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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13 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 .

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

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