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Lockport

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Posted: 04/18/21 06:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see I forgot we’ve had our current camper on TWO F350 trucks. First one is 2000 long bed, SRW. That truck has 200,000 miles now, hauled lighter camper then 9 years/25,000 miles of Snow River. Bed on that truck is fine,we still have that one- had frame tie downs. On 2016 have Tork Lift and Fastguns. Camper on 2016 now, waiting to see if Canada will let us in this summer!

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Torklift article sounds like written by 3rd grader.
They talk about "bed frame"
Have never seen such animal.
All truck beds I have seen are resting on truck frame.
Somebody missed his classes.


go look under your truck, there is the bed resting on a subframe (or crossmembers if you like) that is on the truck frame.

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StirCrazy wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

Torklift article sounds like written by 3rd grader.
They talk about "bed frame"
Have never seen such animal.
All truck beds I have seen are resting on truck frame.
Somebody missed his classes.


go look under your truck, there is the bed resting on a subframe (or crossmembers if you like) that is on the truck frame.

Steve

Sounds like we are saying the same thing?
Only I don't consider cross members a frame.





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Kayteg1 wrote:

StirCrazy wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

Torklift article sounds like written by 3rd grader.
They talk about "bed frame"
Have never seen such animal.
All truck beds I have seen are resting on truck frame.
Somebody missed his classes.


go look under your truck, there is the bed resting on a subframe (or crossmembers if you like) that is on the truck frame.

Steve

Sounds like we are saying the same thing?
Only I don't consider cross members a frame.


I don't either...

As the OP here, thanks for all the input. Some good and thoughtful as usual for this type of forum, some off base also as usual, but all interesting all the same.

Going on a trip next week. I'll follow up after some mods.

Cheers.

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Aluminum is kinda brittle and has no grain...Makes me kinda wonder if this would've happened with a steel bed - I donno??

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3 tons wrote:

Aluminum is kinda brittle and has no grain...Makes me kinda wonder if this would've happened with a steel bed - I donno??

3 tons


Nope. I do know. Read my earlier post on this thread.

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The newer trucks are made of tin foil. I have a 2017 ram that dents if you breathe on it. That's one of the reasons why I'm sticking with my old 93 one ton.


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I will take a look at the bed on my 2013 DRW next time I take the camper off, in a week or so. I’ I haven’t seen any issues with the bed or frame. I do see a fair amount of “flex” and I have always had “creaking” sounds with the windows down at low speeds on some “bumps” over the 9 years as I have carried a 1150. I have always assumed they were normal and have never been able to figure out where they are coming from. .

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brholt wrote:

I will take a look at the bed on my 2013 DRW next time I take the camper off, in a week or so. I’ I haven’t seen any issues with the bed or frame. I do see a fair amount of “flex” and I have always had “creaking” sounds with the windows down at low speeds on some “bumps” over the 9 years as I have carried a 1150. I have always assumed they were normal and have never been able to figure out where they are coming from. .


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Thank you. This is the kind of thing you can look for, but maybe they're just made this way. IDK. The bed rails are show similar crowning. But no obvious stress buckles. It's odd. I'm thinking they are this way from new in that model.

Doesn't explain the stress cracks at the rear, but the crowning is another issue that allows for too much rocking. Argh.

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Not hard to switch out beds in these trucks if it gets to that point. The longest part is getting out the bolts that hold it down to the frame if they are rusted. Took me about 3 hours to get my bed off, but that was due to having to cut the bolts off. Putting the new bed on with a lift took about an hour, this is for a DRW.


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