Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Truck Camper Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-29-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 15
Our Retirement Rig

Well I've been medically retired for 4 years we decided to go ahead and get our "Retirement Rig". I just picked it up last Friday & we have already made the maiden voyage that weekend to Port Angeles, WA. We are still outfitting it to our style & know it will take some time to get it dialed in. We decided this combination would work the best for us because now the wife can sleep in & not get woken up at o-dark 30 when I launch the boat.

The truck is a 2008 F350 XLT, 4X4, diesel, CC, Long bed & has been outfitted with (2) 3/4" rubber stall mats (laid sideways & cut to fit the wheel wells & tailgate posts), Torklift frame mounted tie downs, Airlift air bags (thanks Mike) & Rancho 9000XL adjustable shocks all around.

The camper is a gently used 2011 Adventurer 106DBS with the rear kitchen with the dinette & refer slide, dry bath, AC & generator ready & Happy Jacks. It took us almost a year to narrow down the models that we liked & found this one, it was bought close to home to boot (unlike the truck, boat & kicker motor, which all were bought in Oregon, go figure).

I will be towing my Jet Sled to fish for Salmon & Steelhead in the Pacific North West rivers.
Now it's time to get Serious!!!!

One question I have to ask though is how do you consistently get the camper on the truck properly each time? The wife is not the most experienced in these matters but she tries to help as the spotter. I'm seriously thinking about a wireless backup camera (like the kind that has a removable suction cup or magnetic base) & marking the bed somehow to line up camper more easily.
As always, any help is appreciated. Jim Sr.

I did notice that the passenger side airbag had a leak in this photo & fixet it ASAP.

__________________

__________________
1ton4rd4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-29-2012, 12:17 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
yorgor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 106
Practice, practice, and more practice.
__________________

__________________
Joe Myers (Retired) GOD Bless Our Troops.
2000 Dodge 3500 CTD DRW 4x4 6 Spd Man. 3.54
2003 Lance 1121 1999 Taco 4x4 Toad V6 5 Spd
yorgor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 03:25 AM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
Bruce C's Avatar
 
Nor'easters Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NH
Posts: 5,099
I've owned I think five perhaps six truck campers over the years, what I did was have a piece of tape dead center on the camper[vertical] and a piece of tape on the bed rail of the truck. Backing on I just matched them up. Small adjustments from there. But the practice works well.
__________________
Bruce & Nancy
FMCA F280542
2004 Bounder 35E
US Navy Vet.
Bruce C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 12:50 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 15
I have practice on TT's but this is a whole new animal. Since I have the rubber mats in the bed I might use a yellow tire crayon & mark the mat & get the backup camera & just try that route + more practice!!!

Thanks for the comments. Jim Sr.
__________________
1ton4rd4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
yorgor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 106
I use 1/4" plywood rub strips on the sides of the wheel wells.
__________________
Joe Myers (Retired) GOD Bless Our Troops.
2000 Dodge 3500 CTD DRW 4x4 6 Spd Man. 3.54
2003 Lance 1121 1999 Taco 4x4 Toad V6 5 Spd
yorgor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 06:39 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: NY
Posts: 15
The tape method never worked for me, could never see it, rear window too far back with the Quad Cab. What has worked for me was to line up the truck straight as possible, looking backwards over my LEFT shoulder out the rear window and guide the truck back making small corrections as necessary. Looking over the shoulder allows me to see the truck rail and the TC box as it passes through onto the bed. As long as I'm OK on the side I'm watching, watching the other side is unnecessary.

That's a nice setup you have !!
__________________
98 3500 Ram 4x4
05 Arctic Fox 990
FF1063 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
yorgor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 106
That was a good post, keep it uncomplicated and practice, after a while you will forget you're practicing and be sliding that baby in there with no problem. I normally have the the camper about 2'' above the bed when loading.
__________________
Joe Myers (Retired) GOD Bless Our Troops.
2000 Dodge 3500 CTD DRW 4x4 6 Spd Man. 3.54
2003 Lance 1121 1999 Taco 4x4 Toad V6 5 Spd
yorgor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 368
I don't have that much extra space between the wheel wells so I start by getting the camper in the middle. Then I line up a piece of tape on the rear window of the truck with another piece of tape on the camper window. I have them so that when I look through the rear view mirror and see them overlap I know I am on track.

Another approach some have taken is to put a piece of tape or paint a stripe down the center of the bed mat and then hang a ball on a string from the center of the camper. They can then back up and keep the ball over the stripe. It was a little more involved then I wanted to get so I use the two pieces of tape.
__________________
elkhornsun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 11:56 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 15
Thanks for all the suggestions, I have allot to think about now & will try them all untill I find what works best for me.

Again, thanks. Jim Sr.
__________________
1ton4rd4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #10
...
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1ton4rd4me View Post
Thanks for all the suggestions, I have allot to think about now & will try them all untill I find what works best for me.

Again, thanks. Jim Sr.
Jim
There are a couple things you can do that help. Measure to the center of your TC and in the bend where the vertical wall of the TC meets the overhand (bed) center a piece of black electrical tape. A look in the rear view mirror will help align the truck to center.

Another trick is to lay down a long line from the inside of the legs of the TC out in front 20 feet or so. A long tape measure touching inside both legs and you looking out the left side, window down and using the bottom edge of your window on the truck to guide along the edge of the tape measure, board or whatever. This will keep you going straight. After you get under the TC take note of the eyeball distance between the lower edge of the drivers window and the tape measure.

Practice...
__________________
... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 05:47 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 15
An update on my progress for loading the TC has been successful useing tape on the back widow of the quad cab that lines up to the tape on the middle of the TC.

Thanks to all who have taken the time to explain your different methods.

Jim Sr.
__________________
1ton4rd4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 06:31 AM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 203
Nice rig there Jim, hope you use it a lot.

When we not out in ours, (see pic below) we like to be out in the 5iver.
GWinger


__________________
GWinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 06:59 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Steve N Sal's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,614
That's a great looking combination and hope you really get to enjoy it. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!
__________________
Steve & Sally / HiTee & Hudson Our Little Poms / Heidi & Houston Forever in our Hearts
04 NEWMAR MACA 3778 W22 / 05 PT Vert
Michigan (Summer) Michigan (Winter For Now)
Steve N Sal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 09:25 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 15
Thanks for the compliments.
Oh we really do love it & plan to use it allot next year after getting a membership & Good Sam club.
It sure beats sleeping on the ground & fighting to get a tent spot!!!
I have already been using it while fishing for Salmon & Steelhead this year too, it's so nice getting some quality rest after a hard day of fishin!!!!

Jim Sr
__________________

__________________
I fish, therfore I AM...
1ton4rd4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.