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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 02/10/22 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before everyone tells me to buy frame-mounted tie down points - please understand that I drive "inventory" from our used-vehicle lot. I can have a nice truck for a month and then it gets sold :-(

Hubby owes me a 6-1/2' bed truck after selling my '19 Silverado Diesel - and I have suspected that Ford's aluminum bed rail will get dented by the clamp-on tie downs?

Is there anyone using them (without problems) with a late-model Ford truck?

My current camper is a Northstar 800, 8' slide-in pop-up. Probably 1200-ish lbs

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Deb

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Posted: 02/10/22 06:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't use them with my 4000 lb TC, but I think they'll be fine for the use you are describing.


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Posted: 02/10/22 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Somehow, my camper seemed "big" until you said yours weighs 4k....LOL!
Thanks for the encouraging words!

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And 4k is skinny these days with the lance 1172's and huge Hosts [emoticon]


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Posted: 02/11/22 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used the Brophy's with my Coachman Ranger. I think the weight loaded was probably 3500 pound. Once I figured them out I didn't have a problem with them. I had my Chevy Silverado dually so the weight was not a problem for the truck or the mounts for that matter. The rear mount touched the fender well of the dually tires. I was putting the foam strips that came with them on but it was still wearing away. What I did was I used 3M double sided tape and that worked perfectly. It didn't wear anymore, heat gun would take the tape right off. I also had a fabricated trailer mount of sorts that slid into the receiver and mounted to the underside of the camper with nuts and bolts, there were two mounted rings that I installed on the underside of the rear of the camper and it held the whole thing in place. The rear mount was a leftover from my dads 1966 Beeline TC that became my first truck camper. The mount looked like this, sorta.
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We never had any trouble with the Brophy's. Good luck!

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Oooh - clever idea to use the trailer hitch receiver! My camper rests on the tailgate (I wrap it with Crash Wrap to protect it from stone chips). So I take it that you would trust an aluminum truck bed with the clamp-ons?

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Deb and Ed M wrote:

Oooh - clever idea to use the trailer hitch receiver! My camper rests on the tailgate (I wrap it with Crash Wrap to protect it from stone chips). So I take it that you would trust an aluminum truck bed with the clamp-ons?


Well I've never had an aluminum anything so I really couldn't say. I'm surprised there's not more interest in your thread. There's so many configurations on this forum that I'm sure that someone will comment.

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Posted: 02/12/22 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, I guess if a really nice Ford becomes available - what's the worst that happens if the rails get dented? We put decorative bedrails on it when we're done with it?? :-)

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