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Old 12-15-2017, 09:47 AM
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I installed the torklift tiedowns on my 2017 Ford F-350 and they work great.
 
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:21 PM
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Will do!

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Get those tie downs installed yet?
 
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:59 AM
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The tie downs are all installed, the camper was purchased, and all eventually ended well.

First, some pictures:



Rear left tie down bracket




Checking camper at a rest stop on the way home. Everything was still tight!




Rear shot of camper during check at rest stop




The camper is home in our upper driveway. Can't have too many lights!

The short story:

The rear tie down brackets were an easy install. They slide into- and attach to the hitch cross-bar using supplied hardware. Torklift supplies adapters for the 2017 F250 OEM hitch, but they weren't needed on our F350. I don't know what the differences are, if any...

The front tie down brackets attach to the truck frame using the hardware that attached the front of the rear leaf springs. I was unable to loosen these bolts -- even using a 3-foot cheater bar -- so I had these installed at a local trailer maintenance and repair shop. They used a 1,000 ft-lb. impact wrench to loosen the hardware. They did a GREAT job on short notice and charged me for just 1.6 hours of labor. I made a contribution to their Friday Evening Adult Beverage Fund.

After installing the tie-downs, loading the turnbuckles into the truck, installing the bed mat, and filling the fuel tank (in other words, getting the truck ready to install the camper), the "ready-to-haul" curb weight was 6,700 lbs. at the local CAT scale. With a 10,600 lb. GVWR, we have 3,900 lbs. of payload available for driver, passengers, dog, "stuff", the camper, water, etc.

The SpringLoad XL turnbuckles went together and were installed as expected. Initial assembly takes a while to screw in the threaded rods.

The FastGuns also took a while do to their initial assembly. But, once "calibrated", they are easy to install and remove, but the cam lock design keeps 'em in place (along with bail pins). I'm very pleased with the FastGuns.

The camper's factory-spec for the CoG is 24", IIRC. I used a 4x6 (6" side down) as a spacer between the bed wall and the camper bumpers. The truck rode well enough for the 100-mile trip home, but I think I might rotate to spacer and try the 4" side down so that I can slide the camper a bit farther forward. I'd prefer to not have to re-aim the headlights.

Our 350's factory camper package seems to do the job: no suspension squat or serious swau, especially for a tall camper. The camper umbilical plugged right into the camper and the truck, and pressing the brake pedal activated the camper battery charging circuit. I left the tailgate on the truck, as the optional step really helps with gettin' in and out.

The camper is going into local storage tomorrow, but I hope to have a chance to soon try it out near the coast if we get a break in the winter weather.

So far, so good! And, yes, I did remember to inflate the tires before loading the camper.

Happy New Year, all!
Jim / crewzer
 
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:17 PM
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Question on your camper....

do do you have to flip the mattress to open the refrigerator ?
 
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:22 PM
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Question on your camper....

do do you have to flip the mattress to open the refrigerator ?
Yes; ~30% of the mattress flips (hinges?) up towards the front of the camper and rests on top of the other 70%. A related benefit is that the cleared space is useful as extra "kitchen prep space".

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Yes; ~30% of the mattress flips (hinges?) up towards the front of the camper and rests on top of the other 70%. A related benefit is that the cleared space is useful as extra "kitchen prep space".

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Thanks for the response Jim...I could in no way deal with that feature when I looked at a 2017 Camp Lite 8.something (I forget the exact model now) I was lucky to find a leftover 2016 9.2 but it would only work on a short bed truck ...so I had to replace a perfectly good truck truck to haul the new camper....I also had to have a face to face dinette.
 
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The end result looks great - congrats on your new cabin on wheels!
 
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Nice looking camper Jim.
 
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Originally Posted by taycotrains View Post
Thanks for the response Jim...I could in no way deal with that feature when I looked at a 2017 Camp Lite 8.something (I forget the exact model now) I was lucky to find a leftover 2016 9.2 but it would only work on a short bed truck ...so I had to replace a perfectly good truck truck to haul the new camper....I also had to have a face to face dinette.
We found that selecting a truck camper meant accepting compromises. Our (gently used MY2016) Camp Lite TC6.8 contains many features we needed/wanted:
  • Light enough to allow realistic loading of our SRW F350
  • 6'-8 min inside clearance (I'm 6'-7)
  • 3-way fridge at least 4 cubic ft
  • Toilet and wet bath
  • Usable holding tank(s)
The fridge access vs. mattress is certainly unusual, but we got the other features we wanted.

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The end result looks great - congrats on your new cabin on wheels!
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Nice looking camper Jim.
Thanks, Gents. I've still got a bit of fiddlin' and adjustin' to do, but I think this combo will serve us well. We're already planning major trips for 2018 and 2019!

Regards to all, and thanks again for comments and suggestions!
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Very nice set-up Jim. This is the camper that I've been looking at for a spring purchase.
I wondered how the bed/fridge worked, as it isn't easily seen on the LivinLite website. I also wondered about the CoG dimension because it isn't either. Do you have an a/c unit? Do you know what the actual weight of the camper comes to?

Congrats on your purchase!
 
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Very nice set-up Jim. This is the camper that I've been looking at for a spring purchase.
I wondered how the bed/fridge worked, as it isn't easily seen on the LivinLite website. I also wondered about the CoG dimension because it isn't either. Do you have an a/c unit? Do you know what the actual weight of the camper comes to?

Congrats on your purchase!
Jim,

I was able to find the CoG spec in the 2015 brochure.

The sticker on the side of the camper says it weighs 2200 lbs. including 19 gallons of water (~160 lbs.), 20 lbs. of propane, and four lbs. of ice. Implied "dry weight" is therefore 2,016 lbs., which is consistent with the specs.

We don't have an a/c unit. Thanks for your comments, and I hope this helps!

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Jim,

Here's a link to a graphic of Livin' Lite's Ford version of the 6.8. This also indicates a 24" CoG.

And here's a link
to a YouTube video tour of the 2016 6.8; start the time at 4:51 for a demo of the folding mattress vs. the fridge. Separately, I suspect the 90-degree mattress rotation described by the sales dude doesn't apply to the 2018 model due to the additional fixed-cabinet storage.

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