At long last, Northern Lite debuts a dry bath model. According to Keith Donkin, General Manager of Northern Lite, the 10-2 RR Dry Bath is now the lightest dry bath camper on the market.
Ask Keith Donkin, General Manager for Northern Lite, if he will ever debut a slide-out camper and you always get the same long winded answer, “No”. That’s right, Northern Lite is a hard-side non-slide molded fiberglass truck camper company, period. Technically, they also build a travel trailer, but we won’t hold that against them.
With their product description carved in stone, the opportunities to advance the product come not from new product introductions each year, but rather continuous refinements. Every year Northern Lite finds some way to refine their products and make what was already a well thought out product, even better. Just this past year, Northern Lite introduced both their all-LED lighting package and raised their 10-2 molds by three inches. Where other manufacturers are rolling out another all-new floor plan or two, Northern Lite is obsessed with the details, and their execution.
With that in mind, the introduction of a dry bath option for their 10-2 RR is big news. After all, this is the first time in history that Northern Lite has offered a dry bath option. When we talked to Keith last week, he was clearly excited about it and making his rounds to show Northern Lite dealers the new camper.
2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath Specifications:
The 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath is a hard-side, non-slide, dry bath truck camper that is made for long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath is 120″ and the interior height is 6’8″. Northern Lite is reporting the dry weight of the Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath at 2,440 pounds with standard features. The tanks in the 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath are 36 gallons fresh, 40 gallons gray, and 18 gallons black. The camper accommodates two batteries and two twenty-pound propane tanks. The MSRP for the Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath is $31,059.
At the time of publication, a floor plan of the the 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath was not yet available.
The following is an interview with Keith Donkin, General Manager of Northern Lite, about the 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath.
TCM: Why is Northern Lite debuting a dry bath model?
Keith: Over the years we have had many requests from customers and dealers inquiring if it was possible to get a separate tub/shower dry bath in one of our campers as they needed one that was lighter in weight and loved our two piece molded designs.
TCM: Does the RR Dry Bath feature the new taller 10-2 molds?
Keith: Yes. The RR Dry Bath utilizes our new 10-2 mold with 6’8” of headroom which has been very well received at the shows and at dealers lots.
TCM: What is the dry weight of the RR Dry Bath?
Keith: The base dry weight comes in fifteen pounds heavier than our wet bath option; 2,440 pounds. When nicely equipped with thermal pane windows, Heki thermal skylight, promo package, large rear awning, stereo DVD, it has a dry weight of 2,900 pounds. Even when you add a 10’ side awning and TV package, the 10-2 RR Dry Bath will still come in under 3,000 pounds dry weight. This makes the new 10-2 RR Dry Bath the lightest dry bath camper on the market.
TCM: Fifteen pounds doesn’t sound like much for a dry bath. How were you able to keep the additional weight down?
Keith: One way we accomplished a minimal weight difference was by changing the propane tanks from horizontal to vertical. The vertical tray is one-third the size of the horizontal tray helping to reduce weight. We also removed some cabinetry to allow for the increased size of the bathroom. When we weighed the prototype, we were happy to see the weight only increase fifteen pounds for the dry bath option.
TCM: That is impressive. Does the dry bath change the center of gravity?
Keith: The Dry Bath option moves the center of gravity four inches to the rear on the 10-2 RR. The center of gravity for the 10-2 RR Dry Bath is 46 inches. With a wet bath, the 10-2 RR center of gravity is 42 inches.