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Old 09-21-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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2020 Coachmen Chapparal 392MBL

We pick up our new 5er tomorrow! We are excited to finally have more space!

Anyone have this camper currently? Are there any problems to be aware of, or anything that we should look out for?
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We have a Chaparral, but itís a different model. It had mostly minor things which required repair under warranty. The worst was a torn gasket under one of the slides. The dealer said that it was a common problem caused by being hung too high.
The other problem was that some compartment door locks wouldnít catch. The door frames needed to be raised up a bit. I think whoever installed it must have sat on the frame before screwing it down.
We also had a cable from one of the black tanks that was pinched between the frame and plywood. This was fixed before we signed the paperwork.
As Iím sure you know, the best thing to do is get out and use it. The way they throw these together so fast, there will be issues. Hopefully nothing major. Congrats and good luck!
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:27 AM   #3
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We have a Chaparral, but itís a different model. It had mostly minor things which required repair under warranty. The worst was a torn gasket under one of the slides. The dealer said that it was a common problem caused by being hung too high.
The other problem was that some compartment door locks wouldnít catch. The door frames needed to be raised up a bit. I think whoever installed it must have sat on the frame before screwing it down.
We also had a cable from one of the black tanks that was pinched between the frame and plywood. This was fixed before we signed the paperwork.
As Iím sure you know, the best thing to do is get out and use it. The way they throw these together so fast, there will be issues. Hopefully nothing major. Congrats and good luck!
We had the same issue with the front compartment on the 392MBL. I ended up making a longer catch rod so that it would catch on the metal lip and lock. The side latches caught, but the middle was just too short. Wasn't a big deal, but slightly annoying on a brand new rig.

The only other issue I have found so far (and I knew to test in advance) was that the bedroom and living room coax connections were switched. I was able to swap them back and all seems fine now.

The Hisense double door fridge seems to open itself when moving down the road, so I am going to install some eyelets on either side to run a bungee across while going down the road. This seems to be common on the fridge though and not just a Coachmen issue.

We take it out this coming Saturday for 7 days, so it will be a good shakedown for it. The layout is fantastic though and so far we are loving it!
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You might want to recheck your compartments in cold weather. One of ours would be okay in warm weather, but wouldnít catch once the weather turned cold.

Stuff in our 5er used to get bounced around a lot. We added shocks, which has seemed to solve the problem. The worst part of that job was drilling through the frame to mount the shocks.

Enjoy your new toy!
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