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What are the Best Options for Economical Camper Tie-Down in 2004 Nissan Titan?


Hello, I am trying to figure out the best and most cost effective way to tie down my camper. I have a 2004 Nissan Titan 1/2 ton with the TorkLift front frame tie downs installed, with a 47-inch reach between tie down and camper. In the rear, I have bumper mounted D rings, with an obviously shorter reach. I am hauling a 1996 Skamper 8-foot bed with cab-over-bed so about 12-foot total nose to tail, slide in pop-up camper with an approximate dry weight of 1200 lbs. I have the original TorkLift basic chain and turnbuckles that came with the Front tie downs, but I am currently not using them as I did not like how the turn buckles operated. Very cumbersome to re-tighten on the road. Currently, I am using 4 - 1000lb working weight rated nylon ratchet straps. These worked great with my previous smaller 4 wheel pop-up, but I am not sure they are the best tie down method for the larger Skamper. I am trying to decide between chain with turnbuckles and derringer handles, the TorkLift AnchorGuard and the expensive TorkLift FastGuns. Your thoughts and ideas are much appreciated. Thank You


Expert Reply:

If you are looking for an effective way to tie down your camper, but did not like the cumbersome way you had to re-tighten your previous turnbuckles, then the best solution for you is going to be the TorkLift AnchorGuard, # TLS9020. These are only going to require you to flip the handles down and not continually re-tighten. Not to mention the fact that you can lock them with the Pin Locks for TorkLift FastGun and Derringer Turnbuckle Handles, # TLS9500.

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