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Old 01-17-2017, 02:30 AM   #1
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Considering a Coleman 192/202 RD

Hi all. We are considering purchasing our first travel trailer this year. We have been boat owners for several years but we are tired of having to rely on good weather AND good river or lake conditions to enjoy our hobby. Travel trailer camping would be less dependent on what Mother Nature has to deal out. Additionally, now we have to maintain boat and trailer, whereas one thing can be eliminated with just a camper. We are also just looking for a little slower pace.

We are empty nesters now and are just looking for a simple couples trailer, w/o any slides, with a living area, a separate fridge and freezer, and an oven in addition to the stove top. We have a Ram 1500 pickup with the 5.7 Hemi, so we have an adequate tow vehicle for our needs with a WD hitch. I originally came across the rear dinette floorplan in the form of the Coleman 192. Upon further research I found that they have a slightly larger RD plan in the 202. The 202 has the bed facing front to rear with two wardrobes and nightstands whereas the 192 has a sideways bed with one wardrobe and nightstand. The 202 also has a slightly larger sofa. I have found many other manufacturers that offer very similar trailers. One that is particularly appealing that has the identical floorplan is the Heartland Pioneer 210RD. There are many things it has over the Coleman 202 that are attractive but I am not sure if they are worth the additional cost. Here is the list,

Cabinets over the bed between the wardrobes, Coleman just has a shelf.

Faux tile tub surround.

Power corner jacks and power tongue jack.

Larger windows in the living area plus an extra window in the bedroom area.

Grab handle by the entry door.

Spare tire and folding utility rack attached to the rear bumper area of the camper.

Out of all of those, the last one is most appealing to us. The cost difference ranges from 2-2.5K between the two. I would appreciate any opinions about the cost difference vs. the options. Also, are we just asking for failure problems with the power jacks? The faux tile in the shower seems like it would be more water resistant. The windows and the cabinets aren't really too big of a deal. I am also wondering if build quality would be much different between the two.

Thanks in advance, Tom
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Old 01-17-2017, 12:49 PM   #2
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Love my 192RD!

I've said it on here before, but my wife and I love our Coleman 192RD. I retired this past July after 30 years in public education, our children are grown, and it is just my wife and I. That makes our trailer perfect for us!

She gets up early in the morning, but does not disturb my continued sleep since the back living area is far enough away from the bed. She can read with a light on while I snooze. That is one advantage of the bed facing the way it does in the 192. Also, I am 6'6" tall and find the bed great to sleep on. However, it is more difficult to make up the bed after I finally wake up.

Not having cabinets over the bed actually helped my decision. It makes the trailer ever so slightly lighter. I also have a 1/2 ton truck that I pull it with, and I don't need any extra weight. My wife found small square baskets that fit perfectly on the shelf that hold many things. We don't need the cabinets.

The only negative about the Coleman is that they made the windows smaller on the models that followed ours. We got ours from the first half of 2015 and it has larger windows in the back than the current models do. I noticed the difference when I saw the newer model in a campground. We love to sit on the couch or the dinette and look out the windows.

We have used ours since December of 2015 for short trips to the lakes around us and long trips to the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. It has been our best trailer (of four in our lives) so far! Little things have needed attention, but nothing beyond my ability to fix. The price was fantastic too. I don't personally believe that the extra money for the upgrades you listed would be worth that much money. Just the opinion of someone who loves his 192RD.

Either way you can't lose. They are both great options!
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Welcome!!

I'm a newbie around here as well. Just bought a 16FB before Christmas. I needed a lighter trailer as I'm towing with a minivan (at least for now). One of my requirements was a "real" bathroom (not interested in the wet bath set ups) and another was non-trapped bed. Most of the time I will be travelling alone, so it's not necessarily a huge issue. But on those trips where my DH is accompanying me I don't want to have to crawl over him to get up in the morning. Also, making a bed when you only have one side open is a real pain (but I'm short and have no reach).

As for the need for other 'bits' ... I've not used mine yet. So I'm still learning myself!
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Well, as usual, you are getting good advice on this forum. It's chock full of the kind of folks that can make a great forum.

My 2cents is financial. If you were much younger, I'd probably just hold my tongue.

I've worked hard for decades and now find myself in the last few chapters. Nothing bad or wrong with that. But at this point, I make my compromises using different criteria. What I am saying is, if you are fortunate to find your selection of choices within a couple of $thousand bucks, you are....well, fortunate!

No way would I deny myself my FIRST choice over a couple of grand.
I know, "easy to say that when you don't know my circumstances".
And that might be true.
But only you know where to draw that line and I'm just saying I draw it differently in these last chapters.
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Thanks for the replies so far. I had thought about baskets on the front shelf also. As I stated, along with the window size, that wasn't too big of a deal. What type of wall does the 192 have in the shower area? Is it like the rest of the trailer or a more water resistant material? It's hard to tell on the internet pics. Also, for anyone on here with power jacks, are you able to operate them manually if the motors fail?

Also, being a newbie here, I see DW and DH in several posts. Obviously I know what W and H are for, but what does the D stand for??
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We have had our 192RD for about 4-5 years now. We have done a lot of camping in it mostly weekends and holidays. Most of the time just me and the wife.
We still like the floor plan. I also have a 2014 Ram 1500 no W/D hitch.
It is perfect for 2 people, we have had 5 a few times.
The one thing you mentioned was the bed. If I had one do over it would be having the bed turned long ways being able to walk around it. And making it easier to change the sheets as was mentioned.
My advice would be if you can afford it get the one you like either way the Hemi will drag it anywhere you want to go.
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Also, being a newbie here, I see DW and DH in several posts. Obviously I know what W and H are for, but what does the D stand for??
I know it as Dear, Darling or Damn ... depending on tone of message!
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I know it as Dear, Darling or Damn ... depending on tone of message!
That explains it. I did take it several different ways in different posts. On my boating forum it's mainly men posting. We all assume we are the captains but we all call our wives The Admiral.
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I appreciate all of the replies from 192 owners. I included that model number in the title hoping for your comments given the fact that the 202 is just a stretched version of the 192. Keep em coming.....

Do you 192 owners have spare tires? If so, did they come with the unit or did you purchase it separately? Also, where do you keep it?
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Mine didn't come with a spare, I did talk them into throwing one in. I have it mounted in the middle of the rear bumper.
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