Based on the success of the Adventurer 86FB, Adventurer launches the all new 89RB non slide with a large rear wet bath and a more open floor plan.
Imagine you work for a truck camper manufacturer and you’ve been asked to redesign a popular but aging truck camper model. The assignment is to modernize the old design while improving the quality, value, and appeal of the new camper. The general floor plan of this redesign shouldn’t stray too far from the original, but new ideas are welcome.
With a pen and napkin you begin sketching out the floor plan. To start, you move the wet bath to the rear. Soon after, you realize the incredible interlocking complexity of what you’ve been asked to do.
If you move the bath to the rear, the holding tanks and plumbing system must be completely reworked and checked for proper flow and drainage. The holding tanks that will fit the available space need to be available from dependable vendors, at the right price. You also need to check that the holding capacity of the tanks will be acceptable to the consumers and that the location won’t jeopardize center of gravity for the final product. Like falling dominoes, changing just the location of the bathroom can mean changing the entire truck camper design.
After you figure out how everything in the camper will work, you also need to make sure the camper hits a price point, meets a weight target, features a forward center of gravity, and fits within the capabilities of your manufacturing plant and the abilities of your production team. It’s no wonder that some successful truck camper designs have been offered for decades. That said, there comes a time when the challenge of new camper design must be met.
To meet the challenge of potentially replacing the Adventurer 810WS, Adventurer enlisted their trusty in-house design duo, Dave Frampton, Product Development Manager, and Dave Catron, Engineer. Dave and Dave have interpreted the decades old Adventurer 810WS design for the future taking cues from their own 86FB, and mixing in a few new tricks along the way. Will the 89RB ultimately replace the 810WS? That’s up to the marketplace to decide.
2013 Adventurer 89RB Specifications:
The 2013 Adventurer 89RB is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper made for short or long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2013 Adventurer 89RB is 8’9”, the interior height is 78″ and the center of gravity is 36.5”. The 2013 Adventurer 89RB has a 42 gallon fresh tank, a 25 gallon grey tank, a 22 gallon black tank, and a 4 gallon hot water heater. It can accommodate two batteries and has two twenty-pound propane tanks. Adventurer is reporting the base weight of the Adventurer 89RB to be 2,456 pounds. The base MSRP for the 2013 Adventurer 89RB is $20,433.
The following interview is with Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing, on the 2013 Adventurer 89RB.
TCM: Does the 2013 Adventurer 89RB replace an existing truck camper in Adventurer’s product line?
Greg: Not at this time. We suspect the 89RB will fade out the 810WS but we will let the market decide. The 810WS has been built for over twenty years and is a proven floor plan, but it’s antiquated in today’s market.
Compared to the 810WS model, the 89RB is a fresh and modern truck camper with a large rear wet bath and a more open feeling floor plan than either the 86FB or the 810WS. The 89RB also offers larger holding tanks and is lighter weight and less money than the 810WS.
Another important feature of the 89RB is its ability to fit short or long bed trucks, even with the generator option. Many short and long bed compatible campers lose their generator option on a short bed. The 89RB is generator ready, short bed or long.
Above: Adventurer 89RB on the left and Adventurer 86FB on the right
TCM: What distinguishes the 89RB from the 86FB?
Greg: The 86FB has been very successful, but we needed a larger camper with a rear wet bath and a more open feeling floor plan to eventually replace the 810WS. When you look at the 89RB and 86FB floor plans side by side, you’ll immediately notice the wet bath in the 89RB is also significantly larger.