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d3500ram

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Posted: 08/18/12 05:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

...sleep in the OH bed with the the TC off the truck?

I took mine off for the weekend in order to use the truck for some scores. I had to hop up top to get something out of one of the upper cabinets and...

...even thought the camper was lowered on the jacks to the lowest possible height I still felt the psychological uneasiness of not liking the feeling of being "up there." I would never consider sleeping in the OH bed with the camper off the truck else I get an un-restfull night.

Anyone else not feel comfortable in the upper bed when the camper is off the truck even thought the mfgr says the camper would be fine?

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d3500ram wrote:

...sleep in the OH bed with the the TC off the truck?

I took mine off for the weekend in order to use the truck for some scores. I had to hop up top to get something out of one of the upper cabinets and...

...even thought the camper was lowered on the jacks to the lowest possible height I still felt the psychological uneasiness of not liking the feeling of being "up there." I would never consider sleeping in the OH bed with the camper off the truck else I get an un-restfull night.

Anyone else not feel comfortable in the upper bed when the camper is off the truck even thought the mfgr says the camper would be fine?


Nope, I do it all the time when it's stored at the house and even did it during our last camping trip. We had to haul my boat to the lake so we unloaded the TC when we set up camp. Worked great.


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Posted: 08/18/12 06:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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no problem, its great.

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Posted: 08/18/12 06:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mello Mike wrote:

.....Nope, I do it all the time when it's stored at the house and even did it during our last camping trip. .....


Same here. No problems. A relatively simple engineering calculation will prove it unless your camper is a real featherweight.


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Posted: 08/18/12 06:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also have been uncomfortable sleeping with camper off the truck. I dont do it often. What helped was Torklift Wobblstopers which really cut down on movement when camper is on jacks. That helped alot.





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We do it all the time. It was designed to be used that way. The back is heavier for counter-balance. Ours does say not put more than 500 lbs up there, but DH and I are avg wt, so we don't worry.

At first, it was creepy, but after talking to the folks on this forum, we don't even give it a second thought. DH bought the Torklift wobbl stopprs so that it would stabilize any movement and they work perfect. No movement at all.

As long as you have a unit made to be used off the truck and are within wt limits, you can get a good night's sleep. No jumping up and down on the bed though.


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Never gave it a second thought. No way no how i' m sleeping in the cramped dinette vs the overhead queen


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We do it often without a concern. I one time, calculated what the weight would have to be to cause it to tip and it was over 2,000 lbs placed at the head of the bed, the very front. IMHO, the cab over part would break off before it could cause the aft end of the camper to lift. But like a lot of other stuff, the thought of something is much worse than the reality of it. Such as glass floored elevators on the outside of tall buildings, the Sky Walk out over the Grand Canyon, it all depends on a person's phobias that cause their anxieties to kick into high gear.
Hiking/Jeeping, in the mountains of Colorado, there are several of the old mining bunkhouses where they built the outhouse out over a cliff so they would never have to empty it, as all the waste would fall into the canyon below. Not sure I would be able to relax, trying to use such an outhouse. Probably took about 30 seconds per customer to finish their job. LOL


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On my old T/C (197? Wonderland), I had a couple of Load-Locks from my cargo hauling days that I put under the front nose, but I also wrap a canvas around them to have some extra covered storage. We used it for a hunting shack once its highway days were over. I'll have to look to see if I can find photos.


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