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Dennis Chemnitz, Ronkonkoma, New York
Magnetic Wand For Easy Camper Loading
2019 Ford F-350
2019 Host Cascade
This modification is to aid with loading my camper and to make it a faster task.
I took three magnetic wands and cut them to 2-inches. Then I glued a 4-inch long spring to the wand. I inserted and glued a tube in the spring.
I used double-sided tape on a 2-inch mending plate. The plates are attached on the underside of the camper 8-inches out from the front, middle and rear of the camper.
The location of the red wands centers the camper on the truck. I took the width of bed rails minus the width of the base of the camper. Then, I divided that by two. That number gave me the location to mount wands.
Finally, I stuck the wand to the mending plate. Then I was ready to load camper. It took 15-minutes to load the camper with no stress.
I can see the first wand in the side view mirror. The spring is flexible, so it’s no big deal if I hit it on the bed rail of the truck. As I backup, my goal is to align all springs with the bed’s rail.
I can do it myself, but I do have to get out of the truck a few times. Normally I have my wife back the truck under the camper. I instruct her which way to turn. If we align all the wands to just touching the bed rail, the camper is straight and centered.
It took me 30-minutes to complete this modification and cost me $15 because I had some of the parts already. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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