How to Mount a Truck Camper Onto Your Truck

TCAlso known as a slide-in or cab-over camper, a truck camper is one of the best ways to go exploring where many others aren’t able to. If you’re new to truck camping, mounting it on your pickup truck might seem intimidating but is actually a simple process that can be done in five simple steps.

 

1.Raise the Truck Camper

TC2The first step is to raise the truck camper. Usually it is best to lift it until it is around 2 to 6-inches above the bed of your truck. It’s best to raise it in small increments of just a few inches at a time. 

Also, make sure to raise the front of the camper first, and then raise the back to bring it level – if you raise the rear first, there is a chance that the camper could tip forward due to it having more weight in the front due to the weight of the overhang. Continue raising the camper until it is high enough for you to back your truck under it.

2. Back Your Truck Up

The next step is to back your truck up under the camper. You will want to make sure that the camper clears your truck's wheel wells and avoid contacting the truck camper jacks as you are backing up and are as close to center as possible.

3. Connect the Wiring

TC3Before your truck is completely backed into place beneath the camper, connect any wiring from the truck camper to the truck bed. It’s usually easier to connect the wiring before the camper is fully installed.

Once the wiring is complete, continue slowly backing your truck up until the camper is at the front of your truck bed or the shims. Make sure that the camper does not contact your truck's bumper or tail lights or else it could potentially cause damage. If you are concerned about the truck camper and truck touching, then a Camper Bumper Kit is the perfect addition to prevent damage. It’s also best to avoid dropping the camper on the wiring that has been plugged in, because that could also get damaged.

4. Lower the Truck Camper

Now that you have the truck camper over your truck, lower it down over your truck bed. Just as when you were lifting the camper - lower the back of the camper first, then the front. Work in increments of a few inches at a time until the camper is resting on your truck securely.

5. Secure the Camper

There are two major components to attaching your truck camper to the truck: tie downs and turnbuckles and we’ll go more in-depth about the best types of each below.

Attach the turnbuckles to the anchor points on the camper and the tie downs on your truck and tighten them. Turnbuckles are usually tightened to about 300 foot-pounds. Some turnbuckles have built-in indicators that can help you adjust them to the correct tension such as the FastGun turnbuckle. Be aware though, too much tension can damage tie-downs or rip out anchors on the camper, which can be expensive to fix. You can avoid this by using spring tension indicators and spring-loaded turnbuckles like the Torklift FastGuns.

 

Truck Camper Tie Downs

TC4Along with turnbuckles, tie downs are incredibly important when it comes to attaching a truck camper to your truck. There are two major kinds of tie downs available: bed-mounted and frame-mounted. We always recommend using frame-mounted tie downs because they use independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame thus avoiding bed damage that is common with bed-mounted tie downs. Torklift tie downs use pre-existing bolt holes on the frame to avoid drilling.

If you’re concerned about road conditions and how they will affect your tie downs, we have a solution for you. The Talon tie down is made of aluminum and stainless steel and come with rust free corrosion protection for life. Manufactured to specifically fit your truck, Torklift Talon tie downs offer the best ride quality in the industry.

 

Truck Camper Turnbuckles

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Just as there are different kinds of tie downs for truck campers, there are many different turnbuckles available as well. While each have their merits, there’s only one that stands above the rest when it comes to stability and safety. The FastGun turnbuckle is designed to connect and disconnect in seconds. The quick release handles allow for easy tool-free adjustment and tension indicators determine perfect tension every time.

As an additional benefit of Torklift tie downs and turnbuckles, Torklift warranties the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer warranty when our tie downs are used in conjunction with our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles. 

There you have it - all five steps of mounting a truck camper. Pretty simple right? Also, as you continue to go camping in your truck camper, the mounting process will get easier and easier.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing our frame-mounted tie downs or truck camper turnbuckles, there are a couple of options for you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. Feel free to contact us for more information or with your questions at support@torklift.com and by phone at 800-246-8132.

 

 

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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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How Sway Control Works on a Trailer

SwayBar Don't let  your trailer get out of hand by swaying too much!

Towing a travel trailer behind your truck can be hazardous if not done properly and can be made more dangerous by the tendency of a trailer to sway. When a trailer isn’t balanced properly, it gives enough leverage to affect the movement of the towing vehicle. This causes a back-and-forth movement that is known as sway, or fishtailing. A well-balanced trailer with a proper trailer hitch  installed can correct itself in the event of minor sway caused by wind, passing vehicles, rutted roadways and more.

But, in order to avoid these issues of fishtailing and sway, what can you do? There are a couple of options – and one of them is to install sway control on your trailer. The use of a sway control improves the ability of a trailer to resume normal towing alignment.

 

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There are a few different kinds of sway control available. The two most common types include independent friction sway control and dependent two-point sway control. Independent sway control is designed to bolt onto your trailer tongue and features telescoping arms and friction pads to stop sway once it’s begun. Two-point dependent sway control is designed to be built into a weight distribution system and relies on the springs to create enough friction to prevent fishtailing and sway.

Another major aspect to consider for sway control is tension. These trailer accessories have tension controls that are tightened manually and must be  adjusted to reflect road  conditions. Over-tightening the sway control on your trailer can result in the trailer having a reduced ability to follow easily through turns. Under-tightening the sway control can  prevent the sway bar from functioning efficiently and will not reduce sway adequately.

 

Are there other products that can help with towing instability?
SwayBar3While sway control is designed to be installed around the trailer tongue and directly help the trailer, there are other products available that can help improve towing stability as well. The StableLoad suspension upgrade is meant to assist your truck with heavy towing or hauling. Installed on your truck’s rear overload suspension, it dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect and keeping the springs actively under load.

Vehicle factory engineers designed suspension overload springs to operate in a specific way, and the StableLoad maintains all four points of contact in the springs rather than reducing it to two points of contact like other aftermarket suspension products. When installed on your truck and combined with the sway control installed on your trailer tongue, you have the ultimate stability and safety while towing a trailer behind your truck.SwayBar4

Features of the StableLoad suspension upgrade include:SwayBar5

Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points
Quick no-drill installation**
Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
Proudly made in the USA
* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (with Drill Kit).

If you’re interested in purchasing the StableLoad suspension enhancement from Torklift International, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. To contact us for more information or questions, you can reach out to us at support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132.

 

 

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How to live in a truck camper

TCWhen it comes to living a life on the road, many believe that it generally means living in a big Class A motorhome with an extra vehicle in tow, or a large fifth wheel or travel trailer firmly entrenched in a fancy RV park.

Although that sounds like a great option for some, there are others that would prefer to live life off-the-beaten-path in remote places for weeks or months at a time. In a truck camper, this is much more achievable. Living in a truck camper is perfect for those who want to explore remote locations but don’t want to sleep on the ground under a tent, have a decent place to cook meals and comfortable place to use the restroom.

Although it is incredibly fun, truck camper full time living is not necessarily a never-ending vacation. There are chores that need to be done to maintain your truck and camper. In this article, we’ll focus on the truck camper – easy tips to help maintain it while you’re living in it, the best truck camper storage options and more.

 

1. Inspect Roof and Truck Camper Seals
TC2While the quote “out of sight, out of mind” might be acceptable for certain things, when it comes to maintaining your truck camper you have to be proactive about checking for potential issues. This is especially true when it comes to the roof and all the seals around your truck camper.

A common problem with RV’s and truck campers is moisture leaking into the camper through faulty weather stripping and seals. Make sure to check the seals around your windows, door and roof every three months.

If you see any cracks, loose pieces or water stains then that could mean you are having a sealant problem. We would suggest taking your truck camper into a shop for removal and resealing.

 

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Batteries should last around three to five years, but should be checked regularly. The last thing you want is a dead battery. It not only ruins your camping plans, but can also lead to expensive repairs if the battery leaks. After three years deep-cycle batteries tend to start losing their power so it’s best to keep a close eye on them.

A way to help prevent damage from batteries is proper and safe storage. If you’re towing a small trailer behind your truck and truck camper, the PowerArmor battery box installs to the tongue of the trailer, or our single PowerArmor can install on your truck camper bumper. Depending on which size you get, this battery box can hold one to five batteries. It comes with an acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion and keep them safe from the elements inside the battery box. What’s the best part about the PowerArmor? It’s designed for easy access to the batteries and prevents potential expensive battery theft.

Another great way to protect your batteries while you're full-time RVing is the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount. The HiddenPower allows you to have extra battery power in your RV, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems by adding an extra battery that is tied into your truck's electrical charging system, which keeps the battery charged and always ready for RVing with little to no maintenance.

 

3. Water System Checks
Water is the most important resource when you’re living in a truck camper – so making sure your water is clean and won’t clog your systems is top priority. Maintenance should include chemicals that are designed to work with each of your systems whether it’s your grey or black water systems. Flushing the systems on a regular basis is also important to prevent any kinds of clogs that could cause failure of operation and major repairs.

 

4. How to store a truck camper off truckTC4
Truck camper living is a freeing experience. You can travel anywhere your truck can go and live life on the open road. But there can be some downsides, especially when you want to be able to use your truck bed for side trips or things that would require off-loading the camper.

If you are afraid that your truck camper might be stolen while you’re gone, the perfect truck camper storage idea is the FastGun Wobble Stopper which helps prevent your truck camper from wobbling while it’s off-truck and prevent potential theft of your camper. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is lockable and reduces the stress on your camper jacks and frame.

 

5. Run Your Generator
TC5Letting your generator sit unused for too long can cause replacement years before you should have to. In order to keep your generators internal components running at optimum levels, it needs to be ran at least once a month for 15-20 minutes once it’s reached it normal running temperature. Not doing this could cause parts in your generator components to corrode and rust, thus preventing it from effectively powering the generator.

If you don’t feel comfortable running your generator because of location, there are many storage options available including the Lock and Load generator tray. You can lock, store and run your generator from the tray without having to bring it inside or choke on residual gas or exhaust fumes. With maximum security straps and a heavy duty puck lock, you also don’t have to worry about thieves stealing your generator.

We hope you enjoyed these truck camper tips and RV storage ideas. Full-time living in your truck camper may come with responsibilities and regular upkeep, but is an incredibly freeing experience. Many RVers who have larger trailers have to pass up parks, campgrounds and other off-road places because they don’t have the accessibility that a truck camper provides.

 

For more information about any of the truck camper products mentioned, feel free to give our experienced Customer Service Team a call at 800-246-8132 and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

Happy Camping from all of us at Torklift! 

 

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How to use the GlowStep Revolution RV Steps

GSRGetting in and out of your RV is the first and last thing you do at the beginning and end of every journey you take. 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. 

It can be easily extended in tight spaces unlike other RV step systems that require additional space for clearance.

How to Lower your GlowStep Revolution for use
1.) Remove the Safety Pins

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2.) With handle lifted, pull from the top step. As steps roll out, release the lever to allow lever to automatically drop into the No. 1 (highest) step position

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3.) Once the handle is down, pull from the bottom step and extend the step to the ground

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4.) Reattach the safety pin prior to using the steps

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5.) Use the spring buttons on the feet to adjust on the ground

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6.) If a lower step height is desired, repeat step one and two to lower the steps to position two or three

a. The GlowStep Revolution has seven additional inches of precision elevation adjustment, three positions of upper adjustments between the RV and the top step, five positions of lower adjustments, plus All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. You are guaranteed the safest entry and exit of your RV

How to raise your GlowStep Revolution for storage

1.) Remove the Safety Pins

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2.) Completely collapse the steps by picking up the bottom step and walking it towards the RV
 IMPORTANT: Steps must be completely collapsed to store properly
Helpful tip: For additional assistance collapsing the step, walk the step toward the RV with the step against your leg

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3.) With the steps fully collapsed, lift the handle and rotate steps up and inward while guiding the pins into the guide slots located on both sides of the mounting cage until step stores into place in the stored position

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4.) As steps roll in, release the handle. When the handle drops into place, reattach safety pin to secure steps

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If you prefer video, you can watch one here of how to use the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, you’re in luck! We have the perfect video for you below: 

Not only is the GlowStep Revolution a perfect RV step for your trailer, but it also has many useful accessories available including the GlowGuide handrail, SafeStep pet barrier panels, and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment. Torklift’s GlowStep line of RV steps promise longevity, durability and quality with a lifetime warranty.

Instead of being blocked out of your RV by step ladders that store inside the entry way, access your RV any time with these steps for RVs. If you’re interested in learning more about the GlowStep Revolution, you can visit the RV step page, or give our tech support a call at 800-246-8132 and they’d be more than happy to help you with the use of your GlowStep Revolution steps.

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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.

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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!

 

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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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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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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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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!

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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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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. When 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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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. When 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. When 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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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!

 

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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. When 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.

 

shyann

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. When 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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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. When 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 three things you need to consider before storing your truck camper after the camping season

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As the camping season comes to a close, it’s time to think about storing your truck camper for winter. Three things to consider when preparing your truck camper for storage is: having proper long term storage for your truck camper, a spare battery that is stored safely and regular care and upkeep of your tie downs through the winter.

No. 1: What do I need to support my truck camper for long term storage?

Item No. 1 you need for winter storage is something to store your truck camper on. Torklift has designed a product called the Camper Packer. The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during long term storage. It’s 50 inches side-to-side, folds up for compact storage and is made of a special treated lumber to endure harsh weather. The Camper Packer is the best option for long term storage as it allows you to lower your truck camper and reduces stress on the camper jacks. It can bear 12 times the weight capacity of the typical sawhorse at 6,000 pounds per pair. Having stable support with the Camper Packer properly installed will allow you to prevent your truck camper jacks from twisting and causing damage to the camper frame. Distributing the weight throughout the camper minimizes sway and reduces the stress from the four corners and the frame. The Camper Packer is made in the USA and comes with a five-year warranty.

No. 2: How do I store batteries during the off season?HP2

Another part of storage to consider is your extra batteries. Where will they go? Certainly, not in the garage for the entire winter – potentially damaging your flooring and increasing the chances your battery will suffer from the effects of sulfation. Torklift has an auxiliary battery mount box called the HiddenPower. The HiddenPower allows you to have extra battery power for your RV from your truck, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems.

The HiddenPower battery mount installs underneath the vehicle bed and can be used for all types of group 24, 27, and 31 twelve-volt batteries, ranging from lead acid, AGM, sealed, or gel cell. This mount is no-drill and installs quickly. Keeping your spare battery mounted underneath your truck will keep the battery charged and ready for next season with little to no maintenance. An added bonus? The HiddenPower is designed to maintain its charge by being wired into the truck battery, essentially becoming an extension of your RV’s battery power when it’s plugged into your truck. It will keep your vehicle’s battery charged and healthy too!

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. HP3
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

No. 3: How can I protect my tie downs and other towing products?HP4

In order to keep tie downs and towing products in the best shape they require some maintenance and upkeep – especially during the off season. One great way to protect your investment is by using our Tie Down Finishing Kit – which inserts into the frame-mounted portion of your tie down to prevent water, salt and chemicals from getting inside the tubing.

Many states use corrosive salts and chemicals on the road to treat for ice and snow, which can affect the finish on your tie downs since they are the parts closest to the ground. On a regular basis, you will want to hose down equipment to avoid corrosion. If you do notice signs of rust or corrosion, the best way to take preventative measures is to remove the rust with sandpaper or wire brush, and spray Rust-Oleum on the effected parts.

For more information on any of these products contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website here. To purchase one of the products mentioned above, such as the truck camper storage stands or an under battery vehicle mount, click here to locate one of our Certified Dealers near you.

shyann

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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