About Us

Located on the corner of Leversee Road and Airline Highway in Waterloo, Iowa for over 55 years, the Willett family has been manufacturing truck campers since 1955 and has been selling them to dealers since 1961.

Our company was founded by our Grandfather Ralph (Tex) Willett. He along with son, Robert (Chuck), ran the company for decades building the Texson Campers. Since the early 1980’s the company has been directed by Chuck’s sons, Rory and Rex, under the Northstar name.

Jill Ryan Jacque, Mom with Rex and Rik and Rory 1963
Jill Ryan Jacque, Mom with Rex and Rik and Rory 1963
Dad and Mom with kids and cousins 1961
Dad and Mom with kids and cousins 1961
Mom and her kids 1963
Mom and her kids 1963

Now well past our 50th Anniversary, much can be said how continuity in ownership translates into excellence. Each generation has been committed to keep its competitive edge while striving forward to constantly improve the product. The knowledge passed down of proven construction techniques combined with the pursuit of modern materials and better building methods gives Northstar its unique edge.

Rex, Rory, Ryan, Dad, Jill, Mom checking out the fort  1969
Rex, Rory, Ryan, Dad, Jill, Mom checking out the fort 1969
Another Family Adventure!
Another Family Adventure!
Camping with Friends and Rory’s notorious tent
Camping with Friends and Rory’s notorious tent

Northstars are designed to be warm and comfortable while staying true to practical function and design. Camping with our families, in our personal campers, has given us “hands-on” experience. This helps us design campers that give maximum gear storage plus a controlled ride while on your truck.

Rory and Mom catching up on good old fashioned entertainment!
Rory and Mom catching up on good old fashioned entertainment!
Rex celebrating 12th birthday in Camper
Rex celebrating 15th birthday in Camper
The whole Willett tribe enjoying time together!
The whole Willett tribe enjoying
time together!

We have always taken pride in our family’s ability to build a truck camper that last a long time. We feel Northstar Campers give you today’s best combination camping / traveling partner. Staying active in what the market has to offer while listening to our customers has proved to be a great way to build campers that meet the demands of today’s active camping and traveling lifestyles.

We have met so many wonderful people over the last 50 years of doing business! A big, heartfelt Thank You! goes out to all of our past, present and future Northstar customers.

Get to know us by exploring our complete line-up of Northstar Campers.

Give us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to quality products, backed by our strong passion of legendary customer service. We look forward to having you as our customer; it is our pleasure to serve you.

Rex, Rory, Rik, talking Truck Campers
Rex, Rory, Rik, talking Truck Campers
Rex, Rory, Ryan, Rik Willett, working with Dad at a show
Rex, Rory, Ryan, Rik Willett, working with Dad at a show
Rex, Rory, Dad, Ryan working South Bend Indiana show 1972
Rex, Rory, Dad, Ryan working South Bend Indiana show 1972

Whether you give us a call or stop by our factory at Waterloo in Northeast Iowa, we will do our best to explain Northstar products, our dealers and all the advantages gained by purchasing a Northstar. Thanks again for letting us be part of your family travel and vacation plans for 5 decades!

Now…Lets Go Camping!!!

Northstar Quality Since 1961
“Shining above the Rest!”