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#1 OFFLINE   kenrosey

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:37 AM

Northern Lite owners should know that a small hole has beem drilled into the bottom of the camper for drainage purposes. The hole on mine is under the outside drainage hose which drains the fresh water tank. I spoke to Chuck at the Factory and he informed the hole was put there in case the fresh water tank or any hoses sprung a leak.If this happens, the water could then drain out. There could be one on each side of the camper. If the unit sits on any platform, be it wood, rubber or whatever, in the truck, make sure there is some kind of gap under the hole. Also, ensure that there is no way water can pool under the hole(s) or it may back up into the camper. For roof clearance on mine, I have two rubber mats. The top mat is placed so there is a gap between the hole and the bottom mat. It is also set up so any water getting into the box of the truck has easy drainage out, not allowing it to pool anywhere.
I hope this info is some help to NL owners.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:45 PM

Northern Lite owners should know that a small hole has beem drilled into the bottom of the camper for drainage purposes. The hole on mine is under the outside drainage hose which drains the fresh water tank. I spoke to Chuck at the Factory and he informed the hole was put there in case the fresh water tank or any hoses sprung a leak.If this happens, the water could then drain out. There could be one on each side of the camper. If the unit sits on any platform, be it wood, rubber or whatever, in the truck, make sure there is some kind of gap under the hole. Also, ensure that there is no way water can pool under the hole(s) or it may back up into the camper. For roof clearance on mine, I have two rubber mats. The top mat is placed so there is a gap between the hole and the bottom mat. It is also set up so any water getting into the box of the truck has easy drainage out, not allowing it to pool anywhere.
I hope this info is some help to NL owners.

Ken



A drain hole for leaks, Yikes. Is that an admission of things to come? Northern Lites do not have leaks, so no hole is needed. YMMV Jim

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 05:24 AM

The tanks are in the basement and there are no access panels underneath. From what I understand it is a major job to repair a tank on a NL. I think the fibreglass has to be cut.


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Posted 01 September 2009 - 05:30 AM

The problem is there is no predrilling so some screws are stripped and don't hold the seal tight. They just drive the screw thru the camper body. Most of the items installed only rely on the camper body Fiberglass for screw holding strength. The structural places have thick plywood and screw backing.

Many places I have had to provide backing for screw holding strength. I use UHMW to give the backing needed
To go see the Northern lights, Alaska, Queen Charlot Islands, all of B.C., Alberta too, To travel every back road inside the American and Canadian Rockies. Not a 'Grand Potentate', just grand while in the mountains, fire going, bears all around, no work to do.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 09:59 AM

The problem is there is no predrilling so some screws are stripped and don't hold the seal tight. They just drive the screw thru the camper body. Most of the items installed only rely on the camper body Fiberglass for screw holding strength. The structural places have thick plywood and screw backing.

Many places I have had to provide backing for screw holding strength. I use UHMW to give the backing needed



Mike, That is good information about the screw holding , or lack there of, ability on the Northern Lite campers. If anyone is in the market for a Northern Lite I would urge you to PM , MJG camper and find out about his many opportunities with the Northern Lite camper. YMMV, Jim

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:30 PM

I owned a Northern Lite camper for about 9 years.
We had a awning installed by a Williams Lake BC RV dealer and it was a constant hassle to keep the screws tight.
They did a lousy job and I think they should have informed us before the installation that there was no backing.
They installed it anyways and it was trouble right from the start.

The camper was great but we wanted more space and ended up buying another brand because Northern Lite makes no slide-outs.
If they did we would have bought one.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:55 PM

Wow, I wonder what it's like to own a perfect camper...

Thanks Kenrosey for that information, I was wondering what those holes were for. I just hope all the perfect campers out there don't develop leaks and hold IN all the water. It would be a shame to see all that plywood rot.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:59 PM

Wow, I wonder what it's like to own a perfect camper...

Thanks Kenrosey for that information, I was wondering what those holes were for. I just hope all the perfect campers out there don't develop leaks and hold IN all the water. It would be a shame to see all that plywood rot.



Well , as you know there is no perfect camper. All of those perfect campers have lots of crackes for water to run out of to keep the plywood from rotting. The perfect camper is the one that we own, but soon find out it is not. YMMV, Jim

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:58 AM

The perfect camper is the one most loved, used, fixed and cared for.


Gary S. your NL probably doesn't have to live in and put up with rain country.
To go see the Northern lights, Alaska, Queen Charlot Islands, all of B.C., Alberta too, To travel every back road inside the American and Canadian Rockies. Not a 'Grand Potentate', just grand while in the mountains, fire going, bears all around, no work to do.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:58 AM

Update; the perfect camper does not start to crush under it's own weight. The basement sides, like an 'I' beam, are made of only 3/16ths luan plywood. I can break the stuff with my fingers.

It was a really tough weekend crawling in and out of 10-2 RR basement that is only 14 inches high, having to restructure the sides. That was so very difficult.

Edited by mjgcamper, 03 October 2010 - 06:57 AM.

To go see the Northern lights, Alaska, Queen Charlot Islands, all of B.C., Alberta too, To travel every back road inside the American and Canadian Rockies. Not a 'Grand Potentate', just grand while in the mountains, fire going, bears all around, no work to do.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 10:13 AM

I too have a Northern lite model 10-2 that has the basement crushing issue. Mine has a had a sag in the passenger side rear since the day I bought it but now I noticed there is an actual cracked and bulged area just in front of the generator compartment. I am a welder/ custom metal fabricator and I will soon be tearing into my basement to see what I can do to reinforce and repair this issue and will post pics and vids in the hopes of helping others with the same issue.

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:06 AM

One of the things I like about my NL is there is no way that anything (like mice) can come in and go for a ride with me.  Is the new hole large enough for things to access the basement of the camper and start to live there?



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:42 PM

I just purchased an 03 NL camper that didn't make back to my house before the right side started to crush in onnitself. I'd like to know what u guys did to repair this with pout having to cut fiberglass on the side. I came fabricate some stuff but would like to see what others did. Thanks any pics would be great my email is shawnfike@gmail.com and I'll share my thoughts and input also going to have to rebuild the cabover queen bed supports..

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:47 AM

The perfect camper STARTS as any NOT made by Travel Lite.   :happy0045: 

From there, you're on your own, but at least you began on the right path.  



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 06:24 PM

Doesn't NL have a 5 year Warranty? Shouldn't that take care of the issues?



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

Subscribing - I'm looking hard at the Northern Lite campers and this is the first I've heard of the issue.

 

Is there any chance it's just the older units?  We're looking at a new one.  Hoping they've corrected the issue.  

 

As light as they are, they would have to be WEAK to crush under their own weight.



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 06:26 PM

I am considering an older northern lite and am worried about side wall collapse. What are the signs and is a repair feasible on a budget?




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