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Northstar Buyers Guide

Welcome to the 2018 Northstar Camper Buyers Guide with seven non-slide truck campers classified by price, weight, and capacities.

2018 Northstar Hard Side

New Northstar pickup campers are for sale through Northstar dealers in the United States, Canada, and overseas.  To locate your nearest Northstar truck camper dealer, check the Dealer Inventory section and New Camper Arrivals.

Northstar’s long bed camper floor plans are the 12STC, 9.5 Igloo, Laredo SC, and 8.5 Adventurer. Northstar’s short bed camper floor plans are the Vista, Liberty, 8.5 Adventurer, Laredo SC, and Arrow U. Northstar’s super-short bed camper floor plans are the Liberty and Vista.

To contact Northstar Campers in Cedar Falls, Iowa, call 319-233-3461.  To visit the Northstar Camper website, go to northstarcampers.com.  For additional information, request a Northstar truck camper brochure.

Northstar 12STC

The 2018 Northstar 12STC is a hard-side, non-slide, dry bath, side-entry truck camper with an MSRP of $40,315.  For further information on this model, check out the Northstar 12STC Announcement and Northstar 12STC Review.

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Specifications
Dry Weight 3,176 pounds
Wet Weight* 4,221 pounds
Floor Length 12’0″
Overall Length 19’4″
Width 7’9″
Interior Height 6’8″
Exterior Height 10’0″
Center of Gravity 54″ front to rear
Truck Type Long Bed
Capacities
Fresh 41 gallons
Grey 20 gallons
Black 13 gallons
or 4.5 gallon cassette
Water Heater 4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks 2x 20 pounds
Batteries ​Room for two Group 31s​ (Optional)

*Northstar 12STC: dry weight, 3,176 pounds + 41 gallons fresh, 341.9 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 2x 20-pound full propane tanks, 40 pounds + 2x battery, 130 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 4,221.3 pounds

Northstar 9.5 Igloo U

The 2018 Northstar Igloo 9.5 U is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of  $32,500.

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Specifications
Dry Weight 2,670 pounds
Wet Weight* 3,634 pounds
Floor Length 9’6″
Overall Length 16’10”
Width 7’6″
Interior Height 6’9″
Exterior Height N/A
Center of Gravity 40″ front to rear
Truck Type Long Bed
Capacities
Fresh 39 gallons
Grey 13 gallons
Black 5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater 4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks 2x 20 pounds
Batteries Room for two Group 31s​ (Optional)

*Northstar 9.5 Igloo U: dry weight, 2,670 pounds + 39 gallons fresh, 325.3 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 2x 20-pound full propane tanks, 40 pounds + 1 battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 3,633.7 pounds

Northstar 8.5 Arrow U

The 2018 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $31,865.  For further information on this model, check out the Northstar Arrow U Review.

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Specifications
Dry Weight 2,480 pounds
Wet Weight* 3,444 pounds
Floor Length 8’9″
Overall Length 16’0″
Width 7’6″
Interior Height 6’8″
Exterior Height N/A
Center of Gravity 32″ front to rear
Truck Type Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh 39 gallons
Grey Opt. 13 gallons
Black 5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater 4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks 2x 20 pounds
Batteries One Battery Standard, Space for Two

*Northstar 8.5 Arrow U: dry weight, 2,480 pounds + 39 gallons fresh, 325.3 pounds + 6 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 2x 20-pound full propane tanks, 40 pounds + 1x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 3,443.7 pounds

Northstar Laredo SC

The 2018 Northstar Laredo SC is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $24,485.

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Specifications
Dry Weight 2,090 pounds
Wet Weight* 3,034 pounds
Floor Length 8’6″
Overall Length 15’2″
Width 7’0″
Interior Height 6’4″
Exterior Height N/A
Center of Gravity 32″ front to rear
Truck Type Long or Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh 39 gallons
Grey 13 gallons
Black 5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater 4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks 20 pounds,
Space for optional 2nd tank
Batteries ​Room for two Group 31s (Optional)​

*Northstar Laredo SC: dry weight, 2,090 pounds + 39 gallons fresh, 325.3 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + 1x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 3,033.7 pounds

Northstar 8.5 Adventurer

The 2018 Northstar 8.5 Adventurer is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $24,345.

2018 Northstar 8 Adventurer 2018 Northstar Adventurer Interior 2018 Northstar Adventurer Exterior
Specifications
Dry Weight 1,940 pounds
Wet Weight* 2,725 pounds
Floor Length 8’9″
Overall Length 15’5″
Width 7’0″
Interior Height 6’4″
Exterior Height N/A
Center of Gravity 32″ front to rear
Truck Type Long or Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh 20 gallons
Grey 13 gallons
Black 5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater 4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks 20 pounds,
Space for optional 2nd tank
Batteries Space for One Battery

*Northstar 8.5 Adventurer: dry weight, 1,940 pounds + 20 gallons fresh, 166.8 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + 1x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,725.2 pounds

Northstar Liberty

The Northstar Liberty is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $23,605. For further information on this model, check out the Northstar Liberty Announcement.

Northstar-Liberty-Floor-Plan 2018 Northstar Liberty Dinette And Bed Area 2018 Northstar Liberty Exterior
Specifications
Dry Weight 1,775 pounds
Wet Weight* 2,560 pounds
Floor Length 7’0″
Overall Length 14’5″
Width 7’0″
Interior Height 6’4″
Exterior Height N/A
Center of Gravity 24″ front to rear
Truck Type Short or Super Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh 20 gallons
Grey 13 gallons
Black 5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater 4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks 1x 20 pounds Standard, Space for Two
Batteries Space for One Battery

*Northstar Liberty: dry weight, 1,775 pounds + 20 gallons fresh, 166.8 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + 1x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,560.2 pounds

Northstar Vista

The 2018 Northstar Vista is a hard-side, non-slide cabover-less truck camper with an MSRP of $12,845.  For further information on this model, check out the Northstar Vista Announcement and Northstar Vista Review.

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Specifications
Dry Weight 1,260 pounds
Wet Weight* 2,012 pounds
Floor Length 6’8″
Overall Length 6’8″
Width 7’0″
Interior Height 6’0″
Exterior Height N/A
Center of Gravity 23″ front to rear
Truck Type Long, Short, or Ultra-Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh 20 gallons
Grey Optional 7.5 gallons
Black N/A
Water Heater Optional 4 gallons
Propane Tanks 20 pounds
Batteries ​Room for two Group 31s (Optional)​

*Northstar Vista: dry weight, 1,260 pounds + 20 gallons fresh, 166.8 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + 1 battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,011.8 pounds

Truck Camper Dry and Wet Weights

Truck camper base dry weights have been provided by the manufacturers.  Be aware that (a) each manufacturer has different standards and options that are included or excluded from their base dry weights, and (b) very few truck campers leave the factory without additional options.  Make sure to add the weight of additional options for your truck and camper matching calculations. 

The Truck Camper Magazine Buyers Guide uses a standardized equation to calculate truck camper wet weights. Starting with the manufacturers base dry weight, the equation adds the full fresh water weight, full hot water heater weight, full propane tank weight, battery weight, and 500 pounds for stuff.

Click here to read all Northstar articles in TCM.  All dry weights, specifications, capacities, and photographs were provided by Northstar Campers.  Click here for a free Northstar brochure.

 

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