Livin Lite RV debuts the 2016 Ford 8.6 and 6.8 with windshield front nose caps, automotive paint exteriors, stitched interiors, and more. Five additional Ford truck campers are coming in the Fall of 2015.
Eight months after announcing Livin Lite’s partnership with Ford Motor Company to develop a new line of truck campers, Scott Tuttle, President of Livin Lite, is ready to reveal the first finished Ford truck campers, the 2016 Ford 8.6 and 6.8.
Any doubt about the interest in a Ford truck camper was instantly extinguished when Truck Camper Magazine’s web server nearly caught fire from the tidal wave of people eagerly reading the late November announcement. Months before a single Ford truck camper had been built, it was clear that Ford Motor Company and Livin Lite had just changed the game.
Now comes the hard part, and the necessary questions.
Exactly what is a Ford truck camper? How was Ford Motor Company involved in the design and development process? What distinguishes the Ford truck campers from Livin Lite’s popular CampLite brand? And what’s this about wood in a Livin Lite product?
Once again we put on our reporter hats, and called Scott.
2016 Ford 8.6 Specifications
The 2016 Ford 8.6 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper made for long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2016 Ford 8.6 is 8’7” and the interior height is 6’8”. The Ford 8.6 has a 30.5 gallon fresh tank, a 17 gallon grey tank, a 14 gallon black tank, and a 6 gallon hot water heater. It can accommodate one battery and has two twenty-pound propane tanks. Livin Lite is reporting the base weight of the Ford 8.6 to be 2,936 pounds. The MSRP for the 2016 Ford 8.6 is $26,500.
2016 Ford 6.8 Specifications
The 2016 Ford 6.8 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper made for short bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2016 Ford 6.8 is 6’7” and the interior height is 6’8”. The Ford 6.8 has a 13 gallon fresh tank, a 32 gallon combined grey/black tank, and a 6 gallon hot water heater. It can accommodate one battery and has one twenty-pound propane tank. Livin Lite is reporting the base weight of the Ford 6.8 to be 2,252 pounds. The MSRP for the 2016 Ford 6.8 is $22,000.
Above: The exterior of the Ford 8.6 – click to enlarge
TCM: Livin Lite announced the Ford Motor Company partnership just before Thanksgiving last year. Catch us up on the design and development of Ford truck campers since then.
Scott: Prior to designing the new Ford truck camper series, Ford Motor Company shared the electronic designs for the new aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford F150 with us so we could match some of the exterior design elements in the new truck camper, specifically the front fiberglass cap.
Above: The front fiberglass cap with the automotive windshield in silver
Ford has been involved since day one. We took our initial design up to Ford Motor Company in Detroit and met with Gordon Platto, Chief Designer for Ford Trucks. Gordon and his design team got involved and helped us create the look of the truck camper design. It was very exciting to have Gordon and his team provide that level of input from Ford.