Northstar Laredo SC - Truck Camper Adventure

We purchased our Northstar Laredo SC truck camper directly from the Northstar factory in September 2015. We’ve taken it to some pretty spectacular locations on some pretty rough roads, places that most folks wouldn’t typically take a truck camper. As of October 2016, we’ve been in 12 states and have traveled over 5,000 miles. We purchased this truck camper because we were looking for a modest size hard-side that we could take off-road that still had the features, capacities, and storage that we considered essential for an overland expedition rig.

The Northstar Laredo matches our 2013 Ram 3500 pickup truck perfectly. The camper has a fully loaded weight of 2,980 pounds; an interior floor length of 8 feet, 6 inches; and a width of 7 feet. Key features of the Laredo include a 60×80 full-size queen bed oriented north-south, a well-apportioned kitchen, a full wet bath, a 40 gallon fresh water tank, and a spacious U-shaped dinette. The camper is solar powered with a 340 watt system and is equipped with a 600 watt inverter, a DC compressor refrigerator, and a 5 gallon Thetford cassette toilet for greater independence. We ordered the upgraded insulation package from the factory. This is a must for a four-season camper. The extra insulation along with the dual thermal pane windows and the 16,000 BTU propane fired furnace keep the camper toasty warm in winter.

We’ve made several modifications to both the truck and camper. These include a Pioneer MVH-X36BT MP3/AM/FM Radio with Bluetooth, a Renogy 100 watt portable solar power suitcase, a Blue Sea Systems 12 volt dual USB charging station, a teak magazine rack to store all of our maps and pamphlets, and a kitchen back splash. We also installed an Ecocamel water saving shower head and toilet paper shroud in the wet bath. Modifications to the truck include a Buckstop winch bumper, Timbren rubber springs, a Hellwig rear sway bar, Bilstein 4600 shock absorbers, and a set of KMC XD Series Crank wheels. Most of these modifications can be explored in greater detail in the “Mods” section on this website.

Details on the Truck Camper Adventure Rig:

I. 2013 Ram 3500 4×4 Short-Bed Pickup

Color: True Blue Pearl Coat (PBU)
Engine: Cummins 6.7L TD: 370 horsepower, 800 pounds-foot torque
Weight of Cummins 6.7L TD: 1,150 pounds
Transmission: 68RFE six speed automatic
Payload: 3,809 pounds
GVWR: 11,700 pounds (weight w/camper: 11,180 pounds)
GAWR Front Axle: 6,000 pounds (weight w/camper: 5,060 pounds)
GAWR Rear Axle: 7,000 pounds (weight w/camper: 6,120 pounds)
Total weight with camper (no passengers): 11,180 pounds
Tires: Nitto Terra Grappler G2 275/70R18 All-Terrain (weight capacity: 4,080 pounds)
Wheels: KMC XD Series XD801 Crank (18×9 inches, offset 0 mm)
Tire Pressures Loaded w/Camper: 60 psi front/80 psi rear
Tire Pressures Unloaded: 60 psi front/45 psi rear
Front Axle: AAM 9.5 14-bolt, 35 spline, GAWR 6,000 pounds Max
Rear Axle: AAM 11.5 14-bolt, 30 spline (1.5-inch diameter), GAWR 10,120 pounds max
Rear Differential: 3:42
Differential Cover: AFE Power Raw (5 quarts)
Diesel Fuel Tank Capacity: 30 gallons
Alternator Output: 180 amps
Bed Length: 6 feet, 4 inches
Front Bumper: Buckstop Classic III with Warn 16.5ti electric winch
Fender Flares: Bushwacker Max Coverage (unpainted)
Rear Suspension: Timbren Suspension Enhancement System (SES) Severe Service (rear)
Shocks: Bilstein 4600
Rear Sway Bar: Hellwig Big Wig

To read our review of the 2013 Ram 3500 pickup truck, click here.

II. 2016 Northstar Laredo SC Truck Camper

Dry Weight: 2,090 pounds
Actual Weight loaded: 2,980 pounds
Fresh Water Tank: 40 gallons
Gray Water Tank: 13 gallons
Cassette Toilet Black Water Tank: 5 gallons
Water Heater Tank: 6 gallons
Propane: Two (2) 5 gallon, 20 pound tanks
Batteries: Two (2) Lifeline 6 volt GPL-4CT Deep Cycle AGM’s, 220 amp hours, 66 pounds each.
Solar Power System: Two (2) 120 watt Solar Cynergy polycrystalline solar panels, Zamp ZS-30A PWM charge controller; one (1) Renogy 100 watt monocrystalline portable solar panel
Inverter: Go Power GP-600, modified sine wave
Radio: Pioneer MVH-X36BT AM/FM/MP3 (Bluetooth)
Refrigerator: Dometic CR1110 AC/DC compressor, 3.7 cubic feet
Air Conditioner: Coleman Polar Cub 9200 (runs on 2,000 watt generator or 15 amp 110 volt)
Furnace: 16,000 BTU Auto Ignition
Windows: Larger Dometic Seitz Acrylic Thermal Pane
Roof Vent and Egress: Seitz Heki Vent
Insulation Upgrade: Foil block foam in walls, Astro foil in ceiling
Total Length: 15 feet, 11 inches
Floor Length: 8 feet, 6 inches
Width: 7 feet
Interior Height: 6 feet, 4 inches
Mounted Height to Roof (rear): 9 feet, 8 inches

To read our review of the 2016 Northstar Laredo SC truck camper, click here.

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