How to Tow a Trailer

sh4Do you plan on boating this summer? What about camping with some big toys like ATVs and dirt bikes? If you are planning on doing any kind of outdoor adventures that will involve you bringing extra cargo or a trailer, chances are you'll need to tow with a trailer hitch! While it may seem intimidating, setting up and towing a trailer is easier than it looks.

The following information on towing basics applies to most towing applications whether the trailer hitch is towing a boat, a car, or travel trailers and other items that need a lift from point A to point B. What it basically comes down to for hitch towing is: weight! Weight is incredibly important when it comes to towing, both knowing how much weight your trailer hitch can tow and how much weight your truck, hitch and ball mount can handle. Learn more below.

 

1. Make sure your vehicle is rated for towing the load 
Before you even being loading up the trailer, you need to make sure that your truck is strong enough to tow the weight you are wanting to haul. You need to check to determine the weight limits in the owner's manual and determine the appropriate hitch to have installed.

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• You need to find a few numbers before towing:

o The gross trailer weight (GTW), which is how much the trailer weighs fully loaded
o The maximum tongue weight for your vehicle to determine the class of hitch you'll need to tow the load
o The maximum weight of the trailer tow vehicle combined which should never be exceeded, also known as the gross combination weight rating (GCWR)

 

2. Make sure your hitch is the appropriate class 
Now that you have all the weight rating numbers - is your hitch strong enough to tow all the weight you need? 

• Hitch Class 1: 200 pounds tongue weight, 2,000 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 2: 350 pounds tongue weight, 3,500 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 3: 500 pounds tongue weight, 5,000 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 4: 1,000/1,200 pounds tongue weight, maximum of 12,000 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 5: 1,700/3,000 pounds tongue weight, maximum of 17,000/30,000 pounds towing weight

o Look for hitches that are no-drill and completely bolt-on, like the SuperHitch Original, to
prevent any potential rusting of your frame from the drilling
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• Beyond Class 5: As trucks are getting more heavy duty and are manufacturers are coming out with 21,000 pound tow rated hitches. Also, Torklift has a bolt-on hitch, the SuperHitch Magnum, which is rated at 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing with weight distribution

Depending on your application, it's often that trucks are used to both tow and haul at the same time. If the cargo in the truck bed blocks the trailer hitch receiver by crossing the threshold of the vehicles rear-end, you'll need specific towing equipment to uphold your ability to tow. The SuperHitch SuperTruss extension pairs perfectly with each model of SuperHitch to give you the ability and convenience of extending your tow hitch in the safest way possible. Take advantage of the versatility of your tow vehicle by giving it the tools it needs to go big.

Not sure if you can install the hitch yourself or need to take it into an aftermarket shop or dealership? Watch the video below to see how to install a trailer hitch and how easy the SuperHitch is to install:

 

3. Attach the trailer to the vehicle 
Trailer TongueNow that you have all the weight rating measurements, the correct hitch installed on your truck and the proper ball mount installed in your hitch receiver, you're ready to hook up your trailer! Use the tongue jack to raise the trailer and align it with the ball mount installed on the hitch. Lower the trailer tongue down onto the ball and secure the tongue.

The trailer tongue is on the ballmount installed in your hitch, now you cross the safety chains to the hooks near the vehicle hitch frame, making sure that there is enough slack in the chains, but not so much that they drag on the ground or else sparks will be flying! If your trailer is on the heavier side, it might be a good idea to consider weight distribution for your hitch to even out your towing load.

 

4. Activate the lights with the wiring harness
7 Pin WiringNow that you have your trailer hitched up, now it's time to hook up the wiring harness. The wiring harness is incredibly important when it comes to towing because it makes sure that your trailer's brake lights, turn signal and other connections between the truck and trailer function properly.

Generally, wiring harnesses employ a simple color-coded connection that makes it easy to hook up the lights to the harness. Because of this, it should make it easy to install the connector properly to the tow vehicle's harness.

 

5. Final Checks
Now that you have installed the hitch, hooked up the trailer and installed the safety chains, you should be ready to tow behind your truck! But, before you drive off, it's important to do final checks to ensure that everything is 100% good to go. This includes: 

• Check the tongue weight once fully loaded to make sure you are still within the safe zone of towing weight
• Make sure everything is secured down and that your lighting is plugged in and running properly
• Look at your tires and make sure they are inflated correctly for proper towing

 

6. Drive! ford trailer 2You are now ready for your adventure! Don't forget that your driving style while towing should be different than how you drive in your typical vehicle. Your vehicle and trailer are much less maneuverable and nimble than your car or truck is without a trailer. It's critical that you always compensate for the added length the trailer adds when you change lanes so that you don't run anyone off the road as well as increasing your stopping distance behind other drivers.

 

 

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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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We’ll see you at the 2018 Seattle RV Show!

SRV6Are you gearing up for some early camping trips? If so, it might be time to replace or upgrade any parts or accessories and learn about the latest RVing tips before heading out on the road. One of the best places to brush up is at an RV show – especially the Seattle RV Show! This is where you can see the latest and greatest products, information and technology available for RVing.

The four day RV show is from Feb. 8-11, 2018, and is packed with everything involving RVing. This includes new and used trailers, educational seminars and exhibits to learn about products and proper RV and towing usage.

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Seattle RV Show Details
Feb. 8-11, 2018
Located at: CenturyLink Field Event Center
Thursday - Friday: 11 am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Seattle RV Show Website

Torklift at the Seattle RV Show

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This year Torklift International is setting up interactive product displays at the upper level of the show – just look for the Torklift trailer! Stop by to get your hands on some freebies and swag, while learning about all the different products Torklift has to make your camping experience safer, and more importantly stress-free!

Beyond what we have going on at the Torklift trailer, you can sign up to win a Yeti at the Torklift Central booth E-1. You won’t want to miss out on this great prize – it’s perfect for making your camping trip even more refreshing.

Torklift is also holding multiple RV seminars throughout the weekend of the Seattle RV show. The presentations include information on matching your truck and trailer, how to properly tow your trailer and all about flat towing behind a motorhome. Choosing the right trailer for your truck setup and making sure you know how to tow it properly ensures that your RVing experience is safe and pleasurable. These RV seminars are perfect for anyone thinking about getting a new trailer or just wanting a refresher on best practices for their setups.

Torklift Seminars

Below is the schedule and locations of seminars:

Seattle RV Show Seminar Schedule

The Main Attraction… The GlowStep Revolution!
Do you hate sweeping constant dirt and debris out of your RV?
What is stability and safety worth to you?
How important is easy access to your unit?

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You will see up close and personal at the Torklift trailer and participating dealers this high-quality step system, made right here in America, that provides unparalleled stability and requires no heavy lifting to operate. Featuring seven inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has three positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional five positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. 

Accommodating to tight spaces, the GlowStep Revolution steps are easy on the knees and back and connect the RV to the ground eliminating the unsafe diving board effect and clunky booster steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the unit fling and dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV. With GlowStep Revolution steps, avoid any unnecessary mess and stress.

The following participating dealers have the GlowStep Revolution installed on their units – making it easy for you to go see the steps and try them out yourself:

• Roy Robinson RV Center - Booths X & North Y
• Apache Camping Center - Booths J & K

Start your year off on the right foot by learning all you can about RVing and visit the Seattle RV Show 2018. With new and used RVs, product demonstrations, seminars and activities for the family – you are sure to find something new and exciting for your next trip. 

Mark your calendars for Feb. 8-11, 2018 and buy your ticket today – we hope to see you at the Seattle RV Show!

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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How to install RV Steps

GSRIn particular, this article is about how to install the GlowStep Revolution RV steps - the ultimate upgrade that’s a perfect addition to your trailer. Are you sick and tired of the steps that came with your 5th wheel, travel trailer or toy hauler? They are usually bouncy and rock the trailer when someone is entering and exiting. Drawbridge style of steps proximity to parking while in storage or at the campground can be an issue and your old steps could potentially injure your pets by getting their toe nails caught in the little cheese grater holes.

These kinds of steps can be a deal breaker – so we manufactured RV steps for towables that prevent all these issues and are actually a joy to have installed on your trailer! The easy bolt-on RV step installation fits into the factory step compartment, replacing factory steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the doorway of the unit fling and dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV. The drawbridge step is also a concern when parking in tight spaces.

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Whether you just purchased the steps and are looking for the best way to install them or are curious about the installation before purchasing – reading the instructions is always the best idea! Another thing to consider before buying the steps as well is measuring your RV step opening to make sure you’ve purchased the correct size steps that will fit! We currently have two widths available, 25.5-inch and 27.5-inch and if your steps are somewhere between or larger, we do have Vertical Stud Adapter Brackets and Spacer Kits to help perfect your installation.

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How to install the GlowStep Revolution

  1. Level the trailer on flat ground and remove the factory steps.
  2. Determine the proper mounting height of the GlowStep Revolution frame. The top of the GlowStep Revolution should sit as close to the optimal mounting height as possible to allow for the most adjustability when installed.
         2a. Before installing the GlowStep Revolution, it’s good to look at what you currently have installed to make sure           there are no modifications needed for installation (Example: Old factory steps are welded to the frame)
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  1. Unfold the GlowStep Revolution. One person can hold the GlowStep Revolution frame in place as needed while the hardware is installed. The feet should be resting on the ground to reduce the weight being held by the person.

Tip from our Customer Service Team: While a one person installation is achievable, it’s much easier to have an extra set of hands helping!

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3a. If you are unable to have someone assist you with the installation, installation can be achieved by lifting one of the step release levers to pull the GlowStep assembly out from the GlowStep Revolution frame. Remove the hardware attaching the GlowStep assembly to the pivot arm. Save this hardware as it will be used later. Now your steps are no longer attached to the frame, making it lightweight and easier to install on your own.

  1. The GlowStep Revolution frame can be mounted with either 3/8-inch hardware through the inner holes or mounted with 5/16-inch hardware through the outer holes as shown below. Side brackets can vary by manufacturer and may need to be trimmed to clear the hardware protruding through the sides of the GlowStep Revolution frame.
            4a. Once installed, torque the 3/8-inch hardware to 25 ft-lbs, or the 5/16-inch hardware to 15 ft-lbs. 
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  1. If you removed the GlowSteps for installation, now is the time to reinstall them into the frame that’s installed in your factory RV step area. Return to step 3a and reverse how you took the steps out to complete this step.

  1. Adjust the GlowStep Revolution step height to match the terrain that your trailer is parked on. Campsites rarely have level terrain so the GlowStep Revolution offers 7-inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment. What does this mean for you? Looking at the diagram below, with your new GlowStep Revolution you have three levels of height adjustment at the top of the steps, and with the All Terrain Landing Gear you have five levels to make sure that no matter what height or kind of terrain your RV steps have to contend with, the GlowStep Revolution steps will always be level and have heights that are similar to the staircase found in your home.
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By connecting the RV to the ground (Earth to RV) the unstable and unsafe diving board feeling associated with factory steps is completely eliminated. It is extraordinarily sturdy with a level of stability that is simply unmatched. The step's adjustable features are like planting roots each time you deploy the steps, giving you that feeling of security everywhere your RV takes you.

If you are the kind of person that prefers to see steps visually instead of reading about them, watch the installation video below that shows and explains the GlowStep Revolution installation.

 
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For more information about the GlowStep Revolution or help installing your steps, feel free to give our experience Customer Service Team a call at 800-246-8132 and we’d be more than happy to assist you! If you are feel that you’re comfortable about the installation and are ready to upgrade your RV steps, you can visit one of our Torklift Certified Dealers and purchase your steps today. 

Happy Camping from all of us at Torklift! 

 

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As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Talon Tie Downs are the perfect truck camper upgrade!

We have a special treat for you readers! One of our best customers, Matt Kasner recently sent us in a video of his Talon tie down installation and it was too good not to share! In it, Matt shows how easy it is to install the rear tie downs and the process for installing the front tie downs. Here’s what he had to say about the installation:

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“The rears are super easy like normal and the passenger side front was pretty straight forward, but boy the driver side gave me a run for my money, but thankfully everyone and the R&D guys at Torklift designed the brackets so well! My hat goes off to you and everyone that put the time and energy into making our lives easier, when doing an install.” –Matt Kasner

 

 

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We’re so happy to hear that you are enjoying your new Talon tie downs Matt! With these ultra-high performance tie downs, Matt now has a cutting edge truck camper system that will not only meet, but exceed the toughest demands he can make during his camping trips. The secret to our super-strong tie downs? We design each individual tie down to fit with specific truck makes and models and install them to the frame – the strongest part of the truck! With these frame-mounted tie downs, holding down your truck camper is a breeze. An added bonus? Read below!  

 

“Everything arrived in pristine condition, well packaged as always. I am AMAZED at how light the aluminum Talon setup is vs. my older steel frame mounts! A++ to everyone at Torklift as always!!!” –Matt

That’s right Matt! These pickup camper tie downs are ultra-light weight because they are made of 100% military grade aluminum. Not only that, but they also have rust free corrosion protection for life. True to their name, Talon truck tie downs are ready to push the envelope while keeping you, your family, your truck and camper safe! 

Features of Torklift Steel Tie Downs:

• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (Prevents vehicle swayand camper movement in all directions)• Avoid bed and bumper damage by attaching to the strongest part of the truck: the frame
• Maintain the value of your truck and prevent rust and bed damage by avoiding drilling into your truck bed or bumper
• Provides safety, security and stability while on the road
• The only truck camper tie down that mounts using independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame
• Fast, no-drill installations securing your truck camper to your truck (100% no-drill for all trucks after 2001- Check your application here)
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden design when not in use
• Vehicle manufacturer recommends that all full-height slide-in camper bodies be directly attached to the vehicle frame structure
• It is required that no additional holes be drilled through the vehicle frame side rail horizontal flanges » Details
• It is suggested that outrigger-type “L” brackets be attached to the frame’s vertical web to which the camper body can be
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• Lockable with Tie Down Locks
• Only truck camper tie down system with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

MK4If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International Talon truck camper tie downs, there are a couple things you can do! You can call us at 800-246-8132 and our Tech Support would be happy to answer your questions about upgrading to the Talons. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by visiting here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with new tie downs. 

 

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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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The GlowStep Revolution works with the Arctic Fox Trailer – campers celebrate!

Arctic FoxWe recently had a customer interested in the GlowStep Revolution bring their Arctic Fox trailer into our Retail Product Development Center and we are very happy to report that the GlowStep Revolution works with the Arctic Fox trailer! 

There are some minor modifications needed – the factory steps are welded into the trailer so an established RV shop should be able to easily remove your factory steps and bolt the GlowStep Revolution into place. 
 
Similar to the staircase found in your home, the GlowStep Revolution entry step system has the shortest riser height in the industry at only 7.5-inches. The step's adjustable features are like planting roots each time you deploy the steps, giving you that feeling of security everywhere your RV takes you and a major upgrade from factory trailer steps. With GlowStep Revolution, you know your family can safely enter your trailer or fifth wheel day or night, rain or shine and worry-free. Best of all, the steps are firmly planted so your unit no longer shakes back and forth with entry and exit of pets or people.
 
Another great feature of the GlowStep Revolution is that it stores in the same place as your current factory steps outside the trailer. Just pull out the pin and lift the lever to release the steps and adjust them to the height you need on any level or unlevel terrain. There’s no lifting the steps over your head into the doorway or spilling dirt and other things inside your trailer. 
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Features of the GlowStep Revolution include: 
• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain
• Ground supported connection to RV - No more shaking as people or pets enter and exit
• Similar to the staircase in your home, the 7.5-inch step riser height accommodates those with limited mobilityo structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel (rust free)
• Designed specifically for all RV towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity - also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps to prevent binding and grinding common with factory steps
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip™ step tread eliminates jagged holes commonly found on factory steps
• Self-illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark 
• Sold in applications for 2-6 steps
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you trade in for your next RV
• Proudly made in the USA
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If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution RV steps, there are things you can do! Call us at 800-246-8132 and our Tech Support would be happy to answer your questions about upgrading to the GlowStep Revolution. Or, you can find a Certified Dealers near you by visiting here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with new steps for your RV.
 
 
kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 
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The Best is “Yeti” to come at the Florida RV SuperShow

FRVIs it time for the Florida RV SuperShow Yet-i? Soon! Jan. 16-21, 2018, is the Florida RV SuperShow and we’re excited to see you there! You have the chance to win an amazing prize from Torklift… a Yeti cooler! Perfect for camping, Yeti coolers are the epitome of the best cooler available and if you visit us at Booth 216, you can enter to win at our booth.

We will also be featuring a ’Spin to Win’ prize wheel with several prizes. If you purchase a Torklift product at the Florida RV SuperShow, you can spin the wheel to win 15% off a future Torklift purchase of $150 or more, a Yeti cooler, $100 Visa gift card, $25 and $5 gift cards to Starbucks and much more. So, stop by to see what YOU will win!

 

The Main Attraction… The GlowStep Revolution!
Do you hate sweeping constant dirt and debris out of your RV?
What is stability and safety worth to you?
How important is easy access to your RV?

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At the show, you’ll see up close and personal this high-quality step system, made right here in America, that provides unparalleled stability and requires no heavy lifting to operate. Featuring seven inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has three positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional five positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. 

FRV3GlowStep Revolution steps are easy on the knees and back and connect the RV to the ground eliminating the unsafe diving board effect and clunky booster steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the unit fling and dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV. With GlowStep Revolution steps, avoid any unnecessary mess.

Features of the GlowStep Revolution include: 
• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain
• Ground supported connection to RV - No more shaking as people or pets enter and exit
• Similar to the staircase in your home, the 7.5-inch step riser height accommodates those with limited mobility
• The multi-link hinge design easily extends to accommodate tight space constraints so it doesn’t matter how close you park to structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel (rust free)FRV4
• Designed specifically for all RV towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity – also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps to prevent binding and grinding common with factory steps
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip step tread eliminates jagged holes commonly found on factory steps
• Self-illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• Sold in applications for 2-6 steps
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you trade in for your next RV
• Proudly made in the USA
 

Visit here for more information about the Florida RV SuperShow and what we have going on, or call us at 800-246-8132. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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How much do truck camper tie downs cost?

Torklift has designed two different styles of tie downs for you to choose from, Steel Frame-Mounted Tie Downs and Talon Aluminum Tie Downs.

What’s the difference between the steel and aluminum tie downs?

All of our tie downs are frame mounted and 98% of our steel applications are no-drill. The difference between them is the material they are made from. The Talon Aluminum Tie Downs are rust free for life and about 50% lighter than the steel tie downs. The Talons are precision crafted from high impact powder-coated, lightweight grade aluminum alloy and designed for any adventure. Both types of truck camper tie downs provide dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper. 

Steel Frame-Mounted Tie Downs:

Front: starting at $343.99

Rear: starting at $285.99

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Talon Aluminum Tie Downs:

Front: starting at $505.99

Rear: starting at $418.99

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For trucks that have running boards or larger wheel wells, we offer front adjustable steel tie downs that start at $413.99 and a fixed angle aluminum tie downs that starts at $505.99.

 

How much do FastGun Turnbuckles cost?

Torklift has designed a FastGun turnbuckle that starts at $323.99, and is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry. This turnbuckle comes in a set of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators to determine perfect tension. Precision made from high impact powder-coated steel, the FastGun turnbuckle is available in polished stainless steel, black, white, and grey.

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What other types of turnbuckles are available?

SpringLoad XL: Starting off at $167.99, each set comes with two turnbuckles reaching 35” to 45”. Composed of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, they have internal springs and tension indicators. This turnbuckle was designed with a square body for easy adjustment.

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Basic SpringLoad: Starting off at $96.99, this turnbuckle bolts easily to the end of each tie down and provides the required suspension to help protect your camper anchor points. This kit comes with two quicklinks, two heavy-duty forged steel turnbuckles and 24” of marine grade chain. The Derringer Handles turnbuckle upgrade is available for both the SpringLoad XL turnbuckle and the Basic SpringLoad. They transform your old-fashion turnbuckle into a quick disconnect lever-action turnbuckle similar to the FastGun handle design.

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Our tie downs, when installed properly, provide 100% support for your truck and camper. Torklift has also designed a product to secure your investment that much more! With FastGun Locks you are able to secure your turnbuckles to your tie down. The locks come with four keys that are keyed alike for convenience and weather caps to prevent damage and road grime. All Torklift turnbuckles come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and are made in the USA.

 

For more information on any of our products contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website at Torklift.com.

 

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Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Torklift Supports Local Community with Christmas Toy Drive

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Torklift collects toy donations
for the City of Sumner

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Torklift International manufacturing facility in Sumner, Wash. Each year, Torklift makes it a priority to give back to the community. As a family-owned company in business for 41 years, our mission and focus is to improve the lives of others, which includes our customers, our employees and of course, our community.

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Donation gifts pile up underneath
the Torklift Christmas Tree

Each year Torklift organizes the Kent Turkey Challenge, which in its seventh year has raised $140,893 cash donations and 45,060 pounds of food for the Kent Food Bank. As a friendly competition between local businesses and organizations to raise the most donations, hosting this event each year is critical to supporting the Kent Food Bank that provides food to local families in need. Click here to learn more about the Kent Turkey Challenge.

In recent years Torklift has also has participated in the Sumner Toy Drive organized by the Sumner Police Department. With our Torklift Christmas tree shining bright in our lobby, Torklift employees have collected toys for boys and girls of our local community. Every kid deserves a warm and blessed Christmas holiday, and we hope our efforts contribute to building happy memories.

The sense of family and pride in our culture defines Torklift as place where we care for one another. In addition to supporting the Kent Food Bank and collecting toys for local children, Jesse, one of our welders from our manufacturing unit, came across another opportunity to hopefully make a difference. While walking in downtown Seattle, he noticed several young children without a home and freezing out on the cold streets. To make sure these children are warm, he sought to collect hat and mitten donations to deliver to the children. Our Torklift family agreed this was something we could help with, and in response have collected several hats and mittens for the children of Seattle area.

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Jesse helps collect hat and mitten donations for the children in seattle

This time of year is a time to celebrate family, friends, warmth and joy. By giving back we hope we’ve been able to brighten the holidays for children and families in the greater Seattle area. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Written By: Sheryl Bushaw

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Why do you want the Stow N’ Go?

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Stow N Go2We can say something like, “this is a step up to your current truck camper steps,” and although that’s true, why take our word for it? Although we’ve designed a set of steps to make your life so much more convenient when you’re truck camping, sometimes it’s better to hear from your fellow campers!

What’s so cool about the Stow N’ Go?

The Stow N’ Go was designed specifically to lock while in transit, eliminating the hassle of having to detach and store the steps inside your camper. The steps remain mounted to the back of the truck camper bumper to prevent the interior from getting dirty. This step system comes standard with the storage bracket, GlowStep entry system and All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet.

“This is very sweet. We have been using a strap in the past to store hold ours in place. They function flawlessly here for our application. We subjected it to the normal beating we go through and the bands didn’t let it rattle or come loose at all during travel

   – Columbus and Chris Partin

Stow N Go3With the step bracket, you no longer have to worry about unnecessary detaching and reattaching, and with a special nylon retainer system that eliminates movement, the steps snap securely in place. GlowStep locks are available for extra protection and the step system comes standard with All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. The steps mount onto the back of the truck camper bumper or underneath the camper door, and come in a range of three to six steps. This step system also has multiple accessories available so you can customize to fit your needs.

 

 

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  1.  GlowGuide Handrail
    A truck camper handrail composed of three telescopic arms: the upper door arm mount, the lower step arm mount and the strut arm. From the door entry to the ground you are guided all the way down with added stability.
  2. Dirt Destroyer – Shoe Cleaning Attachment 
    A shoe cleaning attachment designed to work with any scissor step. Simply scrape your shoe on this bristle attachment and leave the dirt outside of the RV, saving you from one less mess.
  3. SafeStep – Pet Safety Barrier
    A protective step riser guard that creates a vertical barrier between the steps to help protect your pets and children from potentially falling. With a velcro backed panel for an easy install, the panels can stay attached while steps are in the stowed position.

“I really like the adjustable ‘feetsies’ [All Terrain Landing Gear] on the bottom too. Makes setting the steps super easy to get level where I camp, in the woods, where the ground is typically uneven.”

– Daryl Davis

The GlowStep Stow N’ Go is made in the USA and comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. For questions or for more information on any of these products contacts us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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How much do truck camper tie downs cost?

TieDown1Looking for a tie down system as you prepare to haul with your truck camper? You don’t want to be going down the road when it’s too late to ask yourself, “is my truck camper safe?” 

Look no further for the safest and most reliable truck camper tie down system available! Torklift offers top performance towing gear to secure your truck camper.

How much do they cost?

Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted Front Tie Downs - starting at $343.99 per set
Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted Rear Tie Downs - starting at $285.99 per set

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TieDown3Torklift’s patented tie downs are designed to incorporate four tie down points that bolt directly to the truck’s frame. Torklift tie downs dramatically improve stability and handling while towing. These tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance so you can still go on all your off-roading trips with no worries.

Frame-Mounted Tie Downs are guaranteed to prevent bed and bumper damage and rust that is commonly found with bed-mounted tie down systems. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with any of our fully spring-loaded FastGun turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Talon Camper Front Tie Downs - starting at $505.99 per set
Talon Camper Rear Tie Downs - starting at $418.99 per set

We challenged our engineers to develop an ultra high-performance tie down to meet and exceed the toughest demands from avid sportsmen and adventurers who relish in the off-road experience. What they developed was the Talon tie down, a cutting-edge design specifically developed for maximum strength. Not only that, it’s corrosion resistant and rust-free for life. 

Talon tie downs feature a 100% no-drill installation. Our Tie Down Finishing Kit comes with the Talon tie downs and Tie Down Locks are available as an accessory. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

 

What do I use to connect my camper to my tie downs?

TieDown6Torklift has designed a FastGun turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry.

These stainless steel turnbuckles come in sets of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. What does that mean? It means that you can quickly determine the correct tension needed to hold down your truck camper. Once set, you don’t have to repetitively re-adjust, reducing the time it takes to load and secure your camper. With this turnbuckle upgrade, it takes only four minutes to install all the turnbuckles for your truck camper. The FastGun truck camper turnbuckle comes in many colors and is compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs. They also feature Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

The FastGun truck camper turnbuckle is compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs and comes with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

For questions about what was discussed or for more information on any of these products contacts us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Top 5 RV accessories that should be on your Christmas wish list

Blog1Oh no! It’s December and you still haven’t found the perfect gift for the RV owner in your life. If you find yourself wondering what to get this beloved RV enthusiast, look no further! We have a list of Torklift’s top 5 RV accessories that won’t disappoint and make your Christmas gift so memorable, they’ll be talking about how perfect it was for years to come!  

1. GlowStep Revolution Steps

Want to “step up” your gift giving game… literally? Torklift designed the first step system for all RV towables that is versatile and adaptable. It adjusts to any type of terrain has unparalleled stability because it connects all the way to the ground using the All Terrain Landing Gear.

Blog2Featuring 7 inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has 3 positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional 5 positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. It has 7.5 inches of riser height between each step, making it similar to the staircase found in your home. Most other RV steps commonly have a range of 9.5 to 11 inches, so you either have to jump to the ground from the bottom step or jump into your entry from the top step – neither of which are safe or appealing.

With a unique, easy bolt-on installation that fits into the existing factory step compartment, you’ll achieve optimum step height with any kind of adjustment using the GlowStep Revolution. Constructed from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it is rust free and will meet the many needs of any RV enthusiast. We deem this the ultimate 2017 RV accessory Christmas present!

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2. Truck Camper Tie Downs

Blog3Show that person how much you care about their hobbies and camper lifestyle with Torklift’s patented truck camper tie downs. They are designed to incorporate the four tie down points around the bed of your truck and bolt directly to the truck’s frame – no drilling required. A system that bolts directly to the truck’s frame, Torklift tie downs dramatically improve stability, safety and handling while you’re hauling a truck camper. The tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance. True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs come in sets of two and are guaranteed to prevent bed and bumper rust and damage that is commonly associated with bed-mounted tie down systems. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with our fully spring-loaded FastGun turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you’re feeling a little extra giving, we also have a high-performance stainless steel and aluminum tie down system called Talon Camper Tie Downs. Constructed of 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel, these truck camper tie downs protect from rust and corrosion for life. This tie down is also light weight and features a completely no-drill installation. Our Tie Down Finishing Kit comes with the Talon tie downs and Tie Down Locks are available as an accessory. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

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3. FastGun Turnbuckles

Blog4That’s not all for truck camper owners! Add some extra spice to your Christmas gifts and get an upgrade that cuts time to only four minutes to install all four turnbuckles – reducing the time it takes to secure your camper in half, if not more than that compared to your old turnbuckles. The FastGun turnbuckles are an upgrade any truck camper owner will appreciate.

These stainless steel turnbuckles come in sets of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. What does that mean for you? It means that you can quickly determine the correct tension you need to hold down your truck camper. Once set, you don’t have to constantly re-adjust, reducing the time it takes to load and secure your camper. The FastGun truck camper turnbuckle comes in several colors and is compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs. They also feature Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

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4. SuperHitch

Blog5Unlike those socks you got as a gift last year – Torklift’s SuperHitch won’t wear down! The top recommended piece of equipment for towing a trailer behind a truck is the SuperHitch. The SuperHitch Outlaw Towing Series is engineered with dual receivers for incredible strength that evenly handles weight you are towing. There are two kinds of SuperHitches available – the Original SuperHitch that handles 2,000 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds towing weight when used with weight distribution. The other is the SuperHitch Magnum which can tow up to 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing weight when used with weight distribution. The receiver hitches in Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series also include these features:

• Engineered vehicle specific to ensure a proper fit to your truck, from ½ ton to 1 ½ ton trucks
• Most applications are no-drill
• Dual receiver allows the ability to insert accessories into the top receiver while towing from the bottom receiver
• Works with the SuperTruss Extension that’s available in eight different lengths from 21-inches to 48-inches – perfect for towing with a truck camper that has an overhang
• Made in USA
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty

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5. PowerArmor

Blog6Give the gift of power! Who doesn’t need extra battery power and protection? This high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box is perfect for not only holding extra RV batteries, but also any other valuables or camping gear that you don’t want to store inside the trailer. Called the PowerArmor, it features a lockable slide top that can be easily accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes in bright tread diamond plate that also features a black high-impact powder coated frame for durability.

The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more. It features an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box to easily connect to your electrical circuit system. The PowerArmor Solar also features a 10-watt Zamp Solar panel attached to the lid of the box, extending battery life up to 400% and preventing premature battery replacement from undercharging or overcharging your batteries. Win!

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Give the RV enthusiast in your life a Christmas to remember with one of these top 5 RV accessories – they’re the ultimate gift and will make this holiday even more special. For questions or for more information on any of these products, contacts us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

 

 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Enjoy these deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Thanksgiving Sale2Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather around the table and give thanks for sharing each other’s company, food and time. This Thanksgiving, we want to give each of our customers the “Family Discount” on Torklift products as a thank you for supporting our families. 

 
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale
Instead of having to wait outside for hours on end to get a good deal or wake up at 3 a.m., our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales run from Nov. 24-27, 2017 giving you plenty of time to spend with your family. Visit our online certified dealers to get up to 20% off ALL Torklift products. This includes tie downs, GlowStep Revolution, StableLoad, accessories and more. 
 
Like all good things, this sale will come to an end so make sure to get your Torklift gear before Nov. 28 at participating Torklift Certified Dealers! Visit here to take part of all the Thanksgiving deals and find a dealer near you or call us at 800.246.8132 if you have any questions about our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale! 
Happy Thanksgiving from our Torklift family to yours!
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kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Don’t Let a Thief Cost You Hundreds of Dollars, Protect with the PowerArmor battery box instead!

PowerArmor1It’s getting colder… are you either preparing to store your trailer for the winter or traveling south toward warmer weather? When it comes to protecting your valuable RV battery investments – avoid the potential worst case scenario. Here’s how!

We have a great solution to help prevent this “worst case” battery theft nightmare from happening to you. The PowerArmor is designed to provide a safe, lockable storage area for 12 and 6-volt battery applications. Made from 100% heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum with black high impact powder coat frame, we’re not the only ones that think this box looks and functions great…

“Check out this beauty. Gifted to me by Torklift. Can’t wait until it’s installed on my  camper! No more battery theft for me.”   

-Jim Baker

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Winner of the PowerArmor from a recent rally we participated in, Jim immediately loved not only the extra storage benefits of this battery box, but also that his batteries are now more secure than ever.  

“It’s doing a good job of keeping the battery charged. Plus it is super easy to unlock the PowerArmor, slide the top aside and reconnect the battery before a trip. Most importantly, I feel confident that my battery will still be there the next time I travel. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Torklift or the PowerArmor.”

-Jim Baker

 

PowerArmorSCan we just reiterate it again?I feel confident that my battery will still be there next time I travel.” It’s that confidence and peace of mind that makes us work hard for your safety and security. When using the PowerArmor to store batteries, you benefit from having extra battery power for your RV, boat, truck camper or vehicle. An access port allows for electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box so it easily connects to your electrical circuit system. With battery health and performance in mind, the locking battery box features a special ventilated design and acid neutralizing battery mat.

Features of the PowerArmor include:

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement       (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, boat, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Uses a 10 Watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the US

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PowerArmor DH Kit Includes*

• PowerArmor DH Box
• LockBattery hold down straps
• Mounting hardware
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• 10-watt solar panel included on part numbers featuring an "S

*Batteries not included 

PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar:

•17-inch boxcan hold up to one group 24-27 battery
• 24-inch boxcan hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
• 26-inch boxcan hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor MAX:

• 58-inch boxcan hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batterie

If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International PowerArmor, there are a couple of options for you! Call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be happy to answer your questions about protecting your RV batteries this winter and preventing theft. Find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here to get set up with one of these RV battery boxes whether you’re traveling south for the winter or getting ready for storageIt’s getting colder… are you either preparing to store your trailer for the winter or traveling south toward warmer weather? When it comes to protecting your valuable RV battery investments – avoid the potential worst case scenario. Here’s how!

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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The Ultimate RV Safety Checklist

Are you preparing your trailer or truck camper for storage this winter? If so, this is a must read! Whether you plan on storing your RV or truck camper in a facility or on your own property, you’ll want to ensure your investments are secured safely so when you come back to get your camper or trailer ready for spring camping, it’s just the way you left it. With a safety checklist, having your investment secured with the following security products will give you the peace of mind to enjoy the winter months without having to worry about your RV while it’s in storage.

Not only do we have a full line of security and storage products, but as an added bonus select products are 10% off at participating Torklift Certified Dealers near you through the end of December 2017. Find a Certified Dealer here
 
Towables Safety Checklist
1.) Lock down your propane tanksFortress GasLock
Safely secure your propane tanks with the Fortress GasLock.  Designed to ensure the security of your propane tanks, it requires no tools for installation and takes seconds to install. The Fortress GasLock works with most common threaded rods (fitments available for 3/8-inch and ½-inch applications). Manufactured to work with dual tank usage, you can leave your tanks on your trailer with the Fortress GasLock installed while filling up tanks. Constructed out of military grade aluminum in a bold, high-impact powder coat red, this is the only lock available that is specifically designed for RV propane tanks. Not only that – there’s also a special lock available for Airstream trailers. This RV lock is an affordable investment that protects your propane and tanks from thieves that could cost you hundreds of dollars in replacement and repair.
 
2.) Secure the safety of your shore power cord
Fortress PowerLockTorklift has designed a shore power cord cover called the Fortress PowerLock to protect your RV shore power cord from being cut or stolen. The valuable copper that’s in your shore power cord can be irresistible to thieves. If they steal your shore power cord, it can cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Instead, investing in the Fortress PowerLock will make you feel better about storing and leaving your RV for the winter. Crafted out of aircraft grade aluminum, this locking shore power hatch is easy to install and available in a white or black high-impact powder coat. This product, like many other Torklift products, comes with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is made in the USA. 
 
3.) Protect your batteries PowerArmor
A high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box, the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar are perfect for securing your batteries and protecting them from theft while your trailer is in storage. Featuring a lockable slide top that can easily be accessed no matter the mounting location, this RV storage box comes with a bright tread diamond plate and black high-impact powder coated frame. The PowerArmor Solar is also available with a Zamp 10-watt solar panel which extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement. This not only saves you money from having to replace your batteries, but also replacement and repairs that can occur because of theft. 
 
Truck Camper Safety Checklist 
1.) Stabilize and secure your truck camper
FGWSThe FastGun Wobble Stopper ensures that your truck camper is stabilized so you can freely move around in it while you’re camping. You don’t have to worry about your camper tipping over, and it’s lockable to prevent potential theft of your camper. Dramatically reducing camper jack and frame stress, the FastGun Wobble Stopper creates a supportive connection between the front camper jack legs and the camper body. 
With keyed alike locks available as an accessory, this camper stabilizer hinders and prevents any possibility of theft. The brace blocks off access making it so a vehicle can’t back up and take off with your truck camper. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is constructed out of high-impact powder coated stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum. This is the ultimate in protection for your truck camper during storage. 
 
2.) Protect your turnbuckles, steps and tie downs
LocksLocks are one of the best deterrents to help keep your truck camper and products safe from potential theft. Turnbuckle locks go directly into the handle of the FastGun turnbuckle, making it so it can’t be released and stolen right off your truck. Tie Down Locks are available in packs of four with keyed alike locks to secure the steel and aluminum tie downs. This also prevents people from stealing your tie down inserts. The GlowStep locks secure your steps and the GlowGuide handrail system so they can’t be removed. The GlowStep Locks work with the GlowStep Revolution, Original GlowSteps and the Stow N’ Go truck camper steps. Ensure the safety of your Torklift products from theft! 
 
Regardless of where you decide to store your camper this winter, it’s always best to make sure your RV, trailer or truck camper are as safe as possible while in storage! Secure your investment with these security products and save up to 10% OFF at participating Torklift Certified Dealers until the end of December. If you have any questions or want more information regarding any of these security products, contact us 800.246.8132 or email us at support@torklift.com.
 
 

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Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Will my DIY sawhorse support my truck camper?

The answer to this question is maybe, but whether it’s perfectly safe to use is a different answer.  You want your truck camper to have maximum support, safety and stability. So where do DIY truck camper storage stands not quite make the cut?

 
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Safety is something you never want to compromise when it comes to your truck camper investment. Whether you’re on the road or traveling to different campground locations, your truck camper has to be prepared for any weather conditions, as well as the typical shakiness and instability that can occur with usage like walking from the bedroom to the bathroom.  The last thing you want to do is to rely on set of DIY sawhorses that haven’t been tested and might not be able to stand up to long-term storage. 
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The potential issues of DIY sawhorses:
  1. When doing an at home project, you aren’t able to test the weight capacity which means how much weight it can handle is unknown
  2. If the stands are not collapsible, you have to dedicate additional of storage space when your truck camper is in use
  3. Using materials that aren’t treated means they can be easily damaged by weather and compromise stability even more

Without proper support, you risk sustaining jack or frame damage to your truck camper by having your camper tip over completely, jeopardizing your safety as well. 

What is the best way to support my truck camper?

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At Torklift, we believe your safety is of the upmost importance. We’ve designed a truck camper support called the Camper Packer. It is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during storage.

The Camper Packer is 50 inches from side-to-side featuring special treated lumber to endure harsh weather and folds up for compact storage. It’s the best option for long-term storage since it can handle 12 times the weight capacity of the typical hardware store sawhorse. Having a stable support, especially when it’s properly installed will help avoid jack twisting and frame damage – saving you money in the long run. Distributing the weight amongst the structure minimizes sway, evenly distributes weight off the four corners which reduces the amount of stress on the frame and extends the life of your truck camper jacks.

Camper Packer Features Include: 

• The only engineered structural support base for truck campers that protects the frame and jacks during storage 
• Prevents camper frame damage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the Camper Packer 
• Extends the life of your jacks by dramatically reducing wear and stress
• Safe short and long-term storage solution
• Rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your typical saw horse at 6,000 lb. capacity per pair 
• Measures 50" from side-to-side when completely assembled
• Special treated lumber 
• Easy assembly and 100% tool free operation 
• Designed to fold up for compact storage when not in use
• 5-year warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

What is the difference between my DIY sawhorses and the Camper Packer?

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The Camper Packer is rated at 6,000 pounds per pair with special treated lumber that withstands all types of weather. As we said before with most DIY sawhorses, you aren’t able to know how much weight they can handle – until it’s possibly too late and your camper has crashed to the ground. 

The Camper is designed for quick disassembly and storage, so it conveniently stores away when not in use, as shown in the photo above. Most DIY storage solutions are either multiple pieces that take up a lot of room such as eight boards that crisscross or many cinder blocks that are heavy and not easy to move. 

The brackets of the Camper Packer are high impact powder coated which adds even more durability to these storage stands, also making it so they have a sleek, clean looking design. Unlike the DIY, the Camper Packer is easy to assemble, has 100% tool free operation, and is backed by a five-year warranty. Not only that, if you already have pre-treated lumber that you’d like to use for storage, the Camper Packer can be purchased with brackets only, so you can use your own wood. 

For questions regarding the Camper Packer contact us 800.246.8132 or visit our truck camper storage stands page to learn more about the best and safest way to store a truck camper this winter.

 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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5 Ways to Avoid Being a Target for Thieves This Winter!

Do you have proper security and storage options to make sure your RV stays safe during the winter and not a target of thieves? At Torklift, we believe that it’s better to be prepared for anything that life can throw your way. There are many ways you can avoid hundreds of dollars in repairs from theft this winter.

 

1.) The Fortress GasLock
FGL Blog 1 We have the best solution to help prevent an unfortunate scenario, which includes a thief removing your propane tanks and cutting the lines, costing you upwards of $500 to repair and replace everything. The Fortress GasLock is designed to securely lock your propane tanks that are mounted to a trailer, towable or RV. It’s the only lock available that is specifically designed for LP tanks in the industry.

 As an added bonus, the Fortress GasLock doesn’t require tools for installation and only takes seconds to install. The propane tank lock does not interfere with LP tanks and tanks can be filled while it’s locked.

 

 

Features of the Fortress GasLock Include:

• Avoid typical propane tank theft repairs exceeding $500
• Allows tanks to be quickly locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
• Does not interfere with LP tank valves and can be filled while locked
• No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
• Affordable investment
• Designed for dual tanks
• High impact powder coated military grade aluminum
• Fits available for all applications
• Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
• Proudly made in the USA

Kit includes:

• One GasLock assembly
• Lock and keys
• Theft deterrent decal

 

2.) The Fortress PowerLock
When you buy your RV, there are certain locks and security items you need to obtain to keep you and your camper or trailer safe. But did you know that your shore power is an integral part of your trailer and is a potential target for thieves?

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A criminal can steal the copper in your cord and cause hundreds of dollars in damage cutting them out. We have a great solution to help prevent your cord from being cut out and stolen. The Fortress PowerLock is designed to cover your shore power cord access door to protect your RV power cords from being cut and stolen. It’s the only lock available designed for shore power cords in the industry.

Features of the Fortress PowerLock Include:

• Lock covers shore power cord access door to protect RV power cords from being cut and stolen
• Prevents theft associated with opening access door and removing power cords
• Easy installation
• Lock and keys included
• Available in black or white high impact powder coat aircraft grade aluminum
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Kit includes:

• Fortress PowerLock
• Two keys

 

3.) HiddenPower Under Vehicle Battery MountHiddenPower
One of the best ways to avoid being a target for potential thieves is get creative with battery storage. A great way to conceal your extra RV batteries is with the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount. Thieves won’t even know you have an extra battery installed under your vehicle because your ground clearance isn’t affected by the HiddenPower – thus remaining hidden in out of sight!

The HiddenPower auxiliary battery is designed to be an extension of your RV's battery when your RV is plugged into your truck and will recharge via your RV's existing solar panels, generator, converter, etc. at the same rate that your RV's batteries charge.

Features of the HiddenPower Include:

• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computer, etc.
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
• Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
• Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Kit Includes:

• Frame mount bracket
• Group 24 to 31 battery box
• Installation hardware

 

4.) Lock Accessories
What’s the best way to keep something safe from thieves? Locks of course! Locks are one of the best deterrents to help keep your trailer and products safe. At Torklift, we have many lock accessories available for our products including Tie Down Locks for your truck camper tie downs, FastGun Locks for your FastGun turnbuckles (which also work with the FastGun Wobble Stopper) and GlowStep Locks to prevent thieves from taking your GlowSteps, GlowStep Revolution or Stow N’ Go while your RV is in storage.

Features of Torklift Locks Include:

• Ensures the safety of your Torklift products and protects from potential theft
• Allows you to keep your Torklift products installed without worry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

 

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FastGun Lock (to the left), and Tie Down Lock (to the right)

 

5.) The PowerArmor Locking Battery Box
PowerArmorIt’s time to start thinking about storing your trailer and batteries for winter and protecting them from potential thieves – replacements could cost you up to $800. Instead of bringing your batteries inside your home or garage, leave them safely on your trailer with the PowerArmor Solar. The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more.

 

Torklift’s battery box comes with a solar panel from the leader of RV solar power, Zamp Solar. This solar panel can extend battery life fourfold. Let us repeat that: your batteries can last up to four times longer when they are maintained with the PowerArmor Solar. This translates to avoiding the time and money of re-purchasing expensive RV batteries. The solar panel trickle charges your battery even with indirect sunlight, and keeps charged batteries at the optimal level to maintain healthy RV batteries.

Features of the PowerArmor Include:PA Solar

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, boat, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Uses a 10 watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

 

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these storage and security products from Torklift International, click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. To contact us for more information, reach us at support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132. We are more than happy to help keep you protected this winter.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

 

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How to repair a shore power cord

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Being able to power your RV while traveling is essential. If your shore power cord is damaged or you are a victim of power cord theft, you have options as far as what kind of replacement cord you can purchase. There are two different styles of shore cords and depending on your RV, it may require a small or larger number of amps to power it.

How do I determine what style or how many amps I will need?

Amp ratings

There are two different amp rating shore cords available. What do the amps mean? Here’s an example: If you have a 30-amp rig, you can run one air conditioner and a few other appliances at the same time but not much else. If you have a 50-amp RV plug, then you can plug in and run almost every appliance in your rig at the same time. More amps means more power.

Option one: 30-amp cord that can provide power for a smaller to average sized RV (three prongs)
Option two: 50-amp cord that can provide power for an average to larger sized RV (four prongs)

Different Styles Available

There are two different styles that are available for replacement cords:

Option one- A detachable cord that is plugged into both the RV and outlet which allows you to easily detach and secure the cord. This type of shore cord can easily be replaced and stored in the RV when not in use. If stolen or damaged, it can possibly be expensive to replace, but it’s the only thing that would need to be replaced.

Shore Power Repair Blog 2Example of a 30-amp external cord

Option two- this cord is wired directly to the junction box (and probably already came standard on your RV), which is your RV’s power wiring box. In older RVs the cord is bunched into a small compartment while newer RVs now offer a retractable cord roller for easy storage. If this cord is stolen or damaged, you will have to rewire this shore cord back into the junction box. It could cost you a few hundred dollars to repair the damage and replace the cord.

Shore Power Repair 6Example of a 30-amp cord that is wired to your RV

Each amp rating can be found in both of the cord styles, so it comes down to what is going to meet your needs the best. Now you’ve determined the best shore cord to fit your needs and installed it on your trailer, how are you going to protect it from theft?

The Fortress PowerLock

Shore Power Repair Blog 4Torklift has designed a shore power cord cover called the Fortress PowerLock, to protect the RV power cord from being cut or stolen. This is the only lock available for shore power cords in the industry.  Crafted out of aircraft grade aluminum, the locking shore power hatch is available in a white or black high impact powder coating. This product, like many other Torklift products, comes with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. The Fortress PowerLock is easy to install and has a lock with a set of keys included.

How do I install the Fortress PowerLock?

Designed for easy installation, the Fortress PowerLock only takes minutes to give you peace of mind when it comes to your shore power. For installation instructions, visit our recent blog on how to install this RV electrical hatch.

 

If you have any questions on how the Fortress PowerLock protects your shore power cord, are interested in purchasing or need more information, contact our tech support at 800.246.8132.

 

 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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Don’t Let a Thief Cost You Hundreds of Dollars, Protect with the Fortress GasLock Instead!

FGL Blog 1It’s starting to get colder so that means you’re either preparing to store your trailer for the winter, or like the snowbirds you are traveling south for the winter to enjoy the warmth. When it comes to protecting your valuable propane tank investments – are you prepared for the potential worst case scenario?

We have a great solution to help prevent this “worst case” of theft from happening to you. The Fortress GasLock is designed to securely lock your propane tanks that are mounted to a trailer, towable or RV. It’s currently the only lock available specifically designed for LP tanks in the industry and can save you upwards of $500 in repairs and replacement when they try to remove the tanks and cutting the lines.

“We are off to Baja in a couple of weeks and it is on these long trips that I worry more about security. Your lock will be up to the task. I think this is a really good invention.” 
-John S.

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves John! Instead of worrying about potential gas tank theft on your summer adventure, use the Fortress GasLock instead and focus on the most important part of your trip… what to cook over the campfire for dinner!

Features of the Fortress GasLock include:

FGL Blog 2• Avoid typical propane tank theft repairs exceeding $500
• Allows tanks to be quickly locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
• Does not interfere with LP tank valves and can be filled while locked
• No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
• Affordable investment
• Designed for dual tanks
• High impact powder coated military grade aluminum
• Fits available for all applications
• Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
• Proudly made in the USA  

Kit includes:

• One GasLock assembly 
• Lock and keys 
• Theft deterrent decal 

FGL Blog 3If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International Fortress GasLock, there are a couple of options for you! You can call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be more than happy to answer your questions about protecting your trailer and gas tanks from theft. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with one of these locks whether you’re traveling south for the winter or getting ready for storage.

 

 kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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Protect Your RV Investments This Winter!

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As camping season is coming to a close and you are thinking of going south for the winter or storing your RV, do you have proper security and storage options during the winter? At Torklift, we always believe that it’s better to be prepared than to have to deal with hundreds of dollars in repairs and replacement when spring comes around. Three things to consider when storing your RV are: do I have proper locks for my propane tanks, how protected is my shore power cord and do I have a spare battery that is stored safely throughout the winter?

The Fortress GasLock

Protect Your RV Blog 1We have a great solution to help prevent a worst-case scenario, which includes a thief trying to remove your propane tanks and cutting the lines, costing you upwards of $500 to repair and replace what was taken. The Fortress GasLock is designed to securely lock your propane tanks that are mounted to a trailer, towable or RV. It’s currently the only lock available specifically designed for LP tanks in the industry.

As an added bonus? The Fortress GasLock does not require tools for installation and only takes seconds to install. The propane tank lock does not interfere with LP tanks and can be filled while it’s locked. 

Features of the Fortress GasLock Include:

• Avoid typical propane tank theft repairs exceeding $500
• Allows tanks to be quickly locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
• Does not interfere with LP tank valves and can be filled while locked
• No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
• Affordable investment
• Designed for dual tanks
• High impact powder coated military grade aluminum
• Fits available for all applications
• Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
• Proudly made in the USA  

Kit includes:

• One GasLock assembly 
• Lock and keys 
• Theft deterrent decal 

The Fortress PowerLock

Protect Your RV Blog 2When you purchased your RV, you knew there were certain locks and security items you would need to obtain to keep you and your camper or trailer as safe as possible. But did you know that your shore power is an integral part of your trailer and is a target of potential thieves?

Not only can a criminal steal the copper in your cord, but could cause hundreds of dollars in damage cutting them out. We have a great solution to help prevent your cord from being cut out and stolen. It’s your shore power cord, one of the main life lines to your trailer and camper! The Fortress PowerLock is designed to cover your shore power cord access door to protect your RV power cords from being cut and stolen. It’s currently the only lock available specifically designed for shore power cords in the industry.

Features of the Fortress PowerLock Include:

•  Lock covers shore power cord access door to protect RV power cords from being cut and stolen
•  Prevents theft associated with opening access door and removing power cords
•  Easy installation
•  Lock and keys included
•  Available in black or white high impact powder coat aircraft grade aluminum
•  Legendary Lifetime Warranty
•  Proudly made in the USA

Kit includes:

•  Fortress PowerLock
•  Two keys

The PowerArmor

Protect Your RV Blog 3Now that it’s getting frosty outside, it’s time to start thinking about storing your trailer and batteries for winter and protecting them from potential thieves. Instead of having to bring your batteries inside your home, with the PowerArmor Solar you can leave them safely on your trailer. The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more.

Torklift’s battery box comes with a solar panel from the leader of RV solar power, Zamp Solar. This solar panel can extend battery life fourfold. Let us repeat that: your batteries can last up to four times longer when they are maintained with the PowerArmor Solar. This translates to avoiding the time and money of re-purchasing your batteries. The solar panel trickle charges your battery even when there is no direct sunlight, and keeps charged batteries at the optimal level to maintain healthy RV batteries. 

 

Protect Your RV Blog 4Features of the PowerArmor Include:

•  Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
•  Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
•  Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
•  Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, boat, truck, van, etc.
•  Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
•  Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
•  Uses a 10 watt solar panel (solar only)
•  Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
•  Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
•  Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only
•  Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
•  Legendary Lifetime Warranty
•  Proudly made in the USA

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these storage and security products from Torklift International, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you here. To contact us for more information, reach us at  support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132. We are more than happy to help you.

 

 kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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What is the best way to store a camper outside?

Whether you are returning to your home after some fun summer camping trips for the winter, or preparing for a winter camping journey – it’s essential to make sure your truck camper has proper support. Without proper support it could not only cause stress on the truck camper frame, but also cause major structural damage. Knowing that you need some type of support during storage – you’ll want to learn what your options are. 

 
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Camper PackerSafety is something you never want to compromise. When you travel to different campgrounds and locations with your truck camper, you should prepare to experience various wind speeds and other side effects from inclement weather that could make your camper sway and unstable, along with normal usage like walking from the bedroom to the bathroom.  You want to be able to rely on something that is incredibly strong and stable that doesn’t have the potential of collapsing underneath your truck camper after a big wind gust. Without proper support, you not only risk sustaining jack or frame damage but also jeopardizing your safety by it tipping over. Wind isn’t the only contributing factor to truck camper instability. Simply moving throughout your camper can cause an uneven distribution of weight that leads to damage or tipping. While your camper is in long-term storage, it’s just sitting and settling. Over time the floor can begin to dip inward due to the weight and age of the camper. 
 
While there are plenty of ways to help instability of your truck camper - we have the best way to stabilize and prevent this! The only way to ensureboth the integrity of your truck camper and your safety is by using the proper structural support – the Camper Packer storage stands.
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What is the Camper Packer?
Torklift has designed truck camper structural support stands to accommodate your long-term storage needs. The Camper Packer maintains your truck camper’s structure by eliminating frame damage and jack twisting. The twist and pressure on jacks could cause you hundreds of dollars in repair damages. Rather, when you distribute the weight amongst the sawhorse style structure, it minimizes sway and lifts the weight off the four corners reducing the amount of stress on the frame and saves you money in potential repairs you can now avoid. 
 
Camper Packer3The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during long term storage. Unlike the standard hardware store sawhorse stands, it’s composed of 50-inches side-to-side of special treated lumber to endure harsh weather and folds up for compact storage when not in use. These truck camper storage stands are the best option since they can handle twelve times the weight capacity of the typical sawhorses at 6,000 pounds per pair. By lowering your truck camper onto the Camper Packer you’ll achieve stable support. Once installed for your storage needs, you avoid damage to your camper so when you pick it up in the spring for your first camping trip, it is in the exact same condition as when you put it into storage. 
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If you already have lumber that you’d prefer to use – the Camper Packer is also available with just brackets and hardware (without lumber).  
 
The Camper Packer is made in the USA and comes with a five-year warranty. For questions or more information regarding the Camper packer contact us 800. 246.8132 or visit our website torklift.com.
 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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