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Posted: 09/10/06 06:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm looking for tips on backing on to my truck camper. Sometimes I can do it first time, othertimes takes 10 tries. Any tips or tricks that anyone knows would be great.
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David Mark wrote:

I'm looking for tips on backing on to my truck camper. Any tips or tricks that anyone knows would be great. Thanks
David


A strip of masking tape in the center of your TC front window.
Another strip of masking tape in the center of your truck rear window.

Line 'em up, when backing up.

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Friendly reminder: "Slow is smooth, & smooth is fast."

Practice, practice, & more practice. [emoticon]

FWIW, I have years of experience, & on occasion I make mistakes/don't get it right first attempt, whatever.

Especially if/when I am tired, say, from driving most of the day.

Relax, & enjoy your journey,



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Here's a system I use with confidence Saucer Separation. Thank you, Teresa and Sterling.


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Posted: 09/10/06 07:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Give up early. The trick is in the original line up and if you are off, recognize it early and reposition. I take my rear seat headrest off and look straight back at the camper. Everyones alignment is a little different, buy I have a piece of the left side of the camper that needs to just barely fit by the where and truck tailgate stop on the truck is; I just keep coming straight at that piece until it slips into place. You may find you have a similar place that works for you. If you go with tape, don't make such an angle to look at it that you have trouble aligning the two pieces.


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Thanks for the great advise, will try the tape method and make sure that I'm lined up straight. Will let you know how it goes after the next outing in a couple of weeks.

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Just practice... don't be embaressed. Learn to do it by yourself.

Nothing looks as cool as a guy or gal that can pull up, back under and drop the camper like it is the easiest thing in the world.

You'll learn to use your mirrors, and position yourself between the jacks quickly. When in doubt, stop, get out , measure... and back some more.

When you get it positioned perfectly you'll feel great... then you'll remember that you forgot to plug up the camper...

Pull up a couple of feet and do it again.. after you plug up. Be sure and put the boot in.

Welcome to the realities of truck camper ownership... we've all been there.


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Eycom wrote:

Here's a system I use with confidence Saucer Separation. Thank you, Teresa and Sterling.


Best link on the subject ! Thanks for sharing [emoticon]


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No one else seems to have read your question...I did. To back ON to your TC simply throw the PU in reverse and give err some gas. To back under do what the very smart people above suggest. Good luck


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I find since I use plywood underneath my camper, the easiest way to line up the camper is to place the plywood on the floor where I want the camper to be, then just keep the plywood lined up with the underside of the camper, never have to pull fully out if I'm off just correct a little and keep going back.


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Posted: 09/11/06 05:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just watch my clearances on each side with the mirrors and try to get it straight on the bed. I can tell when I have it by measuring with my fingers the distance on each side in the front and the rear of the TC from the taillights ( it comes to about an eighth of an inch from cracking the taillights).
A great trick the dealer (the mechanic, not the salesman!) showed me was that if you are off on one side or the other either in the front or rear of the bed, you can make adjustments by turning the steering wheel all the way in one direction as you pull forward ( a few inches) and all the way in the opposite direction when you pull back again. This technique will shift the front or rear of the camper over for that inch that you need but can never seem to get.


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