i boast chris andersen with mount comfort RV today we're going to look at a fifth wheel this is from Coach minutes the chaparral x-lite designed to be half ton towable. So, it's pretty like this we all get you the weight here in a few minutes, but as we look at this this is a 2016 model by the way this is the 31 RLS first thing.
I always talk about what. I'm talking about coachman is the construction of the sidewall we are a full 2 inch thick side wall on our coachman products and on at this price point that's kind of rare you definitely see it in your motor homes you definitely see it up in the upper price points, but on this price point of 5th wheel you'll see a lot of inter inch and a half side walls. So, something to keep in mind there and then one big thing when it comes to construction.
I love this about all things coachman let me get this shot right here as Dell let's talk about problems with rvs now that's not a very good selling point is it, but it's an honest one. So, sometimes you can google RV delamination and and that will keep you busy for a while let's talk about these walls are laminated walls laminated walls just means that they're different layers of things glued together and then they squeeze them to squeeze out all the air and they come up with a nice wall and you can vacuum bond them where you can pinch roll and coachman actually does both. So, they have an advantage there, but ultimately the best laminated wall in the world could still potentially delaminate because of the materials that are used inside it what causes delamination well we get we make this nice big side wall okay it's 30 some-odd feet long and yet two guys could pick that wall up with one hand because it's aluminum studs in the middle it's white styrofoam in the middle and fiberglass on the inside and then some luan or wall board on the inside.
So, it's lightweight its strong as long as it never D laminates we're in good shape what causes delamination they've had some issues over the years of glue failure or a change in materials, but, but nine times out of ten what causes delamination is water penetration because we take this perfect laminated wall and then we cut all these holes in it we cut holes for windows we drill holes where we put awnings in you know this will be Christ there there's two holes drilled for that water gets in any of those places and it gets inside your wall, if there's wood in your wall which is what's usually under fiberglass the wood swells up delamination occurs it's not really curable because you can't really reglue wet swollen rotted wood okay what makes coachman special get into a point here a home is that you actually have no wood behind this fiberglass what's behind this fiberglass is this as Dale material Tony's going to put a picture up of as Dell on our video right now okay now that you've seen what as dull looks like it's a composite material it doesn't wake up the water would soaks up water it rots it swells it forces the glue to fail as Bell will not do that even, if it gets wet it doesn't hurt it we've got stuff that's been sitting in jars around the dealership for a long time like years of 2010-2011 in fact we'll put a picture of those up right now. I'm going to make him work on it we get it's this one and this material that's been floating in this jars won't rot it won't expand it won't swell won't cause your wall to delaminate all manufacturers and laminate have had issues with the lamination, if they say otherwise they're lying, but coachman virtually eliminated their delamination when they went to the advil product. I think they did this around 2008 somewhere in that neighborhood and they really eliminate this is a great manufacture for that reason.
So, you can take delamination off you're off your list of worries. So, let's talk about this Harvey in general all right we have storage up underneath and now this is a mid profile coach. So, you're not going to have the monstrous storage that you would have on a full profile, but that is still a very nice pass through for a mid pro you can see we've hit the stair top the spare tire in there.
I'm filming this at an RV show and we're a little pressed for space and. So, things might not be where they normally go you can normally keep that spare tire on the back bumper in this case we've hidden it in there. So, that wouldn't normally be there our propane bottles are up front here we've got it wide open in the front you can see some of your storage and your battery up under there we've got a nice one-piece molded front cap nice security a lot of light up front aluminum wheels they look good they dissipate heat they don't rust you can see our awning is a power awning and it has a light underneath it.
So, you don't have to hang the little lights from the edge your awning this does have a ladder on the back and what that tells you when you see the ladder on the back is that this is a fully walkable roof you'd be stunned the number of RVs that the manufacturers. I and we'd rather you not walk on the roof oh look there's service to be done on any RV roof there's checks that need to be done on any RV roof you better have one with a walkable roof and we have a nice crown to it select cheaper for manufacturers to build a flat roof, but this has this is crowned this has the gutters built into it nice big rear window, but. I know what we really want to see is the inside.
So, let's do that now alright we are inside of our 2016 coachman chaparral 31 RLS half ton towable fifth wheel nice floor plan first and foremost this does not feel like a half ton towable fifth wheel most have 10 doubles feel small feel tight this actually has plenty of space in it big slide over here with it has our sofa and our refrigerator stove and some storage on it we have not a true full-blown island, but a nice l-shaped kitchen here with tons of countertop space good location for outlets LED lighting throughout come over to the other we have a nice residential other slide we have a nice residential dinette great spot for a TV on a swivel arm the swivel arm is already here the DVD CD players already built in just add a TV is all we need to do we have storage here with a hanging closet up above and little cubbyholes down below our air is ducted through the roof throughout this coach our heat is ducted through the ceiling they've given you a really nice walkway through here we don't even have to step on to the carpet through most of this coach so, if somebody came in and their feet were a little wet you can be just on the vinyl flooring without any trouble whatsoever good storage throughout as. I'm looking at this, but again this was just a 31-foot ER. So, we're not talking about a huge fifth wheel here let's go check out the bedroom and bathroom nice lighted step this is a big bathroom for a fifth wheel nice stand-up shower that's wide enough for anyone good room around the toilet area nice sink with storage on both sides medicine cabinet and storage below come into the bedroom we have a true walk around queen bed now.
I'm about 510. I'm still fine standing at the foot of the bed now if. I take one step up here.
I have to duck a little bit, but it is a true walk around and then they've hidden the nice storage closet in here this has hanging above drawers below and they did this in lieu of putting a third slide in this code you put a third slide in you add to the price you add to the weight. So, it's nice to be able to try to keep that down this is a true queen bed you're pre-wired for a second AC in this, but you would never in my mind need a second AC for no bigger than this fifth wheel is. So, we did not option it in just.
So, you know the wirings all there, if you would ever want to do that our chaperone weighs in at around 80 100 pounds. So, you need half-ton truck towable and that 9000 to 9,500 pound range or more which a lot of the newer half tons with the bigger engines tow package them that's going to be very halftime towable for you. So, that's what we're looking at here half ton towable fifth, if you got a three-quarter ton or one time you can still tell it, but you can even do it a certain half done.
So, hope you've enjoyed the video my name is chris anderson i'm at now comfort RV Oh.