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Posted: 07/09/21 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I originally thought this was from my camper. I have absolutely no clue. I made a video in hopes someone would know what caused this. https://youtu.be/djhJfPwoNlA

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Your trailer is rocking back and forth in the bed which is independent of the cab, or the cab is rocking back and forth. In either case, the body bushings are where it's likely rocking and it is moving enough to make contact. Could be cab is moving one way and camper the other on rough roads, over bumps, etc.


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Looks to me like the DRW brackets are installed wrong. They should be parallel to the TC sides, but appear to angled toward the cab.

Btw, it’s normal for the TC to move side to side some. You just have minimal clearance.


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silverbullet555 wrote:

Your trailer is rocking back and forth in the bed which is independent of the cab, or the cab is rocking back and forth. In either case, the body bushings are where it's likely rocking and it is moving enough to make contact. Could be cab is moving one way and camper the other on rough roads, over bumps, etc.


Even with the Fast Guns attached? It happened on one side but not the other.

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Maybe swap sides for the brackets. Pictures would help since it’s hard to pause the video to see it clearly, for me.

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jimh425 wrote:

Looks to me like the DRW brackets are installed wrong. They should be parallel to the TC sides, but appear to angled toward the cab.

Btw, it’s normal for the TC to move side to side some. You just have minimal clearance.


When I originally had these brackets one was angled in and the other was flipped and more inline with the camper side. I needed all the clearance I could get so I flipped the one. This made the jack straight out when unloading giving me the most clearance and angled towards the cab when folded in. I actually made the 3" extensions to give me more clearance. Maybe now I could try the brackets reversed. Maybe.

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For my camper set I made a 2x6 plank, who made front wall stop and than I screw small 4x4 block to the ends, to hold the camper from side movement.
Tops of 4x4 have some taper for easy camper loading.
I also experienced that fast guns tension is crucial. I had my camper on factory rubber mat, yet on the 1st trip the camper move 1 inch to the back. The rocking motion during driving combined with air drag made it.
Than I put about 3/4" tension on spring-loaded fastguns and the problem did not come back.





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Kayteg1 wrote:

For my camper set I made a 2x6 plank, who made front wall stop and than I screw small 4x4 block to the ends, to hold the camper from side movement.
Tops of 4x4 have some taper for easy camper loading.
I also experienced that fast guns tension is crucial. I had my camper on factory rubber mat, yet on the 1st trip the camper move 1 inch to the back. The rocking motion during driving combined with air drag made it.
Than I put about 3/4" tension on spring-loaded fast guns and the problem did not come back.

I have a mat under it. I like your 4x4 block idea. 3/4" on the fast guns??? Wholly Cow that seems like a lot of tension.

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There is no dent. Id doesn't look scratched. It is worn or rubbed smooth.

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This just happened right? Was it unusually windy or bumpy on your last trip? I’d say your camper got a little sideways in the bed at some point.

Years ago, I was having strong headwinds and side winds occasionally move my camper a surprising amount, despite the fact that the tiedowns were tight, and the camper is sitting on a rubber mat. I eventually made some modifications to the bottom of the camper, and made a centering fixture for the truck bed to keep it from moving around.

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