Do it Yourself Camper Tie Downs
Camper tie downs are essential for anyone wanting to attach a camper to their truck. They will keep your camper secure by limiting its mobility and ensuring it doesn't rub the paint off your truck. While many companies sell camper ties, making them yourself allows you to customize them it to match your truck. The type of camper tie downs you need will vary depending on your truck's make and model, the camper's size and the types of roads you'll be driving on.
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Things You’ll Need:
- Four 5/16 turnbuckles
- Four swivel eye bolts
- One 4,000-pound tensile strength cable
- One belly bar (if needed)
Evaluate the types of driving conditions and size of the load you will be using this camper for. This will determine the tensile strength of the cables you should buy, as well as the size of the turnbuckles you will use. Do you need your camper to stay clamped as you drive straight up rocky mountain roads? Or will you simply be taking it a out to the nearby lake for a barbecue? The more weight and stress you'll encounter, the more strength you'll need.
If your truck already has a belly bar, skip this step. If your truck doesn't t have a belly bar, you can make one by welding chains onto either side of a 2-inch square tube. Mount the belly bar to your truck's frame by bolting L brackets to holes in the frame, and then bolting the brackets to the 2-inch square tube.
Attach one swivel eye bolt to the each of the four poles of your camper. This will create the four attachment points, which are essential for stability. It is possible to secure a camper with less than four attachment points, but few would recommend it. Please ask a local hardware store employee for advice before you purchase your eye bolts. You must make sure the bolts can handle the weight.
Use your cable to connect the camper bars and turnbuckles from underneath the belly bar to each of the swivel eye bolts.
Double check to make sure everything is secure---you wouldn't want to lose your camper! After you make sure it's secure, you are ready to load everything you need in the truck.
Tips & Warnings
If you plan to drive over brushy areas, the belly bar may be too low to the ground to allow you to clear the brush. In that case, you can consider attaching the cables through holes in your truck's frame.
Article Written By Kelsey Childress
Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.
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