Well, this time around, I've decided to bring to light their Arctic Fox lineup of truck-mounted homes in the homes of helping you find your forever camper, if there is such a thing. As to why I've chosen this lineup, it's simply because Northwood somehow managed to fit all the features we need into one neat, simple, and no-fuss unit.
Overall, this lineup comes with eight variations from which to choose, but to make things easier to understand, I've decided to shed light upon one the largest of the units, the 1140 layout(s). Being the largest, it's also one of the most equipped versions from this manufacturer, giving us a clear example of what's possible.
That's right, what you'll be hauling down the road won't be what your campsite ends up looking like. Upon arriving at whatever destination you've got on your map and unloading your home, you'll be able to simply press a button and watch your Arctic Fox come to life.
With your mobile half-shell now sitting on its own four feet, let's climb inside and see what the fuss is all about. If you haven't checked out the images in the gallery, now's the time to do so.
As you do, let yourself feel the space around you. Picture yourself washing up in the morning in either a wet or dry bath, cooking up some breakfast in a galley with all the features you'd need to do so, and then waking the kids so you can enjoy your meals at the modular dinette. Maybe let the kids sleep and carry them one by one to the cab-over bed sitting at arm's length away.
Now, what I enjoyed most about this class of campers is the fact that Northwood also created the Arctic Fox with the outdoor lover in mind; it doesn't just offer a heavily equipped and comfortable interior. With that in mind, let's head back outside and get a feel for what's possible.
Picture your unit on the edge of some forest treeline, accessible only by vehicles that can handle some off-road assignments. Remember, the beefier your truck and its suspension, the deeper into the wild you will be able to venture, and truck campers are a great way to not have to worry about you leaving some trailer behind because if you couldn't handle a riverbed or rock garden; there is no trailer! But be sure to know how to handle such a top-heavy piece of machinery, or if you don't, ask the experts.
But, the all-important question that remains is: just how much is one of these babies going to cost us? The answer to this question depends on an array of aspects, mainly the bond you have with your local dealership and the features in place. But, as a general rule of thumb, a 2024 1140 can be spotted selling for around $50K (€46,300 at current exchange rates), which might be a tad higher than what we're used to paying for a truck-mounted home, but you can see why; it's a year-round living machine that doesn't require you to ditch your existing vehicle, and that's worth landing on any outdoor lovers to-consider list.