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2X6" cut and mounted with a 20 degree leadin. The final resting space is only 1/2" wider than the base of the camper.

Next I will add a spot for jacks and crossbraces, used in storage.
My attempt.

And see we do get leaves, during the warm season.
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Nice. Have you had a chance to use it? I wonder how well the camper would slide on that to center it. Beddows used the cheap plastic cutting boards to cover his so the camper would slide.

I really like how you made it to fit right into the wheel well. That would help keep them in place. When I put stuff in the wheel wells, I often have to stick a 2x4 in there to level things out. If I used your design (with your permission of course), I could build the filler right into the guide.


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Posted: 05/25/06 08:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What happens if your off a little and it begins to bind, or do you have the camper high enough that it hovers over the guides and you are using the guides to do the final fine adjustments as you lower it? Could you give us a little lesson?
Nice work with the installation.


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Hey, those look better than mine.[emoticon]

Have a good trip this weekend, wish we were heading out.

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Yes I have used it twice, because I forgot to plug the camper in the first time. Works good.
They are held in place by four corner rubber straps. I cut everything on a table saw. For the wheel wells I used a dado blade and a jig.
I thought about adding a plastic / nylon cover, but for now it just slides in.
I want to carry 4 screw jacks and two leveling beams to support the camper along the sides.
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Nice...very nice.


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Nice work. With the gel coated tub on the BF have you thought about facing the lumber with some cushioning material i.e. carpet or rubber pad to reduce marring?


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What happens if your off a little and it begins to bind, or do you have the camper high enough that it hovers over the guides


I back in with the camper about 4" above truck bed, centering by eye. When I drop the camper down, the camper centers itself as it lowers down. The rails are cut at 20 degrees top to bottom. The rails are laid 1/2" wider to back to front.

I have only used it a couple of times, each time it finished centered exactly. There is very little extra movement. The unit has not had binding problems.

I may coat the rails with a plastic type cover to prevent marring. Thought about gluing a Teflon/nylon sheet to it. I will unload and load this weekend at least twice. I will watch for issues.

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It sound like it works pretty good. As my wife and I like to say when working on a project like this, "quit while you're ahead".

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Since the jacks are still supporting the camper as it is lowered and the guied is forcing the camper to move sideways, I wonder about what kind of stress this puts on the jacks and jack mounts. I am not trying to knock your project - it looks very well done and you say it works well. I have just wonderd about this when reading about these kind of guides before and never got around to asking the question.


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