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Western Sky Ranch

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Posted: 12/11/10 06:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well if any of you have been reading my posts recently, you know my DW ordered me a Lance 825 TC for Christmas. It will be here the 2nd week of January. We currently have a fiver and my truck, an F250, crew cab, 4X4, shortbed has bed rails for the fiver hitch. In order to slide the TC into my truck bed I had to bring the floor of the truck bed level with the hitch rails. This will allow the TC to sit level in the bed and prevent any see-sawing (forward to backward wobble).

After reviewing many of the threads on this forum, I saw similar applications. I decided to add these photos and information for anyone who might have to do this modification in the future.

I started by going to the local hardware store and buying 2 sheets of 5/8" plywood 4'X8' to sandwich together in order to clear the height of the rails. I also went to the local RV supplier and purchased a rubber bed mat to go over the boards once I had cut all the pieces.

I then measured a portion of board to fit the bed, screwed the boards together(sandwiched), cut the pieces and then laid out the rubber bed mat over the boards and now all I need is my TC to get here!

1. The truck bed and rails.
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2. The 2 plywood boards clamped together and measured and marked for 1st piece.
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3. Screwed together before cutting.
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4. First piece laid in.
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5.2nd piece after repeating step 3.
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6. 3rd piece after repeating step 3.
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7. Close-up of bed rail just below board level.
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8. Both bed rails and boards.
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9. Rubber bed mat rolled out over boards and ready for TC!
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The next step will be to see if I will need any spacers between the wheel wells and the TC bottom to prevent left to right slop.

The entire project set me back about $100, for all materials. Feel free to chime in with any suggestions or questions.

Regards,

Ray

* This post was last edited 12/17/10 03:06pm by Western Sky Ranch *   View edit history


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Posted: 12/11/10 06:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That'll do it. [emoticon]


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If anything your floor of the TC sould be warmer not being directly on the steel I would think. great idea.


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Posted: 12/11/10 09:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, now I know what those rails are in the bed of my truck! [emoticon]

Do you anticipate ever using the 5-er hitch again? Is that why you kept them on?


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Canned Ham wrote:

Well, now I know what those rails are in the bed of my truck! [emoticon]

Do you anticipate ever using the 5-er hitch again? Is that why you kept them on?


Canned Ham,

Yes we do use or fiver quite a bit actually. The TC was something I've always wanted and will be used primarily by my son and I for fishing/hiking and desert shooting excursions.

We also have a horse trailer for the DW and DD and needed a place to live in when we go out of the area with the horses so the TC will be our home when we do that and a place for me to hang out while they're on the trails.

Keep your eyes open for the hitch extension mod coming soon to a thread near you!

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That's just how I did mine. I like the wood over foam,just seems more solid.Throw out the rubber mat and she ready to load!!! I didn't need any spacers.


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With the proper tiedowns, you should not need any spacers for the side to side movement. The tiedowns will stop that. I only have about 2" between my fender wells and camper when loaded. Not really any room to move.


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Interesting. But also interesting are the rails. Why? because I had the same thing in my truck and they NEVER had center bolts to anchor them to the bed like yours do. When were yours installed? Is that something you did or was it part of the installation kit?
Frank


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sirdrakejr wrote:

Interesting. But also interesting are the rails. Why? because I had the same thing in my truck and they NEVER had center bolts to anchor them to the bed like yours do. When were yours installed? Is that something you did or was it part of the installation kit?
Frank


That's the way Mike Thompsons RV did it in late 2003.

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Posted: 12/12/10 02:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Western Sky Ranch wrote:

sirdrakejr wrote:

Interesting. But also interesting are the rails. Why? because I had the same thing in my truck and they NEVER had center bolts to anchor them to the bed like yours do. When were yours installed? Is that something you did or was it part of the installation kit?
Frank


That's the way Mike Thompsons RV did it in late 2003.


When I converted my standard Reese to a slider, in the instructions, they said to add the center bolts.


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