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21QB Coachmen Freelander Class C Motorhome

Learn about all the great features of a Coachmen Freelander RV. We purchased a new 2020 Freelander 21QB in November of that year.

Freelander Motorhome by Coachmen

Last year was a crazy year, for sure. We were planning our camping rally when the pandemic sidelined us all. That changed our outlook on travel and camping.

Over the years, we have owned seven RVs as a couple. This is in addition to the ones our original families had growing up.

Here is our camping history:

  • Tent campers in the early 90s.
  • Purchased our first pop-up, an old Viking in 1996. Sold it in 1998.
  • Back to tent camping here and there in the late 90s/early 2000s.
  • Purchased an old Winnebago Vectra Class A for a 2010 trip to Alaska. Sold it after the trip.
  • Purchased our second pop-up in 2012 and started camping a lot more. Had it 3 years.
  • Purchased our third pop-up in 2015. It was a dud, so we got rid of it right away.
  • Purchased our fourth pop-up camper in 2016. Sold it in July 2020.
  • Rented Class C motorhomes on our trips to California and the Northeast.
  • We purchased an old shuttle bus in July 2020 to build our own camper. However, we quickly realized that it was not the project for us and sold it.
  • Purchased this brand new Freelander 21QB motorhome. We are very happy with it so far.

Why did we purchase a Class C?

There are several reasons for purchasing a class C motorhome. We have enjoyed the motorhome we had and the ones we rented. We want a place to cook, sleep and a bathroom. Furthermore, we thought it was the best way to travel self-contained and away from COVID-19 exposure. At this point, we do not regret this decision.

camping is my happy place mug being held in front of a parked motorhome

Coachmen Class C Motorhomes

Coachmen currently manufactures four different brands of Class C motorhomes: Freelander, Leprechaun, Cross Trail, and Prism. They will be adding Concord to their lineup soon. Coachmen is a reputable brand in business for over 50 years.

The Freelander is an entry-level motorhome made on the same chassis as the Leprechaun and some of the Cross Trail models. While it is more affordable for first-time motorhome owners, it has all the features that any RVer needs.

The Leprechaun is made with what Coachmen call the ‘better stuff.’ There are the same features as the Freelander but with optional upgrades. This model ranges from 21 to 31-foot layouts.

Coachmen Cross Trail is a more eco-friendly model. It comes with either a Ford EcoBoost or Transit engine and has 20- —to 26-foot options.

The Coachmen Prism is a luxury model made on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis. Four different layouts of this 24-foot model are available.

Freelander Models

Over the years, numerous Freelander models have ranged from 20 to 32 feet on either a Chevy or Ford Chassis. Most of the models have features similar to those of our 21QB, which we describe in detail below.  

Freelander models include 20CB, 21BH, 21QB, 21RS, 22XG, 26DS, 26RS, 2600SO, 27QB, 28BH, 28QB, 29KB, 29KS, 30QB, 31BH, 31MB, 31SS, 32BH, 32DS, and 32FS.

Several members of the Coachmen Freelander Owners Facebook Group have contributed to this post with the following images of the various models out there. Based on these contributions, the Freelander 27QB is the most popular. See more photos at the bottom of the post.

Why we chose a Coachmen Freelander

We started researching all the manufacturers when we settled on getting a small motorhome. We read many Coachmen RV reviews and discovered that the Freelander seemed to have great features and be the most affordable.

Upon searching for a Coachmen Freelander for sale, we came across several Coachmen RV Dealerships, but inventory was low. We saw a late model 21QB about an hour away, but it had sold when we contacted the seller. We then focused on Freelanders.

sunrise over a lake with a motorhome parked at a campground

Coachmen Freelander 21QB

The 21QB in this model stands for 21 feet with a queen bed. We wanted to go as small as possible and have a regular queen-sized mattress. This meant not crawling above a cab or making up a dinette or Murphy bed each night. We also did not want a slide. This model seemed to fit our wants best when we were searching, especially because it has an external storage garage.

view of the back of a Coachman Freelander with the outside storage garage open

Mechanicals

This nimble Chevy motorhome is built on a V8 6.0L 4500 Express Cutaway chassis.

It is solar-ready. We are unsure if we will add solar to the roof at some point or use a suitcase panel that we set out when needed.

2020 FREELANDER 21QB CHEVY RV SPECIFICATIONS

Sleeps6
Length24 ft 6 in
Ext Width8 ft 4 in
Ext Height10 ft 11 in
Int Height6 ft 11 in
Hitch Weight5000 lbs
Gross Weight14200 lbs
Dry Weight9478 lbs
Cargo Weight4722 lbs
Fresh Water Capacity50 gals
Grey Water Capacity28 gals
Black Water Capacity22 gals
Furnace BTU20000 btu
Generator4.0 KW Onan Gas
Fuel TypeGasoline
Engine6.0L V8
ChassisChevy 4500
Horsepower324 hp
Fuel Capacity57 gals
Wheelbase159 in
Number Of Bunks1
Available BedsQueen
Torque373 ft-lb
Refrigerator TypeDouble Door
Cooktop Burners3
Gas Oven1
Number of Slides0
Number of Awnings1
Axle Weight Front4600 lbs
Axle Weight Rear9600 lbs
LP Tank Capacity68
Water Heater Capacity6 gal
Water Heater TypeGas Electronic Ignition
AC BTU13500 btu
Basement Storage92 cu. ft.
TV InfoCoach 32″ TV with DVD
Awning Info15′ Electric with LED Lights
Gross Combined Weight20000 lbs
Shower TypeStandard
Electrical Service30 amp
specs according to Coachmen

Exterior Storage

There are three exterior storage compartments in this rig. One right by the door is designed to hold a TV. We do not plan to add one, so we use it to store our adjustable aluminum step.

We use the small compartment behind the driver to store our water hoses.

Our favorite part of this rig is the HUGE storage garage located in the back underneath the queen-sized bed. This massive compartment has a flat area that we use to store bigger items and four small storage wells that hold heavier or smaller items.

outside storage garage in a Freelander motorhome

This massive storage area has two doors; a large one along the side and a smaller one in the back. Since we often carry a hitch bike rack, we just use the side door as the back one is blocked.

hitch bike rack with 2 bicycles on the back of a class c motorhome

Other External Features

This 2020 model included a roof rack, a Wi-Fi booster, and a large electric awning. We will likely tow a small vehicle with the class 3 hitch in the future.

Roomy Interior

A small RV is very roomy inside. This was well-designed for optimization.

floorplan of the 21QB

In addition to the aforementioned beds, a roomy U-shaped dinette can be made into a bed. We have not done this yet. As you pass through the kitchen area to reach the bed and bathroom, there is plenty of room to get around this dinette.

u shaped dinette in a camper

The kitchen is small but functional. There is a small sink, a gas stove and oven, a built-in microwave above the stove, and a 2-way refrigerator/freezer unit.

There is a swing-up counter extension over the entry steps. We also increase the prep space with wood blocks that go on the sink and stove if they are not in use.

kitchen in a Freelander 21QB

Full Bathroom

The model has a small bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower. It is compact but suits our needs.

The bathroom door opens against the diagonal part of our bed, making it a narrow entry. This motorhome would not be a good choice if you need more room.

RV bathroom inside of a Coachman RV

This model has a step up at the edge of the dinette, which makes this model a poor choice for anyone with mobility issues.

Interior Storage

There is quite a bit of storage in this unit. There is a double-door closet between the dinette and bathroom. We do not need to hang clothes, so we have outfitted this area with storage drawers and a hanging organizer. There are two storage drawers below the closet.

storage closet in an RV

In the kitchen, there is a cabinet above and below the sink. Plus, a drawer under the stove.

Overhead cabinets line the main bed area and are above the dinette. The doors are top-hinged, which is not the most convenient. We may add pistons to help hold them open.

view from the bed in a motorhome

We have plenty of storage with all this inside storage and the outside garage. On a recent 2-week trip, we stored canned goods and coats underneath the dinette.

Driving a Coachmen Freelander

This motorhome is easy to drive. It feels like a large minivan unless it is windy on the interstate, in which case you really have to hold the wheel.

With its width of just over 8 feet and length of under 25 feet, it can be parked in a regular parking space. When we travel, we look for end spots or spaces that will allow for the large rear overhang.

small motorhome parked in a regular parking space

It is quite agile and can easily be turned around. The turn radius seems better than our 4Runner.

Gas mileage is around 10 mpg. It’s not great, but that’s what you get with driving a motorhome or pulling a camper.

RV Weight

Many RVers overload their rigs. We are pretty sure we have done this in the past. We did not want to overload this new motorhome, so we got it weighed.

We went to a truck stop and got on a Cat Scale when fully loaded. We were just under 11,000 pounds, and this vehicle’s max is 14,200. We do not think we will ever overload it.

CAT Scale Receipt

Getting it weighed was an easy process. We read up on how to weigh an RV and did it quickly.

Other Features of the Motorhome

The overhead bunk has a 32” flat-screen TV on a swing-out arm. There is a built-in DVD player.

The Jensen stereo that came with the unit is junk. We thought there was something wrong with our unit, but many other Freelander owners have commented the same. We upgraded it with a new Pioneer stereo.

We added vent covers to the three built-in vents.

aerial photo of a motorhome taken from the top of a lighthouse in Michigan

What we wish was different

We would love it if the passenger seat swiveled toward the living space. We are not sure this is possible with this Chevy chassis.

We plan on changing out the vent above the main bed with a MaxxAir Fan. There is built-in wiring for this.

decorative lights hanging across the front of a motorhome and reflecting in the windshield

Overall thoughts on the Coachmen Freelander 21QB

We are pleased with our purchase. It is the perfect size for our family of 3. We actually have three children, but the two oldest have moved out and on with their lives. The youngest is a teen, and her time with us is limited. We have enjoyed the two of us camping together in it.

The color scheme in this unit is pleasant, so we do not plan to paint or update it. Several custom camping quilt hangings brighten and personalize the inside.

a view of the front cab and interior of a Coachmen Freelander 21QB motorhome

We removed the blinds in the main bed area and added black-room darkening curtains. We cut Reflectix to fit inside the cab windows and vent openings. This has helped to keep it cooler in the summer and provides darkness so we sleep better.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this Coachman Freelander model Coachman Freelander. The 2021 model does not come with a standard stove or ladder. We are glad we have them. You can see the tour of our Freelander 21QB on YouTube.

If you want to buy a used motorhome, check out our tips on purchasing a used RV.

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