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Re: Hello & how do I mount a Northstar to a Hilux!

Postby Toshbins » 24 Oct 2016 19:33

When I was looking at new Northstars, they had double front mounts, one set for outboard tie towns and one set for inboard. I suppose the idea was that you discarded the ones you didn't want. Worth checking to see if that's what yours will come with.
On the Amarok, it's possible to drill the front holes right where the tub bolts to the chassis, so you can have your eye bolts mounted through the tub to the chassis brackets. Don't know if that's possible on the Hilux.
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Re: Hello & how do I mount a Northstar to a Hilux!

Postby petesherrard » 24 Oct 2016 20:17

Toshbins wrote:On the Amarok, it's possible to drill the front holes right where the tub bolts to the chassis, so you can have your eye bolts mounted through the tub to the chassis brackets. Don't know if that's possible on the Hilux.


I am trying to get a few more details from Northstar about what they will be providing but they seem very busy and take a while to reply. And the UK dealer knows less than I do at this stage.

I will rummage around under my Hilux tomorrow to see how the tub is bolted on as that sounds like a good idea. Maybe there will be a couple of bolt holes in the chassis at just the right place.... :)

It would be much easier to wait for the camper to arrive to solve this problem of course but I would like to have the Hilux ready to bolt the camper on for when I go to pick it up. I dont want it falling off on the way home.
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Re: Hello & how do I mount a Northstar to a Hilux!

Postby zildjian » 24 Oct 2016 20:35

To get-it-home you can cargo strap it down to chassis by threading straps down between cab & tub,


measure twice drill once as they say
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Re: Hello & how do I mount a Northstar to a Hilux!

Postby SueMcD » 27 Oct 2016 22:30

Hi Sue,
Why do you want to change from the bolts-through-chassis system? Why don't you like it?
Rex, at Northstar, says that they are building the camper so we can use ratchet straps accessed via hatches inside the camper. I would assume that if they are doing that, they will be putting the connection bolts somewhere closer to the floor. I have emailed him for conformation but no reply yet.

The dealer was 'encouraged' by Northstar to accept me as their first guinea pig client and I think they felt they would have preferred to have been a bit more organised and ready before they took their first order. Especially as I doubt I am the easiest of clients! (I ask a LOT of questions. :) I will contact them and ask them if they are ready and if they are, I will let you know who they are. :)


Hi Pete,

Sorry for the delay in replying. I don't check the web forum very often.

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pic shows the turnbuckles, the bolts on the side of the truck and where the turnbuckles attach to the camper... and some local wildlife.

The bolts are simply drilled through the side - they are not attached to the chassis. We don't go off road - we just do lots of Scottish roads (!) and I think they are okay. We do have the Torklift AnchorGuard turnbuckles so there is some flex in the front. I'm just not sure you'd want to use this for rough off-roading. I can't help but think it could rip the bolts if it the treatment was too rough. I've never heard of that, but it's just a feeling.

I grew up in Canada although did not drive a truck and camper until I went back on holiday. All those rentals had the Torklift Tie Downs and that is just what I am used to seeing. I have never seen the attachments straight into the bed that other folks use. Maybe, once I have seen that, I would consider it. I need to make next year's meet !

If I had unlimited payload and cash, I would go for the Torklift Tiedowns and FastGun Turnbuckles. Unfortunately, I don't have the payload to play with so don't need to worry about the cash.

Another Thought: Not sure that the TieDowns stick out all that far, especially if you have side steps like us. Quentin has fitted tiedowns so might be able to help our with better photos and advise.
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Re: Hello & how do I mount a Northstar to a Hilux!

Postby Big Jim » 30 Oct 2016 11:32

Hi and welcome
I really don't think that set up is the best . I have an older Northstar on Ranger . MIine was fixed in a similar manner . I found there is very little stopping it sliding forward and the mounting points on the tub distorted due to stress . I also moved the camper fixings inwards and tied down within the tub as the outer camper point on the body were stressing .I don't go off road , but if you have to brake sharply it will try to side forward .
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Re: Hello & how do I mount a Northstar to a Hilux!

Postby keeflester » 31 Oct 2016 21:50

I had that set-up with my Ranger and Northstar. It was snug to the front of the pickup bed so didn't move under heavy braking, but I can confirm there was some distortion around the rear buttons after a couple of years use. This is the standard method Niche Marketing uses to fit all their demountable campers, so they probably aren't equipped to do it any other way. You'll have to be your own project manager and direct the fitting yourself.
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