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Crumm

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Posted: 03/29/07 06:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I spent the night setting up some camper guides and now I hope they work. Thought I would post up some pictures so you guys can pick them apart [emoticon]

Front ones are standard Happijac guides with some minor modifications so they would fit on my old style Happijac cross-bar. I had to cut the back of them open a little wider so they would fit over the bar and change the mounting system a little.

For the rear I built them out of 2"x3/16" flat bar, 1/2" square tube and some UHMW. The square tube is for support and so I can haul small items in behind them without the items falling out. I am hoping that a 1 gallon gas can will fit in there for generator gas but we will see.

I will be putting two strips of UHMW on the front of the camper for the Happijac guides to slide on and some 1.5"x1.5" rolled angle on the rear underside corners for protection where they will slide down the rear guides.

I didn't know about a few things such as how much space should be between the guides but I made them so there will be about 3/8" gap. That gives about 3/16" on each side which should be sufficient, if I decide to tighten it up I can get some thicker UHMW.

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Posted: 03/29/07 07:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know much about these TC setups, but I'm impressed! And envious that #1 - you know how to fabricate like that and #2 - you live in Alaska! I'll make it there some day, and not by plane either - that's cheating!

Sorry this is a little off-topic...


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very nice! you should sell those to members on here cheap! ever heard of ebay?


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Nice work, it gives me some ideas of doing simalar in front and rear to the existing tiedown mounts, using thier bolts and holes, and leaving them in there permanently.


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Very Nice!!!


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Did you drill and tap holes to mount to the truck bed or are there existing? Did you used some kind of sealant to help locate it? Are they going to be taking much bump when loading? Let us know how they work. With two welders in the garage and being in sheetmetal by hubby could do this. He was thinking of shaved off wood blocks front and rear for guides.


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Posted: 03/31/07 12:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good info. Added to the TCU Thread.

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Posted: 03/31/07 01:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I really like the rear spacers. If you could make them adjustable so they would fit different sized gaps for different size campers, you could sell them. [emoticon]


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hcpgrammy wrote:

Did you drill and tap holes to mount to the truck bed or are there existing?

I drilled them and put flat washers/locknuts on the backside. The upper nut is in behind the tailight and the lower nuts are under the bed.

hcpgrammy wrote:

Did you used some kind of sealant to help locate it?

Sealant? There is rubber between the guide and truck bed.

hcpgrammy wrote:

Let us know how they work.

I am going out right now to install my Energy Suspension overload spring perch spacers and then I will load up the camper and see how they work. I will report back in day or two.


BradW wrote:

Good info. Added to the TCU Thread.

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Zig wrote:

If you could make them adjustable so they would fit different sized gaps for different size campers, you could sell them. [emoticon]

I am not really in the manufacturing business. I am just more of a tinkerer. I think I spent about 4 hours building these not counting paint drying time. I would guess that if I was to sell them they would sell for what $50 to $100? That would put my labor down there pretty cheap. To build something like this too sell a guy would have to have a jig and be able to make them pretty fast in order to be profitable.

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Loaded up the camper and the guides worked great. I backed in pretty good so they did not have much work to do but I am sure I could be a couple of inches off either way and they would center it right up.

Here are the action shots:

I added front bumper UHMW pads to the front:
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On the rear I added a small angle iron to slide on the rear guides. They need to be removed and painted:
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After backing in:
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After lowering on the truck:
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Other side:
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Ready to hit the road in 5 minutes:
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