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Old 04-21-2021, 03:11 PM   #1
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Which truck camper bed mat??

We're thinking of getting back into a truck camper(possibly a Host Yukon or Lance 1172) after 12 years fulltiming in a 5th wheel. With my previous truck campers I had a Bedrug carpeted bed liner in the truck, but the camper moved around on the slippery carpet. My current truck is a 2017 F350 Platinum diesel dually with a factory spray on bed liner, which feels kind of rough.
What are other truck camper owners using to protect the bottom of their truck camper & prevent the unit sliding around in the bed? I've looked online, but find only carpeted or hard plastic, both being slippery.
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Old 04-21-2021, 07:13 PM   #2
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I would go get a horse stall matt. they come in 4x4 or 4x8. about an inch thick, provide padding and non-skid.
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:42 PM   #3
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When I had my TC, I also had a 5th wheel. The 5er rails stayed in the bed. I used high density pink foam insulation sheets. with a notch cut for the rails. Two 2'x8' sheet in the bed. Very light weight and they conform to small bumps in the bed and camper floor.
The camper did not slide.
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I ended up with a 4'x6' stall mat. I did cut two holes out to compensate for the safety chain lugs that raise up about 3/8" from the bed making it flush.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:24 AM   #5
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I had a gooseneck ball receiver in the bed of my truck. I made a peg out of hedge wood by inserting it into the receiver and cutting it so it was tall enough to put a piece of plywood with a hole in it and was held in place. Put whatever mat over that, it isn't going to move.
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Stall mats here also. They are heavy. I have two is 2x4 and other is 4x6. PIA to load the 4x6 by yourself. But they work good.
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Old 05-01-2021, 10:54 AM   #7
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When we owned a TC , I took a different approach . I put down 8'x 1" x 4" pressure treated boards length wise 8" center to center and covered with asphalt roofing shingles.

This keeps the bottom of the TC off the truck bed allowing water to drain freely and allowing air circulation to prevent rot.

The shingles prevent any slippage and isolate the 1x4 wood sleepers from contacting the TC bottom.

When we sold the camper the bottom of the TC still looked like new.
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I have a DeeZee mat in both my pickups. No slipping around on these, and the bottoms have little bumps to allow air between the mat and truck bed.
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Old 05-01-2021, 07:57 PM   #9
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DZ mats in my last two trucks and nothing else. Works perfect.
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Horse stall mats are great if you need additional height but are heavy and hard to handle. The DeeZee rubber mats work fine and are easier to stow or carry.
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Is that paint or tape?
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Gorilla tape was used to sharpen the white spray paint.
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Old 05-18-2021, 07:59 PM   #14
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We also use 2 stall matts, a 2x6 and 2x4 and we get no sliding around. Yeah they are heavy and awkward.
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