Truck Camper Magazine announced the winners in its first annual Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013.
2013 Readers’ Choice Award Best Truck Camper of the Year: 2014 Adventurer 116DS
Adventurer Manufacturing 2014 Adventurer 116DS is an all-new hard side, double-slide sofa camper with a rear kitchen slide, peninsula, and a California King bed, wet bath truck camper made for long bed trucks.
The interior floor length of the 2014 Adventurer 116DS is 11 feet 6 inches, the interior height is 6 feet 4 inches and the center of gravity is 55.5 inches.
The 2014 Adventurer 116DS 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 Adventurer 116DS to be 3,920 pounds with no options.
Each truck camper is weighed as it leaves the factory to give the customer an honest dry with options weight. The standard built weight of the 2014 Adventurer 116DS is 4,196 pounds.
The base MSRP for the 2014 Adventurer 116DS is $35,455.
Second Place: 2013 Four Wheel Camper Fleet Flatbed
Third Place: 2013 CampLite TC11 2013 Readers’ Choice Award Best Truck
Camper Gear of the Year: Free Spirit Energy Windwalker Wind Generator
The concept has tremendous potential to extend the power source options available to truck campers.
As long as the wind is blowing at six to seven miles per hour, the Windwalker 150 will trickle charge your camper battery, including at night when solar panels are inactive. It puts out up to five amps, which is more than some trickle chargers.
Keep in mind that five amps is at maximum efficiency. Actual charge varies just like the solar panel systems with clouds.
Overall, the Windwalker 150 is cheaper, a little lighter, and starts with less wind speed.
The Windwalker 250 will start turning in eight to nine mile per hour wind. It gives you up to eight amps and performs like a full battery charger. It’s more expensive and takes more wind.
Second Place: Torklift International SafeStep Third Place: Torklift
International SuperHitch Hero 2013 Readers’ Choice Award Best Truck
Camper Innovation of the Year: Torklift International Landing Pad rear bumper for Palomino RV
Torklift International is on a mission to make truck camper bumpers more capable, functional, and just plain old gotta-have-it desirable.
Enter Palomino RV’s Landing Pad, by Torklift International. What started with the co-development of the Fox Landing with Northwood Manufacturing soon lead to new Torklift International bumpers for Northstar.
When Northstar’s Torklift International bumpers debuted at Louisville, Palomino took notice. What happened next is something you have to see: the Palomino RV Landing Pad.
The Landing Pad features two storage compartments that are lockable so that people can put in fishing poles, camping chairs, Torklift FastGuns, and other items that need to be stored and locked outside.
There are also accessory ports for ski racks, bike racks, a swing around BBQ.
There a lot of future possibilities for attachments. And, due to the mounting design, this bumper will fit on the 2902, 2910, and 2911 models. That includes all years they have built them.
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