Small Trailer Snapshot: The Coachmen Clipper/Viking Express 9.0TD

Back in September when I was attending the Elkhart RV open house in Elkhart, IN, I came across this little offering in the Coachmen RV section at the Forest River compound. The shape and size of it instantly caught my eye for a further look. It was a new model Coachmen was introducing in both the Clipper and the Viking lines of camping trailers. The one on display was a Coachmen Viking Express 9.0TD.

Key Features: Unique hybrid design, with elements of both a teardrop and a pop-up camper; Rear entry door; 5,000 BTU air conditioner; Bluetooth stereo; Full pass-through storage; 20,000 BTU furnace; 1.2 cubic foot 110 volt refrigerator; Zamp solar prep; USB charging ports; Side mount grill with quick-connect propane hook-up; Four heavy duty stabilizer jacks; Optional rear awning.

Key Specs: 9′ box length; 13′ total length; Weighs just under 1,100 lbs; 54″x74″ bed; 13″ aluminum wheels; 20 lbs propane tank; 12″x24″ baggage doors; 15″x24″ windows.

Why I Like It: The Clipper/Viking Express 9.0TD hits all the right notes for me in a small camping trailer. Who’s it for? I see it for those who want to “get off the ground” from tent camping and into something with a little more amenities, but without breaking the budget. I’ve seen these advertised for less than $7,000, so they’re quite affordable for most. It’s also excellent for those with low tow capacity, as it weighs under 1100 lbs. While it is a step up from tent camping, you’re still responsible for your potty facilities, as it does not have a toilet, which will be a deal breaker for some. However, it’s safe to say you’ll already know that based on the size of the Clipper/Viking Express 9.0TD. If you like cozy, without having to pay a king’s ransom, this is the ticket. You’d be spending more than half of what an upscale traditional teardrop is going for these days. But one thing the 9.0TD has going for it that a traditional teardrop doesn’t is that you can actually stand in this once the pop-up is popped up. The 5,000 BTU air conditioner should more than take care of you on a hot summer day when you have the tent portion zipped up. And to add to that, you’ll get excellent cross ventilation from the two windows that are on each side of the camper near the head of the bed. And it’s got decent storage for what it is as well, featuring a bed that flips up for storage access, as well as interior cabinets as well as a shelf above the head of the bed, which also houses two speakers for the Bluetooth stereo. Add the optional tent room and you’ve got a nice little set-up that you’re not spending a fortune on. These are slowly starting to show up on dealers lots and websites, but I suspect that will increase over the next couple of months just in time for spring. So if you’re in the market for a teardrop, or if you’re a tent camper and just want to get off the ground, give either the Coachmen Clipper Express 9.0TD or the Coachmen Viking Express 9.0TD a look. I think you’ll find they’re a really nice alternative for your budget and camping experience.

You can find more info of either model at:

Clipper: http://coachmenrv.com/camping-trailers/clipper/9.0TD/4503

Viking: http://coachmenrv.com/camping-trailers/viking/9.0TD/4487

 

(photo courtesy Boe RV & Marine)

 

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32 Responses to Small Trailer Snapshot: The Coachmen Clipper/Viking Express 9.0TD

  1. Dean

    Nifty little bugger-boo!

  2. Rhonda

    Cute little thing. As a woman traveler I would be concerned about the safety factor (I want a secure, lockable unit) but this would be great for anyone who did not have such concerns and did not want to sleep on the ground.

  3. Jeffery Hammonds

    It looks as if it will slip through a 7′ high garage door for storage. Good. Bring along a shower tent with a shower set up and put a porta potty in the tent and we’d be ready to go. Looks like luxury tent camping. That’s all we need for weeks on end. Simple. Minaminalist. Fun. It’s enjoyable to watch the manufactuers evolve in creative ways.

  4. marlie bennett

    I’m not much into hybrids just for the lack of security against wildlife and bad guys, but I must admit I do like this one. The simpler the better.

  5. Jennifer Opitz

    I just purchased one of these yesterday and can’t wait to take it on the road! I can’t find anywhere to purchase the screen room addition though. My dealer said they didn’t sell them. Suggestions?

    • Pat

      Congrats, Jennifer! Have to say, I’m kind of jealous! I checked the Coachmen website and may have found a contact for you. This link takes you to the customer parts department at Coachmen: http://coachmenrv.com/contact-us/23/316 Let me know if that doesn’t work for you!

      • Rick

        I just got my screen tent delivered today. It took 4 months to get it as they were not satisfied with the original design. It looks well made but has no instructions. I ordered mine through the dealer. I am surprised that did not offer to order one for you.
        BTW, I have spent 9 weeks living in my camper and loved it. I spent most of the time in Arizona and New Mexico.I reserve campsites near the restrooms.
        In regard to security, I carry pepper spray and an air horn on the shelf above the bed!

      • Rick

        I just got my screen tent delivered today. It took 4 months to get it as they were not satisfied with the original design. It looks well made but has no instructions. I ordered mine through the dealer. I am surprised that did not offer to order one for you.
        BTW, I have spent 9 weeks living in my camper and loved it. I spent most of the time in Arizona and New Mexico.I reserve campsites near the restrooms.
        In regard to security, I carry pepper spray and an air horn on the shelf above the bed! Happy Trails!!

    • Wanda Garfield

      Regarding the screen room, you can get these from RV General in Birch Run Michigan. They are somewhere around $300. We just ordered this camper from them and included the screen room. Will get it in a couple weeks. Their phone number is 989 – 624 – 7000. I hope you enjoy your camper.

      • Jeremy

        Hey Wanda. If you don’t mind, about how much did you pay for everything?

        • Rick

          Jeremy,
          I paid 5300 + tax for the camper, $500 for the screen room and $150 to have the propane filled an the battery installed. Add $500 to have a hitch, 7 pin electrical connection and brake controller installed .

    • Christina Dudley

      Hello Jennifer, I just purchased this camper in July and have only taken it out once, and am very discouraged with it. I do admit that in theory I thought it would have been perfect for me but in reality my fist trip leaves me wishing I never got it. The biggest issues I am having with the inside was the air conditioner and the quality of the bed, I was thinking I could get a better mattress but the air seemed like it should keep such a small area fairly cool, and it really was so warm I reopened the flaps and was so uncomfortable, did you have issues with the area. I have no experience with hitching and unhitching a camper, we had a really hard time getting this accomplished, and ended up having the camper jam into the back of my jeep and caused a small dent. The last big issue, is the issue of attempting to back up with the camper, it tends to jack knife. Do you still have the camper and just wondering what you have learned?

      • Chrism

        A small fan will help with any air conditioning. There are nice usb fans.
        We have a small Aliner and the small trailers are the hardest to learn to back up. I’m still practicing. But the magnetic yellow balls are great for hitching up alone. (You put one on the hitch ball and one on the hitch, you can see to line up and when the ball one gets knocked off, you are over the ball and ready to hitch.) Good luck.

    • Dave

      How do you like your 9.0 TD so far Any complaints

  6. How do you attach the awning and screen room to the coachman Viking express 9.0 td

  7. Stew

    I see that an off road version is now available. It’s called a Clipper Express 9.0td V-PKG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3-HjfFSNbc . We have the basic model and I wouldn’t mind going to the larger wheels & tires. Does anyone know what size they are?

  8. Noah

    Does this trailer have brakes? Not sure why you would need them for such a light trailer.

  9. Michael Martin

    Can you sleep in it with the pop up down?

    • Stew

      I closed the lid with myself inside just to see what it was like. There is enough room to sleep but was a bit tight. In a pinch you could do it wouldn’t be comfortable.

      I also tried fitting 2 adult bikes inside and that was no problem at all. I put a 54″ x 72″ moving blanket on top of the mattress and then the bikes on top of that. I built a kayak rack for mine. I planned to build a bike rack too but I may just transport them inside.

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  10. Chris

    Hello
    Wondering has anyone structure problems we have only had ours a month and it has developed a crease right down the middle of the trailer Looks like a seam underneath has let go
    Dealer not sure what it is yet

    • Stew

      I haven’t had any troubles like that with mine. I take it that the crease is from side to side as that’s the way that the floor is laid. I stiffened up the floor a bit when I added a 2″ receiver under the rear frame cross member. I thought that the floor may get soft in that area eventually s hopefully I got ahead of it.

  11. Tiffany M

    I’ve had my eye on this for about a month now and I’m now saving to buy one. I wonder what sized battery is enough to run everything inside. Also, has anyone tried cooking on a propane or butane stove inside the trailer?

    • Stew

      The trailer comes with a Group 24 auto battery and it should be fine. I replaced mine with a Group 27 deep cycle battery which is a bit more versatile.

      I haven’t cooked in mine and don’t plan too. I suppose you could but it’s a bit tight. I’d definitely open the side and rear window flaps for ventilation. The propane system and grille that come with the trailer work well.

  12. Hayd

    Very cool concept but they need to make the canvas able to put away like pop ups otherwise everything is going to get soaked on the inside. Hopefully the next generations they will.

    • Stew Beatty

      I packed ours up wet (had to!) and drove for a few hours. I opened it up when I got home (still raining) and it wasn’t bad at all. The bed was dry and there was only a bit of wetness on the counters.

  13. Stew Beatty

    I packed ours up wet (had to!) and drove for a few hours. I opened it up when we got home (still raining) and it wasn’t bad at all. The bed was dry and there was only a bit of wetness on the counters.

  14. Just got mine yesterday. Drove 268 miles from home to get it. Got the Clipper with the V-Package. Love it. Did not get my Prodigy Brake Controller in time but dealer put a Reese anti -sway bar on and it towed like a dream behind my 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT-V6 at 75-80 mph and still got 27mpg. Got it home and yes it fit in garage with 7ft door. Happy so far and looking forward to first trip to the mountains in Wheeling WV. P.S pass on the screen room-$560.00 from the dealer-I’ll use my 9\8 Kodiak Canvas tent for the living room until someone makes one aftermarket for less money!

    • Dennis Gibson

      Hi Edward,
      Are you still looking for a screen room for your Clipper 9.0 TD?
      I have a brand new screen room that was made for the Clipper/Viking 9.0 TD made before 2/21/2019. If your unit is newer you just need to have a strip of Velcro sewn on two flaps that attach it to the side walls of your camper. I,m selling it for $250 plus shipping.

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