I know some of you have been waiting patiently for this, so I’ll get right to it. Here’s the review!
When we visited Coachmen at their Middlebury, Indiana facility earlier this year, they put us up not in a hotel, but in one of their fully decked-out Galleria Class B motorhomes. Being vanlifers ourselves, this was completely OK with us. It gave us a chance to actually use the Galleria. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll reveal that while we were guests of Coachmen, we were not paid for this review, or even asked to do it at all.
The floor plan we stayed in is their newest, the 24A. This one is unique because it is the only Galleria floor plan without that typical couch-all-the-way-across-the-back. This was a good choice for us, because Stef and I really hate having to piece cushions together each night to make a bed. The 24A has two permanent twin beds (with cool adjustable lift mechanisms) instead of that sofa. It’s definitely the floor plan we would have chosen.
Most of what we learned you can see in the video, but here are a few key observations we had.
More “Refined” than “Rugged”
We find that Class B motorhomes all fall somewhere along a scale – with extremely rugged, off-road vehicles (like the Winnebago Revel or a 4×4 Sportsmobile) on one end of the spectrum, and high-gloss “airport limo” vans on the other end (take your pick – there are plenty). The word that kept popping into my mind during our review of the Galleria was “polished”. The features I’m thinking of here are things like the exterior skirting, the use of glass on the whole outside wall, and the general refined feel of the coach. But it wasn’t overdone to the point that we felt like we were staying in a shiny high-roller suite in Vegas. See if you agree with me while you watch, but I’m personally pegging the Galleria on the more refined side of that sliding scale.
Not Afraid to Try New Stuff
The Galleria was loaded with cool new tech – much of which you might have seen in our earlier video tour of the Coachmen RV facility. It of course had their Li3 power system with a high-powered inverter and Lithium battery. It also had their most comprehensive insulation package, a WiFi Ranger, the Shower Miser water saver, and a 12 volt air conditioner (to name a few). We really like seeing manufacturers try new things in their rigs, so this made us happy and gave us lots of fun stuff to play with.
Maybe We’re Just Not “Multi-Plexers?”
We’ve talked about multiplex wiring in previous reviews, but until this rig, we’d never actually stayed in a rig that had it. Now that we have, I can say that while it does save weight and produce a cleaner, more integrated look… there’s definitely an end-user learning curve to the multiplex wiring! In day-to-day life, you don’t think about it much when you use a light switch, but with multiplex wiring, you do have to think about it. And if you’re using only one button to control on, off, and dimming functionality, there’s a timing aspect to pressing that button that (apparently) takes more than a couple days to get the hang of. Or at least it did for us. Maybe we’re just “multiplex challenged”, but the lighting was a source of confusion for us.
Still Got It Going On With the Cabinetry
In our very first Coachmen Galleria review years ago, I was impressed with the craftsmanship in their cabinets. It’s good to see that they haven’t dropped the ball here. Stef actually pointed this out in the video, but their drawers are now using undermount, self-closing drawer slides. To the layman, this means you can’t even see the drawer mechanism, and it looks very clean. But to a woodworker like me, it means they really put the time and money into these drawers. If I were to buy them myself, the drawer slides alone cost around $30 per drawer! At this point, I’m convinced that their cabinet mill operation does high-end homes on the side. There’s no other explanation.
Anyway, there’s more to like about the Galleria, and you can see the rest of it in the video. If you have comments or questions, please sound off below. Looking forward to your thoughts!