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Atlee

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Are these trailers good, okay, or to be run from?

I found a floor plan that I really like, a used 2018 204RD or a new 2021 20SE which is the same as the 204RD except it has some items stripped out in order to lower the price point.


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We have a 2017 Freedom Express 192 RBS that has gone over 46,000 miles. This is our 1st TT and our very first trip was from Denver, CO. to San Diego, CA. to Fairbanks, AK. and home. The only problems were operator error. The TT had been winterized and forgot to turn the valves for the water pump and the water heater. We had a very trim pieces rattle loose, but no major problems.

Having said this, we did bend the rear axle, due to really bed secondary roads in New England and Prince Edward Island. Also, on another trip we broke the right spring while I was turning over an extreme grade break putting most of the TT weight on the right rear tire. I attribute these to my traveling on the roads less traveled rather than the TT.

Maintenance wise, we re-pack the wheel bearings every winter, and keep an eye on the caulking and loose screws. The exterior seems well built and the interior cabinets are well built and secure to the walls.

IMHO, the Freedom Express TT's appear to be a step or two above the usual Forest River products.


2017 Freedom Express 192RBS
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is where I'm supposed to be

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I researched all the manufactures and decided on a Coachmen because of the aluminum framing, Azdel and construction methods. I then looked at the different models until I found one that met my weight, length and price requirements. Everyone I know that owns a Coachmen is satisfied with the quality of the construction. Of course there are issues with various other things but at least I'll be able to replace those things. Its hard to replace the actual structure!


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2016 Chevy Z71
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2021 Coachmen Apex 255RLS



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What tires is Coachmen putting on its trailers now? Goodyear Endurance?

lwbfl wrote:

I researched all the manufactures and decided on a Coachmen because of the aluminum framing, Azdel and construction methods. I then looked at the different models until I found one that met my weight, length and price requirements. Everyone I know that owns a Coachmen is satisfied with the quality of the construction. Of course there are issues with various other things but at least I'll be able to replace those things. Its hard to replace the actual structure!


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Atlee wrote:

What tires is Coachmen putting on its trailers now? Goodyear Endurance?

lwbfl wrote:

I researched all the manufactures and decided on a Coachmen because of the aluminum framing, Azdel and construction methods. I then looked at the different models until I found one that met my weight, length and price requirements. Everyone I know that owns a Coachmen is satisfied with the quality of the construction. Of course there are issues with various other things but at least I'll be able to replace those things. Its hard to replace the actual structure!


Much like the auto industry, whatever is cheap and available at that time. I've seen mostly China bombs which is what mine has currently.

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Atlee wrote:

What tires is Coachmen putting on its trailers now? Goodyear Endurance?

lwbfl wrote:

I researched all the manufactures and decided on a Coachmen because of the aluminum framing, Azdel and construction methods. I then looked at the different models until I found one that met my weight, length and price requirements. Everyone I know that owns a Coachmen is satisfied with the quality of the construction. Of course there are issues with various other things but at least I'll be able to replace those things. Its hard to replace the actual structure!


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Well, I guess that will just be another negotiating point. I want GY Endurance tires. At least Coachmen puts D rated tired on their Freedom Express trailers, rather than C rated ones.

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Our 2017 had Castle Rocks (China Bombs), but they were 75mph rated. We put over 10,000 miles on them without any problems. This included our trip to Fairbanks, AK.

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It's an Elkhart built trailer. I have a 2018 FE. Haven't run into any major issues, but several irritating items requiring repair.

Biggest one criticism I have, china bomb tires, and I just put GY Endurance on mine... only to be sold this summer/fall

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What are the irritating items?

philh wrote:

It's an Elkhart built trailer. I have a 2018 FE. Haven't run into any major issues, but several irritating items requiring repair.

Biggest one criticism I have, china bomb tires, and I just put GY Endurance on mine... only to be sold this summer/fall


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