Originally Posted by Dick & Pat
The Coachmen Prism motorhome looks appealing to us. We are planning to visit a dealer this week to view their selection of Prisms, and are seeking opinions of this RV from those who own one or those who have seen them at dealerships.
Any opinions, good or bad, will sure be appreciated!!
Hello Richard, where to start?
I picked up a Used Coachmen Prism 2200 (by Forest River) with less than 9,000 miles on it, less than 2-months ago.
Few to Dayton Beach, FL from California to pick it up. It was owned by a great couple from Iowa, that used it softly. The 2200 was what I really wanted.
It came with Recliners in place of Dinette, and therefore a Outside thin Storage that is Great for hoses and roll-up / folding chairs, but does away the 2-under seat inside storages (the sofa model takes away both) I really like what I have.
3,000 mile Trip home proved to be a challenge, as I broke numerous things.
My Controller Board for the Water heater needed to be replaced in New Orleans at $430.
We fought, numerous broken door & drawer hardware ( thank God we bought some Duct Tape to keep them closed). When we got I bought some expensive ones at a local RV Supply& and ordered numerous less expensive on-line.
From the beginning, we fought a toilet seal that exposed the inside to odors of sewage (Odor fluid got so stong that it makes the stomach uneasy).
Finally in Palm Spings, got a dealer to locate a complete toilet, and an Repair employee the moonlighted to put it in (went with whole unit as it seemed less to install and not fight adjustment as we tried to enjoy the trip). That cost another $420.
Asked the Repair guy what he thought of the Prism, an he was extremely honest and replied: that he did Not like Forest River Products, even though he made Good Money off of Warranty work at his day job. He continued to say that Prism had Great Designers to come up with innovative layouts of the space, but the factory did a poor job of putting the together, and the Quality was lacking. He the showed us numerous things to show his concerns of installation and material faults.
When I got home I replaced most of the broken hardware and corrected the faulty stapling of cabinet frames. (Staples need to be installed in both wooden pieces and Not in the crack between them, additionally the wood frame needs to be thinker or have a backer so the screws are not right on the edge which causes the wood to split) The 2200 has a TV between the Recliners and the Bed which has 8-screws installed on the workbench & 8-screws installed in the coach with the frame and TV unit. It was on this second unit where we only had 7 if the screws that had fallen out (these are the hardest to install) and it was apparent the factory did not tighten them correctly. (The large beautiful TV was very close to falling on the Floor with only 1-screw holding it in place).
Additionally, Prism uses a Square Countersunk (I think it called a Robson Screw Head, which is Great for Not-Striping the screw head), but a Countersunk Screwhead should Not be used with Plastic Slottedhardware as it splits the plastic.
We bought the Sprinter (we have had 4-Mercedes cars before and found them to be Great quality) knowing that they hold there resale value much better than (disposable) Fords , or (White Bread) Chevys. The only problem with the Sprinter is that Rear Axle width is much narrower than the Full size Fords, which causes excess sway when in a cross wind or being passed by anything. Sway bars might Not be the answer as the front end guy explained: it is like riding a Bike carreying a 4x8 sheet of Plywood in the wind.
I did Not like the MH’s with the Ford Transit frame as Tires are to small in diameter and thus would cause a rougher ride.