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Its time to restart this thread (since I could use some advice ),

I want to build a porch to incorporate everthing you would need, and that you could reasonably build. A lot of the pics have expired on the previous threads.

Some of the necessary items: -Steps (my DW broke her ankle last year and needs sturdy steps with a grab bar)
- Honda 2000 and extra fuel tank (for our planned Alaska trip in a couple years), include a secure box like Dave's to hold and keep it
secure, maybe being able to swing it out but leave it attached for use.
-porch area just big enough to allow easy access to the camper and steps. It would be nice if SOME of the porch folded up. It seems
aluminum would be the ideal choice. - how about some new ideas on a way to mount it to the truck frame and/or hitch in 3 places to make it stable. How about some tool storage, grill storage, etc.
- We use campgrounds when we camp near home so we take our boat. this would be more of a traveling deal.

The smartest Engineers are on this forum,,,cause we like to "improve" our campers...What are your great ideas and show us a picture.


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Sorry I do not have any to post, but if you will go to "my profile" there is a couple, one with deck out, and the other is with it folded. If you would like more info, PM me.


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Hey Jumbo,thats great and exactly what im looking to do.did you do it yourself or have it done? where did you get the "grating" for deck? any help appreciated. thanks Pete

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petoworx wrote:

Hey Jumbo,thats great and exactly what im looking to do.did you do it yourself or have it done? where did you get the "grating" for deck? any help appreciated. thanks Pete


Did it all myself.

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Here are the step plans that may help.





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I am also in the planning stages with a deck. A couple of things that I have worked into my plans so far have been a set of steps off to the left so that I can carry the bikes at the back (will keep the steps going down the back so I can use supports from the jacks to the back of the deck). As well as a system that I can easily take the deck off when I do not need it or want the extra weight.

The flooring is still in question, I like the metal grate idea so that mud/etc. will drop through. At the same time a smooth surface would be nice on the feet when putting shoes on is just a pain.

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The 1st problem I want to address is to have 3 mounting places on the truck. An ideal way to do this would be to make a trailer hitch to replace the one on the truck and have 3 hitch points, ends and center.

Another way would be to make a very short extension for the center hitch, and make a bar that would attach to the extension which would run parallel with the hitch. This bar could have 3 hitch extensions
and be attached (somehow?) to the truck or hitch.

I also think it would be a good idea to make the whole thing of wood,
first, as a mockup. Then transpose to Aluminum or steel.

Another problem is the attaching to the camper, I know everyone uses the mounting screws for the jacks, there might be a better idea?

Thanks for the ideas, keep them comming.

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Speaking of expiring pictures. JumboJet where did all your pics go?


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Defiantly better than the wooden 'Clampet' style I have referred to before.


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The 1st problem I want to address is to have 3 mounting places on the truck.

My original porch mounted that way. Since my Lance 1030 extends 2' beind the truck bumper, I used a hitch extension and inserted the porch in it. I also had two other attachment points on either end. It was a PITA to install, remove etc. - one of the reasons I went with the current design. I was also needing to be able to fold the porch up when I tow a trailer behind the TC.

I also think it would be a good idea to make the whole thing of wood,
first, as a mockup. Then transpose to Aluminum or steel.

I experimented with a 6' platform that was designed for the back of an SUV.

Another problem is the attaching to the camper, I know everyone uses the mounting screws for the jacks, there might be a better idea?

I figured if each jack is holding up 800-1000 lbs. when unloaded from the truck, there shouldn't be any problem with two jacks sharing the load on the porch. My generator is about 150 lbs. and the box I use probably never has more than 100 lbs. in it. The porch and steps weigh less than 100 lbs. and a portion of the load is carried by the hinges that attach to the underside of the bumper. Now when I step up on the porch, well, that's a different load dynamic!

Thanks for the ideas, keep them coming.

You are very welcome!

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