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Old 02-14-2019, 09:43 AM
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Cheapest Alpha Wolf 26BH I see is listed at around 23,000. Im signing the papers on my used 2019 Coleman 263BH for 14k. Big difference. Alpha looks nice... identical setup but with an outside kitchen.
There's that saying, you get what you pay for. The Coleman is tin on stick construction, which makes for a heavier trailer (nothing wrong with it though), and the Alpha Wolf is aluminum frame (which is not cheap, thank you trump) with insulated fiberglass panels, making it lighter so it can be larger, it is about a foot longer. It also has upscale lighting, and appliances. Where the water heater is on the Coleman, under the kitchen sink, the AW has an outdoor serving compartment with a small refer and an ice maker. It also has those stairs that fold up into the doorway, and lock in place on the ground for a stable entry, they are about $700 each if you bought them aftermarket, and there are two of them. Cabinets and everything else are pretty much the same as the Coleman though, so looking between the two you would think that is is over priced, it's what you can't see that makes it more expensive. I may wait another year and see what is available in used in the AW.

I haven't decided on any upgraded trailer yet, still have to sell mine first, but I may consider another Coleman, been very happy with the one I have now, just need more room. Unfortunately, there aren't any deals like what you found where I'm at, or I would be dealing on one myself.
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I think I replied to you on the Dutchmen thread! We are looking at the new Starcraft Mossy Oak 27BHU. Fiberglass over aluminum. Same basic floor plan as the Coleman 263BH but some decent upgraded features for not a whole lot more. Another used 2019 Smokin deal.

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Old 02-14-2019, 07:30 PM
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Yes you did. LOL Over by me there are some of those too, but not used. The used ones are especially great deals because CW tacks on a $3K delivery fee on new trailers, so that 22K trailer is actually a 25K trailer by the time you get to the finance office to sign paperwork and all of it is taxable. I noticed that the Mossy has a storage compartment on the road side behind the slide under the bunk which is a good location to store the waste drain tub, something that bugs me on some other models, no place to keep the dump valve and fittings away from the potable hose and components.
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Yes you did. LOL Over by me there are some of those too, but not used. The used ones are especially great deals because CW tacks on a $3K delivery fee on new trailers, so that 22K trailer is actually a 25K trailer by the time you get to the finance office to sign paperwork and all of it is taxable. I noticed that the Mossy has a storage compartment on the road side behind the slide under the bunk which is a good location to store the waste drain tub, something that bugs me on some other models, no place to keep the dump valve and fittings away from the potable hose and components.
The Coleman 263BH has the same storage under the bunk accessible from the outside driver side.

Wife and I are really torn between the two. The floor plans are similar enough but the Coleman has a bigger counter top and better storage in the kitchen. The mossy oak has more inside storage overall and a bigger bedroom, better bathroom, and the obvious advantages of the fiberglass over aluminum frame vs tin and stick.
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Is this going to be your first trailer? Might want to go with the lowest cost one as a starter trailer, that way if you decide camping is not your thing, the loss isn't as great. I started out with a non slider as I didn't want the hassle of one for a starter, not knowing all that is involved with the trailer to start with. Now that I have a few years, and have some camping under the belt and enjoy it, it is time to move up to a larger one. Since you are going right to a more complex trailer, you may want to go into each one, and imagine what it will be like living in it for a few days, play house if you know what I mean, and see which one would better fit how you do things. More storage is a good and bad thing, good in that you can carry things and keep them out of sight, bad that you can carry things that weigh the trailer down.

A few things we learned and look for now, under seat storage, how easy is it to get in to them, some can be easy, some disruptive, some takes two people. Example, on my 274 the storage under the front bed takes two people, one to hold up the bed and lid so the other can get things in or out of it. On others I found the manufacturer installed struts to make it easy to lift so only one person can get things in and out. I also have a drawer on the door side of the dinette to store dish towels and wash clothes, very convenient, and other items such as towels, step stool, trays, coffee maker, etc. can be stored behind the drawer and under the seat on the other side.

So many things to consider, such as where will you put clothes, bedding, dishes, pots and pans, a broom and cleaning supplies. You may also want to get a floor stand fan, helps move air around and keeps the camper cooler. These are all things you will want to consider when you look. With mine I carry a table, two grills, an electric griddle, horse shoes, corn hole game, entrance mat, folding chairs, a container for the water hose, filter and regulator and boards for leveling at the site in the front pass through, and in the rear storage, which is as long as the bunk and half it's width, which is quite a bit, I keep a larger container to store the drain hose, water hose for flushing, flush king (Get one of these, HIGHLY recommended) and lid wrench. Keeps them sealed up and prevent odors from getting in, and have a tool box, chemicals for the black and grey tanks, wheel chocks, x-chocks, and propane bottles for the grills.

These are all things I need to consider when looking, knowing what we take with, the essentials, as well as non essentials, and where they would be stored. In the 274 we have, above the queen there are cabinets that we store games, and have two tall shirt closets, one is floor to ceiling, so again, have to consider where to put things in those that don't have similar cabinetry. We also carry 3-4 gallons of water in the kitchen cabinet that is used for cooking, so have to consider where to store those as well. Little things like this is what I look for when going through the trailer.

I know, TL;DR, but if you did, hope gives some help in choosing the right one.
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I have a 2018 Coleman Lantern Light 2855BH that I got from Camping World in Tulsa Oklahoma. I really only have 2 issues with it. I believe its poorly insulated, in Texas heat the one 15K AC unit struggles to keep up. The RV is wired for 50AMP, so i have been looking into add the 2nd AC unit into the pre-wired location. 2nd Issue is paint fade on the top front of the RV already

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