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aakoksal
Contributing Member




Canada
11 Posts
Posted - 05/19/2012 :  7:17:20 PM       
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Good weekend for all,

I thought I share my initial thoughts on the 1165 that we had our first camping last week.

Before 1165, I had the Okanagan 117 that was vandalized. Can't help but compare the two every now and then...

Overall, I think 1165 is very well built, has very good workmanship. It appears that some of the material used has a notch lower quality compared to what I had on 117 but also noticed that they are lighter in weight (i.e. toilet door, drawers, storage compartments); maybe it is a calculated give/take kind a of a deal.

117 had the oval dinette, we ordered 1165 with square. We think square is better for us than the oval Turns into a bed much quicker and one doesn't have to find a place for the oval table every night...

I have the Solar panel factory option installed and see the benefit of it right away.

I had the same Onan propane generator as I have on 1165. With 117 I had to plug the shore power cable to Generator outlet manually, with 1165 there is an automated power selecting system which is great. I also asked factory to install the remote starting switch with hour meter so I track running hours easily.

Happy Jacks I had on 117 was wired, this one is wireless; helps stepping back little extra to check the levels.

Bedroom area is definitely larger than 117, we loved it. Lots of storage place for cloths, towels, bed covers, etc

Sofa at the back is a bit shorter, I presume that is because there is a jacket closet next to it Good for the kids, not so good for adults for sleeping on when opened.

Digital TV picked up 6 stations where we parked It was a nice surprise to watch HD quality TV during the night time

Sound system is definitely better than what I had on 117. This one is digital, comes with remote, three separate speaker groups that can be turned on and off

We also get the water filter installed on this one, made a difference for sure

Overall, I'm a very happy camper!!! That being said, I have some criticism that I'll also pass onto Adventurer as constructive feedback...

1. When I had 117 on the truck on a level ground, stairs (when lowered) were about 10"-15 higher than the ground. With 1165, it is about 20"-25". Wife and kids having real hard time climbing to the camper when it is on the truck. Will need to get some light weight steps to bridge the gap See next item as well
2. I have a 2010 3500 long box Duelly with airbags and load stoppers. When we first lowered the camper on the truck, we were about the damage two spots on the camper. Just below the door towards the wheel hub, Adventurer guys had to install a riser plate with angle (where trucks rear lights located), which came into contact with the top corner of the truck box. Luckily guys at my dealer caught it on time. Similar issue on the other side was also noticed, towards the centre of the box there was a cover that would come into contact with the top of the box again. Solution was to place couple 2x6s under the unit. Increased the total height 1.5 though
3. Solar system control panel. It is hidden inside the wardrobe in the bedroom area. Why not place it around other control instruments so I can keep an eye on it?
4. Toilet light and fan switch. There is none, except the ones on the lighting fixture and fan frame over the ceiling. Kids will need another 5-6 years to be able to reach those...
5. TV was fixed to the wall. Only two people sitting on the dinette towards the back were able to see the TV and that was with some angle. I installed a swiveling mount and some Velcro straps to fix it in place while driving.
6. Even though wife insisted that we didnt need, I also ordered the carpet option. It was reasonably priced so why not When I spread it out it looked very good as well. However, when you roll the carpet out, toilet door doesnt open!!! Had to listen wifes I told you, why dont you listen to me, now what for 10 minutes!!! And the door being less sturdy, it flexes a lot to a level almost feels like it will break so I had to remove the carpet. I guess will need to remove the door, remove some material from the bottom and put it back
7. Faucet over the kitchen sink. The double bowl sink is close to the wall. Faucet is not centred between the two bowls but placed closer to the wall as well so when you try to use the bowl away from the wall, water almost falls onto the separation between two bowls Wife not happy!!!
8. Faucet over the toilet sink. It is small, cant get my hand under the water completely. Takes longer to wash away the soap
9. Water heater is gas only, 117 had dual energy (electric and gas). I guess I didnt pay attention to the spec list. No big deal.
10. Propane tank storage. Due to space limitations, Adventure guys had to design propane storage area narrow and deep, so when you open the door you see only one propane tank Hard to remove bottles in and out, especially the one at the back Also, cant see the indicator on the bottle selector, planning to fix a small mirror to fix that.
11. Shower tub is small. This is one thing that I wish it can be changed Will keep an eye on this to see if anything can be done

So, would I recommend this to my friends, definitely I would not hesitate at all

Feel free to ask any question, would be happy to answer for you

Take care,

Akin




3 tons
Senior Member




USA
460 Posts
Posted - 05/20/2012 :  09:42:34 AM       
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Great Report!...No camper is perfect and folks needs can vary. Hopefully, Adventurer is also taking note here too. I suspect that the over-the-rail design is responsible for the high step-up, but (along with 102" width), OTR likely provides a noticable amount of added floor space than your former 117 had. Glad to hear you're enjoying your new camper! Please keep us well posted, as info on this new model has been a bit scarce.

Best Regards,

3 tons


aakoksal
Contributing Member




Canada
11 Posts
Posted - 05/20/2012 :  10:51:22 AM       
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Hi,

I thought 117 also had a over-the-rail design, that is why the difference seemed too much. I also remember the back of 117 was lower compared to 1165, I think that is the culprit...

Regards,

Akin



ZuluSafari
Contributing Member




33 Posts
Posted - 06/29/2012 :  8:21:13 PM     
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Are you positive on the wate heater? I just discovered after reading some threads on here, that the electric switch for my water heater is located in the ouside water heater enclosure, under the igniter tube. I have used the camper for two years now, and have removed the anode rod for cleaning/winterizing, and had no idea the little rocker switch was in there! I am anxious to see if the electric heater works now!

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2010 850
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13 Posts
Posted - 06/29/2012 :  10:00:26 PM           
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please let us now all the details if it works


U.F.O
Contributing Member




Canada
66 Posts
Posted - 07/01/2012 :  03:25:12 AM     
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My water heater has the same switch.

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2009 950 Eagle Cap
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moomoomeow
Contributing Member




USA
160 Posts
Posted - 07/01/2012 :  09:48:16 AM       
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Originally posted by ZuluSafari

Are you positive on the wate heater? I just discovered after reading some threads on here, that the electric switch for my water heater is located in the ouside water heater enclosure, under the igniter tube. I have used the camper for two years now, and have removed the anode rod for cleaning/winterizing, and had no idea the little rocker switch was in there! I am anxious to see if the electric heater works now!

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I also remoted the switch to the inside of the camper. Put in two switches to remind me the heater MUST be full before turning on the element.............other wise a meltdown. Use it when ever I have 110.

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2002 2500HD 8.1L 5spd Allison
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admin-Rich
Founder




USA
2422 Posts
Posted - 08/01/2012 :  8:03:10 PM         
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Now that you've had it a while, have you had a chance to get any "real world" weight readings on it?




 


The two Eagle Cap forum are like different species - They are totally different databases and software language driven.  "Cut & Paste" would be the only way to copy that post here and you've already done that.

The post was made last May (2012) prior to dedication of this website to the NEW Eagle Cap Campers.
It's a good first impression review made after camping in it:

Clicky: http://www.eaglecapowners.com/campfire/t...IC_ID=1862
Thank you Rich!!!
We value all you do!!!!!!