RV and Truck Camper Tie-downs

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Truck camper RV tie-downs come as either a bed-mounted tie-down or a frame-mounted tie-down. Truck camper RV tie-downs are required equipment on all camper carrying trucks for road and vehicle safety. Truck camper RV tie-down attachment points must be anchored on four locations on the camper carrying vehicle, two tie-downs in the front and two tie-downs at the back. Truck camper RV tie-downs avoid damage to the vehicle’s body structure from the shifting weight of the camper when the vehicle is moving. Truck camper RV tie downs can be mounted on the bed of the truck if the camper is the lightweight type or a frame-mounted tie-down is used if a more modern heavyweight type of camper is used. From a safety standpoint, it is prudent to install extra sets of truck camper RV tie-downs if the camper to be attached is extra heavy or if there is a need for additional redundancy on anchoring a camper to a vehicle.

Truck camper RV tie-downs must be durable enough to securely anchor a truck camper so that it will not shift its weight on a vehicle and compromise road safety. Truck camper RV tie-downs must have a certified load rating that is above the truck camper’s gross weight so that the camper will not deviate from its position in the truck bed and create an unsafe driving and road condition that poses a hazard to vehicle stability and other vehicles on the road. Truck camper RV tie-down load ratings are generally based on the gross weight of the vehicle that is going to carry the camper and campers must be solidly anchored to the truck to prevent instability problems when the vehicle is running and to prevent damage to the vehicle’s body structure from the unsecured camper shifting under its weight while the vehicle is in motion.

Frame-mounted truck camper RV tie-downs uses two flat bars or square tubes that are secured crosswise under the vehicle’s frame using a clamp or bolt system. The camper is anchored using a chain or turnbuckle system to solidly mount the camper and prevent any movement when the vehicle is in motion. Anchoring clips are then used on the rear frame or bumper of the truck, with its chain or turnbuckle to secure the rear of the camper firmly on the truck bed. Another method of tie-down is using a truck camper RV tie-down that attaches to the outer surfaces of a truck’s frame on both front and rear and the rear of the camper is secured to the truck’s rear hitch receiver. Frame-mounted truck camper RV tie-downs are much safer for securing the more modern and heavier truck campers.

Another truck camper RV tie-down is the bed-mounted tie-down. These are more commonly used to anchor lightweight truck campers. A metal plate is clamped or bolted between the truck frame or bed to attach the truck camper tie-downs and a camper is anchored into the bed using a chain or turnbuckle system. But due to the thinner skins of more modern trucks, bed-mounted truck camper RV tie-downs are limited only for anchoring very lightweight campers. Using a bed-mounted truck camper RV tie-down on newer, thinner skinned vehicles can result in truck bed damage unless lightweight campers are used.

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