Coachmen RV Reviews – Model & Factory Ratings.
Coachmen RV was founded in 1964 by three brothers. Originally based in Michigan, today the company is headquartered in Middlebury, Indiana on a 220 acre campus. Of that, 23 acres are “under roof”. Coachmen is now owned by Forest River, which itself is owned by Berkshire-Hathaway. Yep, Warren Buffet’s company.
Forest River’s deep pockets have provided ample manufacturing space for Coachmen to expand their lineup. Consequently, the company now builds Class A motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers. Interestingly, Coachmen’s original camping trailers are still manufactured in their Centerville, MI facility.
Coachmen RV Reviews Today: The Good and the Bad
The Coachmen name tends to conjure images of smaller and simpler pop-up campers. However, that is no longer the case. In fact, somewhere along the way, Coachmen RV lost their focus. Like a restaurant with an eight page menu, Coachmen has been trying too hard to offer something for everyone in recent years. As a result, their lineup has grown in leaps and bounds, but their attention to detail hasn’t kept pace.
Building an RV for every type of RVer has pulled Coachmen out of their wheelhouse. The affordable, small, entry-level pop-ups and lightweight campers they built their name on, for example, are now relegated to the low-rent district at the very bottom of their home page. Everything from Class A motorhomes to Fifth Wheels now get pride of place.
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To be fair, Coachmen does build some decent models. In fact, we like their Class B Leprechaun, and the Adrenaline Travel Trailer has proven a popular choice for first time buyers. On the other hand, many models have been plagued with fit and finish complaints, resulting in low initial customer satisfaction. As a result, Coachmen buyers will benefit from some research beforehand to weed out the winners from the also-rans.
Before you buy a new or used Coachmen RV, check out our RV Consumer Guides below:
Coachmen RV Brands, but in no particular order:
- Cross Country
- Freedom Express Toy Hauler
- Freedom Express
- LTZ Ultra Lite
- Viking Ultra Lite
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