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Grit dog

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Posted: 03/25/22 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Whether you want or need anti sway gadgets is subjective. Worry about stuff like this later after you have the camper and are familiar with it.


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Posted: 03/25/22 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

^Some of those questions are specific to particular campers, but yes, just put some boards under the feet if on softer ground. You’ll want a little collection of boards, with you, for leveling the truck up with camper on, and or as pads under the jacks. I usually carried a handful of 2x6s and 4 plywood squares.
Most good campers will not be too wobbly if you lower them down. RE auto level, it’s not difficult to level, just think about how the camper moves and to not put it in a bind. Generally when leveling, or un leveling move one “side” at a time. IE 2 front jacks or both on one side etc.
you’ll also want or need to un level it for loading and unloading on sloped surfaces.


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I compare taking off my camper on campgrounds to lowering the roof on my convertible at red light.
QUITE A SHOW.
With remote-operated jacks it takes me about 2 minutes to drive the truck off and then I can lower the camper on front support beam, what solves all the potential parking issues. Mind my camper was scaled up to 7000 lb and about 22' of total length, so driving it on city parking lots was not easy.
Loading the camper takes few minutes, but then it took me 2 years before I figured out that my 360 cameras have trailer option, who made centering the truck a breeze.





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Posted: 03/25/22 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have two campgrounds, one primitive and one with full hookups.
I don't recall ever seeing anyone in the primitive campground remove their camper.
I have only seen a few people in the full hookup campground remove their camper from the truck.
People do it but I wouldn't call it common.
I've never taken mine off when camping, never had a need or desire to.


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specta wrote:

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I've never taken mine off when camping, never had a need or desire to.

You also don't need cabin bigger than with 2 seats.
As we know, everybody is having different needs.
I removed my camper often, not only for convenience of easier driving in the city without it, but also I could leave my dogs in air-conditioned camper, when I went dining.

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I wouldn't call it common for up here. I personaly have never seen some one take it off at a campground.. maybe a seasonal site rental but even then most of the time you don't see a truck camper in thoes. so if you were to ask me I would say it is very uncomon, and for myself it isn't worth the hassel of removing and reinstalling on the typical uneven ground of a campground. when I do take it off at home it is on concrete blocks and 4x4's which I wouldnt be able to take with me unless I started hauling a trailer also. plus I have hydraulic jacks so you cant leave it sitting with pressure on the jacks. if I had a newer unit with screw jacks and electric motors to make it easier and faster to remove and load maybe, but in all honesty a small tow trailer would be much easier to use if that is your intention.

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RE loading and unloading on sloped or uneven ground…
Unload the camper completely at the slope of however the unit was sitting, mark the jacks for re load, level the camper after unloading. Bring it back to previous position for re-load.
Pretty easy.
And depends how you camp and what you do. A lot of our camping it is far more convenient to lose the camper off the truck than to roll up camp and pack the camper around everywhere for days when it’s not needed.
Examples:
Yellowstone touring around no camper = much easier.
Stay a friends for a few days and need vehicle.
Launching and retrieving boat daily or more often.
Middle of bfe nowhere and using truck to explore.

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I see it once in awhile.
It is hard to find a level spot when boondocking. Even a lot of campgrounds have very unlevel pads.

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Kayteg1 wrote:


You also don't need cabin bigger than with 2 seats.


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If I am staying in the same spot for a week or more, which is unusual, I will take it off, otherwise I leave it on


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