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JimK-NY

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Posted: 01/06/21 09:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I screwed on simple pine slats to the bottom of my camper. I never get any water between the truck bed and camper so plain untreated wood is fine.

Clearance needs to be a minimum of about 2 inches between the camper and roof of the truck. I would keep it towards the minimum to keep the center of gravity as low as possible and to reduce sway.

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Found some Dow Corning foam core 4x8 sheets 1.5 inch think that are$50 each. Going to sandwich them between two half inch sheets of plywood for 4 inches of spacing. Should work great. Thanks.

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Extra insulation between the truck bed and camper would be a plus. In fact I have cut foam insulation material to fit between the upper rails of the bed and the camper. The gap was about 3" and is now totally sealed. This keeps the camper warmer in cold weather, keeps out any bugs and critters and makes it sure that the wheel well storage remains clean and dry.

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In my 2001 F350 I used one sheet of 4'X8'X2" solid core foam, sprayed both sides with rubber bed liner and used it for 3 years without problems. Cost was under $100 and it was nice and light. I stored it on the garage floor under the camper when camper was off the truck.


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Punomatic,

How did the rubber bed liner work out on the foam, longer term? Did you use spray cans from some place like Home Depot, do you remember the exact name/type?
I have just gone from foam panel with 2x6 on each side to a more solid foam core with out the 2x6 framing. I haven t tried the stronger foam core panel yet.

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