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#1 JoeKan

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 02:30 AM

I tried a search on this but couldn't find anything although i know its been discussed before. But what do you all set in your truck bed for your camper to sit on?  Would 2 x 4s work?  Longways or cross ways? Thanks. 


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 03:12 AM

Nothing in our truck bed. We did have the box sprayed with a protective coating that has a very rough texture.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:10 AM

I put a 4 x 6 horse stall mat on my truck bed. Was about $45 at a local farm store. made from recycled tires, I think. The Four Wheel campers installers thought it was a very good way to go.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 07:03 AM

I tried a search on this but couldn't find anything although i know its been discussed before. But what do you all set in your truck bed for your camper to sit on?  Would 2 x 4s work?  Longways or cross ways? Thanks. 

Are you trying for cab clearance, or to keep the camper from sliding?   If clearance, a ladder like structure to set the camper on.  To prevent slipping, like AWG, I use a stall mat.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 12:16 PM

nothing, except the spray on bedliner that came with the truck, but it is bolted thru the floor and stays on 100% of time.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 07:10 PM

JoeKan:

 

I presume you are talking about what support is needed in the truck bed under the camper to clear the bed rails ? 

 

Attached find a picture of how I do it....the longer sticks were initially used to see if I needed more material to clear the bed rails...once I established that I just rely on the shorter 2x4's with plywood caps running across the bed and pulled the longer sticks out completely before loading the camper.  If you have a 10' cabover you will need additional support under the camper door and on top of the opened tailgate. 

 

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 11:28 PM

My camper got picked up this morning in Ohio and should be here either late tonight or early tomorrow morning, depending on how far the hauler can make it tonight. I don't have the height information to see whether I need to set the camper up on boards or not to get it higher than the truck rails but that was what I used on my 8ft NCO. I like the idea of a horse mat to keep it from sliding but what do I do if I need to set boards under the camper? I can't use the horse mat right? Thanks for the help. I'll get pictures of it tomorrow and then I'm taking her out tomorrow evening for her "maiden" voyage. 


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:08 PM

My camper got picked up this morning in Ohio and should be here either late tonight or early tomorrow morning, depending on how far the hauler can make it tonight. I don't have the height information to see whether I need to set the camper up on boards or not to get it higher than the truck rails but that was what I used on my 8ft NCO. I like the idea of a horse mat to keep it from sliding but what do I do if I need to set boards under the camper? I can't use the horse mat right? Thanks for the help. I'll get pictures of it tomorrow and then I'm taking her out tomorrow evening for her "maiden" voyage. 

Are you going to mount the camper full time, or are you going to remove it when you aren't using it?

 

If the first, I would bolt the boards down as poproid did, and screw a piece of plywood on top, and then put the horse stall mat on top of the plywood. 

 

If the second, maybe plywood on both sides of the (non-bolted) boards, and then horse stall mats UNDER the space as well as on top of it?

 

Depending on the dimensions needed, if you are using plywood and horse stall mats, you might be able to use 1" or 5/4 boards instead of 2Xs.

 

Because water might get into the bed, I would PAINT the boards rather than leaving them raw, maybe with some kind of boat paint that will really resist water.

 

And because standard horse stall mats are 4'x6', I would buy TWO and cut a 4'x2' section to use in the front, so as to get 4'x8' under an 8' camper.  Obviously, with a 10' camper you will need an even bigger second piece, and with only a 6' box, you will be fine with only one mat.

 

BTW, I've read that  some people use a piece of 4'x8'  2" styrofoam insulation under their campers as a spacer. Apparently, it doesn't compress at all and it gives added insulation to the floor.  Again, depending on the dimensions you need, maybe a sheet of styrofoam with the horse stall mat(s) on top? 

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:36 PM

Thanks for the advice, I appreciate every bit of it. The hauler delivered the camper last night at 11:30 and finished unloading her at 12:50 this morning! Getting her off his trailer took some engineering skills but we got her off and I have her sitting on my stands for right now. It's so foggy and icy this morning I'm going to wait until the ice thaws before I load on the back of my trailer.

I used my Rieco Titan jack stands for the first time last night and one of them actually got bent up while I was cranking it up. I'll have to call them today about it and see what can be done. 


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:23 AM

JoeKan:

 

I presume you are talking about what support is needed in the truck bed under the camper to clear the bed rails ? 

 

Attached find a picture of how I do it....the longer sticks were initially used to see if I needed more material to clear the bed rails...once I established that I just rely on the shorter 2x4's with plywood caps running across the bed and pulled the longer sticks out completely before loading the camper.  If you have a 10' cabover you will need additional support under the camper door and on top of the opened tailgate. 

 

popRoid, what are plywood caps and how do you keep you 2x4s from sliding? Thanks, Joe 

 


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