Camper Projects

Three Solutions For Camper Entry While Towing

Getting into a camper while you are towing can be awkward.  Three Truck Camper Magazine readers who tow with their campers share entry and exit solutions when hooked up to a boat, trailer, car, or anything else that can be towed.  Step right up.

Step Solutions For Towing Truck Campers

Camper Step System To Use While Towing Boat

Submitted by: Scott Richards, 2015 Chevrolet 3500, 2015 Adventurer 89RB

Adventurer 89RB Camper With Boat

The primary reason we chose a truck camper was to tow our boat to Canada’s wealth of lakes and rivers.  After our first trip across the four western provinces, we found accessing our camper difficult while the boat was hitched.

Steps To Get Out Of Camper With Boat In Tow

My modification is an access step system over my boat trailer.  I designed what I needed and took it to a local fabricator for certified welding assistance.  After six-hours of building, we celebrated victory.

Rear Hitch Tow System With Boat

I am extremely satisfied with this modification.  It took six-hours to complete and cost $1,000 Canadian.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard since you need certified metal fabrication skills.

Swing-Out Porch With Torklift Glow Steps

Submitted by: Lawrence Ginnow, 2007 Chevy 3500, 2014 Palomino HS-2910

We couldn’t use our Torklift steps when hooked to a trailer.  For my mod, I made the steps swing to the curbside with a swing-out porch/stoop.

Swing scissor step

I fabricated an aluminum swinging bracket that uses the original steps.  It locks into its original position for use with no trailer.  Pulling a spring-loaded pin allows the step to swing to the side with the trailer hooked to the truck.  The unit clamps to the original tube bumper without drilling any holes into the camper or bumper.

Swing scissor step platform

I fabricated everything from 6061 aluminum for the best strength to weight ratio.  Also, the step is a tread plate for a non-skid surface.  My swinging step unit works well with several different trailers we haul.  The step is very stable and holds my 275 pounds with no problem.  It sure beats climbing on the hitch, and much safer too.

Swing scissor step standing on platform

We use a Torklift SuperHitch with a 21-inch Torklift SuperTruss and a Husky Centerline equalizer.  The step clears all of it when swung to the side.

Camper with swing scissor step

It took me 100 hours of thinking plus 20 hours of fabrication to complete this modification, and cost me $200.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.

Adding Glow Steps To Fox Landing

Submitted by: Dan Walinsky, 2012 Ford F350, 2015 Arctic Fox 990

Here’s a picture before my modification, where the entry was high up off the ground.

Before Glow Steps, only Fox Landing bumper

I wanted a safer way to enter and exit my camper while it’s on the truck.

Fox Landing more steps Arctic Fox Camper

I added the Torklift A7804 Glow Steps and Torklift All-Terrain Landing Legs to my Fox Landing on my Arctic Fox 990.

What a difference!  It is so much safer to enter and exit the camper.

Fox-Landing-just-a-pinFox Landing locked to Glow Steps
Fox-Landing-more-steps-2Fox Landing and Torklift Glow Steps with the Revolution

The steps are very solid. I’m so glad I added this to my camper.  It is less likely that I’ll end up on my keister.

Fox Landing and Glow Steps exit camper

It took me one and a half hours to complete this modification and cost me approximately $500.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.

You may also want to check out Enhanced Entry Steps Using Stair Treads and Adapting a Torklift Fox Landing Step System.  They are similar to the mods above with a little variation.

Disclaimer: The modifications above are submitted by Truck Camper Magazine readers. It is your responsibility to make sure that any do-it-yourself modification project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation.

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