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    Default Homemade truck camper load/unload

    Hi all! I'm new to this forum. I just completed a truck camper build and was wondering the best process for loading and unloading. I have access to a forklift but would like to keep It lifted at bed height for easy access. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Homemade truck camper load/unload

    Welcome! ...your camper looks good!
    Sorry; I missed your post somehow.
    I don't know about easiest or best but the commercial bed campers that I have helped load and unload had, 3 to 4, hoists, crank up steel poles (some times electric/hydraulic legs and once long screw jack legs) that lifted the camper high enough to back the pickup underneath. I never liked this operation, it always felt risky/shaky, but somehow we never dropped a camper.

    A friend that wanted his elevated for storage made some VERY heavy duty saw horses that held it near pickup bed height for storage. I believe he used cables and turnbuckles anchored to the ground, using the same eyebolts that he used to anchor it to the pickup bed, to help keep it stabile so he could climb inside, and to eliminate any chance of wind moving it.

    ...Hope it helps...

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    Default Re: Homemade truck camper load/unload

    Don't they make jacks for campers? Would love to see pictures of the inside.
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    Default Re: Homemade truck camper load/unload

    Most campers use camper jacks (the 4 poles on each corner of the camper) or that purpose. Buying them to add on can be expensive (saw one set for $1500). (http://www.dyersonline.com/jacks-levelers/truck-camper-jacks.html)

    The saw horses are a common "homemade" version and you can find tons of instructions and variations online with a search for "truck camper support homemade". There are also some pre-made ones available at a higher cost than homemade, but they include a locking system (http://www.rvshop.com/CAMPR-PACKR-CA...0_p_61328.html)

    There is also a sturdier version of the jacks available (http://stablelift.com/stable-lift-photo-gallery.php)

    You might be able to homemake a basic jack system - the manual ones just use the "knob & hole" locking system that are on canopies, etc.
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    Default Re: Homemade truck camper load/unload

    That looks heavy.
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    Default Re: Homemade truck camper load/unload

    Don't know how much space you have, but since you have access to a forklift, my first thought would be to make a custom dolly to wheel it to wherever you store it.

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    Wow she's a beauty! Once you are able to get the camper on, what kind of tie downs do you plan on using?

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    Default Re: Homemade truck camper load/unload

    Looks good, my friend! I have been wanting to build one that slides in to my trailer. I welded a utility trailer years ago... 5X8.... I thought I'd make a tear drop shaped camper that would slide in it. you just gave me a little boost towards that goal. Thanks for posting.

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