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2012 Northern Lite Sportsman Editions

Northern Lite surprises even Truck Camper Magazine with two new versions of their 9-6 and 8-11 molded fiberglass truck campers.  Introducing the Sportsman Editions.

TCM EXCLUSIVE: 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman Editions

When Keith Donkin, General Manager for Northern Lite, contacted us to announce the 2012 Northern Lite 9-6 and 8-11 Sportsman Editions, I was a little confused at first.  What exactly is a Sportsman Edition and what makes these campers, clearly based on exactly the same molds and floor plans as the existing 9-6 and 8-11 Northern Lite models, different enough to warrant the new camper designations?  In fact, I was so confused by this that I didn’t have any other question ready for Keith when we interviewed him about the campers last week.

About half way through our interview, the light bulb finally went on for me.  Northern Lite has experienced tremendous success with their Special Edition series.  The problem with the Special Editions is that they are (a) relatively expensive and (b) loaded with high-end luxury features some people do not need, or want.

To reach a lower price point and satisfy the customer base looking for a more basic Northern Lite, Keith developed the Sportsman Editions.  Now the only question is how much less in cost are the Sportsman Editions and what features have been changed or deleted to meet that new price point?  For those details and more, we talked with Keith Donkin.

2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 8-11 Specifications:

The 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 8-11 is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper that is made for short bed trucks.  The interior floor length of the 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 8-11 is 104″ and the interior height is 6’4″.

Northern Lite is reporting the dry weight of the Northern Lite Sportsman 8-11 at 2,150 pounds with standard features.  The tanks in the 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 8-11 are 25 gallons fresh, 24 gallons gray, and 13 gallons black.  The camper accommodates two batteries and two twenty-pound propane tanks.  The MSRP for the Northern Lite Sportsman 8-11 is under $30,000.

2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 9-6 Specifications:

The 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 9-6 is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper that is made for long bed trucks.  The interior floor length of the 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 9-6 is 110″ and the interior height is 6’4″.

Northern Lite is reporting the dry weight of the Northern Lite Sportsman 9-6 at 2,250 pounds with standard features.  The tanks in the 2012 Northern Lite Sportsman 9-6 are 25 gallons fresh, 24 gallons gray, and 13 gallons black.  The camper accommodates two batteries and two twenty-pound propane tanks.  The MSRP for the Northern Lite Sportsman 9-6 is under $30,000.

Northern Lite 9-6 Sportsman Exterior

Above: The Northern Lite 9-6 Sportsman on a long bed truck

TCM: What exactly is a Sportsman Edition and what makes these campers, clearly based on exactly the same molds and floor plans as the existing 9-6 and 8-11 Northern Lite models, different enough to warrant the new camper designations?

Keith: The Sportsman Models are based on calls from customers and dealers.  People are looking for used Northern Lites based on a price point.  They want a light weight, two piece molded fiberglass camper, but at a lower price.  The fully loaded Special Editions are out of their range.

The Sportsman models still have the insulation benefits and weight benefits with our two piece molded fiberglass, but have less bells and whistles.  We’re also pricing it under $30,000 at a retail level.

They are going to be in addition to our 9-6 and 8-11 Special Editions, Classics, and Lite campers.  Our regular Classics have the European windows and Heki skylights, among other features.  Before, if someone wanted a basic Northern Lite camper like the new Sportsman Editions, they would have to special order it from our factory.  Now, with the Sportsman Editions, basic Northern Lites can be on dealer lots all the time.

Northern Lite 8-11 Sportsman Interior

Above: Northern Lite 8-11 Sportsman looking from the back door to the overcab

TCM: What are some of the basic features of the Sportsman Models?

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