Adventurer Manufacturing debuts the 2015 Eagle Cap 960, a long bed, hard side truck camper with a full-wall slide-out and a deep list of premium and luxury updates.
Looking back to last July’s 2015 Eagle Cap announcement article, we may have witnessed something of a sea change at Adventurer Manufacturing. In the introduction to that story, we made the point that Eagle Cap had finally decided to take the brand in a new direction, but we didn’t quite recognize exactly how profound that new direction was until we started the following interview.
In our pre-interview preparations, we realized that the floor plan for the new 2015 Eagle Cap 960 was nearly identical to the current Adventurer 910FBS. At first this realization was troubling as the two brands have always been very distinct in terms of floor plans, build, and features. No one who saw an Adventurer and Eagle Cap side by side would confuse the two brands. For lack of a better expression, they were apples and oranges.
From the first question, we challenged Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing, on the differences between the Adventurer and Eagle Cap truck camper products. In light of the build changes announced in July, and the now identical floor plans being announced in October, are Eagle Cap campers becoming Adventurers with premium materials and luxury features?
Well, Greg took our question head on. The answer, as you’re about to discover, is nothing less than a new direction for Eagle Cap.
Above: The floor plan for the 2015 Eagle Cap 960
2015 Eagle Cap 960 Specifications
The 2015 Eagle Cap 960 is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper made for long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2015 Eagle Cap 960 is 9’10”, the interior height is 78” and the center of gravity is 50”. The 2015 Eagle Cap 960 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 Eagle Cap 960 to be 3,610 pounds with standard build options. The base MSRP for the 2015 Eagle Cap 960 is $36,225.
Above: The Eagle Cap 960, a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper designed for long bed trucks
TCM: The 2015 Eagle Cap 960 floor plan appears to be the identical to the Adventurer 910FBS. Is it actually the same floor plan?
Greg: In the automotive world, there’s Toyota and there’s Lexus. Toyota is a value-driven brand known for high quality and reliability. Lexus is owned by Toyota, and builds its luxury automobiles on the base of Toyota cars, but takes the quality, amenities, and features to the next level, and beyond.
Above: The Eagle Cap 960 being built at the Adventurer Manufacturing facility in Yakima, Washington – click to enlarge
That’s exactly how we are now approaching Adventurer and Eagle Cap. Adventurer is our value-driven brand, known for high quality and reliability. Eagle Cap builds on Adventurer using the same proven TCC lamination construction technique and three-year structural warranty, but then takes the campers to the next level of quality, features, and luxury. Like Toyota and Lexus, the overall floor plans and designs may be similar, but that’s where the similarities end.
Above: The modular dinette in the Eagle Cap 960 – click to enlarge
Specifically, Eagle Cap has a long list of premium features rarely seen in truck campers including frameless windows, concealed television antennas, molded countertop sinks, and the modular dinette, sofa, and theater seating. Many of these premium features are available on our value-driven Adventurer line. Furthermore, while other brands may offer one or two of these features, only Eagle Cap offers all of them, and many of the features, like the modular furniture, are exclusive to Eagle Cap.
Nine times out of ten, people who are comparing Adventurer and Eagle Cap want the Eagle Cap product because of the considerable step up in premium materials and luxury features.
Above: The Eagle Cap 960 has a driver’s side full-wall slide-out