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Posted: 04/13/21 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wondering if anyone else has this issue also:

2016 AF1150 mounted on a 2016 F350. After about 15000 miles with camper, I noticed stress cracks in the bed, at back corners. At 65000 miles, it's just still getting worse.

I have a bed mat since new. I've tried .75 plywood, but took it out again after it didn't help.

There is also a slight crowning of the truck's bed. Maybe about .5" to .75", most noticable right in front of the factory pin hitch location in the bed.

I think the AF is bending the truck badly. I don't drive like a dope. This is my 2nd camper, and my 6th rv.

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Posted: 04/13/21 08:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you off road much ??


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Posted: 04/13/21 08:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I haven’t heard of it. Are your springs almost bottomed out and do you tow?


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Posted: 04/13/21 08:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m not sure about the 2016’s but on previous years Ford 1ton dually’s had a bad issue of frame flex - there was a clip on youtube about this but I can’t recall what years...

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Posted: 04/13/21 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2004 f350 did that. All the weight of the camper is on the two side rails. The space on the bottom of the camper in between is not weight bearing. The truck bed was not designed to handle that long linear twin load and as a result in buckles up in the middle. Plywood helped fix my problem but it was not a perfect solution. My 2019 F350 seems to handle that weight a little better, perhaps by design...

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2013 dually here. Truck has been hauling 1150’s its whole life. Nothing visible at this point.

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Posted: 04/13/21 10:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an extra leaf in back since 2017, and stable load wedges and bumps in the back. Don't off road much, certainly nothing that would do this. Never tow anything. Wish I could post pics, but can't figure how.

Rickjo & brholt, if you look down your bed empty from the back or sight down the side rails, there is no arc to it at all?

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rickjo wrote:

All the weight of the camper is on the two side rails. The space on the bottom of the camper in between is not weight bearing.


I'm new to all this truck camper stuff, so just for clarification... are you saying the bottom of the camper is not bearing the weight like it *should be*, or that it's not *designed* to be weight bearing?

I was under the impression that the 'wings' of the camper weren't supposed to bottom out on the side rails, that the bottom of the camper *was* supposed to be bearing all the weight? I thought I'd read about people putting various spacers - from 3/4" ply to 2x lumber to horse-stall mats to 2" rigid foam - to boost things up so the camper would clear the side rails. And that Ford tended to have higher side rails (deeper bed) than most...

Like I said, I'm very new to this, and just trying to make sure I understand.

* This post was edited 04/13/21 11:29pm by memilanuk *

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Buy a Dodge maybe??
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If you want to post pictures, you can use this workaround solution with just a few clicks:
http://photoposting.is-great.net/


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