We offer two truck camper models, one cab-over (Retreat) and one non-cab-over (Cowboy).
When we say “custom camper”, we mean that you may select any upgrade and/or option from our list of options, choose your interior, colors & stripes, plus fabrics and colors of your cushions & shades. We will build the camper, by hand from the ground-up, exactly like you want it, using the components we offer.
Our camper “base model” gives you a finished, empty camper, complete with all electrical, lighting, battery, 12v electric fan, cabinets and mattress. From there, you simply tell us what you want in and on your camper and we will build it to your order. It’s kinda like ordering a pizza, start with the crust (pick a model) and then tell us the ingredients you want and we will build it to your order.
Yes, we can re-arrange floor plans to help things fit, add or subtract cabinets, shelving & counter tops but we are not willing to alter the external look of our campers.
To be clear, we are not offering to build a unique, specially designed, one-off custom truck camper sketched out to fit your truck or flat-bed. So if you are wanting a unique camper creation, very sorry we are not able to help you with that.
All new standard equipment in each new 2019 Capri Camper
• Dedicated battery system
• New electrical power center
• 30-amp power plug on back wall of camper (used to be the standard 15/20 amp 3-prong plug).
• Passenger wall “escape window”
• Fantastic Fan (motorized vent fan in the ceiling)
• 50th anniversary emblem
Our favorite option to simplify your camping experience is a hand-pump sink option. With a hand-pump sink you will get our standard stainless-steel sink basin and a hand-pump faucet tied to a feeder hose that runs down into the cabinet below. You may feed the tube into any liquid source to pump through your sink faucet. This option provides these advantages:
• You control your water source, safe drinking water is always available
• No water tank, no water pump, no water heater, no propane tank
• No need to ever winterize your camper, no pex tubing or fittings to freeze or crack
• It is half the cost of a standard sink with hot/cold water
All Capri Campers will have a dedicated battery that includes a converter/charger. This means your camper is no longer drawing power from your truck battery. Every time your truck turns on or you plug-in to shore power (or generator) your camper battery is being charged. This dedicated battery will power all of the 12 volt features in your camper (like lights, fan & water pump). During installation the camper will plug into your truck’s factory 7-pin receptacle on your truck bumper (or in the truck bed).
Interstate Battery Specs:
31m – AGM deep cycle battery
RC (reserve capacity) rating (188) @ 25 amps
Ah (amp hours) = 100
L = 12 ¾”, W = 6 ½”, H = 8 ½”
• Upgrades each camper to a 30-amp power plug inlet, allowing better power distribution
• Upgrades the camper electrical system from a continuous loop wiring system to a breaker system for more protection with separate breakers for each different 110v electrical component (microwave, A/C, outlets, etc) allowing for better power distribution among appliances and outlets
• Makes trouble shooting much easier and helps with diagnosing problems
• Provides a more efficient charging system in 3 stages: Normal mode (nominal battery charge and supplies power to appliances). Bulk mode (fast battery charge & supplies power to appliances). Float mode (trickle battery charge during storage).
We now have a first class 12volt refrigerator solution in our camper
2019 Capri Campers now offer the NovaKool R-2600 12v refrigerator/freezer
This refrigerator is solid, simple and has almost none of the frustrating & challenging cooling characteristics of the typical 2-way & 3-way RV refrigerators on the market. It does not have to be level to stay cold! Here are the specs for our new NovaKool R-2600…
Right hinged door
Fridge volume: 2.4 Cu Ft
Freezer volume: 0.14 Cu Ft
Weight: 39 lbs
20 ¼” high
19 ½” deep
Amps per running hour with 12v: 2.2
We can also leave the fridge out of the camper, open up the floor space and add 110v & 12v outlets on the wall of your choice so you can place your own fridge or cooler wherever you want.
We can make your new Capri Camper “solar ready” by installing an external solar plug on the camper that is wired directly to our battery compartment, allowing you to easily install your solar control box. There are multiple options for solar panels, many of our customers are using portable solar panels rather than roof mount panels. The Capri Camper roof WILL support solar panels but we prefer to leave the installation of roof top panels up to you. Adding the external plug and getting the camper “solar ready” is easy, just let us know before construction begins.
Winterizing your Capri Camper
If your camper has a water tank and/or hot water heater and you are preparing for freezing temperatures this winter, here are suggestions for winterizing your camper.
To Winterize Your Camper with RV Anti-freeze:
1) Drain the water out of your water tank by turning on your sink faucet and/or your shower. It’s OK if a trace of water remains.
2) Be sure to turn on your hot water heater and drain that too.
3) Add at least a gallon or more of RV anti-freeze by using a funnel and using the water tank fill on the side of the camper.
4) Turn on the water heater, give it a few seconds, then turn on the hot water faucet at both sink and shower until pink antifreeze flows through, then turn faucet off. Do the same with cold water.
5) Be sure all faucets are closed. Checks for any leaks in the system.
6) The goal is to have antifreeze flow through all of your water lines, your water heater, pump and your water tank to prevent the water from freezing anywhere in your system.
When we winterize campers for transport we prefer to blow out the water line to make sure there isn’t any water in the line to freeze.
To Winterize your camper by blowing out the water line:
1) You need an air compressor and an attachment called a “blow-out” plug (they are $4-5 at Home Depot).
2) First drain all of the water out of the water tank by turning on the sink and/or shower. Drain the hot water heater as well.
3) Leave all of the faucets in the “on” position and attach the blow-out plug to the city water fill on the outside of the camper (it attaches like a garden hose).
4) Turn on the air and let it blow out all remaining water from the lines. This should take about a minute and you will hear it when the lines are free from any remaining water.
For 2018, the fixed glass front window is now the standard window. We can almost guarantee that a slider window will let water into your camper during rain. But you’ve still got three choices on that front camper window. The slider window is popular but if you are driving into a heavy rain storm, the gutters where the glass slides, can fill with water faster than the weep holes can drain so when the gutters fill up, the forward motion of the truck pushes the water into the camper. We tell everyone to put towels down if they are driving in rain. The front window should not leak otherwise Your other option is a fixed glass window. Same size, but no chance for a drip or a leak. Third option is no glass at all.
30 gallon is standard in most of our campers if you have a shower but you have a choice or 30, 16 or 10 gallon tanks. In a camper with sink only, 10 gallon tanks are adequate. Remember that for every gallon of water you store in the tank, you are adding 8 lbs. of weight to your camper. If you don’t need a shower in your camper, we have a new sink option in 2019, a hand-pump sink. With a hand-pump sink you will get our standard stainless-steel sink basin and a hand-pump faucet tied to a feeder hose that runs down into the cabinet below. You may feed the tube into any liquid source to pump through your sink faucet. Read all about it here in the FAQ section, just click on “most popular new option for 2019: Hand-Pump Sink).
Electric jacks are $1,200 more expensive than manual jacks ($2,095 vs. $895) but they make taking the camper on and off so much easier. The remote control allows you to operate a single post or all four at the same time. Manual jacks come with a cordless drill adapter that allows you to pull the trigger on your drill and spin the jack posts down in only a few seconds. Raising the camper may require using the crank handles. It is not hard, but it can be tedious. We also offer dually extensions on these jacks ($295) for our customers with one ton dual wheel trucks.
This is our favorite way to install your camper. Each of our campers will have four heavy duty hooks mounted under the wings of the camper (2 on each side) and there will be four access trap doors below each hook. After the camper is on your truck, you will be able to reach inside a trap door with a turnbuckle, hook above to the camper hook and then below directly to a hook mounted in your truck bed. Tighten the turnbuckles to secure your camper, loosen and unhook to remove the camper from your truck. We will install the four hooks in your truck bed using four small heavy duty eye bolts, plus washers and nut and a heavy duty steel plate that mounts under the truck bed out of sight. For those that rarely or never plan to take their camper off the truck, we can easily bolt the camper to your truck bed using four 6” long hex bolts that are easy to ratchet out of the floor.
The advantages/disadvantages to these choices are obvious, but for those with a short bed camper, if you can accept the outside shower it leaves you a much bigger camper floor plan, including a lower sleeper that would be approximately 80” X 40”. The inside shower is great in a long bed camper, but if you want the inside shower in a short bed, you must give up the lower sleeper to accommodate the shower stall, and your sitting area around the table shrinks from a “U” shape to an “L” shape, enough for two people.
Long bed Retreat campers have room for upper and lower bunk beds along the passenger wall. Short bed Retreats with no inside shower also allow room for bunk beds. We offer two bunk options…we can add hinges to the top bunk so that it can lift and lock up into the ceiling when not in use. This is handy, but it covers the passenger wall window when up in the locked position. Hinged bunks also eliminate upper cabinets on the passenger wall and eliminate the option of hanging a TV on the back of the shower wall (or back wall). The bunk plank option is a sturdy plank that rests in a 3-sided groove to support the upper bed. A lot of folks like this option because the plank is removable. If you are planning a trip and don’t need the extra bed, just remove the plank from the camper and there is no more interference. With this option the plank is either in or out, there are no hinges to lift and lock the upper bed. With an upper bed plank, there is room for upper cabinets on that passenger wall and a small TV can be mounted on the back wall above the upper bed. (either option = $695, includes mattress)
All of our wood grain panel choices are standard in our campers. You may select the wood grain that you like the best. The cedar option is an expensive upgrade, $1,695 for a Retreat and $1,295 for a Cowboy, but it is the favorite of many of our customers. We use real aromatic closet cedar in random plank, tongue and groove installation. It takes at least 3 extra days to build a camper with cedar but the result is beautiful and it smells wonderful for the life of your camper. Cedar adds about 230 lbs. on a Retreat and 150 lbs. on a Cowboy. Cedar is also a natural insect repellent, making your camping experience even better! If you’re not allergic to cedar, this is an exciting option to consider.
Our low profile, roof mount A/C unit with heat is a Coleman 9,200 BTU “Polar Cub”. We love it and so do our customers. It requires 110v power so you must have shore power or generator power to turn it on. Those in the northwest or in climates where A/C is not as important as heat, you might consider a motorized vent in the ceiling plus our catalytic propane heater. The motorized (12v) vent is called a Fantastic Fan and it forces air into the camper or out of the camper. With windows open it creates a lot of air flow inside the camper. The propane heater is a radiant heat unit that works really well in the small interior of the camper. The Fantastic Fan and propane heater can both work with battery power and your camper’s propane bottle. Any time the heater is on, please have a window cracked or your vent open to let fresh air into the camper. The heaters should never emit LP gas, but they do gradually deplete the oxygen supply if there is no fresh air.
We offer custom cushions (in most) and blackout shades (in all) of our custom campers. This is one of our special perks. We use a local seamstress to make our cushions and shades to order for each camper. Blackout shades are window covers that snap on and cover the window so that sun light does not get in. Rodeo cowboys love them because you can sleep during the day in a totally dark camper with the shades on. They also provide complete privacy at night. Customers may select from four vinyl textures and multiple colors to get the cushions and shades they want.
FACTORY BACKUP CAMERAS
Even though most people remove or drop their tailgate once their new camper is installed, you don’t have to give up your backup camera. If you have a factory backup camera in your truck’s tailgate, you can order that exact camera from your truck dealership parts department by giving them the last 8 digits of your truck’s VIN #. Be sure to order the camera and the wiring harness (sometimes an additional jumper wire is required). Your factory backup camera plugs in right under your truck’s bumper. With a new factory camera you will need to locate a spot on your bumper, truck or camper where you can secure the new camera and still have enough harness to plug it in under your bumper. Once plugged in, it will activate your factory monitoring system and work like it did before. Remember that it should be mounted as close to center as possible in the rear of your truck so that the camera images will match the grid pattern on your video system.
DIGITAL WIRELESS CAMERAS
If you want to add a wireless camera to the back of your camper, it will need to connect to a power source (wire). Just let us know before production begins and we can run a power wire to the location you select on the back wall. We will mark the spot and you can fish the wire out when the time comes to mount and install your new wireless camera. There are dozens of digital wireless backup camera options, we will be happy to make the camper “backup camera ready” if you ask us to.
We offer very handy four-step accordion stairs ($395) that fit perfectly under the door of our campers making it easy to get up and down into and out of the camper. We also offer heavy duty custom generator racks ($395) that slip into your trailer hitch. The right side of the rack has a recessed basket built to handle a Honda 3000 generator or anything similar, while the left side of the rack is a reinforced step making it easy to get up into the camper. The camper door should open easily over the generator and the generator sits right below the camper’s power plug-in.
Capri Campers do not offer built-in toilets or cassette toilets. We do offer a self-contained portable toilet ($145) that has a 2-gallon fresh water flushing tank and 5-gallon holding tank. This toilet fits easily in the shower floor or can be moved virtually anywhere.
Capri Campers have no gray water or black water holding tanks. Our sinks and showers drain through drain hoses that are fed through your rear bumper and tied off underneath the truck. Easily accessible to feed into containers if necessary.
We can install parallel rails on top of the camper ($395) as wide as 36” apart and 6’ – 7’ long. Cross brackets or straps are the responsibility of the customer. Our roof supports 200-300 lbs, however we suggest you not carry more than 100 lbs on the roof.
The standing height in our Retreat is approximately 6’ 3”. The upper bed is 6’ 8” long by 53” wide. If you prefer a lower sleeper that is also 6’ 8” long by about 40” wide, we offer a new layout that makes it possible. Look for the layout in the Retreat “specs” page.
The cab-over nose is 60” deep (by 80” long), however the ceiling shrinks as the nose comes to a point. If only one person will sleep in the nose, you have the option to shrink the mattress to 40” wide and build cabinets in the nose ($145 option). This is a great way to add storage up where you sleep. The cabinets utilize the front 20” where the camper over-hang comes to a point.