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Camper Jacks

Postby Giaka » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:19 pm

Has anyone found a set of camper jacks that will not break the bank? Geez man I am seeing $300 to $400 for a pair and upwards of $1200 for a set of four. This is ludicrous considering they are nothing more than a $40 tongue jack whit a longer foot.

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Mr Hot Rod » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:27 pm

I can feel your pain ... We scour local ads for cheap or take-away campers for parts.

Compared to our local RV part suppliers, these guys seem reasonable :


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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby dan8089 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:50 pm

Check Craig's list. Most of the time when it comes to jacks you will only find old junk but sometimes there are good things to be found. also if you don't mind traveling for them you can search all the different Craigs list sites through Google just type in what you are looking for then site:craigslist.org

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby thudpucker » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:00 pm

IF I were a good artist, I'd steer you away from those bolt-on Jacks, and toward something called "Landing Gear" which I put on my 11 1/2' Rollalong. (1963)
If the ground was very uneven they were not good, but every where else they were great and safe and nothing stuck out to be hit by other campers etc.

It was two short legs with wheels that fitted up under the rear of the Camper.
Two longer legs that stowed up over the wheel wells of the pickup, and let down n' locked when the camper was cranked off the truck.
The Crank assembly and tracks moved the camper on and off with ease.
I never thought of looking for those till tonite. If I find something I'll come back.

I sold that Camper to a Anesthesiologist in Anchorage AK.

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Giaka » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:09 pm

That sounds interesting. I would love to see a drawing or pic.

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby thudpucker » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:30 pm

I'd love to be able to make drawings like that.
I have three drawing programs on my PC: BLENDER, GIMP, and Paint.NET.

All great programs, and all of them are way over my head. I need some granchirrn to hep me! :D

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby spsrr » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:10 am

I purchased mine direct from Rieco. Wish I had seen Dyers first, I could have saved some cash. At any rate, I am happy with mine. I bought the heavy duty tripod style (manual) with the mounting plate for under the side overhang. The tripod feet are great for off pavement use where thing aren't always flat or hard.

I added a 15/16" deep socket with an adapter for my cordless drill to my tool kit. Makes the manual nature much less so. I still use the cranks for more control when leveling.

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Andy Garrett » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:29 am

Back when I was an over-the-road truck driver, we used 'load locks' to keep pallets tightly secured in the trailer.

These devices span the cargo area and press against both sides of the trailer interior by way of a heavy ratching handle.

I don't know what weights they are rated for, but in my experience, they are very strong. I wouldn't hesitate to use four of them to hold up a camper designed to fit in a pick up.

They would require some simple mods, but at $20 each, they might be worth a look.

Check out this link and search around for the heaviest-duty you can find.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=loa ... B5&first=1
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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Giaka » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:46 am

Thanks Andy I will check those out.

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Lowka53 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:59 pm

8) load locks can hold a lot of weight after I quit driving I used mine to use as temporary braces in remolding of homes where I need to support roofs and beams until I could build support under them you will probably need to modified the base of them to transfer the load better
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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby thudpucker » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:43 pm

I put roofs on houses that shook so bad I thought I'd still be up there when the house fell down under me.

There's lots to know about a Camper.
The wind can put unbelievable loads on the structure while your trying to drive fast.

The real structure is held together by the Glue you use on the walls, ends and roof.
Be real proficient when gluing that stuff together.
Think of the word "Shear" when you glue. Allow NO shear

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Giaka » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:44 am

A buddy of mine found a set of hydraulic jack at a garage sale yesterday. The older fella took them off and installed power jacks. My buddy picked them up for $80. :shock: :mrgreen: I'm pretty stoked right about now.

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Re: Camper Jacks

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Re: Camper Jacks

Postby Mr Hot Rod » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:34 am

Good info for anyone thinking of building a truck camper. BTW you're doing a great job on your Importer. Should be well matched to your truck's payload.

I've found that thefind.com is a great resource if you're shopping for deals on a specific item and know the manufacturer's part number.

Here are some sample searches :


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