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  • Long-bed Camper in a Short-Bed Truck (with support mods)?

    Anybody ever mount a camper that was designed for a long-bed (8-ft) truck onto a short-bed (6.5-ft) pick-up?

    Not one of the super-heavy campers, with slide-outs, etc. Just a fairly lightweight long-bed model.

    My truck is a Chevy 2500HD crew-cab with an extra leaf spring and diesel motor, but, it only has a short bed.

    Plan to replace the tailgate cables with HD solid steel support bars, and add air-bags to the suspension, too.

    Thanx, Dave.
    "Luckily, enforcement reads these forums, and likely will peruse this one...Especially after a link of it is forwarded to them....." - AlaskaHippie.

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    I've hauled my Alaskan 8' camper in my Ram shortbed for years, goes right to the end of the tailgate. I didn't replace the tailgate cables but I did add air bags. I made a step that goes into my receiver hitch to aide getting in and out when I'm not hauling a trailer.

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    • #3
      You should have a data plate - maybe on the glove box door - that tells you the load capacity of your truck. Be sure you're not overloading it, weight-wise. Also, be aware that installing air bags does not increase your load capacity; they just help level the truck after loading.
      English is an odd language. It can understood through tough thorough thought, though.

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      • #4
        Measure the width of the camper that fit inside the truck bed to make sure it is not to wide.

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        • #5
          Some follow up questions (NOT specifically related to short -vs- long bed campers):
          I plan to keep the camper mounted on my truck most of the time. Probably only dismounting it twice per year.
          What are the Pros & Cons, need-to-have -vs- nice-to-have, complex -vs- simple, etc, for the following equipment:

          Torklift -vs- Happy Jack tie-downs?

          Fast-Guns?

          Electric -vs- manual jack-stands?

          Rubber mat -vs- blue-board underneath?


          Thanx, Dave.
          "Luckily, enforcement reads these forums, and likely will peruse this one...Especially after a link of it is forwarded to them....." - AlaskaHippie.

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          • #6
            Campers usually have a "center or balance". Your truck owners manual should also have a load center. While others have done what you are trying to do, not having the load properly balanced in the truck could cause driving issues.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
              Campers usually have a "center or balance". Your truck owners manual should also have a load center. While others have done what you are trying to do, not having the load properly balanced in the truck could cause driving issues.
              sounds like a good excuse for a 'beer gut'...I'm balancing out my camper...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BluNosDav View Post
                Some follow up questions (NOT specifically related to short -vs- long bed campers):
                I plan to keep the camper mounted on my truck most of the time. Probably only dismounting it twice per year.
                What are the Pros & Cons, need-to-have -vs- nice-to-have, complex -vs- simple, etc, for the following equipment:
                Torklift -vs- Happy Jack tie-downs? Take your pick. I chose HappiJac tie down brackets for the better tie down angles to prevent movement, access to fuel door, ground clearance, and corrosion resistance from not being under the truck. 5 years on a '12 GMC, no bent bumper or box as some will have you believe.

                Fast-Guns? I also use Fast Guns with my HappiJac's, great corrosion resistance, easy to use, and can be locked on. HappiJac now makes a similar tie down at a fraction of the price.

                Electric -vs- manual jack-stands? Electric with wireless remote all the way! Makes loading/unloading so much faster and easier when doing it with one person. Also makes stabilizing the camper easier.

                Rubber mat -vs- blue-board underneath? Rubber mat for sure, even if you use blue board to raise for cab clearance. A rubber mat helps prevent camper movement. Blue board can be used to gain height or added insulation if needed, but can raise the camper to high depending on truck/camper combo.

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                • #9
                  Torklifts, fast guns, electric jacks, and rubber mats. Thatís what I used for my 9 1/2í, 3,000 lb., fiberglass camper w/slideout dinning room in a 1 ton, short bed, Dodge/Cummins. It worked just fine but youíll definitely want to get the air bags installed and itís also a good idea to run 10 ply (load range E), tires.



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