Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:53 AM
We are looking at Host's 2017 or 2018 models to replace our Arctic Fox. Although we have been very happy with our 811, we want features that AF does not offer (side door, dry bath, couch). Lance, Eagle Cap and Host are three that fill our future requirements, but we do not like the Lance construction and layout and saw a decline in the fit and finish of EC last year with hopes it is not a trend. In general, we prefer the choices Host made in its use of slide mechanisms and jacks over EC and are seeing consistent quality out of every Host camper can lay eyes on. Some of these campers can approach 6000 lbs once loaded with gear and water (most are close to 5000 lbs dry when optioned with the popular choices), so you need a substantial truck to carry one safely. We've always loved the quality of the Northern Lite campers, but they also do not offer the features we want.
Host is a small company with less production than the larger brands, so you will not see much feedback when you research them - It's probably better to visit an RV show where you can compare a number of them side by side and see what details strike you between brands. Which Host model interests you?
Although I am not a Host or Northern Lite owner, I would not have reservations suggesting you look at these brands or the Arctic Fox.
<p><span style="color:#a9a9a9;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:10px;">2012 Interstate Car Carrier ICC10220TA3, 20'x8.5', 8" I-beam frame, dual 5200 lb 4" drop torsion axles, Diamond plate, Towmax 225/75R15 LRE tires on galvanized rims, Harbor Freight 10k lb equalizing hitch, Camping World vent cover, LED lighting, 3' RV door, front and rear door interior light switches, interior plywood walls and floor, 70' of Harbor Freight E-track rail with recessed corner 5k lb D-rings, Dual 42 gal fresh water tanks with Harbor Freight transfer pump, portable dual Harbor Freight 45w solar arrays, 100 lbs LPG in four bottles, PowerArmor Max Solar 5-battery box, Deka 24HR3000 sealed batteries </span></span></strong></span></p>
<p><span style="color:#a9a9a9;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:10px;">2015 Ram 5500 HD 4wd Tradesman 60" CA, Crew cab with 173.4" wheelbase, 19,000 lb GVWR with 26,000 lb GCWR, Cummins I6 6.7 liter diesel with chassis cab tune 325 hp @ 2800 rpm and 750 ft-lb @ 1700 rpm, Aisin AS69RC 6-speed automatic, New Process NV271 manual transfer case, 14.5k lb Dana S14-111L limited slip and 7250 lb Magna Steyr 275mm with 4.44 ratios, Palfinger Badger low sill flat bed, Dual DeeZee 36x18x18 under bed boxes, Quad DeeZee 48x18x18 above bed boxes, Curt Double Lock 30K lb gooseneck, Dual 3/4" horse stall mats, SuperHitch Magnum 30K dual receiver with 42" SuperTruss, Upper StableLoads, Short range FastGun turnbuckles with locks</span></span></strong></span></p>
<p><span style="color:#a9a9a9;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:10px;">2018 Host Mammoth 11.5, Polarized dual pane windows, Powered and lit awning, Swing out Rieco-Titan jacks, Fantastic Fan in cab over, Aero-Flo vent covers, 3x160w Zamp Solar with 30A controller, External 24" TV with DVD, Cargo slide tray, dual 6-volt batteries, 2.5KW LPG Onan, External LPG connection, 2-way water heater, Therford 3-burner cook top, Convection/Microwave, 8 cu ft 2-way Norcold Fridge, Loveseat with foot rest, U-shaped dinette, 1000W PSW Zamp inverter, King Jack amplified OTA antenna, 40" Samsung UN40J5200 smart TV in living room, Electric fireplace with heater, Accordion bedroom door, Full wall passenger-side cab over wardrobe, 32" Samsung UN32J5205 smart TV in Bedroom</span></span></strong></span>