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Posted: 03/19/21 04:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey All,

New to the forum and new Truck Camper owner. Have been an offshore sailer for the last 20 years and am moving to the 'land yacht' for awhile! Will be picking up a 2010 Lance 1181 in a couple of weeks. Going on a 2016 Ram 3500 Cummins DRW.

The previous truck owner was towing a 5th wheel. Truck has a spray in liner. I've heard that you should have a mat in the bed to help with padding and/or slippage. Wondering if there are any specific considerations or will a basic heavy duty rubber mat do the trick?

Thanks for any insight!

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Posted: 03/19/21 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3/8" rubber mat similar to THIS is what you are looking for.


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Basic rubber bed mat works great


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I haven’t really noticed that much difference compared to bed liner material although I do have a rubber mat. If you want something stronger, go get stall mats. It will take more than one.

I have a DeeZee 3/8” type.


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Posted: 03/19/21 06:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Summit Racing carry’s the Westin and Dee Zee brands.

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If the TC moves, it could gouge the spray liner or, overtime, wear through.
The purpose made truck bed mats as others said or a 3/4" stall mat.
Some people need the 3/4" stall mat for added clearance between truck roof and the cabover.


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Thanks everyone for the info. Very helpful!

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With our new truck we needed a rubber mat and some pink foam to clear the cab. When you load up first time go slow and take a measurement for clearance.


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The $120 factory mat for my Ford was one of best money spend.
Factory mat can be left on the truck when driving empty. All add-on mats not necessary so.





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jimh425 wrote:

I haven’t really noticed that much difference compared to bed liner material although I do have a rubber mat. If you want something stronger, go get stall mats. It will take more than one.

I have a DeeZee 3/8” type.


Depends on the liner. Not all are soft enough to provide friction. Factory liner on my new Chevy is textured but a hard surface. Unlike line x.

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