Dustin Johns, Vice President of Travel Lite, introduces the 2012 Travel Lite 770 Super Lite for half-ton trucks. Then he drops a real surprise, the Travel Lite Black Diamond.
We get lots of emails from readers who are frustrated that truck campers weigh too much for the type of truck they prefer to own. Usually this frustration revolves around matching a half-ton truck with a hard side, non-slide truck camper. While such a match may seem like a natural, most half ton trucks simply do not offer enough payload to safely carry a wet and loaded hard side, non-slide camper.
Of course there are exceptions to this rule with some late model carefully specified half-ton trucks offering north of 2,000 pounds of payload and some late model hard side, non-slide campers coming in at about the same number, wet and loaded. As with all truck and camper matching, a little research and simple math will yield a safe truck and camper combination ready to hit the road to fun and adventure. If you haven’t already, please read our definitive article on this subject, “Matching a Truck and Camper”.
As a manufacturer, Travel Lite offers several non-slide hard side truck campers that fit into the half-ton niche. For example, the Travel Lite 700STD comes in at 1,935 pounds (wet and loaded with 500 pounds of stuff). The only catch is the 7000STD doesn’t offer a bathroom.
Dustin Johns, Vice President of Travel Lite, has taken on the challenge of building a half-ton hard-side non-slide camper for Travel Lite, with a bathroom. The result is the 1,995 pound (wet and loaded with 500 pounds of stuff) 2012 Travel Lite 770 Super Lite. That’s just sixty pounds more than the above mentioned Travel Lite 700STD, and you get a bathroom. Perhaps what’s more impressive is the MSRP for the 2012 Travel Lite 770 Super Lite, $9,295.
But the 770 Super Lite isn’t all Dustin had in store for us. At the end of his interview he drops a surprise announcement, the Travel Lite Black Diamond.
2012 Travel Lite 770 Super Lite Specifications:
The 2012 Travel Lite 770 Super Lite is a hard-side, non-slide truck camper. The interior floor length of the 2012 Travel Lite 770 Super Lite is 7’7″. Travel Lite is reporting the dry weight of the 770 Super Lite at 1,335 pounds with standard features. The Travel Lite 770 Super Lite has a 9 gallon fresh water tank. The camper accommodates one optional battery and a twenty-pound propane tank. The MSRP for the Travel Lite 770 Super Lite is $9,295.
TCM: What sparked the idea to debut the 770 Super Lite?
Dustin: Basically, we wanted to make a new camper at a used camper price. It’s for those weekend warrior types, who want to get everything they need in a lighter, easier to manage, and less expensive camper.
Some customers come in looking for a camper with less features. They want something simpler. That motivated me. Another motivation came from dealers who asked me for custom changes to remove weight and cost. I kept seeing a market for that, so we’re going in that direction. We’re going back to the roots of an entry level camper.
ABOVE: Passenger’s side view with two windows
TCM: Tell us about the development of the 770 Super Lite. How was it designed, developed, and prototyped?
Dustin: We designed the 770 on paper and then did some adjustments during development. It turned out amazing. It’s probably going to be our most popular model when all is said and done. It’s an entry-level camper that we’ve gotten more orders for than any other camper this year.