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epcolumbus

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I am new to truck campers. Looking at used ones. Can I safely mount a 1000 lb camper on my Ram 1500 short bed using heavy duty ratchet straps and the factory tie downs in the bed. Looking for opinions.

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Use the tie downs that bolt to the frame. buy them once.
Use turnbuckles or their equivalent.
Forget about straps.

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If it works dimensionally, IE, the camper tie downs are inside the bed rails of the truck, then I'd do it. Still gotta make sure the tie downs are angled properly fore and aft to keep the camper pulled slightly forward.

1000lbs is not much of a camper, are you certain on the weight? Even most of the pop ups loaded with gear are close to or twice that weight.


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Seriously? Spend the money and do the right thing.........

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I am far from an expert, but I have not seen slide in campers being just a 1000lbs, even popup seem to be more than 1000lbs. When I was looking for a used camper I looked at many many campers and anything lighter, such as a popup were non existent in the used camper market in my area. Are you looking for something with a bathroom, kitchen area, how will you use the camper?

Even a 1000lbs camper probably would require and for safety reason need to have actual tie downs, I have seen where some guys use ratchet straps for temporary measures, as in getting it home or something along those lines.


Finally, Id go at this cautiously having weight limits and the handling limits in mind in what ever your needs and wants are in your camper choice.

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Seriously, I am asking because I want to know "What the right" thing is. Instead of being bashed, I was hoping to get some answers. I have never done this before and want to do it right! Helpful info wanted. The camper I saw was just over 1000 lbs dry weight, It was made for a 1/4 ton truck like a Tacoma. Not looking at something with a bathroom, but possibly a small kitchen area. What kind of tie downs do you use? I was hoping this forum would be helpful to a newbie, but I seem to just get berated! How can I learn if I don't ask questions. I guess this may not be the place for me to learn!

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For back road slow travels to get a camper home ratchet straps can be a temporary solution if you are not traveling far.

The next step up is brophy turnbuckles, but still not a great option for newer trucks with light truck beds.

The best is either happyjac or torklift for safety.


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epcolumbus, at least you are asking questions which is a good thing. Welcome to the forum and there are some very knowledgeable folks here. Sometimes a little tack is good too...be safe!


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epcolumbus wrote:

I am new to truck campers. Looking at used ones. Can I safely mount a 1000 lb camper on my Ram 1500 short bed using heavy duty ratchet straps and the factory tie downs in the bed. Looking for opinions.


I have done that many times when buying a new truck camper to bring it home..I had a Lance 8.6 truck camper on a '76 Ford 3/4 ton and only used straps hooked to the frame and stake pocket because I did not have access to any other kind at the time..It worked well without issues even on mountain roads in Idaho..

Never an issue with this setup with straps only at the time..Just make sure you use good HD straps with a high rating..I would do it again if need be..

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epcolumbus wrote:

Seriously, I am asking because I want to know "What the right" thing is. Instead of being bashed, I was hoping to get some answers. I have never done this before and want to do it right! Helpful info wanted. The camper I saw was just over 1000 lbs dry weight, It was made for a 1/4 ton truck like a Tacoma. Not looking at something with a bathroom, but possibly a small kitchen area. What kind of tie downs do you use? I was hoping this forum would be helpful to a newbie, but I seem to just get berated! How can I learn if I don't ask questions. I guess this may not be the place for me to learn!


Sorry for some of the rude and uninformed replies..Some just have no idea and have never done anything like that..Some have..

As far as using straps,I am totally surprised someone hasn't came up with truck camper ratchet tie downs..There are recovery straps out there rated over 30,000 lbs and ratchet straps rated at 20,000 pounds and only 2" wide...Working loads over 5K on the little ones.More than enough for a truck camper like you asked about..

They give alittle unlike turnbuckles and chains,a good thing for a TC..And some of the colors are awesome..LOL..That's all the truckers use to tie down there very heavy loads of lumber etc..Been there done that..

Good luck with your new rig...

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