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msully

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Posted: 03/20/12 10:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone using these to tie down their camper? I was looking at the version that does not go in the stake pocket. I like the idea of not drilling holes in teh bed for Happijac or having the low hanging Torklifts. Any thoughts?

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these don't see too hefty to me. I like the idea, but wouldn't trust my camper on them. Maybe a smaller pop up.


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Posted: 03/20/12 10:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have some clamp over the bed rail style tie downs. They may or may not be Brophy brand. I used them on my first camper on both ends and my second camper only in the front. They work fine on an older truck with thick enough sheet metal and with a camper that's not too overly big or heavy.


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Posted: 03/20/12 11:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

msully wrote:

Anyone using these to tie down their camper? I was looking at the version that does not go in the stake pocket. I like the idea of not drilling holes in teh bed for Happijac or having the low hanging Torklifts. Any thoughts?
I suggest you put the details of you TC in your signature. It is difficult give you an accurate response without knowing which TC you have and which truck you use. Or put the info in your post if you don't want it in your sig.
A decision on tiedowns is a function of the weight of the TC and the strength of the bed of your truck. A rule of thumb is the newer the truck, the lighter the weight of the materials of construction of the bed.


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Posted: 03/21/12 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brophy standard stake pocket tie down:



Brophy says that these will not fit on 2011 Dodge Ram trucks.



Brophy super heavy-duty stake pocket tie down (for newer pickups):



Brophy says these will not work on some double wall truck beds.


Interesting approach, however, as others have said, these may only work for lighter campers and beds/stake pockets with sufficiently beefy sheet metal. Even though I have a pop-up TC, I would not use these as I do too much off-road travel. YMMV


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Posted: 03/21/12 11:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DonCurley wrote:

Brophy standard stake pocket tie down:



Brophy says that these will not fit on 2011 Dodge Ram trucks.


I have a set of these, had them for years. I would only use them in newer trucks for short runs, kinda like an emergency. I have used them full time in years past, on a '69 and '71 GMC pick-up. They had more steel in the beds then.

I would be very hesitant using them in today's trucks, maybe for a real light TC, and definitely not off road. I think they would damage the pick-up box. The TC would not come off, but the damage could be costly.

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I'd only do it if you have a really light camper.


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I had a set similar to those back int he 80's and they helped break the bed in my 1979 F-250. I went from them, after repairing the bed to a home made belly bar. Much better.


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Posted: 03/23/12 10:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is what I am using right now and will probably swap to a heavy duty frame based method in the next few weeks. They are solid for lighter weight TCs but my situation is less desirable.

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Posted: 03/24/12 09:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My suggestion is to use care and try to avoid those situations as much as you can that has the TC rocking side to side. Front to rear would be no problem.

Wayne

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