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Old 09-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Any Coachmen Prism owners?

Any suggestions for new owners? How is your prism on long trips?
Do you tow a vehicle behind?
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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I just perched a new one , however its to soon to make any comments on it yet. Have had it for just two weeks, Going back to the dealer today for my hit list fixes. Was not too impressed with the dealer prep and too many missing screws in the coach. All that I can say is the Prism drives/handles well . The trip home was 150 miles on US 4 in fl. Was impressed with the 3.0 MB diesel.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Hi, we did a 5 week road trip from Pgh Pa to Key West. Pleased with the prism performance. I drove it 3 hours! It was quite easy to handle...l passed cars and a few trucks but didn't park in a campground space.
We had plenty of packing space. Stopped for diesel every 275 miles.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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New Prism

We're new owners of a 2011 Prism. We took it to Florida for its maiden voyage and to begin to figure out what all the features, buttons, etc. were and how various parts worked. So far we're quite pleased. However I do wish it had come with a more thorough manual, more specific with pictures of where things are. For instance, where is the drain for the fresh water tank? I'll figure it out eventually but it out to be easier! We've put about 5,000 miles on the camper and are pleased with almost 15 MPG. The diesel (our first) hums along nicely.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:11 AM   #5
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Open up the back hatch on the aft storage locker. Looking straight in on the back wall you will see a round screw in port about six to five inches in dia. Unscrew the port and reach in. you will feel three valves one drains the water heater , water lines and one the fresh water tank.

Will be leaving Florida June 12th for Alaska . So far Wife and I love the 220 Prism. We are getting 14 MPG with only 1800 miles on it.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #6
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New 2012 Prism LE2150. How to manually drain the fresh water tank.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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New 2012 Prism LE2150. How to manually drain the fresh water tank.
You may have already figured this out but it is/was a mystery to me. On my 2011 Prism there is no manual drain. If all you want to do is drain or empty the tank simply turn on the water pump and open the faucets.

The cold water will empty into the gray water tank.

Now the water that is in the gray water tank can be flushed. When I do this to sanitize the water system with eco-friendly solvent I let the water pour out on to the ground.

[BTW, Ronald Ross rross@forestriverinc.com has been very helpful to me.]
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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We're thinking about purchasing a Prism P220 and would love any insight...issues etc.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:06 AM   #9
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We're thinking about purchasing a Prism P220 and would love any insight...issues etc.
As noted earlier we've been happy with our Prism. It's been fun getting to figure out all the buttons and features. It's currently in for early maintenance after which we'll be taking it south for about 6 weeks. If you have any specific questions just post them here and one of us will answer.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:17 AM   #10
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Question Prism

*Anyone towing a car?
*Husband has some concerns about low end construction since this unit is more than $30k less than the Leisure Unity. Thoughts?
*Anyone see a pre-owned one out there for sale? Anywhere?
*Has anyone made any modifications?
*Dinette or sofa and table?
*Anyone put a TV by the bed?
*Anyone installed a swivel base on the front seats?

Love to hear about any of these things...and anything else you can share
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #11
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Talking

Sorry I just saw your post.
I have a 2011 P220, with the entertainment/TV over the cab and the sofa/sleeper instead of a dinette.
We just completed a 2 mth trip from Florida To Alaska with side trips. (13,000 miles round trip) My wife and I agree that for us its perfect (so does our French bull dog, Ollie)
The size is perfect and we see no need for a tow car. However we did tow my daughters ford fiesta,(on a dolly) and I must say that most of the time I did not know that it was there to her, as she is now working in Sitka and loves it there so it will be her home.We had the Prism and her car packed to the gills with her stuff. WE may have been just a little over weight.
Going east and north with the car (and her goodies) we avg about 12.6 mpg. Coming home at 60-65 mph we avg 14.8 according to my scan age. BTW this is a new unit that had 1,500 miles on it.
Now to your questions.
*Anyone towing a car?
LOL see above
*Husband has some concerns about low end construction since this unit is more than $30k less than the Leisure Unity. Thoughts?
Coachman uses the basic MB Sprinter, standard seats, dash, steering wheel, etc about 10 k less.
Workmanship is about the same. I do not think the Prism is a low end unit.
*Anyone see a pre-owned one out there for sale? Anywhere?
Yes some are out there but just a few. Do a internet search
*Has anyone made any modifications?
None has been needed
*Dinette or sofa and table?
Just sofa and table add a lot of living space over a Dinette
*Anyone put a TV by the bed?
It has one already
*Anyone installed a swivel base on the front seats?
YES A MUST DO very easy to do. And adds living space, relay nice when you have guests in the prism.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:29 AM   #12
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Hey, thanks Van FL, we are also in Florida.
Keep all those reviews/comments coming our way!
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:57 PM   #13
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2012 Prism, model 2150

We purchased our unit last December (2011) and have since driven it for 14,000 miles. Drove it to Alaska this summer, abt 12,000 miles round trip with some side excursions. The wonderful diesel got between 10.0 and 15.0 miles per gallon, with an average of about 14.0. The lowest mpg was usually due to a lot of around town driving and parked with the AC on while we ate lunch or took a break. We had NO significant problems with the unit. Even the many many potholes along the ALCAN highway didn't cause a problem with the front end alignment. I did have some type of sensor that was faulty that kept giving us an engine light problem but we continued to drive it when a Freightliner shop said that whatever it was would not hurt the engine. We also had one roller beneath the slide out that broke loose and had to be replaced when we returned to Texas. It was not a load bearing roller so wasn't a problem anyway. The radio AM stations developed a lot of static but the FM worked fine. Forest River replaced the radio at no charge. I did have to add TechBlue to the reservoir while on the trip because the tank runs dry at about 8-10,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. We really liked the bed in the back corner of the RV. It is a full-size queen bed and, except for making the bed each day, was very comfortable. The unit did not come with exhaust fans in the cabin area (except for the little one in the bathroom). Hope to replace the two vents with exhaust fans in the near future. The unit had a lot of power when going up 12,000 to 14,000 ft mountains in Colorado. By the way, when I took it to the Mercedes dealer for its 10,000 mile service check up there was nothing to do except change the oil. Oh, while I was driving out of the dealership, I tried to use the horn and it wouldn't work. They replaced it immediately and said that the 2012 model had a horn that easily filled with leaves, dust, etc. Mercedes has changed the horn now so that it won't have that problem any longer. One caution is that the areas of Western Canada where we traveled to Alaska had NO Mercedes dealerships or Coachmen or Forest River service centers. There was one Mercedes dealership in Anchorage. We have to get the Sprinter part and the chassis repaired at a Sprinter dealership and the cabin part repaired at a Forest River dealership. Over all, we are VERY pleased with the Prism even though we were initially concerned because we bought it for about $29,000 below list price at Motor Home Specialists (Alvarado, TX). We paid about $70,000 but MHS also gave us an Exxon card that had $2,000 on it. That came in handy even though there are large parts of Colorado, Montana, etc where there are no Exxon stores. I would highly recommend purchasing this RV if you run across a new or used one. I can't explain why there appears to be so few for sale online and at dealerships.
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Thanks for some detailed posts. If anyone sees a good deal out there let us know
We will be towing a small car...probably on a dolly...looking to make a purchase by early fall.
Will be checking out the RV Supershow in Tampa later this month...but I also have google alerts set for any Internet listings.
Always interested in hearing user reports.
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