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mcaruso

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Posted: 04/09/21 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going to pick up a palomino 1240 to put in my brand new F250 long box. I'm new at this and have a few questions. Do I need to remove the tailgate? Currently it's in a short bed truck with the tailgate on obviously it down. The second is it a good idea to put down a bed mat? Like the ones they sell at Tractor Supply? Any help would be greatly appreciated heading out tomorrow morning.
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Posted: 04/09/21 02:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A bed mat is always a good idea IMO.


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Leave yor tailgate at home.
On the pictures of the 1240 I have seen, it has little side skirts wrapping around the truck's taillights.
If your camper doesn't have these and you are able to close the tailgate (which I personally doubt), you can still put it back on and see how you like it.

A rubber / stable mat under the camper is not a bad idea. I am sure more people will chime in.


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Definitely get the rubber mat it keeps things from sliding around. As far as your Palomino, good luck with it I have never seen one but I would think you would want to leave your tailgate home as it is another 70 pounds. Good luck fellow Truck camper and welcome!

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I'd put a piece of structural closed cell foam on the floor. It comes in 4x8' sheets. I have 4" thick but that is my choice as I needed some height as I have lights on my cab roof.
Inexpensive and light weight. In a TC weight is important.

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I tried the horse mat nice thick material. Weighs about 100 lbs. After wrestling that around a few times I bought a dee zee mat that Weighs about 30 lbs.

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I think a rubber mat is a good idea. Having gone with a 3/4" stall mat and struggled with it too, I think a thinner mat like the Dee Zee is a good start. And if you need more height, go for the structural rated foam sheets under the mat.


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Stall mats are not needed unless you need clearance. In which case, foam under a bed mat will accomplish the same or more and weigh less. Easy to figure if you have cab to overhead clearance before you go.
Yes get a bed mat.
Yes leave the tailgate home, you can decide later if you can or want to leave it on.


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