|Coachmen 2020 Viking 9.0 TD Express|
Brian and Michele Tapp bought the unit and have owned it four months, connecting via Craig's List with its original owner. The Coachmen Viking 9.0 TD Express weighs a little over a thousand pounds, so the Tapps can tow it with their Honda CRV. This is their third trip; their first a time together was with friends at Yankton's Lewis and Clark Lake. They felt the Viking camper was an opportunity to try out camping without an initial big investment, especially since they didn't have to buy not only a camping unit but also a tow vehicle.
In addition to not having to dish out a lot of cash for their almost-new camper (used only four times by the first owner), they also didn't have to invest in a lot of camping equipment. They were able to use a lot of their tenting equipment they had purchased the year before, and also since Brian enjoys pre-game tailgating parties, some of that equipment proved useful.
Brian and Michele's motivation to buy the Viking tent-trailer came from several sources. One was Michele's camping life as a kid, which began when she was ten years old and her dad rented a Starcraft tent trailer and headed out with the family. Her dad then stepped up to a "pull trailer" and then a 5th-wheel. When Brian and Michelle were married, the family celebration centered around a camping get-together, which consisted of families tenting, pulling up with their campers, or renting cabins. "Let's get the family together and go camping," was the celebration theme.
Another motivation for buying the tiny camper was the COVID-19 pandemic. What happened was that in order to be safe, Brian and Michele decided that they could visit by camping near where the parents lived. "We could be camping and outside, and they could come and see us" during the pandemic.
|Notice the "hatch" pneumatic struts for raising and lowering|
It has every bit as much room as my original tiny "standy" RTTC Polar Bear, and with some modifications, it might even have a bit more room. Tiny trailer camping and even camping with slightly larger "little" trailers (such as my Basecamp) always is a matter of personal preferences and trade-offs. This YouTube video link provides a short walk-through of the Viking's set-up. Contrasting the Viking with my Polar Bear, I'd say the Viking is a touch bigger (especially if Brian and Michele modify the bed to add a table and storage much like the Polar Bear's). The unit is also lighter, even with the refrigerator and propane heater. The Polar Bear will probably be warmer in cold-weather camping, is a bit more secure from the elements, and also doesn't have to be raised or lowered to be used. This is definitely a plus when on the road, and you want a quick stop for lunch or a porta-potty break.