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HadEnough

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I have gone through so many sets of Torklift frame mounts I want to fix the problem permanently.

Why aren’t there bars run across the whole truck like for the rear tie downs? Those last.

My truck camper is sliding off to the passenger side now and both front frame mounts are broken. Again.

The camper is used on normal tarred roads only and never off road.

What’s are these things so defective/fragile?

Has anyone just run a piece of square tubing across the entire underside bolted to the frame with spacers and square u bolts to make a better frame mount?

* This post was edited 09/01/20 09:30am by HadEnough *

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Unusual issue.


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Lwiddis wrote:

Unusual issue.


Really?

I’m not sure how front Torklift frame mounts, professionally installed, with and Arctic Fox TC, Torklift Fastgun tie downs and a Dodge Ram 2500 (with proper Dana axle, air spring/bags, leaf spring reinforcements, hight weight load wheels and tires) is that unusual.

The mounts fail at the top of the triangle every time.

They last months, not years.

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Isn't Torklift giving lifetime warranty?
Their front tie-downs work on my 2017 Ford just fine.
Camper scaled 6000 lb and survived Alaskan highway.
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I agree that’s an unusual issue. Maybe your tiedowns are not properly adjusted. Or maybe, your suspension is so jarring that they are breaking.


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I have never heard of this problem happening, so yes, to me it sounds unusual. I had no problems in 11 years on 2 different trucks (2008 Silverado 2500HD, 2014 F-350). What do the people at TL say?


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With the design, it's hard for me to imagine them breaking without doing damage to the frame and/or the bed. Would you please post a picture of your install.

Are you using the torklift spring loaded tiedowns? Or are you using chains with turnbuckles and trying to put enough pressure on them to keep the camper from moving around? You aren't suppose to pull on the tie down hard enough to keep the camper from moving around. That will happen even on normal roads.

Do you have a plastic bed liner? The camper will easily move around with one. Most camper manufacturers and Torklift say not to use a plastic liner.


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Weird. Agree it’s an unusual issue since I’ve had not problem with TorkLift tie downs and don’t know if anybody that has had problems as described in the OP.
Shrug.
Perhaps the truck is the problem?


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jimh425 wrote:

I agree that’s an unusual issue. Maybe your tiedowns are not properly adjusted. Or maybe, your suspension is so jarring that they are breaking.


This may be the issue. It knocks my teeth out l too, it pretty close to it.

Still, you’d expect the frame mounts to survive bumps.

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kohldad wrote:

With the design, it's hard for me to imagine them breaking without doing damage to the frame and/or the bed. Would you please post a picture of your install.

Are you using the torklift spring loaded tiedowns? Or are you using chains with turnbuckles and trying to put enough pressure on them to keep the camper from moving around? You aren't suppose to pull on the tie down hard enough to keep the camper from moving around. That will happen even on normal roads.

Do you have a plastic bed liner? The camper will easily move around with one. Most camper manufacturers and Torklift say not to use a plastic liner.


Yes, using the normal Torklift fastgun tiedowns. Straight from camper tie down hole to Torklift extension piece that slides into the frame mounts.

Yes, I have a rubber mat in the bed to keep the TC gripping and in place. Trouble is, there isn’t enough downward pressure to hold it on the mat since both frame mounts are now broken.

I’ll post some pictures as soon as the weather improves. It’s wet and raining.

* This post was edited 09/01/20 11:13am by HadEnough *

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