The Northern Lite's Limited-Edition version of dry-bath 8-11EX truck camper is the high-end, stylish, comfortable 4-season RV built using molded-fiberglass technology.
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Northern Lite is Canadian truck camper manufacturer located in Kelowna, (BC). Their truck campers represent the combination of high quality, comfort (high-end designs), modernity (stylish, lightweight, molded-fiberglass designs) and obviously 4-season constructions (full insulation and heated basement). Behind all these achievements there is more than 30-years of experience gained not only on the factory floors but also “in-the-field” in harsh Canadian weather conditions (especially winter).
Northern Lite 8-11EXLEDB truck camper
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Northern Lite 8-11EXLEDB truck camper
and its floor-plan
Here we would like to make presentation of the 2019 model 8-11EXLEDB (Limited Edition version w/ dry bath). Like all Northern-Lite truck campers, the 8-11EX is an all-fiberglass, clam-shell design. This technology offers several advantages, like:
Another Canadian accent is the 4-season design. The whole shell is block-foam insulated (R-6 for roof, walls and floor and R-12 for cab-over).
Also, the “basement” (and with it all water tanks) is heated allowing RV-ing escapades during long Canadian winters. The ducted heating system with 18k BTU furnace and 10k BTU roof-mounted A/C unit are standard features in LE-versions of the 8-11EX truck campers (the latter is optional in SE-models). Thanks to thermal Pane Windows and Skylight together with shell’s insulation and heating/cooling appliances Northern Lite promises comfortable interior temperatures regardless the outside weather conditions. Let’s also mention the standard Fantastic Fan w/rain sensor (optional in SE-versions), screened windows and screen-door to have the full picture of this Northern-Lite camper.
Northern-Lite 8-11EXLEDB: view on the galley and bedroom
Yes, it’s true, the model 8-11EXLEDB is designed, furnished and finished according to highest standards rarely seen in truck campers. Model’s stylishness and elegance is matched by its practicality and robustness, making it sort of “Cadillac” among other truck campers.
The “bedroom” located in the cab-over, houses queen-size mattress (60”x 80”). Obviously, like in all truck campers it is not the walk-around bed and nor walk-in bedroom. However, the numerous standard features make it bright (two side-windows and large skylight above the bed allow the light to penetrate the cab-over making it larger than it really is. And even more – the skylight offers opportunity to “reach” into the deepness of starry night. Limited cab-over space is not short of storage. On each side of the bed you will find two storage compartments, closet and storage cabinet. The 24” LCD TV is mounted on the swing-arm so you can watch your favorite programs from the bed but also from the dinette. And when fed-up with TV, you may go back to reading habits thanks to two, individual reading lights.
For the privacy, the cab-over’s bedroom is separated from the main body of the camper by the plated curtain. This is because the 8-11EX camper can sleep 4 (dinette can be converted for sleeping place for children (37” x 67”)).
The galley includes 3-burner stainless-steel cooktop and oven with glass cover, stainless power range w/LED lights, stainless sink with cover, 2-doors 3-way fridge with mirror-finished doors, microwave and plenty of storage cabinets and drawers (including one dedicated for utensils).
It may be worth to mention that all cabinetry is made from Sapele - solid hardwood and solid plywood paneling, (Russian Birch ply for drawers).
The “face-to-face” dinette is a standard feature, however you can opt for more elegant, U-shaped one. The table (similarly as cabinetry), is made from hardwood, in contrast to typical “counter-top”-style materials used in most RVs. Add to that the leatherette seating surfaces – all that makes the dinette looking (and feel) more like the “dining” area rather than the “fast-food” corner. Keep in mind that the dinette serves also as a “mini-living” space. It has two dedicated reading lights (not only for reading books or magazines but also to offer the functionality of an “office” (note 2 USB ports and 110V outlet). It is also the area where you can watch the TV. Mounted on the swing arm, the screen can be easily rotated towards the dinette.
Standard "Face-to-face" dinette (can be upgraded to U-shaped one)
Typically, truck campers have quite limited interior space, so mostly (at least in units without slide-outs) they have wet baths. Just to make it clear – the wet bath combines toilet, shower and sometimes folding sink. As the bath compartment plays also the role of the shower cabin, everything inside will be wet when the shower is used (hence the name Wet Bath). In contrast, the Dry Bath has separated shower cabin (or compartment) so everything including toilet paper, towels etc… is protected from the water. To make it clear – dry bath does not mean “dry-toilet” (in Northern-lite case, the toilet is water-flushed and has dedicated black water tank).
Resuming - the Northern-Lite 8-11EXLEDB models offer the advantages of dry bath. While you cannot expect roomy areas matching your residential ones, it is definitely big step ahead making this truck camper close to a “home-away-from-home”.
Dry Bath (note the curtain separating the shower)
The rear entrance includes so-called “bumper patio” – small, but very useful area making the access to the camper safer, especially when you walk in and out carrying some stuff. Given the fact that the 8-11EXLEDB truck camper is equipped with two awnings (10 ft long on the side (cranked) and 7 ft long on the back (Electric) it offers a lot of weather-protected area that certainly can be often used as an extension of interior living space. That’s why, the “transition” patio at the entrance is a great idea.
Two large exterior storage compartments and an unusual (read it – bonus) rear-bumper accessible storage with tray provide a lot of space for camping equipment (folding chairs, table, grill and whatever you find useful) to be able to set-up nice exterior “recreational” area next to your RV.
The whole series of 8-10EXSExx truck campers is made for ¾ ton short bed trucks. The Limited Version (LE), due to extra weight of A/C unit, microwave, extra solar panel and larger table (all coming as standard features) will need rather a 1-ton (but still single rear wheel) trucks. It is worth to note that Northern Lite not only marks the actual weight of the camper when it leaves factory doors, but also specifies the location of its center of gravity.
Note that to keep warranty, the truck must have rubber-finished bed and the camper must be attached by spring-loaded tie-downs!
Entrance with the "bumper-patio"
Dry Weight (1)
Fresh Water tank
Grey water tank
Black water tank
About 3,000 lbs
2 x 20 lbs
1. Approximate w/standard features. Each unit is factory-weighted and actual weight is recorded.
Northern-Lite 8-11EXLEDB: Interior
The standard features presented below correspond to the Limited Edition (LE) of the track camper (8-11EXLEDB. In parenthesis we also mention availability of a given feature in the Special Edition (SE) of this truck camper (8-11EXSEDB).
Cooktop an oven
Microwave is part of the standard features in LE models
Roof-mounted 10k BTUs A/C unit
Fantastic fan is mounted in the rear section of the hallway
Dometic Water-Heater Control
"Secret" bumper storage offers two deep compartments - one with tray
LPG bottles are sitting on the sliding-out tray
Summarizing: The Northern Lite Limited-Edition version of dry-bath 8-11EX truck camper is the high-end, 4-seson RV. Modern clam-shell, molded fiberglass design promises trouble-free operation over long years of RV-ing even in harsh weather conditions typical for Canada. Stylishness, elegance and well-thought, innovative design offers priceless comfort…..
Pictures are courtesy of Northern Lite and Camp-Out RV!
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