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KD4UPL

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Posted: 03/24/22 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used to take mine off so I could launch and retrieve the boat without it. It's also nice for hauling the kids and their bikes around the campground or whatever. I could take it off in about 15 or 20 minutes. Putting it back on was maybe 30 minutes. It's no big deal.

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You might want to verify with your insurance agent that the camper will be covered if, say, a tree falls on it while it's dismounted in a campground.

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Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

You might want to verify with your insurance agent that the camper will be covered if, say, a tree falls on it while it's dismounted in a campground.


You might want to verify with your insurance agent that the camper will be covered if, say, a tree falls on it while it's mounted in a campground.

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Posted: 03/25/22 06:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Is it common to remove your truck camper at your camp spot?

OP asks "your camp spot"??
WE don't have just one spot or one area or a fed or state or private camp ground we like to camp in but the majority of campground we;ve stayed is has signs up "do not remove your truck camper from your truck. Simply depends where you camp.

When I had truck campers and pulling a boat/car hauler full of atv/horse trailers I had front and rear mounted hitches for loading/unloading my boats of various weights/lengths.... and even towing doubles.

It a good idea if you want to just stay in camp ground that allows truck camper removal is to call ahead.


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A post like this seems to attract those who have removed their campers while camping. In spite of the responses, I would say removing the camper is rare. I spent 2 years camping full time in the National Parks in the western US. I can only remember seeing this happen once.

In any case what others do does not need to change your plans.

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Attracting those that take their campers off was the intent. Getting to read about experiences and practicality of it was what I was hoping for.

If I was at a campground, I would respect their policy. But I'm talking about boondocking at dispersed spots which is how my family camps.


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JimK-NY wrote:

A post like this seems to attract those who have removed their campers while camping. In spite of the responses, I would say removing the camper is rare. I spent 2 years camping full time in the National Parks in the western US. I can only remember seeing this happen once.

In any case what others do does not need to change your plans.


May have been the year we were at Yellowstone then, lol. First thing I did was dump the camper so that it wasn’t hanging out back there for days of touring around the park.


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JimK-NY wrote:

A post like this seems to attract those who have removed their campers while camping. In spite of the responses, I would say removing the camper is rare. I spent 2 years camping full time in the National Parks in the western US. I can only remember seeing this happen once.

In any case what others do does not need to change your plans.


Being a winter snow bird destination Florida see's many take offs here, especially the bass fisherman. I go to many tourneys and there are several TC's that are off to use the truck for launching and retrieving. In the north east I have never seen one off. I've never gone to far west to comment on that. In the keys they take them off too. One thing I have never seen is any stabilization accessories being used other than jacks and blocks. I'm the only one I've ever seen with a pair of wobble stoppers. People ask me about them all the time. I still use blocks and jacks.
This is in my driveway but it's the same at the lake.
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I also use slide out supports.
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I tip it to the rear slightly because of the rain water run off and it tips my head up a little bit when sleeping.
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Thanks for the photos notsobigjoe. Actually you've kind of addressed another thought I had but had not yet put into words. I'm picturing taking the camper off at my dispersed site which is on dirt. I think of the camper being supporting by the 4 telescoping stands (what is the right term for them?). The feet have relatively small footprint for the weight they support, maybe no big deal for storage on bare ground but what about if camper is fully loaded and being used? Would I need to put the feet on some wide supports to spread out the load? Would I need extra supports to combat wobble? Would the ground need to be absolutely flat for this to work? Is there auto-leveling technology like with a motorhome?

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^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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