Orion was great but over time I started finding it too small. Also, since it is on the Ford Transit, I was not able to tow anything above 2000 pounds. I also had to realize that it is not good for friend visits. The bunk bed over the cab is way too narrow to fit anyone there comfortably. It may be good for kids but not for adults. I’ve been also thinking that eventually, I want to tow and I need a bigger rig so my friend can join me when she wants to.
I have been spending my winter in Arizona with friends still living in the Orion and decided to upgrade my solar system. Boondocking is way more fun when you have limitless power. Since I wasn’t sure I am going to keep Orion, I started looking around before installing the expensive system on my roof.
I found a slightly bigger rig which I really liked, a 2020 Coachmen Leprechaun 260QB. It was in California. I decided to go for it and after negotiating the price via email I drove West to see it. It is a one-year-old, former rental unit, well taken care of, it looks like new. It is 28’5″, a bit longer than my Orion which was about 24′, but it is still under 30 feet, which I still consider a small RV. Especially in the U.S.
This one has a living room slide which opens up the living room for a much larger living, comfortable living space. There is a jackknife sofa which converts to a bed and also a queen-sized bed over the driver cab. The dinette can be also converted to a bed which makes it perfect to sleep up to 8 people. There is a large storage and a couple of smaller ones outside. The inside storage space is also bigger than the Orion’s.
I must say, that I loved driving the Ford Transit more than the Ford 450. It’s ok, but very basic, even the key doesn’t have a remote. At least it has a great backup monitor system and way stronger, I can tow up to 5000 pounds.
I bought this RV in January of 2021, still moving in but so far I love it. I’ll try to keep you updated. So far, everything works. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it will stay that way! At least for a while 🙂