Adventurer Manufacturing introduces the 2014 Adventurer 80RB, an all-new hard-side, wet bath, truck camper designed for short or long bed trucks.
For all the excitement about slide-out truck campers, there is still a clear need for traditional, non-slide hard-side truck campers.
First and foremost, with their reduced weight, lower height, and lower center of gravity, non-slide hard-side truck campers can reach places slide-out models wouldn’t dare. The only truck campers more off-road capable than non-slide hard-side models are pop-up truck campers, but hard sides offer better insulation values giving hard side, non-slides a unique niche in the truck camper marketplace.
Another significant plus for hard side non-slide truck campers is cost. Not only does a hard side non-slide truck camper almost always cost less than a slide-out model (there are exceptions), but their reduced weight means you can often match them to a less expensive truck. Without a slide, hard side non-slides can weigh hundreds of pounds less than their slide-slinging cousins, pounds that may tip the balance towards a lighter duty, more affordable, and possibly more fuel efficient truck.
Add these attributes up and you get quite the enticing package; lower weight, lower height, lower center of gravity, and lower rig cost. What’s missing? Floor space, floor space, and more floor space. If you’re looking to buy a truck camper with lots of floor space, or intend to practice the Texas Two Step in your rig, skip over to the slide-out campers.
For 2014, Adventurer is introducing an all-new hard side non-slide truck camper, the 80RB. To tell us more about this model, we talked to Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing.
2014 Adventurer 80RB Specifications:
The 2014 Adventurer 80RB is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper made for short or long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2014 Adventurer 80RB is 8’0”, the interior height is 80”, and the center of gravity is 27.5”. The 2014 Adventurer 80RB has a 15 gallon fresh tank, a 6 gallon grey tank, a 6 gallon black tank, and a 4 gallon hot water heater. It can accommodate one battery and has one twenty-pound propane tank. Adventurer is reporting the base weight of the Adventurer 80RB to be 1,720 pounds with no options. The base MSRP for the 2013 Adventurer 80RB is $17,185.
Above: Adventurer 80RB, a non-slide, rear wet bath truck camper for long or short bed trucks
TCM: Does the 80RB replace an an existing Adventurer floor plan, or is it filling a new niche for Adventurer?
Greg: The 80RB is replacing the 80W, which we discontinued this year. It is also filling a new niche for Adventurer, the 5.5 foot short bed truck category.
When we sent our dealers an email announcing the 80RB, they immediately saw its potential and were ordering two and three units at a time. We built the first run of twenty 80RB campers and they sold out right away. In the next run of forty, twenty-eight are already sold. We have had five customers buy the 80RB sight unseen. If that’s a sign, we may have another hit floor plan on our hands.
TCM: At first blush, the 80RB floor plan appears to be a classic tried-and-true hard-side non-slide truck camper design. Is there anything about the 80RB floor plan that makes it unique in the marketplace?
Greg: Yes, the 80RB has some unique features. First, the 80RB will honestly fit in the modern half ton marketplace. The weight and center of gravity came in exactly where we wanted it to be making it a safe match for most late model half-ton trucks.
Above: The Lamilux 4000 exterior and the new 2014 graphics
The 80RB is also a very luxurious camper for its class. The standard Lamilux 4000 exterior and the new 2014 graphics give the camper a very high-end exterior aesthetic. Inside the 80RB, the bathroom really impresses by making a flush toilet and shower possible in this weight category.