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Old 07-06-2016, 01:08 PM   #1
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Coachmen Orion

My husband and I are looking at a 2016 Orion. I would like to know 1) Can you get from the cab passenger seat to the back galley with ease? 2) Does the A/C work well enough for temps reaching 100 or above? 3) Know of any major problems with this model? Thank you, RRaybon

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Old 07-07-2016, 09:37 AM   #2
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While I don't have any direct experience with THIS unit, I've spent a lot of time crawling around these smaller C's before buying our Airstream.

I always found that getting from a seated front position to the back was a pain. Could be done, but with some crawling. I suggest you go try it out for size to really know.

As to the A/C, I wouldn't count on it. Not to say it won't cool, but I just wouldn't count on it. This is a 13.5 unit, the middle of the road as to size, and only one. In the full, direct sun I would anticipate interior temps of 80 to 85. If I got 78, I'd be stoked. To that end, finding shade will be a priority. And it's all aluminum walls..and I wouldn't expect stellar insulation, not like some companies do. Shade from trees will make a major improvement.

Here's an owner you may be able to contact directly. New Coachmen Orion Owner

and I know there was an ignition switch recall on 16-17, so you'll want to be sure this was performed on any unit you take delivery of.

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Old 07-07-2016, 11:04 AM   #3
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I have to assume you are looking at a Transit based Orion. They were built on the Dodge Promaster chassis until sometime last year.

Here is a review of the Orion done by TheFitRV and includes a video. One of the major complaints is the difficulty of getting past the engine "doghouse" as you get out of the front seats to the rear.

Coachmen Orion – Now on the Ford Transit – Our Quick Review
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:39 PM   #4
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A late reply for the record. We just got a '17 Transit Orion in Oct. Moving to/from the front seats requires a bit of agility but you learn to do it without too much difficulty. The overhead room is tight, so you need to watch your head. The foot room for the driver is tight, but doable with the seat moved back. I am a big guy (6-1) with big feet, and I can do it. I don't think it is much more difficult than from the passenger seat of a Ford E-cab.
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Regarding the A/C, we only have limited experience. On a couple of days in the 90's, the A/C was running pretty much full time to keep the interior comfortable with most of the shades pulled down. We have determined that it is necessary to drop the bed about 4-6 inches to allow the vents above it to flow air to the front.

Other issues? Very minimal and poor documentation from Forest River. I had to go on line and download some manuals to figure out how to work some stuff: generator, thermostat, antenna to start with. Switches are not labeled and we are still ignorant about what a couple do. No plumbing or electrical schematics. It took several hours to figure out how to drain water tank and lines. TV mounted so low that its "eye" doesn't see the remote control signal. Bathroom faucet has internal leak (faucet problem, not FR's fault). I consider most of these typical RV "nits" that are part of new RV issues. Overall, we are very pleased so far and the unit is very comfortable and practical.
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