailer, then what is going to break further down the road? My other RVs were all made better than this one, but I don't know if it's because of the current environment or if this is standard quality for Coachmen. I am usually happy when getting a new camper, but right now I am just worried if this is just going to turn into a money pit.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:26 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2021, 01:16 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about the trouble with your new unit but wanted to say welcome to the forums!
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:09 AM   #4
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Old 05-13-2021, 08:16 PM   #5
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I looked at a 21 today. I agree there were issues of QC that I am not accustomed to, having previously owned an ORV. Cabinet doors were not aligned properly, backsplash was coming off in a section or two, lower trim near bathroom was coming undone due to improper stapling. All small repairs. I believe dealer is fixing all of these items as they just received these trailers in last couple of weeks. Your dealer should have fixed all of these issues prior to you leaving lot.

I am considering one. I like the floor plan for wife and I, 16yo son and 22 yo son. 22yo only camps on occasion so it’s roomy for 3-4. I like the front genny rack and it appears well made / designed.

Hard to determine how well it will hold up over time. I guess any trailer bouncing down the road (worse off road) is going to have some issues with things becoming loose, especially cabinets, doors, etc.

No outside shower.... ?

Other than your issues what items do you like?

Since you already purchased, and are unable to return, focus on why you bought it (things you like) , fix the issues as they arise, and enjoy it!!!

The ORV in the same small size is much more expensive. Perhaps up to $10K more. Is the ORV worth the $10K more.... only you can decide.

If your going off road quite a bit, the ORV may hold up better for the long haul. I don’t use a TH for off road use.... only raft, outboard, fishing gear, etc.

Perhaps other 21 owners will chime in with their experiences.
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Old 05-14-2021, 04:42 PM   #6
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Old 05-14-2021, 05:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the welcomes. I have sorted through most of the issues, waiting for the seam tape to finish the paneling inside, and getting the solar system up and running. My main concern now is getting the China bombs off the camper before I start pulling it. It's going to be hard throwing pretty much new tires in the landfill, but I just wouldn't feel right selling them to someone knowing that they are garbage. Too bad the RV manufacturers don't feel the same way.
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