Soaring Eagle Campers, a manufacturer of all-aluminum, lightweight truck campers designed for the minimalist and outdoor recreation market, will make its debut at the upcoming Elkhart Extravaganza Sept. 26-30.
The company will launch two different lines: the Adlar and the Nest. Soaring Eagle Campers will show the Adlar 6.5 model, which is designed for trucks with 6.5-foot truck beds, and the larger Adlar 6.5 XL, which includes more options.
The Soaring Eagle Campers management team is led by Scott Tuttle, a Heartland RV founding partner and Livin Lite RV founder. Other partners include former Livin Lite executives Troy Andrews, VP of Sales Shawn Balentine, Travis Cameron, as well as Scott Bradshaw.
“We are building something new and different for the truck camper market and it is super entry-level,” Tuttle said. “We are going to draw people out of the camping area who are camping on the ground. We will give them something in the back of the truck that pulls their boat and they can sleep up off the ground.”
Soaring Eagle is the “direct result” of numerous requests from truck camper dealers asking for smaller, lightweight, entry-level truck campers, Tuttle said.
This type of product is very popular with outdoorsman and the DIY crowd.
The truck campers will fit in the bed of a truck with the tailgate closed.
“With today’s truck tailgates housing not only cameras, but other safety sensors, as well as featuring built-in steps, it just makes sense to design our campers to allow owners to keep their tailgate closed,” Balentine said.
The introductory model is the Aldar 6.5, which measures 75.5×84 inches and weighs less than 1,000 pounds. It features a 48×80-inch dinette that converts to a bed, overhead storage, countertop storage, LED ceiling lights, vinyl-covered sidewall and ceiling panels and one house battery.
The Adlar 6.5 XL measures 120×84 inches, weighs less than 1,500 pounds and incorporates an over-cab sleeping area, a portable toilet, wardrobe and microwave.
In addition to the Adlar line, Soaring Eagle is introducing a Nest model.
“The Nest is more of a truck topper than a true camper,” Balentine said. “One of the most basic products on the market, the Nest features a roof that pops up via tented sides.”
The Nest sits on the rails of the truck and has a pull-out bed in the deck-over area.
“A number of different solar-power packages are available, but besides that, it is up to the consumer to decide what they want to add or utilize for their own camping needs,” said Balentine. “This type of product is very popular with outdoorsman and the DIY crowd.”
Consumers can add numerous options to each truck camper including a RecPro Low-Profile 9,500 BTU air conditioner, a 110-volt package (required for the air conditioning), a portable Blackstone griddle, a microwave, a portable Serene Life toilet and electric power jacks.
Two peel-and-stick 160-watt solar panels are available for the Adlar.
Two 200-watt hard solar panels are available for use with the Nest.
“Without traditional LP and plumbing systems, these are truly problem-free campers that are attractive to a segment of the market that already enjoys the outdoors and the camping lifestyle,” Tuttle said. “They are perfectly fine with not having a lot of bells and whistles. If an RV dealer ever considered trying truck campers on their lot, these might just be the perfect fit for them.”
Soaring Eagle Campers will be on display at the Elkhart Extravaganza at the corner of County Road 6 and Discovery Drive, less than half a mile from the RV Hall of Fame. For more information, call Balentine at 574-849-1508.