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#1 bajaphile

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Posted 20 November 2023 - 03:08 AM

Hey All,

 

Looking for some ideas on keeping the camper centered in the bed of my truck. Seems like after every offroad trip, the camper shifts all the way over to one side, and while it doesn't really matter, it just bugs me. 

 

I have a 2003ish Hawk on a 2001 Ford Super Duty. There is about a 2" gap on either side when centered. Before every trip I make sure the tie downs are tight, but not too tight. I got the eye bolt locations from FWC and drilled & installed them. I am assuming they don't have enough lateral angle to them, which allows the camper to slide around a bit. 

 

I remember my dad had just drilled through the base of his 80s Grandby into the truck bed with normal bolts and it kept it in place. Since I've already drilled the eye bolts, I wasn't that stoked on drilling an additional 2 down the center, but that is all that I have come up with so far. 

 

Any other ideas I am missing here? I wanted to just wedge in some wood on the sides but I just don't see that holding up on long dirt roads. 

 

Thanks for your help!


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#2 craig333

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Posted 20 November 2023 - 03:22 AM

i put wooden blocks in the sides and they stay pretty well.


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Posted 20 November 2023 - 04:18 AM

See post #12

 

https://www.wanderth...-handles/page-2

 


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Posted 20 November 2023 - 01:39 PM

i put wooden blocks in the sides and they stay pretty well.

This... doesn't move at all.. 


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#5 Jon R

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Posted 20 November 2023 - 09:33 PM

A rubber bed mat helps keep it from sliding around, too.
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Posted 21 November 2023 - 12:51 PM

I put wooden blocks on each side of mine too, they stay in place even on the bumpiest roads.

Edited by Sleddog, 21 November 2023 - 12:51 PM.

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#7 camper rich

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 07:10 PM

I have a riser I built that goes under my camper to give me more roof clerance.  I built it with parallel 2 x 3's laying flat plus a couple of them on edge so that they stick up and act as a guide to sliding the camper in and keep it from moving sideways.  The end 2 x 3's are cut so they fit snug to the sides of the camper to stop side to side movement.  It's held together with "L" brackets.  


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#8 Jon R

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:46 AM

If you decide to brace the camper in position I would suggest you use blocking that is tall enough for the lateral loads to be applied to the actual camper footwell structure and not just to the cleats attached to the floor of the camper. Also, provide for the drainage and ventilation of the spaces between the cleats.

Edited by Jon R, 22 November 2023 - 12:49 AM.

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:57 AM

Spray in bed liners add enough ruff surface to hole the camper down pretty good.  Add some blocks for more resistance. I always had to jack mine up slightly to move it where I wanted it then lower the jacks.  Some will buy a mat from a source like tractor supply, it adds some resistance ruff surface to prevent sliding around than just a smooth metal surface. 

 

Three FWC campers each one I've bolted it down to the bed so the clamping force never allowed the camper to move on any trail.


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#10 Jon R

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 01:04 AM

My factory spray in liner on my 2021 gmc is certainly better than painted metal but the camper still moved around even when not doing any real off roading. I put in a 3/8 thick gmc accessory rubber bed mat. It helped a lot.

My factory liner is slightly more grippy than the Line-X I had sprayed in my old truck, but not as grippy as Rhino Liner.

Edited by Jon R, 22 November 2023 - 01:06 AM.

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