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Old 12-06-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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I really did it!?! A new Coleman 16FB, just for me!

I'm a handmade craft vendor that goes to various multi-day fairs and festivals. My travel radius was limited (so I could go home each night) ... now I can set up wherever my little heart desires!
I grew up camping "in style". My parents had everything from a pop-up to a 34' Class A. I even lived in that Class A for about six months. Having one to myself, though, is new and exciting.
Pro to buying in winter, the winter price break.
Con to buying in winter, don't really want to go anywhere until spring!
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Old 12-06-2016, 03:49 PM   #2
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Welcome Aboard!

It sounds like you have a good plan. Since you mainly bought it for a good nights sleep, make sure you treat yourself to the best mattress you can find. A good nights rest always seems like magic when you wake in your RV.

(And being able to make really good coffee is icing on the cake. So sort that out too and you are golden)
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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I'm a handmade craft vendor that goes to various multi-day fairs and festivals. My travel radius was limited (so I could go home each night) ... now I can set up wherever my little heart desires!

I grew up camping "in style". My parents had everything from a pop-up to a 34' Class A. I even lived in that Class A for about six months. Having one to myself, though, is new and exciting.

Pro to buying in winter, the winter price break.

Con to buying in winter, don't really want to go anywhere until spring!


Awesome glad to see another "happy camper".. lol


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Congrats, enjoy for your work and fun also.
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Welcome Aboard!

It sounds like you have a good plan. Since you mainly bought it for a good nights sleep, make sure you treat yourself to the best mattress you can find. A good nights rest always seems like magic when you wake in your RV.

(And being able to make really good coffee is icing on the cake. So sort that out too and you are golden)
I'm researching stovetop percolators as we speak! (Most of my overnights will be without benefit of hook up and I'd hate to fire up a generator just to run a coffee maker.)

Thanks for the welcome!
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Congrats, enjoy for your work and fun also.
My DH has already stated that he has no interest in going out in it for vacation ... but he likes tent camping. I'm like, dude, we can take a tent just for you!
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I'm researching stovetop percolators as we speak! (Most of my overnights will be without benefit of hook up and I'd hate to fire up a generator just to run a coffee maker.)

Thanks for the welcome!
Please don't take me for a coffee snob (But I probably am), but no need for shore power of any kind if you can come up with a method for boiling water.
Get ya a cheap French Press and FRESH beans and you are golden.

Might need a battery powered small dose grinder, if you don't have the patience for hand grinding. And I don't know why they call it a "French" anything, since it is essentially cowboy-coffee. I suspect it is because you actually do have a method for screening out the grounds from your cup.

The tent comment is hilarious!
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Please don't take me for a coffee snob (But I probably am), but no need for shore power of any kind if you can come up with a method for boiling water.
Get ya a cheap French Press and FRESH beans and you are golden.

Might need a battery powered small dose grinder, if you don't have the patience for hand grinding. And I don't know why they call it a "French" anything, since it is essentially cowboy-coffee. I suspect it is because you actually do have a method for screening out the grounds from your cup.

The tent comment is hilarious!
Thank you for your welcoming response!
I am so far from being a coffee snob that coffee snobs are offended that I drink it! Honestly, I was initially planning on doing instant (and just heating the water on the stove) ... then I realized I could do "real" coffee with a stovetop percolator and ground coffee. It'll then also do double duty heating water for other unspeakable instant noodle meals. (There's the insight as to how "high-brow" I am!)
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:58 AM   #9
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I have had a 2016 16 FB for about 13 mos now and love it, I did have problem with the reefer but CW fixed it under warranty. Be sure and re-caulk the seams especially in the rear area and this is not covered under warranty, I use self leveling dicor as soon as I got it home, also look at the windows, they are made so they can be put in either way (top or bottom) look at the top weep holes, they should be capped with small plastic caps, mine were missing, the bottom weep holes should be open. CW ordered (under warranty) the missing ones, I used silicone and put them in place so they would not fall out again. (CW did not know about the top holes either until I pointed out that if they remained out water will /can seep in to the inside of the unit. I have made a lot of mods, such as front stabilizers and electric jack (all bought from Harbor Freight) Enjoy the new unit and get the DH a good sleeping bag for his tent. also consider a foam mattress topper for YOUR bed too.
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Hi Pam,
Welcome to the forums. We had a little Coleman just like that. Loved it, but it didn't fit our needs at this time so we traded it in for a Class C. I did quite a few mods on mine, they are detailed in this thread. If you have any questions let me know, I have taken similar trailers completely apart and rebuilt them. One thing to watch out for is where your A/C drains, the drip pan on mine was not installed correctly and it was draining water behind the siding.

Lots of options on the coffee. I use an old Comet stove top percolator or a Melitta single cup drip filter. I have the Comet percolators in every size they make from 4 cup to 14 cup.

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