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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 Weight3,176 pounds
Wet Weight*4,221 pounds
Floor Length12’0″
Overall Length19’4″
Width7’9″
Interior Height6’8″
Exterior Height10’0″
Center of Gravity54″ front to rear
Truck TypeLong Bed
Capacities
Fresh41 gallons
Grey20 gallons
Black13 gallons
or 4.5 gallon cassette
Water Heater4 gallon auto ignition
Propane Tanks2x 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 Weight2,670 pounds
Wet Weight*3,634 pounds
Floor Length9’6″
Overall Length16’10”
Width7’6″
Interior Height6’9″
Exterior HeightN/A
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 Tanks2x 20 pounds
BatteriesRoom 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 Weight2,480 pounds
Wet Weight*3,444 pounds
Floor Length8’9″
Overall Length16’0″
Width7’6″
Interior Height6’8″
Exterior HeightN/A
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 Tanks2x 20 pounds
BatteriesOne 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 Weight2,090 pounds
Wet Weight*3,034 pounds
Floor Length8’6″
Overall Length15’2″
Width7’0″
Interior Height6’4″
Exterior HeightN/A
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 + 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 Adventurer2018 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 HeightN/A
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 + 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-Plan2018 Northstar Liberty Dinette And Bed Area2018 Northstar Liberty Exterior
Specifications
Dry Weight1,775 pounds
Wet Weight*2,560 pounds
Floor Length7’0″
Overall Length14’5″
Width7’0″
Interior Height6’4″
Exterior HeightN/A
Center of Gravity24″ front to rear
Truck TypeShort or Super 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 + 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 Weight1,260 pounds
Wet Weight*2,012 pounds
Floor Length6’8″
Overall Length6’8″
Width7’0″
Interior Height6’0″
Exterior HeightN/A
Center of Gravity23″ front to rear
Truck TypeLong, Short, or Ultra-Short Bed
Capacities
Fresh20 gallons
GreyOptional 7.5 gallons
BlackN/A
Water HeaterOptional 4 gallons
Propane Tanks20 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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