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Posted: 03/07/18 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any advise on loading a camper solo? I've viewed videos of using a laser, rollers attached to the bed, strings ...
What are your solutions?

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Posted: 03/07/18 01:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 03/07/18 01:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my pickup, I would sight the tailgate gap on my side to load the camper. On my flat deck, I have center stripe taped to my mat and the front of the camper wall which I have to match up.


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Constant checking... in and out of truck...

I use the mat, I've centered the mat and then put down Duct/Gorilla tape on the corners so I know where the mat goes.

I then either put on painters tape along the Bed (Flat bed, but the idea is the same - marking) First times it's in/out to verify on the mat.

Then I sit in drivers seat and select a spot that I can relate to on the camper and put tape there to align it up. Trial and Error, but it gives you something to look at for reference.

I'd put something in the center of the camper to use as a reference from the rear view mirror, but it's blocked.

It still takes time and a few times double checking. If you're close to getting it you can 'Walk' the camper over an inch or so...

Just lower the side you want to move out. Raise other side jacks (assuming you have the jacks on the ground). Camper will list a little bit at a time so it's for close adjustments.

I'm sure others have techniques, pick and choose the one that works best in your case.. Some put tape down the middle of bed and camper and able to see it to align it...

Not much help, but some ideas..
Hope that helps..


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Posted: 03/07/18 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always took me a while...slow and careful...but I never needed DW’s help.


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Always load mine alone. Not a big deal. I painted a 1/2" red line vertically on the front centered and I have a pin installed on the front bed rail that I can see looking over my shoulder. I line the pin up with the red line and back under, getting out to check the camper is square to the bed.

Been doing it that way for years. No issue. The trick is making sure your camper is going in square to the bed rails.

I'm sure there are more complex methods but that works for me.


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I have a stripe in my bed and a stripe on the TC. I've never found having an assistant helped.


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Posted: 03/07/18 02:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I load by myself using the tape marker method. I get out and look for squarenesses.

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I have a 5 inch piece of bead chain affixed to the front drivers corner on the camper that I line up with the edge of my bed mat. They are both 4 foot wide. Once the mat is centered in the bed you just have to back under squarely and keep dragging the chain up the edge of the mat. Hardest part is keeping it square. A swivel mirror with a suction cup mount is placed on the camper so that I can see where the chain is.

* This post was edited 03/07/18 02:43pm by dhull *

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Magnetic hitch camera from amazon. A little pricy. How much are your steps and frustration worth.

https://www.amazon.com/Rear-View-Safety-Magnetic-RVS-83112-WiFi/dp/B01N3UW99I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1520458127&sr=8-4&keywords=battery+backup+camera


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