Well, if we thought that big old truck camper of ours was big, as the saying goes, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Trucking out of a factory in central Washington comes the new Adventurer 1200. Forget 11 feet. Forget 11 and a half. Try on 12 feet of truck camper – a full four-foot of overhang in the standard pickup bed. And a wee bit wide on top of it – eight and a half feet wide. And what do they do with all this space, you ask? Well, we'll get to the amenities in a minute, but we'll mention that the "ground floor" of this new Eagle Cap camper doesn't sit anywhere near the bed of the truck – it's suspended above the bedrails.
While the thought of all this "space" and mass suspended up in the air does make my stomach do a flip-flop, Adventurer's engineers say they did it for the sake of livability. Not only do you not have a lot of toe-kicking on the floor, wherein you'd normally have to take away floor space for wheel wells, the company has added (wait for it) three slide-outs. A galley slide (at the rear) features, not your typical built-it dinette, but free floating table and chairs. On the street-side a smallish slide-out contains a sofa, or as an option – two "theatre" style seats. And that third slide? Occupying the curb-side slide is the galley. Head forward and you'll find access to the shower, dry bath, "dressing room," on the left, and to the right another passage to the bedroom, wherein awaits a California King size bed.
Says the company press release: "The galley includes a standard 30-inch microwave and convection oven standard, a large countertop with pull-out pantry storage, six storage drawers and large under-sink storage below a solid surface Grani-Coat countertop with one-piece molded sinks. The 1200 comes standard with an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator." And on your way to your bedroom suite, should you pass through the dressing room, your garments will await in, "a large wardrobe, four large dresser drawers and a large additional storage area with adjustable shelves."
No other delight has been spared, evidently. You can option in a 32" TV that can be seen from either the dining area at the rear, or from the entertainment seating area. Access to the interior of your new home is via a door on the curb side of the rig. For some of us, this could mean the need to bring an oxygen bottle, as the ascent to the interior means climbing a fold-down set of four steps to reach the threshold, then one more hefty-looking step up onto the main floor. At least bedroom access is a little more accommodating than what we were used to in our rig. Instead of having to set up a short step ladder and then make a leap up to the bed, with the 1200, "you just simply sit down [on the floor] and then crawl into bed."
And what of other storage? Well, with all that space under the main floor, you will indeed find plenty of stowage with outside access. Thirty cubic feet of storage is accessed from the rear of the rig – through the same door you open to access dump levers for the waste holding system. And speaking of holding tanks: Gone are the days of frequent back-and-forths to the dump station. Both black and gray tanks have 34 gallon capacities each; and fresh water to pump into them is at 66 gallons. LP? You'll find the rig uses common, upright standing 20 pound cylinders for "easy exchange everywhere."
Seems like a lot of rig. Here's the specifics: With a "dry weight" of 4,801 pounds, the company decidedly recommends a one-ton dually as a pack animal for this critter. But beware, that's dry weight, and no doubt that's without "options" like the available LP generator, awning, etc. Then don't forget the weight of your own gear, food, and passengers. Then there's that small matter of 528 pounds for a full fresh water tank, and another 40 pounds for propane. Better look to your pickup truck's gross vehicle weight ratings and run the numbers closely.
And while you're running numbers, here are some more important ones. Suggested retail price, base with zero options -- $49,973. Add in the "typical" options and the company tells us the "standard build" runs $57,715 with stuff like a generator, air conditioner, and television. With that kind of loot in play, we can imagine there might be some intrepid souls who become full-timers in their Eagle Cap 1200.
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