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Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
Truck Bed Stop and Impact Solution
2001 Ford F350
2012 Chalet DS116RB
I have owned the same truck and camper for six years now, and started to notice the front wall of my truck bed had become significantly bowed outward.
After close inspection, the front bed wall was dented outward toward the cab of the truck about 1-1/8-inch. It was at the point that my truck camper’s rubber bumpers touched this area during loading.
Above: Charlie attached ratchet straps to pull the bow out of the front sheet metal
Although I just barely touch these bumpers during loading, the weight of my camper pushes the truck bed wall’s sheet metal causing the deformation.
To remedy the situation, I built a metal frame out of perforated steel angle iron onto which I attached some 3/8-inch thick aluminum plates for the camper to bump up against. The design was such that the force of impact during loading will now be spread out between the top bed rail and the bottom of the truck bed – both of which are the strongest areas.
Another goal of this design was to make the bump stop very thin (only 1/2″ thick) so that I do not push the camper too far back. I wanted to maintain the center of gravity of the camper in front of the rear wheels.
Please watch the video to see the build and test:
I have tried this bump stop design multiple times and it works great! As seen in the video above, the camper now bumps against the aluminum plates and the force is spread throughout the entire perforated metal frame without any damage to my truck.
It took me six-hours to complete this modification and cost me about $175. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.
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