With all-new larger clamshell fiberglass molds, a larger bathroom, and a laundry list of updates and improvements stem to stern, we debut the Northern Lite 10-2 EX.
In the 1991 comedy film City Slickers, black hat cowboy Curly, played by Jack Palance, says to neurotic New Yorker, Mitch, played by Billie Crystal, “Do you know what the secret to life is?” Curly then puts up a solitary finger, looks Mitch in the eye, and answers his own question, “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and the rest don’t mean…”
Perhaps twenty-five years ago, in a British Columbia movie theater, the founders of Northern Lite smiled. Where other truck camper manufacturers often change their floor plans year to year, or follow the latest trends, Northern Lite has stayed tightly focused on one thing; high-end, non-slide, molded fiberglass truck campers. Thank you, Curly.
For many non-slide, wet bath truck camper enthusiasts, the Northern Lite 10-2 CD Special Edition has long been an aspirational product. In fact, we have yet to talk to a single Northern Lite owner who isn’t in love with their camper. They are, in essence, happy with what they have. Oh how Northern Lite is about to mess with their zen.
Out of Northern Lite’s brand new factory in Kelowna, British Columbia, a brand new Northern Lite 10-2 has just emerged. This new 10-2, designated as an EX model, is eleven full inches longer, features a redesigned wet bath, and a number of impressive upgrades, improvements, and refinements sure to have every current 10-2 owner reexamining their happy place.
To get the low down on Northern Lite’s new 10-2 EX models, we talked to Keith Donkin, General Manager for Northern Lite.
Above: The 2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX floor plan – click to enlarge
2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Specifications:
The 2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper that is made for long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 10-2 EX is 131″ and the interior height is 6’8″. Northern Lite is reporting the dry weight of the 2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition at 3,295 pounds with standard features. The tanks in the 2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition 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 2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition is $43,210 US.
Above: The Northern Lite 10-2 EX on a 2015 Chevy 3500
TCM: Before we talk about the new 10-2 EX, update us Northern Lite’s current production status. Has production fully ramped back up?
Keith: Our production is now 30% higher than it was before the fire. The increased production is the result of additional manpower, and the higher efficiency of our new factory. We are continuing to increase our manpower and efficiencies in the new building.
We are still in catch up mode to fill all of the pre-fire orders, and orders placed after the fire. 2015 sales have also been strong. We will have a significant back log of Northern Lite orders for a good portion of 2015 as we catch up.
TCM: Which models have shipped so far?
Keith: All three models of Special Editions, the 8-11 and 9-6 Northern Lite Sportsmans, and the 8-5Q Lite have all been shipped from the new factory.
Above: The 10-2 EX dinette, kitchen, and overcab in Mystic Beige