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Old 07-12-2016, 03:32 AM   #15
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Why not just get a 3500 either way?
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:12 PM   #16
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We went with a Montana High Country 340BH last year. It's about 13k fully loaded with gear, so I upgraded my 3/4 ton to a DRW Ran 3500 after buying our Montana. It pulls the trailer nicely.
X2 on the 340BH...My Silverado duramax 2500 pulls it nice as well.
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:51 PM   #17
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Coachman Chaparral 390QSMB worked for us...

We have 3 grandkids, and 2 children who all like to go camping with us. So we went with the Chaparral 390QSMB and it is great so far. We have camped in it for 8 days so far and owned it for two weeks. The length took a little getting use to, but that's expecte going from a 24 ft to a 42 ft 5th wheel. I pull it with a 2008 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 604l diesel and have no problems.

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Old 07-29-2016, 06:01 PM   #18
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We have 3 grandkids, and 2 children who all like to go camping with us. So we went with the Chaparral 390QSMB and it is great so far. We have camped in it for 8 days so far and owned it for two weeks. The length took a little getting use to, but that's expecte going from a 24 ft to a 42 ft 5th wheel. I pull it with a 2008 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 604l diesel and have no problems.

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That is funny you mentioned the 390QSMB. A local dealer got one in the other day and we like it a lot. This one has King bed, bigger fridge, two ACs, auto level and a great price point. The house is showing a lot so as soon as it sells we will probably go with this one. I originally wasn't thrilled with the size of the midbunk compared to bigger rear bunk designs but I like the rear living set up a lot more for full-time use.

Is your 250 short or long box? The dealer said because of the chamfered nose you would never need a slider hitch in a short bed but I'm not sure I believe him.
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:27 AM   #19
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I have the 360IBL which is very simi6to the 390QSMB. Nose caps are the same though, and I do believe it would be fine in a short bed with no slider.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:55 AM   #20
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I have a short bed...

I pull the Chaparral 390qsmb with a short bed 2008 Ford F 250. I widened my drive way thinking I would have to have the extra space to to into my drive, but the 90 degree turning ability I only needed an extra foot instead of the 6 I added. Only thing I am thinking of adding to my truck, other tha new tires ( the old ones are wore out still pulled it over 400 miles with no problem). Is a set of the Timbren rear suspension support springs. Good investment of towing and keeping it level. My hitch is an older no name model that was put on when I purchased our previous 5th wheel a Jayco Jayfilght 31.5 bhds. Rated for 16,000 and 3000. It pulls great!

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Old 08-01-2016, 04:48 AM   #21
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We, like you, we're also originally looking at the big bunkhouse 5ers... the 36DB and cougar 336BHS were on our short list until we say the Chaparral 360IBL and 390QSMB. We really feel in love with the living space and kitchen. After all we only need the bunkhouse for the kids to sleep in. It's been fantastic for us, I don't think you will regret the Chaparral one bit!

As for TV... I am one who likes to have plenty of truck, so we upgraded from a 3/4 ton diesel to the 1 ton DRW tow monster when we bought the Chaparral. I like the fact that I never have to worry about weight, and towing even in the mountains is effortless and very comfortable.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:17 PM   #22
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Well the house is under contract and I am ready to pull the trigger on the Coachmen Chapparal 390QSMB but of course the one at the local dealer sold last week. There are several scattered around the country. This may seem like a dumb question. How big of a deal is it to buy one across the country somewhere. Can you show up and buy one and be done in a day or two or plan on staying a week or more to deal with problems??? I am a pilot so getting there is not a huge deal but I have limited time off the next few weeks and we have to be out of the house by Sept 15th. Also if you were to order one from the factory what are the lead times like? Is it months? And how are the prices on ordered ones compared to ones already on a lot somewhere? Sorry for the dumb questions but Ive never bought a new RV out of town. I really appreciate all the input I get from the people who have been there already.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:55 PM   #23
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My parents bought one from the factory. Took 7 weeks but idk if adding an electric leveling system to a model that didn't normally have it made any difference. I only drove 5hrs to get our new 5th wheel. We stayed the night before in a hotel and picked it up the next day. Supposed to sign paperwork at 9am and walk through at 9:30. Didn't leave the dealership til 1 because of a few things we noticed upon inspection. I had never seen the RV before but our salesman was very easy to deal with and very accommodating to our needs of when to pick up the trailer. I do not think you can just show up and buy one then leave because the dealer has to do a PDI to get the trailer ready for the customer.
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We traveled to get ours too...

We live in Russellville AR, and traveled to Carthage MO. to get our camper. We went up over the 4th of July weekend and looked at it, decided that was the one we wanted after a few days, called and told the dealer. They prepped it, and we went back on the 14th, traded our old camper in, signed the papers went through a walk through, then went and stayed at a campground on them for 2 nights to make sure everything worked. We then pulled in 3.5 hours back home, loaded it up and went to a nearby lake for a week.

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Here is one to look at. CrossRoads has several other BH models also.

Cruiser Model: CF345BH by Crossroads RV
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We have a Cougar 336BHS and love it. It has the bunk house with the Benita of a rear living. It is light at less than 11,000 empty. I tow it with my 3/4 ton ford with no problems.
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We got the dealer to transfer a Coachmen Chapparal 390QSMB from their other store and pick it up Monday in our current home city. This may sound picky but since we will be full time we like the rear living area and having the tv directly across from the two theater seats versus the 90 degree angle setups most rear bunk plans have.
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Congrats on the 390! I really liked the bunkhouse in the 390QSMB, but the wife really preferred the kitchen layout of the 360IBL... living area is the same, and we love it!
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