Truck camper “recipe for disaster” folds down on the street

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By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Take a short-bed pickup, add a long-box truck camper, add a little highway bounce and the result? It looks like an origami disaster! This post came from a section on reddit.com called Idiots In Cars.

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We’re not quite sure how the driver gets over speed bumps, but they do probably get extra points from the “Redneck Fix-It” team for the creative use of ratcheting tie-down straps.

Undoubtedly there’s an interesting back-story here. While the original poster had little to say, other than he’d seen the rig around town, commenters had plenty to say. Much of the comments were far from complimentary: There were those who wondered if the owner had hit some pretty hard times and was making do as best they could.

File this under, “And you think you’ve seen it all.”

##RVT928

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Robert Black

I have a standard bed (5-1/2 ft) 2109 1 Ton (Chevy single wheel) diesel pickup with a modern Arctic Fox camper designed for these trucks. The front hangover is very long to compensate for the weight behind the rear axle. The camper has a center of gravity mark that is a few inches behind the rear axle. My tie downs don’t mount to the bumper or truck bed, but rather directly to the truck frame.

Al

I really think the photo is just “photoshopped”. A few details: 1. The weight of the camper, 2500 pounds or more isn’t settling the rear springs down to the frame. The owner would have had to really upgrade the springs to keep the truck level. 2. No load on the tires. That much weight on what looks to be stock tires for a F150 truck would flatten out the bottom of the tire tread on the rear tires and the front tires would have almost no weight on them. 3. That ratchet strap does not appear to be attached to anything. 4. To actually bend the frame right at the point of the rear door and bed of the truck, you would have to support the frame of the truck just in front of the bed of the truck and then strap down the very front of the truck so the front ties don’t lift off of the ground.

M riddick

Expensive truck for a dumb idea can you say Florida DOT laws should be looked into cause if that camper comes off on the highway someone will be hurt or even killed………Not cool

Bob

The person is probably homeless and that’s the shelter they have. Better that than the street.

Carson Axtell

At least it’s a 4×4, hah! Talk about “monkeys with car keys”…

Bryan

Redneck stupid camping

Jan

Nothing a little duct tape cant fix!

Trip

All I got to say is, it’s a Ford (and a Ford owner!), would you expect anything more?

Gray

The sad part of this story (other than the obvious) is the fact that modern pickups are little more than a 4-door SUV with a tailgate party box on the back, just large enough to hold a propane
BBQ grill, a stadium-size beer cooler, and a few folding chairs. That’s it.

This summer I visited GMC and Chevrolet dealers looking for a possible replacement pickup with a standard two-door cab (no rear seating or jump seat) and an 8-foot bed with a 3,000-lb cargo capacity, all under 22′ length overall. Sorry, Charlie. They don’t make them anymore. Not for several years, in fact.

One factor frequently overlooked is the overall length of the rig. Here in WA state, on the coast, ferries are a fact of life (as are cramped, tiny campsites squeezed between the big trees in some of our aging state parks). As long as the truck with camper is under 22 feet LOA, the ferry fare is the same as a passenger car. That’s a big savings. And we have no problem squeezing around trees into a campsite designed for 1950’s era RV’s.

So unless you’re willing to put up with a truck camper with a six-foot body (that may yet hang two feet rearward of the pickup box) and an overlong cabover section (look at that photo again), then you’ll be stuck towing a trailer or a five’er, the only thing today’s pickups are designed for.

dave

I hope the dumb ass did not bend the frame of his pickup and ruin his leaf springs and axle and drive train ( but I bet he did)

DUANE

No problem, he has a strap in front holding it tight..Ha Ha

Charles

Aw, come on. No problem. That’ll buff right out.

Fred Van Alphen

Extremely overloaded, that truck is bent. Good example of putting 10 lbs of fertilizer in a 5 lb bag.

Robert Evans

No problem here

mdstudey

These short bed trucks are useless. We use our trucks for more than just camping.

Al B

Bet this guy sues Coachman for the damage!!!

RV TECH

This slide-in camper is designed for a one ton dually truck. It’s sitting on a half ton truck. It’s obvious from this photo that the center of balance of the campers is WAY too far rearward…….Too much camper, not enough truck.

Kenn

Is that a bungee cord hooked under the wheel well ?

Brett Nicholas

That is an F-150. That camper is a load for an F-250. I have a smaller truck camper on a larger (3500 Ram dually) pickup and appreciate the extra safety margin.
I would not even consider doing that.

Fifthwheeler

Saw this or his cousin multiple times between lake Suzy and interstate 70 area of port Charlotte Florida. Hasn’t fallen out yet and hey, Florida don’t care…