Adventurer Manufacturing debuts the 2014 Adventurer 116DS, an all-new double-slide sofa camper with a rear kitchen slide, peninsula, and a California King bed. Get your dual recliners here!
The first thing we saw on the 2014 Adventurer 116DS was the floor plan. At first blush, the floor plan presented a lot of unique features to absorb. A rear kitchen slide? A mini-peninsula? A sofa that’s actually not located on the rear slide? A wet bath in a double-slide? And what is going on what that California King bed in the overcab?
Clearly the design team at Adventurer started with a blank page and a few cups of coffee when they designed this camper. There’s literally nothing even remotely like this floor plan available from the other camper manufacturers. Heck, this camper doesn’t even resemble anything else from Adventurer. This is one unique truck camper vision.
So, is this good news, or just truck camper design gone wild? To find out, we contacted Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing. When we told Greg about our initial reaction to the camper, he explained that there’s a lot about this camper that can’t be seen in the floor plan. Greg even told us that you can get into the 116DS and access the bathroom, with both slide-outs in.
Remember when your teachers told you to not judge a truck camper by its floor plan? Well, according to Adventurer, they were right.
2014 Adventurer 116DS Specifications:
The 2014 Adventurer 116DS is a hard side, double-slide, wet bath truck camper made for long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2014 Adventurer 116DS is 11’6”, the interior height is 76” and the center of gravity is 55.5”. The 2014 Adventurer 116DS has a 44 gallon fresh tank, a 31 gallon grey tank, a 31 gallon black tank, and a 6 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 116DS to be 3,920 pounds with no options. The base MSRP for the 2014 Adventurer 116DS is $35,455.
Above: The exterior of the 2014 Adventurer 116DS
The 2014 Adventurer 116DS is shown on a single rear wheel truck for demonstration purposes only. For proper truck and camper matching, read “Matching a Truck and Camper“.
The following interview is with Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing, on the 2014 Adventurer 116DS.
TCM: Why is Adventurer debuting a double-slide truck camper?
Greg: For 2014, we’re making some changes to Adventurer’s floor plans. We are eliminating some slow sellers and coming out with new models. For starters, the Adventurer 106DBS and 980RDS models are being discontinued. To replace those larger models, we are debuting the 116DS double slide.
Adventurer dealers have been requesting a larger double-slide unit with the Adventurer theme; high value, low price, and light weight. When we start working on a new floor plan, we put our engineering team to the task with a wish list. The wish list is created from conversations with dealers and customers as well as our own vision.
Above: Photographs of the 2014 Adventurer 116DS on the assembly line.
From the beginning, we knew we wanted to build a double-slide with a sofa, a California King bed, and optional theater seating that reclined. To get everything on our wish list while maintaining the goal of high value and light weight was a challenge, but we did it with the 116DS.
Above: The wet bath in the 2014 Adventurer 116DS
TCM: We were a little surprised to see a wet bath in a double-slide floor plan. We happen to prefer wet baths for their efficient use of space, but most larger truck camper models have dry baths. What led Adventurer to put a wet bath in the 116DS?
Greg: There are two reasons why we went with a wet bath in the 116DS. First, we had several requests from Eagle Cap customers for a wet bath in a larger floor plan. Not everyone wants a dry bath.