New Quick Tour: Arctic Fox 865
New TCM Article: Doctor On Patrol
As soon as the work week is over, Dr. Scott Runde takes his Arctic Fox 990 and family of four to Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. The mission: Ski Patrol and serious family fun.
Talk to a dozen truck camper owners and you’re likely to get a dozen different reasons why they purchased their rigs. One tows a fishing boat and camps off-grid at the marina. Another needs the ability to drive off-road to reach their favorite fishing holes. Another is preparing for a trip to Alaska. The more we listen to fellow truck campers, the more we realize there are almost as many reasons to own a truck camper as campers themselves.
With Scott Runde’s article, we add one more. Scott needed a way to transport his active family to the ski resorts where they play and volunteer for Ski Patrol. He also needed a safe and self-contained base for his family during Covid and required a solution built and insulated for Minnesota’s harsh winters.
Scott’s GMC 3500 and Arctic Fox 990 were exactly what he was looking for. Northwood Manufacturing is known for building campers suited to winter conditions, and Scott had a few tricks up his sleeve to kick things up a notch. Of particular note is Scott’s unique propane compartment solutions. If you’re looking to push your cold-weather capabilities, his propane compartment mods are a must-see.
Trailer Life Article
Northwood Manufacturing’s facilities, based in northeastern Oregon, are in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and surrounded by wide-open space. Apparently, with such a beautiful location, the engineers who designed the company’s newest Fox Mountain fifth-wheel, the 29-foot, 10-inch 265RDS, decided that being able to enjoy such scenery while inside is key to RV happiness. And we agree: Set over the 265RDS’s rear U-shaped dinette is a large picture window that offers an unimpeded view whether standing or sitting in the living room and kitchen.
Truck Camper Magazine Article
Northwood Manufacturing announces the all-new 2021 Wolf Creek 890, a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with a full-booth dinette and an expansive 180-degree rear window view.
The all-new 890 becomes the third model in Wolf Creek’s hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper line-up. All three share nearly identical height, width and relatively similar weights. In theory, this allows customers with a sufficient truck to focus on the floor plan they prefer. From years of experience, it’s likely one or another will stand out as your immediate choice – especially when you experience them in person.
Truck Camper Adventure Article
Americans have cabin fever and are looking for safe ways to vacation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet many are leery of using public transportation now that restrictions are starting to lift. Why fly and stay at a hotel and risk exposure when you can safely travel and vacation within the comfortable confines of an recreational vehicle? It appears Americans are asking that question in record numbers. Sales at RV dealerships around the country are spiking as are reservations for RV rentals, and rightly so. An RV has everything you need to safely travel and vacation with most featuring a bed, kitchen, bathroom, and dining area. Some RV owners, who are already getting out, are rightly calling their rigs “mobile quarantine units.”
2020 TCM Calendar Contest Winner!
Elk City, Oklahoma
2017 Ram 3500
2007 Arctic Fox 990
As fierce as the 2020 Truck Camper Magazine Contest competition was, the voting was even fiercer! The first vote cut down 660 photos to select the 24 finalists. Brutal! Then the finalist vote pitted the 24 best images – awesome photo vs. awesome photo.
With the dust clearing, it’s time to announce the 13 winners of the 2020 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest! The 2020 TCM Calendar Contest Winners are presented in numerical order.
In a couple weeks we will make the 2020 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar available. Congratulations to the winners! Well done!
Trailer Life Article – Nash 24B
For families with plans to go camping off the grid or in cold weather, Northwood Manufacturing is a good place to start. Northwood has earned a loyal following by offering solidly built travel trailers, fifth-wheels and truck campers with four-season capability. The 2020 Nash 24B is one of only two bunkhouses in Northwood’s 2020 trailer lineup, and it’s worth considering for families seeking a midsize trailer that is ready to venture off the beaten path.
How to Set Up and GO
Expert advice for pairing a truck and a truck camper, and equipping the combination for safe, comfortable and adventurous travels — including towing a boat.
Shawn and Christy Smalley are typical of RVers who live an active outdoor lifestyle and are on the verge of becoming empty nesters. For years their family has enjoyed weekends, holidays and vacations RVing off the grid. When the kids were young, they towed a travel trailer, and years later they moved up to a 36-foot toy hauler loaded with whatever “toys” fit the mood, season and locale.
Arctic Fox Camper 811 – Rated #1
A time-tested classic, Northwood Manufacturing debuted the Arctic Fox 811 in 2005, and has been a steady seller ever since. The listed dry weight on Northwood’s website is only 2,873 pounds, but don’t let that figure fool you. Including the company’s mandatory Fox Package, which weighs an extra 595 pounds, the dry weight of the Arctic Fox 811 is actually a hefty 3,468 pounds, putting this beast at 4,500 pounds fully loaded and probably more. The excessive weight makes sense because the Arctic Fox 811 is built like a tank. The camper features a strong, full walk-on cathedral arched ceiling, 2-inch thick heavily insulated walls, a massive basement, a 20,000 BTU propane fired furnace, two huge 30-pound propane tanks, a 6-gallon DSI water heater, a 45-amp Progressive Dynamics converter/charger with a three-stage Charge Wizard, and a huge, two-way 7-cubic foot refrigerator. Not only is the camper’s floor length generous, at a full 9 feet, but it also has some of the largest holding tanks in this class with 50 gallons fresh, 38 gallons grey, and 23 gallons black. Even the cabover height is generous at nearly 4 feet. The best options for the Arctic Fox 811 include Torklift’sexcellent Fox Landing Step, thermal pane windows, and a 170 watt solar power system. Built for short-bed, one-ton trucks and a consistent seller, but due to its weight should probably be mounted on a DRW truck. The MSRP of the Arctic Fox 811 is $29,216, making it the best value when it comes to both quality and cost.
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2019 Arctic Fox 865 Review
Truck Camper Magazine reviews a long bed 2019 Arctic Fox 865, a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with a cathedral arch ceiling. After being off-menu for five years, is the non-slide Arctic Fox still competitive?
In 2009, Northwood Manufacturing offered us the opportunity to take out an Arctic Fox truck camper for a long-term evaluation. When they asked us which model we would prefer, we asked for the long bed version of the non-slide Arctic Fox 865.
Northwood Manufacturing Hosts Dealer Appreciation &
On October second and third, Northwood Manufacturing held their Dealer Appreciation and
Product Showcase to recognize their top dealers and exhibit their latest product offerings and
innovations as well as celebrating their 25th year of being in business.
The Fox and The Semi
When Dennis Lynton saw an article in TCM featuring a truck camper on a big rig, he made a phone call, bought a Volvo 670 semi, borrowed a plasma cutter, and got to work.