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Steve Paushter, Charlottesville, Virginia
Simple Camper Loading Trick
2016 Ram 3500
2016 Northstar Arrow 8.5 U
When we first got our camper, we found that loading the camper onto our truck was an intimidating task. We have a short bed truck and cannot see the end of the bed from the driver’s seat when loading. This makes lining the camper up with the wheel wells challenging.
I bought a trailer alignment kit from Harbor Freight for under 10-dollars. This consists of a foam ball mounted on an adjustable wand with a magnetic base. It is usually used to help line a trailer up with a hitch. I only use one of the two balls the kit comes with.
I marked the end of the truck bed on the driver’s side with a paint line. This line is drawn about an inch or so inside the wheel well, minus the radius of the foam ball.
When loading the camper, I put the front seat back, look over my right shoulder, and line the ball up with the inside edge of the camper leaving about a half-inch to one-inch of space. I then back up keeping the ball lined up with the camper. It works like a charm every time.
We take our camper off the truck almost everywhere we stay. I have used this mod every time I load the camper for the past 2.5-years and it makes the job much easier.
It took me 5-minutes to complete this modification and cost me under 10-dollars. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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