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Old 04-23-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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Coachmen Orion or Dynamax Rev-Promaster?

I really like the layout of the rear bath/side dinette Orion or Rev. I would like to know if anyone owns or has experience with either on the Promaster cutaway chassis? Specifically...
1. Handling and driveability
2. Actual weight and load carry capacity
3. Actual max. towing ability
4. Build quality impressions
5. Concerns, don't likes, disappointments

(edit) Also, what's the holding tank setup? One black and one gray? Any transfer pumping involved?

Thank you
(I'm also seeking any info on the Ford Transit version)

'09 Pleasure Way Lexor, Chevrolet Express 3500 chassis, 6.0L V8
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:11 AM   #2
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Coachmen Orion or Dynamax Rev-Promaster?

I don't own one but did look at one in person and talked with the supervisor on the production line for the Rev on the promaster chassis. He was very friendly and was willing to even have a modification made at my request. (I wanted a 2 couch setup in the front and also still the loft bed.

The main concern I had was the location of the holding tanks and single axle puts it almost at carrying capacity before it is even loaded with supplies.

The weight on front is 3336 and rear is 4947, that leaves cargo at about 1000 lbs but the gotcha is that the rear axle capacity is 5291. Getting that weight on the front axle instead is a challenge.

I sure wish it had rear duals. He said that they are looking at options to increase the capacity of the rear axle by 1,000 but I've not seen any indication that production units have changed yet.

The roof is a rubber roof rather than fiberglass. FYI.

In the end, I purchased a used 2008 Winnebago view in excellent shape due to these concerns as well as greater towing capacity sufficient to pull a Chevy tracker that we own when we want to.

History: '08 View, '05 Chinook, '01 Jamboree 24D, '78 Apache Popup, 81 Komfort Tlr,
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:40 AM   #3
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I have the Orion...built on the ProMaster 3500 cab. It handles extremely well, and has a great turning radius. I average about 15mpg when on the road. As far as tanks go, has a grey, black and fresh water. Has a tank flush valve for cleaning black tank. Towing capacity is limited to 2,000 lbs.

Only issue I anticipate is with the location of the generator...only accessible from underneath the vehicle.

Minor problems so far...propane tank indicator is not functioning properly...always reads full...found out the hard way. lol

I love it so far...bought it last year.
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