Dreams Await! We are selling our custom-ordered 2022 Ram heavy-duty 3500 dually long-bed pickup truck with a 6.4L Gas HEMI engine, and our 2023 Northern Lite 10-2EXCD LE dry-bath truck camper. Although we ordered the truck in 2022, it took months for it to be delivered. After the truck arrived, we found the camper. The wait for the truck was excruciating because we were eager to start our adventures.
We have wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park to see Old Faithful ever since 3rd grade (when Mrs. Richmond taught the class about geysers). While we were tucked in at home, during the height of the COVID pandemic, this gave us the time needed to dream, plan, and custom order our truck and truck camper. After much thought and research, we chose to purchase a Northern Lite 10-2EXCD LE dry-bath truck camper paired with a Dodge Ram heavy-duty 3500 dually long-bed pickup truck with a 6.4L gas HEMI engine. The gas engine, and 8-speed transmission, have performed extremely well.
But why Northern Lite? First, we loved the clean lines and quality of the two-piece, thick walled, fiberglass construction. The camper is built like a boat ñ so no leaks here! And the floorplan is extremely practical and usable – with no wasted space. But the thing that cinched the deal for us was the “dry” bath. We are not RV shower wimps, having mastered the “Navy Shower” technique years ago—but the sheer pleasure of being able to walk into a dedicated shower stall, with a pull-out, accordion-style shower door, that keeps the bathroom floors and, ahem, throne, dry is a game changer! Plus, Northern Lite is a true four-season camper made in Canada, and very well insulated. We stayed warm and toasty for the initial shakedown cruise at Shenandoah National Park, atop a windy hill in the Big Meadows campground, in February. The night-time temperatures were in the teens (Fahrenheit). The 20,000 BTU furnace cycled on and off throughout the night, as expected, in perfect circadian rhythm. We were cozy, and impressed.
We ordered the camper from the dealer with two Battle Born lithium batteries and 400 watts of solar, which allow for free and quick replenishing of any power used overnight. The truck is equipped with a second alternator, and we added a Victron DC to DC converter to the camper. The dealer did a fine job of installing the wiring and connector in the truck bed, so driving the truck will also quickly recharge the camper batteries. The 2,000 watt inverter runs the coffee pot for a quick and easy way to start the day, and the inverter runs a hair dryer (happy wife, happy life).
The rig has everything needed for comfortable, long-term travel. Our recent successful trip to the national parks at Yellowstone, Glacier and Banf were very satisfying and checked off a bunch of bucket-list items. And we got to attend the 2023 Michigan Truck Camper Rally in Mackinaw City, Michigan. Other than the midges, it was a fun, well-organized event. Rig features include:
- U-shaped dinette
- 6 cu ft Dometic AC/propane fridge, with mirrors on doors.
- Plenty of interior drawers and cabinets, and one VERY long exterior compartment behind steps.
- 6’8″ interior headroom.
- Replaced stock mattress with a flipable (not just rotate) Signature Sleep Contour inner spring mattress, 2″ topper, and Froli support system.
- Added Retractable double clothesline installed in bathroom. Towels (microfiber) and washcloths dry overnight.
- Added FrizzLife .5 micron cartridge under sink water filter.
- Added a SHURflo water accumulator tank—makes pump quieter for tent campers next to you, and extends life of pump.
- Added Battery powered puck lights (motion and light sensing) in cabinets and bathroom.
- Large Heki skylight above bed, opens to allow roof access, and provides emergency exit.
- Added a Fantastic fan roof cover. The Fantastic Fan (with remote control, temperature and rain sensor) can reverse to draw air in, as well as out.
- Added double pane tinted windows, that open out from the bottom, for excellent ventilation – even in the rain!
- Added removable insulated black-out shades on door windows.
- Tank capacities are 36 gal fresh, 40 gal gray, 18 gal black, 6gal hot water.
- Actual dry weight 3525 lbs – well within the Ram’s cargo carrying capacity.
- Onan 2500i propane generator. Runs the AC just fine.
- Two 200 watt solar panels on roof. GoPower GP-PWM-30-SB solar controller, provides solar charge monitoring.
- Added two 100ah Battle Born lithium batteries.
- Added propane quick connect (in lockable generator compartment) for grill or propane campfire.
- Added GasStop propane tank gauge – provides automatic shutoff if leak is detected.
- Added Mopeka Bluetooth propane tank level sensors.
- Added Victron Orion DC to DC converter – provides 30 amps charging power when the truck is running. Provides Bluetooth monitoring.
- Added Victron shunt provides Bluetooth monitoring of 12v charging and loads.
- Added Power Tech-On (aka GoWise) 2000 watt continuous, 4000 watt peak pure sine wave inverter. Runs a coffee maker for a great way to start your morning with NO connections!
- Added Bug screens over exterior water heater and furnace vents.
- Added StableCamper leg stabilizers.
- Added gutters over outside compartment doors to keep compartments dry.
- Replaced the stock backup camera with an Amtifo HD day/night backup camera, and monitor.
- HappiJac leg jacks. Added dually bracket extensions. Added a disconnect switch so wireless jack remote can’t be accidentally activated.
- Added Torklift FastGuns, and Torklift tie-downs for Ram.
- Includes two Skid Gard rubber mats and one piece of 3/4″ plywood. Dealer said manufacturer required the plywood for warranty.
2022 Ram 3500
- Trim: BIG HORN CREW CAB 4X4 (169 IN WB 8 FT 0 IN Box) (D28H92)
- 6.4L V8 Heavy Duty HEMI MDS Engine
- Eight-Speed Auto 8HP75-LCV Transmission
- Bright White Clear Coat
- Monotone Paint
- Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
- Black/Light Mountain Brown
- Mopar Trir Camera Wiring/No Camera
- 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Prep Grp
- Premium Lighting Group
- Rear Window Defroster
- Cluster 7.0″ TFT Color Display
- Remote Start System
- Nine Alpine Speakers w/Subwoofer
- Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
- Bed Utility Group
- Flat Cab-Length Side Steps Chrome
- Dual Alternators Rated at 380 Amps
- Ctr Stop Lamp w/Cargo View Camera
- Auto Level Rear Air Suspension
- 50 Gallon Fuel Tank
- ParkSense FR/RR Park Assist System
- Level C Equipment Group?
- Safety Group B?
- 17X6 Polished Aluminum Wheels
- Added WeatherTech no-drill mudflaps
- Replaced the oil and filter about every 5,000 miles. Current mileage is about 20,000 miles.
We are asking $148,995 for the truck, camper, and items mentioned above. The rig is located in Louisa, Virginia. If you’re interested in the rig, you can email us at RobertDBean@gmail.com. For serious inquiries, please leave a message at (540) 748-8481, and we’ll be happy to call you back.
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