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I’ve never heard of anyone needing to caulk the top/bottom joint on a Bigfoot or Northern Lite especially within a year. And that joint overlaps, too.
There are always hatches, windows and vents, but the fiberglass shells have a huge advantage with no roof-to-wall seams, no corner seams and no rubber roofs.
These things are the most leak-resistant available.


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Northern lite water leaks


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Most leaks aren’t in the main part of the material that covers the TC. Most leaks seem to be in marker lights followed by other holes made installing antennas, sky lights, etc. Those leaks seem to be the cause of the delamination. Water has to enter somewhere to penetrate the filon.

The advantage of a Bigfoot/Northern Lite vs other types is fiberglass generally doesn’t delaminate. [emoticon] Although there was the guy who bought a new Northern Lite who posted here about a similar buckle in his new one. That being said, aluminum doesn’t delaminate, and Azdel doesn’t either. Filon processes not done right will definitely delaminate if done wrong and a leak happens.

If you do have a leak in a Bigfoot/Northern Lite, good luck fixing it once the insulation collects water. Host has a vacuum process to build their walls. So far, my almost 14 year old TC outside is fine. (It was actually built in 2005. YMMV.

As noted, if you want a slide, Northern Lite is off the table. There are some Bigfoots with a slide.


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My wife and I are also looking to replace our 16 year old Travelite with a new Arctic Fox 1140 or a Northstar 12STC. In fact, we're heading up to Truck Camper Warehouse Friday to look at them. I will also be buying a new Ram longbed to haul the new camper. I'd like to stay away from a dually if at all possible, as 75% of my driving is without the camper, often pulling a snowmobile trailer long distances.


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My wife and I are also looking to replace our 16 year old Travelite with a new Arctic Fox 1140 or a Northstar 12STC.


I would consider a smaller TC if you don’t want a DRW even if you add 19.5 wheels/tires or high capscity 18s..

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My wife and I are also looking to replace our 16 year old Travelite with a new Arctic Fox 1140 or a Northstar 12STC. In fact, we're heading up to Truck Camper Warehouse Friday to look at them. I will also be buying a new Ram longbed to haul the new camper. I'd like to stay away from a dually if at all possible, as 75% of my driving is without the camper, often pulling a snowmobile trailer long distances.

If you want to stick with a SRW truck go with the Northstar TC. Arctic Fox will be too heavy.

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My wife and I are also looking to replace our 16 year old Travelite with a new Arctic Fox 1140 ..... I'd like to stay away from a dually if at all possible,


Both AF 11xx series campers will absolutely need a dually.


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jimh425 wrote:

Most leaks aren’t in the main part of the material that covers the TC. Most leaks seem to be in marker lights followed by other holes made installing antennas, sky lights, etc. Those leaks seem to be the cause of the delamination. Water has to enter somewhere to penetrate the filon.

The advantage of a Bigfoot/Northern Lite vs other types is fiberglass generally doesn’t delaminate. [emoticon] Although there was the guy who bought a new Northern Lite who posted here about a similar buckle in his new one. That being said, aluminum doesn’t delaminate, and Azdel doesn’t either. Filon processes not done right will definitely delaminate if done wrong and a leak happens.

If you do have a leak in a Bigfoot/Northern Lite, good luck fixing it once the insulation collects water. Host has a vacuum process to build their walls. So far, my almost 14 year old TC outside is fine. (It was actually built in 2005. YMMV.

As noted, if you want a slide, Northern Lite is off the table. There are some Bigfoots with a slide.



Seams along every corner and edge can leak. Seams that don’t exist can’t.
Slides are virtually guaranteed future leaks and trouble.
That’s why the good rigs don’t have them.


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Seams along every corner and edge can leak. Seams that don’t exist can’t.
Slides are virtually guaranteed future leaks and trouble.
That’s why the good rigs don’t have them.


You have seems down the middle of the sides of your TC, so by your definition those will leak. Your rig has seems around your skylights/vents and virtually every hole that was cut/drilled in your roof/sides. Watch out ... they are going to leak. [emoticon]

My slides are almost 14 years old. Guess what ... no leaks and no issues. Maybe in another 14 ... who knows. [emoticon]

Funny that you say good rigs don’t have slides ... not true .. but if that helps you justify why your rig is so cramped it’s fine with me. [emoticon]

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When I was looking, Northern Lite was at the top of our list. Wife really loved them. In the end, the size of the holding tanks and external storage is what led us to choose an Arctic Fox. Bought it in January, used it a lot and no regrets. All RV's can leak if you don't maintain them. I would just plan to inspect it regularly and not worry about that.


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I have an AF865, 2020 model year, on a SRW 2000 Dodge 2500 that I ordered new with a camper package. Drives like a dream, little sway in and out of parking lots but nothing bad. Little overweight, nothing severe, I have a DANA 80 diff rated at 11,000lbs, and switched to 18" wheels to be able to use tires that are rated at almost 3800 lbs. I have CAT scaled it, being lazy and not walking out to get the weight slip, but it is nothing way out of range wet. The quality of AF is very good so far.

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