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And here is the fix. I highly suggest anyone who is going to go over 150,000 miles with one of the big campers in the back make this modification before your bed bends also.

Better to do this preemptively.

This thing will now last as long as the Cummins engine in it.

120 pounds added weight is a bummer, but no more worries is nice.

Before anyone gets all upset, the cross beam that is out of place in the picture is just waiting to get welded on. It is not attached in that direction.

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I'm not sure I'm seeing this right. It seems you are suspending your new crossmembers in the air instead of to the frame. What am I missing?

How did you straighten your bed floor?


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Before (w/previous 'fix')
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Good job!


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jimh406 wrote:

I'm not sure I'm seeing this right. It seems you are suspending your new crossmembers in the air instead of to the frame. What am I missing?

How did you straighten your bed floor?


I guess you just aren’t getting how a bed works with a frame and towers. That’s all you’re missing. Maybe google to see some pictures of trucks without the bed on. Look closely at the frame.

It’s probably inherently a bad design. That’s why the original towers failed to begin with. Anyone know why they designed frames with the dip like that requiring the towers? I think the concept of KISS went out the window with modern vehicles.

Flimsy bed (like all stock beds) is easily straightened by clamping in place or hammering or strapping, depending on the part of the bed, then welding to the new cross members. It’s the weakest sheet metal. Bends very VERY easily.

All in all, not too impressed with the quality of the engineering that goes into this area of a pickup. When we do things on boats (building them), it’s to a completely different level. But I guess going for that quality would make what is essentially a disposable item much more expensive

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Hemi Joel wrote:

Good job!



Thank you!

I’m pretty sure this will happen to lots of people that have a full size TC and stock bed after 150,000 miles of bumpy roads. So it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it if you’re a really serious traveler or just head it off at the pass with a preemptive reinforcement.

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AnEv942 wrote:

Before (w/previous 'fix')
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That’s an excellent visual summary.

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AdvancedQs wrote:

I guess you just aren’t getting how a bed works with a frame and towers. That’s all you’re missing.


I know exactly how beds attach. I just can't see how yours is attached in your photos. Any way, it doesn't really matter if you are happy with it.

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jimh406 wrote:

AdvancedQs wrote:

I guess you just aren’t getting how a bed works with a frame and towers. That’s all you’re missing.


I know exactly how beds attach. I just can't see how yours is attached in your photos. Any way, it doesn't really matter if you are happy with it.


Maybe this will help make it clear. That’s a much stronger tower in the picture replacing the stock one that crumpled.

The white part is the rear of the cab. Maybe you were thinking it was a different view.


It’s driving like a dream. A little more twitchy though because I’m still used to the TC being able to roll a bit in the bed. Now that it’s transferring all roll directly into the frame, I can feel it a lot more.

Different, but much better

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