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Old 07-30-2016, 12:26 PM   #1
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What do you know about the Cross Country 404RB?

Hi Guys,

I've seen the Coachman Cross Country 404RB listed on the Motorhome Specialists web site many times but never paid any attention because it said "Bunkhouse" of which I have no interest. By accident I clicked on it last evening and to my surprise it didn't have bunkbeds. At least not the standard configuration we're use to.

It's a terrific price for a 40' diesel pusher and a pretty good looking coach! What can you tell me about it?
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:55 PM   #2
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I can tell you that I just toured the coachman factory where they build them. I saw SC and Miradas similar to ours in production.

While I know it's their cousin, I don't understand why Georgetown products seem to be so popular. In comparison there are many more features on the Coachmen products.

I think Coachmen is often an under looked company because they do not build in mass quantities like some of the other manufacturers. As a result you have a more dedicated workforce that is very meticulous I think in their work.



We had a chance to meet in person our national service of advisor who has absolutely wonderful before and during our visit. We also had a chance to meet the plant manager and I shared with him our story why we chose a Coachmen product over the Jayco Precept.




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Old 07-30-2016, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thanks WDW, A plant tour is an important thing and I appreciate you passing it along. I didn't even know Coachman built a diesel coach until a few days ago. What I've seen so far is impressive and your "in production" information from the tour is good news.

Did you happen to see the Cross Country 404RB by any chance? I know how it goes, if you're not there to look at that coach there's no reason to pay much attention.

I've seen some coach companies really ripped on the plant tour. It's good to know the Coachman tour was impressive.
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Old 07-30-2016, 09:08 PM   #4
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We saw several SC in production. The line was mixed with models. What was important is the people. Plant 310 is a small unit. The only build between 4 and 6 units a day. The workers are very dedicated and they work REALLY hard at quality assurance before it leaves the lot. For example each MH sits in a shower room for 30 minutes with a man inside with a flashlight looking for leaks. I understand he takes his job VERY seriously and when they leave the plant they are watertight. Just one of 25 nifty things we learned. BUT things happen - nothing is perfect ... We should know, but that comes with the joy of ownership.



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Old 08-03-2016, 06:33 PM   #5
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We bought a 2016 sports coach 404RB in March. We love it
The bunk bed is a drop down above the table/sofa. It is not something we will be using but will be great for resale. It does not take up room. Only loss is storage cabinets.
Unit has a lot of high end options that we are still learning to use. We got ours at MHSRV and think we got a good deal. The 2017 are out now and the 2016 are at the price I got mine on sale.
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Great to read all the posts!
We have emailed the service manager several times about multiple questions we had in reference to our coach. He and his team have been very responsive to us. We plan to go to the Coachmen Rally next June and are really looking forward to meeting everyone there and touring the factory.
We are thinking about replacing our couch (with the bed in it) for theater seating. I don't want to lose the bed but theater seating would be more suited for us. Our coach comes with 2 couches. The couch under the TV on the passenger side is the more comfortable one. Like you, I would have wanted the couches switch positions. But the passenger side couch has built in heater vents so switching is not an option.
The hidden bunks are a fantastic idea. We will not be using them as beds but we have already stored bedding in them when we had family for a weekend.
The coach has been a pleasure to drive and have been very comfortable on our trips. We have put about the same mileage approx. 6000 minus the 1100 miles MHS drove from Indiana to Texas.
Personally, I get anxious when the full side slide-out moves in and out. It seems so heavy with the full refrigerator, dinette and couch bed in it. But I guess the mechanism and motor are designed to work with that weight. We have had no problems but I still can't remember which switch is for which slide-out!!! I keep saying I need to label them.
We also have a lot water pudding on this large slide awning after it rains due sagging from water weight. And, because the coach doesn't have condensation channels, the water drips anywhere it wants. A suggestion was made to tilt the coach back slightly using the levelers. We haven't tried this yet but it is a great idea.
Thanks everyone for posting. We love reading about your experiences!
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:34 AM   #7
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We owned a CC for 12 yrs. Put 85k on it. Had no major problems. Took care of everything that needed fixing on engine and body my self. I thought it was good value for the $$. Good entry level coaches. Are they made as well and have the amenities of Tiffin, Newmar and American...no. Can you go down the road and stay at same venues as higher end units..sure.
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:41 PM   #8
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bt our 404 rb from mhsrv also from jimmy. taken 4 trips so far 6,000 with one to branson in 2 weeks before we winterize. I put on cruise at 65 and I am getting 9.5 mph .first time buyer and really enjoy ours. a few minor problems that need to be fixed. We used the hideaway bunks with family-great idea- For what you get for the price-great buy.
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Hi msbaker,

Heard nothing but good things about MHS. That 9.5 mpg at 65 mph is terrific! How do you find the power of the 340, is it ok for a 41' coach? Also heard the other day that the 2500 Allison transmission is very smooth shifting, did you observe that as well?

Looking at the video done by the president of MHS I was very impressed by the Azdale body and steel floor. It looks like a very impressive coach. They also have a new 2017.5 floor plan with 2 full baths, the 408 DB. You lose the bunks but get a nice closet.

Is the Sports Coach a comfortable coach, how are the front seats, driving the coach and overall feel on the road?
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bt our 404 rb from mhsrv also from jimmy. taken 4 trips so far 6,000 with one to branson in 2 weeks before we winterize. I put on cruise at 65 and I am getting 9.5 mph .first time buyer and really enjoy ours. a few minor problems that need to be fixed. We used the hideaway bunks with family-great idea- For what you get for the price-great buy.


Any chance you could look at your ncc or ccc sticker on the coach and let us know? The same floor plan on the berk 38a I looked at was around 22xx in ccc. Just wondering what the sportscoach is?
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No problem with the 340 , very smooth driving. Front seats comfortable. I looked at a lot of coaches for the money, the bang for the buck is definitely there. When friends look at coach , come in and visit the first they say is wow, u must've paid 400,000 for this with all the goodies, when I tell them what I did pay they give me that "look"! Plan to enjoy ours for years to come. Have a few small problems and will take in for warranty work after next trip next week then winterize. The electrical switch on, plugged into 50amp and no hot water, checked fuses, have to turn on propane for hot water. A/c controler set front and back on auto and arrows for up or down will not work. When I put out passenger bedroom slide a hear a pop when first moving and last problem passenger wind shield wiper won't come up. Other than that love mine
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Thanks msbaker. I appreciate your information!
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We have the same coach and had the possibility same issue with the hot water. Our bypass valve was turned to shut off setting. To get to the bypass, you need to go through the bedroom panel next to the bathroom wall. I understand they switched the access to get to the shut off valve's this year. Or it could be a breaker next to the refrigerator or burned out element if your tank is not full when trying to use it.
We also have smooth shifting and great towing capacity with the 340/Allison. Front seat very comfortable and supportive. There's lots of room for the driver to sit back if needed.
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FWIW, I have a 2007 Sportscoach Pathfinder. We've owned it for 4 years and I've put about 34,000 miles on it. I love it. It has the 300HP Cummins and it pulls it down the road just fine. I get a consistent 9.5-10 MPG.

One question I have about the newer models. Are the water tanks insulated? Mine are not so it's not a good cold weather coach. We are also considering upgrading to the 404RB.
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