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Northstar Buyers Guide

Welcome to the 2020 Northstar Camper Buyers Guide with seven non-slide truck campers classified by price, weight, and capacities.

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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 sectionNew Camper Arrivals, or the Northstar dealer page on their website.

Northstar’s long bed (8′) camper floor plans are the 12STC, 9.5 Igloo, Laredo SS, Laredo SC, and 8.5 Adventurer. Northstar’s short bed (6’4″, 6’6″ and 6’10”) camper floor plans are the Liberty, Laredo SC, 8.5 Adventurer, Laredo SS, and Arrow U. Northstar’s ultra-short bed camper floor plan is the Liberty.

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 or call Billy Mackaill, Northstar’s sales manager at 602-524-7629.

Northstar 12STC

The 2020 Northstar 12STC is a hard-side, non-slide, dry bath, side-entry truck camper with an MSRP of $40,635.  For further information on this model, check out the Northstar 12STC Announcement and Northstar 12STC Review.

Northstar 12STC Floor Plan 8002020 Northstar 12STC Interior2020 Northstar 12STC Exterior
Specifications
Dry Weight3,176 pounds
Wet Weight*4,221 pounds
Floor Length12’0″
Overall Length19’4″
Width7’9″
Interior Height6’8″
Exterior Height8’4″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity54″ front to rear
Truck TypeLong Bed
Capacities
Fresh41 gallons
Grey15 gallons
Black13 gallons
or 4.5 gallon cassette
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks2 x 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 + 2 x 20-pound full propane tanks, 40 pounds + 2 x batteries, 130 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 4,221.3 pounds

Northstar 9.5 Igloo U

The 2020 Northstar Igloo 9.5 U is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of  $32,820.

in-Igloo-Flrplan2020 Northstar Igloo Interior2020 Northstar 9 5 Igloo U Passenger Side
Specifications
Dry Weight2,685 pounds
Wet Weight*3,665 pounds
Floor Length9’6″
Overall Length16’10”
Width7’6″
Interior Height6’9″
Exterior Height8’4″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity40″ front to rear
Truck TypeLong Bed
Capacities
Fresh39 gallons
Grey13 gallons
Black5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks2 x 20 pounds
BatteriesRoom for two Group 31s​ (Optional)

*Northstar 9.5 Igloo U: dry weight, 2,685 pounds + 41 gallons fresh, 341.9 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 2 x 20-pound full propane tanks, 40 pounds + 1 battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 3,665.3 pounds

Northstar 8.5 Arrow U

The 2020 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $32,185.  For further information on this model, check out the Northstar Arrow U Review.

2007 Northstar Arrow U floorplan2018 Northstar 8 Arrow U2018 Northstar Arrow U Exterior
Specifications
Dry Weight2,480 pounds
Wet Weight*3,460 pounds
Floor Length8’9″
Overall Length16’0″
Width7’6″
Interior Height6’8″
Exterior Height8’4″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity32″ front to rear
Truck TypeShort Bed
Capacities
Fresh39 gallons
GreyOpt. 13 gallons
Black5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks2 x 20 pounds
BatteriesOne Battery Standard, Space for Two

*Northstar 8.5 Arrow U: dry weight, 2,480 pounds + 41 gallons fresh, 341.9 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 2x 20-pound full propane tanks, 40 pounds + 1x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 3,460.3 pounds

Northstar Laredo SS

The 2020 Northstar Laredo SS is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $31,150.  For further information on this model, check out the 2019 Northstar Laredo SS Announcement.

Laredo SS Floorplan Buyers GuideNorthstar Laredo SS Interior2020 Northstar Laredo SS GMC Short Bed
Specifications
Dry Weight2,470 pounds
Wet Weight*3,515 pounds
Floor Length8’9″
Overall Length16’0″
Width7’6″
Interior Height6’9″
Exterior Height8’4″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity32″ front to rear
Truck TypeShort Bed
Capacities
Fresh41 gallons
Grey13 gallons
Black5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks2 x 20 pounds
BatteriesTwo Batteries

*Northstar Laredo SS: dry weight, 2,470 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 = 3,515.3 pounds

Northstar Laredo SC

The 2020 Northstar Laredo SC is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $25,315.

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Specifications
Dry Weight2,090 pounds
Wet Weight*3,050 pounds
Floor Length8’6″
Overall Length15’2″
Width7’0″
Interior Height6’4″
Exterior Height8’0″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity32″ front to rear
Truck TypeLong or Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh39 gallons
Grey13 gallons
Black5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks20 pounds,
Space for optional 2nd tank
Batteries​Room for two Group 31s (Optional)​

*Northstar Laredo SC: dry weight, 2,090 pounds + 41 gallons fresh, 341.9 pounds + 4 gallon full hot water heater, 33.4 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + 1 x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 3,050.3 pounds

Northstar 8.5 Adventurer

The 2020 Northstar 8.5 Adventurer is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $25,175.

2018 Northstar 8 Adventurer2020 Northstar Adventurer Interior2018 Northstar Adventurer Exterior
Specifications
Dry Weight1,940 pounds
Wet Weight*2,725 pounds
Floor Length8’9″
Overall Length15’5″
Width7’0″
Interior Height6’4″
Exterior Height8’0″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity32″ front to rear
Truck TypeLong or Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh20 gallons
Grey13 gallons
Black5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks20 pounds,
Space for optional 2nd tank
BatteriesSpace 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 + 1 x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,725.2 pounds

Northstar Liberty

The 2020 Northstar Liberty is a hard-side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper with an MSRP of $24,435. For further information on this model, check out the Northstar Liberty Review and Northstar Liberty Announcement.

Northstar-Liberty-Floor-Plan2020 Northstar Liberty Interior2020 Northstar Liberty On 2017 GMC 2500 HD
Specifications
Dry Weight1,775 pounds
Wet Weight*2,560 pounds
Floor Length7’0″
Overall Length14’5″
Width7’0″
Interior Height6’4″
Exterior Height8’0″ with optional air conditioner
Center of Gravity24″ front to rear
Truck TypeShort or Ultra Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh20 gallons
Grey13 gallons
Black5 gallon cassette
4 gallon fresh
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks1x 20 pounds Standard, Space for Two
BatteriesSpace 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 + 1 x battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,560.2 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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