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RE: Bought a Coachmen Spirit 2557RB from Country Roads RV

Well, just like every trailer, this one is proving my other crapshoot post to be true. This is something that frustrates me as an automotive service advisor, poor technician procedures. They never tested this 12V frig as only the freezer works. I called Forest River and based on what I told them it was doing, they said Furrion said it must have a leak. So they ordered a new one and are sending it to my dealer. Thankfully we have the dorm style frig in the outdoor kitchenette. It was also missing the cell phone charger, one HVAC heat duct diffuser, the shower caddy, and one medicine cabinet door was scratched. Most of that stuff is trivial, but c'mon, you charged me a $399 PDI type fee. So we are rerouting our trip home to be able to drop the trailer off Saturday before they close at 1pm. Figure it's our last trip of the season, they can keep it until everything is right.
Stclairm 11/18/20 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: We're headed to Geronimo RV in Destin Fl

Wow, 49 degrees this am! This is a small 35 site campground with level concrete pads and a paved, wide interior road. Super clean and nice bathhouse. Concrete pad has a nice picnic table. No fires allowed. Bummer. We ate at The Shack in Ft Walton Beach, highly recommend it. Fantastic shrimp and lobster cake. One outlet mall and another outdoor mall and a Bass Pro Shops here. More Waffle Houses in a 10 mile stretch than anywhere I've been. The Miramar Beach end where we are is much newer and nicer than the western Ft Walton Beach area. We got here only to find our brand new Furrion POS 12V frig doesn't cool except for the freezer. Thank goodness we have an outdoor dorm style frig. Forest River has one on order going to our dealer. Apparently these things have a ton of issues. I'm thinking now I should have just bought the other trailer that wasn't missing so many items and had the 2 way frig.
Stclairm 11/18/20 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
We're headed to Geronimo RV in Destin Fl

We worked out a deal on a new Coachmen Spirit 2557RB Friday and are headed to Geronimo RV park for the week starting Monday. Stopping in Birmingham AL this evening to visit an old Navy friend from 28 years ago! Looks like perfect weather in the 70's all week and we aren't in our Gulfstream 17RWD!!! Spoiled and blessed life being able to have a TT with 2 recliners and a large LED tv, large bathroom and walk around queen. We haven't felt the gulf side sand in a long time.
Stclairm 11/15/20 04:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Great inexpensive mattress IMHO

We just bought our 3rd Ashley Furniture branded mattress. It's a 12" hybrid queen from them that cost me $250 with tax and free delivery. Warning: it's 90 pounds. That was fun getting from my house to the truck, then into the TT. Our new as of yesterday Forest River Coachmen Spirit had an "Evergreen" cheapo lightweight mattress. Maybe some people like them, but this Ashley mattress blows it away. We have one in our Vintage Cruiser 17RWD full size. We also have a twin spare at our home.
Stclairm 11/14/20 12:17pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Bought a Coachmen Spirit 2557RB from Country Roads RV

Thanks! I just today found another local rv dealer to me that has Heartland Sundance TT's and gotta say they appear impressive. Neither had the theater seats, so we wouldn't have hooked up, but I would like to have checked them out. They only seem to advertise on Craigslist.
Stclairm 11/11/20 12:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bought a Coachmen Spirit 2557RB from Country Roads RV

Pretty good video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVZFs3Gfaq0
Stclairm 11/07/20 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Bought a Coachmen Spirit 2557RB from Country Roads RV

Thanks the research will make your head spin off, but at least I didn't take months or a year like some of the folks I see on youtube. Looking forward to lounging inside for the first time ever!
Stclairm 11/06/20 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Such a love hate relationship. Not sure how car manufacturers make so many without very many issues and travel trailers can be full of them. I bet the profit margin on these is insane.
Stclairm 11/06/20 12:46pm Travel Trailers
Bought a Coachmen Spirit 2557RB from Country Roads RV

So far, it has been a very good experience. We stopped by a couple of weeks ago and talked to one of their many "retired" salesmen. They are all quite laid back and knowledgeable. The unit they had didn't have the 12V frig or ladder. They even beat the best finance rate I could find by .75%. They just got one in a week ago with the 12V frig, 15K ac and they don't offer a ladder, so I'll buy a telescoping aluminum one and be done. For the two of us, this floorplan really blew us both away. I originally wanted the Freedom Express 279RLDSLE, but they have stopped producing them unless I ordered it with a minimum $2000 price increase and might have it in January. Not in a hurry, but not into ordering in these uncertain times with vendors having issues. They told me they expect another price increase in the spring. Now is the time to buy if you can find something on the ground that floats your boat. This trailer has a lot of really neat features. Drawer storage under the bed, hidden pantry/closet behind the tv, crazy awesome bath, theater style recliners, etc. Wish it had the hidden hinge cabinets and full fiberglass front end, but you can't always find everything in one unit! It does have the PVC roof and Azdel in the siding. We pick it up Friday the 13th!! Head to Destin FL Sunday the 15th and are thrilled we won't be in our 17 foot TT.
Stclairm 11/06/20 11:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Like BMW, Mercedes, and other expensive car owners.
Stclairm 11/06/20 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

I just put a deposit on the Spirit 2557RB. I have my current trailer loan with them and called US Bank to see what they could do, and while they offered me a great rate, the dealer beat them by .75%. Looks like I can even use the Husky WD hitch off our 17RWD because the dealer I bought it from in February had put the next step up hitch on it. We should be picking it up Saturday if all goes as it should.
Stclairm 11/05/20 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Even worse now as newbies are buying them up like McRib's. Agree with Schlep. I will get a ladder and store it in the trailer so I can reseal the roof as needed. I think we're going with the Spirit 2557RB as the other dealer two hours away is open M-F 9-5. We both absolutely loved the floorplan. It just didn't have a ladder or 12V fridge and they just got one in with the 12V fridge. I can get a 12.5 ft telescoping ladder for $100.
Stclairm 11/05/20 10:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

I did check out Grand Design, it wasn't for me. I believe I will end up with a Forest River product as I feel like I'll have better luck with our local mobile RV repair guy fixing it if it needs anything. He's also way closer to me than anyone else and once Covid finally ends, he'll be mobile again. Keep in mind that Forest River has a boatload of travel trailers they sell, so those numbers will be higher. My Gulfstream already had a water leak at 5 months and a few other shoddy workmanship issues. While I thought I liked Winnebago, they use some cheap materials in some areas too. They use OSB style plywood under the beds and wood studs underneath instead of aluminum where others use smooth plywood and aluminum structure bracing. Also didn't notice anything better inside their trailers vs Forest River's.
Stclairm 11/05/20 06:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

^ Thankfully I have tools and am pretty handy. We are now deciding between a Coachmen Spirit 2557RB, Surveyor Legend 202RBLE, and Surveyor Legend 272FLS. I'm going to use a local mobile RV repair guy for any warranty. These dealers are both 2 hours from me. Being a new car dealer service advisor for 22 years, I realize most people who fill out surveys only do it if they're mad about anything. All the happy ones you have to beg to send one in. I think all 3 of the trailers have many really cool features each and we plan to make a deal this Saturday, assuming the two Legends are available. That dealer didn't respond to my email yesterday, so I will call tomorrow. All have 12V frigs (required by me), one has a ladder, all 3 are Azdel. The Spirit and Legend 272 have a fiberglass front end cap. All 3 have PVC rooves. No Northwoods or ORV's near us and most are quite a bit heavier and more expensive.
Stclairm 11/04/20 07:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Spirit 2963 BH

I'm looking hard at the Spirit 2557 RB right now. Found one with the 12V frig and I can get an aluminum telescoping ladder for $100.
Stclairm 11/04/20 03:23pm Travel Trailers
Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Other than Airstream, Oliver, and a few others I can't afford, there are so many nightmare stories and terrible warranty/service issues it will make your head spin off. I guess I know going into it that my handiness will be in continual use. I've already experienced it when my new TT I bought in February sprung a leak due to a crappy caulk job and while the dealer recaulked that spot, it has been 2-3 months and they still haven't contacted me saying they have authorization from Gulfstream. Are there some brands under $30k that any of you recommend who stand behind their product and don't make the consumer regret their purchase? We're ready to pull the trigger on a larger TT, then sell ours, but man, this is disheartening. I will say my local mobile RV repair guy likes Forest River, so I guess he has no problem fixing them and getting paid properly.
Stclairm 11/04/20 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

3.21 gears. I wouldn't tow much more than 6500 even if it had the 3.92's just due to suspension on 1500's. I looked at the Grand Design Imagine and did not get the hype. They have a contemporary style cabinet design and they are pressed wood with vinyl fake wood overlay. I can say that the Freedom Express and Vibes had a higher quality feeling cabinet. I know the Freedom Expresses are pocket screwed. I found out the Twilight cabinetry was stapled. After sitting the the horrible dinette and seeing that, I unchecked another one. I'm trying to stay in a TT that has a 6000# UVW or so. I of course will be using WD. I have a Husky on our Vintage Cruiser that seems to work ok. I had an Equalizer on our last trailer years ago. I was told those WD hitches are now going on back order along with many other accessories. I'm making sure to get a TT with a factory installed ladder so I can recaulk and wash the roof myself. I'm not paying the $400-800 I've been quoted. That is absolutely hilarious. I do wish there were more of them using the Dexter Torflex axles, seems very few do.
Stclairm 11/01/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

^ Wow, thanks for that info. I would think our Ram 1500 Hemi etorque should have no problem, but we do have some pretty serious mountain grades in the NC mountains. They have that exact unit at a CW near me, but they're asking crazy money at $36900. I've seen it for $27-28k at several dealers online I also just checked out the Freedom Express 279RLDSLE. I would need to see it in person to see if it compares. Now I'm also hooked on the 12V frig idea. Both have them. My daughter pulls hers with a 2017 F150 with the 2.7 eco boost.. traveled from PA to Florida to Gatlinburg TN, to Luray TN and home. no issues with either the truck or the 26RK Vibe.. SHe got the 50 amp and 2nd ac.. paid $26,000 Did she buy hers at Keystone in PA? So far only the Camping World's around here have them and they are stupid high and their fees are nuts.
Stclairm 10/31/20 06:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

Well, I looked at the Twilight 2500 and 2620 today. What a difference vs watching videos. I thought I liked it a lot until I sat in the dinette and the crappy back cushions were so bad you immediately feel the wood in your back. Then I saw the stapled cabinetry and kind of lost interest. Also looked at a Kodiak 261RBSl- super cheap tires, non Azdel, no 12V frig. The last thing I looked at was an East to West trailer, pretty impressed, but they only had one that was too heavy for me. I think we're between the Freedom Express 279RLDSLE and Vibe 26RK, but the Vibe is about 300 lbs heavier. The Vibe 26RK also has a little more than we "need" with the sleeper couch and dinette.
Stclairm 10/31/20 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Spirit 2963 BH

^ Lots of them are in that load range. I looked at the Spirit 2557RB and liked it a lot. Just didn't have the 12V fridge, no ladder, no slam latches, etc.
Stclairm 10/31/20 06:33pm Travel Trailers
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