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Posted: 12/16/20 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For larger campers, and longer trips you want tie downs that bolt to the frame.

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You could save some money by using hardware store turnbuckles. I'm not talking about some light duty household turnbuckles. Look for some with 3/8" or 1/2" threads. You will need to attach them to the camper tiedown eyes with maybe a shackle. Use good size chain to go from the turnbuckle to the truck tiedowns. Then save your money for Torklift Fastguns.
I don't know how heavy your camper is. I would ask for comments from other members about using stake bed hold downs. Probably not for off road use though.
edit add: The Brophy tie downs may be what I'm referring to as stake bed tiedowns.


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Grit dog wrote:

I’d rate them in order from best on down:
Torklift
Hapijac
Brophy.

And those are basically the only options I’m aware of.
As said, you have a very popular model of truck, should be able to score some used mounts if you keep your eye out for some. That would be the best low budget alternate save for making your own.



ok thanks, im going to have to go with the brophy if i cant find a used set asap

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TxGearhead wrote:

You could save some money by using hardware store turnbuckles. I'm not talking about some light duty household turnbuckles. Look for some with 3/8" or 1/2" threads. You will need to attach them to the camper tiedown eyes with maybe a shackle. Use good size chain to go from the turnbuckle to the truck tiedowns. Then save your money for Torklift Fastguns.
I don't know how heavy your camper is. I would ask for comments from other members about using stake bed hold downs. Probably not for off road use though.
edit add: The Brophy tie downs may be what I'm referring to as stake bed tiedowns.


ok thats good to know, i have a 4x4 truck , F350 long bed. The rig is going to be over 4k wet. And yes, i do want to be able to travel off the beaten path without worry. Im going to call brophy myself and keep asking around

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Personal opinion, newer truck beds are pretty lightweight. I honestly wouldn’t tie a camper to the top of them. I’ve bent a lot of newer truck beds doing far less.
If you’re strapped for cash, can you make some?


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Torklift Frame mounted are what I'd use on a camper as big / heavy as an Eagle Cap.


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Ive used Happi jacks for 20 yrs. Lots of time bouncing around on the beach. Never had a problem.


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ok i shelled out the cash for the torklifts with the fastguns , hurt my wallet bad

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moonlitsouls wrote:

ok i shelled out the cash for the torklifts with the fastguns , hurt my wallet bad


If your budget is tight why did you spend money on the fast guns?

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You won't regret it.


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