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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.

DUNEFESTGiveaway3Don't miss our Hillshot Hooligan and DuneFest exclusive giveaways! 

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.

GlowGuide

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.

Lance Blog5ultraSTEPglow and the GlowGuide illuminating the night

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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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


Upgrading factory steps
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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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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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

RV Battery box size diagram

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:

Fortress PowerLock
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.

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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 repair a shore power cord

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

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

Amp ratings

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

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

Different Styles Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fortress PowerLock

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

How do I install the Fortress PowerLock?

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

 

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

 

 

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Protect Your RV Investments This Winter!

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

The Fortress GasLock

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

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

Features of the Fortress GasLock Include:

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

Kit includes:

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

The Fortress PowerLock

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

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

Features of the Fortress PowerLock Include:

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

Kit includes:

•  Fortress PowerLock
•  Two keys

The PowerArmor

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

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

 

Protect Your RV Blog 4Features of the PowerArmor Include:

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

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

 

 kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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Should I leave my RV battery plugged in all winter?

RV Battery Blog 1Winter is near and hopefully you’re prepping your RV so once spring season comes, your trailer still in tip top shape for camping. Have you completed everything on your checklist? Don’t forget that one of the most important steps for winter storage is to keep your batteries in good shape! A common mistake that RV owners make is leaving their battery plugged into the RV converter to maintain its charge while in storage.

 

Why shouldn’t I keep my batteries plugged in all winter?

RV Battery Blog 2Keeping your batteries plugged in all winter long results in overcharging the battery. RV battery converters charge at a constant voltage that is too high for the battery over such a long period of time. Overcharging results in a fried battery that will no longer function to its full potential. The constant high voltage causes the electrolytes necessary for battery function to boil out, leaving the battery permanently damaged. Battery replacement can cost hundreds of dollars.

 

Should I leave it unplugged all winter?

That’s also not recommended. If your battery is left sitting and discharges to low enough levels for a long period of time, it will no longer be able to perform or charge up to its full potential. The battery charge capacity is also effected and won’t hold charges for as long as it had originally. Many think a quick fix is just to simply add water and recharge. This unfortunately doesn’t help the battery regain its charging ability. You’re still stuck with a battery that isn’t operating to its full potential.

 

What can I do to AVOID either overcharging or undercharging my RV batteries?

RV Battery Blog 3Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box called the PowerArmor Solar. It features a lockable slide top that can easily be accessed no matter the mounting location.  This box comes in a bright tread diamond plate design featuring a black high impact powder-coated frame for durability. The box bolts directly to RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper, etc. The PowerArmor Solar also has an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box to easily connect to your electrical circuit system and keep them safe.

More features of the PowerArmor Solar include:

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

How does the PowerArmor Solar keep my batteries charged?

RV Battery Blog 4The PowerArmor Solar locking battery box features a Zamp 10-watt solar panel that extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement. This means that you can keep your battery plugged into the PowerArmor Solar all winter and it will trickle charge your battery – ensuring that it maintains its existing condition all winter. The slow trickle charge reduces the chances of both over and undercharging with exposure to sunlight.

 

But what if I have more than one battery?

The PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar are offered in multiple different sizes for all your RVing and boat battery needs. Including the PowerArmor MAX that holds up to five batteries.

• PowerArmor Single*: 17-inch box can hold one group 24-27 battery (perfect for marine applications).
• PowerArmor DH and PowerArmor Solar: 24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries. The 26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries.
• PowerArmor MAX: 58-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries.

Torklift’s PowerArmor Solar battery box meets all your needs and protects your batteries over the winter season. For questions or more information on the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar, call us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website torklift.com.

*A7720RS PowerArmor Solar Single requires use of 6-amp Regulator to avoid overcharging battery.
*Use of PowerArmor Solar does not replace general recommended inspection and maintenance of batteries.

 

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How do I properly maintain my RV batteries?

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Are you in need of a solution to avoid undercharging or overcharging your RV batteries? The two most common causes of RV battery failure are these two issues – undercharging and overcharging, which lead to you having to pay to replace your batteries sooner than you should have to. This costs you both time and money that you could have used toward your camping trips.

When batteries go long periods of time with no charge or not fully recharging between cycles, the battery no longer performs at its full potential with the sulfate material hardening into crystals. This results in batteries that lose the ability to hold a charge, which is also known as sulfation. If left on a charger for too long, this results in overcharging the battery which causes severe water loss and plate corrosion, leaving you with a fried battery… and empty wallet.

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So, what’s the best way to maintain your batteries? At Torklift, we have designed a high-quality locking aluminum battery box called the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar. They both feature a lockable slide top that can easily be accessed no matter the mounting location. The PowerArmor Solar is built with a Zamp, 10-watt solar panel that extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement – saving you money and frustration of batteries going bad! The PowerArmor boxes come with a heavy gauge diamond plate that features a black high-impact powder coated frame. Boxes can bolt directly to your RV, boat, trailer tongue, camper bumper and more.

Another great feature of the PowerArmor is the access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box, easily connecting the RV batteries to your electrical circuit system and keeping the batteries locked safely inside – giving you easy access wherever you store it. The solar panel attached to the lid of the PowerArmor Solar allows your batteries to slowly trickle charge with its easy wiring system. This means that you prevent overcharging and undercharging your batteries when the panel is exposed to minimal sunlight – making your batteries last much longer than they normally would in any other storage condition.

Will the PowerArmor hold and charge multiple batteries?

The PowerArmor is available in many different sizes to fit all your RVing and boating needs.

RV Battery Blog 3PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar

• 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 up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries.


It’s that easy?

Yes! But, don’t just take our word for it. George Brown commented on Torklift International’s Facebook page with a review on how much he enjoys his PowerArmor Solar and how it makes his life easier...

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            “Nothing like a little maintenance to make life go a little easier.” – George Brown

Thanks George for sharing your review of the PowerArmor Solar MAX and for supporting Torklift products! Torklift has PowerArmor Solar boxes to meet all your needs and give your RV batteries a longer life. For questions or more information on the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar battery boxes call us at 800.246.8132 or visit a Torklift Certified Dealer near you.

 

 

 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. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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How much propane do I need?

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Short answer is, it depends! When speaking with our resident Torklift RV expert Darrel, he said, “the most important thing is to make sure you fill them up before you go!” In an RV or trailer, the furnace is the biggest consumer of propane; with the oven coming in second depending on how much cooking you plan on doing. Another factor to consider is the length of your trip, is it going to be long or a quick trip? You may need to shower which also requires propane for the water heater. Trying to determine how much propane you’re going to use varies with every scenario, so we’ll take you through a few to help give you an idea.

California vs. Alaska

Planning a trip to California or Alaska? Let’s say you’re planning a series of vacations and the first trip is going to be California during the month of August. In this situation, you are going to have warm weather and will probably only need propane if you are going to cook or grill. Essentially, using very little to none. Where is your next trip? How about Alaska in November? For these kinds of conditions, you’ll need more propane because you will likely be using your furnace, needing warm water for showers and propane for cooking as well.

How much does propane cost?

Propane Blog 2Before you can purchase the actual propane gas, you’ll need an LP tank to hold it in, and prices vary between brands. For example, an empty Bernzomatic 20-pound tank starts at $32.97 and another brand is Worthington Pro Grade which is an 11-pound tank that starts at $56.97. After you’ve purchased the tanks, you need to fill the tank with propane. Just like the different brands of tanks, propane prices vary as well. Mostly it will depend on how big your tank is and how much gas you’ll need to fill it up, which can run you anywhere from $15 to $30. Also, if you have two tanks you’ll need to multiply your cost by two. Two tanks is a clever idea for the many situations that can arise while camping and as a backup if you use all the propane from the first tank.

Another cost to consider is the unthinkable – what if your tanks get stolen? While it’s an unfortunate occurrence, it’s not uncommon. You have just returned from your hike and both of your propane tanks are missing, the lines on your RV have been cut and now you have to pay $500 for the repair and replacement costs. With propane tank theft on the rise, what can you do to prevent this?

The Fortress GasLock

Propane Blog 3Torklift has designed a product that can safely secure your propane tanks called the Fortress GasLock. This is an investment that protects your investment.

It requires no tools and only takes seconds to install. The Fortress GasLock works with most common threaded rods (fits available for 3/8” and ½” size applications), and is designed for dual tank usage. Constructed out of military grade aluminum with a high impact powder coat, this is the only lock available that is specifically designed for RV propane tanks in the industry. There is also an Airstream version available if you have one of those iconic trailers.  

Further features of the Fortress GasLock include:

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

Kit includes:

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

For more information on the Fortress GasLock contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our 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. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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What’s Your Trailer Legacy?

GSR Legacy Blog 1Have you ever sat down, maybe in the morning during your coffee time, or at night once everyone has gone to bed and thought: what’s my “trailer legacy?” We know, it sounds like a weird question, but it’s interesting to think about. What trailer do you currently have and how will it stand up to the test of time – especially when it comes to keeping your loved ones safe? Little did you know that you can bring your step investment with you from trailer to trailer. Whether upgrading or downsizing, invest in a safe set of steps that will stick with you for a lifetime.

The GlowStep Revolution trailer steps are designed to be a legacy step system. Giving you the ability to add or remove steps, take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you trade in for your next RV. If you know that the trailer you currently have isn’t the last trailer you will ever own, save your old factory steps and take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you upgrade to your next ultimate 5th wheel, toy hauler or travel trailer.GSR Legacy Blog 2

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 stores inside the factory opening that already exists so all your storage opens up for more gear you want to bring along. Along with the All Terrain Landing Gear that comes standard with the steps, you have the ultimate in safe entry and exit from your trailer. The adjustable feet are like planting roots each time you deploy the steps, ensuring your family stay safe and the trailer doesn’t bounce around when someone is going up and down the stairs.

While the steps are an investment up front – if you think about it, taking the steps with you makes your investment all worth it because you still have amazing steps for your trailer and don’t have to deal with unsafe and unstable factory steps – or purchase new steps. Plus, while your trailer may not have a lifetime warranty, your GlowStep Revolution does. It comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty ensuring that your steps last for a lifetime.

Features of the GlowStep Revolution Include: 

GSR Legacy Blog 3• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain
• Ground supported connection to RV - No more shaking as people or pets enter and exit
• Similar to the staircase in your home, the 7.5-inch step riser height accommodates those with limited mobility
• The multi-link hinge design easily extends to accommodate tight space constraints so it doesn’t matter how close you park to structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility
• Step system accessories: 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 ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• Sold in applications for 2-6 steps
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you trade in for your next RVGSR Legacy Blog 4
• Proudly made in the USA

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We’re always here to answer your questions about these upgraded trailer steps by either calling us at 800-246-8132 or by finding a Certified Dealer near you here. Ensure that the trailer that you’re leaving behind has steps your kids will be safe using and love – remember to include your GlowStep Revolution in your last will and testament. Let us get you set up with a set of your own GlowStep Revolution steps for your trailer today! 

 

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

 

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What RV battery do I need for my towable RV?

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With so many types of batteries available, it can be difficult to know which type you need for your towable. Do you need a large battery that will provide more power, or a battery just for small things? Depending how much power you need, there are various battery sizes – the most common is a group 24 battery and a group 27 battery, also known as “house batteries.” The group 24 battery is a good choice if you are limited on space or only have smaller accessories you need to power.

The most important thing to consider when purchasing a battery for your towable is the amount of power you need. Deep cycle batteries come in all different sizes. Some are designated by group size, like group 24, 27 and 31. The larger the battery the more amp hours you get. The same can be said for the types of batteries you get. Although all group 24 batteries are the same size, the brand of the battery will also make a difference. Some recommended battery brands with the best power span for a towable are Trojan, Interstate and Exide. You can read about the best batteries for your RV here.

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With a larger battery also comes more amp hour reserve capacity. If you have more space available to you, a 6-volt battery, also known as a group 29 and 31 battery, will meet your needs. With battery theft a major concern, including a recent growth of battery theft in Canada, how can you protect your investment?

The PowerArmor Solar
Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum battery box with solar panel that features a uniquely designed sliding lid that can be easily accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes with an aluminum tread diamond plate featuring a black high-impact powder coated frame for durability. The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more. With an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall, you can easily connect the box and batteries to your circuit system. The PowerArmor Solar extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement with the 10-watt solar panel attached to the lid. 

 

thmb a7720rs• 17-inch box (A7720RS) can hold up to one group 24 or 27 battery – perfect for marine applications or if you only have room for one battery*
• 24-inch box (A7708RS) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries
• 26-inch box (A7712RS) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries, or two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max Solar

• A7710R Box holds up to two group 24, 27 and 31 batteries, up to four 31 or 27 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• PowerArmor Max comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size

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PA Blog 4This PowerArmor battery box design has many of the same features as the PowerArmor Solar, but without the 10-watt solar panel. With a safe, lockable storage box available in multiple sizes, the battery or extra camping gear you store in the PowerArmor is safe from theft and tampering. 

• 17-inch box (A7720R) can hold up to one group 24 or 27 battery 
• 24-inch box (A7708R) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries
• 26-inch box (A7712R) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max

• A7710RS holds up to two group 24-27 batteries and two group 31, or four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries
• Comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size

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Each battery box has a ventilated design to prevent batteries from overheating, as well as an acid neutralizing mat to avoid corrosion. All Torklift International PowerArmor battery boxes come with locks, a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and are made in the USA.

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With a locking battery box, you can prevent common battery theft and also use them to safely store other gear once you choose which battery is the perfect fit for what you need. Using a proper storage method, like the PowerArmor, you can keep your batteries in optimum condition year round, saving cost on premature battery replacement. For more information on any of our battery products contact us at 800.246.8132. 

*A7720RS requires use of a 6-amp regulator. Details here.

 

 

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. 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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Did you know you can install the Lock and Load on 5th wheels?

Lock and Load 5th Wheel 1You are getting your new 5th wheel set up: Hitch? Check. Extra batteries for power? Check. Extra generator? Check – but you’re not sure the best to place to store it. Storing it inside the trailer could potentially ruin your new carpets or flooring with stains as well as exhaust fumes blowing throughout the trailer.

Did you know there’s a solution to this little issue? Enjoy extra generator power without having to deal with constantly moving it in and out of your RV and potentially cause damage or mess. Presenting: the Lock and Load! This generator tray is perfect for not only storing your generator while you’re on the road – but also locking it up so it’s safe from potential theft!

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You may be asking, “where?” There’s a couple of different options that will work. You can either install it on the front of your truck like the photo above – perfect for your convenience and you don’t even have to think about it once it’s on the tray. Or, you can install it on a hitch that is behind your 5th wheel (shown to the left).

There are many 5th wheel trailers that come with a hitch already installed on the back – usually for cargo trays or bike racks. In this instance, it’s a perfect spot for the Lock and Load! For those who are really dedicated to extra power, you could always get a custom receiver installed, just like the one we installed below at our Retail Product Development Center, Torklift Central in Kent, WA!

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• Protect costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes, plasma cutters and more from theft 
• Allows you to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously 
• Avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator while on the road or off the grid • No more heavy lifting – your generator stays on the tray even while running 
• Features a safety visual sight indicator to prevent risk of damage while driving (Part #A7752) 
• License plate relocation holes to attach license plate (Part #A7752) 
• Mounts easily into front and rear receiver hitches 
• Fits most common generators 
• High security tamper proof puck lock included 
• Cargo tray dimensions: 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23” H 
• Maximum security strap adjusts to secure multiple objects (extra security straps sold separately) 6-5/8” L x 13-5/8”W x 13-1/8”H to 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23”H 
• Available in high impact powder coat steel 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
• Proudly made in the USA Kit includes: 
• Cargo tray 
• Heavy duty puck lock 
• Adjustable maximum security strap 

To make your 5th wheel trailer even more versatile and have the ability to off-road for long periods of time, get the Lock and Load generator tray today! Call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at: support at torklift.com.

 

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

 

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How much does a PowerArmor Cost?

PowerArmor Cost Blog 1Well, how much the PowerArmor costs will ultimately depend on whether you’re talking about “figuratively” or the actual price of the product. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before we get into the details of the PowerArmor battery box and what it can do for you:

How much is your peace of mind worth to you?

What is the price would you pay to protect the hundreds of dollars you’ve already invested in RV batteries?

Have you been looking for a way to store your RV batteries, or a more secure way?

Do you want to extend your battery life up to 400% and prevent yourself from having to prematurely replace your batteries and instead spend that money elsewhere?

If you came up with some solid answers of “yes” or “peace of mind is worth anything to me” or “oh, saving money… more to spend on food” then we definitely have an answer for you - the PowerArmor! Coming in multiple sizes and varieties, the PowerArmor is the perfect solution to your RV battery storage issues as well as any other extra camping gear you want to bring along! Read below to find the battery box that is perfect for you.

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PowerArmor Solar

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

oThe 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor Solar hold a single battery (great for marine applications!)

• Manufactured with black high impact powder coated trim for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720RS), 24” (A7712RS) and 26 ¾” (A7708RS)
• Comes standard with a 10-watt solar panel to trickle charge your batteries so they never lose their power 

o The solar panel easily maintains battery life by not under or overcharging them, keeping them in great condition and extending your battery investment. 

• Starts at $468.99


PowerArmor DH

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

o The 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor hold a single battery (is also great for boat and marine applications!)

• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720R), 23 7/8” (A7712R) and 26 ¾” (A7708R)
• Starts at $310.99


PowerArmor MAX

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries with plenty of room for extra storage, four group 27 and 31 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in one length: 58 ½” (A7710R)
• Also has a solar panel option that comes with a 10-watt solar panel to constantly keep your RV batteries charged (A7710RS)
• Starts at $525.99

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Features of PowerArmor battery boxes 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, 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

All PowerArmors come with the box itself, a lock, battery hold down straps, mounting hardware, acid neutralizing mats and if you’re getting the PowerArmor Solar, it comes with a 10-watt Zamp solar panel. Batteries that go inside the box are not included.

 

 


To keep your peace of mind and start protecting your battery investment with this top-of-the-line battery box, call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at:support at torklift.com.

 

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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