I would consider myself biased since I own a Nexus and I just don't see the comparison with the Coachman. Personally I found that I prefer a fiberglass roof over a TPO roof. I prefer a wrap around attachment of the roof to the sidewalls to an attachment on the roof to the sidewalls. I prefer a fully molded fiberglass front cap on my Nexus to the style of front end on the Freelander. I prefer a steel frame to anything else out there produced from Aluminum or wood. Those element and the ability to customize the unit were great selling points for me for Nexus. As far as cost, I don't know what anyone paid for their Freelander but I do know what I paid for my totally customized 30 foot Phantom and it was well below what I found when I shopped dealers for other brands. My concerns were primarily about build quality, water leaks, maintenance cost and layout. I figured I could add features as I needed to "pretty it up" with Nexus willingness to customize. I added things such as glass shower door instead of plastic curtain, corian counter tops instead of laminate and such. Just my two cents and I am a little partial on this subject.
I read your above post with great interest. Just wonder if you are willing to share some additional information with me on your purchase, including some details about the features and layout of your 30 footer and the price that you were able to get. (PM me if you prefer).
In preparation for my retirement, I am thinking of replacing my current 30 foot Jayco TT and 3/4 ton diesel TV combo with a 30 foot Class C so that my wife and I could spend more time traveling and camping. I have been looking at many potential candidates without being able to find the right one yet. Your description of your Nexus has raised my serious interest to consider a similar purchase. Your help will be truly appreciated.
Try "discountvantruck.com" they stock a lot of swivel seat bases and give them a call for your model.
thanks, I will check them out right away..
I understand that this is an old thread, but just wonder what the OP has found out. For a floor plan that does not have a sofa, swivel bases for the driver and copilot seats would be a great mod.
For some of us who live in colder places, sometimes it may not be practical to drive the MH very frequently in winter. For example, I store my current TT in a large barn at a county fair ground over the winter. It goes in there late October and comes out in April the next year. I will have little or no access to it during this time because the place is usually too packed with TTs and RVs to get it out. I have recently been thinking of trading my TT in for a Class C and would thus like to hear what everyone thinks about this.
I read in another recent thread that said:
"With a MH you need to drive it about every 3 weeks. To keep the brakes, trans, engine and all the drive train in opperating condition."
How many of you really do that? What's the consequence if you don't?
Just another thought. With a MH youneed to drive it about every 3 weeks.To keep the brakes, trans, engine and all the drive train in opperating condition.
This is the first time that I've heard about this. Is this really true? I have also been considering getting a Class C, but don't think I will be able to drive it every three weeks. In fact, I won't be able to take it out at all from the inside storage during the winters. Does this means that I better stick with my current TT?
We have a new 2012 Melbourne 28F, and tow a small pickup behind with no handling or performance problems. The U-shaped dinette is a pleasant surprise when we've used it for sleeping. It is longer than most (and much longer than a dinette). While the width is tight for two, it is great for one adult. There is also plenty of room on the floor for another six-footer to sleep comfortably. We used a folding futon mattress, but an inflatable would work fine also. See my earlier (8/25/12) post: "Trip Report . . ." for data on miles per gallon (9.1) on a 4000-mile trip. A word of caution: These B+ rigs tend to have less exterior storage than Class A’s or Class C’s. In the Melbourne stable, the 28F has 34.4 cubic feet while the 29D has 26.8. The difference (7.6 cubic feet), while small, may be significant, depending on your needs.
Great information, very helpful to me, thanks! Please see a PM that I just sent you.
My wife and I have a dilemma comparing these two models. We like the 29D better due to the availability of both a dinette and a sofa while the 28F has no sofa but a larger U-dinette. While it will mostly be my wife and I traveling together, it would be nice to have the option of being able to bring along one or two family members or friends occasionally.
Here's my question, has anyone been able to accommodate more than two adults on a 29D on a long trip? Am I correct that the sofa and dinette are too short for a 6' adult? Are there any suggestions for other sleeping arrangements for such occasions?
Another question that is unrelated to sleeping arrangements: does the 29D have an advantage over the 28F for towing a Toad due to its longer wheel base? Thanks!
While the trip was a 10/10 the key factors convincing us a Class C is not the way to go was that forward looking passengar visibility is very poor. As a result, adults had to either only look out the side (not great for car sickness) or had to hunch down (not good for neck/back comfort).
I think you mean the passengers seating behind on the couch or dinette but not the one next to the driver, right?
Does anyone else have the same concern when riding in your Class C?
A lot of people use B's as comfy road vehicles with amenities, not so much for sleeping although they are quite capable of sleeping and even full timing.... the bathroom is a huge seller IMHO.
Looks like I need to dust off the check book.
If I should decide to get a B sometime down the road, that would probably be how I would mainly use it for. I would also like to use it as a back-up daily driver as well.
I have one question though. It appears from the video that the sofa is not equipped with any seat belt. I suspect that this might have something to do with the fact that the sofa is in the slide. Does anyone know whether this is true? As a daily driver, I would prefer that the vehicle could carry more than two people.
Also, based on the MSRP mentioned, what is your guess on how much one actually has to pay for one of these vehicles?
Has anyone actually done the conversion? How much did it cost you?
The conversion involves replacing the entire arm assemblies. My dealer quoted me $700ish, which was his cost. That was over a year ago, however.
So it could easily be $1,000 or more, including everything, to convert the poorly designed, straight out, non-adjustable awning that many customers have found almost useless and felt frustrated about.
I believe most people would consider this an unacceptably high price to pay for a misstep made by Carefree itself in pushing such a product out without the proper user evaluation and testing. Considering the fact that this is something that the customers had already paid for once before, Carefree should seriously think about how to win back the unsatisfied customers through a discount offer or something like that. This is not only fair to their customers, but also smart marketing strategy to tell the world that Carefree is responsible for their products, and that it cares about the satisfaction of its customers.
I found the microwave oven on my Jayco dead during a camping trip last year. Called up my dealer (Jim's Trailers at Grafton, OH), they ordered a new one for me right away and got it replaced very quickly; no unnecessary questions and no hassles at all.
All the time that I had to spent was: (a) a couple two-minute phone calls, one to let them know that the microwave oven was dead, the other they informed me that the replacement was in (and chatted about the dancing competition of the owner family's little daughter), and (b) drove to the dealer had the new one installed. I didn't even bother to ask them whether they got this done through Jayco or the OEM of the microwave oven.
This is my second Jayco from the same local dealership and I have been getting services like that from them since day one. You can see why I am a very satisfied customer.
At least you have the version that is adjustable. My 09 Spree has the power awning, but it's not adjustable. Carefree didn't come out with that version until after I bought my TT. The really bad part is Carefree won't offer you any discount to upgrade to the adjustable version. The non-adjustable version was just a poor design that was rushed to market.
Mine too. I have called Carefree and got the same answer as well. They do have a conversion kit but it is very costly, and, yes, no discount for those of us who happened to get the poor-designed, non-adjustable, what might be considered as a "beta" version on our new TT.
I saw the problem with the non-adjustable awning the very first day after taking possession of the new TT. I highly doubt whether the original designer had done any actual camping himself at all. My dealer had tried to bat for me and talked to Jayco asking for their help but at no avail also.
Has anyone actually done the conversion? How much did it cost you?