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RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

In my case the load is applied mostly to the tube as a side pull (cantilevered structural rating) as it telescopes inside the frame. A fastener prevents it from telescoping in or out.
GAR2 05/11/20 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

Looks good. How do you have them attached? My 10K Hitch frame was open on the ends. The 2” square tube telescopes perfectly inside. On the front I made frame mounted receivers.
GAR2 05/10/20 07:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

https://i.imgur.com/4rQIQf1l.jpg
GAR2 05/10/20 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

Sorry for the elapsed time guys... I did finish the hold downs. Here’s a picture of the rear ones after having powder coated and attaching the mud flaps. I put buying the T/C on hold due to the Covid 19 and waiting to make sure the economy rebounds and that I remain gainfully employed. Best regards — Glenn https://i.imgur.com/WugFj4Fl.jpg Post edit: I have the hold down adjusted to their fully outward position, they are adjustable and will each move inward another 2-1/2” slightly narrower than the dually fenders. I did leave the wheel well flares their original black plastic color and ended up liking them that way
GAR2 05/10/20 11:31am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

One thing worth noting on the curt single front hitch, read the install directions on etrailer.com and watch their install video. On the ‘02 there are brackets that bolts on to the front main bolt for the leaf spring mounts in which the nuts have to be removed— they are an absolute bear to get off! (Especially at a home shop as opposed to on a lift at a garage) But that was the ‘02 under bumper application. I believe the ones that mount where the fog lights go you have to pull bumper and they use the frame horns where bumper mounts if I recall correctly.
GAR2 02/15/20 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

A little different twist , I bought a curt under bumper front hitch for my ‘02 F350, modified to a triple, and built my own custom valance/air dam. Lots of work involved— but use it for my 17,500lb. winch and snow plow for drive way at home. There’s lots of possibilities if your into custom / DIY. My truck has the blocker beam- not sure about your newer Ford. https://i.imgur.com/yBPZDtql.jpg
GAR2 02/15/20 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: Nice calculator for “structural load” for DIY

While that calculator is helpful for some things it is not applicable to your tie downs . It is a simple beam calculator . What is needed is a cantilever beam with a fixed end and concentrated load at the end . The same would apply to a hitch extension . I am.not an engineer , just enough knowledge to be dangerous . If you have access to engineers check with them . I would be interested how they would calculate dynamic loads ie , bouncing down the road , most all of these formulas only calculate static loads . BTW , your tie downs look more than adequate . Yes, the calculator is a fixed load, I also took the specs from the advertised material from a product one trailer.com and ran it through the calculator for comparison as it was actually a smaller tube size. I think a good comparison of what you're referring to would be the Companies that sell personal fall restraint equipment and do demonstrations. Our harnesses are rated for a man weighing up to 350 pounds. OSHA requires that any tie off point be capable of holding a static weight of 5000 pounds. The reason being the force generated from an object in motion for 3 ft. (person falling) and then an abrupt stop. If my memory recalls somewhere around 2500 to 3000 pounds, which is why the safety lanyards have some sort of shock system built in, to lessen the felt impact. Myself and a lot of other employees have went to the lanyards with the retractable automatic locking strap (like a seat belt). The same test weight put on their machine and allowed to free fall had the values significantly lowered because of the less distance traveled (inches) before stopping. There are a lot of variables and I’m not endorsing a particular size and weight tube, but only what I feel comfortable with for my own DIY project, and experiences in the field. BTW, we do build a lot of load bearing equipment using I beams and hoist trolleys and I have a couple tables for that as well and they all take into account the beam specs (height, width, weight (thickness) , span, load travel, bouncing of load, beam deflection. As an example I have a 17’ 8” I-beam down at my shop right now- I have ran it through 5 or 6 calculators and confirmed with engineering, the load isn’t very high due to the span. Thanks for the reply Ticki2, there are a lot of things in play. All things being equal I’m sure the weak link is the truck camper itself, I can’t remember how many posts I’ve read, using all sorts of tie downs, that there’s a danger of ripping the eyelets in the camper loose.
GAR2 01/26/20 08:47am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

My comment won't be very useful to you...but I am wondering if you could tell me the specs for the tubing you plan to use in the hitch. Thanks in advance. Sorry for the delay to your question, lots going on - Lol. Anyway, I ended up using 2” square tubing with a .125 wall thickness for the removable extensions. At 24” long they have a structural load rating of 5,300 lbs. with acceptable deflection figured in. This gives them a higher load rating from what material I am seeing offered in a factory offer— but I believe the small addition in weight is worth what I gained and satisfaction of DIY. I work closely with our engineering department at my place of employment and know that most engineering firms look at minimum specifications and cutting costs by less material which equals big $ when your mass producing. Not the case for us DIY’s.
GAR2 01/25/20 09:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Nice calculator for “structural load” for DIY

And I noticed it won’t link directly- you will have to copy and paste on your search, Lol
GAR2 01/25/20 08:32pm Truck Campers
Nice calculator for “structural load” for DIY

Hi Guys, I know not everyone is interested in making there own T/C hold downs and what have you but I have found this site very useful, thought I would pass it along for those of you who like the DIY projects. Best regards, Glenn http://www.atc-mechanical.com/calculators/tube-size-using-structural-properties/
GAR2 01/25/20 08:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

No need to drill holes, at least on the ‘02.
GAR2 01/19/20 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

I’ve already got the front frame brackets done, only thing in the way on the 2002 is the parking brake cable. Only one bolt needed fished through the frame and I welded a keeper to the bolt head so it can’t spin—as for getting the nut started a set of long handled forceps works great to keep fingers out of the way while starting the nut. Sounds like the newer trucks have more interference with the brackets. I’m happy with the hold down extension bars- I made them out of 2” square tube...... I can stand on them and rock the whole truck with no obvious deflection—I read on line that my fast guns are made for putting 300 pounds of tension on each one.
GAR2 01/19/20 11:49am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

I would also like to put the low profile, molded splash guards on my factory dual wheel fenders, I found some but I don’t want black. You would think they would make them in custom paint colors like they do for auto’s. I have been trying to find grey with no luck. It you look at the arrow I drew on the photo it looks like “mud / water” could actually sling over the top of the t/c hold down bars even if I did decide to hang mud flaps from them as was suggested earlier. https://i.imgur.com/PzRTwEDl.jpg
GAR2 01/19/20 12:57am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

I think the white would look good- and even without the trailer the “Back Off” logo would be there when carrying the t/c https://i.imgur.com/zeuRfV6l.jpg
GAR2 01/16/20 11:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

Just a thought looking at you picture . I made some inserts like that to fit into the trailer hitch to mount cut down semi mud flaps for trailering . Really kept the trailer clean . Good idea!
GAR2 01/16/20 10:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

https://i.imgur.com/gfUVDCTl.jpg
GAR2 01/16/20 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

Been busy at work, then hunting season, cutting firewood, etc., etc, Lol! Finally got back to the task at hand. Fabbed out the rear hold downs yesterday, they will slide into the open tube on my Reese hitch. Welding a couple tabs to the hitch bar underneath so that turnbuckles will keep them from sliding out— and won’t require any tools. Next stop to the shop for powder coating. https://i.imgur.com/MWWfxx4l.jpg
GAR2 01/16/20 04:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

Thanks mkirsch - I was real happy with the over cab bed on the Ford 10.0, easy to get up on, stretch out, and could even sit up without banging my head. I’ll be looking again next week, thanks for the recommendation.
GAR2 01/13/20 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

If you have mobility issues, a truck camper will not be for you. Look at larger campers like the Chalet, Host or Eagle Cap models that have floors starting above the bed rails of a pickup. Thank you for the reply. No mobility issues, just size issues- Lol. Im still very active, no arthritis, work in a casting foundry as a boilermaker, climbing, high work, etc. My son (31) is built the same way as old dad, poor kid- Lol. I know every inch counts in theT/C’s but it will be so nice to be able to have a camper and pull my fishing boat. As for vacationing— my plan is to still by a 5th wheel for my wife and I. The T/C will only be for fishing/hunting.
GAR2 01/10/20 06:40pm Truck Campers
Too big for a T/C ?

https://i.imgur.com/s1hTZAbl.jpg After all the help I received here , (disappointed T/C weight) I drove 3-1/2 hours yesterday to look at the 2016 Ford 10.0 T/C. I found several issues right off, but was told by the RV place it was being sold as is. Apparently they picked it up on auction. Beautiful on the outside but there’s no way I could even sit at the Dinette Table. My legs were crammed up, and pressed against the bottom of the table top and my head was against the overhead storage compartment. I couldn’t even be comfortable waiting out a rain/thunderstorm. I think someone here mentioned it, but since I’m new at this I gonna take a trip in a few weeks to a couple showrooms with T/C’s both HS & SS. My wife says I’m to **** big for a T/C. 6’2” - 310 lbs. Are there any of you guys, big fellers, using a T/C and what Brands/Models are giving you the most room for sit down / Dinette? Not too worried about the bathroom- I know it’s gonna be a tight fit and would be ok with delete altogether and use outside toilet/shower. Thanks
GAR2 01/10/20 12:55pm Truck Campers
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