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Old 08-04-2015, 08:38 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We have an appt this weekend with a local camping world and they have several of these listed to check out. They don't have very good reviews so I doubt we will buy from them, but should give us more options.
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Aerolite Ultralite "Zero Gravity" either the 242BHS or 282BHS. Coachman stands behind their products 100% of the time. They will work with you as a go between any of their preferred dealers.
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Camping World is a great place to look because of the selection.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We have an appt this weekend with a local camping world and they have several of these listed to check out. They don't have very good reviews so I doubt we will buy from them, but should give us more options.
I would highly suggest looking at Jeff Couch RV Nation. We just purchased our FR Vibe from them and the service and sales process of outstanding. We didn't even get to do a PDI, since it was being deliver. It arrived in outstanding condition with only very very minor issues, like faucet screens needing to be cleaned out and a few pieces of trim that weren't stapled to my liking.
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:28 AM   #19
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Coachmen Apex 235BHS, dry weight 4277 lbs. :



Coachmen Apex 288BHS dry weight 4842 lbs.:



The above is nice that the dinette window looks out over the awning/campsite area. Helps when you have little ones to watch.

259BHSS dry weight 5330 lbs.


Coachmen Freedom Express 229TBS has that same floorplan you loved in the Lance, dry weight 5035 lbs.:


The 236BHS is a little lighter (4999 lbs. dry), similar configuration:
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I just wanted to follow-up and thank everyone for the input. Loraura it was awesome to post your suggested models with floorplans. As an update we actually went to several places this weekend as Camping World ended up being pretty much just a Keystone dealer in reality, and most the ones we liked were really pushing the upper limits on the truck based on tools I've found on here and length we wanted.

We also went and looked at a bunch of Coachmen and found several we liked. We looked at Forest river mini-lites too and while those looked nice, they didn't have any of the bigger model and the dealer said they don't order them, and closest place that does is all the way down south on the Oregon border or all the way west in Spokane. We also found a few ultra lits and salem lites that we liked, but after researching when we got home, the dealer was giving us the box dimensions not the trailer dimensions and they were over 30'. Weight was ok, but given our lack of experience pulling trailers, we really don't want to go too big. We also stopped by Jayco to try to see the 23mbh, which it said they had online, but when we got there they said they were still on order and haven't come in yet, but they were going to e-mail us.

At this point on what we've seen we are debating a few of the Coachmen Freedom Express and the Lance 2185. Ironically the MSRPs are pretty close between the two, at least if we went with a slightly bigger Freedom Express(I can't recall the exact floorplan right now), but that dealer is discounting Coachmen quite a bit more. I think it's also cause it's the 2015 coachmen vs the 2016 Lance so that dealer is probably trying to clear out the space.
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I just wanted to follow-up and thank everyone for the input. Loraura it was awesome to post your suggested models with floorplans. As an update we actually went to several places this weekend as Camping World ended up being pretty much just a Keystone dealer in reality, and most the ones we liked were really pushing the upper limits on the truck based on tools I've found on here and length we wanted.

We also went and looked at a bunch of Coachmen and found several we liked. We looked at Forest river mini-lites too and while those looked nice, they didn't have any of the bigger model and the dealer said they don't order them, and closest place that does is all the way down south on the Oregon border or all the way west in Spokane. We also found a few ultra lits and salem lites that we liked, but after researching when we got home, the dealer was giving us the box dimensions not the trailer dimensions and they were over 30'. Weight was ok, but given our lack of experience pulling trailers, we really don't want to go too big. We also stopped by Jayco to try to see the 23mbh, which it said they had online, but when we got there they said they were still on order and haven't come in yet, but they were going to e-mail us.

At this point on what we've seen we are debating a few of the Coachmen Freedom Express and the Lance 2185. Ironically the MSRPs are pretty close between the two, at least if we went with a slightly bigger Freedom Express(I can't recall the exact floorplan right now), but that dealer is discounting Coachmen quite a bit more. I think it's also cause it's the 2015 coachmen vs the 2016 Lance so that dealer is probably trying to clear out the space.
I highly suggest you Google Jeff Couch RV Nation. Keep in mind that backing up a larger trailer is actually easier. Also, don't go too small or you'll regret it. You can usually tell the overall length of an RV by adding 5' to the model number. Example: 272bhs is 27.ft livable but actually 32' from bumper to hitch.
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