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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.
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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.
We love our coach and every one that saw it want to buy one. It look really great and it had a great paint job on the outside. We had a great kitchen, good beds, and refrigerator. We had a great outdoor space and kitchen space and great storage. Bathroom was good but it would have been better if we had two. We got great gas mileage and it was easy to drive and it was great to tailgate at our football games. We love the big chairs in front. It was comfortable to be sitting a long time.
However, the RV was not design very good. We also wanted bigger kitchen table and a microwave oven. So, make sure you make a list of must haves like tv outside so you can watch all the games, outdoor space, a big kitchen table, a microwave oven, 2 bathrooms, a sink and a fridge outside, and to tailgate. Also, how many sleeping. It's like buying a house. Nevertheless, we got a great deal on the Coachmen RV, below manufacture sale price. People would ask us about how much we paid for it and they want to see the inside of it. All in all we were very happy and proud to have own it. It has brought the family a lot closer together.
I have bought a 2014 Thor Hurricane from Motor Home Spec, and a 2018 Coachmen Lep (3111FS) from the same dealership, and I can say do not buy from these people. They say the are the biggest in the world maybe but for service they are not, as they lie to you and don't do any warranty work. On my 2018 Coachmen the slide motor went out, the washer did not work, the water heater did not work, the floor leaks, and these are some of the things they tell me. I had put too much weight on my slide and burned out my motor for which I had to take to another dealer to get fixed.
The second was the washer as I bought this motorhome in Dec 2017, and we took a trip in it and lived in it but when we went to use the washer, water went everywhere as it had a frozen water inlet valve broken now. This is in the inside of the motorhome where the temp was 74 degrees, and could not freeze but they told me I did not winterization my motorhome. I said, "How do you do that when you live in it." I could go on and on but don't buy from them as they only want your money and could care less about you. As for water on the floor poor workmanship in cheap plywood floors, you don't get any calls from them and when you do set up an appointment and when you show up they tell you it will take another three weeks to get started. So you wait for 3 weeks to get a appointment and then another 3 weeks before they start work on it and then take a month to repair nothing.
Some things I really like about Coachmen is their salespeople's ability to persuade me into buying anything. They could easily persuade me into buying an old, smelly shoe if they wanted to. They're just that good. They are absolutely perfect. Overall, my experience with Coachmen was flawless. Couldn't have asked for a better travel trailer or for a better brand.
Did a lot of online research. Compared a lot of brands, used Google searches and visited specific websites to read consumer reviews, compare quality and specifications and determine which one was right for me. Coachmen has great customer service and they're proud of their products and guarantee them. You really feel like they've put a lot of time and effort into perfecting it, giving you value, and that you're getting a high quality vehicle.
The Coachmen RV is a quality brand name, but yet not too expensive. They hold up well and also have a good resale value, which is important to me. In general, I think all manufacturers need to branch out. All RVs kind of look the same and have the same features. They need to develop something that will stand out. I chose this manufacturer due to their good reputation and everything has worked as it was supposed to. I have gotten many compliments on our RV.
I usually dread having to buy anything like RVs and automobile because I know very little about it and wonder if I am getting ripped off. But this time I came away feeling like I got a good deal and a lot more informed than when I first starting looking for an RV to purchase. I like that they have many RVs to choose from and that the salespeople are incredibly helpful but not pressuring and were more than willing to answer any questions that I had. I like all the types of RVs and I like the fact that the RVs are affordable and I was able to find exactly what I wanted at a reasonable price.
My $100K 2013 Coachman Pursuit - I can't express my hatred for this RV enough, it is so poorly made, it's like buying a half million dollar house in Hawaii!! Cheap parts, poor workmanship and still have not been on a trip without something needing fixed and this is all at under $6K miles. My toilet has yet to go a trip w/out clogging, the poor design causes it to clog every flipping trip, so annoying, and yes this includes the proper toilet paper and no #2's in toilet at all!!! I have yet to have a trip w/ constant hot water, a kitchen drawer that doesn't come out on every turn. I at this point would take a huge loss just to get rid of this piece of junk on wheels. This RV has been in to be fixed 6 times! I just ask do your research and test everything out before buying a POS like this one.
2014 M331-MKS Coachmen Chaparral Signature 5ver: After having our Coachmen Chaparral 5th wheel for a while now I would like to review the good and bad that we have found in the 5th Wheel. First off it must be understood that a 5th Wheel is the sum of parts from several manufacturers install on a manufacturer's base system. Some complaints are with the components and the only blame of Coachmen's is they didn't find a better Quality system to install on their unit.
Now for the bad. The awnings systems installed on most mid range RV will not stand up to the wind force that can be produced by an asthmatic field mouse blowing through a straw when in the open position and they can easily blow off the RV when in the retracted position at highway speeds. After having our awning fold up like a mangled pile of pickup sticks we replaced it with a 14 foot patio umbrella and stand. I like it better than an awning. The wife would like it in addition to the awning. The choice is yours. The next bad is the paint system used on the nose cone of the RV. I believe in is integrated into the fiberglass and they have a tendency to fade. We have clayed bar the cap once a year ago with good results but it is fading again. I will use a top quality automotive wax after bringing back the shine this time to see if we can get a longer period without fading.
Bad number three, the plumbing fixtures. Fixtures in the restroom are plastic junk. The faucet it the show cracked above the mixing portion of the valve which caused a bad leak when the shower was on. The water ran down the inside of the interior wall and flooded the storage bay. We use covered bins in the storage locker so clean up wasn't too bad and everything dried up without any mold. The Fourth Bad - The vinyl floor is thin and of bad quality. The slides will make a two inch cut into the vinyl. I epoxied the area but every time I walk on it barefooted I remember the cheapness of products installed in RVs. Number 5 of the bad, is the China Bomb tires still installed on many RV's. I don't care if I had to pay $200 at the time of purchase to have American made quality tires installed.
These are the basic list of bad we have found. It also should be noted that the RV is built to a price point and better interior paneling is available but to install it would cost much more so I can easily live with what is used. I also wish the microwave mounting area was large enough to install a convection microwave but it isn't an option.
Now a few of the really good items. Number one, the 90 degree turning radius nose cone complete with bullseye hookup light. We haven't had to use our sliding hitch once. We tow with a Dodge Megacab so the bed is shorter than a true long bed. With an addition of a round dot piece of tape on the back window of the truck sighting in when hooking up is a breeze. Good number two - Azdel sealed wall system. the walls do away with delamination. They are very strong and very light. I give them an A plus rating. Good number Three - Opposable rear super slides. This make the 5th wheel feel so very roomy and if you are going to have slides isn't that why? Number four of the good - The amount of interior light fixtures. Because of the dark wood grain interior the lights brighten up the interior perfectly. Of course we installed LED's to let us use these lights while boondocking.
For the 5th and Final Good - The interior setup with its amount of storage and comfort. We like the private bathroom with the very large shower with seat. The under exterior storage is also great. For a 35 foot fifth wheel it feels more like a 40 foot rig. We feel that we have gotten good value for money spent on this fifth wheel and plan on keeping for many more years of enjoyment and memories.
We love our 29 foot Mirada RV but can't understand how Coachmen can include vinyl seats (captains chairs and benches) with vinyl that totally flakes off after 4.5 years. Also, the user manuals are of little help since they are generic and not model/year specific.
They are very, very reputable. The coach is very durable with quality items and products. They have great amenities. You can not go wrong with them. Absolutely the best there is. I have never been stuck from breakdowns or mechanical failure.
Good RVs are the way to go when you like to travel places. It wouldn't feel like you left home. Coachmen RV is very good to drive with on the road. It'll get us from point A to B. My great uncle who passed away had one and he basically would live in it. The RV was a Chevy Astro. One of a kind built in tv for the road. It was very comfortable. I would buy one for future reference. It'll bring back so much memories of me and my great uncle.
I love RVing. It's a part of my life and a very big part of who I am. I chose Coachmen RV over all others because, even given their relatively high prices, they are known for providing high end, excellent quality products. I remember my great great grandfather using this company and he swore by them so I guess that I can do the exact same thing with no complaints. This company is great for me. I like their diversity of available RVing products. They do not force me to purchase any one specific type of RV but instead allow me to customize my appearance on the road by offering a very wide selection of colors and types. The only thing that even remotely comes close to a complaint, and a minor one at that, is their prices. I usually can't afford to go camping or on a road trip after purchasing from them.
Coachmen RV expert review by David Chandler, Ph.D.
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.
Catalina Destination Trailer: The Catalina Deluxe Destination is a top-of-the-line trailer RV. The series has six different floor plans to maximize comfort and storage. They are designed for extended vacations.
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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