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Kayteg1

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Posted: 06/13/20 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since the topic asks about safety, Torklift tie-downs have weak extension in them, what will give when you overlook speed bump. I experienced it myself in small incident, when another member posted that he experienced it in big way.
From what I see Happijack tie-downs don't have flexing/bending part, so what will give?
We had few pictures of camper anchors pulled out and they were not pretty.





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Kayteg1 wrote:

Since the topic asks about safety, Torklift tie-downs have weak extension in them, what will give when you overlook speed bump. I experienced it myself in small incident, when another member posted that he experienced it in big way.
From what I see Happijack tie-downs don't have flexing/bending part, so what will give?
We had few pictures of camper anchors pulled out and they were not pretty.


Are you saying that torklift have an engineered failure point to give under a certain amount of stress in an attempt to prevent trailer damage?


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So many people use the Happijacks wrong including the guy I bought my truck camper From.. Barrels go down not up and from them......

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TCM: That’s another mistake we’ve made as a few scratches on our truck can attest. How tight should the turnbuckles be?

Don: You want to tighten the front turnbuckles until the slack or wiggle is out and the turnbuckle is snug. Put a mark on the hook opposite the threaded rod next to the barrel. Tighten the turnbuckle until a quarter to three-eighths of an inch of the hook is pulled out of the turnbuckle. This compresses the spring giving you about 300 pounds of pressure. Tighten the jam nut to keep it set.

For the rear turnbuckles, also tighten them until the slack or wiggle is out and then tighten the jam nuts to the bottom of the barrels. The purpose of the rear turnbuckles is to keep the camper from bouncing up and down. The side to side movement is controlled by the front turnbuckles.



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silverbullet555 wrote:



Are you saying that torklift have an engineered failure point to give under a certain amount of stress in an attempt to prevent trailer damage?


I would not give them that much credit, but at present they are leaders in RV hardware.
Was the weak point a design, or side effect? Who really cares? It works and that what counts.
I straightened bend tubing in few minutes. Rebuilding pulled camper anchor would definitely be a big headache.
Not to mention that bend tubing will still hold, when pulled anchor not

* This post was edited 06/13/20 08:57am by Kayteg1 *

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mbloof wrote:

In my mind the key is to have something with a spring and when installed have the spring tensioned properly so that the "eyelet" on your camper is not torn out.

Mark0.



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These have a spring inside them to allow for shock.

Tighten until all the slack is gone and then tighten an additional 3/4" of thread travel.

The front ones do about 90% of the work.
The rear ones just add some stability and to keep the back end from bouncing around.


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I ended up going with the torklift because when I am not hauling the ccamper I dont want to see anytyhing, and I wanted it mounted to the frame. not the box and bumper which are inhearently weeker spots. because I spaent so much on thoes I ended up using theres for tiedowns
https://www.torklift.com/rv/basic-springload

they give you the spring loaded feature at a fraction of the cost of fast guns. I will probably look for one used fast gun at a later point for making fueling a little quicker.

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Looks to me like FastGuns are in your future.

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Question on the happijac mounts. Am I correct that one has to drill through the bed of the truck to mount the front mount? Then it mounts through the bottom of the bed into the frame and through the front of the bed to the bracket? Or is it 100% to the bed in the front?

I just want to make sure I understand how the system works.

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I think it would be good for you to find install directions for the Happijac mounts and read those to understand how they are attached. At least, try to find a youtube video to watch.


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Drill 4 holes through the front on each side and then drill 1 hole down through the bed into the frame on each side, I might be forgetting something but that is what I remember doing. It took me 3 or 4 hours to install because I try to get it perfect. Getting the nuts on the bolt on the front I remember being a PIA on the inside 2, tight fit between bed and back of the truck.


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