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Posted: 02/11/19 09:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe no HJ mounts are made for the aluminum bed.
In that case, only Torklift or homemade mounts remain.
But FastGuns are not needed with either, they just make life a little easier.


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Grit dog wrote:

What stevenal said ^.

And fwiw, maybe reconsider removing the camper jacks. Not sure why one would do that anyway, save for doing some 4 wheeling where they could get damaged.
The pros of having jacks on the camper outweigh the cons by like 100:1.
Flat tires, truck needs repairs, using camper as home base and having a “normal” vehicle to drive around, etc.


we will pretty much never need to use the truck as a regular vehicle.....

we generally would not take the camper off the truck when camping

i would think that i could jack up the truck with the camper on it to change a flat tire - ?

and.... yes, repairs could well need it to be removed....

yes we will do some off roading

so perhaps we could tuck the jacks inside the large cab? on the floor.
to have in case of emergency..... but out of the way....

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I have HJ quick-loads, pretty much the same thing as fastguns, and just use the pin, no locks. Done that for over 10 years now and lived in southern california for most of it...no problem. If they want your stuff...they're going to get it, buy insurance.


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Posted: 02/11/19 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer having the locks on FastGun turnbuckles so no one releases one while parked or they get stolen for scrap metal value.


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If you were gonna take your camper jacks along, you could remove them and put them across the floor of your truck... but why would you?? Why not leave them on their mounts, out of your way and ready to use if needed?
You might want to try jacking up the rear of your truck with your camper on and see if your jack is up to the task before taking them off. A flat tire would be a lot bigger hassle than it should be if the jack won’t lift it.
Dropping the jacks is also nice for stabilizing the camper when parked for the night, although it isn’t necessary.

I almost wonder if you had gotten the impression the Fastgun locks were for locking the camper to the truck. I guess technically they do that, but the purpose of them is so no one swipes your $800 tiedowns. I use the locks for that reason.


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Also make sure you can access the spare without lifting the camper slightly off the bed.

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The jack that came with your truck will most likely be totally inadequate for changing a tire with the camper on. I bought a 6 ton bottle jack with accessories from Safe-Jack:

https://safejacks.com/collections/bottle........ottle-jack-recovery-kit-with-bottle-jack

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If you remove the jacks and store them in the truck maybe try to cover them. That's inviting someone to smash a window and steal them.


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Posted: 02/12/19 06:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

The jack that came with your truck will most likely be totally inadequate for changing a tire with the camper on. I bought a 6 ton bottle jack with accessories from Safe-Jack:

https://safejacks.com/collections/bottle........ottle-jack-recovery-kit-with-bottle-jack


I’ve changed 14 or 15 flats all with the camper on using that little screw jack that came with the truck, no problems whatsoever even a bit sideways on a hill. Yes, the number is correct, that includes cracking 4 wheels and why I went to forged aluminum.

And for 4wheeling I undo the rear jacks and move them up in the bracket holes to where the foot of the jack is at the bottom of the camper. I agree to keeping them on.

And...if you’ve never had anything stolen vehicle wise you might not understand the need to take as many precautions as possible to prevent theft even for a few minutes.

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Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

The jack that came with your truck will most likely be totally inadequate for changing a tire with the camper on. I bought a 6 ton bottle jack with accessories from Safe-Jack:


I keep hearing this assertion here, and never backed up. Do manufacturers really provide jacks incapable of lifting a truck loaded to its ratings? Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen, if it hasn't happened already. While powered camper jacks can be used easily enough to take the weight off, other loads are not so easy to deal with.


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