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#1 nico

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 03:40 PM

Hi all,

Decided to start a new thread on this even though it was related to the current running flatbed thread. i am continuing my quest to configure my flatbed grandby so I can remove it from the truck with relative ease. I its my work truck and i am trying to be financially responsible as a working man and not buy another 30-40 thousand dollar truck. Anyhow with the help of Macafee I have determined that hs method is the best for securing a flattie to the tray and havin relative ease of removal. So i have an existing channel or lip on the side of my tray that serves as a mounting point for my removable rear rack and also has a series of holes in it for tie down points. this piece is mounted to the flatbed via a series of small bolts. I am wondering if i can or should attempt to use this to attach the fastguns to. See the attached photos. i have contacted UTE beds whom i purchased the bed from and he said it will work however Four Wheel said they would not recommend it. Looking for some advice from the forum as to how to run this as its tough with the tool boxes.

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#2 m5040

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 03:57 PM

I don't know what a "fastgun" is, but if you use a attachment point that is basically a vertical drop below the FWC jack mounts you can't go wrong.

You figure those FWC mounting locations can hold the jacks which continuously hold the entire weight of the camper, they should easily hold it down to the bed.

I like to have the front camper tiedown locations slightly ahead of the truck attachment points, thereby pulling to the rear and vice versa on the rear, so they pull toward the front.


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#3 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 03:57 PM

Is there any reason why that piece couldn’t be spot welded to the top of the flatbed, and possibly at the ends?  Maybe also upgrade the bolts in size and grade…


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Posted 19 December 2021 - 04:03 PM

I also have a Ute Bed with the same rails on the side, and a flatbed fleet.   I don't think I would use those rails for turnbuckles.  The primary point of the rails appears to be to cover the ends of the aluminium slats that form the bed.   As you note they are only held on with fairly small hardware.  How is your camper currently attached?


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Posted 21 December 2021 - 12:04 AM

That lip with the holes looks pretty thin to secure the camper too. The good news is it keeps the camper from moving sideways.

It’s hard to tell from the pictures but is the aluminum below that lip beefier? I used the fast guns to connect to some of the thickest parts of the flatbed.
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Posted 26 December 2021 - 05:17 PM

I also have a Ute Bed with the same rails on the side, and a flatbed fleet.   I don't think I would use those rails for turnbuckles.  The primary point of the rails appears to be to cover the ends of the aluminium slats that form the bed.   As you note they are only held on with fairly small hardware.  How is your camper currently attached?

ya the rails hold the rear rack for the lumber rack but may have other fucntions. I agree i think its a little too weak to attach the turnbuckles too. Ill be looking into fabricating some tie down points in the near future.


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