We’ll see you at the 2019 DuneFest!

dunefest headerEarlier this year, we announced our sponsorship of HILLSHOT HOOLIGAN Joel Crawford who is one of the founding members of the sand dune fanatic group. Hillshot Hooligans first began as a local group in Oregon state that has quickly grown to thousands of members across the country. With the same adventurous spirit as Torklift – so of course we had to go to DuneFest in celebration!

Show Info:
Location – Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, Booth E-3 in Vendor Row
Show Schedule –

Tuesday, June 23rd: 9 am – 7 pm
Wednesday, July 24th: 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday, July 25th: 9 am – 7 pm
Friday, July 26th: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday, July 27th: 9 am – 7 pm

Raffles and free giveaways every day!
DuneFest starts on Tuesday but that’s just the tip of the “dune-burg.” Not only are we doing a daily raffle for Torklift products, including our brand new GlowStep Revolution Uprising RV steps, StableLoad suspension product and more – but we’re also giving away amazing Torklift and HILLSHOT HOOLIGAN swag Thurs. – Sat. If you stop by the booth at 4pm, HILLSHOT HOOLIGAN co-founder Joel Crawford and our team will be passing out the awesome items below while supplies last:

Thursday – FLAG giveaway at 4pm
Friday – LANYARD giveaway at 4pm
Saturday – WINDOW DECAL giveaway at 4pm

 

Discounts just for DuneFest Attendees!
IMG 0035Not only will we be having exciting giveaways and raffles every day at our vendor booth, but just for DuneFest attendees we have some great discounts. We’re offering 20% off ALL Torklift products, or 40% off if you’re wearing Hillshot Holligan gear so you can upgrade your RV steps and accessories, RV battery storage boxes, hitches, security products and much more! That includes our brand new products the GlowStep Revolution Uprising trailer steps, PowerArmor Lithium RV battery box, Cannon trailer hitch extension and much more! Also, if you come to the booth dressed in your DuneFest/Hillshot Hooligan swag, then you get and even bigger discount when you purchase at our booth!

Joel uses the following Torklift products on his Rubicon travel trailer for all of his off-roading and adventures with his family and friends: GlowStep Revolution RV steps, DirtDestroyer RV shoe cleaning attachment to prevent all that sand at the dunes from getting into the trailer, StableLoad suspension upgrade, PowerArmor RV battery box, Fortress GasLock and SuperHitch trailer hitch.

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To learn more about the Torklift International products Joel uses or to learn more about our DuneFest plans, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

 

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

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Torklift Sponsors Jiu Jitsu World Champion Ron Boutilier

This year Torklift welcomes Jiu Jitsu World Champion Ron Boutilier to our sponsorship program. A member of Olympia-based Hammerhead Mixed Martial Arts, Boutilier became a world champion competitor. In the Male Blue Master 1 heavyweight division, Boutilier took home the gold medal at the 2018 International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Boutilier, who started training in No-Gi Jiu Jitsu, which is a submission style of wrestling, in 2008 and later began studying traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014, claimed both his semifinal and finals matches with 2-0 victories, winning each match with a single takedown to capture the world championship.

 

Boutilier has competed in 41 tournaments, earning such titles as NAGA Washington State Expert champion, Lockflow Absolute champion, St. Croix Valley Absolute division champion, and Grappling Industries Washington State Absolute champion, but names his gold medal at the IBJJF world championships his biggest highlight so far.

 

He began training under Joey Guel at Hammerhead MMA a little less than one year ago. The gym, which opened in 2015, offers training and professional instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Muay Thai, among other styles.

 

Ron is one of the strongest competitors on the Jiu Jitsu circuit – which means he needs a trailer hitch that is the strongest in the industry. We geared him up with the SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver hitch and the highest rated receiver extension in the industry, the SuperHitch SuperTruss.

When used with weight distribution, the SuperHitch Magnum 30K frame-mounted receiver hitch is rated at 30,000 pounds and can handle a tongue weight of up to 3,000 pounds.

As the highest capacity receiver extension in the industry, the SuperHitch SuperTruss:
      -  Is designed for campers up to 12 feet and available in eight lengths from 21-60 inches
      -  Has a dual truss for added strength
      -  Features hardened reinforced hitch pin locations
      -  Uses patented, lateral-support safety chains

If you’re interested in getting a hitch for your vehicle and want to do some heavy hauling, we have your back with the SuperHitch Magnum! You can purchase it from one of our Torklift Certified Dealers. Or, visit here for more details about this truck hitch and give us a call at 800-246-8132, we’d love to help you with your next hitch.

 

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

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Torklift Sponsors HILLSHOT HOOLIGAN Joel Crawford

Hillshot Hooligans 1This year Torklift welcomes Hillshot Hooligan Joel Crawford to our sponsorship program.

Joel Crawford is a founding member of HillShot Hooligans – a vast group of sand-loving RV enthusiasts who go to any and all extremes to kick up sand with their side-by-sides and ATVS. Joel’s rig is outfitted to handle the rigors of sand dunes, dirt biking, ATVs and more. The Hillshot Hooligans first began as a local group in Oregon state that has quickly grown to thousands of members across the country. With the same adventurous spirit as Torklift – of course we had to sponsor not only a member, but a co-founder! 

Joel uses the following Torklift products on his Rubicon travel trailer for all of his off-roading and adventures with his family and friends: GlowStep Revolution RV steps, DirtDestroyer RV shoe cleaning attachment to prevent all that sand at the dunes from getting into the trailer, StableLoad suspension upgrade, PowerArmor RV battery box, Fortress GasLock and SuperHitch trailer hitch.

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We are happy to help you Find Your Adventure and next big dune this summer Joel! See you at the dunes.

 

 

To learn more about the Torklift International products Joel uses on his truck and trailer, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

 

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

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A Tale of Two Camping Titans

Lance Blog1The truck camping and RVing world is in for a nice surprise. Torklift International and Lance Campers have entered into a partnership that aims to start a new “Revolution.” This glorious new partnership combines two great companies to provide adventure enthusiasts with a top of the line truck camper or trailer outfitted with a top of the line step system. That’s right, 2019 Lance 1172 comes standard with ultraSTEPglow factory installed. Also known as the GlowStep Revolution from Torklift, these trailer steps are available on multiple trailers and campers, customers are capable of adding the ultraSTEPglow as an aftermarket part.

Torklift President Jack Kay has expressed his excitement for the Lance and Torklift partnership stating, “Just like Torklift, Lance has been in business for over 40 years. We are passionate about partnering with them (Lance) so customers can have the best and safest camping experience possible.” When you combine two companies who are passionate about their work, the outdoors and are willing to go to the distance for their loyal customers, greatness awaits.

Lance Blog2Torklift isn’t the only one excited about the partnership. Lance recognizes that working with Torklift and offering the ultraSTEPglow system on their equipment is a great opportunity. “Torklift is the type of partner we love to work whose products complement our brand’s quality position in the marketplace,” said Randy Hunter, Research and Development Manager at Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. “On the retail side of the business our customers appreciate the quality, innovation and functionality their products offer.” Both Lance and Torklift strive to offer greatness and provide the utmost quality.

Torklift proudly offers a Legendary Lifetime warranty to ensure the satisfaction of the customer, even years after the product was purchased. Fully manufactured in America, with American made materials, Torklift is dedicated to producing an overall shopping experience comparable to none. A team of engineers works diligently to provide new and innovative products that are built with every piece of quality assurance that can go into a product.

Lance is known for being the best on the market. They offer quality products that are built to be sturdy and last a long time. The quality assurance goes all the way down to the finishing work and even the stitching on the seat cushions. Lance aims to make truck campers and travel trailers that elevate the camping experience to a whole new level.

Lance Blog3Lance 1172 camper with the ultraSTEPglow steps (also known as the GlowStep Revolution)

What is the ultraSTEPglow All About?

Lance Blog4For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Torklift International ultraSTEPglow, allow us to highlight the major features. The “Revolution” started in 2015 when Torklift initially released this marvelous product. The first ever step system with three levels of precision elevation control on the top of the step, and five levels of lower adjustment via the All Terrain Landing Gear. Altogether, the levels of adjustment equal out to SEVEN total inches of vertical fine-tuning. Torklift National Sales Manager, Kyle Bonita explains the All Terrain Landing gear, and what makes it a step above the rest of the industry: 

“One of the unique parts about the ultraSTEPglow is the All Terrain Landing Gear which comes standard on these RV steps and provides ability to adjust, the landing gear attach to the base of the step allowing the step to become level with the ground. They maneuver to accommodate uneven terrain, which is a common occurrence at most campgrounds or boon docking off the grid."
 

The steps feature glow in the dark strips to illuminate your way back to your camper after the sun has gone down. With the ability to glow up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure, the ultraSTEPglow will surely light your way all through the night. Accessories and innovations to these RV steps makes them even more suitable for all situations. A few add-ons include the GlowGuide, SafeStep, and the DirtDestroyer. Each of these products are designed to better the steps.

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The GlowGuide is a handrail that attaches to your camper in two locations and attaches to the steps to give you three points of stability. This offers the user even more safety when navigating up or down the steps. The GlowGuide can be easily stored inside the RV when not in use and is compatible with both campers and trailers.

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SafeStep

Torklift also introduced the SafeStep. An ingenious product that creates a vertical barrier in between each step, protecting your pets or children from falling. The great thing about the SafeStep is that the panels can remain installed even when the steps are being stored. Furthermore, they are made with a UV protected material, so the sharp black color won’t turn gray after repeated harsh exposure to the sun.

Lance Blog6The SafeStep is a protective step riser guard  

DirtDestroyer

The final addition to the accessory line is the DirtDestroyer. We have all seen those weird ineffective bristly things that sit outside of a store or even a house. An effective shoe cleaner to keep people from have to remove their shoes when heading inside. Torklift has developed the DirtDestroyer to do the same thing, only it conveniently attaches to your camper steps and looks great while doing it. Keep the dirt and mud outside of your RV! Quickly and conveniently run your shoes through the DirtDestroyer and voila.

Lance Blog7This shoe cleaning attachment is a perfect addition to your step system


Now thanks to the collaboration between Lance and Torklift, the ultraSTEPglow is now available on Lance truck campers and trailers.

 

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As a graduate from Eastern Washington University, Nathan received his degree in marketing. He enjoys people and partaking in anything outdoors. Nathan once had a staring contest with an owl and won. He is the most interesting writer in the Torklift Universe. 

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What do you know about PowerArmor and HiddenPower?

Battery boxes, we’ve got them, and we’ve got plenty of choices for you! Not only do we have RV battery box options available with solar power, but also some for boats, your trucks and campers! We even have HiddenPower boxes! Only you will know they’re installed on your truck.

Let’s start with the PowerArmor battery boxes! There are boxes available with solar panels and some without, for all your camping and boondocking needs.

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PowerArmor is secure and made from high quality aluminum diamond plate. With the Torklift PowerArmor solar battery box, it extends your battery life up to 400 percent. This gives it a year-round charge even without direct sunlight and prevents premature battery replacement. The solar PowerArmor box absorbs reflective light to keep it charged at all times.

Powerarmor5456847Our PowerArmor boxes can go anywhere, even on your boat!

HiddenPower is engineered and designed to tuck under your truck bed hidden away for when you might need extra power. Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computer, etc. Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery.

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Single HiddenPower battery box.

The hidden power is a no-drill installation, that means no modifications to your truck bed! Unique and convenient auxiliary under vehicle battery mount for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve-volt batteries such as lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc. Engineered as a no drill installation with quick disconnect electrical connectors this system quickly attaches to the trucks frame under your truck.

HiddenPower Features:

• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
• 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
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty and Proudly made in the USA

Kit Includes:

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

ExtendedPower:

Torklift has single and dual ExtendedPower for our SuperTruss. What is the Extended power you ask? The ExtendedPower is able to work with 36"-60" SuperTruss lengths. The SuperTruss uses lateral support safety chains for the ultimate in strength and safety, however the safety chains interfere with the ExtendedPower on SuperTruss Extension with lengths of 21", 24", 28" and 32”.

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• Universal applications for all receiver extensions
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter, alternator, etc.
• Lockable to prevent your spare batteries from theft
• No-drill for an easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service using a quick release pin
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty and Proudly made in the USA

Kit Includes:
ExtendedPower mount compatible with SuperTruss Extension:

• Group 24 battery box (11" L x 6 7/8" W x 9 1/2" H)
• Two quick disconnect pins
• Security lanyard
• Lock and keys

As you can see Torklift has quite the variety of battery boxes for all your needs. If you’re interested in any of Torklift’s ExtendedPower or HiddenPower products you can reach our tech support at Support@torklift.com or call our team at 800-246-8132. Or, to buy your Power Armor Battery boxes today, you can shop at participating dealers by clicking the button below.

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How to measure your RV Steps

Do you need steps for your camper? Are you tired of un-sturdy and unlevel RV or travel trailer steps but don’t know what size or how many steps you need? We can help you determine the size, width and depth that fits your RV like a glove.

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Step 1.) Measure the width of the existing factory mounting brackets

Step 2.) Measure from the top of the opening of the steps to the ground

PART NUMBERS

DROP/RISE

WIDTH/DEPTH

6” GlowSteps

A7502

7.5"

20" wide x 6" deep

A7503

7.5"

20" wide x 6" deep

A7504

7.5"

20" wide x 6" deep

A7505

7.5"

20" wide x 6" deep

A7506

7.5"

20" wide x 6" deep

8” GlowSteps

A7802

7.5"

20" wide x 8" deep

A7803

7.5"

20" wide x 8" deep

A7804

7.5"

20" wide x 8" deep

A7805

7.5"

20" wide x 8" deep

A7806

7.5"

20" wide x 8" deep

8” GlowStep Stow N’ Go

  Stow N’ Go Bracket Color  

A7833

Black

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7834

Black

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7835

Black

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7836

Black

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7843

White

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7844

White

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7845

White

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

A7846

White

7.5"

20" wide x 8.56" deep

27.5” GlowStep Revolution

A8002

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8003

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8004

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8005

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8006

7.5”

22" wide x 8" deep

25.5” GlowStep Revolution

A8102

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8103

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8104

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8105

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

A8106

7.5"

22" wide x 8" deep

With our innovative design on our All Terrain Landing Gear, no more diving board like effect. On many campers have hanging steps that are unsafe, un-sturdy, and they shake the whole trailer when you walk up and down them. With the GlowStep Revolution we find the perfect match just for your specific trailer so there is no more shaking.

We also offer accessories to make life much easier, such as our GlowGuide Handrail, or our DirtDestroyer to keep that dirt and grime out of your RV. We also have what we call the SafeStep it’s a pet safety barrier to keep your fur babies safe from falling.

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All our steps are proudly made in the USA and made out of lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and come equipped with tension bolts for your preference of tightness. They also come with glow adhesive that with just 5 minutes of light they will Glow up to 10 hours, so you’ll never miss a step, even at night!

If you don’t believe us on just how easy it is to find and use the right size of steps for your specific RV, just browse through our GlowStep Revolution, GlowStep and Stow N' Go pages. We have many videos of happy customers using them!I finally broke down and bought a 4 step GlowStep from Torklift. I love this thing. Its light and the steps glow in the dark. It folds up nice and I can store it inside one of my storage bays. What a difference going up and down a decent set of steps compared to those "death trap" steps that the factories put on."

- Kerry Stark

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Not only does the sizing chart above tell you how to find the right size for a GlowStep Revolution RV step, but it also tells you the sizing for our truck camper Stow n’ Go Steps AND our original GlowSteps.

So let’s talk about each of our accessories!

We have three that can go with any and all of our step! Also included are our steps locks to fit everything to keep it all safe.

 GlowGuide Handrail features:

Easily stored
Easily installed
Also equipped with glow stickers for easy night time use. Up to 10 hours of glow light.
Telescopes from 31” to 53” for all of our sizes of steps.
Ultra-Lightweight only 44 Ounces!
Lifetime Warranty & Proudly made in the USA

DirtDestroyer Features:

Adaptable to ANY size of our GlowSteps
Quick install and uninstall
Easy to clean
Legendary Lifetime Warranty
Proudly made in the USA

SafeStep features:

Easy to clean with UV protection for outside use
Durable construction
Barrier is there to help prevent small children and pets from falling through
Stays attached even in stored position
Velcro for easy install and uninstall

Contact us today if you’re interested in any of our GlowSteps RV Steps, or have any questions about sizing! You can give us a call at 800-246-8132, or reach us through e-mail at support@torklift.com. Our team is happy to help you today!

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The GlowStep Revolution trailer steps help make RVing easier

GlowStep Revolution RV Steps 2Gather around everyone! We have a wonderful story to tell you that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.  Over the past year, we worked with Jim Allen who wanted to upgrade his trailer steps that would make their lives easier. In August 2017, Jim had a stroke which made it difficult for him to get in and out of the trailer due to the bouncy steps. Kathy, Jim’s wife, had also had a hip replacement so the bouncy steps were a no-go for her as well. Since they were planning on living in the trailer full-time, they needed steps that would provide full stability.

Torklift saw this as a great opportunity to help a couple of campers make their experience safer and more fun. We sent the GlowStep Revolution trailer steps to Jim and Kathy. This is what they had to say about their new trailer steps:

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“We love our Torklift GlowStep Revolution!!! We love how solid the steps are, as do our boxers. EASILY retracted for towing and EASILY opened and deployed for use.”

-Jim Allen

Jim and Kathy loved using their GlowStep Revolution steps and were elated with how much easier it made it for them and their pups to enter and exit the RV. This includes the All Terrain Landing Gear that allowed for Earth to RV contact – which means no more shaky steps. Then, disaster struck! Due to the flooding that occurred in the east, Jim and Kathy’s Jayco was destroyed in the West Virginia floods, and they had to replace everything they lost. 

Once Jim and Kathy got their new RV, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get them a “RV warming present” – a new set of GlowStep Revolution steps to replace the ones they lost!

“You guys are the “cat’s meow.” We received the new GlowSteps today! You are all AWESOME! Never thought we would get another GlowStep Revolution set up, it’s unbelievably great!! Your team makes us feel more like family, and not just customers.

-Jim Allen


Happily Trailer Step After

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It’s now been some time since Jim and Kathy have had their second set of GlowStep Revolution steps installed, and living in their trailer has been better than ever.

“Got rid of the OEM steps on our Mobile Suites 5th wheel. High first step. Wife had a hip replacement and I’d had a stroke with a weak left leg. Installed a 5-step GlowStep Revolution steps a little over a year ago. We love them. No issues. Adjustable step into the 5er on the top step and bottom step legs for stabilization. They also work great for our dog… well worth it and I’d highly recommend!

-Jim Allen (NC Hauler, RV.net)

Now, Jim and Kathy are living happily ever after in their trailer with their boxers Buddy and Sheba. So how exactly is the GlowStep Revolution making Jim and Kathy’s RVing experience more convenient and safer? These trailer steps require minimal effort and space to deploy, so no matter where you’re parked, you will be able to use your GlowStep Revolution steps.

Also, a prevalent issue that is common with aftermarket RV steps is that they’re designed to install within the doorway and have to be lowered down from overhead. You have to stand underneath it to lower them down, and also have a certain amount of room next to your RV in order to deploy these steps. The GlowStep Revolution is a no-drill, direct bolt-on installation that installs into your factory step compartment. That means that these RV steps stay outside the RV and you don’t have to deploy them over your head to get into the trailer. 

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Features of the GlowStep Revolution steps:

• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• 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
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Secures into place via locking mechanism
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

GlowStep Revolution RV Steps 4As an added bonus, the GlowStep Revolution has many accessories available to make a complete system. There is the GlowGuide Handrail to make getting in and out of your RV easier and safer, the SafeStep barrier for pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment to prevent debris from coming into the RV.


If you’re interested in purchasing our GlowStep Revolution trailer steps and want to upgrade like Jim and Kathy, there are a couple of options for you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. Or, you can contact us for more information or questions at support@torklift.com or by calling 800-246-8132.

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Bob loves his new GlowStep Revolution trailer steps!

IMG 0104There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing a customer is completely happy with a product and that it’s making their lives better and easier. At Torklift, we’re dedicated to making your RVing and camping experience amazing, and Bob is no exception! Recently, we worked with Bob Vaughn who wanted to upgrade his steps, but didn’t want to go with a ladder or drawbridge-style step that allows mud, water, sand and other debris to get inside his RV. Bob chose to install the GlowStep Revolution trailer steps and had this to say:


“I received my Torklift steps the other day and installed them. They are truly awesome. My old steps were 3 steps and it was a chore to get in and out of my 5th wheel. These are 4 steps and what a difference. I have an artificial knee on my left leg and an artificial hip joint on my right leg and these steps make getting in and out a breeze.” 

-Bob Vaughn, RV.net


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IMG 0105GlowStep Revolution trailer steps are designed to store inside the existing factory compartment underneath your doorway. As you can see to the left and above, Bob’s factory steps hang well below his trailer when stored and don’t reach the ground once deployed. Once installed, the GlowStep Revolution reaches the ground with its All Terrain Landing Gear and improves ground clearance when the steps are stored. Similar to the staircase found in your home, the GlowStep Revolution entry step system also has the shortest riser height in the industry at only 7.5 inches.

These trailer steps also require minimal effort and space to deploy, so no matter where you’re parked, you will be able to use your GlowStep Revolution steps. One of the most prevalent issues that are common with aftermarket RV steps is that they are designed to install within the doorway and have to be lowered down from overhead. That means you have to stand underneath it to lower them down, and also have a certain amount of room next to your RV in order to deploy these steps. This could be very inconvenient in many circumstances including storage facilities, RV shop repair bays, stopping at gas stations and tight camping spots. 


Features of the GlowStep Revolution steps:

Edited2• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• 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
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Secures into place via locking mechanism
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA 


All Terrain Landing Gear
One thing that Bob mentioned was that because of his artificial knee and hip joints, getting in and out of the 5th wheel trailer was a chore due to its step instability. With the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet, the GlowStep Revolution RV steps connect firmly to ground level and eliminate the unsafe diving board feeling associated with factory trailer steps.


IMG 0178“They are solid as a rock with no jiggling or bounce. They are adjustable at the top and on the bottom also. Our dogs did not like our old steps, but with these they just go right up in the camper… This is undoubtedly the best mod I have ever done to my 5th wheel. I am truly impressed…”

 - Bob Vaughn, RV.net


The All Terrain Landing Gear come standard with the GlowStep Revolution but aren’t the only additional features available for this step system. There are also accessories that make a complete system that includes safety support and cleaning for your steps. There is the GlowGuide Handrail to make getting in and out of your RV easier and safer, the SafeStep barrier for pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment to prevent debris from coming into the RV. 


If you’re interested in purchasing our GlowStep Revolution trailer steps and want to upgrade like Bob, there are a couple of options for you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. Or, you can contact us for more information or questions at support@torklift.com or by calling 800-246-8132.

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Maintaining and Understanding Your RV Batteries

RV battery BoxFor those who enjoy boondocking or bringing amenities and the comfort of home such as hair dryers, laptops and more – you’re going to need power. What’s the best way to get power through your RV? Batteries! Now as RVs are getting more technologically advanced, RV batteries are a necessity, but how well do you understand the batteries for your RV?


The basics of understanding your RV battery

At their most basic level, a RV deep cycle battery is lead acid, which means they have several cells connected in a series. Each cell produces volts which is where you get the power from. There are three major kinds of deep cell batteries for RVs available that are made out of plates and electrolytes composed of sulfuric acid, lead and water: AGM, flooded wet cell and gel cell. Each RV battery has both its advantages and disadvantages:

Flooded wet cell battery: available in 6-volt or 12-volt variations, flooded wet cell batteries are the most common RV batteries and are very affordable.

How it works: Flooded wet cell batteries vent oxygen and hydrogen gas while charging, the gases are produced from the electrolysis of water. It requires distilled water to be added and has to be in a ventilated area due to the gases.

RV Battery AGM battery: variation of a lead-acid battery that has advantages over a flooded wet cell battery including a spill-proof design, faster charging time and a longer life.

o How it works: AGM batteries have a fiberglass mat between the plates to absorb the electrolytes while charging and can be mounted in any position. They are more expensive and require a compatible battery charger.

Gel cell battery: Does not contain liquid and is therefore leak proof. It also has a high performance at many different temperatures.

o How it works: Unlike the other two batteries, the sulfuric acid in gel cell batteries is mixed with a thickening agent and forms a gel-like substance. They charge at a slower rate and are more expensive as well.

The life expectancy of RV batteries will depend on how you use them, how well they’re maintained, how they’re charged/discharged and stored. The average time of usable power for deep-cycle batteries is 20 hours but the greater the amp-hour rating, the greater the battery storage capacity. There are many sizes available, but the most common are group 24, 27 and 31.

Battery Diagram

Maintaining RV batteries

Exploded BatteryThe two most common causes for RV battery failure are overcharging and undercharging which can lead to sulfation, which is the formation of sulfate crystals that corrode battery parts. Undercharging is a result of batteries being repeatedly discharged and not fully recharged between cycles. Overcharging is when there is a severe loss of water and plate corrosion and causes overheating and loss of water. Luckily – both of these events are avoidable. Some maintenance tips include:

Checking the batteries once a month to see how they look and refilling the water if needed
Cleaning the batteries to remove corrosion (usually with a stiff wire brush or toothbrush)
Use battery sealant spray to prevent further or future corrosion


RV battery storage

PowerArmor SolarOne of the best ways to help maintain your RV battery is to make sure they’re stored properly, fully charged in an enclosed and well-ventilated area. The PowerArmor RV battery box 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.  


“It is doing a good job of keeping the battery charge. Plus, it is super easy to unlock the PowerArmor, I feel confident that my battery will still be there the next time I travel.”

-Jim Baker


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:

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


PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar:

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

PowerArmor MAX: 

58-inch box can hold a combination of up to two group 24-27 batteries with two group 31, for our 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries

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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 and maintaining your RV batteries. Or, find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here to get set up with one of these RV battery boxes and onto your next adventure.

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Current trailer steps a problem? Upgrade today and save!

RV Steps 3At Torklift, our foremost priority is making life easier for RVers – especially when it comes to trailer steps! This especially includes those who have current factory or other aftermarket steps or stools that aren’t working. Just like the photo shown on the right, this drawbridge-style step that allows mud, water and other debris to get inside the RV. Also, due to the height of the RV, the steps aren’t able to reach the ground and provide a solid platform! You shouldn’t have to carry around extra wood, stools or ladders to stabilize your steps.

 
Make your RV experience even better

IMG 1807Instead of having to settle for steps that are less than extraordinary, why not upgrade to the GlowStep Revolution? Although there are many new kinds of steps for trailers on the market that are an alternate to current factory designs, they do have their disadvantages. One of the most common issues that we see with these new steps is that they are designed to install within the RV doorway and have to be manually lowered down from overhead. They require modification and drilling into your doorway which could potentially cause warping and damage after much use. That also means that you have to stand underneath these steps to lower them as well as have a certain amount of clearance next to your RV in order to deploy these steps. This could be very inconvenient in many circumstances such as storage facilities, stopping at gas stations and tight camping spots.

GlowStep RevolutionClearance is not an issue with the GlowStep Revolution

The GlowStep Revolution trailer steps on the other hand, are designed to store inside the existing factory compartment underneath your doorway. They require minimal effort and space to deploy once installed. No matter where you’re parked, you will be able to use your GlowStep Revolution steps. Similar to the staircase found in your home, the GlowStep Revolution entry step system also has the shortest riser height in the industry at only 7.5-inches.


Accessories and more!  

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The All Terrain Landing Gear leveling feet for RV steps come standard with the GlowStep Revolution but aren’t the only additions available for this step system. There are also accessories that make a complete system that includes safety support and cleaning for your steps. There is the GlowGuide Handrail to make getting in and out of your RV easier and safer, the SafeStep barrier for pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment to prevent debris from coming into the RV.

For a limited amount of time, the GlowStep Revolution Steps and its accessories are on sale at our participating Certified Dealers. You can get 5% OFF the GlowStep Revolution. Depending on the part number, that’s up to $35 off your steps so you can save money on your RV step upgrade!

 
Features of the GlowStep Revolution steps:

• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effectRV Steps 1
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• 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
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Secures into place via locking mechanism
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

If you’re interested in getting up to $35 OFF your GlowStep Revolution trailer steps and want to upgrade, there are a couple of options for you! The sale is from April 1-30, 2018, so you can visit one of our Certified Dealers near you before it’s over. Or, you can contact us for more information or additional questions at support@torklift.com or by phone at 800-246-8132. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal and upgrade your steps for spring camping! 

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Everything you need to know about RV shore power cords!

Fortress PowerLock Blog 1Whether you’re new to RVing or a seasoned camper, you should know that RVs require power to run their various appliances and systems. Your rig is powered by either its 12-volt systems, also known as batteries, or by being plugged into a 120-volt power source through an RV power cord, also known as shore power. Shore power requires connecting your rig to an outside power source, either a power outlet or a generator.

Power connections at campgrounds are not all alike. They come with a variety of sizes and shapes of power cords. Different power cords mean different amps, and you have to use the appropriate power source for your rig. Your RV either requires a 30-amp or 50-amp plug to connect to a 120-volt power source at the campground.

Fortress PowerLock Blog 2There are items in your RV that won't work unless you are connected to an external power source providing 120-volts. This includes your household outlets, air conditioner, TV and microwave. Usually, these appliances cannot be powered from batteries unless your RV has an inverter to convert DC power into AC power. DC (direct current) power will only send the electric charge in one direction as compared to AC (alternating current) power which changes direction periodically. Getting power from a 120-volt source to your RV is a big deal because some appliances will only work with 120-volt sources. You need to have the right RV power cord for your rig and it needs to be high quality. This is one place you don't want to pinch pennies.
Example of a 30-amp plug

Fortress PowerLock Blog 3Because your RV manufacturer has provided a high-quality power cord, you don’t want there to be any chance of it getting stolen because of the copper that’s inside the cord. It could not only mean you have to replace your cord, but it could also cost you hundreds of dollars to fix a damaged camper outlet. The Fortress PowerLock is designed to cover your shore power cord access door to protect your RV power cords from being cut and stolen. It’s the only lock available specifically designed for shore power cords in the industry.

Features of the Fortress PowerLock include:

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

Kit includes:

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Two keys
All the mounting hardware

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Protect from potential damage to your trailer with this lockable shore power cord hatch

If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift Fortress PowerLock, there are a couple of options! You can call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be happy to answer your questions about protecting your shore power cord from theft. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you, and they can help you and get you set up with one of these RV locks.

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Trailer step proximity a problem? We have a solution!

Bill C Blog 1At Torklift, our main priority is making life easier for campers – and when it comes to trailer steps, there’s no exception! Recently, we worked with a customer who wanted to upgrade their steps, but didn’t want to go with a ladder or drawbridge-style step that allows mud, water, sand and other debris to get inside the RV. He also didn’t want to stay with his factory RV steps due to their instability. Instead, Bill chose to install the GlowStep Revolution:

“Your steps are awesome. They indeed do everything I expected… they solve every problem that most steps have. They contact the ground, so they are stable. They are not inside the trailer like the MORRyde ones, which have to be deployed perfectly… I love these steps.”
-Bill Charmichael

Proximity Is No Issue
Although there are many new kinds of steps for trailers on the market that are an upgrade to current factory direct designs, they do have their disadvantages. One of the most prevalent issues that are common with these new steps is that they are designed to install within the doorway and have to be lowered down. That means not only do you have to stand underneath it to lower them down, you must also have a certain amount of room next to your doorway in order to deploy these steps. This could be very inconvenient in many circumstances including storage facilities, stopping at gas stations and tight camping spots.

GlowStep Revolution StepsProximity is not an issue with the GlowStep Revolution

On the other hand, GlowStep Revolution trailer steps are designed to store inside the existing factory compartment underneath your doorway. Once installed, they require minimal effort and space to deploy, so no matter where you’re parked, you will be able to use your GlowStep Revolution steps. Similar to the staircase found in your home, the GlowStep Revolution entry step system also has the shortest riser height in the industry at only 7.5-inches.

All Terrain Landing Gear
Bill C Blog 2Another feature that Bill mentioned he enjoys with his GlowStep Revolution is that these trailer steps are versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain. With the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet, your RV scissor steps connect firmly to ground level and eliminate the unsafe diving board feeling associated with factory trailer steps.

The All Terrain Landing Gear leveling feet for RV steps aren’t the only addition available for this step system. There are also accessories that make a complete system that includes safety support and cleaning for your steps. There is the GlowGuide Handrail to make getting in and out of your RV easier and safer, the SafeStep barrier for pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment to prevent debris from coming into the RV.

“I will gladly give a very positive review of the installed [GlowStep Revolution] steps to anyone. They are awesome.”
-Bill

05. GlowStep Revolution

Features of the GlowStep Revolution steps:

• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• 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
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure04. GlowStep Revolution Stowed• Secures into place via locking mechanism
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

If you’re interested in purchasing our GlowStep Revolution trailer steps and want to upgrade like Bill, there are a couple of options for you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. Or, you can contact us for more information or questions at support@torklift.com or by phone at 800-246-8132.

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Problems stopping when towing heavy loads? Here’s your solution

Byers F350 Adventurer89RBS TorkliftSystem 6.27.17When it comes to towing behind your truck, many people think that as long as you attach a ballmount to a hitch on a vehicle, you’re set to haul anything and everything. While we’ve covered the basics before in another blog, How to Tow a Trailer, there’s one major aspect we didn’t mention when it comes to towing safely behind your truck and what towing does to your truck and trailer suspension.

In particular, how to deal with problems stopping when towing heavy loads, especially when your truck is squatting too much. We covered that your hitch needs to be the correct class and that your vehicle is capable of carrying the load, and while that’s all true - is your truck suspension also up to the task? If not, you could have major issues with stopping as well as handling complications such as swaying, porpoising and sag.

b2ap3 thumbnail trucksagIf your trailer has too much weight, it can make your truck sag while towing!

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There are a wide variety of suspension improvements, but which one is the best one? Here’s a short list of some of the most common suspension kits available:

Shocks: A mechanical or hydraulic device designed to absorb and dampen shock impulses. Some types even allow you to tune the ride by control of the valve, but can be quite pricey and maintenance can be expensive.
Airbags: One of the most common suspension upgrades, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s expensive not only to purchase airbags, but also have them installed and repaired as well. They are very capable of lifting a vehicle for towing to prevent sag, but are notorious for leaks. They also cause a destabilizing effect by lifting a majority of weight off the vehicle suspension.
Bump stops: A simple design, bump stops are meant to be installed to prevent metal on metal contact. As the suspension undergoes high-compression such as turning a corner or hitting a speed bump, they soak up the shock. They can force your shocks to work harder because they don’t engage as quickly with the bump stops installed.TLI SL Blog 6
Sway bars: Another common suspension upgrade, sway bars help reduce the body roll that comes with towing heavy loads and can improve cornering. But, over time the sway bars can cause cracked mounts and also stiffen your ride which can make long trips uncomfortable.


With lack of control when stopping, you’ll find yourself gripping your steering wheel. The key to getting the stability you need is figuring out the best way on how to improve suspension and taking the steps to making your towing experience safer. There are many ways to upgrade suspension, but are the ones listed above the best suspension upgrades? We would argue no, but what else can you do to improve your ride while you’re towing without having to spend thousands on truck and trailer supplies?

Torklift introduces the StableLoad suspension enhancement. A StableLoad improves the vehicle’s handling by pre-activating the stabilizing effect that was designed for rear suspension. This keeps the vehicle manufacturer’s factory installed overload leaf springs under load the way the manufacturer’s designed them to function. The quad contact design compliments the specific vehicle engineered suspension that manufacturers invested millions of dollars developing. Since the lower StableLoad turns on and off, you get a smooth and comfortable ride even with the product activated for towing.

StableLoad Science

TLI SL Blog 7With the StableLoads, see and feel a dramatic reduction in side-to-side sway, body roll while you’re towing and when your trailer brakes. The StableLoads keep your vehicle level reducing stopping distance, suspension wear and tire wear. Another unique feature of the StableLoad is that it can be turned on and off depending on whether you’re towing or not. This means that you can return to your normal factory suspension when you’re not towing behind your truck.


Torklift also provides a 30-day money back guarantee on these suspension wedges no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your StableLoads in the first 30 days, with a receipt a refund up to minimum resale price will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

If you have any questions about the StableLoad towing suspension product, visit our StableLoad page here or feel free to contact us at 800-246-8132. You can also email our tech support directly at support@torklift.com. If you are tired of problems stopping when towing, you can also purchase the StableLoads from a Torklift Certified Dealer near you by visiting our Where to Buy page.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

-Jim Baker

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

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

-Jim Baker

 

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

Features of the PowerArmor include:

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

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PowerArmor DH Kit Includes*

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

*Batteries not included 

PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar:

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

PowerArmor MAX:

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

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

 

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

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The Ultimate RV Safety Checklist

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

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

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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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How to repair a shore power cord

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

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

Amp ratings

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

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

Different Styles Available

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

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

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

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

The Fortress PowerLock

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

How do I install the Fortress PowerLock?

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

 

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

 

 

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Written by Shyann Guerra:

Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. 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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