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michaelaland

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file:///C:/Users/micha/OneDrive/Desktop/camper%20pulled%20back.jpeg


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I think the camper would squish before the fuel tank.


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Posted: 01/12/22 11:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

michaelaland wrote:

file:///C:/Users/micha/OneDrive/Desktop/camper%20pulled%20back.jpeg


how do you post a photo on here?


Photo posting is a lttle different from other site, but easy once you get used to it...

...go to SUB FORUM as well as THIS LINK.

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Posted: 01/12/22 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As far as "squishing" goes... getting hit with a camper as set up like mine is not really different from a typical overhanging camper in that avoidance is best- damage could happen.

but... the key think is to make a bulkhead at the front similar to what I show.
In my opinion, any component up there (gas tank, generator, etc) should not be the component that "acts" as this bulkhead. The bulkhead needs to be independent from the items places in it.

I think that is a fuel tank is going to be installed in the space, then a cutsom built bulkhead should be considered. this bulkhead will also keep the camper in place when strapping down the tie-downs. remember, the front tie-downs will want an angle to apply a force to keep the camper in place by that forward direction. In my opinion, the better product for this will be Tork-Lift by virtue of it s location (lower and more at and angle than say the Happi Jacs which will heave less of an angle.

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Posted: 01/13/22 08:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it gets "squished" so what? Diesel fuel, right? Doesn't work like gasoline. Doesn't cause a mushroom cloud of fire with a mere spark.

Nobody gives a second thought to the main fuel tank getting "squished." Why worry about this one?


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I am not familiar with Lance campers, but it will need to be determined if the specific model in question is build (from the factor) such that is can be used on a short bed truck. i.e., the overhanging portion can be self supporting.


Yes, the Lance 815 is designed for both long and short bed trucks. The camper is wired to accept two pods at the rear corners. The pods are plugged into a standard 4 prong connector and provides the taillights when used in a short bed truck.

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thanks for the picture, the only difference is you have the hangover in the back so that say someone slammed into you, the hangover would hit up against the truck bumper and the camper wouldnt not slide forward. In my case, the the Lance 815 has no hangover so it potentially could slide forward and squish my aux fuel tank up there? I guess that wouldnt be a big deal, perhaps the tank would work as a buffer?


Odds are the camper is going to crumble before the fuel tank does. If this is a big worry, it would be real easy to fabricate a heavy duty cage to protect the fuel tank. As long as the tank sits up about 2" so the camper floor would slide under the tank, there isn't anything else in the area to provide much force.

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Nobody gives a second thought to the main fuel tank getting "squished." Why worry about this one?


Main fuel tank for any modern truck to my knowledge has the main fuel tank between the frame rails. Even chassis trucks with the tank in the rear are mounted between the frame rails and usually protected by the the rear bumper integrated into the bed or box attached to the truck.


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My previous rig was a 2003 Dodge Dually diesel truck with a Lance camper. I set the camper back far enough to install a 30 gallon Transfer Flo auxiliary tank with the automatic transfer pump installed.

I had a welding shop fab up a top and bottom angle iron rail to separate the tank and camper. Gave me a total of 70 gallon fuel capacity.

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If you do this, would be a good bet. Find and get fuel spill insurance. If you were to get into a rearend. That hit the tank, then leaks out fuel. Your going to be glad to know that $$$$$$ is not coming out of your pocket for the cleanup.

Not sure how it works for normal pickups. But know if you have a extra tank. If it leaks your for sure going to pay for the cleanup.


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I have no idea about this subject because I've never done it but I do have an opinion. With the concern of being rear ended as with any truck camper arrangement the camper is going to be crushed if it's a high enough speed to ever worry about it actually being pushed forward, I would think these gas tanks that I see all over the place could handle such an impact as they were built specifically for the front of the pickup. I've seen them in every work truck configuration there is from landscaping to building contractors. I don't know the specs of these tanks but I imagine because of DOT rules they are hunkers of a tank. As far as the camper being shoved forward, that is going to be one hell of a rear end hit and the gas tank would be crushed and punctured as that is how they are designed on cars as well as being pushed forward into the cab. Would this kind of accident happen while moving? doubtful but standing still yes, but with the shear force of a rear end hit like that the truck would be pushed forward as well. With a rear accident of these proportions I would think anything would come into play including casualties from the hit itself. To be rear ended at a stoplight with a driver not paying attention at 65 MPH the aux tank is just going to be an added problem not the problem. I would not be concerned with this rig setup.

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