Friday, December 8, 2023


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

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 called Idiots In Cars.

u/TypeHeat on

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.”



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EDWARD James Valenzuela (@guest_134576)
2 years ago

Hell! All ya need is some bailing wier
N t0 ba fours by god!

Bob p (@guest_130957)
2 years ago

This might fall under the truck salesperson’s assurance yes this truck will definitely haul your camper, I’ve heard that so many times it isn’t funny.

Dan (@guest_63994)
3 years ago

I saw a similar picture of this truck on another site a month ago. A week later I saw him in Port Charlotte Florida. He was broke down on the side of the road. The sheriff was called to help him. Later I talked to a deputy who said He is a homeless elderly man with a walker. I am thankful I am not in his situation.

Mick (@guest_63934)
3 years ago

What’s funny If he bought the camper new, and the truck owner says to the salesman well I have this kind of truck will this work? He says oh yes sir you have plenty truck for this camper! I guarantee that happened!

Sharon B (@guest_63617)
3 years ago

Come on down to Miami FL. This site is nothing new

Robert Black (@guest_60000)
3 years ago

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.

Bob p (@guest_130959)
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Black

Wow you do have a new truck!

Bill (@guest_130996)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Back to the future!

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

I could correct it, but what fun would that be? 😆 Have a great day! 😀 —Diane

Al (@guest_59993)
3 years ago

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.

squeakytiki (@guest_60618)
3 years ago
Reply to  Al

Nope. If you read the comments on the reddit thread this was found in, this rig has had multiple sightings.
Of course it’s in Florida.

Ed Stephens (@guest_63920)
3 years ago
Reply to  Al

Al, I agree with you on the photoshop. This would also destroy the driveline and would have had to have been towed to the wrecking yard.

Kevin (@guest_91827)
3 years ago
Reply to  Al

Not photo shopped. I’ve seen this one in person in Naples Fl

Kevin Lawhon (@guest_91828)
3 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

He doesn’t get bothered with dot because he has a 1500 and isn’t over weight. Like hauling cargo. He has it secured so it check as good. Still not a good idea.

Bill (@guest_130997)
2 years ago
Reply to  Al

The frame may not be bent .. there are probably only 4 bolts mounting the bed to the frame thru rubber blocks and if the front two detach this would be the result. Also, these harbor freight ratchet straps are a common occurrence .. I’ve seen it in Oregon and Nevada.

M riddick (@guest_59986)
3 years ago

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 (@guest_59973)
3 years ago

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

Bryan (@guest_59927)
3 years ago

Redneck stupid camping

Jan (@guest_59909)
3 years ago

Nothing a little duct tape cant fix!

Trip (@guest_59902)
3 years ago

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

Old Prospector (@guest_59916)
3 years ago
Reply to  Trip

Remember back when we were in grade school ,and the teacher always circled our mistakes? Well, obviously if you look at the oval Ford emblem, you will notice that Ford circled their mistake too. LOL:)

Gray (@guest_59900)
3 years ago

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.

KP Pawley (@guest_59932)
3 years ago
Reply to  Gray
Crewzer (@guest_69390)
3 years ago
Reply to  KP Pawley

“ 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.”

I don’t know about GMC or Chevy, but this is not true of Ford. For example, a regular cab pickup with an eight-foot bed is under 20’ in length. Depending on the engine, drive type, tires, trim level, and other options, a payload of up to 4,960 lbs. is available on a 2020 F350 SRW regular cab long bed.

Jim / crewzer

Sam Darakjy (@guest_75542)
3 years ago
Reply to  Crewzer

I didn’t understand his comment either. My payload on a Ram 2500 is close to 3600

Bob p (@guest_91879)
3 years ago
Reply to  Crewzer

Ford also will build a std. cab F150 bare bones long (8’) long bed without any options with a 3000 payload. But very few people will buy it w/o a/c and all the other creature comforts, but it is available under special order. I looked it up!

dave (@guest_59899)
3 years ago

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

Bob p (@guest_91882)
3 years ago
Reply to  dave

It’s easy to see the bend, the bed can’t flex on the frame.

DUANE (@guest_59885)
3 years ago

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

Charles (@guest_59880)
3 years ago

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

Fred Van Alphen (@guest_59876)
3 years ago

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

Robert Evans (@guest_59875)
3 years ago

No problem here

mdstudey (@guest_59874)
3 years ago

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

Al B (@guest_59868)
3 years ago

Bet this guy sues Coachman for the damage!!!

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