I too have a Freedom Express, but mine is a 2008 26SO model on the Ford E450 chassis. This was the last year that they were made by Coachmen. I am very happy with mine.
Cons for the unit,is the placement and access to the water pump, and the noise that it makes. I have bought the silencer kit for it but I am going to have to take out the outside shower and water management centre to get at the pump. Something I have put off for the last four years, so guess it is not that loud. (smile). The original Jensen TV has been replaced after the 12 volt input Jack end shorted against the power circuit board. Replaced it with an LED 32 inch Vizio. Another item which I have had to do is the tightening of screws and addition of screws to hold the Oven and cook top in place. The frost heaved roads in the North-east have shaken the oven loose and bent the metal surrounding the cook top. Last Con is I would love to get an A class, but my wife says the C class is fine.
I have added fixed Solar panels, but now find that I do not exercise the generator enough. The Solar is sufficient for all our electricity needs, but we are now limited by holding tank and fresh water capacity. Coachmen provided me the wiring and plumbing schematics for my model and they have come in handy for the addition of an inverter and automatic transfer switches for the solar, and generator-shore power. Passing through Indiana, I have bought from the surplus centres matching flip up counter tops, and counter ends, which I have incorporated into the coach. I had a cabinet maker make matching cabinet fronts to add easier access to under the seats of the dinette, as well as extra drawer under the sink and a cupboard over the microwave.
I have had no issues with the chassis or Coach, other than the little things of tightening shaken loose screws. In fact, I have had no warranty claims. I have 35K on the unit and are very happy with it. My wife and I are now snow birds and spend 6 months in the sunny and warm south in it, both boon docking and staying at RV parks. Overall we are both very pleased with it.
Nice to hear from other Freedom Express owners. Travel safe.
I am a happy 2008 Freedom Express owner also. Bought it new in 2009. I have parked it for the last winters, thus winterize the generator as per ONAN manual. Only have 40 hours on the generator. With Solar you don't tend to use the generator as much, just got to remember to use it. Great tips in this thread if I enounter the carb problem. Great work folks.