Because truck campers aren’t permanently connected to your truck, you’ll need to install and secure them each time you head out. This process isn’t complicated, but you must do it correctly for your safety and the safety of those around you.
Can you tie down a truck camper with straps?
Straps are fine as long as you don’t over tighten them. With the Fastguns and similar tie downs it is easy to see that there is 300 lbs. of force being applied to each corner of the camper.
How do I keep my truck camper from moving?
In my experience, the only things that prevent excessive truck camper movement is a good rubber bed mat and/or a set of front and side mounted bumpers.
Do you need to tie down a truck camper?
Campers require 4 tie-down points, 2 at the front and 2 at the rear of your truck bed. Some tie-downs connect directly to a truck’s bed; others connect to its frame. Frame-mounted tie-downs are stronger than bed-mounted because a truck’s frame provides a stronger base than the weaker sheet metal of its bed.
How do you secure a truck camper when off the truck?
When the camper is off of the truck, I use Wobble Stoppers with locks and place the camper about 12-inches off the ground. Unless they cut the hardened locks or the Wobble Stopper itself, they can’t just drive up and load your camper and drive off.
Do I have to remove my tailgate to carry a truck camper?
Depending on the type of truck camper you are carrying, removing the tailgate may or may not seem like a good idea. In the end, it is your decision whether you want to keep it on or off. Still, remember that removing and reinstalling the tailgate is a two-men job, which some drivers find a nuisance at some point.
How tight should truck camper tie downs be?
Camper manufacturers suggest that 300 pounds of tension be applied to secure the camper properly. … If there is too much tension you may damage the anchor points on your camper. Torklift turnbuckles are spring-loaded to avoid any potential damage to tie downs or camper anchor points.
What do I need to secure a truck camper?
Securing a truck camper starts by using your camper’s jacks to raise it slightly above your truck bed’s height. Carefully back your truck underneath, and lower the trailer into the bed. With the camper resting in the bed, connect the turnbuckles to the camper and the tie-down anchor points. Tighten them until secure.
Are truck campers hard on trucks?
Truck campers are pretty easy to drive. While you still need to be considerate of your height, weight, and center of gravity, driving a truck camper isn’t much harder than driving the truck. They are also easy to maneuver since they sit right in the truck bed.