First Impressions of the NuCamp Cirrus 720 Truck Camper

Truck Camper Adventure Dishes on the New Camper

Well, it’s done. After months of extensive development, NuCamp finally unveiled the Cirrus 720 at the 2019 RVX Show in Salt Lake City last month. Launched with today’s 3/4-ton truck in mind, the Cirrus 720 is NuCamp’s third and smallest truck camper at 1,875 pounds. If you’ve been following this saga, you know that the camper didn’t start out that way. NuCamp designers originally wanted a camper for the lucrative half-ton market—the Cirrus 670 as it was originally called—but were unable to achieve the 1,600 pound dry weight target and had to settle for the less-lucrative 3/4-ton market instead.

It’s disappointing that NuCamp wasn’t able to achieve its stringent weight goal, but the Cirrus 720 still has a lot going for it. The camper is 14-feet 9-inches long, 7 feet 1-inch wide, and offers an interior height of 6 feet 4 inches. The 8-foot 3-inch floorplan features a comfortable, split dinette in front with a Lagun swing away table, a wet-bath and a Norcold 3.7 cubic foot refrigerator on the driver side, and a kitchen and a large wardrobe on the passenger side. The camper features holding tank sizes of 20 gallons fresh, 22 gallons grey, and 5 gallons black, and comes with a single 20-pound propane tank, and a standard battery compartment large enough for a single Group-27 battery.

The Cirrus 720 offers several mainstays that you would expect to find in a Cirrus truck camper. These include the Alde hydronic heating system, which doubles as both a water heater and a furnace, insulated “Euro” windows, a spacious cabover with a north-south queen-size bed, laminated and bonded Azdel sidewalls, and the Froli sleep system. The general shape of the camper is very reminiscent of the larger and well received Cirrus 820 model, though you won’t find anything like the 820’s rear bumper on this model. The weight was too prohibitive.

As you’d expect for a camper of this size, the Cirrus 720 doesn’t have a very large basement. In fact, its only 5 inches deep. Yet, in spite of its “small” size, the heated basement is still large enough to house the camper’s two holding tanks. This maximizes storage in the main cabin and keeps the center of gravity in the camper low, two important considerations in any truck camper design.

What does Truck Camper Adventure think about the Cirrus 720 now after seeing the camper in person? Overall, we really like it. It’s a good-looking camper both inside and out, exactly what you would expect from NuCamp. One thing we noticed is how open the interior feels. The Cirrus 720 doesn’t feel like a small camper at all. We were particularly impressed with the amount of storage found in the camper. We’re also big fans of the dinette, the split approach works well in this camper. The 720’s seat cushions are actually very comfortable to sit on, unlike the stiff cushions found in most truck camper dinettes. We also like the cup holders found in the cabover step and really like the Lugun swing away table, which creates room in the cabover when needed.

Like we said in an earlier article, we were hoping to see a 30 gallon fresh water holding tank in the Cirrus 720, but with the camper’s small basement, this increase might not be possible. Perhaps reducing the size of the grey water holding tank will free up enough space for a larger fresh water holding tank? We suppose the demand would have to be high for any kind of change to be made. We’d also like to see an option for a dual battery box for extended boondocking. Unfortunately, this isn’t a listed option, but with the popularity of solar power and boondocking, this is a change that NuCamp designers should take a hard look at incorporating. A single battery isn’t going to cut it, unless, of course, the owner decides to go with a lithium battery.

We’re still not sure what to think of the Cirrus 720 wet-bath. While we love the “outside of the box” creativity and innovation found in the wet-bath, the low profile shower pan that encroaches upon the walkway might be an issue. Will the shower pan be a dirt collector? Will it weaken and break over time with repeated foot traffic? We’re not sure. Both are important questions. For sure, the wet-bath is plenty big, and the cassette toilet is a great feature with a number of benefits, but the white shower pan sticks out like a sore thumb in the hallway. I would’ve chosen a more muted color that blends in more with the flooring instead, rather than a contrasting one. Still, the Cirrus 720 bathroom shows true innovation rarely seen in today’s truck camper, something that NuCamp seems to serve up on a regular basis.

In conclusion, we really like the Cirrus 720. It’s an attractive camper that fills a big void in the 3/4-ton truck market. We’re glad to NuCamp decided to market the camper “as is” rather than delaying the release for a lofty, unachievable goal. Sure, it’s too heavy for a Ram Power Wagon, but should work on most 3/4-ton short-bed trucks and even a few more capable Ford F-150s. There’s no doubt about it, the camper’s got the goods to be successful and should please those who are looking for a light, low profile hard-side to take off-road or for those who are simply looking for an occasional weekend getaway.

Yours truly, posing with NuCamp COO, Nathan Wagler (left) and NuCamp CEO, Scott Hubble (right).

Future Plans

Does NuCamp still have plans for a half-ton camper? According to Scott Hubble, NuCamp’s CEO, they do. But it probably won’t be ready for release until early next year. Scott told me that this time the target weight for the Cirrus 620, as its now being called, will be 1,500 pounds. Shaving off another 400 pounds will be difficult, but one that NuCamp’s determined designers should be able to achieve. Sure, some functionality and size will probably be lost, but having another half-ton capable truck camper, like the Lance 650, will be worth having in today’s market.

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a Jeep and truck camper enthusiast, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. He currently drives a 2013 Ram 3500 4x4 pickup truck with a 2016 Northstar Laredo solar powered truck camper mounted on top. He enjoys football, music, hiking, travel, photography, and fishing. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management until 2017, and now runs this website full-time. He also does some consulting and RV inspections on the side.

3 Comments

  1. I must admit, there exterior look is intriguing, and there modern upscale interior is much different than the standard truck camper. With that said, when it comes to truck campers I need space so I will not try to judge smaller units to harshly. Jefe4x4, you look like a big guy that needs a little space. Without doing a ton of research, I will simply ask if you could haul the new SS Laredo? For a midsize unit, the SS seams to hit the ground running. Maybe Rex’s brother over at Bundutec could build a size appropriate, 4×4 worthy TC to your liking.

    Keep us posted if you make a change, inquiring minds are interested in new articles to read.

  2. Mike,
    A pretty straight forward appraisal of the Cirrus 720. To date there only 18-20 units available to the public, and most of them are close to the factory in Ohio. Jeanie and I have been agonizing over a replacement for our 21 year old Lance Lite 165-s, and the Cirrus 720 was in the mix. Jeanie’s main reservation was the cassette toilet and lack of a black tank. You may like them, but we’re not in that camp… yet. We’ve been going around trying a LOT of hardside replacement campers on for size which is a long thread on the hardside camper forum on Expedition Portal. The final winner seems to be the Cirrus 820, which is a bit too heavy even for our 2500 with a messaged suspension. Finding the actual weight of the add-ons is like finding frog’s hair. The dealer told me to ask the factory people and the factory says to ask the dealer. So, for the moment we’re hanging on to the old gal a little while longer until we sort out the mysteries.

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