When the camper is rockin’ don’t come a knockin’!

Does your camper wobble from a sneeze? Many of us that travel with truck campers understand the irritating and nerve-racking camper sway when the camper is off loaded. When a truck camper is free standing, the sway and wobble can make for an uncomfortable experience, also a very telling one for your audience outside... if you know what we're saying.

So what’s happening to your truck camper with all of that swaying and wobbling from excessive rocking motion? When the camper is free standing with all four points on the jack system the constant rocking and swaying puts a tremendous amount of stress and wear on the camper jacks. It also puts a significant amount of unnecessary pressure on the camper frame. This amount of stress leads to jack failure, camper damage, and leaves you a very unhappy camper.

What can I do to protect my truck camper?
This stabilizer is so good, folks will have to use the hat on the door tactic to ensure privacy! No one will ever know what’s going on in your truck camper. Torklift has designed the FastGun Wobble Stopper to dramatically reduce camper jack and frame stress. This product acts as a supportive connection between the front camper jack legs and the camper body. Not only does it reduce the stress, it also reduces the swaying that causes people to become motion sick in their campers.

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How does it work?
Only taking seconds to install and remove with the quick disconnect lever, it is so easy anyone can do it. Both a square and round jack applications are available.

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• The ability to self stow
• Release the lever-action handle
• Connect to the truck camper frame
• Pull the lever back to lock

With keyed alike locks, this lockable feature helps hinder and prevent any possibility of theft. The brace blocks off access making it so a vehicle can’t back up and take off with your camper. Constructed out of high impact powder coated stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum, this FastGun Wobble Stopper is proudly USA made and comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. For more information on this product, contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

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How to store an extra RV battery - RV battery recommendations

With a wide variety of RV batteries to choose from, their prices range just as wide. The cheapest RV battery on the market is the Apex Group UI RV battery that costs $48.25, and the most expensive battery being a Lifeline GPL-8DA deep cycle RV battery for $699.88. All RV batteries have the same purpose, but not all are equally created. So what kind of bang are you getting for your buck? We asked our veteran RV tech Darrel what his opinion is. Darrel has worked in the RV industry for decades and personally installed his share of batteries.

Battery Blog 1Duracell ultra-high capacity battery for deep cycle 6v RV-$109.99

• This is a 6-volt battery with 230 Ah
• 12-month free replacement warranty 
• Easy twist and release vent caps for watering

Trojan Reliant-$377.97

Battery Blog 2• This is a 12-volt battery with 150Ah 
• This battery is made with robust plates that extends the life cycle and comes with a low calcium grid alloy that reduces gas emissions
• A separator of glass fibers serves to isolate the positive and negative plates while acting as a blotter to absorb the electrolytes

Lifeline GPL-8DA-$639.99

Battery Blog 3• This is a 12-volt battery with 255Ah
• This battery is specifically manufactured for deep cycle applications 
• All Lifeline batteries are Coast Guard approved and handmade in the USA, backed with an industry leading five-year warranty

Which one does Darrel recommend?
Darrel recommends the Trojan Reliant. The brand produces quality batteries that have been around for years. They are high capacity batteries that are durable.

Arm your truck with the extra battery power
Torklift International has designed a hidden and convenient auxiliary battery mount, that mounts under the vehicle. This mount is compatible for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries such as lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc. The HiddenPower was engineered as a no-drill installation with quick disconnect electrical connectors. This system quickly attaches to the truck’s frame under your truck bed.

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Why do I need the HiddenPower?
The HiddenPower has many benefits for anyone who enjoys outdoor recreational activities. Having an extra battery mount will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, but when wired directly into your truck’s electrical system with our HiddenPower Wiring Harness. It will allow you to camp using your battery power without draining your vehicle’s battery. This allows you to conveniently use your stereo, lights and more without the wear and tear associated with having to run your vehicle to use power, as well as fuel. You won’t ever have to worry about a dead battery again. It gives you power that is out of sight out of mind, and keeps the mess of the battery out of the vehicle.

 

How much does a HiddenPower cost?
The prices vary with the make and model of each vehicle. The HiddenPower ranges $155 to $256 for Ford, Chevy and Dodge RAMS. Another determining factor for pricing and application is the year of the vehicle. Torklift offers the HiddenPower for vehicles made in 1973 all the way up to 2016, with 2017 applications coming soon. For more information on the HiddenPower you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit or website Torklift.com.


 

shyannWritten 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 to make a truck camper deck?

After lots of speculation on how to build a truck camper deck we came across an article on Rv.net. The user, Bigfootford decided to take on this project himself. He started off with a well drawn out blueprint on his shop floor, constructed of Unistrut, plumbers tape, and some bolts. It looked pretty good. We really like that he incorporated his steps, which he broke into two pieces to gap the entrance and the other half led to the ground. He also incorporated storage slots for tubs on each side. It took him some time to construct his idea as well as to measure, cut, and piece it together. Here is a link to RV. net users story BigFootFords DIY deck project. If you aren’t a DIY person or don’t have the time, Torklift has various truck camper deck options to fit any of your needs.

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Fox Landing Bumper
This bumper serves as an extension of your camping experience. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it offers entry from either the left or right side and it eliminates the need to disconnect the trailer tongue. The Fox Landing Bumper can fold up in a matter of seconds and secures in the stowed position. GlowStep tread is added for safety to prevent slipping.

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Northstar Bumper
The Northstar Bumper is engineered and designed at Torklift International. It’s constructed out of light weight aircraft grade aluminum. This bumper works with any framing system and has a custom tread. It has a custom step reinforced with gussets. It’s USA-made and has our legendary lifetime warranty.

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Palomino Landing Pad
If you are in need of storage space while camping, this is the deck for you. With nearly 3.5 cubic feet of storage, this bumper weighs 84 pounds, is 93 inches wide and features an 18.5-inch platform depth. The Palomino Landing Pad is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. With LED lights and a built in swing step, this bumper makes all other factory bumpers seem out-of-date. The Palomino Landing Pad is a Torklift International design and backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Ultra Deck Plus
This truck camper porch is engineered and designed exclusively for Lance campers by Torklift International. The Ultra Deck Plus is designed with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. This deck is high impact powder coated for extreme durability with a contoured body style that offers 7.8 cubic feet of storage. This comes with lots of extras. A deck slide that extends and has a 600-pound capacity, a swing step that incorporates Torklift International GlowStep technology, DOT certified LED lights and a Torklift exclusive hinge lock system for all storage compartments.

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If you are ready to get your camper out on the road and don’t have the time that RV.net user BigFootFord had to build his own deck, have no fear Torklift is here! With several options that will accommodate every need you have as far a safety, security, and storage you can’t go wrong. For more information call us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

shyannWritten 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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Can I put an extra battery under the hood of my truck?

hiddenpower truckbedInstalling the HiddenPower on a truck!In the 80’s Torklift was installing second batteries underneath the hood of trucks on a daily basis. With lots of room available underneath the hood it was common procedure. Customers wanted the extra batteries as an always charged up ready to go extension of their RV’s battery because the trucks charging system kept the second battery always ready to go.

 

As the auto industry grew more competitive and more technologically advanced the space under the hood became smaller, until there was no space at all. For many of us who engage in outdoor recreation such as off-roading, or haul any type of camper, this was bad news. This meant having to carry several batteries in your car or RV, taking up space that you could use for something else. That is until Torklift released two battery mount options, the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower!

hiddenpowermountThe HiddenPower mounts to the frame of your truckThe HiddenPower
This name gives it all away. This battery mount is installed 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.

How does it work?
This mount is no-drill and installs quickly. Adding an extra battery that is tied to your truck’s electrical charging system, will keep the battery charged and ready for use with little to no maintenance. Having an extra battery mounted will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, it will allow you to camp using the battery power without draining the vehicle’s battery when paired with the HiddenPower Wiring Harness. Having this at your convenience will allow you to use your stereo and lights and more, it will save your vehicle from wear and tear that is associated with having to run your vehicle in order to use power, as well as gas. It will also save you from getting a dead battery. This product is backed by a lifetime warranty.

 

The ExtendedPower
The ExtendedPower is the universal battery mount for housing extra truck camper batteries while mounted on any hitch receiver extension, wired or not. It also features locks.

extendedpower trussUse one or two ExtendedPower's for even more battery power!How does it work?
This extra battery mount will allow you to power your accessories without having to turn the truck engine on wasting fuel. It operates just like the HiddenPower. Having an extension on your truck camper’s batteries and depending on the desired location can be easily recharged by solar panels, converters, generators, or truck alternators. These trays bolt directly onto your hitch receiver extension with no drilling required for installation and are adjustable in height. The mounts come with a pin for a quick release allowing the mount to easily disconnect for tear down and storage. The ExtendedPower comes with a group 24 battery box and a lifetime warranty.

The battery mount options Torklift designed have brought back the convenience of accessing power outdoors. Whether you have direct wiring into your electrical system or just easy accessibility to your batteries, we are simplifying so that you can enjoy your experience. The answer to the question that started us off is a no, you can’t really find a spot to put a battery under most new truck hoods, but with these Torklift products you still have options. For more information, you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

shyannWritten 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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The supreme battery box that pays for itself: PowerArmor Solar

20160221 142537The PowerArmor Solar installedWhen it comes to the best quality products with a legendary lifetime warranty, we hope Torklift comes to mind. Torklift International has designed a solution to ease the mind of the outdoor recreational enthusiast: the PowerArmor Solar battery box. This locking storage box bolts right onto the recreational vehicle of choice and gives you the protection of lock and key. Made in America from heavy gauge diamond plate and a durable powder coated frame, this box is like nothing else on the market. No flimsy straps or unsightly clamps on this puppy. Have a spare battery or need an extra storage box? We got you covered there as well. We have multiple sizes to accommodate up to four batteries or use the extra space to store gear that needs to be kept in a secure space.

The Power of Solar
Torklift's innovative PowerArmor Solar battery box comes with a solar panel from the leader of RV solar power, Zamp Solar. This solar panel actually has the ability to extend battery life fourfold. 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. No overcharge. No undercharge. It is the perfect design for RV battery storage.

 

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Delivering savings again and again
savemoney11-300x290Anyone who has ever had to purchase a new battery understands the bite it takes out of your wallet, especially when that money could be used in your quest for adventure. The PowerArmor Solar battery box literally pays for itself. “How?” you ask. It’s simple. Think of how pricey it is to replace batteries each year. By maintaining batteries with the PowerArmor Solar, your battery life extends up to 400 percent. By dodging payment for battery replacement, you’re keeping valuable dollars in your pocket. Those dollars quickly cover the price of the box and convert into much more in future savings.

A Lance Owner’s Experience
20160221 124520With Factory Battery Boxes Before PowerArmor InstallationA lifetime member on a Lance owner’s forum, Mike P, was so thrilled by the PowerArmor battery storage box he wrote out step by step how he installed it on the tongue of his 1575 Lance trailer. The PowerArmor installation is straight forward with instructions and multiple mounting options to fit your needs. Here is a brief overview of how Mike installed his PowerArmor Solar:

20160221 142337PowerArmor Solar Locking Mechanism and Solar Panel Part

“First I removed the existing two standard battery boxes from the A-frame and also removed two small L-shaped tabs that were on either side that would be in the way. Following the instructions, I made the required cuts in the [corrosion proof] mat and threaded the battery retaining straps through making sure they were positioned so the buckles would be on the top.

Next I placed the two batteries into the box and secured them with the straps and then attached the power cables. The cables from the camper go through a round hole at the back of the PowerArmor [Solar]. In the picture below you can see the solar panel SAE connector and the locking mechanism.”

Nothing to it, right? Mike ended his post by giving a glowing review not only on the installation but on the entire experience with the PowerArmor Solar product.

“My overall experience with the installation is very positive with only having to drill twice into the A-frame. It was a very easy process. The PowerArmor itself appears well made and has a very practical design. The solar panel on top is a nice touch and will help to keep the batteries charged. The batteries and wiring are all now out of sight giving a nice neat appearance to the front of the trailer. I now have one less thing to worry about when we wander off on one of our hiking adventures and leave the trailer all alone!”

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Learn more about the PowerArmor Solar and how it works by checking out this article.

Find a dealer near you to purchase your PowerArmor battery box and start saving today.

 

winski Written by Danielle Winski: With a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University of Washington, Danielle is passionate about using different technical and creative outlets for designing marketing content. She is an avid reader, writer and nature photographer in her free time. 

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We have two winners for the #RVStepFail Drawing!!

RVStepFailSince January, we have been having the #RVStepFail contest where people shared their stories and photos about their unreliable or unsafe RV steps. Factory RV steps are notorious for needing modification: the RV steps are too high or too shaky, they can’t easily accommodate uneven ground and the surface area is always too small. Complaints about RV steps are as numerous as the way folks have tried to fix them —with stool legs, concrete blocks, wooden platforms, RV booster step, and makeshift handrails.


The drawing ended May 25, 2016 and the winners of the drawing were Doug Metcalfe and Steve Murray! With an overwhelming amount of entries, we decided to draw not one, but two winners! Below you can see their #RVStepFail entries.

Would be perfect for our dog…
Here is the story the Steve Murray shared with us in his submission:

“We have a tall 5th wheeler. It has only 3 steps and our older dog is unable to do them due to steepness. A set of the GlowStep Revolution steps would be great to help him get in and out of the 5th wheeler easier.” 

Steve Murray

One small step for me; one giant step for the wife….
Here’s the story that Doug Metcalfe shared with us in his #RVStepFail submission:

“One small step for me; one giant step for the wife! I was reading a year-old issue of Trailer Life Magazine last night and saw your ad for the steps. This is the first time that I have gone online to your website.

You guys keep coming up with new products that are the best that can be bought!

In Feb. 1997, I ordered both the Dodge RAM and a Bigfoot 10.6 basement camper as our pre-retirement package. Because of the extra height, the camper came with 5 steps made by a small company in Kelowna, B.C. From day 1- no matter how I stretched, leveled, or set those steps, every one was at a different angle. I contacted the builder, and he sent me an upgrade at no additional charge. All of the side pieces are made in the same jig, and there was no improvement. A local RV supply business said that they had seen this before; and they were made wrong. I am better at math than most, and following the basic laws of trig, I can't see what's wrong (equal sides yield equal angles). Only the middle step is level- each step up ore down is off by about 5-10 degrees, compounded with each step. The top one is like a ski jump, and the bottom one is an ankle buster. To make things even worse, every pivot is a fully threaded 1/4" coarse thread grade 5 bolt. At least three of these have snapped over the years.

My wife is afraid to continue to use these steps. According to the license tabs, it hasn't moved since 2008. By chance I met an identical owner at Fred Meyer in Yakima last year; same brand of steps on his newer Bigfoot- SAME PROBLEM. It sounds like you guys have made something that will really improve our situation.” 

Doug Metcalfe

Congratulations Doug and Steve! Thank you to everyone that entered your submissions for #RVStepFail, we really appreciate the stories you’ve shared with us.

What Steve is Winning
Steve will be winning the GlowStep Revolution for his 5th wheel and will get the 7” of vertical precision elevation adjustment. This feature will help his dog enter and exit the 5th wheel with ease since it connects to ground level. The GlowStep Revolution step system is unparalleled in stability and eliminates the unsafe diving board effect so Steve’s dog and entire family will feel much safer when entering and exiting the RV.

GlowStep Revolution

All Terrain Landing GearThe All Terrain Landing Gear for the GlowStep

What Doug is Winning
Instead of having to deal with his terrible factory RV steps, Doug won a set of GlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear for his Bigfoot truck camper application. This combination is the best step configuration available for truck campers. These leveling RV steps also have many accessories available including the GlowStep Handrail, the SafeStep which makes these pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer, a shoe cleaning attachment.

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To see all the entries, you can visit the #RVStepFail blog here. Make sure to stay tuned for any further drawings or giveaways that we have!

 

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. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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The Camper Storage Solution That Stands Above the Rest

Are you a truck camper owner? If you are, you know the struggle is all too real with how to store a truck camper when it is not in use. Just leaving your truck camper unsupported on its camper jacks results in unnecessary stress not only on the jacks but the camper frame as well. You don't want to encounter dire consequences if they fail. No one wants that, including your wallet. The truck camper storage stands many people get from the local hardware store don't have the strength required for stabilizing a truck camper. So what's the solution for your camper storage? The Torklift Camper Packer truck camper stabilizer stands.

Pack up the Camper with Camper Packer
These are not your ordinary hardware store sawhorse stands. The Camper Packer is designed to be double the length of your typical saw horse. With a rated weight capacity of 6,000 pounds, it is up to 12 times more the typical sawhorse stands. These camper storage stands are engineered to support and displace the weight of your camper evenly, making it great for long term use – a perfect solution for storing a truck camper over the winter.

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Camper Packer features:

• The only engineered high capacity structural support base made specifically for truck campers   
• Double the length of the typical sawhorse stands, measuring 50” from side-to-side when completely assembled
• Rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than the average sawhorse camper stands at 6,000 lb. capacity per pair* must be 1” above ground, truck camper leveling blocks are great for this application
• Prevents camper frame damage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the Camper Packer
• Dramatically reduces stress on truck camper jacks extending the life of your camper jacks
• Designed for long term or short term use, perfect for winterizing an RV
• Easy assembly and 100% tool free operation
• Designed for easy storage when not in use
• 5 year warranty
• Proudly made in the USA 

Camper Packer supports a Bigfoot
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their Bigfoot camper
With a name like "Bigfoot" one imagines a large heavy duty object, not a dainty fragile flower. The Bigfoot camper certainly lives up to its name. It's a quality truck camper that appreciates the strength and support Camper Packer storage stands provide it with. Kaylee Yochim and her husband are proud owners of a Bigfoot camper and they were excited to share their experience with Camper Packer storage stands as their storage solution.

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"We set them up and unloaded our camper for the first time on the weekend.  The set up was fairly straight forward as neither me or my hubby are very handy but we were able to set them up ourselves with tools we already owned.  The finished product is very sturdy and I especially love that the camper packers are collapsible for easy storage when not in use.  Our camper is a relatively heavy model but the camper packers hold the weight with ease.  We can feel confident that our camper is safely stored when not on our truck.  Thank you so much Torklift for an awesome product!"
-Kaylee Yochim
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How else does the Camper Packer flaunt its quality? The special treated lumber shields against the elements and is double-coated on the ends to further protect from exposure to rocks and dirt. The steel components of the Camper Packer kit are protected with a high impact powder coat. This allows protection against the negative effects of corrosion and rust. Most hardware in the kit is stainless steel.

sawhorse-stands.jpgThe #1 storage solution for truck campersBecause the camper storage stands are collapsible and fold away when not in use, they are specially designed for easy storage when you're ready to load the truck camper onto your truck again.

If you are tired of struggling with finding a storage solution for your truck camper, don't waste time with the standard sawhorse stands again. Be sure your truck camper is properly stabilized by relieving any tension on the jack stands -- the Torklift Camper Packer is the only solution.

 

Click here for more information on the Camper Packer or find a dealer near you by searching the Where to Buy section on our website.

 

 

winski Written by Danielle Winski:
With a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University of Washington, Danielle is passionate about using different technical and creative outlets for designing marketing content. She is an avid reader, writer and nature photographer in her free time. 

 

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Skip the carnival ride when towing or hauling – StableLoad Challenge proves StableLoads work wonders

Torklift arrived in Everett excited to introduce the StableLoad Challenge to Torklift dealers attending a dealer training session for Torklift products.

What’s the StableLoad Challenge?

Two identical Ford F-150 trucks
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2,800 pounds loaded in each Ford truck bed


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One truck has StableLoads suspension stabilizer

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One truck has just the factory suspension

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Drivers took a test-drive with both Ford trucks

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Could they tell the difference?

Take a look at what these folks had to say about their experience:

Skip the Carnival Ride
“I can feel it leaning back and forth as I go around the corner. Kind of feels like the back of the truck is in charge,” said the driver taking the StableLoad Challenge. Behind him, the rear of the truck swayed, drawing the momentum and gravity dragging toward the back of the vehicle. Indeed, the Ford F-150 truck was in charge.

carnivalDriving your truck shouldn't be a carnival ride

 

 “I have problems with vertigo so I am very motion sensitive. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling for me. This is about as close to a carnival ride as I wanna get.”

 

The StableLoad Challenge asks drivers an important question: Can you feel the difference with StableLoads? With firsthand experience, those who took the StableLoad Challenge could feel an incredibly noticeable difference.

Four Points of Stability
Whether you’re using your vehicle to move debris, haul a truck camper or tow their much heavier travel trailer or 5th wheel cousins, a very important part of transporting heavy loads is stability. What makes leaf spring suspension ideal is its four points of contact, two on each side of the vehicle.

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StableLoads have a design that maintains these points of contact that are crucial in providing stability. With other aftermarket suspension products, points of contact are reduced to only two, resulting in less stability and lack of support from the leaf spring suspension. The leaf spring pack and overloads are meant to be engaged and StableLoads take advantage of this expertly engineered design that vehicle manufacturers have invested millions in developing. By keeping the leaf springs engaged, the strength built within the truck’s suspension shines.

As one person noted when taking the StableLoad Challenge, without the StableLoads the “truck was in charge.” With the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer you’re now the one in control – the way it should be.

Engaging StableLoad Suspension StabilizerThe lower StableLoad can connect and disconnect in secondsChoose the Mode for your Load
With lower quick-disconnect version of StableLoads, switch on and engage to be in tow/haul mode. Switch off to enjoy factory suspension. The lower StableLoads allow you the luxury of choosing what mode you want. With a turn of a ratchet, engage the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads for the extra support your vehicle needs. Simply disengage and enjoy your smooth factory ride when you no longer need that extra oomph.

Installation is easy with the StableLoads universal design. Fitting vehicles with factory installed upper and lower overloads, StableLoads have fast, no-drill applications available. Click here to find your application. Each kit includes four Torklift StableLoads for either upper or lower overload springs depending on the model you select, outfitting one complete vehicle. StableLoads come with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and even extends coverage to the vehicle’s factory leaf springs. Call 800.246.8131 for warranty details.

After See how much more relaxed he looks with his hands no longer gripping the wheel tightly?

The verdict’s in
As one test-driver analyzed how the StableLoads performed, he relaxed comfortably in his seat. He noticed the smooth movement and gained confidence while feeling more and more in control.

We asked, “Can you feel the difference?”

The difference, according to each person who took the challenge, was noticeable.

“Yeah, totally different!” said our test driver.

Science agrees
We’ve heard thousands of success stories from those who’ve turned to StableLoads instead of other suspension products. Even backed by real-life feedback from those who took the StableLoad Challenge, we wanted to provide tested data based on actual side-by-side comparisons of every aftermarket suspension option. By using an inclinometer to measure movement, we’ve uncovered information that strongly supports the glowing testimonials from our satisfied customers. Click here to see the science behind the StableLoads and you’ll be shocked at our results.

Learn more about the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer or find a dealer near you.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

“Last spring (2015) Bruce and I saw a trailer at an RV show that had scissor-type stairs like the ones we've seen for truck campers.  The first thing we noticed when we climbed aboard is that the trailer didn't shake when either of us walked up and down the stairs due to the two supports on the bottom step. The stairs were called the GlowStep Revolution and were made by Torklift.  We asked about buying some.  Turns out they were pretty new and not available for every trailer manufacturer yet.  So we left our contact info and asked them to let us know if a version was available for Lance trailers.  We found out that there was no version that would fit Lance trailers.... yet.”

image-8The GlowStep Revolution installed on Bruce and Shannon's Lance trailerSo begins the story of Bruce and Shannon Pound and their journey to getting the GlowStep Revolution which is written out on the Lance Owners of America forum. When they first inquired about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system, at that time we debuted the 27.5” width for the steps.

After further development and research, we created the 25.5” GlowStep Revolution width steps that fit Bruce and Shannon’s RV like a glove. We reached out to them in November to have them be one of the first to try out the new width of the RV steps and they jumped at the chance! The 27.5” width and the 25.5” width of the GlowStep Revolution will fit the majority of trailers on the market.

Features of the GlowStep Revolution
AT-LandingGearThe All Terrain Landing GearAre your RV steps too high? Are your RV steps broken or do you have recalled steps? Do you want to get rid of your RV booster step? Well, look no further because the GlowStep Revolution RV step will solve all of your old factory trailer step issues especially with the precision elevation control. Patent pending, the precision elevation control allows you to have 7 inches of vertical elevation adjustment. But don’t take our word for it. Shannon goes on to say this in her GlowStep Revolution review:

“The GlowStep Revolution stairs have a nifty feature that allows the steps to remain level in uneven terrain and eliminate the need for a portable step when the door side of the trailer is elevated for leveling.”

This nifty feature that she’s referring to? The All Terrain Landing Gear which is designed to be leveling feet for RV steps and provide Earth to RV stability.

See the never-before-seen patented features such as 8 position step elevation adjustment that Trailer Life magazine predicted would change the RV industry here.

Some other great features of the GlowStep Revolution leveling RV steps 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 image-7The GlowStep Revolution in stored position
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• 7.5-inch step riser height to accommodate those with limited mobility 
• Step system accessories: Handrailpet 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 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take them with you when you trade in for your next RV
• Proudly made in the USA

Not only will these adjustable trailer steps change the industry, but there are some accessories that go with the GlowStep Revolution RV scissor steps as well. Some GlowStep Revolution trimmings include: the SafeStep which turn your scissor steps into pet friendly steps, the DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment and the GlowStep Handrail.

Now through May 15th we have a contest where you have a chance to win a set of the GlowStep Revolution steps just like Bruce and Shannon’s. Submit your scary step photo or story here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 


kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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StableLoad -- The Weight Off Your Shoulders

Did you hear? The StableLoad Challenge is back!
Stressed manSee how stressed he looks driving the heavy load without StableLoads?“I definitely notice there’s a lot of body roll,” said a challenger, cautious in his words as he gripped the steering wheel tighter. A look of discomfort struck his face and he frowned as he pressed harder on the pedal. As the driver pushed down on the gas that propelled the vehicle further, his concerned expression worsened.

 

Thankfully, this scene was not transpiring in the hustle and bustle of a chaotic highway, nor was it taking place in the rough backwoods. It was in fact taking place on an open and controlled route for Torklift’s StableLoad Challenge in Everett, WA.

Participants at Torklift’s StableLoad Challenge were invited to take part in a simple test to see if the StableLoad was everything they hoped it would be. They soon learned that, when it came to producing reliable suspension products and upgrades, Torklift delivered.

The StableLoad Challenge
StableLoad ChallengeWhen it comes to hauling cargo or towing a trailer, nothing is more important than stability. Whether transporting truck campers, trailers or just plain old junk for the garbage dump in your Ford truck, a stable suspension is critical for the protection of your vehicle. Thankfully, Torklift has got your back with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. 

The StableLoad suspension stabilizer suspension upgrade dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect designed for rear overload leaf springs. This is accomplished by keeping your rear leaf springs actively under load, the way your vehicle factory suspension engineers intended them to operate.

By “pre-loading” the factory overload springs, the StableLoad vastly improves the handling characteristics of your loaded vehicle, no matter the weight. Both safety and handling are improved. In addition, sway, body roll and porpoising are dramatically reduced.

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Wondering about how your suspension works? The StableLoad’s quad contact design complements the vehicle manufacturers four point suspension. This is opposed to reducing it to two points of contact, which is the case with all other rear suspension products. In other words, the weight of heavier loads is redistributed evenly across all four points, rather than being reduced to two contact points causing lack of stability and support. As our guests learned in the StableLoad Challenge, this design choice was the difference maker.

Happy ManNow that he's driving with the StableLoads look at how happy and much more comfortable he looks“I’m actually very, very surprised with how stable it is. It’s kind of cliché but it feels like there’s no weight back there,” said the participant, his eyes widened with surprise. He breathed a deep sigh of relief. As he exhaled, he relaxed, letting his shoulders curve against the padded seat. His memories of the poor suspension from before were now replaced with better ones as he reached out to thank a friendly hand from Torklift with a firm handshake.

This performance was apparent when those taking the StableLoad Challenge began to take note of the smooth ride, the solid weight distribution and the overall comfort StableLoads provided. Compared to the sluggish, fish-tail movement brought on by heavy loads and hauls, the StableLoads really shined. The StableLoads are universal, fitting all vehicles with factory installed upper and lower overload springs and the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads have no-drill installations available. Click here to find your application.

AirbagsAirbags have the potential to burst if under too much pressureWondering about how airbags might affect your suspension? The StableLoads even enhance airbag performance by lowering your airbag’s air pressure, ensuring maximum safety on even the most perilous of hauls. Those who were running around 90 PSI before installing StableLoads are now reporting that they run their airbags at 20 or 30 PSI, significantly reducing the risk of their airbags self destructing or causing damage to their trucks.

Leaf SpringsStableLoads work with your suspension to give you the best ride possible

The kit includes four Torklift StableLoads, outfitting one complete vehicle and comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Torklift’s warranty includes coverage for the vehicles factory leaf springs.

 

As the participants returned home, any doubts in their minds on the performance of the StableLoad were replaced with thoughts of confidence and excitement. At long last, the lack of vehicle handling brought on by agonizing weight has been lifted from the shoulders (and suspension) of truck owners everywhere.

Read more about the StableLoad Challenge or click here for additional product information. Find a dealer near you or give us a call at 800.246.8132 with inquiries.

 

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How to use the GlowStep Revolution Entry System on Grand Design Solitude Fifth Wheels

Following the recent announcement of Torklift’s partnership with Grand Design RV, we can’t wait to show everyone how the GlowStep Revolution steps complement the Grand Design Solitude fifth wheel.

Grand Design SolitudeSolitude Fifth Wheel with GlowStep Revolution Step System

Known for manufacturing high quality towable fifth wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers, Grand Design RV selected the GlowStep Revolution step system for the Solitude fifth wheel. Grand Design dealers should expect to see the all-new entry system make their debut this April.

Home away from Home
Solitude InteriorWith emphasis on added space and features you’d find in a residential style home, the Solitude is considered an “extended stay” unit. This means that it’s specifically engineered with spacious living areas and other home-like amenities: stainless steel appliances, oversized kitchen island, walk-in closets, theater seating, king/queen beds, fireplace and large windows. The Solitude provides an experience and lifestyle that truly makes one feel at home. Now it’s also the first of its kind to come standard with Torklift’s GlowStep Revolution entry system, right from the Grand Design factory. Available with eight varieties of floor plans, each Solitude fifth wheel comes with a four-step GlowStep Revolution as standard equipment.

GSR All Terrain Landing GearGlowStep Revolution features adjustable feet to accommodate uneven terrain

Step up to the Solitude
With patent pending technology never-before-seen in the RV industry, Torklift’s GlowStep Revolution step system provides the safest, most stable RV step entry configuration available. The steps are manufactured with 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, designed and engineered with safety, quality and longevity in mind. Emphasis on quality is mirrored between Torklift and Grand Design RV, making the partnership a match made in RV paradise.

“We didn’t merely raise the bar on quality. We set it. “ 

– Grand Design RV

By adding the GlowStep Revolution on the Solitude fifth wheel, Grand Design RV is setting the new standard when it comes to step entry/exit. So how does the GlowStep Revolution operate?

Watch this video to see how to deploy and retract the GlowStep Revolution:

 

Features of the Solitude’s exclusive step system include:

• 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Steps connect the Solitude to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)GSR Stowed on SolitudeGlowStep Revolution in stowed position on Solitude Fifth Wheel
•Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain
• Option to add step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity – also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps 
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip™ step tread provides a no-slip surface
• Self illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to 10 hours with only 5 minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• 100% made in the USA

Grand Design dealers will appreciate the rust-free aspect of these steps, in addition to Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Click here to discover additional videos, features and benefits of the GlowStep Revolution step system.

For any questions, Torklift Tech Support can be reached by phone Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 800-246-8132 or anytime by email at support@torklift.com. Learn more about the Grand Design Solitude fifth wheels at www.granddesignrv.com.

 


 

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As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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Equipment needed for towing or hauling a Lance Camper

Lance Camper w Ultra DeckLance truck camper with Ultra Deck Plus bumper by Torklift
(Photo courtesy of Truck Camper Magazine)
Lance Campers are known for their exceptional quality of campers, ultra-light travel trailers and toy haulers. It’s no surprise that their high level of standard is mirrored across to any accompanying equipment and gear that’s used with their units. If you’re wondering about truck camper and towing equipment that Lance would recommend, we designated this article solely to address that topic.

The SuperHitch and SuperTruss towing system are recommended to use with your Lance truck camper, travel trailer or toy hauler. For truck camping, Torklift also recommends completing your RVing and towing package with Torklift frame-mounted tie downs, quick-disconnect turnbuckles and StableLoad suspension stabilizer for your truck. Take Lance’s word for it -- Their recommendations ensure you’re maintaining the integrity and the safety required for an investment like your Lance unit.

SuperHitch
Lance CamperPhoto Credit: LanceCamper.comOne of the recommended pieces of equipment for towing a trailer while hauling a Lance Camper or simply towing a Lance travel trailer is the Torklift SuperHitch towing system. Lance recommends the SuperHitch as the No. 1 receiver hitch system for Lance Campers. Torklift’s Outlaw Series of receiver hitches are engineered with features that include dual receivers for added strength that evenly distributes weight and boasts the same capacity in either upper or lower receiver. The receiver hitches in Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series also include features such as:

• 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
• Only line of hitches with reinforced hitch pin locations preventing the hitch pin holes from wearing and elongation, commonly referred to as “egging”
• Made in USA and backed by Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty

Don’t be inhibited by factory installed hitches. With SuperHitch, maximize the towing capabilities of your truck with a strong hitch. It’s important to note that Torklift recommends staying within the towing capacity set by your vehicle’s manufacturer. With the highest weight ratings in the industry, the Outlaw Series includes the following receiver hitch and towing hitch accessories:

SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver – 15,000 lbs pull, 1,500 lbs tongue*
• SuperHitch Original 20K receiver – 20,000 lbs pull, 2,000 lbs tongue*
SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver – 30,000 lbs pull, 3,000 lbs tongue*
SuperHitch Pintle and Ballmount accessories – up to 30,000 lbs capacity

*When used with weight distribution.

SuperTrussSuperHitch SuperTruss
The beauty about a truck camper is that it’s versatile enough to fit in the truck bed, leaving your hitch open to tow a trailer. If you’re towing with a Lance truck camper overhang, feel confident in the recommendation from Lance to use the Torklift SuperTruss extension to go along with your SuperHitch. This towing extension system allows you the ability of hauling a Lance truck camper with an overhang and still making use of the SuperHitch receiver hitch on the truck. Thanks to the SuperTruss hitch receiver extension, bring along anything you want such as a trailer, boat, sand buggy or even horses on your next family adventure.

Towing w Lance Truck CamperTowing with a Lance truck camper

The SuperTruss hitch extension comes in multiple lengths ranging from 21 inches all the way to 60 inches. Refer to the chart for extension lengths and weight capacity ratings. Safely tow while enjoying the luxury of your Lance truck camper.

 truss-capacities F1 - Trailers Gross Tongue Weight (GTW) when fully loaded
F2 - Trailers Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) when fully loaded

Lance Recommended Towing GearLance recommended towing gear
#1) SuperHitch and SuperTruss
#9) Rear Mounting Centering Guides
#4) Turnbuckles 
Figure 1 of the illustration from LanceCamper.com shows the SuperHitch and SuperTruss equipment needed for Lance camper setups to get the most out of your camping experience.

Beyond the SuperHitch and SuperTruss systems, Torklift also recommends other truck camping equipment to use with your Lance that improves safety, stability and ease of use.

Other necessities for Lance truck campers:

Frame-Mounted Tie Downs
Torklift TRUE frame-mounted truck camper tie downs for Lance Camper have four independent points bolting directly to the truck frame, dramatically improving stability and handling while hauling the truck camper. By attaching to the foundation of the truck, prevent any possibility of bed and bumper damage, a problem often encountered with bed-mounted tie down systems. Providing a secure and snug tie down fit designed for your specific truck model, Torklift tie downs don’t compromise any ground clearance and are hidden when not in use (just remove the insert). Click here to learn all of the benefits from frame-mounted tie downs.

Lance at SEMA
Lance debuts at SEMA - Torklift turnbuckles and Talon aluminum tie downs

Prevent bed damage caused by bed-mounted tie downs:

Lets Not With All ThatDon't let this happen to you

FastGun Turnbuckles
Torklift’s quick-disconnect FastGun truck camper turnbuckles are the No. 1 selling turnbuckle and adjust to connect either bed or the frame-mounted tie downs to your Lance Camper. To protect the tie down system and Lance truck camper anchor points, the spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and camper. Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use. The FastGuns provide easy tool-free adjustment and install within just four minutes – how long does it take you to secure your camper?

 

Browse all turnbuckles by Torklift International:

 

FastGun Turnbuckle SpringLoad XL
Basic SpringLoad
AnchorGuard AnchorGuard Derringer

FastGuns are lockable! Click here to learn more about FastGun locks.

 

TLI Turnbuckles

 

StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer
As one of the best suspension mods that stabilizes and improves truck suspension for hauling a Lance camper, StableLoads pre-activate your vehicle’s factory overload springs. By pre-loading the overload leaf springs, the stabilizing effects built into the leaf springs by the original vehicle engineers kick into gear, the way it was initially designed. When activated, there’s a drastic reduction in body roll, side-to-side sway and porpoising that’s common when hauling a camper. The innovative design of StableLoads prevents these common vehicle handling effects, making it the best truck camper and towing suspension upgrade available.

StableLoads

We had folks at a Lance Camper rally take the StableLoad Challenge. All attendees either own a Lance truck camper or Lance travel trailer and are familiar with how their truck performs when they tow or haul.

Here’s what happened when they tried the StableLoad suspension stabilizer:

For more information on Lance Campers visit www.lancecamper.comClick here to explore the SuperHitch Outlaw Series including the SuperHitch and SuperTruss extension system.

 


 

winski Written by Danielle Winski: With a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University of Washington, Danielle is passionate about using different technical and creative outlets for designing marketing content. She is an avid reader, writer and nature photographer in her free time. 

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It’s time to put your foot down - Get All Terrain Landing Gear for Torklift GlowSteps

CrookedBattle slanted campgrounds and uneven terrain with All Terrain Landing Gear

How often have you pulled into a camping spot found that it was perfectly level and solid throughout the entire site? The odds of that are probably close to hitting the lottery. Most likely the earth beneath your RV steps are uneven, whether from gravel, dirt, or grass, causing a hazard every time you go in or out of your recreational vehicle. Add this to the sensation of preparing for an Olympic diving attempt when you exit your RV or truck camper, you have the recipe for a nerve wrecking experience multiple times a day.Picture1Avoid unstable booster steps

Torklift has revolutionized the way travel enthusiasts enter and exit their RV’s with the Torklift GlowStep product line. GlowSteps are a unique scissor step system which meets the ground when unfolded, offering a solution to the springy tendencies that comes with standard towable, RV and truck camper entry steps. With the GlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear, no longer deal with using extra RV booster step that are often unstable and a hassle to store. Whether you need two camper steps or six, the Torklift GlowStep line has the right fit for your camper or trailer.

The Original GlowSteps:

• Glows in the dark for 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Self illuminating steps - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• SureGrip™ step tread - no grip tape
• Stores in position
• Lockable
• Exclusive: adjusts to basement model campers
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
Stainless bolted hinges allow for easy step addition or removal (Add-A-Step Kit Part # A7501)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

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Put your foot down on stability
7. All Terrain Landing GearTorklift has taken the GlowStep one step further with the creation of another accessory, adjustable stabilizing feet called the All Terrain Landing Gear. This addition creates a solid Earth to RV connection and adjusts to adapt to uneven terrain, leveling RV steps or leveling truck camper entry steps with the use of independently adjustable feet at the bottom of the steps.

(Above image: All Terrain Landing Gear)

This landing gear comes included as standard on the Torklift GlowStep Revolution step system for towables or can be added to any original Original GlowStep system giving truck camper entry steps the ability to adapt to any terrain, rough or smooth, level or not.

All Terrain Landing Gear:gsr starburst

• All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain 
• Can be retrofitted to fit all original GlowSteps and other step systems (GlowStep Revolution comes with All Terrain Landing Gear included)
• Earth to RV: Level connection, securing the RV to the ground
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free) and stainless steel fasteners, tested at 1,400 pounds per pair
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

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Word on the street
On a popular online forum RV.net, someone purchased a truck camper that already was upgraded with the Torklift Glowsteps. Luck was on their side! Without knowing about Torklift’s GlowSteps, they inquired whether or not they should keep or replace the steps.

“[The previous owner] replaced the original steps with the Torklift GlowSteps as the original ones got in the way of the trailer he was towing.”
- Maxum1989

The response on the forum was unanimous- The Torklift Glowstep is a step above the rest, with multiple recommendations to also add the All Terrain Landing Gear.atlg inuse02All Terrain Landing Gear installs easily

“I have a set and I like them better than other steps that I have seen.”
- 69Avion

“Stick with the Glow Steps.”
- Kerry4951

“Upgrade the Glow steps with Torklift Landing Gear.”
- Wcjeep

See the full post and responses by clicking here.

Let’s recap, shall we? Torklift has changed the step game with the GlowStep line. Creating a safe way to enter or exit your RV day or night, with multiple options and add-ons to fit your needs. Installing RV steps is made easy and adjustment is painless. With unique bushing bearings and Picture2stainless steel bolted hinges for smooth function, Torklift steps provide ultimate level of quality and longevity. The Torklift All Terrain Landing Gear gives your steps the solid earth to RV connection on any surface. Stability and safety for your family is what it’s all about.

Don’t have the GlowSteps yet? The All Terrain Landing Gear comes as part of the GlowStep Revolution step system for towables. Enter our current RV Step Fail contest to win the GlowStep Revolution entry step system and check out the ways people have tried to solve RV step dilemmas on their own.

 

entertowinTo add the All Terrain Landing Gear to your existing GlowStep truck camper steps, find a dealer near you.

 

winski Written by Danielle Winski: With a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University of Washington, Danielle is passionate about using different technical and creative outlets for designing marketing content. She is an avid reader, writer and nature photographer in her free time. 

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Torklift and Grand Design RV partner on GlowStep Revolution Entry System

When the GlowStep Revolution step system for towables was born, we knew it would revolutionize the RV industry. This never-before-seen technology has caught the eye of luxury extended-stay towable manufacturer Grand Design RV. So much so, that Grand Design RV has selected the GlowStep Revolution as one of their newest features for the Grand Design Solitude fifth wheels.

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“Grand Design RV and Torklift’s partnership is an incredible opportunity. As a company, they are laser focused on building long term value. We couldn’t agree more with their mission.”
- Torklift General Manager Jay Taylor

Making its debut at Grand Design dealerships across North America this Spring, the award-winning Solitude fifth wheels will come with the all-new game changing GlowStep Revolution step system. Located near the manufacturing mecca of the all things RV industry, Grand Design RV in Middlebury, Indiana is known for manufacturing towable fifth wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers of superior quality. Their units come with all the bells and whistles, impeccable design and remarkable value. If you take a look at the Solitude fifth wheel, it’s easy to understand why.

 


Grand Design Solitude
 Grand Design Solitude Outside

 

Not only is the Grand Design Solitude an award-winning unit, it provides a slew of features any customer would swoon over. Just to name a few: 

• Stainless steel appliancesGSR
• Taller ceilings
• Taller, deeper cabinets
• Large, scenic windows
• 6’8” Tall slide-out
• 101-inch wide body construction 
And finally… 
• GlowStep Revolution ultimate entry system

What really makes the Solitude stand out is that the design emulates the qualities found in a residential style home. The premium quality of Torklift’s GlowStep Revolution is the perfect complement to this “extended stay” style RV. Just like a staircase found in your home, the GlowStep Revolution entry step is extraordinarily sturdy. The steps adjust perfectly to plant firmly on any type of terrain. Like something you’d find in a well-constructed permanent home fixture, the level of stability is simply unmatched. Imagine feeling that security everywhere your Solitude fifth wheel takes you. It’s like planting roots each time you deploy the steps, knowing your family can safely enter the unit day or night, rain or shine and worry-free.

Connection of the Grand Design Solitude unit directly to ground level, the GlowStep Revolution’s 7 inches of precision elevation adjustment provides a secure and stable step configuration, regardless of terrain. As the safest steps available for towables, the GlowStep Revolution provides each Grand Design Solitude owner with these added benefits:

GlowStep Revolution on Grand Design SolitudeGlowStep Revolution on Grand Design Solitude Fifth Wheel

• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• All Terrain Landing Gear quickly adjusts to level on uneven terrain
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel (rust free)
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity – also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps to prevent binding and grinding 
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip™ step tread provides no-slip surface
• Self illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to 10 hours with only 5 minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit the fifth wheel after dark
• Option to add step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• 100% Made in the USA

Grand Design Solitude fifth wheels will come standard with a four-step GlowStep Revolution. Click here to see all of the features and floor plans of the Grand Design Solitude.

The patent pending GlowStep Revolution on Grand Design’s Solitude fifth wheel marks a significant partnership with Torklift and Grand Design RV

Learn more about the Grand Design Solitude fifth wheels at www.granddesignrv.com. Click here to discover all of the features and benefits of the GlowStep Revolution entry system.

 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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The Torklift Story

Torklift Timeline

View the Torklift International Collectors Edition Hat 

To see the full Torklift Story and Torklift 40th Anniversary information you can visit our History page 

Torklift International owes great thanks to our loyal customers and invites you to join us in celebrating our 40 years of business. Keep checking in for more anniversary information and Torklift history.

 

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Over the Desert and Through the Snow, Here’s a Great Review from Anutami!

Nolans Epic Road TripsWe love hearing about Nolan's epic road trips with his family!If you’ve ever asked yourself: what do I need for my truck camper, then look no further than the FastGun turnbuckle, the best selling truck camper turnbuckles in the world. In the latest review of these turnbuckles, forum user Anutami, aka Nolan, discusses the epic trip that he took through the West during the holidays as well as his Torklift tie down and FastGun system. You won’t want to miss what he says below.

 

Ice Won’t Stop Nolan or Torklift International
Winter trip conditionsNolan had to deal with both desert and winter conditions during this tripTraveling for weeks with his family, Nolan went from warm Southern California to the cold Colorado Springs. “Funny how I always wear flip flips, but this trip I never even thought about them.” Getting to see beautiful scenery along the way, Nolan and his family went to the Mojave National Preserve, Las Vegas, Brian Head in Utah, Grand Junction and Manitou Springs in Colo.

During this entire trip, Nolan used the FastGun quick disconnect turnbuckles and Torklift frame mounted tie downs. Documented on Rv.net, Nolan states in his FastGun review that:

 

“I am really so glad I went with the Torklift system these last couple years, I always used the happijacs and wished I would have made the change sooner. It is so nice to be able to adjust the FastGuns on the fly, as the road conditions for us change frequently which require different tensions. Thanks Torklift!”


FastGuns In Ice
Look at how icy that FastGun is after
driving in winter conditions! 
           

Nolans Christmas Present 
Nolan was able to use his official Torklift mallet
to remove the ice from his FastGuns    
       

 

We are so happy to hear that Nolan is enjoying his Torklift turnbuckles and tie downs and hopefully he used the mallet that we sent him a year ago to get all the ice off of the FastGuns! Designed to connect and disconnect in seconds, the FastGun turnbuckle installation is a breeze in a blizzard and is easy to uninstall them, de-ice them when required and then reinstall them.

So, if you’ve ever asked yourself the question of how do I hold down my truck camper? Or how do I secure a truck camper? Take it from Nolan and check out these truck camper turnbuckles. Here are more features of the FastGun turnbuckles that might interest you:

Icy FastGunsThe FastGun withstood all the snow and ice that Nolan drove through in ColoradoNo. 1 selling patented quick disconnect turnbuckle in the world 
• Connects and disconnects in seconds – Quick release handle allows for easy tool-free adjustment 
• Spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and your truck camper
• Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use
• Precision made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel
• Available for frame-mounted or bed-mounted tie downs
• Lockable to secure your truck camper (locks sold separately)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Flipped Truck CamperDon't let your camper end up like the one Nolan passed in the desertDon’t let your camper end up like the one that Nolan passed on his way through the desert. If you would like to learn more on how to install turnbuckles or how to adjust turnbuckles, you can read our blog post on it here or give us a call at 1-800-246-8132 with your questions. You can also learn more about FastGun camper turnbuckles or purchase now by finding a dealer near you.

 

 


 

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Oh the Places You Will Go!

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It's that time of year again, time for the Texas Truck Camper Rally sponsored by Princess Craft. This annual rally is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, and we can all agree that there's no better way to get excited about the 2016 spring camping season than by attending the 2016 Texas Truck Camper Rally. Below is information about the rally, the tentative schedule and more.

Details of the Rally

Picture2The 2015 Rally Group This year's Texas Truck Camper Rally will kick off on April 14 and extend through April 17 in Kerrville, Texas. The rally will take place at the Guadalupe River RV Resort in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The Guadalupe resort is located at 2605 Junction Highway 27. Currently there are 42 registrants but there are still spots open. If you sign up through Princess Craft here, you can get a special group discount for the rally.

What to Do at the Rally

The 2015 Tech Talk The 2015 Tech Talk... 2016 will be even better!Princess Craft plans to have an excellent rally full of food, fun and so much more. The rally willstart off with a bang with a potluck dinner to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Just as in the past years the Chili Cook-Off will be taking place on Friday which will include the categories: Classic Chili, No Bean Chili, Wild Game Chili, White Chili and Vegetarian Chili. The annual Tech Talk will also be held on Friday and they have some awesome topics to discuss this year.

Picture4Who doesn't love some karaoke? Throughout the entire rally there will also be camper tours which are a great part of the rally! You get to see others' campers, the mods they've done and more so you can get some ideas of what you can do to your camper next. Torklift is sponsoring by providing prizes and a fun bingo game for the attendees to enjoy. There will also be bonfires, karaoke, camper tours... and even a local beer and wine tasting where campers can bring their favorite local beer and wine for others to try! What's not to get excited about a Chili Cook-Off and quality time spent with other campers?

Below is a tentative schedule for the rally so you can see all the great things that are planned:

Thursday:
Pot Luck Dinner

Friday:
Coffee / Morning Chat
Tech Talk
Camper Tours - see everyone's rig!
Chili Cook-Off and awards presentation
Karaoke at the Saloon
Bonfire

Saturday:
Coffee / Morning Chat
Tech Talk
Camper Tours - see everyone's rig!
Offsite Tours
Dinner Event (still in progess)
Bonfire

Sunday:
Pancake Breakfast

If you'd like to attend the rally, feel free to sign up to attend the rally at Princess Craft's website here or check out their Facebook. We look forward to seeing you Apr. 14-17 at the 2016 Texas Truck Camper Rally!

 

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. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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21 Days, 10 Campgrounds and 4 States, Oh My!

Ken Spears and Mrs. SpearsKen and his wife on their epic adventure!In November, Rv.net forum user Ken Spears, aka BigBird65, shared his experience with the GlowStep Revolution RV step system after taking an epic road trip across 4 states and covering 3,433 miles of road.

 

 

 

“The steps got a real workout and performed 100%. It is a very well engineered product. My dear wife, with her back problems (two surgeries), is extremely pleased with the unit. It is much easier now for her to enter and exit the trailer.” –Ken Spears

With this adjustable trailer step, Ken and his wife no longer need a trailer booster step in order to enter and exit his trailer safely. Ken later stated that the All Terrain Landing Gear “is one of the GlowStep Revolution’s best features” which are adjustable leveling feet for RV steps.

Look at all the mods you can do!
LED lights on GSRLED lights are a really cool looking modification Ken not only has the GlowStep Revolution but after his 21-day, 4-state camping trip he decided to add a couple of great features to his steps. He added the DirtDestroyer accessory to his steps which is a shoe cleaning attachment that prevents tracking in dirt and other materials from outside. He has also made some awesome LED light modifications to his step area to add even more light to his trailer steps.

GSR with DirtDestroyerCheck out the awesome DirtDestroyer accessoryThese are not the only modifications you can make though! Not only can you add LED lights and our Dirt Destroyer. We also have many other accessories that work with the GlowStep Revolution step system. The SafeStep is a protective step riser guard that creates a vertical barrier – closing the openings between the steps for pets. Another great accessory for the GlowStep Revolution is the GlowGuide. Our GlowStep Handrail dramatically enhances the safety of your RV by providing a place for you to hold onto when entering and exiting.

To sum up Ken’s glowing review of these RV scissor steps: “The GlowStep Revolution has been simply GREAT. We like every thing about it. I am very happy since I no longer need to carry the the box that I used for the first step.”

Why suffer with terrible steps?
Kens Camper with GSRYour can have steps just like Ken'sYou too have a chance to have amazing GlowStep Revolution RV steps just like Ken’s! We will have a drawing on May 25, 2016 which means you can send us your ‘unsafe’ or broken RV step photos and stories to be entered into a drawing by using #RVStepFail for a chance to win the GlowStep Revolution – the step that will fix all of your trailer step problems.

Instead of dealing with recalled steps, factory trailer steps, having RV steps too high and and RV booster steps why not try the most impressive leveling RV steps out there – the GlowStep Revolution.

Don’t forget to submit your photo here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

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. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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The StableLoad Challenge: Does your truck have what it takes?

Last year, Torklift International introduced the StableLoad Challenge at the Lance Owners of America Rally in sunny California. Several truck camper and towable owners were given the opportunity to test drive two Ford F-150 trucks loaded down with 2,800 pounds of gravel. The trucks were identical with the exception of one important detail—one truck had the StableLoad suspension stabilizer installed and the other just had the factory suspension. Lance owners were so impressed with the results of the StableLoad Challenge that we thought we would bring the challenge a little closer to home: Everett, Washington. We encouraged Torklift dealers to take the challenge themselves… if they dared.

StableLoad Challenge

The experts weigh in…
The goal of the StableLoad Challenge was for attendees to experience first-hand the difference in driving a truck equipped with Torklift StableLoads. We let them take the trucks out for a spin to see for themselves the big difference in the Ford truck’s suspension.

Without StableLoads
StableLoad Challenge Participant“I noticed when I stepped on the brakes, it slid back and forth a little,” one driver commented as he maneuvered the truck around the parking lot course. He’s no amateur when it comes to towing and hauling truck campers. As he careened through the course, he noticed that the factory suspension was “a little on the mushy side.” It’s not exactly the review you’re hoping for when you spend your life’s savings on a brand new Ford F-150 truck. “I know you’re in a flat parking lot here,” he said, “but you kind of feel every little ripple.”

With StableLoads
With a raise of his eyebrows and a surprised tilt of the head, the same driver remarked simply, “Yes—this is a lot nicer,” as he took the wheel of the truck equipped with StableLoads and drove it smoothly through the course.

Another attendee confessed that he was also impressed with the stability of the StableLoads. “It’s kind of cliché,” he said, “but it sounds like there’s no weight back there.”

All of our drivers were fascinated with the results of the StableLoad Challenge. But what is it exactly that makes the StableLoads so effective?

The science of suspension
StableLoad suspension stabilizers are specially designed to help the factory suspension system do the job it was engineered to do, which is to haul and tow a hefty amount of weight.

Loaded TruckIt is typical for trucks to come equipped with a set of overload leaf springs. Ideally, these would handle a factory designated amount of payload placed in the truck bed. Unfortunately, the leaf spring pack typically need to drop several inches before they make contact or “activate” the lower overload spring, which provides the necessary support for heavy lifting. When lacking this extra support, it causes those problems you feel when driving: sway, bounce and increased stopping time. In order to fix the issues, something needs to pre-activate the power within the overload leaf springs and keep the truck level.

If you haven’t guessed, that “something” is the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

Lower StableLoad Wedge PackThe precision crafted wedge-shaped design of the StableLoad inserts between the overload leaf spring and the leaf spring pack, maintaining the contact necessary to properly support the weight of hauling without causing the truck to sag. This contact is maintained along all four points of the factory suspension, which gives you added control—something you won’t find in any other suspension upgrade.

How StableLoads compare to other suspension products
Other suspension products like airbags, shocks or a sway bar, essentially turn your factory designed four-point suspension into a two-point suspension, which negatively affects the amount of control you have over your vehicle.

Let’s consider how airbags affect your suspension. While it’s true that they help lift and level out the weight of the truck camper, they unfortunately balance this weight above the upper leaf springs. In doing so, only two points are engaged, which contributes to the side-to-side sway and that feeling of porpoising. Shocks and sway bars work similarly—they do part of the job, but you won’t have nearly the improvement that you will with the StableLoads.

Plus, only the StableLoad suspension stabilizer offers the ability to change the suspension settings in seconds. Engage the lower StableLoad when you’re towing or hauling, and turn it off for a factory ride when you’re not—it’s all done with a simple flick of the wrist and a 3/8 ratchet.

 Engaging StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

If we haven’t convinced you yet, click here for additional information about how suspension works and why the StableLoad is the best choice for the job.

Don’t leave us in suspense
We want to make sure that you feel safe and secure when you’re driving. That’s why we love this product. It dramatically improves the handling issues experienced when hauling or towing, which makes your life a little more stress-free. If you have any stories to tell about how the StableLoad has improved your hauling and towing experience, we would love to hear about it!

Watch the video below for more rave reviews from our latest StableLoad Challenge or click here for more information about where to purchase Torklift StableLoads.


 

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Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series allows for towing with a truck camper thanks to the SuperTruss Receiver Extension

The Struggle is Real
A trailer hitch never seems as stubby and un-tow-worthy as when you’re trying to tow with the tailgate down or when towing with a truck camper overhang. Anyone that has ever tried to hitch a trailer to their truck’s receiver when the truck camper is attached knows a camper overhang makes it impossible. You’ll surely be troubled with clearance issues, too. But imagine the undue strife and misery one would face as a newbie when it comes to towing with a truck camper: a happy family about to hit the road for a fantastic summer getaway with their truck camper and new boat in tow—only, it slipped dad’s mind that the overhang won’t let him attach his boat trailer to his trailer hitch. You can almost hear the factory hitch’s taunting laughter ringing in his ears as the sun beats down on him. Can you see the look of dismay on his face or feel the throb of defeat in his temples?

Pouty Child
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In such a scenario, what is an adventurer to do? Sacrifice the comfort of a mobile domicile in order to enjoy your boat for one day at the lake instead of a weekend? Or perhaps save the aquatic adventure for the next summer and just camp? In this situation, neither solution wipes the pout off of the kids’ faces.

The Solution
Professional bass fisherman James Niggemeyer is here to tell you about Torklift’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series high capacity towing equipment, in particular the SuperTruss Extension. With the SuperHitch SuperTruss, you will never find yourself in a disappointing scenario as the one illustrated above.

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Torklift SuperHitch and SuperTruss receiver extension is the strongest way to tow with a truck camper
The SuperTruss receiver extension is a one-of-a-kind tow extension that works with the SuperHitch to easily allow you to tow despite your truck camper overhang’s best efforts to thwart that ability. With the highest towing capacity in the industry, the SuperHitch SuperTruss features hardened, reinforced hitch pin locations and patented, lateral-support safety chains to safely tow your trailer with strength and stability.

The SuperTruss is designed for campers up to 12 feet and available in eight lengths from 21” to 60”.

 

A professional who knows best
See what professional bass fisherman James Niggemayer has to say about the SuperTruss Receiver Extension:

Needing a towing system he can trust, James Niggemeyer knows that having the SuperHitch and SuperTruss on his rig will get him to and from his competitions safely. Not only is he confident that he’s safely towing, he’s also assured his Lance truck camper and boat are in good hands. Knowing that James Niggemeyer’s experiences with the SuperTruss give him peace of mind on the road, average outdoorsman in the same boat (pun intended) can be just as confident.

Niggemeyer continues…

Niggemeyer“I spend a lot of time on the water and quite a bit of time behind the wheel getting to those destinations [and] the people from Torklift International manufacture the finest in towing equipment for truck campers and just about anything else you can dream up. I have tried the others and I am happy that I now have the best tools for the job. The SuperHitch, SuperTruss extension, StableLoads, Original FastGuns and complete tie down systems make my rig far more stable. With this new equipment I’m road ready and safe! I am happy to be a part of the Torklift International Team!”

Get stacked with SuperHitch Super Power
Want to be able to tow virtually anything, anywhere? Channel your inner superhero and conquer gimpy factory and aftermarket tow hitches with the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. For those of you interested in fully outfitting yourself with the best of the best, here is what else Torklift International offers in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series:

SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver
SuperHitch Original 20K receiver
SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver
SuperTruss receiver extension
SuperHitch Everest WD System (30K)
SuperHitch Pintle and Ballmount accessories

SuperTruss Extension
Tow with overhang like it's no big deal with the Torklift SuperTruss Extension
And remember, like all of Torklift’s products, everything in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series is proudly made in the U.S.A. and comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Don’t settle for run-of-the-mill towing equipment when it comes to your family’s safety. Stack up towing power with high capacity capability and make towing while hauling your truck camper stress-free.

Learn more about the SuperHitch SuperTruss or to purchase Find a Dealer near you.

 

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