Please note that this is a comprehensive list compiled over years of installations. You may only need to make a few of these preparations. Your factory representative will advise you in advance of the specific preparations that your particular truck/camper combination will require. Questions? Contact Us. [The Contact Us will be a link to the Contact Us page.]
Your truck's tailgate will need to be removed prior to your installation appointment. The tailgate will not close with the camper mounted on the truck, which can hinder towing and the ability to mount an optional entry step.
- Shells and Covers
Any shell, soft tonneau cover, hard tonneau cover, toolboxes, etc. will need to be removed from your truck bed prior to your installation appointment. The truck bed will also need to be swept clean of any debris. Your Six-Pac will sit on the floor of the bed - any remaining debris in the bed will cause damage to the truck bed and the camper.
- Bed Liners
Plastic bed liners, bed rugs and carpet kits must be removed prior to your installation appointment. Plastic bed liners are very slick and will cause the camper to shift in the truck bed. Bed rugs get in the way of the anchor kit (which is used to hold the camper onto the truck) and can become saturated with liquids which can damage the bottom of the camper and the truck. Carpet kits are large and do not allow the camper to fit into the truck bed. Although spray-in bed liners (such as Line-X, Rhino Liner, etc.) and/or rubber bed mats are not necessary, they are recommended. Spray-in bed liners and rubber mats will prevent damage to the truck bed and prevent the camper from shifting in the truck bed while in motion.
- Electrical System
Your truck's electrical system will need to be in good working order, as will the truck as a whole.
You truck tires will need to be in good shape and of the proper weight rating for the camper you have selected. We recommend that customers upgrade their existing tires to "D" or "E" ratings for added stability, wear and road performance.
- Suspension Upgrades
Some trucks will require suspension upgrades. These include all mini trucks and most ½-ton trucks. These upgrades can be overload springs, airbags or any equivalent. Air shocks are not recommended. They can not handle a camper and can quickly fail. Your factory representative will advise you in detail regarding the best upgrade for your particular truck. Six-Pac Campers can install overload springs for you during your camper installation, but any other upgrade system can be implemented by a third party prior to or after your installation appointment. To find out more about available suspension upgrades and products, you may want to visit these websites:
Again, your factory representative will give you a detailed assessment of the preparations required for your specific truck/camper combination.