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Daniel Harvey, Milford, New Jersey
Camper Alignment Jacks For Flatbed Truck
Chevy Silverado 3500
2007 Arctic Fox 811
I have a camper on a flatbed and needed a way to center and align the camper on the bed. I also wanted a way to secure the camper once it was in position.
I used two standard screw-type trailer jacks with the crank handle on top. I welded two pieces of C-channel steel. One is at a right angle to the jack. This piece then drops into the stake pocket or behind the bed rail of the flatbed.
The jacks can be moved front or rear, right and left to move and align the camper to a fraction of an inch. Once the camper is lowered onto the bed, each jack is then placed at the back to secure the camper once on the road.
I have used the jacks to mount the camper on three different flatbed trucks and it has been a universal fit on each bed. The jacks have reduced the camper loading time in half. Although it was not the original intent to travel with the jacks in place, I believe they add stability and secure the camper regardless of road conditions and terrain.
Two trailer jack stands were purchased at a yard sale for $10 each. The current cost would be about $60 each. The four pieces of three-inch C-channel steel were leftover scrap from other projects.
It took me 4-hours to complete this modification and cost me $20. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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