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I traded in my travel trailer and upgraded to a 5th wheel since I got a new truck & purchased my 2019 Coachmen Chaparral 298RLS. I thought that I would really enjoy this model because of its compact layout that I could find- non bunkhouse- under 38ft in length. My first impression was it's awesome! However, after taking it out on my VERY FIRST camping trip last night, I had my slide out fail. It went out of alignment and had leaked water all inside of my unit. Now I have to go all the way back to my dealership to take in to MAYBE be covered under warranty work.
If Coachmen didn't cheap out and used Schwintek slide out gears I was told I would have never had this issue! Now I'm noticing that the sealant around the windows has not been inspected and might leak as well. There are SEVERAL screws missing from the frame. I didn't do enough research about coachmen beforehand and since I've encountered these issues, I see that it's apparent I should have listened to my neighbor who told me to only buy a Jayco... I made an impulsive decision and now it looks like I'm going to be paying the price for it... I highly suggest taking a look at these other owners that also bought new and had similar coachmen issues. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/coachmen_rv.html?#sort=helpful&filter=none
We bought a 2018 Crossfit and love it but there are a few items that can be better. The heater vents are plastic and in locations that can get kicked and broken. We replaced ours with metal vent covers from the hardware store. Also the cabinet latches didn't hold well so added magnetic ones to keep drawers closed. Finally the refrigerator gave out but a recall was issued and finally the final fix was done after 2 control boards were replaced. Coachmen did a great job on the design but being rather new, still can improve. But they have taken care of everything we needed quickly and our dealer is always helpful (Prosser in Wis). 1 year later from purchase everything is wonderful and we still love it. Also getting 16 mpg and Ford dealer takes care of the vehicle with no troubles.
I love the looks of my 2012 Mirada 31 DF, but driving into a gas station has become a horrible experience. In just over three months, I bottomed out three times, ripping the passenger side back panel apart and knocking out the backup light. No matter how carefully I maneuver into a station the damage continues. My repairman says I need airbags or upgraded springs. If anyone has encountered the same issues and found solutions please let me know at **.
I purchased the Freelander 2017 Chevy 4500 Model in Oct 2016. I paid to have the dealer show me how everything works and to do the pre-inspection so everything would be ready so I could use it right away. What I got was a 10 minute quick walkthrough and the promise they would spend more time later. BUYER BEWARE. Make the dealer write down everything they promise!
So drove it home and planned for a snow weekend. I called after I noticed leaking under the RV, Found it was coming from the Fresh Water connection. They said they would fix it. While looking under the RV I noticed the Tank heaters were falling off, and the black water tank release was not all the way on. When I tried to remove it well it would not come off or go on. Called on this as well. Added it to the list. My wife was inside and said the bathroom door was falling off and I needed to look at the master bed mattress. It had a hole where a screw went in and was full of metal shavings and broken screws. Remember I had paid for the coach to be ready for use. I fixed the door after the dealer said it was not something they could fix. This was 1 day after I brought it home. So we took it back the next week.
While driving it back the emergency exit sounded like it was coming off the hinge and the main closet cabinet safety latches were not screwed all the way in and came loose. (This was not the dealer but Forest Hill/Coachmen manufacturer.) So while waiting I borrowed the electric screwdriver and tightened all the crews on the cabinet latches. Almost all of them were loose and several were missing. The dealer provided new screws but would not do the work. (When they say a full warranty do not believe them! Always have the dealer show you what is covered. And DON'T let them say they don't have time. You're paying a lot of money.) They replaced the emergency hatch but it still rattled and let cold and hot air in.
Over the next 6 months we used it twice for 2 weeks total. Well the tank heaters fell off again, the main entry door fell off the hinges while we were going down the road. The water refrigerator stopped working, bad switch. The radio/entertainment system failed. I had to rewire because the module was not screwed in place. The antenna was not screwed in place. The velcro holding the cushions in place peeled off. The bathroom inside door trim fell off. I did a lot of work and fixed almost everything. The manufacturer did not return calls and the Dealer went out of business. I bought an extended warranty but it is a hundred dollars and only specific things are covered.
2018 we took it on a 2 week trip. During that time I had to fix another water leak from the overflow on the fresh water and the black water was stuck again. Bought a rubber hammer and was able to open it. Found that it was a bent pin. I straightened it with a set of vise grips and rubber hammer. Now it has been a couple years and the moulding on the tv arm is coming loose, GLUED not screwed.
I will NEVER buy a Forest Hill/Coachmen again. The quality is the worst I think I have ever seen. Lessons learned: Take your time and make sure you know what you're buying and WHAT the warranty provides. Make the dealer show you everything, remember you're paying for that service. Open and close all doors, cabinets, windows and emergency exits. Drive it one last time before you accept the coach and give the dealer the check. (Some dealers are worse than used car sales lots.) Last but very important - ask how their service schedules are managed and make a followup appointment. If they say more than a couple weeks, be aware it could be longer for emergencies or warranty repairs.
Starts out with a shower leaking water onto floor. Windows not being sealed and Windows being loose in frame. AC not working in cab area. Sirius XM not being able to be used because of changing radio system. Water damage inside because of water leaks from different places in the coach. Dealer had to do a bubble check just to try to find where the leaks are coming from. This brand new 2019 unit has only a little over three thousand miles on it. Either Coachmen ship the unit to the dealership with these defects in it especially the water leaks or this is what happens with only three thousand miles of use.
I have other small issues of workmanship done by Coachmen that I have taken care of myself. The dealership we purchased it from has done an outstanding job on trying to fix all the problems we've had. It's too bad that Coachmen has to put out such a poor quality product for the high-dollar that discharge for it. Forget your lemon law. Maybe a bunch of people that are dissatisfied with Coachmen should get together and look at a different avenue of satisfaction.
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We bought a brand new 2017 class A Coachmen Sport Motor home. Ever since we have bought it, it has been in the service department half a year total. I have to drive 1 hr round trip which cost me a lot of gas plus the time. It was a nuisance and costly. It’s a year later and our warranty has expired and we are still taking the motorhome back because they never fixed the electrical panel that control the water heater. We push the master water heater on then in a few second it moves down to the middle bathroom water heater.
They can’t fix it. The dealer as well as myself have been reaching out to Tim but neither of us can get in touch with Tim anymore. Our RV has been in the shop since October 18 and they have not even touched it. Everyone is waiting on Tim. Horrible Terrible customer service and to many issues with our motor home. Very disappointed and sad because this was our first RV. Still waiting for help and RV still in the shop just sitting there. Is there anyone that can help me?
We've had two issues with our coach since we bought it in June 2018. The first was an off-center steering wheel. We called Tim ** and he told us that it was probably an alignment issue. We had the alignment checked and corrected. Steering wheel is now spot-on. Coachmen reimbursed the repair cost. Today (October 26) we overloaded an electrical receptacle. Re-set the breaker, but still no power. After an hour of searching for a GFCI to re-set, gave up and called Coachmen. Again spoke to Tim. He suggested taking a look at the Inverter. Did so and found a breaker there that needed reset. Reset it, and power has returned. Thanks again, Tim!
Purchased new Apex Nano February 2018 and have gotten to use it twice. The trailer has been at the dealer twice for 15 weeks total while they attempt to fix the leaks. Front window leaks. Front body seals leak. Front light bar leaks, both pass through hatches leak. And we had a gas leak in the stove. Forest River/Coachmen has told me that the dealer will fix the leaks but the warranty runs out in 4 month and I need to make sure that I take it back to the dealer for frequent service checks to keep it from leaking. As I write this, the unit is still at the dealer while they are attempting to fix it.
Purchased a new Apex 17 foot travel trailer from Tulsa RV in Oklahoma. We only took it on one trip of less than 5 hours, and things started to fall apart. It appears they hire high school kids to put these things together. Pipes under the sink began leaking after only 30 minutes use. We tried to carefully tighten them, but we ended up with no kitchen drain our entire trip. The plastic shell which encloses the front window came completely away from the window. The ground had been disconnected by the salesman, and all the lighting either doesn't work, or it is so bright you cannot even look at it. The electronics are apparently affected by what this bozo did, too.
The local "warranty" shop is a total joke. ("Aloha RV" in Albuquerque, NM.) What an apt name. They are truly gone from sight. No one answers the phone, then it is constantly busy, and then if you leave a message, no one calls you back. The dealer does the same thing. Promises to "look into" the problem, then never does anything, including calling back. The quality of this trailer is terrible, even though, at first glance, it looked pretty good. I am waiting now for the corporate offices of Forest River to call me back. I admit it will be a shock if they do anything to help.
We have a new 2018 Apex Nano trailer (9 months of owning) sitting at the dealership to fix over a dozen defects in manufacturing. Rust on the tongue, trim coming off, entry step joints rusting out, a shelf was stapled underneath coming undone, screen door lower panel not put on right, window trim on front window coming off, trim board on slide out falling off. When cooking in the trailer the cabinets which are over the stove get really warm and the smoke detector goes off even with no smoke. There may be more problems. It sways going down the road even with no weight in trailer and a sway control attached to it. This might be alignment problems (need to check). We won't be using it until next year hopefully unless more issues.
I purchased a 2018 Coachmen Orion and it has been the worst thing I have ever bought. Coachmen does NOT have any people working there that know what they are doing. The guys and girls who put this thing together should be fired and the person in charge of Quality Control does NOT know what that means. The dealer I got it from was the worst place I have ever seen. The guy doing the non demo was too concerned about covering his lies. Told me lights were working when they were never hooked up, never went over the demo due to incompetence. I would NEVER recommend the dealer out of Atlanta GA. Stay far away from any dealers there unless you happen to live next door. SLRV is a disgrace and Coachmen is even worst. Don't buy any Coachmen products. They are made like a toy.
This 2018 Coachmen Orion is very cheaply made. Every item that’s plastic is of poor quality and cracks and breaks. Roof vent covers made out of thin white plastic that cracks instantly. Drawer latches made from cheap black plastic break instantly. Bottom of TV over cap installed so low that fake wood trim blocks remote from working. Cheap plastic clips missing from shower and unavailable on permanent back order. Plastic splines on handles for recliner chairs round-off strip out after the first use or two. Sewer drain hose next to impossible to connect due to RV metal trim molding blocking and encroaching on access. Poor quality seals on water pump that can flood your unit, i.e. water damage. Need I go on. They couldn’t even drill the holes for the tag plate level — it’s embarrassing driving around with one hole 2 inches lower than the other. What a disgrace.
Purchased Coachmen Catalina February 2017. Absolutely nothing but problems requiring extensive repairs since day one. The unit has literally been in the shop for repairs for months at the time. Obvious craftsmanship issues and blatant quality control issues. And to add insult to injury, Coachmen refuses to extend structural warranty, even though the warranty expires in 10 days and the unit currently sits in the shop with another structural issue. This purchase has been the absolute worst of my entire life. And Coachmen's response to manufacturing and selling this absolute lemon has been appalling.
I understand that there are lemons of every make and model, but Coachmen's lack of concern is bewildering. If you buy a Coachmen product and don't have issues, you'll have a pleasant experience. BEWARE: If you have buy Coachmen and have major quality control issues, as we did and continue to have, your dealership might do all that they can, but do not expect Coachmen to stand behind its product. Coachmen certainly is not the company that it once was. I will never purchase Coachmen again.
Our 2017-1/2 Coachmen Mirada 35BH is the 2nd motorhome we've owned and the first totally new one… Back in 1993, we bought a used Fleetwood Bounder with 100,000 miles on it and owned it for 10-years. Overall, it was a good experience, but I did learn that it is necessary to stay on top of issues and be willing to do some DIY work. The chassis was typical Chevy P30 junk, but we knew that going in. I worked with it and around it. However, the old iron 454 truck engine was extremely durable. I was told that the truck engine version had an extra main bearing compared to the car engine. I don’t know for sure, but it just ran and ran. A for speed, it was fine on level road. However, being carbureted, mated to a 3-speed tranny and encumbered with newfangled smog devices from the late 1980's, it was a DOG on hills! It was a friendly dog - but pitifully slow. It would slow down even if you hinted that a hill might be nearby. But that was then.
This is now: As much as we'd have loved a great quality Diesel Pusher, we could not afford it - not even if it was late model used one. Since all of the new and late-model gas coaches these days are built on a Ford Chassis using a V10 engine, it made that choice easy. Therefore, the final decision came down to the coach brand and coach layout. Based on our research, EVERY new coach in the low $100,000's, regardless of brand or model, has sketchy reviews. They are all just slapped together. The materials are cheap and the assembly quality is luck of the draw. Knowing that, I will not knock our Mirada 35BH much. I actually really love the Ford V10 mated to the new 6-speed tranny. It's a very eager engine. Noisy, yes, but that is life with any front engine rig. My Bounder was that way, too. But I digress…
Having purchased our 2017-1/2 rig in late 2016, we’ve had it nearly 2 years already. We’ve gone on numerous short trips and three really long trips. We have almost 15,000 miles on it now. That means that the coach, itself, it out of warranty. I had chosen not to purchase the ridiculously priced extended warranty. We’ve had minor problems. None of those were due to shoddy workmanship. All of them have been due to just plain cheap materials. For example, the queen bed frame in back split out a corner during the first year. Frankly, I’m surprised that it lasted as long as it did. It’s a horrible design held together with glorified cardboard masquerading as wood paneling. I could have taken the rig in for warranty repair, but I knew I could do a better job myself, and do it much faster. I used extra wood, glue and screws to beef up the entire bed frame. Now I’m much happier with it.
Our model is a bunk-house with twin bunk beds down one side. They are covered by folding doors held in place, when shut, with magnets. They are excellent magnets! They are so good, in fact, that when pulling the doors open one time, the wood gave way before the magnet did. Suddenly, there was a 16-inch long vertically split in the door frame. Once again, I chose to forego the warranty and fix it myself. With a bit of wood glue and a couple of inexpensive metal straps, I beefed up the back of the door frame behind the crack. You can’t even tell it’s there now AND the door opens before breaking! BONUS! While I was at it, I added some reinforcement near the other magnetic points on the structure.
One of the shower door retainers popped off. Turns out it was just glued on. I re-glued it, but added a screw. That won’t be an issue again. One of the kitchen drawers fell off its track. OK, to be more accurate, the track became detached from the structure and took that side of the drawer with it. Annoying, but easy to fix. As with the other repairs, a bit of good quality glue and some well-placed screws made it a problem that will NOT recur. There were a couple other minor issues that I’ve already forgotten about. They were easy to fix and easy to forget about. Everything that I bought the motorhome to do, it does well. I can’t complain. Well, I can, but I won’t. It’s not worth the brain cells that would have to be devoted to the effort.
So, you see where I’m going with this? You have to invest a bit of time, a small amount of money and a bit of elbow grease to keep from going bonkers with your RV. Doing that will take a HUGE burden off of you because it will be done quickly and you know it will be done RIGHT! I don’t care what brand or model you buy, this is the key to happy RV motoring! If you are not comfortable doing this, then I predict that you will never be a happy motorhome owner.
Not only dissatisfied but disgusted by the quality. This RV is an expensive piece of JUNK. Our seats started to deteriorate the first day we got it. After only 4 RV trips we literally have no choice to it pay for seat replacements. The pipes under the sink broke, the bunk broke after 3 uses, the electrical outlets in the master stopped working, the AC has had to be repaired 4 times. We have put a total of 8000 miles on our RV. Don’t buy a Coachmen. The dealer we went to is completely incompetent and when we take our RV in for repairs they take more than one month to repair anything then they bless us with the BILL that we have to pay.
2018 Coachmen Chapparel - Poor interior work. Did walk thru with Dealership. Bolts were not in place on sofa. Pull out was to be done before delivery not done. One screw missing on table bolted to floor and one loose. Freshwater cap so loose lost all my fresh water on our first outing to the river. Awning didn't work, wire was off in panel. Found screw and washer in master bedroom. Floor molding fell off in kids bunkhouse. Edges around table are pointy and not much padding to speak of. Looks like padding will need replacing soon. Just poor lack of detail workmanship of the interior. GFI cheap click off if you try to use outlet in kitchen.
Coachmen had the best options for space and comfort plus tech. It is important for space and function with my RV with technology because my family and I need space in our RV. Family of 6 and 2 cats is a lot for an RV.
Coachmen RVs are high quality in craftsmanship and beauty compared to some manufacturers. Their prices are wide ranging and very reasonable considering their long heritage as an RV manufacturer. I like the color selections they use for the interior. They also have well appointed layouts for their RVs. They are all over the country and easy to reach for service. I also like the customer representatives, they are always professional. The only thing would be is some of the color schemes are not available in all lengths of their RV line. But they have more to like than most RV manufacturers.
Coachmen RV is an awesome product to buy. Good quality and a very good price too. I love the product. It's a nice thing to have and has a lot of room too for your belongings. The manufacture is wonderful. Go to the right store to purchase it.
They're good quality stuff, built well and with good components and hold up good and travel good along with the name reminiscing memories of fun times camping at spectacular places. I hope they'd offer more add-ons as standards though and start including solar and batteries and offer all solar capable or 50 amp plug in, offer a fifth wheel with 2 access solar panels and batteries ready to be off grid. Less troubles than others but basics good though and should keep up the good work and always go with how they're doing as it's working out well for them.
I bought an older RV (2000) from a dealer that 1st go to answer is to lie to your face, But that is another issue. I have emailed Coachmen twice about issues. The 1st time they said they could not help as they only have items on hand for 4 years. The 2nd time they were going to look and see if they could find the as builts (my term for what they said). 3 months later with 5 follow up emails and still nothing. Their support team could have a career as salesmen.
All manufacturers provide basically the same thing... an RV with the basic amenities. But, Coachmen is a name you can trust. I would refer anyone and everyone to go with Coachmen. Coachman has that additional touch of class. You can say with pride that your RV is a Coachmen! The interior was a class act. Colors were muted and relaxing to look at. Well-placed components. From a man's point of view, the engine's components were well-placed and easy to access. But it would be great if the company would create a rental service to provide Coachmen Class As and Cs for those who would like to experience the joys of RV-ing before they buy! And how wonderful it would be to find that rental center and/or a manufacturing center in the Pensacola/Gulf Breeze, FL area. Lots of military families and retirees to form their work base!
The Coachmen that I have is older, about 12 yrs or so now, but compared to other peoples RV's that are newer (5yrs olds, 6yrs olds) their RV's are already falling apart and mine is not. AZ sun can be brutal but mine has held up and still going strong. The interior is nice, not too over the top, but not too crappy either. It was a nice RV as far as comfort, updated, nice interior, a lot of bells and whistles without the higher price tag. However, the bedrooms need to be bigger/more walk around and/or closet space. The master bedroom can sometimes just be a little cramped but for an RV it's ok. But it would be cool if the master bedroom had 2 pop outs instead of only 1, that way it makes it a little roomier, a little more homier, and much more comfortable.
Coachmen RV manufactures several different types of RV campers. Coachmen have some of the best prices on RVs and camper models. We have used Coachmen in the past and have been satisfied with their products. The coachmen RVs and campers have some of the best designed RVs and campers.
Coachmen is a brand I trust - in business for over 50 years. Provides adventure, freedom, flexibility, reliability, safety & security. I like the Coachmen RV exactly how it is. It has always been a pleasurable experience in camping and look forward to going every weekend. My family has always had a Coachmen for years. I would never shop for anything else.
I like the strong sturdy RV that is reliable and has the torque of a engine that can flow and get higher in the hills of a mountains. I truly like the toughness of the RV that can override on any surface whatsoever though rough and smooth floors. It has to be made from the United States or Japanese cause it has to be great technology source for me to trust them more and more. I want the best and the only RV manufacturer from a well known brand cause I want the best greatest performing engine and torque of an RV. I want everything from great styling to interior of the RV and also a nice comfort and gas mileage of the RV. If it is a independent source brand I have to think about it for sure cause it can probably not last that long.
Brand new RV and the vent cover for the bathroom was already baked & brittle! Continued problems with plumbing and water damage. The rear cargo hatch, the finger lock does not even engage! The generator has 1000 hours on it, yet brand new? Emailed their support and their support told me to take the thing back to the dealer. Hey stupid! It is a motorhome, and I'm not near where I bought it! The sink spout and handles are cheesy plastic. The toilet leaked and had to fix it. The water heater leaked and had to fix it.
The dealer seemed to know his head from the behind for my solar and discovered, nope, they didn't. Running the microwave for 30 seconds drains the battery. So now I have to redesign the whole thing, which defeats the whole purpose of the dealer to install. Of course, "go power" should be smart enough to pull only the power it needs to supplement the battery/solar system while plugged in, but that is not coachmen's fault. Next time, I will buy a winny!
There are many things to like about it. The driving is really nice and the room in the back has enough room. The bed is nice the fridge is awesome. Plus the bathroom is enough for you to be able to deal with and the seating is just right. The price was out of this world crazy but that is for all RVs. The overall experience I had was excellent. I would deal with them guys any day of the week. They were amazing with getting me into what I wanted to get into and they were nice and humble with every process of the deal.
Great RV. It had great reviews, trustworthy company. They were great to deal with and we were very impressed by them. Other companies were rude to talk to or short with us. We had a very good experience with this company and had no issues whatsoever.
I have owned my Coachmen RV for the last 5 years and it's perfect, never had any issues and customer support couldn't be better. The thing I like most is the spaciousness of it. I never have to walk around someone to get where I'm going. The slide-outs on my RV are done very well. My overall experience with Coachmen outweighs the experience of every other RV manufacturer out there. Very friendly salesman and very nice customer support.
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Headquartered in Middlebury, Indiana, Coachmen has been developing and manufacturing RVs since 1964. Coachmen became a brand of Forest River, Inc. in 2008. Coachmen has a full range of RVs, including motorhomes, toy haulers, fifth wheels and more.
Full line of products: Coachmen sells a full range of RVs. Whether you want an all-in-one motorhome or a trailer RV, you’ll find several available in different sizes. See Coachmen’s website for a full product list.
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Coachmen Quality Program: Coachmen takes pride in its commitment to quality. In the Coachmen Quality Program, dedicated team members carefully inspect their products to make sure your RV meets their quality standards.
Travel Easy program: You’ll have access to one year of Coachmen’s Travel Easy roadside assistance program. This program includes services like emergency refueling, towing and locksmith service.
One-year limited warranty: New Coachmen RVs come with a one-year limited warranty for parts. Extra coverage may be available from retailers.
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