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TCM EXCLUSIVE: 2017 Cirrus 820

Cirrus Campers announces the second generation Cirrus 820.  Based on the outgoing 800, the 820 features a major cabinetry redesign, a new face-to-face dinette, dramatic tank size increases, and much more.  Are those drawers?

Cirrus 820 Camper For Short Bed Trucks

As a magazine, part of our mission is to help the truck camper industry stay in tune with what the marketplace wants.  For example, we conduct a semi-annual survey on exactly what our readers are looking for in their next truck camper.  The extensive consumer survey is specific about nearly every element of truck camper design and has directly influenced many industry product decisions over the past half-decade.

After Cirrus Campers debuted in June of 2015, the Cirrus leadership team invited us to their factory in Sugarcreek, Ohio to get our first look at the Cirrus 800.  On our way back east from a multi-month truck camping trek, we stopped by and spent the better part of a day meeting the crew, studying the production line, and giving the designers feedback on the new camper.  What a privilege.

During our conversations about the Cirrus 800, we learned that the Cirrus team had solicited feedback from a number of sources; dealers, consumers, vendors, and almost anyone who walked in the door interested in truck campers.  The culture at Cirrus was wide open to feedback.

Fast forward almost ten months.  Cirrus Campers has taken to heart your survey responses, evaluated dealer comments, absorbed customer suggestions, considered our list of recommendations, and emerged with what can only be called Cirrus Generation 2.  The Cirrus 820 shares the same floor plan as the Cirrus 800, but so much has been updated that the Cirrus team gave it a new model number.

To find out exactly what’s new in the 2017 Cirrus 820, we talked to Scott Hubble, CEO and Allen Miller, the Director of Research and Development of Cirrus Campers.

Cirrus 820 Camper floor plan

2017 Cirrus 820 Specifications:

The Cirrus 820 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper for short bed trucks.  The interior floor length of the Cirrus 820 is 8’3″ and the interior height is 6’5″.  Cirrus is reporting the base dry weight of the Cirrus 820 at 2,080 pounds and 2,540 pounds with standard features.  It has a 38 gallon fresh water tank, a 32 gallon grey tank, and a 18 gallon black tank.  The camper accommodates two batteries and two twenty-pound propane tanks.  The base price MSRP for the Cirrus 820 is $33,952.

Cirrus 820 on a short bed truck

Above: The exterior of the Cirrus 820. All photography provided by Cirrus Campers.

TCM: Before we get to the Cirrus 820, tell us about the response you had to the first generation of Cirrus truck campers.

Scott: As we expected with an all-new product, the initial reaction to the Cirrus 800 was not mixed.  People either loved the Cirrus 800, or didn’t.

Overall, we are happy with the way Cirrus launched and are excited about the resulting feedback and changes.  We are confident that we have squashed the objections and made the 2017 Cirrus 820 a much stronger competitor.  Several key elements of the Cirrus 800 have been either overhauled or fine tuned.

Cirrus 820 open cabover to bed

Above: The interior of the Cirrus 820

TCM: Was there a consensus about what was right about the first generation of Cirrus campers, and what needed to be changed?

Scott: Yes, there was.  The initial feedback said that the camper was innovative, but there were some fundamentals that had been overlooked.

The biggest things were all function related.  For example, the unit needed more internal storage, two propane tanks, dual batteries, and larger holding tanks.  Customers wanted more storage and capacity to camp off-the-grid longer.

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