Adventurer Manufacturing debuts a significantly updated 2015 Eagle Cap 850. A full-wall slide tops the list, followed by plenty of tweaks to make a popular camper even better.
As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In the truck camper world, this roughly translates to, “If there’s a popular floor plan that’s selling, copy it if you haven’t already, and don’t change it if you have.”
That is, unless, if you are driven to push aging designs, challenge old materials, test new technologies, and seek out cutting-edge appliances. When it comes to innovation, most of us want our truck camper manufacturers to have one foot in the time-tested, proven, and reliable past, and another foot seeking out exciting innovation for the future.
Taking a step back, I am concerned that the invention of slide-outs and AutoCAD have some designers ignoring or, worse, forgetting the brilliant floor plans – born of blood, sweat, tears – of the truck camper industry and community that came before us.
Just because it’s possible on a computer doesn’t mean it’s a smart camper design. Just because it’s a floor plan that’s been around forever, doesn’t mean you should throw it out the window.
In sharp relief from these concerns, the team at Adventurer has been very careful to maintain the proven and popular qualities of the long-standing Eagle Cap 850, while pushing the specific elements that consumers have asked for.
The Adventurer team has also taken advantage of the model year change to make small adjustments throughout the camper to improve the function and flow of the unit. Add the brand-wide 2015 updates for Eagle Cap announced in July, and we’re looking at an exciting new 850.
One foot in the past, one foot in the future. Introducing the 2015 Eagle Cap 850.
Above: The floor plan for the 2015 Eagle Cap 850, with new full-wall slide-out
2015 Eagle Cap 850 Specifications
The 2015 Eagle Cap 850 is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper made for short or long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2015 Eagle Cap 850 is 8’11”, the interior height is 78” and the center of gravity is 40”. The 2015 Eagle Cap 850 has a 49 gallon fresh tank, a 26 gallon grey tank, a 22 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 Eagle Cap 850 to be 3,367 pounds with standard build options. The base MSRP for the 2015 Eagle Cap 850 is $34,895.
Above: The redesigned 2015 Eagle Cap 850. All photography supplied by Adventurer Manufacturing LP.
The following is an interview with Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing, on the Eagle Cap 850.
TCM: Does the new Eagle Cap 850 replace any older models in the Eagle Cap line?
Greg: No, it doesn’t. The Eagle Cap 850 is a long-standing and highly-successful floor plan for Eagle Cap. The 2015 edition incorporates a full-wall slide, and all of the 2015 Eagle Cap updates we announced in July. In many ways, we reworked the camper from the ground up.
Sales of the 850 have always been strong, so we were initially hesitant to touch it. That said, the industry trend is toward full-wall slides. The full-wall slide opens up the floor plan of the 850, even more. I think people will be very surprised at how open and spacious this camper feels inside. It feels like a nine or ten-foot camper.
Above: The full-wall slide-out is on the passenger’s side