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Ken Ehlers, Ferndale, Washington
$80 Laser Load Assist
2021 Ford F-450
2021 Northern Lite 10-2 Dry
We are new to truck campers and wanted to simplify the camper loading process. What I did is a variation on earlier submitted mods that utilize a laser for camper loading.
Using a magnet to hold the laser on the truck wasn’t an option in my case since the bed is aluminum. I accomplished the same thing with a wood mount that fits firmly between the truck’s cab and the bed, right under the rear window.
No drilling of holes is required. I also used a universal cell phone mount that I bought for use on a bike or shopping cart. The phone mount allows adjustment of the laser after the wood mount is in place on the truck.
Finally, I made a center-point target using a dowel that extends across the tailgate void. This is what I use to align the laser. The laser, heat sink and battery box/switch were the same as an earlier laser mod and obtained from Z-Bolt in Portland, Oregon.
I load by squaring the camper to the camper jacks. Once I’m basically aligned to the jacks, the laser helps with the last part of the loading process.
As a side note, readers should be wary of a laser loading product called RV Align, which I bought. This laser in this product is much weaker than the one from Z-Bolt, not visible in daylight. It’s basically worthless unless you load in the dark, which isn’t likely!
Laser and related: Z-Bolt.com $60
Universal cell phone mount: Amazon.com $10
Plywood and dowel: used shop scraps
Reflective tape for camper: Home Depot
It took me three hours to complete this modification and cost me $80. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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