Frequently Ask Questions

•   WHICH POP UP CAMPER FITS WHICH TRUCK ?
  2015 Northstar Pop Up Truck Camper / Truck Compatibility Guide.  May 2014                                                Note: Different Brand/Model/Year Trucks have varying length beds & bed rail heights.  

MC600/600SS  
       Floor Length 6’ 3”        Dry Weight/Std. Build 1148 LBS/1208 LBS
TC700/700SS          Floor Length 7’ 0”         Dry Weight/Std. Build 1261 LBS/1321 LBS    
For most "Smaller Trucks" domestic & foreign, with a wheel well width of 40" or larger.
Tacoma, Frontier, Canyon, Colorado, Ranger, Raider etc.             5’ beds 600 Series only.
The 600/700 series is 6’ 5” wide/40" floor width and will not fit full size trucks.
Std. build is no wrap at all.  

TC650
- Floor Length 6’ 8” . Floor Width 48".          Dry Weight/Std. Build 1345 LBS.
TC650XB (Extra bed length is 60")                                1385 LBS
For full size ½ ton or larger trucks with short bed. (Approx. 5' 6" or 6' 4", 6' 6", 6' 10")
Will fit standard, extended and crew cabs. Dakota option available. (44" floor width)
Std. build is no wrap at all for F250/350 w/ 6' 10" bed. All others require 1/2 wrap option.

650SC-
Floor Length 7’ 0”                            Dry Weight/Std. Build 1610 LBS
For full size ½ ton or larger trucks with short bed. (Approx. 5’ 6” or 6' 4", 6’ 6”, 6' 10")
Will fit standard, extended and crew cabs.
Std. is with ½ wrap.

TC800
- Floor Length 8’ 0”. Floor Width 48" .          Dry Weight/Std. Build 1450 LBS.
TC800XB (Extra bed length is 70")                               1490 LBS
For full size ½ ton and larger trucks with 6' 4", 6’ 6”, 6' 10" or 8’ bed.
Will fit standard, extended and crew cabs.
Std build is no wrap at all for 8’ bed length. Dakota option available. (44” floor width)
All short beds require Option #21 Permanent Wrap-Around Rear End.
Option # 23 Rear Storage Bumper w/ Swing Down Step only with Option # 21.

850SC
- Floor Length 8’6”. Floor Width 48".          Dry Weight/Std. Build 1735 LBS.
850SCXB (Extra bed length is 60")                              1775 LBS
For full size ½ ton and larger trucks with 6' 4", 6’ 6”, 6' 10" or 8’ bed.
Will fit standard, extended and crew cabs.
Std. build is with ½ wrap for 8’ bed length.
All short beds require Option #21 Permanent Wrap-Around Rear End or Option #22 Detachable Wrap-Around Rear End.
Option # 23 Rear Storage/Step Bumper w/ Swing Down Step only with Option # 21.
Note: 850SC is built std. & only with, extended cabover  due to quad roof lift system.

950SC
- Floor length 10’ 0”. Floor Width 48".          Dry Weight/Std.Build 1910 LBS.
950SCXB (Extra bed length is 60")                                                                1950 LBS
For full size 1/2 ton and larger trucks with 8' bed.
Will fit standard, extended and crew cabs.
Std. build is with Permanent Wrap-Around Rear End.
Note: 950SC is built std. & only with extended cabover due to quad roof lift system.

•   would like know if it is ok to use a Northstar product as a camper off the truck?
 Yes, the Northstar is designed to be used as a "base camp" off the truck.
Be sure the jack feet are all on firm ground and the camper is lowered as close as possible to the ground.
I carry 1 foot square plywood pads to set under the jack feet when I am off the grid.

•   What models of the pop up truck camper would fit a compact truck..I.e. Tacoma?
  600/700 Series, depending upon the truck bed length. Short beds will only accomodate the MC600/600SS.

•   Do you offer an insulator for your soft walls?
 Yes, we have Accessory F, the Arctic Pak Snap Up Insulation Kit. 6/7 pieces, 4 for the tent and the remainder for the camper body windows. It hooks over the upper tent rail and if desired snaps can be installed along the top of the side wall to attach the bottom of the Arctic Pak. The roof goes up and down with the Pak in place and the Fantastic Fan will still suck the tent and Pak in when lowering. Stored underneath the bed in the lift up storage area. Light gray in color with no windows. Customers say it works so well that they will often remove the piece above the rear entrance door to let some air in.
Please Note: Limited availability on the Arctic Pak accessory, please call.

NEW OPTION AVAILABLE 9.1.14.
Only available during manufacture.
SUB ZERO PACKAGE consisting of insulated tent, insulated dinette window and foil faced wall insulation.


•   can i purchase a camper from northstar directly
 While you are invited to visit the factory to see how they are built, Northstars are sold and serviced through our dealers, not factory direct. There is a list of stocking dealers on our web site under " Worldwide Dealers".

•   what exactly is is a "cassette" toilet?
 The cassette part of the toilet refers to the holding tank. It pulls out and can be carried or rolled to any restroom or dump station to be emptied. The reservoir can be refilled with lake, stream or gray water to continue camping, you do not need to use your fresh water.
http://www.thetford.com/HOME/Products/PermanentToilets/C402CCassette/tabid/113/Default.aspx

•   Is the function of the solar panel solely to keep the batteries charged up when the unit is not plugged into ac or dc power supply ?
 The function of the solar panel is to charge the on board 12v battery/batteries which in turn will then supply DC 12v power to various items in the camper, interior lights, furnace blower, 12v outlet, Fantastic Fan, water pump etc. The solar panel does not actually power anything, the batteries do that.

•   I saw a pic of one of your campers on a toyota crewmax, what model fits a 2008 tundra crewmax?
 TC650 or 650SC pop up or hard wall Liberty. We do have photos available, just click on "More Info" on whatever model you are interested in.

•   I have a 2013 GMC 1500 Z71 4x4 extended cab standard bed (6' 6") Which of your pop up truck campers could I put on my truck?
 Depending upon the carrying capacity of that truck and your needs and desires as requires interior toilets and showers or the lack of, that truck bed size will accommodate our TC650, 650SC (New model, pop up version of our hardwall Liberty), TC800 or 850SC. You will need to install either air bags or Super Springs as a suspension assist.

•   What about portapotty storage, use?
 All of our pop up campers that do not have the interior toilet have a enclosed storage space for a porta pottie which is slid out to be used.

•   best fit for 2006 Tundra Limited w/ 6ft. 4in" bed
 TC650 with a 1/2 wrap option, 650SC or TC800 with a full wrap.

•   how do i use my boat lights and trailer lights for my tc 650?.... they both plug into the same outlet on the truck
 There is a adaptor that we stock that allows you to plug 2 males into the 7-way of the truck. Most boat trailers have a 4-way flat unless the trailer has brakes, then you would need the adaptor plug We have plenty in stock if you wish to order one. Contact us at 319-233-3461

•   Planning on purchasing a new truck to use with a camper. Really like your 800 or 850 model. Will they work with a 2014 Toyota Tundra?
 Both of those models will work with either a 6' 6" bed or 8' bed Tundra.
If going on a short bed the TC800 would need a full wrap option and the 850SC either a detachable or permanent wrap as both of those models are built std. for a long (8') bed.
It is highly recommended to install either air bags or Super Springs as a suspension assist.

•   I have a Dodge Dakota quad cab with 44" between the wheel wells. Do you make pop-ups that fit this truck?
 Quad cab with the 5' 7" bed length would be the TC650 only.
On a extended cab Dakota with the 6' 6" bed the TC650 and TC800 (With the Dakota option that narrows the floor width from 48" to 44") would both fit.

•   Just bought a 2001 8.5 Arrow but it didn't come with any kind of operations/maintence manual. Is one available to purchase/download?
 On our web site click on "Links", then on the left side it will show "Need a manual"

•   What are the dimensions of the fold out bed for a tc 650? How far does it pop out? How wide is the hole for it in the side of the camper?
 The door measures 63" x 31" and therefore the hole it leaves would be 63" by 31". It drops down horizontal to be 31" out. The folding cushion that lays on top of the door when it is out/down is 60" x 31" The bed is rated at 500 lbs capacity. The cables that support the bed are rated at 3200 lbs The only XB that is larger is the TC800 at 70" x 31", we can put in the longer door/bed as the TC800 has the longest uninterrupted sidewall.

•   Best lube for Camper jacksymnn2
 http://happijac.com/prod-jacks/jack-maint.php
Try this link to get all the info for lubing and maintaining your jacks

•   I have a 2009 Nissan Frontier LE with the roof rack. Is there a popup camper top that will fit this vehicle?
 The 600/700 series will fit your Frontier but the roof rack will need to be removed, which is very easy to do.

•   We have a Nissan Frontier with a 5'8" bed. We were wanting a 700SS with the extended bed over the cab and 3.7 cu ft fridge. I
 The 600SS will have the 3.7 cubic foot refrigerator standard, and can be ordered with the optional extended cabover option. That would be the correct application for your truck, not the 700SS as you have the short bed not long.

•   do you offer a pop up slide in truck camper with a tip out bed room?
 The tip out dinette bed (AKA XB) is available in the 700SS, TC650, TC800, 850SC and 950SC. The TC800 bed is 70" in length, all the rest are 60"

•   What are my tie down options to mount a tc650 on 2003 Chevy Siverado 2500HD short bed extended cab pickup?
  Torklift tiedowns front and rear.
Happijac tiedowns front and rear.
Torklift front and Happijac rear.

•   Do you guy's make campers for flat bed trucks?
 Yes we do. The American Hero is for the full size trucks.

•   im looking at the tc650 ihave f-150 shortbed but maybe bying f-350 will this camper fit both trucks. thanks
 The TC650 will go on either truck. However, if your TC650 has the 1/2 wrap option the camper will have to be backed away from the front wall of the F350 truck bed otherwise the tail lights of the truck will hit the back of the 1/2 wrap. The reason for this is that the F250 and F350 short bed is 6' 10" in length, apporox 4" longer than all other short beds. Many 3500's are dually so you will need to get swingout extensions to be able to back under the camper. We stock them here if you decide to get the 3500 dually.

•   I have a Toyota Tundra 6.5 boxand bought a TC650. Can I leave the plastic bed liner in?
 Please note that some drop in liners can cause the camper to shift side to side because of their slippery surface. Spray in liners have a non-slip surface. We prefer the rubber bed mats.

•   I love my camper, but wish I had the electric jacks. I am prewired for them. How hard are they to add? Will I be able to hit a button and all 4 raise and lower together?
 If you have your camper pre-wired for the electric jacks, it is easy to add the electric motors and control brain to your camper. The cordless remote allows you to raise and lower all 4 jacks at once or individually to level the camper.

•   I removed the battery a long time ago and can't remember how to hook in up again.
 The white leads go to 12V(-) and the red and black connect to the 12V(+)

•   Which camper can fit a 2001 F150 Supercrew?
 The TC650 would be the correct camper. If you wish let your tail gate down and it will protrude about an inch further back than the floor of the camper or take it off completely. The camper should have at least the 1/2 wrap option and cannot have the side saddle gray option as the tail gate opening is only 48" 1999 thru 2003.

•   does the camper battery charge automaticly when pluged into AC power? does it charge when I am driving? I have been using the 3way fridge as follows, when pluged into AC I run it on AC, when on the road I use DC when parked with out AC I run it on propane, is this the best practices?
 Yes, your converter charges your battery when plugged into A/C. The truck will charge the battery when driving also. You are using the 3-way refrigerator correctly.
The 12V DC does not cool, it only maintains the temperature achieved by the use of the 2 fuels.

•   Can a buyer ask for a few custom features?
 We are always open to your requests. That is the one nice thing about being a smaller manufacturer, it allows us to be open to change.
Contact your Northstar dealer to see if we can add a few features for your Northstar.

•   I have a F350 4x4, SRW, 8ft, what camper would work best on this truck? I want to keep the dry weight under 2500#.
 I would suggest the 8.5 Adventurer,  Laredo SC or in the pop ups TC800, 850SC or 950SC.

•   I have a 2009 Toyota Pre-Runner, 4-door crew cab, 6' bed with tow package. Which model(s) of Northstar would work with that truck? I now carry two 12-ft kayaks on Thule racks mounted on a shell camper. Could "the right model" Northstar be modified to carry these boats too? Thanks.
 The MC600, 600SS, TC700, 700SS will all work on your 75" bed length, and all can accomodate racking to haul two kayaks, or canoes.

•   If I put the 850 p/u on a long bed truck will I be able to add options 19 and 21 (bumper with step and wrap around storage?
 No, those options are available only with the short box trucks. A std build 850SC sits just inside the bumper on an 8' bed, you could not put the wrap around storage or bumper on.

•   will you make a custom 800 for an F150 6.5' bed that has a toilet closet?
 We currently offer the TC800 with the toilet option. The cabinet is 24" wide and shortens the dinette that much also.

•   Will aTC800 fit a '05 2500 Silverado Crewcab short bed? Thanks, Jim
 The TC800 should have the full wrap option (Built in tail lights with side skirts with lockable storage)
Assuming a 6' 6" bed.

•   Is there a noticeable difference in handling with a pop up vs. hard wall camper? Do you offer larger refrig. for the 850 SC?
 Yes, there is a noticeable difference, and it will depend on what you plan to use a truck for.
The center of gravity is far lower along with less wind resistance, front and sides.
The 850SC is standard with a 3.7 cubic foot refrigerator which is the largest it can accommodate. The 8501 Dometic also has an industry first removable freezer, which pops out quickly in case you want to stand up taller items inside the fridge. The curved fridge door does store half gallon milk and juice cartons.

•   Is Northstar Campers the same as R.C. Willett Company, Inc?
 Yes, it is.

The Willett family has been manufacturing truck campers since 1955 and has been selling them to dealers since 1961.

•   Tailgate of 2010 Toyota Tacoma double cab should be removed for MC600?
 Most people leave the endgate on for the overhang. Some tailgates are not level with the box floor and sometimes the support cables interfere with the taillight & wrap which requires it to be removed. The floor of the camper is designed such that it isn't required to sit on the tailgate.

•   I have a Toyota Tacoma Reg Cab, 2010, what popup would fit my truck.
 If you have the 5' bed it would be the MC600 or 600SS, if you have the 6' 3" bed it would be either or those previous 2 or the TC700/700SS

•   2011 850 sc with wrap and removable? Boxes, can I add the aluminum bumper step with hose storage
  The bumper can only be added to a 850SC that has the full, permanent wrap as installed at the factory, this moves the gray tank drain from the rear wall to the underside of the wrap enabling us to install the bumper.

•   procedure to winterize laredo sc
 Drain the water tank and the water heater. Turn the valve to the water heater to bypass mode. Suck antifreeze from a jug right from the water pump and get the pink colored fluid coming out of all your faucets, shower heads. Look under the floor near the back of the camper for low point drains. Open those until antifreeze comes out. Be sure to let the pressure of the water heater before you take the drain plug out.

•   What is the best way to support my 850SC when it is off the truck?
  Lower the camper as close as possible to the ground, level and leave. There is no need for any additional support unlike certain other brands.

•   I'm looking at purchasing an 850SC pickup camper I have an extended cab truck with a 6.5ft bed. Do I leave the tailgate on when putting the camper on with the optional stortge boxes?
 The tailgate has to be removed as the cables that support it would hit the detachable wrap.

•   What Truck Campers would be the best fit for a 2010 Chevy Colorado Crew Short Bed?
 MC600 or 600SS

•   Can I use a TC800 extended cab camper on a regular cab truck?
 Yes you can.

•   Do you offer a flatbed popup camper
  The American Hero

•   I have a regular cab truck. Can you tell me how much more the extended cab popup campers extend out compared to the standard ones? I prefer the east west bed arrangement but have trouble finding any dealers who stock them.
 On the TC650 and the TC800 the extended cab option makes the cab over 2' 2" longer than a std east west bed. 4' 4" Std cab over versus 6' 6". extended cab over.
Out of the last 5,000 campers we built only 11 were the East West beds, that is why the dealers do not stock them that way.
We would be more than glad to build you one with the East West bed, however the 850SC and 950SC are std with and only available with the extended cabover as they have the quad lift sysytem where the lifter bars run the length of the camper.
The new 650SC is also extended cabover only.

•   On my 2007 Laredo SC what does the pre-wired for solar panel mean?
 There are wires run to the refrigerator's roof vent and into the wall so a solar panel can be installed without the need to run the wires through the cabinets. If you remove the top vent cover, you will see the leads tied to the vent holes

•   What do I clean the windows with in my 2010 8.5 adventurer. I there anything I shouldn't clean them with?
 If you have the insulated windows, Dometic has a special cleaner and polish that you can get from us to remove small scratches and make them shine. I use a liquid car wash solution on my windows and then go over them with glass cleaner and a soft cotton cloth to take the water spots off. Being acrylic, you don't want to rub anything onto the window that has solvent or abrasives in it as it can damage the finish.

•   Which popups would fit in an toyota Tacoma double cab with a 5ft bed?
 The MC600 or the 600SS.

•   How are the pop ups camping in the winter?
 They do a real nice job winter. The 16,000 BTU furnace keeps you nice and toasty in temperatures to below freezing. If you camp in extreme cold and wind, the Arctic Pac option is available anytime to add another layer of insulating warmth to the camper
Please note: 
New option #9 available 9.1.14.
SUB ZERO PACKAGE.
Includes: Insulated tent, inulated dinette window and foil faced wall insulation, only available during manufacture.

•   where can i find info on tie downs & tie down procedures
 You can look at the websites www.torklift.com or www.happijac.com to see the two ways to tie down a camper. We also have some photos in our pdf brochure on our home page

•   will a 600 work on a ford ranger 4x4 6 ft bed
 Yes, the MC600 is designed for the trucks in the Ranger size class

•   Do you have any plans for a pop-up unit with a full height door? I stand 6-4 and don't want to crawl in and out.
 We were one of the first manufacturers to have a full walk through door in our poptops. It was dropped from our line up in the mid 80's.  We found that the short door had too many advantages over the full height door to keep it as an option. The shorter 53" high door offers much more strength to the camper. All our campers are made to use off the truck. We wouldn't be able to say that with the full door. The shorter door comes with a screen door not available on the full door. The air and water infiltration the full door gets through the horizontal hinges and vinyl enclosure contacts is a concern plus  and the added maintence for the full door over the shorter door is the reasons we no longer offer it.
I have found that 95% of the time you are either stepping up into the unit or down out of it making the ducking part much easier.
Thanks for your interest in Northstar!

•   Will any of your models fit a 2005 Nissan Frontier with a 6' x 4'10" bed and 43" between the wheel wells?
 

The MC600 is designed to fit the Frontier. I own a 2001 Frontier and have installed one on my truck and it worked great!
I had to remove the rack on the cab first. It came off and went back on easy.


•   I am scratching my head looking at the weight charts. I have a 2004 tundra double cab sr5 and i am looking at a used tc650. Will my truck handle the camper ok? Would you suggest suspension upgrades ? Would i still have capacity to tow a 18 foot fiberglass sea ray boat? I have towed a 7000# bobcat i know the truck has the power. Any advice would be great!
 The base dry weight, std. build, on a 2004 TC650 was 1385 lbs. Most of the TC650s sold those years (and today) will have certain options and accessories on them bringing the dry weight to approx. 1545 lbs. You will need to install either airbags or Super Springs as a suspension assist, however, adding those items does not increase your cargo capacity but will certainly enhance the truck handling. We have had hundreds of customers putting the TC650 on Tundra's since they were called the T100 in the late1990s. When all said and done it has to be the customers decision to exceed the carrying capacity of their vehicle. Note: Cargo capacity and towing capacity are two different things.

•   Will your lift system on the 850 Popup lift 2 kayaks?
 The lift system on the 850SC is designed to crank up with a load of no more than 100 lbs on the roof. Installed items such as awnings, TV antennas, arctic pac, AC etc. would need to be included in a roof load estimate. The roof in the down position can carry up to 300 lbs, evenly distributed.

•   which of your campers will work on my 2007 Nissan Titan 4wd. Crew Cab Short Bed. I believe its around a 5&1/2 FT. Bed. Thank You
 The TC650 with a minimum of a 1/2 wrap option (a wrap being a full rear wall with built in tail lights and side skirts of different sizes) the new 650SC or if you choose to carry more weight, the Liberty hardwall.

•   What size hex wrench is used to lower/adjust the legs on the North Star TC 800 Camper?
 1/2 inch

•   Will the tc650 pop up camper fit on a f150 supercrew short bed 5' 5''
 Yes, it will fit but the TC650 is 6' 8" in the floor length, plus 2" for the front rubber bumpers, going on a 5' 7" bed. Therefore, the camper will need at least the 1/2 wrap option (full rear wall with built in tail lights and skinny side skirts) If the camper does not have this option there will be times that the turn signals etc. will not be able to be seen from behind creating a safety issue. The camper will maybe need a riser kit depending upon the year of the truck. If the truck is a 1999 through 2003 F150 Super Crew the camper cannot have the side saddle gray tank option as the tail gate opening those years was only 48" versus the 60" other years.

•   Does the base weight of the TC650 of 1345 lbs include full water and propane? Thanks!
 The base dry weight (no water or propane) of the std. build TC650 is approx. 1345 lbs. That weight includes the jacks, fridge, furnace, power converter, screen door, innerspring mattress etc. A complete list of std. equipment on any of our models can be seen by visiting our web site (northstarcampers.com) and clicking on the model of interest. Some other brands will weigh less as they do not include those std. features. All of our options/accessories are weighed right down to the lb.so that a customer can see how much their camper weighs when equipped as they wish.

•   Which of your truck camper models would be suitable for a 2011 Ford F15, Crew Cab with 5' 6" bed? Please respond via email, not phone.
 The TC650, 650SC pop ups or hardwall Liberty.
Air bags or Super Springs would be needed as a suspension assist.
Remember not to exceed your truck's GVWR.

•   My 2014 Ram 2500 has a back-up camera mounted onto the removable tailgate. The tailgate will be off when hauling my 850sc camper and I would like to add a "compatible" back-up camera to the rear of the camper. It would take a camera and wiring harness compatible with my Ram back-up camera system. Would teh Northstar dealer be able to do this or do I need to go through Ram?
 I would recommend that you go through the Ram dealer for anything to do with the truck camera system.

•   2011 Ford Range XLT. Too small for a truck camper?
  If it is a short bed then only a MC600 or 600SS.
If you have the 6' long bed then any of the 600/700 series.
You will need to install either air bags or Super Springs as a suspension assist.

•   Can I store my TC650 on the jacks or should i use some additional support?
 It is OK to store a Northstar on the jacks, no additional support is needed. Lower the camper as far as possible.

•   Will a Northstar TC800 fit on a 2006 Dodge 3500 duelly?
 All of our full size campers will fit dually trucks.
You will need to purchase the dually swing out brackets with 5" extensions.

•   Which Northstar model pop up truck campers will fit my Tacoma mid size extended cab v6?
 If you have the 5' bed it would be the 600 series, the 6' 3" bed will accommodate any of the 600/700 series. You will need air bags or Super Springs as a suspension assist.

•   On the TC800, how much extra weight does the extended cabover add to the total? Thanks
 Approx 60 lbs on all of our pop ups where the extended cabover is an option.