So, I just bought almost the exact camper a few weeks ago. They think it's an '85 or '86. The seller strapped it to my Tacoma with only two ratchets! I asked if that was good enough, and he said yes.
About a week later, driving down the freeway, it FLEW OFF MY TRUCK!!!
Turns out the wood was rotting, ripped a chunk of wood out the bottom rear where the ratchet was attached. Flipped upside down and caused one side to crunch down..
I have a baby, so not much time to repair it even though i really want to, because i paid a lot for it! $2200! He got me.
At this point, not sure what to do. Replace all rotted wood and hammer out bent metal? Or dump it? Donate it? Sell it for $100?
wow. that sounds like a cluster F*** and really unfortunate. I hope no one was hurt. I talk extensively about using the specially designed tie down brackets on my tacoma in the earliest pages of this thread. check them out. What to do now? That is a great question. I would suggest you start by posting some pics on here.