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Loading & Unloading a camper from a 2005 – 2021 Toyota Tacoma

This video is informational in nature and is intended for example purposes only. Accordingly, this video should NOT to be used as a guide for actually installing your truck camper (whether or not your truck camper was originally sold or manufactured by Four Wheel Campers, LLC (“FWC”)), and is not recommended for such use. Rather, you are responsible for using your own skill, judgment and experience in installing your truck camper. We do NOT recommend this camper tie down method for any other truck camper. Any use of this video in installing your truck camper does not guarantee that the installation of your truck camper will be safe, prevent losses or damage, or otherwise be error free. You agree not to rely on or to instruct or advise others to rely on this video when installing your truck camper. All risks associated with the use of this video is solely with you. Four Wheel Campers, 109 Pioneer Avenue, Woodland, CA 95776 (530) 666-1442 www.fourwh.com

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okay right now we’ve got a Tacoma we do
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these very often and so what you’ve got
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here is your typical Tacoma kit
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you’ve got your Tacoma bed bars you’ve
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got your rear turn buckles your front
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turn buckles and your set of mats
00:28
there’s three here also the plug and
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this is wired which is a two wire system
00:37
Tacomas don’t need the rear taillights
00:39
and the running lights wired to them so
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we just wire that right under the
00:43
chassis to the hood here you can see the
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wire coming up the double insulated wire
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that runs to the 30 amp resettable
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breaker then we run to your body ground
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on the Tacomas and then very simple we
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just run right to your battery positive
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as you can see there’s no need for us to
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hook into the computer of the car it’s
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just a very simple connection okay so
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what we’re going to do is we’re going to
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show you how to load the camper onto the
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truck we just did the install on this
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vehicle for a customer and we’re ready
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to load the new camper on it so I’m
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going to show you how that’s done it’s
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not super difficult you definitely want
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to take your time and make sure the
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truck is lined up into the camper as
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straight as possible if you have a
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helper you know somebody in the back to
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spot for you it’s a little bit easier
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but one person can do it I’m going to
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show you how one person can do it if
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you’re careful so basically like I said
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just make sure the truck is aligned with
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the side of the camper and just come
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back real slow you’ll get out and check
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you know two or three times to make sure
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that I’m coming in straight so I’m going
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to show you how to do that now
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so when you get to this point what I
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like to do is get out and just make sure
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that the sides are okay on both sides
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and then look underneath and make sure
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you have enough clearance underneath the
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to miss the bed of the truck so you’re
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just going to want to look down the
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sides make sure it’s clear there and
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it’s lined up here so it’s lined up in
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the perfect right now
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I like to get out one more time before
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just to make sure that the wing because
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the wing on the campers a little bit
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wider than the what goes into the bed of
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the truck so you want to make sure your
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wing clearance is going to clear the
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back of the truck so you want to make
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sure there’s enough clearance on both
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sides there one of the nice things about
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when it’s on Jack’s also is is that you
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can maneuver the camper a little bit if
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it’s not perfectly aligned like right
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now this one’s off just a little bit and
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all you have to do is just kind of kick
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over the Jack’s a little bit just to
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straighten it out so I’m gonna do that
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now
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okay so now I’m perfectly straight you
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also want to stop about you know 12 to
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18 inches away from the truck this much
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space so that you have room to plug it
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into the truck plug the camper into the
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truck so I’m going to do that
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it’s just a three-prong out would
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trolling motor plug it’s really tight
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especially new so you wiggle it a bunch
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and make sure you’re pushing really hard
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and wiggling and then just and make sure
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that plug is nice and tight this
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particular camper it’s a fleet going on
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a Tacoma so it doesn’t have running
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lights one way to test to make sure your
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plug connections good you can’t really
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do it on a fleet but if it was a hawk or
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a Granby and the camper had running
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lights you could turn on the lights on
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the truck and the running lights on the
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camera would come on and that would tell
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you that the plug connection is good so
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but this one’s nice and tight so I know
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it’s ready next thing I’m going to do is
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just back it up they said I got about
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you know 18 inches to go so I’ll go back
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really slow just till the bumpers touch
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the front of the the back of the cab
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here so you’re going to go back nice and
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slow just till it touches
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so I backed it up until the bumpers
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touched you know kind of gently make
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sure you put your emergency brake on the
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truck so it’s nice and tight and it’s
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not going to move as you’re bringing it
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down and trying to Center the camper I’m
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still about about three inches above the
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camper or above the truck so I’m gonna
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bring the jacks down now again if you
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have a helper and you have two people
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you can do front than the back then the
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front than the back and just kind of
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walk it down to the truck with one
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person same concept you’ll just bring
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typically what I do is I’ll bring the
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driver front jack down a little bit then
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do to the passenger front Jack a little
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bit and just kind of wobble it down nice
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and slow so I’m gonna do that now when
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you buy the camper you get the drill
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adapter comes with the with the camper
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and then just any kind of cordless drill
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works fine so just a little bit at a
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time an inch or two so it’s not such a
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drastic drop so I drop that one and I’ll
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do the other side now and then just
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follow the follow it the same way with
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the back just a little bit in the back
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and then back to the front
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and then I’ll do the front on the
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passenger side back a little bit and
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we’ll run the jacks all the way up to
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the top
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slow it down when it gets right to the
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top because it’ll catch sometimes and
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kind of get at you so and then I’ll do
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the other side
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okay so the campers now down on the
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truck the next thing we like to do is
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just make sure the Tacomas have Tacoma
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brackets so there’s actually a guide
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plate in there so that the camper you
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know it doesn’t have a lot of room to
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move but you still want to Center it as
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best as possible
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typically you’re just going to measure
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you know from the trim edge to the edge
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of the truck and just make sure that
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matches on both sides same thing in the
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back just make sure the gap in the back
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matches so that the campers as centered
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as possible and then the other thing we
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like to do is is if you have helpers
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it’s easier but you know you want to
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push in the back of the camper a couple
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of times just to make sure that those
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bumpers in the front of the camper are
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touching the truck that way it’s nice
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and tight and it won’t wiggle the other
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thing is really important this is it’s
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not super important some people do drive
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around with Jack’s on it but we don’t
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recommend it at this point we would
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recommend customers taking the jacks off
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of the camper storing them in their
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garage it’s just if you leave them on
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it’s it’s more risky for accidents you
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know and parking lots and stuff people
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will park to close hit your jack and
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damage the camper so if you can take the
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jacks off store them away in the garage
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and just put them on when you take the
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camper off the truck it’s it’s highly
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recommended I’m gonna push on the back
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end a little bit and and then we’re
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ready to do put turn buckles on the
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truck and we’ll go over that on the
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inside
08:53
okay so we’re we’re ready to push it in
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make sure it’s nice and tight to the
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truck so Jessica’s gonna help me with
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that you ready and all that does is just
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make sure that the camper bumpers are
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touching the truck and it’s nice and
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tight to the camper that way when we put
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the turnbuckles on and I believe jessica
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is gonna show you how to do turn buckles
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on this one and she’ll tell you how it’s
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done and stuff but if it’s nice and
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tight to the truck when you put the turn
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buckles on it has less room to wiggle
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and it’ll stay tight so okay okay so now
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we are at the point where we do have the
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cam
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on the truck bed it’s time to do our
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turnbuckles a note on the turnbuckles
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just want to stress that you do want to
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check these when they near within your
09:38
first 50 miles of loading your camper on
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to the truck bed I’m going to get into
09:44
the front I’m going to do the front
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turnbuckles and then I’ll do the rear
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turnbuckles I’m gonna hook it on to the
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camper underside and then I’ll hook the
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bottom on to the truck bed i bolts and
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then I’m going to hand tighten it
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counterclockwise until it snugs up and
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then I’ll use a screwdriver get it in
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the center of my turnbuckle and I’m just
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going to do a quarter turn on that
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that’s all I need and then I’m gonna do
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a test to see if I can loosen it and if
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I can’t that’s sufficient and you’re
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gonna want to check these periodically
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as you’re traveling from here to your
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destination there’s really not an S it’s
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not necessary to over tighten these you
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could strip them and as you continue to
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tighten these the sides are just gonna
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bow out so we really want to stress that
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you want to make sure these are tight
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that there’s no wiggle in them now you
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can’t loosen them and that should be
10:35
sufficient

We wish for health, for you and your families in 2021.

 

This has been our busiest year in the history of our company (48+ years). New camper orders are out pacing our production capabilities. Unfortunately this has resulted in historically long lead times. We encourage you to connect with your nearest dealer so that you can discover what their order schedule looks like, and when possibly to place your new camper order to meet your 2022 trip needs.

 

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