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Vote Results: Bed Liners For Truck Campers

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Do you have a truck bed liner for your truck camper rig?”  We also asked if the bed liner you have impacts loading, unloading, or any other facet of using your truck camper.

Here are the graph results:

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The majority of the “Other” responses were for factory bed liners followed by rubber bed mats, and horse stall/stable mats.  This carries over to the next graph.

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Again, the majority of “Other” responses were for factory bed liners.  In retrospect, we should of had “Factory Bed Liner” as a choice for both questions.  Other bed liners and mat brands mentioned include Dee Zee, York PI Load Lok, Armadillo, Turbo Liner, Dual Liner, and Vortex.

Here are the text responses:

“I would not have a truck without a spray-on bed liner.  I use my truck for a lot more than just truck camping.  With a spray-on bed liner cargo doesn’t slide around and there are no scratches to worry about.  I also think it helps eliminate some small dents.” – Rodger Greene

“Liners have not impacted my loading of the camper.  I’ve read other posts that warn about the truck camper sliding around on a bed liner due to the slipperiness of the material.  I’ve gone over many rough roads with it and I’ve had very little movement of the camper at all.” – Rex

“It is a plus to have a rubber mat on top of the bed liner.  This makes sure the camper does not move.  I have had no problem loading with a rubber mat and bed liner.”  – John Kerritt

“My bed has a spray on bed liner.  I also have made a tapered spacer that sits on top of the bed, with the rubber mat on top of the spacer.  The taper spacer is used to make the camper level with the sides of the truck bed.

I took quarter-inch plywood and made a spacer one and a half inches high in the back and a quarter inch high on the cab end.  I screwed the plywood pieces together and load the tapered spacer as one unit.  Now the camper/bed clearance is less than one inch on each side.” – Gary Gadget

“I appreciate the protection the bed liner gives to the truck bed.  We also have a rubber mat so that helps as well.  We have never had a problem with the camper shifting, but I’m not sure if the liner, the mat, or both (or neither) gets the credit for that.

Fortunately, we have a little breathing room between our Eagle Cap 850 and the truck bed, so the liner does not affect loading and unloading.  If I only had an eighth of an inch to spare, I’d never get it on the truck!

The only problem I’ve had with the liner is that a couple of the screws that secure the liner to the back of the cab have wriggled free, but the liner is still quite secure.  As far as weight goes, I weighed the fully loaded camper on the truck at a CAT scale before our first four-week trip and the weight was fine.” – Anne Marie Lewis

“Previously, I had a plastic drop-in liner and it worked fine, but a Dee Zee rubber mat is much better in my opinion.” – Fred Patterson

“I traded my single cab that had no bed liner for a crew cab that had a spray-in bed liner. Both trucks were Silverados.  The first time loading I was able to get the truck and camper lined up.  Maybe I just got lucky.

I still use a rubber mat under my camper from a suggestion that I picked up while researching before I put the truck and camper together.  I don’t see any difference in having the bed liner except it’s nice to have a little protection for the truck when the camper isn’t on the truck.” – Wayne Machann

“I do like the bed mat.  It seems to give the camper a non-slip surface, a little more floor insulation, and less scratches on the floor of the bed.” – Tony and Michelle Tabacchi

“We bought our truck second hand and it came with one of those plastic drop-in liners. We found that the camper would slide back on the liner so we threw it away.  There haven’t been any more problems.” – Tricia Mason

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