Sometimes, you don’t need a van to experience a bit of #vanlife. In this case, we’re obviously talking about a pickup truck, and more specifically, a truck camper shell. It’s from a company called Scout Campers, and this is its first model. It’s called Olympic, and it caught our eye for being a minimalist camper with impressive space and capability.
For starters, Scout says this relatively small shell can sleep no less than six people. That’s more occupancy than you’ll find in a truck, but it helps to have a large pop-up roof with a sizeable bed for two. That leaves room for two more in a cabover extension, and the dinette area converts to allow two more adventurers to get a good night’s rest. Granted, the roof-top tent is an option, but even in standard trim, a four-person capacity isn’t bad for a drop-in camper shell.
Notable standard features include 160 watts of solar power on the roof with a portable Yeti 1000 lithium power station, dual five-pound propane tanks, a five-gallon water tank, stainless-steel sink with an exterior drain, and the aforementioned dinette area that can accommodate four people for meals. Options make the Olympic an all-encompassing, all-weather camper with a 3,000 BTU heater, a small refrigerator/freezer, portable toilet, portable cooktop stove, and of course the pop-top tent to name a few.
Gallery: Scout Olympic Camper Shell
Regardless of the equipment, the Olympic uses an aluminum exoskeleton frame with gel coat fiberglass for the exterior and roof. Pendleton indoor and outdoor fabrics are used, and it’s outfitted with smoke, gas, and carbon monoxide detectors. It utilizes a ratchet tie-down system, and it is RVIA code-compliant.
Scout says the Olympic is highly customizable, as evidenced by the wide array of options listed in the company’s brochure. Pricing for the slide-in pickup camper starts at $19,980, and it’s now available for pre-order.
Press Release: AM LAUNCHES NEW TRUCK CAMPER BRAND, SCOUT
Yakima, Washington (April 15th, 2020) - Adventurer Manufacturing Ltd., maker of the award-winning truck camper brands Adventurer and Eagle Cap, announced today the launch of their new brand Scout and its first model The Scout Olympic. This new, innovative truck camper is comprised of components that are completely detachable and can be used independently from the unit, redefining the possibilities of what a truck camper can be.
The portability design and multi-functional nature of Scout has created a new direction in the off-grid camper industry that Adventurer Manufacturing is thrilled to embark on. The first model of the fleet is the Scout Olympic 6.5 has a base weight of only 1133 lbs, can sleep up to 6 individuals, supports off-grid travels, and is now available for purchase starting at $19.980 USD. The Olympic targets the smaller half-ton trucks all the way up to full-size trucks. This includes trucks like the Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet and GMC 1500. The Scout Olympic 6.5 will also fit all the box sizes from the 5.5-foot box length all the way up to the 8-foot bed.
As CEO David Epp explains, forward-thinking features have been carefully designed and selected to reflect Scout’s pioneering spirit. The unit’s components can be enjoyed “inside out”: the dining table, water storage, battery, and more optional features can be enjoyed outdoors and even taken on other expeditions without the camper itself. The exterior storage tray also doubles as a functional table-top letting users cook and spend more time outside.
A highlight of Scout is its industry-first add-ons. This includes a pop-up tent that increases sleeping capacity by 2 and can be accessed from inside the camper, a propane real flame 4.5 BTU fireplace which provides ample warmth for 4-season travel and a cosy feeling, and removeable camper jacks which lower the travel weight and grant more maneuverability.
One of Scout’s main virtues is its simplicity inspired by nature. The units require little energy to run and there is an overall reduced need for power due to carefully thought design like a gravity-fed water system, detachable water storage with filtration, a 160W monocrystalline solar panel, a lithium power station with built-in invertor, and the optional propane fireplace. Scout emphasizes the use of natural resources, letting users travel self-sufficiently without limits.
Scout is a highly-customizable camper catered to adventurous families, freedom seekers, minimalist travelers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The brand was born as an alternative solution to the rigid and inflexible nature of traditional RVs. Unlike any other, these lightweight truck campers were built with simplicity and flexibility in mind which has led to their highly versatile, innovative design.
Adventurer Manufacturing has ensured their high-quality standards have been passed down to Scout as well as their 3-year structural warranty. Scouts are built of a lightweight, no-wood, no-rot composite construction. They are built to endure the most extreme elements and last for generations.
Later this year Scout will be launching 2 more models to fit more truck sizes: the Kenai and the Yoho. The Kenai will be the biggest of the fleet, including a full bathroom, wardrobe, and more exterior storage. The Yoho will be the smallest and lightest, made especially for smaller import sized trucks. Both will honor the simplistic, versatile nature that Scout as a brand represents.