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.

 

  

shyannWritten 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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When the camper is rockin’ don’t come a knockin’!

Does your camper wobble from a sneeze? Many of us that travel with truck campers understand the irritating and nerve-racking camper sway when the camper is off loaded. When a truck camper is free standing, the sway and wobble can make for an uncomfortable experience, also a very telling one for your audience outside... if you know what we're saying.

So what’s happening to your truck camper with all of that swaying and wobbling from excessive rocking motion? When the camper is free standing with all four points on the jack system the constant rocking and swaying puts a tremendous amount of stress and wear on the camper jacks. It also puts a significant amount of unnecessary pressure on the camper frame. This amount of stress leads to jack failure, camper damage, and leaves you a very unhappy camper.

What can I do to protect my truck camper?
This stabilizer is so good, folks will have to use the hat on the door tactic to ensure privacy! No one will ever know what’s going on in your truck camper. Torklift has designed the FastGun Wobble Stopper to dramatically reduce camper jack and frame stress. This product acts as a supportive connection between the front camper jack legs and the camper body. Not only does it reduce the stress, it also reduces the swaying that causes people to become motion sick in their campers.

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How does it work?
Only taking seconds to install and remove with the quick disconnect lever, it is so easy anyone can do it. Both a square and round jack applications are available.

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• The ability to self stow
• Release the lever-action handle
• Connect to the truck camper frame
• Pull the lever back to lock

With keyed alike locks, this lockable feature helps hinder and prevent any possibility of theft. The brace blocks off access making it so a vehicle can’t back up and take off with your camper. Constructed out of high impact powder coated stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum, this FastGun Wobble Stopper is proudly USA made and comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. For more information on this product, contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

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“Brace” Yourself For A Creative Torklift Mod

Increase camper comfort by eliminating camper movementHave you ever made something or started a project and saw that as you were working on it or once it was finished, it could be used for so much more than what you intended? Doesn't it feel delightful and rewarding? Recently we ran into this same scenario with one of our products.

Originally designed to prevent camper wobble when storing a camper, we thought that the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper only had certain purposes: prevent camper movement by adding support and connecting between the front camper jack legs and the camper body and prevent theft of a camper by locking the FastGun Wobble Stopper while you're gone.

Turns out, there's another purpose to using the FastGun Wobble Stopper to prevent camper sway! Read below to learn how RV.net forum user Anutami, aka Nolan Sturgeon, uses his Wobble Stoppers:

Picture2"The only thing on the rear bike rack is the rocking movement as you hit bumps on the road. This is how I resolved the rack from bouncing up and down on all the potholes. I use my Torklift [FastGun] Wobble Stopper. Torklift may have a new arena to sell their products as this virtually eliminates the bike rack from any movement while driving." – Anutami, Rv.net

Wow! That is truly a unique way to use a part that was intended for truck camping. With out of the box and ingenious thinking, Nolan was able to retrofit the FastGun Wobble Stopper camper stabilizer bars to stabilize his bike rack. We reached out to him for more information and in an email to our Content Coordinator, Nolan states that:

Picture1"Although I have not yet installed the [FastGun] Wobble Stoppers yet I have found a very good use for one of them.  One problem with rear bike racks is the movement that happens to them while traveling causing the bikes to slap against one another.  I found using a [FastGun] Wobble Stopper connected to my rear hitch virtually eliminates the bike rack from moving around while traveling all the miles that we do." – Nolan

After installing the FastGun Wobble Stopper with his unique use of them?

"Before I installed the [FastGun] Wobble Stopper I would cringe every time I hit a dip in the road as the carrier would fly up and slap hard back down.  The FastGun Wobble Stopper is so easy to remove when I am ready to deploy my swing away bike rack." - Nolan

We'll certainly take your idea into consideration Nolan and see if we can break into the bike rack industry! Thank you for sharing your story and fantastic family photos! Until we can become breakout stars in the bike rack industry, if you're planning on using the Wobble Stopper with your truck camper storage or have another creative way of using it, here are some FastGun Wobble Stopper Features:

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• Dramatically reduces camper jack and frame stress avoiding costly jack failure and camper frame damage
• Prevents camper movement and theft when offloaded from your vehicle
• Simple quick disconnect handle uses FastGun technology for easy disconnect and adjustment in seconds (FastGun Wobble Stopper Only)
• Easy DIY bolt on installation for all round and square jack applications
• Stores to camper jacks
• Lockable, keyed-alike locks included (FastGun Wobble Stopper Only)
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
• High impact powder coat white
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA 

Fastgun Wobble stopper square jack application

If you're interested in winterizing a truck camper and using the FastGun Wobble Stopper camper stabilizer from Torklift International or reducing camper frame stress, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you here. To contact us for more information, reach us at: support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132. We are more than happy to help you.

 

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Winter is Coming – Are You Ready to Securely Store Your Truck Camper?

Photo 1Summer was a beautiful season full of warm weather, sun, camping and BBQ. But, time is fickle and seasons come and go. What used to be warm and sunny is now starting to make way to colder weather and snow. Is your trailer or truck camper ready for winter? We know that Jerry Hammond is on top of his truck camper storage with the Camper Packer from Torklift International.

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Setting Up His Truck Camper Storage Stands
Once Jerry received his storage stands, he asked on Rv.net, “how often is it that one does business with a large company and ends up being less than satisfied? Possibly too often! Well, NOT so with my latest transaction with Torklift.”

Family owned and operated, Torklift is proud that we take care of our customers and work hard to make sure they are getting the best product. That includes the Camper Packer camper storage stands featuring special grade treated lumber.

“The package arrived yesterday and I eagerly dove into the assembly. How amazed was I to see the rugged construction of the entire unit. All the parts were there, organized, and instructions with pictures made assembly very easy.” -Jerry
 

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Torklift Strong for Winter
Double the length of a traditional hardware store sawhorses, the Camper Packer is rated to withstand up to 12 times the weight capacity and helps prevent camper frame damage and camper jack stress. Rated at 6,000 pounds capacity per pair, the Camper Packer camper storage is certainly strong enough to support Jerry’s Palomino truck camper.

“This system is rugged, rugged, and I mean rugged. My 2950# camper settled onto the top of this system with ease. You can't go wrong if you purchase this amazing storage system. Built to last and easy to assemble.” –Jerry Hammond

Additional features of the Camper Packer 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

Photo 4Are you prepared for winter camper storage? Looking for a better storage solution during the winter? If you answered no to the first question and yes to the second question, then the Camper Packer is just what you need. Safe for both short and long-term storage, winterizing a camper or just storing it for the weekend has never been easier.

If you are interested in storing your truck camper this winter and want to learn more about the Camper Packer storage stands, click here. Select dealers are now featuring the Camper Packer up to 10 percent off.

Find one of our Certified Dealers near you by visiting our Where to Buy page.

  

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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