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The Coachmen Orion has been around for a while now, but when we saw this one at the Pomona RV show last fall, we had to take a closer look. You see, if you search the internet for “Coachmen Orion”, you’ll find hundreds of pictures and RVs for sale. But this small Class C (or call it a B+ if you want to) has previously been built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, and that’s all you’ll find online – even on Coachmen’s own website!
So to see one built on a Ford Transit was a bit unusual. I actually called Coachmen before putting this footage together, and they assured me that the Ford Transit build was no fluke. In fact, that’s all they’re building any more. So, what you see here represents the future of the Orion model. The model we looked at was the T24RB.
It was too miserably hot to go into a really detailed review. At 110 degrees, I had no interest in crawling on asphalt underneath RVs! But from what we saw, the Orion looked like a decent option for those looking to get into a small Class C RV with good gas mileage at a lower price. At the prices they’re asking for the Orion, you won’t find lithium batteries, tankless water heaters, and china toilets, but you will find proven RV systems and appliances, and plenty of space to spread out without resorting to slides.
One final thought on the Orion, and it has to do with towing. Basically, you can’t. But what’s unique about the Orion is that Coachmen doesn’t try to hide that from you. Their rear receiver is clearly labeled for bikes and luggage racks only. Some might consider that a negative, but I don’t. I’ve seen many RVs out there where they put a 5000 pound hitch on a vehicle that is already close to chassis weight limits from the factory. The hitch gives the impression that you can tow up to 5000 pounds – but you really shouldn’t if you want to be safe. So, in this case, I think it’s a good thing that Coachmen has only given the capability to tow what the chassis can safely handle.