You can see it in action in this video.
It took me four hours to complete and cost $150 including cables and the required fuses. In my opinion, the skill level of this mod is medium.
5. Tom Adams, Spokane Valley, Washington
2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax
1998 Northland 10-foot
Loading a truck camper into a pickup bed requires precise alignment. If you’re not lined up correctly, it’s possible to bump the camper and potentially damage the camper jacks and their mounting brackets. To prevent this from happening on my camper, I improved the rear jack mounts to better distribute the forces that could occur during such a situation.
Above: The jack brace installation, front to back – click to enlarge
The components I used include two lengths of 3/4″ steel pipe threaded on both ends, four end caps for the pipe with holes drilled for 3/8″ bolts, four 3/8″ lock nuts, and four 2 1/4″ pipe straps (as shown). You’ll find the pipe straps near the pipes at the hardware store. You’ll have to modify the ends of the pipe straps to accommodate the 3/8″ bolts and adjust to reach overall length between the jacks.
Above: The jack brace installation close-up – click to enlarge
The addition of these braces has worked perfectly. If I should bump the camper, I’m able to stop to correct my position without any damage to the front jack mounting or the rear jack mounting.
Above: The brace in the front (left) and rear (right) – click to enlarge
It took me three hours to complete and cost $40. In my opinion, the skill level of this mod is medium.
6. Bryan Malone, Port Jefferson Station, New York
1999 Ford F250
1997 Shadow Cruiser 851
I began the build of my rear porch due to the shear height of the camper and the unattainable way of entering and exiting without almost hurting yourself.
Above: Before the step and stain was applied – click to enlarge
I constructed an 6-foot by 3-foot steel rear porch with cedar decking and a retractable step. It has 3/8-inch bolts welded to the underside to connect eye hooks for hauling various things.
Above: The finished porch – click to enlarge
The porch has worked out great with the ability to strap down most anything that I would like to carry including a generator, firewood, bikes, etc.