December '19

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rv-pro.com December 2019 • RV PRO • 11 exhibit two models: one in the Off-Road sec- tion and another in the new Overland section. Both models were mounted on new Ford F-350 pickups with lift kits, modified suspensions and off-road tires. Although Northern Lite maintains an active winter show schedule, this was the first year the RV manufacturer exhibited at any of these three shows. Donkin says he quickly became a convert to the autumn exhibition circuit by the end of the Hershey Show, which coincided with the company's return to RV Industry Asso- ciation membership after an eight-year hiatus. Consumer interest for Northern Lite models was strong at these shows, which bodes well for the future, according to Donkin. Truck Campers for Every RVer Northern Lite builds three brands: the entry- level Sportsman Edition, the Special Edition and the upscale Limited Edition. All are built using a two-piece fiberglass clamshell construc- tion, which offers several benefits, including the elimination of unnecessary seams, its lightweight, and its low center of gravity, meaning it is not top-heavy. The company builds both short-box and long-box models. Standard features across all three brands include thermal-pane windows and skylights, double-dome Fantastic fans, and heated tanks. Furnace systems are all ducted to the basement areas and heat both the camper floor and the tanks. The bottom floor of every camper is insulated as Northern Lite President Keith Donkin stands next to one of his company's tough, four-season campers. Donkin personally led the company's rebuilding effort after a February 2014 fire destroyed the RV manufacturer's factory in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Those rebuilding efforts paid off when Northern Lite built a larger, more state-of-the-art facility that allowed the company to triple its camper production. PHOTOS BY ARTUR GAJDA

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