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Posted: 04/12/21 04:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JakeTravels wrote:



I think I found the issue, rusted out mounts on the right side

I have no option unfortunately to leave the camper anywhere so hopefully I make it to the shop.
I’m in the middle of nowhere with the closest shop an hour away. Let’s hope I make it


Yep, when I read your original post I immediately knew what the issue was... my 2008 F250 has the same issue, along other friends with similar model trucks. It was a "Ford thing" for awhile until they changed something at the factory.

Those cross mounts basically rust off, but the body and the frame still look like new.

Whatever body shop you go to will probably know exactly what the issue is and how to fix it. Sometimes they replace the cross mounts, sometimes you might just want to get a "new" rear body. Either way, the camper will have to come off, and it is a good size job to fix - the bed has to come off, old cross mounts removed, new ones installed, welded, painted, body re-attached, etc.

My local body shop said they wanted a week to do it, between unmounting, repairing, mounting, painting, drying, etc. I am sure it could be done quicker... I prefer not to rush work if not needed.

Yes, you shouldn't drive around with that camper on... but sometimes we do what we gotta do.

Good luck! I'd be interested in how things work out, I still have to get my truck repaired.


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Posted: 04/13/21 06:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj40cruiser wrote:

I had that issue when I put a plow on a 06 2500HD. a set of Timbren's did the trick. raised it up 2 inches. you can also adjust the torque keys if they have room for it. I also put 8000lb timbrens on the back of big red and it handles like a dream! Timbrens are the great accept when you take the load off, then it's like driving through a cornfield.


Somehow I don't think that Timbrens will help the OP's problem, unless you jam them between the bed and the frame rail.


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Posted: 04/13/21 09:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most of TC weight rest on lower front wall, when truck beds have strong line along front wall, right behind the cabin.
By putting short bed camper on long bed truck - you are putting most of camper weigh on weak point of truck bed, who was never design for such load.
When you do the repair, do additional tubing at this point.





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Posted: 04/13/21 03:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Something is wrong the front jack

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Posted: 04/13/21 10:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks everyone for the feedback. The problem is the cross mount was rusted out. The truck is in the shop now and is getting the required strength to support this camper. I understand that this short bed camper is not ideal for this long box.

In other news, I unloaded the camper before heading to the shop because they wouldn’t be able to fix the issue. The two front jacks are all bent from the previous owner and found out after a few hours of trying to safely get it off that they also need to be repaired. I had to borrow some bottle jacks and planks to safely remove the camper.

Once again, thanks for all the feedback.

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Posted: 04/14/21 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And the crazy thing is that front crossbar is not sold in the dorman kits. That is why I ended up just getting another rust free bed with all good crossbars.


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JakeTravels wrote:

will this be okay to drive?


With as bad as it looks, I wouldn't even drive it that far empty.


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