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dandba

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After loading the camper on the truck for the first time, I'm encountering a real pain for alignment.

This is hard to explain, so bear with me. The truck box has the Happijac cross member bar with the tiedowns sticking out the sides. When I load the camper on to the truck (rubber bumper touching the box), the front jacks of the Lance stop almost dead center on the tiedown brackets that stick out. This isn't too bad except the tabs stick out to the point where I have about 1/8 to 1/4 inch room on either side without them hitting the jack.

I realize this is just due to the width of the camper vs. the width of the truck and there's really nothing I can do about it.

Right now the driver's side is only slightly touching the jack needs to be adjusted. Can I just move forward that 1/32nd of an inch forward just so it's not touching, and therefore the rubber stops are no longer touching the box? My understanding is that it is very important to have them touching.

If so, I'll just drop the jacks and wiggle the truck like a worm to gain that extra room without having to completely starting over loading.


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Posted: 04/16/08 10:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I haven't had any problems when my bumpers aren't all the way forward touching the front of the bed.


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Posted: 04/16/08 10:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm wondering if the tie-down brackets were installed incorrectly on the front of the bed? How much do they stick out on each side?

One option might be to install the swing out jack brackets required on duallys.


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Posted: 04/16/08 10:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good question Brad. I'll take a pic and post it.

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TorkLift tie downs will fix this problem in the front.


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dandba wrote:

I'll take a pic and post it.


I think my brackets only stick out about 4" on each side.

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Posted: 04/16/08 12:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are worried about the bumpers touching the front of the bed you can get a piece of 4x4 and wrap some carpet around it a few times. That should make it larger than the bumpers. Just set it in the bed and snug the camper against it. Cheap and easy.

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bilmarde wrote:

If you are worried about the bumpers touching the front of the bed you can get a piece of 4x4 and wrap some carpet around it a few times.

I would go with a 2"x4" to keep the camper as far forward as possible yet clear the jacks. It is best if the camper bumpers are touching in the front as in a panic stop it will be touching even if it doesn't start out that way.


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What the last guy said.[emoticon] But seriously, I had that problem on a different truck and camper, and I just put a piece of 2x6, the length of the happi jac cross bar, to set the camper back a bit, and it worked fine. Or, you can change your rubber bumpers to a different sized ones, to get the same affect.

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Posted: 04/16/08 02:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the same problem with mine as well. Both front jacks are more than a little scratched up. I never thought about adding something in the front of the bed. Seems like a good idea. Now for all the COG gurus out there. How much would moving the camper back, say for example 1 inch, mess with the COG?


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