For 2016 Eagle Cap adds standard features, introduces new luxury touches, and turns on a sexy blue light. Then they tease us with an all-new multi-slide dry bath model.
Imagine that you’ve been put in charge of a truck camper manufacturer. Your task for the day is to decide what to change for the next model year of truck campers.
“Built-in electric nail clippers!”
Okay, you’re fired.
But seriously, there’s a lot more to deciding what should go into model year updates than what you think would be cool. For example, your Purchasing Manager might say, “We need to change our hot water heaters because the manufacturer is about to discontinue the unit we’ve been using”. So you update the hot water heaters.
“You know Bob,” says your Sales Manager, “Dealers always order campers with air conditioners.” So you make air conditioners standard to improve production line efficiency.
Oh boy, here comes your Production Manager. He doesn’t look happy. “Well Bob, we’ve had more window supplier issues. If I see that window truck pull in here again, I’m going to pour paint on myself, roll all over your car, and quit.” If you didn’t love your 1971 Ford Pinto so much, you might let the window thing go.
Finally, after dotting a few hot water heater I’s, and crossing some potentially Pinto desecrating T’s, you gather your team to go over the wish lists. You compare requests from dealers and customers, and lobby for ideas you believe will make next year’s models even more successful. This is more or less how every truck camper manufacturer changes their products year-to-year.
And no, Eagle Cap is not about to introduce built-in electric nail clippers.
After making very significant Eagle Cap changes for 2015, Adventurer Manufacturing is taking a more conservative approach for 2016. For next year’s model updates, Eagle Cap will have more standard features, and a short list of upgraded materials and luxury items. That’s where the sexy blue light comes in, an industry first to be sure.
Last, but certainly not least, Eagle Cap tips its hat about an all-new multi-slide dry bath floor plan due out before the end of the year. That’s right folks, Eagle Cap is up to something big and exciting.
To learn more about Eagle Cap’s 2016 announcements, and squeeze every bit of information about the new model, we talked to Greg Tucknies, National Sales Manager for Adventurer Manufacturing.
Above: The new ambient LED lighting in Eagle Cap Campers – click to enlarge
TCM: Let’s start with the ambient blue lighting. What’s the story behind the new blue LED lights around the Fantastic Vent?
Greg: When we were designing a prototype last year, we were receiving requests for ambient lighting under the counter, or at the tow kick of the cabinetry. We liked the idea of adding ambient lighting, but we needed an easier way to implement it for production.
At the time, the production team was working on a vent and suggested, “We could add a trim piece around the vent and put LED lighting around that.” We took it a step further with a dedicated switch to turn the ambient light on and off. The final result worked so well that we made ambient lighting a standard Eagle Cap feature for 2016.
TCM: Dare we ask how it became known as, “sexy blue lighting”?
Greg: Dealer representatives sometimes visit the factory for training. During one such visit, we took the guys into a prototype with the new ambient lighting. When we turned the switch on, we got “oohs” and “ahhs”. They thought it was cool. After that, the dealers nicknamed the new feature SBL, or sexy blue lighting.