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Old 06-28-2015, 07:23 PM   #1
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What would you do?

I'll try to keep this as brief as possible. Let me first say that this is not a Slanderous Thread, but rather a factual story of an incident that occurred to our Travel Trailer, a 2007 Coachmen 28DSB Spirit of America TT. Some of you have probably read my post concerning having had our unit recently totaled by our insurance company due to severe water damage resulting from a leak from the roof over our bedroom. Our camper was under an awning in our back, all under roof except for about 3 feet of the front of the RV. I would check our roof for any problems and would do any caulking or sealing as needed. Somewhere down the line a leak occurred during a 3 day heavy down pour of rain. Result was damage to our bedroom flooring, damage to the sub flooring in the pass through storage area, and our light in the bedroom at the foot of our bed filled with water. We are looking to downsize somewhat on our next TT. Guess what meets our wants in the next TT? Yep, a Coachmen 257BHS. My question is this. Could you or would you trust the same RV Co. given the same circumstances? We were told by a Coachmen Rep. that there was a problem with the 2005-2008 Spirit of America TT'S in the quality being poor. We found that these were built in a plant in Fitzgerald, Ga. Little good this does us now. How do we know the quality in the new Freedom Express is any better than the S.O.A. was? I have written Coachmen and am waiting to see if they reply. What would you do if you were in my place?
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The old saying comes to mind " burn me once, shame on you; burn me twice shame on me".
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Putting the emotional piece of things aside, the truth is when you talk about Coachman or any other similarly priced and massed produced TT you will run the same risk....These units are slapped together as quickly and cheaply as possible. Aggressive Preventative maintenance is the only chance you have....
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I would try to find a higher end TT this time. Coachman is a fairly nice entry level (in my opinion) but I would look at some Forest River products. I had good luck with my Cedar Creek by Forest River..
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:08 AM   #6
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I would try to find a higher end TT this time. Coachman is a fairly nice entry level (in my opinion) but I would look at some Forest River products. I had good luck with my Cedar Creek by Forest River..
This will be an argument I'm sure that Coachmen will make if I'm to hear from them. Coachmen was bought out by Forest River I believe back in 2008 if I have my dates right. I'm sure the argument will be that these units are now being built in Middlebury, Indiana and that the quality has since gone up since being bought by Forest River. I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place here. I appreciate yall's replies and comments regarding this.
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I find your story interesting from a political standpoint but .. That line of thinking ends here.

I will join the chorus and suggest an alternative.. That said,, I would like to know how you missed the leak that totaled the SOA.. From the sounds of it you were dilligent in roof maintenance..

And of course with your 25 footer it will ALL fit under the rv-port.
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I find your story interesting from a political standpoint but .. That line of thinking ends here.

I will join the chorus and suggest an alternative.. That said,, I would like to know how you missed the leak that totaled the SOA.. From the sounds of it you were dilligent in roof maintenance..

And of course with your 25 footer it will ALL fit under the rv-port.
That's right and I am going to expand and come out 5 more feet from the front of our awning that will then make it a total of 30 feet long so our next TT will all be under roof.
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