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rickjo wrote:

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Does your 2019 Dodge have a steel bed, rather than aluminum, as the Ford does now?

Here's a good video an info for a ram 5500 flatbed. About half price of a Douglas body, so he says.

https://www.stablecamper.com/truck-beds


Yeah, steel. I agree with you that the aluminum is the issue, not so much the weight of the camper if that weren't the case.


NO the aluminum bed is NOT the issue. I have had both. The 2004 steel bed was much worse. As I indicate in my earlier posts, the horse stall mats and Torklift tie downs have made bed damage in my aluminum bed a non-issue. My aluminum bed still looks new after 15k miles on the new setup.

Rick


If you look back at my posts, I specifically said that I think the HappiJac mounts and aluminum bed are the issue - I don't think the bed itself being aluminum is the sole cause, and in a round-about way suggested TorkLift mounts.

I've never seen the HappiJac mounts in person, but they appear as if they would let the camper pull on the bed, which would be a huge issue with aluminum. Since I've never actually seen them I'm not going to dive into further speculation.

* This post was edited 04/14/21 10:07am by jshupe *


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Where did you buy a camera with factory plug, that wasn't 400?

"Also have an aftermarket camera to plug into the tailgate camera socket for backup view on the 8" screen with camper loaded."

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Where did you buy a camera with factory plug, that wasn't 400?

"Also have an aftermarket camera to plug into the tailgate camera socket for backup view on the 8" screen with camper loaded."


Not Ford, but my Ram's camera just uses 50 Ohm RG174 cable, and I expect Ford uses the same. I chopped off the factory connectors and replaced them with BNC, and use a simple patch cable to connect my camera when the camper is loaded. The BNC connectors will last far more connect/disconnect cycles than the OE plastic ones.

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I've never seen the HappiJac mounts in person, but they appear as if they would let the camper pull on the bed.

They have straps that go straight down to the frame rails. Doesn't pull on bed.

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Ford uses a proprietary plug, that id rather not butcher for when I put the tailgate back on.

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I've never seen the HappiJac mounts in person, but they appear as if they would let the camper pull on the bed.

They have straps that go straight down to the frame rails. Doesn't pull on bed.


I see those in their photos, but they don't look heavy enough to really do much. Again, I'm not going to dive into speculation than that without looking at them in person.

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Ford uses a proprietary plug, that id rather not butcher for when I put the tailgate back on.


Ram uses these, which are rated for five (5!) mating cycles.

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https://products.rosenberger.com/_ocassets/db/59Z163-003-Y.pdf

They can be connected a few more times than that if careful, but my connectors were showing significant wear after a dozen or two cycles. That's how/why I ended up with the part number for replacement.

BNC connectors, by contrast, are rated for 500 mating cycles.

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As much as we take our camper on and off the truck, we'd wear through the OE connectors in no time. The truck is now BNC female and the tailgate BNC male. They connect directly when the tailgate is on the truck. I use a 4' BNC-F to BNC-M patch cable I built for connecting the tailgate when it's on the camper. I carry it on the deck, but you can probably use any camera that uses a 50 Ohm coax connection.

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My 07 3500 DRW, Classic, LBZ has always either had a 5th wheel or two heavy campers on it. Airbags to get camper JUST off overloads, Torklift frame tie downs, Torklift StableLoads.

Looks fine and no cracks!

Maybe its HOW you supported the camper vs poor bed construction...

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Camera Source sells cameras and a Ford connector like this one for about $200.

https://camerasource.com/ford-super-duty........amper-camera-kit-mini-universal-cam.html

They sell other brands as well.


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Camera Source sells cameras and a Ford connector like this one for about $200.

https://camerasource.com/ford-super-duty........amper-camera-kit-mini-universal-cam.html

They sell other brands as well.


Yes, that is why I have. I had connector matching issues and so they sent all 3 possibilities and I selected the one that worked and returned the others. Great support.

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