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How to Store a Truck Camper – Sit or Stand

“We support our camper with a rolling dolly that’s home made.” – Ronald Trotter, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 1996 Lance Squire

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“My camper sits on wooden saw horses that I built.  They go all the way across each end to hold it level.  I keep the jacks down to keep it firm (without wobble) in our driveway.  I tried store bought, steel saw horses that were supposed to hold over 3,000 pounds each, but those lasted only one time and broke down.  So I built wood saw horses and all is good.” – Ed Henry, 2014 Ram 2500, 2014 Northstar 850sc

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“I use four empty pool chemical pails (two are five-gallons, two are seven to eight gallons) to supplement the jacks when the camper is dismounted.  I gradually lower the unit onto the pails until the jacks lift free and realign themselves.  Then, I run them down again just enough to take up some of the weight.

Thus, I have an eight-point support, half jacks and half underbelly.  With this low stance and a camo cover, the rig is nearly invisible from the road.  On those occasions when I drop the camper at a site, I use a pair of forty-gallon recycling cans.  I put the turnbuckles in the cans for aesthetics and security.” – Mike Daily, 2010 GMC 2500, Palomino Bronco

“I unload the camper and have underbelly support.  The saw horses are two foot in height 2×6 construction, so it’s low to the ground.  As this is an older camper the cabover does not fit on the Tacoma without a 2×4 base to raise it from hitting roof.   The 2×4 base also has a plywood top.  I remove the base and support it with the saw horses and lower camper on to it.  It is lower to the ground as we live in an area that gets high winds.  Having the camper higher on standard saw horses without support is not an option.” – Larry Martin, 2010 Tacoma, 1985 Travelmate

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“When we’re out camping, we drop the jacks for added stability inside.  If we need the truck during camping season, the camper is placed on two homemade metal saw horses with the jacks down.

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In the winter, we leave the camper in the truck bed, but use the jacks to take most of the weight off the truck.  If your camper is 99 years old, then mine is over 300 “camper years” old.” – Melissa Malejko, 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, 1981 Okanagan

“My camper is stored off the truck, lowered, not supported, in a nice warm or air-conditioned shop.  We have stored all of our campers in this same manner.” – Bob Nelson, 2015 GMC Sierra 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 1140

“My camper is unloaded, without underbelly support.” – Pat Bullock, 2002 Chevrolet 2500, 2000 Lance 1030

“I rarely leave it on the truck without legs down.  That is only a temporary or overnight. Longer than that, I put the legs down and I lift the camper enough to take the weight off the truck and level the truck camper.

I never use underbelly support.  The underbelly structure is not visible, so I have no idea of the design’s strong and weak points.  The truck camper I own was designed to be supported on the legs and that is how I do it.  Supporting the truck camper on its underbelly and not doing so in a completely flat and full contact surface such as the bed of the truck invites more issues than needed.” – Don Pryor, 2015 Ford F350, 2008 Arctic Fox 1150

“In eleven months we have only taken the camper off once, mainly because I move so often.  I plan to put it on stands more often once I become more proficient at backing the truck under it without a spotter.” – Pat Corrill, 2015 Ford F350, 2015 Hallmark Ute

“I unload the camper without underbelly support.” – Tom Adams, 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 1998 Northland 10’

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“We have one of the heavier truck campers and are always concerned about the strength of the legs.  When camped for a day or two we leave the camper on the truck with the legs down for extra stability.

If we are longer in one place we will take the camper off the truck, but like to support it. We have never had a problem, but don’t want to either.  We carry two six ton screw jacks from Camping World and a 2×4.  The camper is lowered until the sewer connection is close to the ground and then the front of the camper rests on the jacks and the 2×4.  The rear of the camper doesn’t get anything extra.

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