on edit: You can lay these under the camper and rubber mat while travelling and use them at the next campground.
I made mine from 3/4 marine grade plywood, coated them with a clear sealer, see pics:
under the camper, I also have a 2x6 at the rear and two 2x4s at the front to compensate for the driveway slope.
to load the camper I put DuckTape on the camper where the bed rails are and let them drag along as I back up, with a crewcab you cant see the bottom of the bed if you use a line and plumb bob, see pic:
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Forgive me for asking, I am learning, but why do you need to put something under the camper when it is off the truck? All the campers at the dealer lots are just sitting on the stands. Is it unsafe to use the OEM stands?
About a month ago, one of my neighbors had an older camper for sale for $2000. It was on saw horses (about two feet tall) with jacks down. A sawhorse gave up, camper went down, tore off all four jacks due to going down on one side. He loader the camper into a dumpster with a backhoe. Needless to say, didn't get $2000.
I should point out his camper was sitting on dirt
In a case like that you need an extra set of feet under the stand/sawhorse legs. I just canalbalized the stand my old wooden cap was on for 5 years. The wood of the stand was dry, but a couple of the 2"x10"x10" feet were easy to break with a hammer.
My problem is my storage area is not flat, is at a slight sloping grade, so I can't use some of these setups. I have to use the camper stands with mine. Don't have a current picture of my new TC off the truck, but do have of my older camper.
The cinderblocks were so high, because my jacks didn't reach the ground, and it helped with the cranking (manual jacks).
Thanks. You folks are great. Just the ideas I was looking for.
My camper says I don't need any support off the truck but I'm not comfortable leaving it that way. I stored it that way when I had it home between the houses but now it's out in the open at my Dads. Just seem more stable and good set of stands.
2000 F-350,PSD,CC,DRW,4x4,Rancho RSX's, DP Tuner,Banks Gages,Tymar Air Intake,2.5" Zone lift, 255/85 BFG's, Ride-Rite's, Super Hitch, Torklifts
2005 Four Wheel Camper - Grandby
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Some say they don't need to, but I like to take the pressure off my jacks, and the corners of the camper. A TC is designed for sitting on a truck and supported..but don't know the physics behind making a hard and true argument either way. I know you can use (sleep in) many off the truck w/ just your jacks, as I have with my new one. Some mfg recommend not to support, others to do it.
My camper hit the top of the cab on my first trip. I bought some 2x8's which I put under the camper to fix the problem. Then I wanted to have some stands to hold the camper up when it was off the truck. I ended up using 3 sheets of plywood. 1 sheet of 1/2 inch treated plywood for the base, and the two other sheets of 3/4 cdx, I cut into 2 ft x 4ft pieces, and then notched them to fit together like the separaters in a half-case of beer. I place the truck where I want to store the camper, jack it up and remove the plywood. I put the treated pieces down first, then assemble the notched pieces and then place them under the camper and lower away. The floor is 2 feet off the ground, so I can drain my waste tanks into a bucket if I need to.
This is my first post, and I am not sure I can attach pictures, but I am going to try. It might take a few minutes(hours) to figure that part out.