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Old 09-22-2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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Freelander vs. Leprechaun

I think we have narrowed our choice down to a Coachman. The Freelander and Leprachaun are almost identicle floor plans but the Freelander is less expensive. So where are the cuts being made? I'd love to hear your experiences.
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So where are the cuts being made?
Hey,

I owned a 2014 Coachmen Freelander (no slide) and now a 2013 Freelander (with slide). My neighbor owns a nearly identical layout 2014 Leprachaun.

When new, at MSRP, his 2014 was priced about $5K more than my 2014. His a Ford. Mine a Chevy. We bought them at the same time from the same Dealer.

Most of the differences seem to be:

1) Lep has darker, cherry, wood interior trim . Mine has blond probably Mahogany,

2) Lep has upgraded window valances and shades.

3) His Lep had a 2" bigger TV.

4) His Lep also had a beige outside with EXTENSIVE painted graphics. Mine is white with a few stickers

NONE of the above made a difference to us. What DID make a difference was that at the "Drive-Away" price my Freelander was about $25K LESS than his Lepper. Long story there.....

What model/length are you looking at?

PM me if I can tell you any more about a Freelander. I have owned 2 for about 50K miles and have made several "ease of use" modifications to them.

His Lepper is now for sale and I can buy it for $4 - $5K over selling ours, but we have decided that we still don't need the upgrades. We're happy.
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Freelander vs. Leprechaun

I have had 2 Freelander and now a Leprechaun. They use the same chassis for each so thatís a wash. Overall the Freelander is more of an ďentry levelĒ coach while the Lep has the upgrades. Options like Healeyman outlined below, but also stouter fit and finish overall like better wood, stouter interior walls, better countertop material, etc. other than that things like side cameras, Bigfoot leveling jacks, better mattresses, trim on the dash, etc are frequently built into the Leprechaun but not the Freelander. Iíve had good luck with all my coaches.

Good luck with your decision!
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I think we have narrowed our choice down to a Coachman. The Freelander and Leprachaun are almost identicle floor plans but the Freelander is less expensive. So where are the cuts being made? I'd love to hear your experiences.
There are a wide variety of options that can account for the difference. The full body paint option lists at $7,800.

I have a 2018 Leprechaun approaching 20,000 miles. The quality isnít close to my previous Arctic Foxes, from little things like putting the GFI stickers on crooked to a nearly year long tussle on getting the rear slide seal right. And stupid things like havi g a black connection for fresh water and a white one for black water. Now working second delaminating trim panel.
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Actually both the Leprechaun and the Freelander can be purchased with a Chevy chassis, with the Chevy being somewhat less expensive. I too am trying to decide on purchasing one or the other in the 270QB(Lep) or the 27QB (Free), these are no slide, with a queen size walk around bed. I don't see any difference at all between the two, other that decor colors, and the Leprechaun can be purchased with full body paint as an option.

I can not find a list of options available for either, so that may also be a difference, just not sure.

Reading the various forums it appears the Ford chassis may need aftermarket upgrades, although the engine is stouter. I am not seeing that need in the Chevy chassis. But this difference may be just because there are far fewer Chevy chassis owners.
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The difference is more than cosmetic. If you open up the Features & Options page for each, and compare them side by side there are subtle (but seemingly important) details that apparently lead to a better quality build in the Leprechaun.

Examples:
Reclining Drivers & Passenger seats in the Leprechaun, but not specified in the Freelander.
Leprechaun specifies Vacu-Bond Laminated Aluminum Framed Floor with Dual-Layer Floor Decking, while Freelander reads Laminated Alum. 2" Floor.
Same difference in the walls, and the roof descriptions differ as well:
Leprechaun reads Vacu-Bond Laminated Crowned Aluminum Framed Roof with TPO Surface, while Freelander states Crowned Laminated TPO Roof.

I trust a careful study of ALL the details listed in each's respective Features & Options will reveal subtle differences across the board, whether its the quality of the counters, fabrics, and finishes, or the structural integrity of the coach.

For a few months I was considering both, because of the Chevy Chasis option, but have since soured on both, simply because of the roofing material. I HATE the idea of TPO, when I can enjoy a Fiberglass roof in a Minnie Winnie. (Albeit sacrificing the Chevy Chasis for a Ford).

When I was looking a few months ago there was substantial price difference, with the Leprechaun ranging about $10K more if I recall correctly.
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I think we have narrowed our choice down to a Coachman. The Freelander and Leprachaun...
HeyJJ,

What did you get?

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I just went through this, looking at older Diesel pushers, then new class c's and finally Airstream Travel trailers. The quality is depressing, even in AS. We just put money down on a new Big Foot travel trailer, and will pull it with my Tundra. If that is not sufficient I will upgrade to something else. Really hoped to go to a motorhome, but it is not in the cards....
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One thing important to me is if there is a difference in the cab-over construction. In the picture up in this thread from jcf0527, the shown Lep has a partial front fiberglass bucket eliminating the seam work in the most vulnerable area of the motor home. If you plan to own the rig for many years and also store it outdoors, that partial-bucket section on the face of the cab-over would be a serious upgrade consideration.
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Hey,

I owned a 2014 Coachmen Freelander (no slide) and now a 2013 Freelander (with slide). My neighbor owns a nearly identical layout 2014 Leprachaun.

When new, at MSRP, his 2014 was priced about $5K more than my 2014. His a Ford. Mine a Chevy. We bought them at the same time from the same Dealer.

Most of the differences seem to be:

1) Lep has darker, cherry, wood interior trim . Mine has blond probably Mahogany,

2) Lep has upgraded window valances and shades.

3) His Lep had a 2" bigger TV.

4) His Lep also had a beige outside with EXTENSIVE painted graphics. Mine is white with a few stickers

NONE of the above made a difference to us. What DID make a difference was that at the "Drive-Away" price my Freelander was about $25K LESS than his Lepper. Long story there.....

What model/length are you looking at?

PM me if I can tell you any more about a Freelander. I have owned 2 for about 50K miles and have made several "ease of use" modifications to them.

His Lepper is now for sale and I can buy it for $4 - $5K over selling ours, but we have decided that we still don't need the upgrades. We're happy.
Tim

Nice Miata.
I have a 93 and 94.
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Nice Miata. I have a 93 and 94.
Wow! 2 NAs. Do you pull either of them?

Mine is a 2012 PRHT, supercharged, 6 manual. This is my 2nd NC and have pulled each over 20K miles.

LOVE them.

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At risk of changing this topic a short while....

We used to tow a 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder. We switched to a 4x4 to be more adventurous, but there are many times I wished we had the MR2 with us. So I can surely relate to the Miata-towing couple paddykern.
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