When properly maintained, your Northern Lite truck camper will last you and your family for decades. Thankfully, due to the 2-piece fiberglass construction the regular maintenance process for Northern Lite truck campers is a fairly straightforward process,
but if you ever have any questions please reach out to our team!
Interior Windows/Heki Skylight
Never clean your windows or skylight using paper towel as it can scratch them. Use a soft microfiber towel and the supplied cleaner. If you do scratch your windows there is a scratch remover kit supplied with each camper.
When washing the outside always spray windows first to ensure no grit or grime is left on them and use a clean soapy brush to gently clean window. Always spray brush with water first to ensure there is nothing in the brush that may scratch the windows.
Always ensure windows are closed and latches are in locked position prior to moving camper.
Seat cushions are foam backed and can be professionally cleaned if needed.
The exterior of your camper is a high-end Marine Gel Coat and should be washed regularly with mild soap and water.
Waxing the front of the camper using a quality Fiberglass boat wax will make removing bugs and road grime easier.
Wax the jack legs every 6 months to prevent rusting. If you are driving in winter, clean jacks regularly to keep road salt and calcium off the jacks.
Check roof coating and sealants every six months. If there is any peeling or lifting scrape off any loose sealant and reapply.
Around Roof Vents
Heng’s white Alkyd Fibered Roof Coat or Dicor Lap Sealant
Around Solar Brackets and TV Antennas
Dicor Lap Sealant
Around All Doors, Lights, Windows & Center Trim
Proflex RV or 3MUV4000
To Reseal the Inside of the Plastic Boxes
LP System Maintenance
At Northern Lite, we recommend having your LP gas system tested annually for leaks by a qualified RV tech. If you ever have any concerns related to your LP gas system, please contact an RV dealer or tech immediately. They do not have to be a Northern Lite dealer.
Your camper is designed to be stored on the jacks. We recommend 4″x4″ pieces of 3/4″ plywood under each jack pad. The camper should never be left in the air with the jacks fully extended. Always lower the camper as low as the jacks will allow and keep the front 2″ higher than the rear. If you choose to add additional support using blocks or saw horse, you must have a full 3/4″ sheet of plywood between the bottom of the camper and the blocks or saw horses so that the weight is evenly distributed. Failing to do this may result in damage to your camper.
Always store camper level left to right with the front higher than the rear.
Camping Off the Truck
When using your Northern Lite camper off of the truck, it needs to be in a flat and level location. You should lower the camper as low to the ground as the jacks will allow, keeping the front higher than the rear. The steps can be used in the stowed position as there is non-skid on both of the steps.
Long Term Usage
RV’s, including truck campers, are not designed for long term continuous usage. If you are going to use your Northern Lite truck camper for extended periods it is very important to control the moisture in your unit in both winter and summer in high humidity climates.
In winter always use your stove exhaust fan when cooking and run for extended periods afterwards to remove all extra moisture from cooking.
Always run the bathroom fan after showering until the shower is dry!
Keeping the heat at a steady temperature and not setting back at night will help keep moisture down. We recommend maintaining 74° F in the winter. It is important to vent the camper during winter use using a roof vent or window. During summer in high humidity areas your air conditioner will help lower the humidity when in cooling mode.
In some areas during winter and summer extended stays you may also require a dehumidifier to maintain the humidity levels in your camper.
Looking to Winterize Your Camper?
Proper winterization of your truck camper is critical to ensure that your plumbing system remains operational. To learn how to properly winterize your camper, please visit our winterization section.