2014 Coachmen Apex Deep Slide Series 259BHSS Review

Lightweight travel trailer perfect for smaller tow vehicles

By Agata Gutkowska, Aug. 15, 2014, Photography by Coachmen RV
The Coachmen Apex Ultra-Light makes camping as easy as 1-2-3; pack up, hitch up and hit the road. Ideal for small tow vehicles, the Apex travel trailer is a perfect match for SUVs.

The 2014 Coachmen Apex comes in 19 floorplans. We decided to go with the 259BHSS. It has a hitch weight of 680 lbs, base weight of 5,180 lbs, gross vehicle weight rating of 7,500 lbs and cargo carrying capacity of 2,320 lbs. The Apex has an exterior length of 28’0”, exterior height of10’10” and exterior width of 96”. For liquids, the Apex 259BHSS has a fresh water capacity of 49 gal., gray water capacity of 33 gal. and a black water capacity of 33 gal. Its awning size is 18 ft.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2013 Coachmen Viking Ultra-Lite 16FB

As for construction, the floors and sidewalls of the Apex are laminated, while the aluminum framed, fully insulated sidewalls are fiberglass. Also, the rubber roof is fully laminated and aluminum framed. A corrosion-resistant powder coated frame and a Schwintek slide room system are also hallmarks of the Apex. Other features include heated and enclosed holding tanks, manual awning, four stabilizer jacks, gutter rail, aluminum rims, and dual battery tray.

2014 Coachmen Apex Dinette

Walking into the Apex 259BHSS, you’ll feel right at home. The Glazed Grace Cherry cabinetry creates a warm atmosphere. The cabinet doorframes are made of Hardwood Mortise and Tenon. As your feet glide along the Congoleum Grand Canyon flooring, you’ll notice the warm tones and wood frames throughout the space. Windows soak in natural sunlight, while mini blinds provide privacy. From an interior design perspective, the 2014 Coachmen Apex is decorated to make you feel relaxed.

When you’re on the road, the best way to save money is to cook at home. Although light in weight, Apex is not light in amenities. This goes for the kitchen, especially. You can make breakfast over the three-burner cooktop, which also comes with an oven. In the evenings you can toss leftovers into the microwave for a quick fix to an empty stomach. You can store food in the double-door refrigerator or pantry, which also acts as a wardrobe. Kitchen hardware comes in brushed nickel, while the kitchen appliances come in black. The sealed edge countertops create a nice, clean finish. When dinner’s ready, serve it at the U-shaped dinette. Your kids can wash dirty dishes in the stonecast double bowl sink.

2014 Coachmen Apex Kitchen

After a big meal, you’ll probably want to kick back and relax. Spread out on the sofa attached to the dinette and make use of your entertainment center. The Apex is equipped with an AM/FM/CD Player and a TV antenna with cable TV hookups. If you’d rather relax outside, then sit on the porch and listen to music – the Apex comes with two outside speakers. A patio light completes the exterior package.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2014 Keystone Summerland

The bathroom is equipped with the necessities to get you cleaned up. It features tub surround and a glass shower door for a 34” neo-angle shower. A foot flush toilet, medicine cabinet above the sink, power bath vent and a 6-gallon gas/electric DSI hot water heater are also found in the bathroom.

2014 Coachmen Apex Bathroom

When you’re finally ready to get a good night’s sleep, send your guests to the guest room first. Yes, even lightweight travel trailers have guest rooms. Beside the bathroom is a small space that houses two double beds – one over the other. Guests can comfortably sleep here, while storing their belongings in the storage compartment. Luckily for you, the man and woman of the house have their own private bedroom, equipped with a queen bed and two wardrobes.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2014 Shasta Revere 27KS

2014 Coachmen Apex Bunks

Coachmen knows that customers are unique and have different needs. That’s why the Apex gives you options. If you decide to go with the 50th Anniversary Package, you’ll get a painted fiberglass front cap with LED lighting. You’ll also get blue awning LED rope lighting and a power tongue jack. This package also comes with a swing-away assist handle at the main entry door. As well, the kitchen is outfitted with black metal refrigerator panels and a hi-rise kitchen faucet that comes with a pullout sprayer with this package.

The 2014 Coachmen Apex Deep Slide 259BHSS sells for around $30,000. For more information visit: http://www.coachmenrv.com/.


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