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Old 04-01-2015, 09:19 PM   #1
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Do I need to install anything in my truck to put on a camper?

I've got a Ford F250 3/4 Ton 2014 SRW SuperDuty SuperCab XLT 4x2 6.75" Short Bed 6.2Liter V-8 Engine

Before putting on a camper, do I need to install anything in the truck or will it just "pop in" and latch on? I've already researched the campers that I could put on (based on my GVW, GVWR, GAWR, wheels, etc.), but it's a bit of a haul to the sales lots, so in case I buy on the spot, I'd hate to be unprepared.

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Old 04-01-2015, 09:40 PM   #2
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Yes. LR E tires, HD shocks, roll(torsion) bars, Tie Down system. Welcome to the site.
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Thanks for the response.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:58 AM   #4
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You will also want to install thick rubber bed mat for the camper to sit on.
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Need to research the dimensions of the camper to make sure you have clearance over the cab. If not then might have to make up some sort of spacer pallet.

Tie downs are often two separate parts, not necessarily made by the same company. Have a look at Torklift tiedowns attachments and Fastgun tiedowns for examples.

May want mirror extensions but probably not.

If camper obscures rear lights then you will need to have fittings to connect the camper lighting to the truck system and that may need to be specially installed in the truck bed.
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Need to research the dimensions of the camper to make sure you have clearance over the cab. If not then might have to make up some sort of spacer pallet.
I have 3 or 4 sheets of 1/2 osb boards in mine to clear my roof . Cheaper than plywood & at the price difference I can change it every year if need be.
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I have 3 or 4 sheets of 1/2 osb boards in mine to clear my roof . Cheaper than plywood & at the price difference I can change it every year if need be.
Would 3 flat 2x6's work? (Lengthwise ) Gotta figure it's a hell of a lot easier to move in and out of the bed of a pickup that multiple sheets of plywood or OSB.
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For a good bed mat go to Tractor Supply or similar and get a horse stall mat. Use a jig saw to cut to fit your bed. Worked for me when we had truck camper.
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Would 3 flat 2x6's work? (Lengthwise ) Gotta figure it's a hell of a lot easier to move in and out of the bed of a pickup that multiple sheets of plywood or OSB.
If it gives you enough clearance then I suppose it would, BUT lol , if you need to raise it more than 1 1/2 inchs then you'll need to double or triple up. With my full sheets they are under the whole floor not just a part of it so I KNOW it won't drop down in unsupported areas. I don't know if it could or not but I DO know it won't now. Just sayin.
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Also seen recommendations to remove a hard plastic bed liner before loading the camper, but I guess putting a sheet of rubber matting over the top would be OK too.
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What have for equipment

Rubber mat for bed.
Tork lift tie downs all around.
Tork Lift Fast Guns and most important with locks.
Hellwig anti-sway bar.
Rancho 5000 XL adjustable shock absorbers all around.
Air-Lift Air bags with wire-less on-board air compressor
Timbrens on front lower control arms.
Michelin "E" rated tires inflated to 80 psi all around with camper on.
Pulled Stock 28 gallon fuel tank and installed Titan 52.2 gallon.

My truck is a 2008 GMC 2500HD duramax 4X4 Crew cab.
Camper is a 2008 Lance 861 S, right slide.
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Rubber mat for bed.
Tork lift tie downs all around.
Tork Lift Fast Guns and most important with locks.
Hellwig anti-sway bar.
Rancho 5000 XL adjustable shock absorbers all around.
Air-Lift Air bags with wire-less on-board air compressor
Timbrens on front lower control arms.
Michelin "E" rated tires inflated to 80 psi all around with camper on.
Pulled Stock 28 gallon fuel tank and installed Titan 52.2 gallon.

My truck is a 2008 GMC 2500HD duramax 4X4 Crew cab.
Camper is a 2008 Lance 861 S, right slide.
Have to agree with most of this list, as I have the majority of them as well, albeit my truck is a Ford King Ranch 4X4 dually. Tork Lift makes quality camper equipment, and the fast guns make a quick job once they are set for your camper. Buy the locks as well, as they would be easy to steal if you didn't have any...or if your on a tight budget, a set of cheaper locks will work...but I have the correct Tork Lift locks.
My mat is a 3/4" mat (mine happens to be in two pieces, as it's heavy) and my Arctic Fox camper 990 clears the truck nicely. I also have a Superhitch 'Supertruss' double receiver system so I can use the extension, and hitch to my 18' enclosed trailer. Great system!

Making sure you have a good electrical system installed (if the truck didn't come ready to just hook the electrical to it) so that the camper batteries charge as you are driving the truck. Having a disconnect set up, so that when running the camper batteries down, you aren't also running the truck batteries down is important as well.
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only things you NEED are the tie downs/anchors and the wiring if the camper blocks your tail lights. That is all i did to get mine home, then from there i have been working on this or that as i find necessary.
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