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TCM EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Northern Lite 10-2 EX Dry Bath

Northern Lite discontinues the 10-2 RR dry bath and announces a new dry bath version of its popular 10-2 EX CD Special Edition.  This is what eight pounds can change.

2018 Northern Lite 10-2-EX Dry Bath

It’s extremely unusual that someone who wants a dry bath changes their mind and buys a wet bath.  It doesn’t matter how nice the rest of a truck camper might be, a wet bath isn’t going to happen.  You could practically give a wet bath truck camper away and the dry bath devotees will still say, “No way.  Forget-about-it.”

On balance, dry baths keep the toilet area dry when showering, but they also generally take up more interior space and offer less shower room (arm space) and less toilet room (leg space) than wet baths.  These differences are often significant.

Did that last paragraph convince a single dry bath enthusiast to switch to wet baths?  Actually, yes.  According to our spy network of Ninja cats, Bob Smith of Peoria, Illinois just changed his dry bath mind to wet.  All the other dry bath buffs said, “No way.  Forget-about-it.”  It’s amazing how the dry bath mafia always says the same thing.

Which brings us to Northern Lite’s new 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath.  For years Northern Lite’s number one seller has been the Northern Lite 10-2 CD Special Edition.  The only issue has been the 10-2’s wet bath, a non-starter for about half the hard side truck camper marketplace.

For dry bath customers, Northern Lite has offered the 10-2 RR floor plan with a dry bath, but most folks greatly preferred the layout of the 10-2 CD.  Until now the choice for these individuals has been (1) compromise on the wet bath, or (2) compromise on the floor plan.  Talk about a conundrum.

At long last, Northern Lite customers can have their dry bath cake and their favorite 10-2.  To fully explain the new dry bath option in the 10-2 EX CD Special Edition, we talked to Keith Donkin, General Manager for Northern Lite.

Northern Lite 10-2 EX Dry Bath floor plan

2018 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath Specifications:

The 2018 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath 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 Dry Bath is 131″ and the interior height is 6’8″.  Northern Lite is reporting the dry weight of the 2018 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath at 3,272 pounds with standard features.  The tanks in the 2018 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition 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 2018 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath is $44,450 US.

Northern Lite 10-2 EX Dry Bath camper on truck

Above: The Northern Lite 10-2 EX Dry Bath on a 2017 Ford F350

TCM: Does the Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath replace an existing model, or is it an addition to Northern Lite’s current model line up?

Keith: Technically, the dry bath is a new option for the 10-2 EX CD Special Edition.  That’s how you’ll see it listed in the 2018 Northern Lite brochure.  You can now order the 10-2 EX CD Special Edition with a wet bath or a dry bath.

The 10-2 EX CD Special Edition dry bath option effectively creates a new model; the 10-2 EX CD Special Edition Dry Bath.  Now that the 10-2 EX CD Special Edition is available with a dry bath, we are discontinuing the 10-2 RR.

Northern Lite 10-2 EX Dry Bath interior

TCM: With the discontinuation of the 10-2 RR, Northern Lite essentially now offers one floor plan across four models.  Is that an accurate description?

Keith: It is.  Everyone loves the floor plan we offer in the 10-2 EX, 9-6, 8-11 EX, and 8-11.  The 10-2 RR floor plan wasn’t nearly as popular.  The decision to discontinue the RR in favor of the 10-2 EX CD Special Edition with a dry bath was a no brainer.

TCM: Do you see Northern Lite developing different floor plans in the future?

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