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Old 05-02-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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Coachman Chaparral

Am looking at the bunkhouse models to suit our family. Anyone have any comments about this brand or model?
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Am looking at the bunkhouse models to suit our family. Anyone have any comments about this brand or model?
Hi Barb and Mike,

I am having a hard time finding much information about the Coachmen lines (Chaparral or Brookstone). The web site doesn't have much detail, there is limited activity on the various forums, there doesn't seem to be as large of a "community" of owners, and the factory rep we came across, while cordial, is not overly eager to help (as compared to Open Range Rep). Though the information I see on the web is largely negative, there isn't a whole lot of it posted.

All that being said, we really like one of their floor plans and I am really struggling to bring myself to the purchase with "limited" factory backing and the lack of warm fuzzies that I have gotten when dealing with Open Range and to a slightly lesser extent, Heartland. Coachmen has been around A LONG TIME so you would think there would be a HUGE support base and great customer service channels but I am a bit skeptical of all that right now.

Someone with first hand knowledge, please step in and set me straight (or confirm my fears) for the sake of BDHunter and me!

P.S. BDHunter, I see you are coming from a Tiffin Bunkhouse Coach. Can you tell me more about your decision to go Coach to Trailer? I am trying to convince the wife to go the other way but she won this round.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:54 AM   #3
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Hi Mammalian,
Trading down to restructure payments for when I retire in ~2 years. Got a GREAT deal on a dodge 3500 and we only intend to be part timers, not full timers
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We signed on the coachman chaparral today. Insurance goes from over $2K/year to a little over $400/yr. My payments on my 5W will be 1/2 what my MH were. I'm no longer going to pay engine maintenance on my toad Jeep AND a motor home....looking forward to joining the community of 5W'ers and having a good deal more disposable income.
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Nice! Congratulations! Post up some photos and let us know how you like it!
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Photos please!!!!
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:17 AM   #7
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New Coachman

New 2016 Coachman Chaparral 39QSMB (and new to us 2010 Ram 3500 megacab with dually wheels. I'll figure out how to change our signature block at some point to properly acknowledge our new toys!

Happy camping, all!
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Wow, that's a fine looking rig.
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:22 PM   #9
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Hey that's a nice setup, sorry for coming in late as I don't get online to much. My wife and I purchased a NEW Coachman chapparal in 2013. we looked for over a year at fifth wheels as we were upgrading from a little 24 ft bumper pull with no slides. We have had our chapparral to Wyoming, Montana, Wisconsin, and Kansas. Never a issue yet to date. We have 279BHS with bunks in the rear and outside kitchen. What led us to ours was floor plan and construction of our particular unit compared to others available to us in our area.
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