How & Why Our Northern Lite

The Rig2


We’re not, and probably never will be, RV park people. I won’t say we’ll never stay at an RV park but, given a choice, we’ll opt for somewhere a little less social. Somewhere with more trees than people. Like maybe at a nice campsite hidden at the end of a logging road or something. And, based on our past experience with campsites accessed by logging roads, those roads can be bumpy. Years ago we drove our VW Rabbit to camp at Chehalis Lake and came home with the steering wheel permanently turned fourty-five degrees to the left. Coincidentally, so was the axel: the front left wheel and rear right wheel were both just an inch away from their respective wheel wells. The steep and rutted road to that campsite had killed the wabbit.

It was a hard lesson but it stuck. Faced with choosing an RV, we looked at all the different types but we knew our best bet was to go with something capable of handling rougher terrain. Just in case. And that pretty much meant we’d be going with a four-wheel drive and a truck camper. Once we settled on that, the rest was easy. We were sold on Northern Lite from the minute we saw the first photos and watched the first couple of videos. They’re built right here in BC and are easily considered one of the best truck campers on the market. Just head on over to Truck Camper Magazine, check out some of the NL reviews, and you’ll know what I mean.

Anyway. We decided to get a Northern Lite truck camper. But there was a hiccup. We eagerly headed out to the local dealer naively expecting a selection of the different models for us to look at, tour, and pick from. Uh, no. Had we done our research better, we would have known that the NL factory was totally destroyed by fire at the beginning of 2014 which, no surprise, haulted things for a while. Yes, there was a new state-of-the-art shop up and running again but production was just catching up. NL campers are so sought after that any new stock, mostly made to order, was selling as soon as the campers hit the lot. And no used ones that we could find either. So basically, unless we were up for a five-hour drive to the factory in Kelowna, something our schedules didn’t allow for, we’d have to order one without actually seeing it.

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.  (Unknown)

We agonized about it for a few weeks. I don’t know about you but we don’t have an easy time with buying major things like RVs sight unseen. It’s a BIG thing am I right? So we watched the same YouTube videos so many times we could have quoted from them, and I emailed the GM of Northern Lite and asked a bunch of questions, and then we finally just closed our eyes leapt. We picked up the camper four months later and you can bet those four months had a lot of second-guessing, re-watching those YouTube videos again and again, and fretting. But as it usually is with worrying, it was time wasted. As soon as we first climbed the steps and stepped inside our new camper we knew we couldn’t have made a better choice. It was perfect for us.