Will my DIY sawhorse support my truck camper?

The answer to this question is maybe, but whether it’s perfectly safe to use is a different answer.  You want your truck camper to have maximum support, safety and stability. So where do DIY truck camper storage stands not quite make the cut?

 
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Safety is something you never want to compromise when it comes to your truck camper investment. Whether you’re on the road or traveling to different campground locations, your truck camper has to be prepared for any weather conditions, as well as the typical shakiness and instability that can occur with usage like walking from the bedroom to the bathroom.  The last thing you want to do is to rely on set of DIY sawhorses that haven’t been tested and might not be able to stand up to long-term storage. 
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The potential issues of DIY sawhorses:
  1. When doing an at home project, you aren’t able to test the weight capacity which means how much weight it can handle is unknown
  2. If the stands are not collapsible, you have to dedicate additional of storage space when your truck camper is in use
  3. Using materials that aren’t treated means they can be easily damaged by weather and compromise stability even more

Without proper support, you risk sustaining jack or frame damage to your truck camper by having your camper tip over completely, jeopardizing your safety as well. 

What is the best way to support my truck camper?

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At Torklift, we believe your safety is of the upmost importance. We’ve designed a truck camper support called the Camper Packer. It is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during storage.

The Camper Packer is 50 inches from side-to-side featuring special treated lumber to endure harsh weather and folds up for compact storage. It’s the best option for long-term storage since it can handle 12 times the weight capacity of the typical hardware store sawhorse. Having a stable support, especially when it’s properly installed will help avoid jack twisting and frame damage – saving you money in the long run. Distributing the weight amongst the structure minimizes sway, evenly distributes weight off the four corners which reduces the amount of stress on the frame and extends the life of your truck camper jacks.

Camper Packer Features Include: 

• The only engineered structural support base for truck campers that protects the frame and jacks during storage 
• Prevents camper frame damage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the Camper Packer 
• Extends the life of your jacks by dramatically reducing wear and stress
• Safe short and long-term storage solution
• Rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your typical saw horse at 6,000 lb. capacity per pair 
• Measures 50" from side-to-side when completely assembled
• Special treated lumber 
• Easy assembly and 100% tool free operation 
• Designed to fold up for compact storage when not in use
• 5-year warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

What is the difference between my DIY sawhorses and the Camper Packer?

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The Camper Packer is rated at 6,000 pounds per pair with special treated lumber that withstands all types of weather. As we said before with most DIY sawhorses, you aren’t able to know how much weight they can handle – until it’s possibly too late and your camper has crashed to the ground. 

The Camper is designed for quick disassembly and storage, so it conveniently stores away when not in use, as shown in the photo above. Most DIY storage solutions are either multiple pieces that take up a lot of room such as eight boards that crisscross or many cinder blocks that are heavy and not easy to move. 

The brackets of the Camper Packer are high impact powder coated which adds even more durability to these storage stands, also making it so they have a sleek, clean looking design. Unlike the DIY, the Camper Packer is easy to assemble, has 100% tool free operation, and is backed by a five-year warranty. Not only that, if you already have pre-treated lumber that you’d like to use for storage, the Camper Packer can be purchased with brackets only, so you can use your own wood. 

For questions regarding the Camper Packer contact us 800.246.8132 or visit our truck camper storage stands page to learn more about the best and safest way to store a truck camper this winter.

 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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What is the best way to store a camper outside?

Whether you are returning to your home after some fun summer camping trips for the winter, or preparing for a winter camping journey – it’s essential to make sure your truck camper has proper support. Without proper support it could not only cause stress on the truck camper frame, but also cause major structural damage. Knowing that you need some type of support during storage – you’ll want to learn what your options are. 

 
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Camper PackerSafety is something you never want to compromise. When you travel to different campgrounds and locations with your truck camper, you should prepare to experience various wind speeds and other side effects from inclement weather that could make your camper sway and unstable, along with normal usage like walking from the bedroom to the bathroom.  You want to be able to rely on something that is incredibly strong and stable that doesn’t have the potential of collapsing underneath your truck camper after a big wind gust. Without proper support, you not only risk sustaining jack or frame damage but also jeopardizing your safety by it tipping over. Wind isn’t the only contributing factor to truck camper instability. Simply moving throughout your camper can cause an uneven distribution of weight that leads to damage or tipping. While your camper is in long-term storage, it’s just sitting and settling. Over time the floor can begin to dip inward due to the weight and age of the camper. 
 
While there are plenty of ways to help instability of your truck camper - we have the best way to stabilize and prevent this! The only way to ensureboth the integrity of your truck camper and your safety is by using the proper structural support – the Camper Packer storage stands.
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What is the Camper Packer?
Torklift has designed truck camper structural support stands to accommodate your long-term storage needs. The Camper Packer maintains your truck camper’s structure by eliminating frame damage and jack twisting. The twist and pressure on jacks could cause you hundreds of dollars in repair damages. Rather, when you distribute the weight amongst the sawhorse style structure, it minimizes sway and lifts the weight off the four corners reducing the amount of stress on the frame and saves you money in potential repairs you can now avoid. 
 
Camper Packer3The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during long term storage. Unlike the standard hardware store sawhorse stands, it’s composed of 50-inches side-to-side of special treated lumber to endure harsh weather and folds up for compact storage when not in use. These truck camper storage stands are the best option since they can handle twelve times the weight capacity of the typical sawhorses at 6,000 pounds per pair. By lowering your truck camper onto the Camper Packer you’ll achieve stable support. Once installed for your storage needs, you avoid damage to your camper so when you pick it up in the spring for your first camping trip, it is in the exact same condition as when you put it into storage. 
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If you already have lumber that you’d prefer to use – the Camper Packer is also available with just brackets and hardware (without lumber).  
 
The Camper Packer is made in the USA and comes with a five-year warranty. For questions or more information regarding the Camper packer contact us 800. 246.8132 or visit our website torklift.com.
 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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What do you set your truck camper on when you don’t use it?

With so many options available for truck camper support from DIY options to basic hardware store saw horses to and the Camper Packer which will you choose to put under your truck camper?

For the Do-it-yourselfers

While on the Rv.net forum, we came across a unique DIY design. Rv.net member Budster designed a truck camper support from ¾ inch thick plywood trim which he cut to his desired height with cut outs making X’s with them, and then used 2”x4”s to compensate for any uneven terrain.

Thanks, Budster for sharing this neat idea with rv.net! For anyone out there making their own truck camper supports, we recommend having the lumber you are using treated, so it can withstand the weather. Also, making sure your product will support not only the weight capacity of your truck camper but also the added weight of people and any other gear inside.

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 The hardware store saw horse

Truck Camper Storage 4While exploring hardware store saw horse options we came across no options that would actually work with truck campers. The common option we did find was at Home Depot. Made from pine wood that is 3/8-inch-thick with plywood gussets and fasteners that are corrosion resistant with water resistant glue and is backed by a combination of screws and staples, it’s only able to provide 100 pounds’ worth of support you are going to need more than a few of these or you will run the risk of having it collapse along with your truck camper. That really was the common issue we noticed -- these sawhorses were not rated nearly high as they needed to be to sustain the weight of a truck camper.

This options like the DIY option we recommend getting the lumber treated, keeping in mind they are not adjustable and if you are already running tight on space remember these options are bulky to store and neither come with a warranty.

The Camper Packer 

Truck Camper Storage 5The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining a camper’s structure during long term storage. It’s 50 inches side-to-side with special treated lumber to endure harsh weather, it even folds up for compact storage when not in use.

The Camper Packer is the best option for storage as it allows you to lower your truck camper and can bare twelve times the weight capacity of the typical hardware store saw horse at 6,000 pounds per pair. Having a stable support when properly installed will allow you to avoid jack twisting as well as frame damage. Distributing the weight amongst the structure minimizes sway and lifts the weight off the four corners reducing the amount of stress on the frame. With high impact powder coated hardware for added protection, this product is 100% tool-free assembly.

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The Camper Packer is USA made and comes with a five-year warranty. So, what is your truck camper sitting on? Post your pictures below in the comments, and for any questions or more info on the Camper Packer contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

 

  

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