How Do You Attach a Slide to a Camper on a Truck?

If you own a truck camper, you know that attaching the slide to the camper is one of the most important jobs when setting up camp. You must have a secure and safe connection between the slide and your truck’s frame to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.

Fortunately, there are several methods for how to attach a slide to a camper on a truck.

Bolt-On Method

The most common method for attaching a truck camper slide is with bolts. This method utilizes several bolts that are inserted through pre-drilled holes in the side of the slide, then into corresponding holes in the frame of your truck. The bolts are secured with washers, nuts and lock washers, and should be tightened with a torque wrench set to manufacturer specifications.


Another popular method for attaching slides to campers is with U-bolts. U-bolts are exactly what they sound like – metal rods that resemble the letter “U” when viewed from above. These rods have multiple pre-drilled holes along their length which can be used to secure them directly to your camper’s frame or through pre-existing holes in your truck’s frame.


For larger slides or those that require more stability, many campers opt for rails instead of individual bolts or U-bolts. Rails are mounted directly onto your truck’s frame using bolts and provide additional support for larger slides. Rails also allow for more flexibility in terms of where you can place your slide on the frame.


Attaching a slide to a camper on a truck can be done using either bolts, U-bolts, or rails depending on your needs and preferences. Whichever method you use, it is important that you follow manufacturer instructions closely so that you can ensure maximum safety for yourself and your passengers while camping.

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Karen Watkins