Camper Mod Contest Entries

$80 Laser Load Assist

Welcome to the fifth entry in May’s Medium Mod Contest.  One Medium Mod will be published in every Email Alert in May.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine May’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2022 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

80 Dollar Laser Loader

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.

Laser Assisted Camper Loading Being Assembled

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.

Laser Assisted Camper Loading Before Installation

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.

Laser Assisted Camper Loading Attached To Truck

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.

Laser Assisted Camper Loading For Truck

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!

Materials Used:
Laser and related: $60
Universal cell phone mount: $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.

Disclaimer: The modifications above are submitted by Truck Camper Magazine readers. It is your responsibility to make sure that any do-it-yourself modification project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation.

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