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Old 11-01-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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Cool New Northern Lite?

Ok I'm retired navy 21 yrs and drove 1.5 million miles with girlfriend as a team. We are the best of friends and together 24/7 we sold the 18 wheeler and now have a ram 3500 drw 5.9 diesel 4 doors 8'bed with a payload of 4806 pounds. We are looking at the new 10 2 special edition Northern Lite to visit all the places that you can never see in an 18 wheeler. We think we have narrowed it down to that or the Bigfoot. Anyone know if one is built better than the other.
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Old 11-01-2015, 11:32 PM   #2
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Bigfoot is very well built solid molded fiberglass, can be configured for 3 or 4 season use. Northern Lite is an assembly of studs and panels with seams. Over your next 1.5 million miles, which would survive the road potholes and vibrations better?

Don't see many old Northern Lites, but quite a few Bigfeets........
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I believe you are talking about camper inserts. You might be better off on some other site. This site specializes in towable molded fiberglass trailers.

Looks like both are molded fiberglass so you might want to check in with forums for both Northern Lite inserts and Bigfoot inserts.

I hope you enjoy what ever you decide.
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Northern Lite used to manufacture trailers so the OP may be referring to those. Bigfoot still markets trailers.
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The OP mentioned a large pickup and new 10 2 special edition Northern Lite I looked up the that model on the Northern Lite site. It's a camper insert and apparently don't make a towable any more. Big Foot also makes a camper insert.

Northern Lite used to make a molded fiberglass hybrid. I don't know when they stopped making it.

The word "new" and the 10.2 model is the tip off.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:08 AM   #6
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Bigfoot is very well built solid molded fiberglass, can be configured for 3 or 4 season use. Northern Lite is an assembly of studs and panels with seams. Over your next 1.5 million miles, which would survive the road potholes and vibrations better?

Don't see many old Northern Lites, but quite a few Bigfeets........
Looks to me like they are still molded fiberglass... Actually I have seen more Northern Lite slide-in campers than BigFoot campers in my travels.
Link: http://www.northern-lite.com/truck_camper_special_102.php

But again, there may be more info on the slide-in truck camper sites than hereabouts.

Me thinks the plural of BigFoot is BigFoots.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:12 AM   #7
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I realize that most here are using trailers that pull behind and what I am talking about is a slide in truck camper but they are both fiberglass and this forum is about fiberglass rv's. That is why I posted here. There seems to be a lot of great information available from members here. And sitting in my side yard is a 1994 31 1/2 foot ford based pace arrow and with that 460 engine drinks too much fuel. So with the extra funds needed to keep insurance on another vehicle and tags it just makes more sence to go the truck camper route we both are extremely comfortable driving something bigger. We just think that a fiberglass RV is the way to go.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:30 AM   #8
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Rather than trying to redefine the home pages opening statement:
"Welcome to FiberglassRV.com your Molded Lightweight Fiberglass Travel Trailer RV website! This website is intended as a free resource for those who are looking for, or who own, molded fiberglass travel trailers."

Suffice to say that, you are welcome to join in with the other 3 or so slide-in camper owners on the site.

But, for many of the questions and issues that pertain to specific slide-in campers, (remember, they are carried, we deal with towing, about the same difference as a box truck and a semi I'd guess) you may not find as much expertise here as on a slide-in truck camper site, of which there are many.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:18 AM   #9
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I purchased the last Northern lite trailer from the factory in Kelowna.Thet now make only slidein campers.They are not stick frame but are moulded fiberglass of highest quality.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:43 AM   #10
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Built Kelowna. No wonder I have seen so many of them up and down the Route 97 corridor.....
BTW: Milt, did you get the Northern Lite with the tip out front bed?
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:51 AM   #11
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No Bob,The last run of trailers didn't come with the front tipout.It has a better floor plan and no chance of leaks.The trailer was their show model so it has nice options,861 kg's wet.Love it!
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:46 AM   #12
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I had the pleasure of touring a Northern Lite truck camper insert this summer in Vermont. It seemed to be a very high quality unit that surprised me in so many ways. Top quality cabinets and had everything from nice kitchen area to bathroom. A real suprise! It out classed every fiberglass trailer I have seen to date! It also had a surprising amount of storage space considering it all fit on a pickup truck. The owners were on the way to Alaska!

Overall I would give the entire package a 10...perfect in every way!

Happy Camping!
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if i did not have a camper and was looking that would be ok but a truck camper no ?
This site is much more than just camper . i could read about Norm and gene all day . fulltime , parks , cooking , all thing camping camping with friends
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The point is that many, if not most discussions are hardware and towing related and the scope of this site is, according to the statement on the home page by the owners, designed for Molded Fiberglass Trailer owners and wanntabe owners.


If Joe Truck Camper owner is looking for information about different truck campers, or dealing with issues in those units, this is not as useful a site as is one for truck campers.
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