This review is for the 2001 8'5" Lite model. Northern Lite builds what some say are the best truck campers. I cannot speak to this as I have actually not owned or tested the others but they are one of the top two or three. They have exterior construction that will last for many years. The interior is luxurious. I will not get into specifications except for one. I camp deep in the woods for days at a time and this requires bigger capacity LPG tanks. Many small truck campers such as mine only include 10 or 15lb tanks. Northern Lite comes with 40lbs of LPG. I have had this camper for almost a year and used it many times and have not had one single problem with it.
Recommend this product?
Since there are only a few reviews for truck campers here I will go into some basics that a sales person might not tell you.
WEIGHT: remember to add 600 pounds for water,lpg.,people and stuff to the camper weight. So if you have a 1900lb. camper and a 2000lb payload capacity it will not work. You may cheat a little with heavy load tires, heavy duty shocks,air bags and and extra leafs in the rear springs but you need to be careful. ON the other hand if you have the above weight example and own a dually truck with a 4400 lb. payload capacity you don't need the extras listed above but so many people spend their money on these items.
DEALERS: There are many fine brands of truck campers, some are Lance,Summerwind,Bigfoot,Sun Lite,Artic Fox and others.
Your camper will need dealer service and repairs done to it.Many people travel hundreds of miles or even days to save a few hundred dollars and then they can't get service. If you have a local dealer check out the service and if it is good look at what is available from this dealer.
NEW or USED: The value of a new truck camper drops faster than a lead weight. You can find 3 or 4 year old campers for ten thousand dollars less than the new cost, and if you look hard enough many of these are in new condition.
TIE DOWNS: Tie downs are a must. Many would say how can a 2000lb. camper come off the back of a truck? It happens all the time and the camper is destroyed and people may be injured. Tie downs are just that, they hold the camper down.
HEIGHT: This is very important. Many buy truck campers to go camping or hunting back in the woods. In many parts of the US there are forests. When you load a truck camper on top of a pickup truck you have a quite high clearance and when traveling off road you encounter tree branches and limbs and you cannot continue. This is so simple but many people don't think about this until it is too late. If this is an issue there are campers called pop ups that have a much lower height.
I hope this helps for anyone thinking if buying a truck camper
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Amount Paid (US$): 17,000
Model Year: 2001
Model and Options: Northern Lite 8'5"q Lite