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Adventurer 89RB Review

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Adventurer Manufacturing has been incorporating service centers into their new floor plans ever since the debut of the Adventurer 980RDS in 2011.  The concept is simple; put as many exterior features as possible into one neat and convenient compartment.

For example, rather than having separate compartment doors for an exterior shower, water fill, city water connection, and power cord, the 2013 Adventurer 89RB has one service center compartment.  Bravo Adventurer.  We even like the white on black contrast to help low light visibility.  Well done.

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Directly underneath of the service center is where the power cord feeds through the side wing of the camper and connects with shore power.  The concept of having the power cord emerge from under the side wing makes sense keeping the presentation of a plugged-in camper clean and uncluttered.  Unfortunately, some of the plastic teeth on the cord cradle were damaged on the unit we were reviewing.  This is not something that affects the functionality of the camper, nor is it something you would see unless you were to look up the rear skirt.

Under the passenger side wing wall is a PVC sewer hose container.  We used this exact sewer hose container on our 2010 Adventurer 90FWS.  While the container works, the front cap can be tricky to thread and it’s a little annoying that the sewer hose is on one side of the camper, the dump connection is on the opposite side, and the actual dump valves are on the back.  If possible, it would make sense to put these items closer together.

On the front wall of all Adventurer products are two camper guides designed to help guide the camper during loading.  These guides also minimize any potential damage from hitting the wheel wells and act as bump stops when the camper reaches the front wall of the pickup bed.

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There are four important stickers on the exterior of the 89RB; two center of gravity stickers (one on either side of the camper), the weight sticker on rear, and the three year transferrable limited structural warranty sticker.  And, there’s actually one more; the North American Truck Camper Owners Association (NATCOA) sticker.  If you haven’t looked into NATCOA, check them out at natcoa.com.

Adventurer Manufacturing is to be commended for clearly marking the center of gravity on their campers.  According to Adventurer, the center of gravity is marked while the camper is weighed on their in-house scale system.  Every truck camper from every manufacturer should leave the factory with center of gravity stickers like this.

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Adventurer Manufacturing also posts the actual dry weight with options for each truck camper that leaves their facility on a sticker inside an interior cabinet door.  We found the dry weight with options sticker inside a cabinet door above the sink.

The 2013 Adventurer 89RB we reviewed had a reported dry with options of 2,858 pounds.  For all Adventurer Manufacturing truck campers, we favor of the interior weight sticker that shows the specific dry with options weight for the camper you’re looking at.

Again, Adventurer is to be commended for posting the dry weight with options for each camper as this is a much more accurate weight to use for your truck and camper matching calculations.  Excellent work, Adventurer.

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At the Austin RV Expo this past February, the 2013 Adventurer 89RB was a big hit.  People were very impressed with the curved bathroom wall, booth-style dinette, LED interior lighting, plentiful storage opportunities, and the overall floor plan.  Everyday at the show we heard people say, “That’s a lot of room for a non-slide truck camper”.

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We have seen this floor plan in truck campers for decades, but Adventurer has applied state-of-the-art design techniques and 2013 materials to maximize this classic layout and make it look and feel fresh.  They essentially took the best elements of an already proven floor plan and brought those elements to 2013 standards.  It really works.

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It’s great to see Adventurer put a booth-style dinette in the 89RB.  Here we have real face-to-face seating and a real table that extends to the wall.  No silly single-post round table or awkward, “How do we sit together?” seating here.  This is how a dinette should be in a 2013 basement model non-slide truck camper.  Love it.

The booth-style dinette has room for three adults, two on one side, one on the other.  Since most of the potential buyers of this camper will be couples, room for two is all that’s really needed.

Under the wider dinette seat is a generous storage compartment.  There’s also another storage nook under where your feet go.  This is a perfect place to tuck shoes.

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