Northern Lite Quality
Posted 31 May 2007 - 09:42 AM
You guy's are makin me blush.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 04:23 PM
2014 Snowriver 234RBS
Posted 31 May 2007 - 04:44 PM
I have been reading and keeping up with this and there are some of you that have faces like this on here!
Posted 31 May 2007 - 05:20 PM
Bob did Bonapartre ever show up at your factory? I told him to go look at Midtown Rv and then go find you for a tour.
I stopped in at Midtown and looked at a few units. They had a 10'8" used one in stock but no new ones.
I also looked at a new smaller unit. The salesman, very helpfull, told me to go on a factory tour and said to make sure to be there before 3:00 pm.
I'm going back to the dealer in a few days when I'm leaving this campsite and I might still go to the factory. I keep you informed!
Thanks for the help! :-)
Mrs. Rich I'm sorry that your other half did not take the time to respond after I answered his questions.
No hard feelings.
Paul already apologized on his behalf. :-)
Posted 31 May 2007 - 05:26 PM
No Bonaparte has not been to our factory. And no this is not RV.Net. Negative posts can exist here. Hopfully without flaming. Every manufacturer can have a problem, how the problem is handled is valuable information to someone thinking of purchasing a truck camper. Handling problems is totally up to each manufacturer as is responding to a post on NATCOA. I have learned valuable lessons from posts here. If we start to restrict experiences we may become RV.Net. If a post proves to be overkill when being negative, I trust that there are enough moderators with sense enough to delete it. I think Bonaparte had a bad experience, as did Smoothetop and Sydbette. We must remember not to kill the messanger because we do not like the message. These people have reported bad experiences with their campers, at least on the NATCOA forum a manufacturer has the ability to respond unlike RV. Net. I feel this was part of NATCOA"s creation. We will all have our turn. It will help us grow if we understand that things will happen even to the brands we own. If we silence the critiques we will never improve. Each manufacturer must choose their level of participation here, some days we may get burned. But somedays we will help a customer when we realize he has been caught in the crazy rules that we have created within our factories. We can then change the way we do business and satisfy our customers because it has been brought to our attention.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:02 PM
I'm new here and it looks that everone has an opportunity here to have their say without getting deleted.
Being polite and using common sense, that's what it is all about.
We are camping in Oliver BC.
We drove back into Penticton with my truck and camper to see what the deal would be on a Snowbird at MidTown RV.
Trading my camper in is out of the question. Not a good deal.
They would give me a great price if I would show up without a trade-in.
I need to sell my camper privately to make it worthwhile but that's hard to do right now as I'm for 2 months on the road to go across Canada.
I might check a few dealers somewhere along the way.
We didn't go on the factory tour. Maybe some other time, it's awfull hot here, and I'm pulling my motorcycle out of the trailer and me and the wife are touring around Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, and area.
Posted 18 July 2007 - 07:45 AM
Well be very carefull either snowbird or snowriver....nice camper but owner a little different drinks bud no other kind expect you to visit every year Very nice wife but he is something else.....plays golf either card game or real golf and always wins.....requires you to build fire at any gettogether always brings food drinks a lot of coffee...always thinking of something new ..to build into his campers...has a crew of guys that would kill for him....and owners that swear by him......what can i say........jim
I just met him this past week in Nebraska at the show. I think your discription is pretty accurate and I was VERY
impressed with the product.
Have a great day
Posted 03 September 2007 - 06:49 AM
From a quality perspective, I'm generally quite impressed with how well this camper is built. The only faults I can find in construction is a couple of over tightened screws that have either cracked a door catch, or sunk in too far in the water pump mounts.
We had significant problems with our fridge. It started flashing garbage on the display the second time I put the camper on the truck. The factory authorized mobile repair dude made 7 or 8 trips to our house over about two months trying to fix it. It now works fine. According to the Norcold spec sheet, this fridge draws 15A when it is running on the DC setting, and 3A from 12VDC when using LP. Perhaps this is the trade off from having the larger fridge.
Since almost all of the camp sites we visit are unserviced, we only get 3 to 4 days at best from a pair of 180RC batteries. I'm in the process of installing a battery isolator, but any feedback any of you would be willing to provide on how to reduce 12VDC usage with this fridge would be more than welcome.
The comment about the sink in the bathroom is very accurate. If they shaped the wall that supports the sink inwards somewhat, the legroom problem might get better.
Some other random thoughts on other posts in this discussion would be:
- RV dealers appear to make much larger margins than either car or boat dealerships. It pays to do your homework and shop around. We bought ours at a dealer 2 hours from here.
- I totally agree with the multiple posts on how poor the battery chargers are. I would expect them all to monitor battery health and charge accordingly, not just crank out a fixed voltage.
Posted 03 September 2007 - 10:36 AM
It doesn't matter where my wife cooks, I have to disable the alarm also
Glad to hear your happy. We took ours out for 4 nights 2 weekends ago, absolutely love it. Fit and finish is excellent on our also.
I think the fire alarm propblem is the same with all campers because they are so small. I disabled mine in my Okanagan.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 03:42 PM
Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:36 PM
Probably the biggest mistake I made with my camper was to complain about the problems I had on rvnet, fixed them all myself, and never gave the manufacturer a chance to fix anything. On one occasion all I had to do was send some pics and they would have sent me a check for the repairs to be done here at my place. I never even sent the pics. My very very bad.
I'm sure the owner would have been very good and gracious about the problems I had, but, I had to take an attitude about it. For this I am sorry for, and hope in spite of the recession Keith does very well.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 05:12 PM
1. The propane door let water stand in the compartment, fixed with a water dam I made.
2. The storage above the battery compt. leaked water in, fixed with a water dam of my design.
3. The battery compartment leaked water in, so a water dam on that too.
4. Water in the basement, turned out to be the frame for the basement door leaked at the corner. Wonder why I had the square corner door with seams as some of the other basement models have radius corners. Dis-assembled and repaired.
5. why do RV's come with a fan other then a fantastic fan? Installed one in the bath. Same for the converter, install a real charger.
6. If the rail on the roof is not safe to use, why put holes in the roof to install it?!
7. The sewer hose holder, I guess I just don't understand why it is there, too small, too short.
Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:12 PM
The Cable prewire jack is underneath the fresh water fill inlet on the outside front drivers side on our NL. This means that every time I fill the water, there is some that leaks onto that connector. I work for a company that manufactures Radio Equipment and I would expect that eventually getting moisture in this connector will cause problems. The problem is not only the connector getting wet, but eventually the water works its way into the cable itself, and creates capacitance and a host of other issues. Satellite receivers actually use this cable for a DC component, so a water problem will occur similar to what bad home installations get, poorer reception as time goes on and water accumulates.
You may want to move it up and above the fresh water intake. This improvement shouldn't cost anything...
Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:06 AM
We switched from a Airstream after 13 years to the Northern Lite with some hesitation. Prime reason for the switch was I got tired of dragging a trailer. We went with a TC because I still wanted to be able to drop our "home" when camping.
Using the Airstream as our quality standard I can say without reservation that Northern Lite is equal to and in fact exceeds all expectations. Perhaps the most telling point is was when I pulled the fridge out to run wire for the solar panel. I had a buddy helping me, he noted how clean the install was. NO metal shavings, no wood dust, silicone bead sealing the contact point between the fridge and outside compartment, very tight fit.
Yes I had some minor problems, a sticky drawer, a leaky fitting between the bath sink and shower hose. Both were very easy fixes.
The employees of Northern Lite must be congratulated for the pride in their work.
One happy camper,
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:07 PM
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