Have an RV Step horror story? Win the GlowStep Revolution with #RVStepFail

 

There’s a lot of creative people in the world and that leads to countless quick-fix solutions when problems are encountered. At its best, this inspires innovation and invention; at its worst, it leads to some pretty humorous attempts at problem-solving. As we ring in the New Year, we would love to celebrate both the innovation and the lack thereof. That’s why we’re introducing our RV Step Fail contest.

RV Step Fail

Failed RV StepFailed RV StepsRV steps are notorious for needing modification: the steps are either too short or too shaky, they can’t easily accommodate uneven ground and the surface area is always too small. Complaints about factory trailer steps are as numerous as the ways folks have tried to solve them—with stool legs, concrete blocks, wooden platforms, booster steps and makeshift handrails. You name it and someone has likely tried it.

If you or someone you see has ever been in this situation, we would love to hear about it! Send us photographs and stories of either your steps or steps you’ve spotted and you’ll be entered into a drawing for the chance to win the GlowStep Revolution: the revolutionary, all-in-one RV step solution.

Here’s how to enter:
• Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag “#RVStepFail”
Email us your photo

Find Torklift International on Facebook or Twitter, @Torklift and learn more about the drawing on torklift.com/RVStepFail. Drawing will take place on May 25th, 2016.

Make the GlowStep Revolution your New Year’s Resolution
The GlowStep Revolution is the ultimate RV step system. It was specially engineered as a solution for the common problems that people face with factory RV steps, including step height, connection to the ground and long-lasting durability. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, the patent pending design of GlowStep Revolution is built to last. It is proudly made in the USA and backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. Plus, it glows in the dark! Who doesn’t love that?

Five Ways the GlowStep Revolution Outshines Traditional Modifications

 1. Elevation Control

The GlowStep Revolution has 7 inches of vertical adjustability, allowing you to pinpoint the perfect level for your RV steps. Why is that important? Because this step is 100% booster step free. Elevation Control Bubblev2Determine the space between the top step and RV entry with different settings, allowing for a range of 4 inches. The adjustable feet of the All Terrain Landing Gear provide an additional 3 inches for determining the perfect level of steps. Since the feet on the All Terrain Landing Gear are individually adjustable, battling the woes of uneven ground is no longer a concern. Simply choose the setting that provides the most level and safe step configuration for you and your RV.

 

2. Safety and Stability

There are many reasons why we see trailer owners fixing RV steps, but the one we most often hear about is that the initial factory RV step is too high. GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep Revolution glows for safe entry at nightPeople invent all sorts of solutions to connect their factory trailer steps to the ground but often run into issues with instability. No one wants to walk out at night on a shaky platform, risking ankle injuries as they “jump” from the bottom step. This is where the GlowStep Revolution really shines—it is equipped with All Terrain Landing Gear, adjustable feet that connect the step system to uneven ground, which safely eliminates that swaying diving-board sensation. You’ll never need an RV booster step again.

Additionally, the GlowStep wasn’t christened as glowing for naught—it literally glows in the dark for up to 10 hours after only five minutes of light exposure. Getting in and out of your RV at night has never been easier. Enter our contest, and you could be the lucky winner that gets to see how the GlowStep Revolution shines.

3. Adaptable Versatility

The third big factor that concerns RV owners is leveling RV steps on rough ground. Jumping off the bottom step onto uneven surfaces is an accident waiting to happen, but with the GlowStep Revolution’s precision elevation control and the All Terrain Landing Gear you’ll never again need to worry about uneven ground. The landing gear adapts to any type of terrain, providing unparalleled versatility in the most unpredictable environments.

Another issue that some RV owners face when parking on uneven surfaces or small hills is trouble deploying factory trailer steps. Have you ever needed to dig a hole to allow your bottom step to unfold? (If so, be sure to share it with us!) Accommodate even the trickiest of scenarios and achieve the perfect step height with GlowStep Revolution.

4. Long-lasting Durability

Too often we hear consumers complaining about broken RV steps—steps that just can’t handle life on the road. Unlike traditional RV steps which are made from steel, the GlowStep Revolution was crafted from aircraft grade aluminum to keep rust at bay. Designed specifically for towables and Stowed GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep Revolution in stowed positionside-entry truck campers, these aren’t just any ordinary scissor steps. Torklift’s design was engineered with bushing bearings bolted at each hinge point along the scissor design, which help prevent loosening of steps over time and improves weight-bearing ability. With its lifetime warranty, Torklift promises durability and longevity of the GlowStep system—which is more than we can say for those quick-fix systems.

5. Customize Your RV Steps
Just in case you want to dress up your GlowStep Revolution, there are several bright and shiny accessories that were engineered to pair nicely with its initial design. Attachments such as the GlowGuide Handrail, the SafeStep pet barrier panels and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment provide a wealth of creative solutions to meet your additional RV step needs.

GlowStep Revolution Features

For more information on the GlowStep Revolution, be sure to check out Kevin Livingston’s article “Step Right Up” featured in Trailer Life Magazine.

GlowStep Revolution In UseWin your own GlowStep Revolution today!
Don’t forget to send us your stories and photographs. We want to see the breadth of ways you have come up with to fix those notorious factory RV steps. We’ll laugh and cry with you -- maybe we’ll even feature a few of our favorite RV Step Fails on the blog!

Submit your photo here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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GlowStep Revolution gets Ready for a Glowing Debut with RVIA

 Our one-of-a-kind leveling step system, the GlowStep Revolution, will soon be featured in a national television commercial sponsored by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA is highly esteemed in the RV industry for its safety and compliance monitoring of RVs and RV accessories and it’s also a leading source of RV news and product information.

Torklift International could not be more thrilled to have RVIA endorse the GlowStep Revolution RV step system in its upcoming television commercial.

RVIACommercial1Eric's famed RV featuring the GlowStep RevolutionAn Impressive Performance
We owe our thanks to Eric Martinez—a sales associate at Lazy Dayz RV in Tampa, Florida. The GlowStep Revolution captivated Eric while he was attending a Torklift Dealer training with Torklift’s National Sales Manager Randy Fisher. “When I saw the presentation that your sales manager put on, I was impressed with it,” Eric said. “It was an impressive performance.”

Little did Randy know, Eric had recently been contacted by the RVIA media campaign after he had shared photos of his RV online. RVIA offered Eric the opportunity to participate in their upcoming commercial, and after seeing Randy’s demonstration, Eric wanted to install the GlowStep Revolution on his trailer so that it would be included in the commercial as well. “It seems like a great product,” he said, “that’s why I asked.”

Say “Hello” to the Star of Sensible Support
Designed for towables, the GlowStep Revolution is a complete step system that has the ability to adapt to any type of terrain using the included All Terrain Landing Gear. It is the only RV step system with 7 inches of precision vertical step elevation adjustment. The All Terrain Landing Gear acts as leveling feet for RV steps, ensuring the steps safely touch the ground. This provides unparalleled stability—say goodbye to the unstable springboard effect that occurs so often with factory RV steps.

RVIACommercial2GlowStep Revolution in action

The Glowstep Revolution is proudly made in the USA and is backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. It’s made from durable, lightweight aircraft grade aluminum that stays corrosion free. Unique bushing bearings are used on each hinge-point to provide additional stability and longevity, plus there’s a locking mechanism that secures the RV steps into place.

The GlowStep Revolution RV step features GlowStep technology—self-illuminating strips adhered to each step that glow-in-the-dark for up to 10 hours after only five minutes of light exposure. It pairs perfectly with our other step system accessories, such as the GlowGuide Handrail, the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment and the SafeStep pet safety barrier.

The Leading Lady of Leveling Steps
RVIACommercial3Factory trailer steps compared to the GlowStep RevolutionFactory RV steps just can’t compare with the GlowStep Revolution. Often, depending on how uneven the ground is where the RV is parked, factory trailer steps are to low to the ground to even deploy or are so high off of the ground that they require an unsafe booster step—a safety hazard, especially if you are entering or exiting your trailer at night. Not only does the GlowStep Revolution illuminate your path, it completely eliminates the ground-to-step gap by connecting your RV steps directly to the earth. You’ll never have to use or lug around an unsafe booster step again. The patent pending design also dramatically increases the longevity of your step system because the ground now supports the steps.

Instead of fixing RV steps, replacing recalled steps or repairing broken RV steps, why not take Eric’s advice and invest in the ultimate set of leveling RV steps: the GlowStep Revolution.

Costars of Additional Security
Not only will RVIA’s commercial feature the GlowStep Revolution, but it will also highlight the PowerArmor Solar and the Fortress GasLock—two additional Torklift International products that Eric has also installed on his trailer.

RVIACommercial4PowerArmor SolarThe PowerArmor Solar is a durable locking battery box that provides extra storage when not used for batteries. Its unique solar panel maintains battery charge thereby increasing the longevity of batteries by up to 400%. It’s a great way to ensure that your batteries stay safe while also maintaining their charge.

 

The Fortress GasLock is a locking mechanism for mounted propane RVIACommercial5Fortress GasLocktanks. Propane tank theft is a growing concern, but there’s no need to worry with the addition of the Fortress GasLock. It’s a simple accessory that can save you hundreds in damages related to LP tank theft.

Both the PowerArmor Solar and the Fortress GasLock will be featured alongside the GlowStep Revolution in RVIA’s upcoming commercial.

 

RVIACommercial6Eric Martinez with his kids

Share Your Story With Us
Here at Torklift, we are passionate about our products because we’re passionate about RVing. We llove the freedom and flexibility of a life on the go. Our goal in developing the GlowStep Revolution RV steps for towables, as with all of our products, is to ensure consumer safety while enhancing their RV experience.

If you’re an avid RVer with a story to share, we would love to hear from you. Share your triumphs and trials with us on social media using the hashtag #GoRV.

Stay Tuned for More Information
You won’t want to miss our big debut—RVIA’s national television commercial featuring Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution will be airing in 2016. In the meantime, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on your own GlowStep Revolution complete with All Terrain Landing Gear.
To get the GlowStep Revolution on your RV, visit the Where To Buy section on our website, or find more details about the RV step here.

 


Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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Please hold, your call is important to us - The HiddenPower of Torklift’s Customer Service

What’s the hold up? onholdphoneDon’t get caught in an
automated phone system

“Your call is important to us. Please continue to hold while we transfer you to a customer service representative,” the voice over the phone speaks. It was a cold voice. Genderless and completely devoid of emotion, it lacked the warm touch of humanity, the touch that comforts all those who wander the uncanny valley of pre-recorded messages. As the royalty-free tune plays through distorted speakers, you sigh and pinch the bridge of your nose between two fingers.

At Torklift International this will never happen to you. Believe it or not, humans answer our phones.

hiddenpowertomTorklift Ambassador/ Wagon Master Doug Baughman and Tom StrockTom’s Story  
As an attendee from the 2015 Midwest Truck Camper Rally, Tom Strock was the lucky winner of the HiddenPower treasure hunt. His prize? A free Torklift HiddenPower battery box for his 2003 Chevy 2500 truck, of course. Once he received his prize, he opened the box and carefully read the instructions. As he started the installation of the battery box mount, Tom reached an impasse. For this particular part number’s fitment, the instructions had asked him to “locate two half-inch holes in the frame on the driver’s side just ahead of the fuel tank.” However, no such holes existed on his truck. 

 

customerservicekyleTorklift Tech Support is here to help youTom contacted us and our Tech Support team member Kyle answered right away. Working closely with Kyle, Tom recognized that Torklift would do whatever it took to solve the problem at hand. Kyle consulted Torklift’s team of engineers, who was able to troubleshoot and resolve his fitment woes by relocating an appropriate mounting area.

 

“All of this took place within a few hours of my initial call. Talk about great customer service,” writes Tom.

We guided Tom as he drilled the two half inch holes into the truck’s frame, and the rest of the installation went off without a hitch. According to Tom, “The team at Torklift are great people to work with in quickly solving a problem they had not seen before. Now with two group 31 batteries and 105 watts of solar, there should be plenty of easy boon docking in my future.”

No matter what the situation is, Torklift’s Tech Support will do whatever it takes to make sure the customer’s needs are taken care of.

hiddenpowerTorklift HiddenPower
battery box
The Power of Extra Batteries
The HiddenPower doesn’t just charge batteries. Now Tom can enjoy that extra “jolt” needed to significantly extend the time he can run on his battery system. With the ability to experience stress-free boon docking, the extra battery stays charged and healthy with the HiddenPower wire harness, ready to supply power to his RV with little to no maintenance.


hiddenpower1Battery mount stays hidden
underneath the truck
Another plus? With an extra battery in the HiddenPower, avoid wasting fuel and don’t’ leave your truck running to generate power. Many of us leave the vehicle running so you can use electrical accessories – with HiddenPower, enjoy use of those electrical accessories without running the vehicles engine. Simply hook up your extra battery by mounting it with Torklift’s HiddenPower and installing it’s specially designed wiring harness.

 

The HiddenPower by Torklift International is a convenient and completely concealed under vehicle battery mount for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries, including lead acid, AGM, sealed and gel cell models. It is designed with the user in mind featuring no drill applications that make battery mount installation simple. If you ever run into a snag or have questions, Torklift’s Tech Support is ready and willing to walk you through any installation.

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Whether you need an extra battery mount for a Chevy, Dodge RAM or Ford truck, HiddenPower provides you with the power you need for any task.

Other features of the HiddenPower system include:

• Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
• Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Harness your power
Don’t forget about the battery isolating Hidden Power Wiring Harness, either. While sold separately, the battery wiring harness completes the HiddenPower installation for trucks that do not have a factory installed battery isolation system. With a universal design that works with any HiddenPower part number or fitment, this connection is necessary to make the extra battery act as an extension of your RV battery.

This special HiddenPower Wiring Harness prevents your vehicle’s battery from being drained. The vehicle battery and extra battery feed off of each other. The battery within the HiddenPower battery box mount keeps constantly charged by your truck’s charging system and vice versa. With the ability to detach quickly via a quick disconnect plug for servicing, the wiring harness works with all batteries and is even fused to protect your vehicles electrical system. In addition, the Wire Harness is sealed to prevent damage caused by dirt and moisture, ensuring longer lasting wiring for batteries.

Watch this video to see how the special battery isolating HiddenPower and HiddenPower Wiring Harness provides the extra power you need:

Harness up the HiddenPower and enjoy the convenience of staying charged at all times. To purchase the HiddenPower, locate a dealer near you.

 


 

andrew-headshotWritten by Andrew Wales:
Andrew is a recent graduate from the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. in Arts, Media and Culture. In his free time, he channels his passion for writing into numerous projects, including the development of a series of full-length science fiction thriller novels. He seeks to put his devotion to writing to good use in the professional field as a technical writer.

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7 offers you can’t afford to miss for safeguarding your RV this winter

Safeguard your Camper with these Winter Rebates
The time has come to ready your RV for the off-season. You’ve had a nice year together—exploring the streets of brightly lit cities, spending long nights under canopies of evergreen forests, camping along sandy beaches—but winter is fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about storage and theft prevention.

winterProtect your RV this winter seasonWe understand if storing an RV during the off-season causes a little added stress. As the winter whistle starts to blow, it not only brings rain, snow and ice but also increased theft. This year, as you prepare your truck camper or trailer for its winter hibernation, there’s no need to worry—Torklift International has you covered with the latest RV storage and camper security products, including a locking battery box, a locking cargo carrier, a lock for LP tanks and more.

Don’t delay—these winterization rebates expire on December 11th!

7 Offers You Can’t Afford to Miss

fortress-gaslockFortress GasLock1) Fortress GasLock – Propane Tank Security
Torklift is offering $10 off the Fortress GasLock, a propane tank lock that could save you over $500 in damages related to propane tank theft and cut lines. This nifty lock allows tanks to be secured when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs. It’s the only propane tank lock in the industry and it works hard to protect your propane tanks from prowlers.

power-lockFortress PowerLock2) Fortress PowerLock – Locking Shore Power Latch
The Fortress PowerLock covers the RV shore power cord access door and protects power cords from being stolen. As the price for copper increases, the risk of stolen power cords also grows. This easily installable locking shore power latch can help prevent the risk of cut power cords. Torklift is offering a $10 factory rebate on the Fortress Power Lock—a product that can save you over $300.

3) PowerArmor – Locking Battery Storage
Battery theft is increasingly common and very expensive—damages total up to $800. With the PowerArmor locking battery box you’ll never need to worry about your camper batteries again. The PowerArmor battery box has the dual purpose of securing expensive batteries and providing additional storage space for your gear. Not only that, but the solar option maintains the life of your battery up to 400%. The PowerArmor box is $30 off with Torklift’s winterization rebate.

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PowerArmor Solar battery storage box

generator-trayLock and Load generator tray4) Lock and Load – Locking Cargo Carrier
You wouldn’t leave valuables unprotected in the front yard, so why leave prized RV accessories vulnerable? Stolen generators generate megabucks for thieves, while costing you around $1,800. The Lock and Load is a maximum-security generator tray that is great for protecting all of your big-item valuables—generators, camping gear, toolboxes and more. The Lock and Load also allows you to lock, store and run your generator simultaneously. Torklift’s rebate can save you $30 on this locking cargo tray.

 

camper-stabilizer5) FastGun Wobble Stopper – Camper Stabilizer
The Torklift rebate offer can save you $20 on the FastGun Wobble Stopper. Not only does the FastGun Wobble Stopper prevent theft, but it also reduces camper jack and frame stress. This decreases the risk of jack failure and frame damage—saving thousands if you had to repair your camper frame. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is simple to use and features FastGun technology to make adjustments and disconnects a breeze.

 

6) HiddenPower – Under Vehicle Battery Mount
 battery-mountTorklift HiddenPowerNot only does the HiddenPower battery mount keep your batteries out of sight—you’ll also never lack for an extra RV battery. Additional HiddenPower battery is kept charged by your trucks charging system batteries are simply mounted under your truck bed. Now you can even power your RV or other accessories without turning on the ignition—just wire them directly into the extra battery. Torklift is offering a $20 factory rebate when you purchase the HiddenPower battery mount.

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for truck campers
7) Camper Packer – Camper Storage Stands
You’ll definitely want to keep your camper steady while it’s off the truck. Don’t forget to consider the Camper Packer storage stands for your long-term storage needs. These 6,000 lb. capacity camper storage stands dramatically reduce stress to your camper jacks and frame. Torklift’s rebate offer will save you an additional $10 as your prepare to store your camper for the off-season.

 

Save Big this Winter
Theft isn’t cheap. That’s why we want you to take full advantage of Torklift International’s winterization rebates and save between $10 and $30 on select camper storage or RV security products. When winter comes to an end and you’re back on the trail with your camper, we know you’ll be glad you did.

LAST CHANCE! Protect yourself this winter — access Torklift rebate offers by clicking here.


 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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Are your RV batteries ready for winter? The best way to maintain healthy batteries for next camping season

PowerArmor in UseWinterizing your trailer is easy with a
solar charged RV battery box
Winterizing your towable means ensuring everything is in the best condition possible so your RV is in tip-top shape come springtime. It also means taking time to care of those expensive big-ticket items, in particular the RV batteries. Deep-cycle batteries come with a hefty price tag, so making sure you get your money’s worth means getting them to last as long as possible. The last thing you want when you start prepping your RV after winter is finding dead RV batteries to be just a hunk of junk. Nothing’s more of a pain than poor battery performance.

Battery storage when winterizing a travel trailer
So how you should go about storing RV batteries over the winter season?

PowerArmor Solar

 

 

  

Introducing the Power Armor Solar battery box.

 

 


This battery storage container benefits your batteries in more ways than one:

  1. The high quality battery box made from heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum comes with a locking mechanism to prevent battery theft.
  2. Battery life is extended by keeping them in great condition while in storage.

Let’s take a look extending the battery life with the use of a simple battery box. Even though it’s clearly a storage container and may sound pretty ordinary, this box is anything but. The PowerArmor Solar is specially engineered with all the bells and whistles necessary for keeping batteries healthy by maintaining its charge level. 

The number one cause of death for batteries? Overcharging or undercharging.

Overcharging:
Most RV owners believe that if they leave their battery plugged into the RV’s battery converter it will keep the battery topped off while in storage. Many RV battery converters charge at a constant voltage that is too high for the battery, essentially frying up the battery to the point where it’s no longer functioning. The electrolytes that keep the battery effective are boiled off and permanent damage occurs.

Undercharging:
If batteries are left sitting and discharge to low enough levels, sulfation crystals can form and block the battery charge plates. This prevents the battery from achieving its full potential and charge level. It also affects how well the battery holds its charge. It is common to add water and recharge, but the battery will not be able function at optimum performance again.

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Self-discharge of batteries significantly increases in both too hot and too cold of climates. Why is it important to keep RV batteries constantly charged? According to Trailer Life Magazine, a battery at 40 percent charge level can completely freeze at negative 16 degrees. However when it’s fully charged, the electrolytes will not freeze until negative 92 degrees. In other words, it is extremely unlikely for a battery to freeze if you keep it trickle charged. The more its charge level is maintained at a higher level, the better it performs.

Overall, battery survival makes a big difference if it’s properly maintained with the right amount of charge.

Solar panel to the rescueZamp Solar PanelZamp Solar Panel
The PowerArmor Solar is designed to keep batteries healthy by avoiding undercharging and over charging of the battery,especially while sitting during the off-season. A 10-watt solar panel by Zamp Solar comes adhered to the storage box lid and is easily wired into the batteries you’ve chosen to store within it. Exposure to sunlight will fuel your battery with just enough charge to keep it from overcharging or discharging too much, keeping your pricey RV batteries in prime shape from a performance standpoint.

PowerArmor Solar:

• Prevents common and expensive storage/battery theft
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement
• Dual use for securing batteries, towing and camping gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van etc.
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Proudly Made in the USA

How bout that cool factor? The sleek design is solid, durable and — even better — it’s backed with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Not only can you save $30 on the PowerArmor Solar with a limited time factory rebate, but save hundreds on premature battery replacement. Help your batteries survive winter with the PowerArmor Solar locking battery box.

PowerArmor $30 Factory Rebate

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That’s right, go ahead and fill this ultimate storage box with stocking stuffers. Make it the best holiday gift ever with a big red bow and place it under the tree! This is one present you’ll rest easier having purchased.

Click here for more information on the PowerArmor Solar battery box or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website. 

Source: http://www.trailerlife.com/rv-trailer-news/rv-battery-basics-get-the-best-performance


 

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Shore power cord locking device protects against the chance of copper theft

anti-theftIf you have an RV you’re going to want to hear about this. 

Theft is one of those things we don’t necessarily expect to happen to us. Believe it or not, it’s more common than we like to admit. When it does actually happen, it’s unexpected and extremely disappointing. Not to mention a serious damper on your wallet. What’s worse than paying out of pocket for something twice or having to pay up on unnecessary repair costs? The road of life has its ups and downs, but there are ways to further prepare yourself and protect your equipment to avoid those expensive dips along the way.

Copper theft just doesn’t make cents
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Police reports and insurance claims aren’t always filed for each instance of copper theft. Even with that factored in; the amount of copper stolen and redeemed is more than $1 billion annually. Click here for interesting statistics on the rise of copper theft.

 


With thieves selling copper for up to two dollars per pound, no wonder it’s one of the most valuable and desired of metals. The incline in this type of thievery certainly won’t make any cents add up in your piggy bank.

powerlock-ou1Fortress PowerLockDon’t cut the cord
So how does copper theft apply to you when you’re out and about enjoying life in your RV? One of the easiest targets for copper wiring on your RV is the shore power cord. Whether your RV is stationed at a campsite or sitting in storage, the shore power access cord is a tempting and easy mark for copper snatchers. The wires within the shore power cords are made with copper along with other metals.

Torklift has designed the Fortress PowerLock to protect your RV from this common theft.

powerlock-shutLockable shore power
hatch with key

 

 

If you own an RV, you know how crucial the shore power cord is for a successful camping trip. When you aren’t running off of batteries, this external power cord is critical in sourcing power to your RV by plugging it into an outside power outlet. Everything that requires power in the RV will need to run through this cable.

 

Keep the bad guys away and continue to play
Torklift customer Russ Demaris recently installed and reviewed the Torklift International Fortress PowerLock on his RV.

“This simple but clever device is like a high impact aircraft grade aluminum vault that securely mounts to the side of your RV,” Russ writes.

powerlock-customer-reviewRuss installed the Fortress PowerLock on his RVAs a lockable door cover that blocks access to the shore power cord and plug, the Fortress PowerLock is indeed made from durable aircraft grade aluminum and available in either black or white high impact powder coat finish.

Most RVs come equipped with a very basic hatch made from flimsy plastic, leaving your shore power cord susceptible to damage or theft, not to mention that it’s somewhat of an eyesore. By incorporating a Fortress PowerLock, Russ followed the simple installation method and achieved an indestructible shield from those bad guys.

Step 1: Remove plastic power cord access door
Step 2: Apply sealant tape to access door assembly and slide it into the Fortress PowerLock assembly
Step 3: Apply sealant to the back of the Fortress PowerLock assembly and mount directly to the side of the RV with provided hardware

It took Russ less than 30 minutes to install the Fortress PowerLock. He shares his experience installing Torklift’s power cord locking device on his RV in a detailed blog entry. Click here to read more.

Watch this video to see the Fortress PowerLock in action:

Fortress PowerLock:

• 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
• Lock and keys included
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

To purchase the RV shore power cord locking device, visit the Where To Buy section on our website to find a dealer near you. Have a question? Give our Tech Support a call at 800-246-8132.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress PowerLock. Be sure to browse all of Torklift International’s RV security products.

 


 

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Top 3 RV storage solutions for making the most of limited space

travel-trailerFind storage solutions for your RV
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For those experienced with the RV lifestyle, it’s not surprising that tight living quarters are sometimes challenging. With dozens of organizational tips and tricks to help with your storage woes, we’ve gathered some RV storage solutions to get those large real estate items out of the way and available for usage with a much more convenient approach. Extra space in your camper or trailer is always a plus!

Our top three suggestions for RV camping storage solutions are as follows:

#1) PowerArmor storage container for camping gear
With three different box sizes currently available, Torklift International PowerArmor box is the perfect locking storage container available for a variety of uses. The largest sized box, the PowerAmor MAX can hold up to five batteries and comes with adjustable dividers to compartmentalize and organize a custom storage container to fit your needs.

PowerArmor-LineTorklift International PowerArmor boxesEasily store:

• Tools
• Camping gear
• Batteries: Group 24, Group 27, Group 31, etc.
• Power cords
• Ropes, chains, bungee cords or turnbuckles
• Equalizer bars or weight distribution system
• Recreational equipment
• Crank handles for scissor jacks or slide out cranks
• Kindling or firewood

travel-trailer2Mount a locking storage box
to your trailer tongue

The camping storage box comes with mounting hardware to bolt to your RV, camper bumper, trailer tongue, truck or van. It’s aluminum bright diamond plate and black high impact powder coated frame prevent corrosion and rust, making this storage container a high quality and durable choice.




The WOW factor: it’s lockable! With the rates of theft while equipment is sitting in storage or at the campground, use the PowerArmor locking storage box to keep your items safe and secure.

Click here for more information on box sizes and part numbers.

Solar-panelZamp solar panelOpt for a solar powered advantage
Securely storing tools, camping gear and other equipment isn’t the only perk to the PowerArmor storage box. If you’re planning on storing batteries, you’ll want to upgrade to a PowerArmor Solar. Why? This aluminum storage container with locking capability is ideal for keeping your RV batteries healthy, charged and ready for use. The Zamp solar panel attached to the lid uses sunlight to trickle charge the batteries within, prolonging battery life up to 400 percent. After sitting in storage your batteries lose charge and quickly become duds. RV batteries are also easy targets for thieves looking to make a quick dollar. In these situations, replacing expensive batteries in which you’ve already invested can nearly break your bank.

The PowerArmor Solar also comes in MAX size giving you flexibility to put the dividers to use, sectioning off space for both batteries and equipment.

powerarmor-locking-boxSolar panel attached to lid
of PowerArmor Solar
Both the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar locking containers for batteries, RV equipment, and camping gear are perfect storage solutions for RV living. Free up limited interior space and create new spaces outside the RV to bring along necessary gear that would otherwise overload and overcrowd living space.

Learn more about the PowerArmor and PowerArmor Solar locking storage boxes here.

#2) Lock and Load cargo carrier
side-kick-ouLock and Load cargo trays
are available in two sizes

This space-saving cargo tray is also a great contender for exterior RV storage solutions. As a receiver hitch accessory for either front or rear hitch, the locking cargo carrier is ideal for securing heavy generators, gas cans, grills or even fire wood. The beauty of the locking cargo tray is that you’re able to simultaneously store, lock and run your generator. Keep the fumes and noise from a generator outside of your truck and RV by mounting it to the Torklift International Lock and Load.

 

 

Learn about the smaller sized Lock and Load SideKick generator tray by clicking here or find additional details on the Original Lock and Load.

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under vehicle battery mount
(Shown in yellow for contrast)
#3) Hidden Power under vehicle battery mount
Torklift International HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount is your secret weapon. Not only does this bolt on mount for an extra battery stay tucked up away from view underneath your vehicle, it doesn’t impair ground clearance and gives you extra power when you need it most. The battery ties directly into your truck’s charging system with the HiddenPower Wiring Harness so you never run out of juice. Don’t worry about thieves’ sticky fingers, since they won’t even see that there’s a battery on the vehicle.

 

Here’s how it works:

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Click here to learn about all the benefits of mounting an extra battery with the HiddenPower.

Storage is few and far between in your RV. When assessing whether or not to bring along an extra battery, don’t worry about it taking up limited space when you’ve got ‘HiddenPower.’

 

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Know that Torklift International is always thinking of innovative ways to make your experiences on the road safe and more convenient for you. Don’t stress about the details – take advantage of Torklift products so you can take more time to make memories and enjoy the little adventure we call life.

 

PowerArmor boxes, Lock and Load cargo carriers and the Torklift HiddenPower extra battery mounts are proudly made in the USA and covered with a lifetime warranty. To find out where you can purchase any of these RV storage solutions near you, visit the Where To Buy section on our website.

Feel free to call 800-246-8132 if you have additional questions.


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

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The trick to avoiding RV battery theft and achieving a worry-free summer

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Don’t let stolen RV batteries ruin your ability to camp

Now that summer is here, all you want to do is relax by the campfire and enjoy the starry nights creating quality memories with family and friends. The last thing on your mind should be worry.camp-fire

Not worrying about little Johnny’s flaming marshmallow taking flight as he whirls the roasting stick above his head… Not worrying about the next school season, bill payments or your adolescent daughter’s new high school “boyfriend.” And above all, you should never have to worry about someone stealing your expensive RV and camping equipment.

Like a thief in the night
No one wants to think about the possibility of someone committing crimes while they’re out enjoying nature. Our vacations are meant to be restful, filled with fun and lots of laughter. You’ve spent the time to plan, you’re finally at your destination and then one morning you wake up and wonder why the coffee maker won’t turn on in the RV? You find yourself checking everything; the lights, the TV, the electrical panel and finally, the batteries. Wait a minute. The batteries are...gone.

anti-theftMore common than campground theft, most burglary happens when your trailer or camper is sitting in storage between trips or just parked outside of your house. When you finally take that well-deserved time off for a trip, nothing’s worse then discovering you’re not as ready as you thought you were. The ability to quickly pack up and get on the road is blown to oblivion because scheduling repair and investing in new batteries is now a priority. Tssssssssssss. Do you hear that sound? That’s those expensive batteries burning a hole in your pocket.

Who moved my cheese?
According to a police report in Medford, Or., RV battery theft is on the rise with an increase in battery theft expected throughout the summer months, just when everyone has their equipment and gear ready to go camping or on vacation.

battery-theft-cut-wiringThieves steal batteries and damage wiring

The recent article in RV Pro Magazine mentions how batteries are fairly simple to steal if left unsecured. As more campers, trailers and boats are taken out of storage and parked in driveways or on the street in preparation for summer travel and recreation, they turn into easy targets and attract thieves.

Reports of battery theft are more prevalent each year.

As cited in the article by RV Pro, police Lt. Mike Budreau fell victim to battery theft from his boat as it sat outside his friend’s house. Now he has learned that it’s worthwhile to lock up or lug the batteries into storage to prevent it from happening in the future.

To read the full RV Pro article on battery theft, click here.

save-moneyGypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Thieves have targeted RVs for years as a way to make quick and easy cash. While batteries typically cost anywhere from $75 to $130 a piece, battery bandits re-sell them for a very small portion of profit. Often thieves cause even more damage by cutting wiring. Wiring repairs are a huge hassle. This makes securing your exposed batteries a priority, regardless if where you’ve parked your RV or trailer.

Up until recently, there weren’t many options available. The only solution was to jury rig your own locking contraption or completely disconnect the battery and bring it inside a locked structure. What an annoyance to be bothered with that when you’re just trying to enjoy your time off. So what’s a poor schmuck supposed to do, put GPS locators on the batteries?stop-sign


But wait! STOP THE PRESSES!

Torklift International has developed a new line of locking storage boxes to prevent common and expensive battery theft! Your key to successfully keeping your batteries safe: 
the PowerArmor Solar.

Fringe with benefits
We’re not just talking about the benefit of knowing your batteries are secure. The benefits from owning a PowerArmor Solar are that it’s much more than a security feature of the Torklift brand and quality. Whether your RV is parked in your driveway or you’re set up beside the lake, you don’t ever have to be without power.

PowerArmor-locking-battery-boxPowerArmor Solar


Using a 10-Watt solar panel, Torklift PowerArmor Solar battery box maintains the charge of your batteries. By using a trickle charge method, longevity of the batteries increases up to 400% so you can avoid replacing the batteries prematurely. The bottom of the locking storage box is lined with an acid neutralizing battery mat to prevent corrosion caused by battery acid.


And that’s not all...

  1. Made from heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
  2. Comes with mounting bracket and is designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
  3. Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
  4. Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (Max size only)

Don’t squander your power
The choice is yours. You don’t have to be a victim of battery theft. No other home option is as easy to install and provides the level of security as the PowerArmor Solar by Torklift International. Bolting easily to your trailer tongue or camper bumper, you’ll find the locking cargo box provides extra storage for your gear in addition to its security.

Now that Torklift International has helped stop battery thieves in their tracks, there’s no need to think about attaching GPS locaters to your batteries.

Bonus tip for keeping safe from any type of theft at the campsite: Lock it up.

  1. Lock your expensive generator with the Lock and Load or Load and Load SideKick generator tray
  2. Protect your shore power cords with the Fortress PowerLock
  3. Avoid propane tank theft and tampering with a Fortress GasLock
  4. Keep your Torklift RV scissor steps in place with GlowStep Locks
  5. If truck camping:
    1. Look into locking your turnbuckles and tie downs
    2. Prevent camper theft with the FastGun Wobble Stopper

Click here to learn more about the Torklift International PowerArmor Solar.

Source: http://rv-pro.com/news/rv-battery-thefts-heat-up-in-summer-months


 

Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
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Go big or stay home – Top 4 reasons customers are opting for higher capacity hitches

You’ve probably heard of the saying “Go big or Go home.” When it comes to towing, you shouldn’t leave home if you don’t have the appropriate equipment to tow safely and properly.

towing-with-camperTowing a boat while hauling a truck camperUsually bringing along extra cargo is associated with work or play. Towing heavy machinery or hauling materials, or at the other end of the spectrum you might be towing a fancy speedboat behind a hefty truck camper. I’m sure most of us prefer the latter. Regardless of the circumstances, what a shame it would be if catastrophe hit while on the road. It’s not uncommon that accidents happen and we agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t you?

Why are folks opting for higher capacity hitch receiver applications?
 

1) Versatility – Plans change. Perhaps you want to upgrade or downgrade your towable in the future. To skip the hassle of having to upgrade a hitch later, the highest capacity hitches by Torklift allow you to cover all of your potential weight capacities at one time – with one hitch.
2) Safety – Safety is hands down the most important thing for people and their families. With high quality towing equipment that has endured strenuous testing, know that safety is guaranteed with the high capacity SuperHitch Outlaw Towing Series. 
3) Strength – People with heavy duty trucks want to be able to use them to its fullest potential. A lower capacity hitch on a truck with the ability to tow heavier weight hinders the truck's capabilities. With a high capacity hitch, maximize the towing potential and use your truck for what it was designed to do. 
4) Convenience – Towing equipment shouldn’t be a worry. With opting for a hitch with a lifetime warranty and the highest capacities, buy one and call it done.

If you tow or haul often, take necessary safety measures by investing in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. Let’s explore the benefits of using the sturdy combination of a SuperHitch and SuperTruss extension. In other words, what puts the “hitch” in “SuperHitch”?

hitch-outlineHeavy Duty

The SuperHitch Outlaw Series includes the highest rated towing equipment in the industry. Torklift trailer hitches are beefed up and built as a frame-mounted hitch specifically engineered for Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy/GMC and Toyota trucks.

SuperHitch Magnum 30K – 30,000 pounds pull* | 3,000 pounds tongue weight*
SuperHitch Original 20K – 20,000 pounds pull* | 2,000 pounds tongue weight*
SuperHitch Hero 15K – 15,000 pounds pull* | 1,500 pounds tongue weight*
* When used with weight distribution.

It's often that trucks are used to both tow and haul at the same time. If the cargo in the truck bed blocks the hitch receiver by crossing the threshold of the vehicles rearend, you’ll need specific towing equipment to uphold your ability to tow. An example of this would be towing a trailer while hauling a camper with an overhang.

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The SuperHitch SuperTruss extension pairs perfectly with each model of SuperHitch to give you the ability and convenience of extending your tow hitch in the safest way possible. Take advantage of the versatility of your tow vehicle by giving it the tools it needs to go big.

Industry Standard

Not only is Torklift’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series the front-runner in the towing industry when it comes to quality, strength and weight capacities, but we’ve also stuck with a design that keeps you in mind.

superhitch-detailsSuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver hitch
First, we’ve chosen a 2-inch by 2-inch dual receiver configuration to be compatible with ballmounts and receiver accessories that come standard in the market. The SuperHitch Magnum 30K comes with a removable adapter sleeve for the ability to extend its upper receiver to 2.5 inches.

 Second, we’ve gone above and beyond industry standard by reinforcing each hitch pin location with steel washers to prevent common wear and tear known as “egging” or elongation of the pinhole. Elongation often causes slop or jerking when towing.

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 When it comes to the design of the SuperTruss extension, it also exceeds industry standard by using patented lateral safety chains. This provides incredible side-to-side support that’s needed when using a hitch extension.

Tie downs

tiedown-outlineWe’ve put careful thought and expertise into crafting the perfect trailer hitch. As a manufacturer of a variety of RV products, we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon convenience. Not only do most SuperHitch applications bolt directly onto the truck frame without having to drill, each hitch is also compatable with Torklift truck camper tie downs.

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If you’ve ever owned a truck camper, you know it’s crucial to invest in a system that will securely hold the expensive camper to your truck without causing damage to either. Each Torklift SuperHitch is pre-drilled for tie downs making installation a breeze.

Choice

That’s right. Based on your towing needs, choose from SuperHitch Magnum 30K, SuperHitch Original 20K or SuperHitch Hero 15K built for half ton trucks. You also have the ability to choose the right size of towing extension for your application. The SuperHitch SuperTruss comes in 8 different lengths. By adding a receiver extension, know that your towing weight capacities will change. The shorter the extension, the more capacity it can handle. Unlike any other hitch extension, Torklift’s 21-inch extension is rated to safely tow up to 14,000 pounds and handle a 1,400-pound tongue weight when used with weight distribution.

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SuperTruss extension comes in several lengths to fit your needs

The SuperHitch SuperTruss extension comes in lengths from 21 inches to 60 inches (5 feet). Use our measurement guide to determine what size extension you should choose.

High quality

Made in America from US-sourced high-grade steel and welded with precision in our local manufacturing facility in Sumner, Washington, trust that SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the best towing equipment money can buy. Not only are you investing in safe equipment that’s built to last, Torklift SuperHitch and SuperTruss come with Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty.

Watch this video to see what Don Clemons from Wisconsin had to say:

“I originally used a factory hitch with an extension and I never felt safe,” Don explains. “When we ordered our newer, larger, heavier trailer I switched out the hitch for the Torklift SuperHitch Magnum with a 36-inch SuperTruss extension… World of difference!”

Don is one of many happy customers who have switched their towing system to the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. Thousands of others depend on this set up to tow safely – even Captain Ray Van Horn of the popular TV show Gypsy Angler relies on SuperHitch and SuperTruss.

Our goal at Torklift International is to provide our customers with safe equipment that speaks for itself when it comes to performance. Go big with Torklift SuperHitch Outlaw Series.

Learn more about the Outlaw Series of towing products here.

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
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Don’t fall for it -- Relinquish the booster step for your trailer entry with GlowStep Revolution RV Step System

leap-of-faithDon’t take a leap of faith
when you don’t have to
With a brand new travel trailer you’ll quickly discover the downfall to the factory OEM trailer steps. Not only do flimsy foldout steps hover above ground, but they also feel like you’re scaling a springing plank or diving board each time you enter and exit the trailer. The entire RV shakes and shimmies like the California quake of ’94. When exiting your RV do you ever feel like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade when he took a leap of faith? The gap from the last step to the ground is considerably too large to safely maneuver.

You come to the realization that you’ll need to supplement the step configuration on your trailer. What a shame...Or is it?

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With the newly introduced and first-of-its-kind GlowStep Revolution step system for towables, all of your trailer step problems are solved. The high quality steps made with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel have a smart scissor step design with a lifetime warranty that guarantees your money well spent. Due to the precise attention to quality and level of workmanship, you’ll never have to think about replacing trailer steps once the GlowStep Revolution is installed.

 

anti-boosterDon’t settle for unsafe booster steps

The GlowStep Revolution is the epitome of safety and convenience. No longer worry about having to haul around booster steps, cinder blocks, pallets or other makeshift homemade steps that only Band-Aid the gap between the bottom of the factory step to the ground. Who wants to carry these items around let alone store them inside their RV? Why not invest in a sturdy and reliable step that will last a lifetime. As an aftermarket trailer step, you can bring the GlowStep Revolution right along with you as you upgrade from trailer to trailer. Installation on towables is so simple, you’ll wonder what took you so long to upgrade in the first place.

What are the downfalls of using trailer step imposters that act as booster steps and how does the GlowStep Revolution RV Step system remedy these issues?

Let’s take a closer look:

STABILITY
Problem: This issue is somewhat obvious when using OEM trailer steps. The up and down movement from entering the trailer causes your coach to rock side-to-side. Factory steps on towables also lack any possibility of adjustment. If using a booster step, the added step to close the gap in step rise is unable to adapt to terrain leaving steps unsecured and wobbly.

Solution: All of the features built within the GlowStep Revolution contribute to its unmatched level of stability. In particular the Earth-to-RV feature and All Terrain Landing Gear take these steps to the next level. Connecting the steps all the way to the ground from the entry door of your trailer is the only way to achieve a rock solid step configuration. Its 3-position adjustment allows easy leveling as you can determine how flat and even your steps sit.

all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear
adjusts to level RV steps
With All Terrain Landing Gear there’s adjustability on both sides of the step so you can safely and accurately level the steps to give you that firm feeling of foundation you desire. All Terrain Landing Gear meets any challenge: rocks, sand, mud, snow or sleet. No matter what mother earth puts under your rig, the landing gear remains planted and secure where you put it.

Have the original GlowSteps? The All Terrain Landing Gear is available to purchase by itself and can be added to most scissor steps for leveling capability.

 

SAFETY
extra-step-to-safetyProblem: Factory steps and booster steps lack adjustability for a wide range of safety needs. With no way to add or subtract a step to the factory step, what you see is what you get.

Solution: With GlowStep Revolution, we’ve taken accessibility to the ultimate level of safety. Since it works as a system with GlowGuide Handrail, pet-friendly SafeStep and more, you can tailor your step configuration to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to create a safe entry for folks with limited mobility, small children or even your pets, pick and choose the features you need to achieve optimum safety.

Click here to learn more about each component you can add to your step system.

STORAGE
gsr-stored-finalGlowStep Revolution stores easily
in the factory step compartment
Problem:
Good luck finding somewhere to store a trailer booster step that isn’t a nuisance. When space is already limited, storing extra cargo and lugging around extra weight is the farthest thing from convenience. Also, you’ll find that factory steps are unable to collapse into the step compartment without hanging down and impairing ground clearance.

Solution: Not only does the GlowStep Revolution deploy in seconds, it stores safely and easily into the body of your RV when not in use giving you greater ground clearance than a factory step provides. The step latches and uses a security pin to keep it safely in place during transit.

STYLE
Problem: Plastic or wooden booster steps disrupt what could be a seamless entry/exit to your RV. Makeshift steps are an eyesore and primarily lack functionality.

Solution: The GlowStep Revolution is a great addition to any towable. The RV step system looks high quality and sleek because its aluminum composition that’s non-corrosive and rust-free. Its strength and longevity come from the carefully engineered design features: stainless steel bushing bearings, anti-slip SureGrip step tread and double bar hinges.

With up to 10 hours of glowing capability from just five minutes of light exposure, don’t worry about lack of visibility at nighttime.

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Steps are double-hinged for strength

So there you have it. The GlowStep Revolution RV step system will tackle any challenge and misfortune your factory trailer steps have been causing you. Recently, we’ve heard several reports of RV manufacturers recalling RVs due to faulty steps. Click here to see a recent story about RV steps breaking due to weak rivets, causing the steps to give way.

Take your safety into your own hands (or feet in this case) by trusting the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution and see what others had to say about the RV steps here:

 


 

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Step Right Up!

We are so lucky to have a chance to have one of our products featured in the September edition of Trailer Life Magazine! What product do you ask? None other than the newest addition to our product family, the GlowStep Revolution.

“… it doesn’t get much better than this.”
                    -Kevin Livingston, Trailer Life Magazine

Revolution-step-system

Hey, it doesn’t get much better than this. Here are some of the reasons why we think the GlowStep Revolution is amazing:

• With our step system design, the GlowStep Revolution brings you down to ground level, making it so you don’t need unsafe booster steps
• Our specially designed All Terrain Landing Gear quickly levels on uneven terrain and eliminates the unstable and unsafe ‘diving board’ feeling
• The step system includes various options (purchased separately) that let you build an entry and exit system to suite your specific needs: the SafeStep barrier, GlowGuide Handrail and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaner
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, meaning that it is rust free
• Works on both side entry truck campers and towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity, preventing the steps from coming loose over time
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only 5 minutes of light exposure
• Comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• The GlowStep Revolution is proudly made in the USA

glowstep-revolution-atlgAll Terrain Landing Gear levels trailer steps

We use and created a specially engineered hinge design unlike any other in the industry and is the only scissor step system designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry campers. We had a Q & A with a couple of engineers from our team about the GlowStep Revolution. Below are their responses:

 

How did you come up with the GlowStep Revolution design?
We measured many different trailers to determine the most common step bracket widths and hole spacing. After some testing, we found that when trailers aren’t parked on level ground, the height of the door could change significantly. Other step companies counter this problem by preventing the steps from contacting the ground and allows more movement with their lower steps. This adds a lot of stress to the trailer’s frame, but our design, with All Terrain Landing Gear, is much more stable with the bottom of the steps resting on the ground.

We also designed our mounting bracket to allow the top step to be adjusted up and down as well. With both the mounting height and lower steps being adjustable, it keeps any one step from being too tall for people.

What was the process of creating the GlowStep Revolution from idea to final product?
Step 1: Research how current steps are mounted
Step 2: Design a prototype
Step 3: Test the prototype and look for ways to improve the product
Step 4: Redesign the mounting bracket to add in more adjustment and make other minor tweaks based on customer feedback
Step 5: Strength test the system to verify calculations
Step 6: Created drawings, bills of materials, jigs for production, and write instructions for installation

What about the glow in the dark aspect of the GlowStep Revolution?
Brought over from our other GlowStep line. We often hear how much our customers love it and is one of the most useful features of the product. It was a no-brainer to carry the glow in the dark feature into the new GlowStep line.

What is coolest part of the GlowStep Revolution for our engineering department?
The upper step adjustment mechanism that relies on an indexing plate and lever mounted cog to hold the plate in position.

There you have it folks, from the creators own mouths! Make sure that you go check out the article in Trailer Life Magazine and learn all about all the amazing features of our GlowStep Revolution!

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Don’t break a leg! It’s showtime for the GlowStep Revolution

break-a-legDon’t break a leg
on your factory RV steps
The phrase “break a leg” means “good luck” in theatrical slang. With the GlowStep Revolution, you won’t have to rely on luck to safely maneuver in and out of your RV. Similar to a stage director, Torklift engineers have tirelessly worked to test and develop the best way to stabilize RV steps. The result is a showstopper: the GlowStep Revolution RV step for towables, fifth wheels and side-entry truck campers. The even better news, you can buy it now.

 

Whose line is it anyway?
We tossed the scripts and winged it for the GlowStep Revolution Challenge. To gain some genuine, unbiased feedback on our new RV scissor steps, we gave campers at a KOA campground in Kent, Washington, the opportunity to review two sets of steps.

No-Script
karen-reviewAs a direct comparison between factory trailer steps and the GlowStep Revolution RV step, we arranged them side-by-side on a travel trailer to see what would happen.



Enter stage right: Karen Rosier takes the plunge.

 

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsLeveling RV Steps

After testing the factory RV step, Rosier tried the GlowStep Revolution RV Step.

 

“It’s a lot more secure, feels more sturdy,” said Rosier. “I don't feel like I’m going to break something…it doesn't feel like I am going to fall off or the step is going to bend over. That's what the factory steps feel like -- like it’s going to flop over and I will fall.”

You spent good money on your RV. The steps shouldn’t cause a feeling of insecurity and lack of safety. Good thing the new GlowStep Revolution RV steps won’t cause you any stage fright.

Like other folks who tested the steps, Rosier preferred the GlowStep Revolution to the factory RV step. The bottom step rise was very easy in comparison to the trailer steps that hover above the ground. The factory trailer steps do not reach the ground and the step closest to the ground is too high for most users.

walk-the-plankAvoid “walking the plank”The main event
The earth-to-RV feature is large part of why the GlowStep Revolution RV Step received a standing ovation when it comes to safety and stability. The feeling of ‘walking the plank’ on a factory RV step can be pretty terrifying. Since the steps extend all the way to the ground, the diving board effect is completely eliminated with the GlowStep Revolution and you can put your trust in the strength of these new steps.

trailer-booster-stepEliminate use of
RV booster step

 

In theatre, a person who attempts to learn another's role to act as a replacement or back up is known as the understudy. In RV lingo, this would be considered the dreaded booster step. To fill in because of lack in functionality, the clunky booster step is not nearly as talented as the GlowStep Revolution. Once you’ve installed the GlowStep Revolution on your towable, there is no need to lug around the extra booster step to lessen the gap in step rise.

 

The GlowStep Revolution ranges from 2-6 steps and has the ability to add or subtract steps depending on the needs of your application. Click here for a measurement guide.

all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing GearWhat’s downstage?
The All Terrain Landing Gear, of course. This versatile accessory comes standard on the GlowStep Revolution, but can also be added to any standard scissor step configuration. The adjustable feet quickly level the RV steps on uneven terrain, which is a common occurrence when navigating the beautiful, yet unexpected features of the great outdoors.

 

 

trailer-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step System 

The perfect props
Just like a show, the perfect props play a huge part in complementing a performance. So how can you increase safety on a GlowStep Revolution? Luckily, the RV step is a complete system where you can pick and choose products that address your needs.

  1. Added stability: GlowStep Handrail
    The ultra lightweight GlowStep Handrail increases step capacities by 25 pounds and makes a world of difference in safety during entry/exit of the RV.
  2. Safe for Sparky: SafeStep 
    This vertical panel or riser guard acts as a barrier in between steps, making the RV steps less intimidating for pets. Click here to see the pet friendly scissor steps in action. 
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  3. My name’s not Cinderella: DirtDestroyer
    Constantly using your whiskbroom and dustpan to keep your RV clean? Don’t waste time cleaning and make your time camping more enjoyable with our shoe cleaning attachment that prevents dirt from sneaking its way into your camper or trailer.

 

Curtain call
With this innovative design and the outstanding features of the GlowStep Revolution, you’ll no longer have to knock on wood or keep your fingers crossed to avoid tempting fate. Now available for purchase, if you’ve invested in the GlowStep Revolution RV steps you’re in good hands.

See the full version of the GlowStep Revolution Challenge:

To learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, click here.

 


 

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

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Protect RV LP tanks with Fortress GasLock

Keep your valuables protected

lock-iconWhile traveling on vacation, we shouldn’t have to worry about the security of our propane tanks. Propane tanks are an essential part of RVs; they heat our RVs, allow us to cook our food or keep food cool, and power many other amenities. To ensure that we are getting the most out of our road trip or camping getaway, we need to know that our propane tanks are secure and safe.

lock-for-lp-tanksForum user installed Fortress GasLock on Airstream trailer
Unfortunately, there are people out there who feel they can take what does not belong to them. When thieves steal or tamper with your propane, it not only costs money to replace the propane, they can also inflict damage to your equipment. It is both expensive and a hassle to repair any damages inflicted upon your tanks and trailer.

Put your mind at ease
Torklift International has the solution with the Fortress GasLock. This lock is a part of Torklift International’s line of security products. It is constructed from military grade aluminum and is proudly made in the USA. This propane tank lock secures tanks when mounted to trailers, towables, and RVs. It is the only lock available for propane tanks in the industry and now works with all Airstream trailers. This product will allow you to enjoy your travels comfortably while assured of your propane tank’s safety.

robertsunrus-reviewForum user RobertSunRus uses the
LP tank lock to protect propane tanks
On popular Airstream forum AirForums.com, user ‘RobertSunRus’ installed the Fortress GasLock for Airstream on his travel trailer. Since the LP tanks and shiny tank container are very expensive to replace, the Fortress GasLock serves as an ideal theft deterrent.

“It’s nice, well-made and looks good too,” said user RobertSunRus.

Click here to learn more about his experience.

Not only is it effective, it’s easy to install
For your convenience, Torklift International makes the installation of the Fortress GasLock quick and easy. The simple and effective design of the Fortress GasLock means that the install requires no tools or modifications to your tanks or trailers. The Fortress GasLock kit includes one GasLock assembly, one lock with two keys, and theft deterrent sticker.

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Fortress GasLock, LP tank lock

Fortress GasLock Features: tank-lock-with-keysLock for propane tanks

  1. Allows tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
  2. Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
  3. Now available for all Airstream trailers
  4. No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
  5. Affordable investment
  6. Fits 3/8” and 1/2” threaded rods
  7. High impact military grade aluminum
  8. Proudly made in the USA 

To install simply follow these steps:

  1. Remove handle from threaded rod between tanks
  2. Place GasLock U-bracket over rod so tab with hole faces front of trailer
  3. Install lock handle over threaded rod and tighten, then line up handle with locking hole in bracket
  4. Insert pin lock through handle and U-bracket to secure

The Fortress GasLock is a great investment to make to prevent damage and expenses from theft and tampering. Satisfied customer Lauren Jensen says, “I feel a lot safer about my expensive camping equipment since using PowerArmor and Fortress GasLock. They give me peace of mind.” Torklift International values its customers and has developed this line of security products all backed by our legendary lifetime warranty to help ensure the safety of your valued property.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress GasLock or browse other RV security products at www.torklift.com.

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If these quit working at the campsite…you might not make it

plugPower your RV with a generatorConvenience is hard to come by in the forest, on a destitute road or at a campground. Thank goodness for generators because they keep us modern and “plugged in” at the campsite, allowing us to continue enjoying those little luxuries. Sometimes we don’t realize what we take for granted until it’s gone.

Here’s the top five things campers derive generator power for, followed by how you can prevent these little luxuries from slipping through your fingers.

Can’t live without

  1. Your “I-got-to-cook-it-right-now” Microwave


  2. Your “It-keeps-my-armpits-smelling-fresh” Air Conditioning


  3. Your “I’m-secretly-watching-Gilligan’s Island” Television


  4. Your “It-sometimes-doubles-as-a-hand-warmer” Hair Dryer
          

  5. Your “Let-there-be-light!” Moments

If you’re not a fan of tent camping, it’s hard to imagine camping without these conveniences. Or worse yet, imagine camping at your favorite secret location only to wake up to find your generator-powered belongings didn’t work. Envision walking outside and seeing your generator had been stolen. That certainly puts a damper on things.

generator-brandsGenerator safety
The Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick protects your camping lifestyle by keeping your generator secure and providing the endless power you appreciate.

The locking generator tray accommodates the most popular generators: Yamaha EF2400iSHC, Yamaha EF2000is and the Honda Eu2000ai.

Generator tray materials
Lock and Load SideKick is an aircraft grade aluminum tray featuring a sturdy, adjustable strapping mechanism that goes over the generator, securing it from theft. The tray and security strap do not interfere with use of the generator. It also comes with a heavy-duty puck lock and keys.

The mountable cargo tray fits into any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver port or any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver trailer hitch (front hitch or rear hitch).

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Lock and Load SideKick cargo tray in front receiver hitch with Yamaha Generator

Torklift International offers other sizes of the Lock and Load security trays to accommodate larger generators too. Click here to see the original Lock and Load locking cargo carrier.

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick for generatorsGenerator tray aftercare
The Lock and Load SideKick generator tray is durable and built to withstand the elements of outdoors and sticky fingers of thieves, but just as it takes care of your generator, you must also take care of your generator tray. Since the tray is made from aluminum with high impact powder coat finish, you don’t have to worry about rust or corrosion.

 

SideKick-logo

Since the generator does not need to be removed for use, it’s common to leave the generator on the SideKick generator tray for long periods of time. Enjoy camping with all the necessities you can’t bear living without. Store, lock and run your generator simultaneously with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Check out the SideKick in action by watching this video:

Click here to learn more about Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick.

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3 ways to achieve safe and stable RV steps

road-sign-roughHaving a camper or trailer opens up the possibilities of traveling and camping with little limitation. With this freedom, you’re bound to come across bumps in the road with your RV equipment. That’s where Torklift International steps in. In an effort to make RVing enjoyable and stress-free, we create products with focus on convenience. Especially with the newly released GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

With factory OEM steps on your trailer, you may have experienced these common drawbacks:

trailer-booster-stepTrailer steps that need a booster step

  1. RV Movement: Since most factory steps do not extend to the ground, the hovering design is far from ideal. When entering and exiting, the shift in weight sends the entire RV into a rocking motion. The steps tend to feel flimsy and the diving board motion feels uneasy and unsafe.

  1. Booster Step: Since nearly all factory trailer steps don’t reach the ground, the step rise from the last hovering step to the ground will vary tremendously. Overwhelming opinions conclude that it’s much too high and poses a challenge to maneuver comfortably. Many folks implement an RV booster step to help address this problem. The problem with the extra step is finding somewhere to store it and its lack of ability to level out on uneven surfaces.

table-wobbleWobble caused by uneven surfaces

  1. Step Wobble: If you’ve resorted to using an RV booster step or step that folds completely to the ground, you still might encounter the dreaded wobble. This experience is comparable to sitting at a restaurant with one of the table legs malfunctioning. The wobbling drives you nuts, and you’ve probably shoved some napkins or a folded coaster underneath as remedy. With RV steps, this happens when the flat bottom of the RV step or RV booster step cannot adjust on lopsided surfaces creating an uncomfortable and significant safety hazard.

With the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, we’ve addressed these annoying conundrums and even added additional features to achieve the safest experience for entering and exiting your RV.

How to stabilize RV steps
When Torklift engineers set out to develop a solution for trailer steps, there were many aspects that required consideration. Overall, the goal was to develop steps that provided something that no other RV steps could provide. It was important that our design proved to be the most stable and safest RV step available. How did we stabilize RV steps? With nothing less than a revolution of course.

For stabilizing RV steps, we started with the top 3 ways:dumb-bell

  1. Starts with design
    1. Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum, click here to learn more about how its unique bushing bearings and double bar design on each hinge gives the steps incredible stability, durability and longevity.
    2. When used with GlowGuide Handrail, the GlowStep Revolution RV steps handle up to 375 pounds of capacity. The GlowStep is available in 2-6 steps and is easy to add or remove steps if necessary.  

  2. Earth to RVall-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear
    A simple concept but a world of difference from hovering steps. Steps that touch the ground provide an outstanding improvement in stability. With the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, toss aside the need for a clunky booster step.  

  3. Houston, we have a solution
    The All Terrain Landing Gear addresses the issues of trying to stabilize a step on uneven ground. Camping conditions will always vary, so simply adjust the feet of your steps to make the steps level. All Terrain Landing Gear comes standard on the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, but can also be added to other scissor step applications as an upgraded feature.


GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsStep Up: an epic battle between RV steps
To get some feedback on the GlowStep Revolution RV step system, we organized the GlowStep Revolution Challenge at the KOA campground in Kent, Washington. For a direct comparison between factory trailer steps and the GlowStep Revolution RV step, we arranged them side-by-side on a travel trailer with two entry doors and asked campers to review both sets of RV steps.

 

Stan Kapalczynski took the GlowStep Revolution Challenge. To begin, he tried out the factory steps.
GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

“They are real flimsy and rocky,” said Kapalczynski as he bounced up and down on the hovering step.

When it came time to try the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, Kapalczynski found that they were so nice he had to try them twice. With a thorough test, he concluded that the GlowStep Revolution RV step was a clear improvement in comparison to weaker factory steps.

GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

“Definitely sturdier…they’re not going anywhere,” explained Kapalczynski. “A quality-made good deal.”

Watch the full video of the GlowStep Revolution Challenge to see what happened:

winner

 

After duking it out with the factory step, the GlowStep Revolution RV step system proved to be a clear winner and top choice among campers who took the challenge.

 

trailer-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step System with DirtDestroyer, GlowGuide Handrail and SafeStep

If you’re considering upgrading your trailer steps to a safer configuration, know all the benefits that the GlowStep Revolution provides:

  1. Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
  2. Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
  3. Adjustable landing gear levels on uneven terrain
  4. Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
  5. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
  6. Works on side entry truck campers and towables
  7. Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
  8. Glows in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  10. Proudly made in the USA

Order the GlowStep Revolution RV step system for towables by clicking here now.  Click here to learn about our promotional offer available through August 15, 2015.  For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

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A fresh take on a green idea: PowerArmor Solar

green-ideaAfter hearing of numerous customers’ challenges regarding battery theft from their RVs and trailers, Torklift employee Darrel Hagglund was inspired to begin developing a design that would not only prevent battery theft, but would also extend the life of the battery through the use of solar energy.

 

Solar-panelSolar panel keeps RV batteries healthy

We make it easy to be energy efficient
While the use of solar panels on RVs isn’t new, saving energy by combining security and improving the effectiveness of battery life is a fresh take on efficiency.  Not only will you sleep better knowing that your battery is safe from thieves but when the mercury climbs, the new PowerArmor Solar provides a 400% increased battery life on RV batteries, allowing you to turn up the heater to stay warm and comfortable all night without the worry of running out of juice.

Keeping it simple
Multiple PowerArmor Solar sizes are available to accommodate up to five spare batteries.  Each PowerArmor Solar battery box uses a Zamp Solar 10-Watt solar panel to trickle charge the batteries. The locking battery box is made with heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum and bolts easily to your RV, truck, van or camper bumper with a unique slide top for easy storage access.  Designed to securely store batteries, trailer hitch parts and camping gear, PowerArmor Solar is easy to clean and available in bright tread diamond plate with black high impact powder-coated trim. The larger-sized box, PowerArmor MAX, comes with adjustable dividers to customize your storage needs.

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Power Armor Solar protects and extends the life of your batteries

Ask and you shall receive
While many outdoor enthusiasts might consider RV camping downright sacrilegious, there are still a lot of us who want to enjoy the great outdoors with some of the comforts of home in an RV. With some of these latest and innovative gadgets to hit the market in the RV world this year, not only can they make the experience more enjoyable; now you can extend your stays, save money and keep your belongings safe and secure.

mega-phoneAt Torklift International, a family-owned company since 1976, we take customer suggestions and needs into great consideration. PowerArmor Solar is one example of how, by listening to the needs of our customers, Torklift can make camping easier and more fun for the entire family.  The PowerArmor Solar comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Click here to learn more about the PowerArmor Solar battery box.


 

Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

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Your RV step too high off the ground? Eliminate the need for a booster step

It is often that steps on towables from the factory have a swing or fold out design that hovers over the ground. When you step down from the unit onto the steps, the steps feel flimsy, furthermore you feel them shake and shimmy. That same little dance motion ripples throughout the entire trailer. This earthquake movement serves as a warning sign that someone is entering or exiting the camper. Silver lining perhaps? For most, not likely.

cliffDon’t fall from the bottom trailer step

 

Not only does the hovering design cause extra and unnecessary movement, the bottom step is often a doozy. The gap from the last step to the ground is commonly much larger than the typical rise in RV steps. For those that have difficulty with mobility, the step configuration becomes a significant challenge.



To fix this issue, some folks take matters into their own hands. Often people purchase collapsing stool steps or improvise with a jury-rigged platform to put underneath to shorten the gap in step rise. Unfortunately, a configuration like this requires storing the extra pieces somewhere. When extra weight is a concern and storage is a rare commodity, this approach quickly becomes inconvenient.

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(Left) Trailers using alternative methods for steps (Right) GlowStep Revolution

gsr-earth-to-rvWe wanted to address the issues with hovering steps by using the concept of Earth-to-RV. This is only one of the many benefits of the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution RV step system. Click here to learn about each useful feature of Torklift’s new leveling RV step.

By connecting the trailer all the way to the ground, the step has a tremendous increase in support and provides an easy entry and exit for anyone. It provides an equal rise between steps so you don’t have to struggle trying to pull yourself up from the ground.

Mary Ellen Chambers compared the factory step of a travel trailer to the GlowStep Revolution. Take a look at what she had to say:

When Chambers tested the OEM factory trailer step, she disliked the amount of movement when going up and down the steps.  

“This first step is too high for me,” said Chambers. “I need a booster step.”

She also mentioned that the jiggling motion of the step and RV were uncomfortable.

When Chambers tried the GlowStep Revolution, she couldn’t believe how much sturdier and stable the steps were in comparison to the factory step. As someone with mobility challenges, she preferred to use the GlowStep Revolution.GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution features All Terrain Landing Gear
(also available to purchase separately)

Torklift International 
GlowStep Revolution:

  1. Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
  2. Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
  3. All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain
  4. Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
  5. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
  6. Works on side entry truck campers and towables
  7. Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
  8. Glows in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  10. Proudly made in the USA

saleThrough August 15th, 2015, purchase the GlowStep Revolution or original GlowStep and receive $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail and your choice of a free SafeStep or DirtDestroyer while supplies last!

Click here for offer details.

The GlowStep Revolution is now available for pre-order. For additional questions, reach us at 800-246-8132 or send an email to support@torklift.com.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

 


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

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Gain the power to broaden your travel horizons

map-adventureKeep batteries fully charged for every camping tripHow many times have we spent weeks looking forward to that camping vacation? Packing the RV, mapping our route and planning the day trips, before heading out on the highway only to find that when we arrive, our batteries are low, forcing us to find a place to re-charge. Let’s face it, our time off is valuable and we want to make the most of every minute.

Torklift does it again
We’ve resolved those pesky power issues for you with the latest in Torklift International’s line of power saving products. ExtendedPower and HiddenPower now make it easier than ever to carry additional batteries and keep to the road without ever having to stop to re-charge or worry about auxiliary power.

rocket-scienceNo Rocket science degrees required
ExtendedPower is equipped with a universal mount designed to clamp onto any receiver extension, attaching quickly and easily with a no-drill installation. Simply bolt onto your receiver extension to allow room for mounting additional batteries you’ll need to enjoy those extra hours of vacation. Its quick release pin design allows easy disconnect for battery service and battery storage.

Leave the battery charger at home
So while you’re looking for that place to pull off and set up camp, ExtendedPower battery system plugs right into your RV factory plug if you choose to hook up a wiring harness. Charge RV batteries automatically through your vehicle’s alternator. You’ll arrive at your destination with a full battery charge and be ready for the fun to begin.

ExtendedPower features:

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  1. Height adjustable
  2. Universal applications for all receiver extensions
  3. Lockable
  4. Works with group 24 batteries
  5. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  6. No-drill / easy install
  7. Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
  8. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  9. Proudly made in the USA

Right image: Two ExtendedPower battery mounts shown in yellow for contrast.

 

But Wait, there’s more…
Also in Torklift International’s bag of new and clever devices is HiddenPower. As a supplementary, convenient, under-vehicle battery mount, the HiddenPower is engineered to tie into your truck’s electrical system. This no-drill mount for extra batteries is easy-to-install, hidden from view and is used with quick disconnect electrical connectors for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve-volt batteries. Designed as an extension of your RV battery; this unique battery mount will recharge using your RV’s solar panels, generator or converter while your RV is plugged into your truck, and all at the same rate your RV batteries are charged. Your batteries will remain charged and ready whenever the urge to hit the road comes along so you’ll never lose those precious hours of your vacation again.

HiddenPower features:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hidden_Power-arrow.pngHiddenPower under vehicle battery mount
(shown in yellow for contrast)

  1. Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
  2. No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
  3. Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
  4. Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
  5. Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
  6. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  7. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  8. Proudly made in the USA

When the HiddenPower is used with the wiring harness it enables your battery to become an extension of your RV battery. With constant power, it prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained and allows you to camp off your battery power longer. The wiring harness is designed to complete your HiddenPower installation and has a universal design featuring sealed wiring to protect against dirt and moisture. The wiring harness detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service.

What We Like Best!
Of course there is so much to say about convenience and ease whenever we are planning a vacation. At Torklift International, we are always striving to improve upon features that make it easy for you to use our products and get on with enjoying your life. We make a point to listen to your needs in order to build a better experience for all of our customers.

ExtendedPower and HiddenPower battery mounts both come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and as always, proudly made in the USA.


Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
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Campers put the new GlowStep Revolution step for towables to the test

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step SystemWith the recent launch of Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution RV Step, we wanted to gain some real-world feedback on experiences from those spending time at the campsite.

With anticipation, we set out to find folks who wanted to test and review our newest innovation. Much like the StableLoad Challenge, the results provided us with great insight on Torklift’s new GlowStep Revolution leveling RV step.

 

 

KOAFor the GlowStep Revolution Challenge, we used a travel trailer with dual side entry and two sets of steps on it. On one side we left the factory step while on the other side we installed the GlowStep Revolution RV Step. We set up the trailer at the KOA campground in Kent, Washington and asked campers to test out both sets of steps.

 Watch the video to see what the campers discovered:

2thumbsupAfter the GlowStep Revolution Challenge concluded, the campers gave us a resounding “two-thumbs up.” The factory RV step that floats above ground caused the step and trailer to shimmy back and forth, leaving the campers uneasy about maneuvering up and down the steps. With the GlowStep Revolution, it was clear they felt more stable and secure. Without a doubt, everyone who tried the GlowStep Revolution RV step system preferred it to the factory step.

 

“There isn’t any comparison!” said Mary Ellen Chambers. “Those [GlowStep Revolution steps] are sturdy, they feel secure.”

Knowing the benefits of the GlowStep Revolution is helpful when considering upgrading from the weaker factory step.  Designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry truck campers, the GlowStep Revolution RV step revolutionizes the way you enter and exit your trailer or camper.

How you ask?

  1. GSR-storedSteps store in factory step compartmentEarth to RV: Avoid that diving board motion of a flimsy factory step with a sturdy version that connects your trailer all the way to the ground providing optimum stability. 


  2. Easy Storage: By fitting into the factory step compartment, the step provides significant improvement in ground clearance in most cases. A quick release lever allows for easy deployment.




  3. all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear to level RV StepsHigh capacity steps: The steps handle 375 pounds of capacity when used with a GlowGuide Handrail. Capacities vary with number of steps. The GlowStep is available in 2-6 steps and is easy to add or remove steps if necessary. 

  4. Leveling RV steps: All Terrain Landing Gear - With the push of a button, adjust the feet of your steps if you encounter uneven terrain.
    Add the All Terrain Landing Gear to any scissor step application and easily level your existing steps.

  5. Step system compatibility:
    1. GlowGuide Handrail - Lightweight aluminum telescopic handrail dramatically improves stability. Step capacities increase by 25 pounds and the handrail transforms into a wash brush cleaning accessory.
    2. DirtDestroyer - The bristle brush shoe cleaning attachment prevents dirt from entering your RV.
    3. SafeStep - As a vertical barrier between steps that blocks the gap between steps, entry for pets and small children is safer and less intimidating. See how pets walk up a GlowStep with a SafeStep barrier installed.

      GlowStep Revolution

gsr-doublehingeSteps are double-hinged for strength

The clever design of the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution isn’t the typical scissor step that you’ve probably seen before. Click here to learn more about the bushing bearings and double bar design on each of the hinges. This handcrafted design is the only of its kind in the industry and creates the strongest and most durable steps available. In addition, the GlowSteps are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Time for an upgrade
With the launch of this unique step for towables, we’re extending a pretty sweet deal. Purchase the GlowStep Revolution or original GlowStep and receive $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail and your choice of a free SafeStep or DirtDestroyer while supplies last. That’s right, you’ve read correctly!

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Find a dealer to purchase the original GlowStep or pre-order the GlowStep Revolution step for towables by clicking here now. The offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is intended for retail consumer use only. Hurry to redeem as the offer expires August 15, 2015.  Free items are only while supplies last. For full details on this offer, click here.

For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com. Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

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Smelling exhaust at the campsite?

When you go camping in the great outdoors, it can be messy and unfortunately sometimes it can be stinky.

When you think back to memories of camping vacations you want to remember the smell of the barbecue, burnt marshmallows, crisp mountain air, fresh scent of the waterfront and sometimes fondly, your wet dog. You probably don’t want to have all those nostalgic scents masked with a common campsite odor: exhaust fumes.

Generator exhaust fumes remind us of crinkled up noses, squinting eyes and hacking up a lung. Bleh, no thanks.

Where do you store your generator?

On the popular online forum RV.net, user RoyB stores his generator in the truck bed like this:

generator-storage-truck-bedRV.Net forum user stores generator in truck bed

Ever found yourself in that situation?

Most often we hear about people storing a generator in the cab of their truck, trailer or truck bed. Although it works for some, these methods are surely inconvenient. The generator is messy and does that exhaust odor ever really go away once your belongings have absorbed it?

Torklift International developed a way to store your generator outside while at the same time keeping it safe from theft. Bonus: you can even use it while it’s locked up.

The Lock and Load generator tray series offers a variety of cargo carrier sizes and options. If you are among campers who store their generator inside your truck cab, trailer or truck bed you will want to know about the Lock and Load SideKick generator tray.

The Lock and Load SideKick accommodates three of the most popular generators:

  1. Yamaha EF2400iSHC
  2. Yamaha EF2000is
  3. Honda Eu2000ai

    walking-generatorDon’t let your generator walk away



These generators cost somewhere in the range of $1,000 and are easy to walk off with. Rather than having your expensive generator magically grow legs, it’s a worthwhile investment to secure those generators and avoid any possibility of theft.  

 

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick

 

Lock and Load SideKick is an aircraft grade aluminum tray featuring a sturdy, adjustable strapping mechanism that secures over the generator handle, securing it from theft. The cargo tray design and the security strap do not interfere with use of the generator, however it cannot be removed when you lock it up with the heavy-duty, tamper-proof puck lock that comes with it.

sidekick-yamahaYamaha generator on Lock and Load SideKickMounting the generator tray requires any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver or any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver trailer hitch (front hitch or rear hitch).

By storing your generator with the Lock and Load SideKick you can:

  1. Save your truck and RV interior from stinky generator odors and potential messes
  2. Enjoy extra space in the truck camper, trailer, truck bed and truck cab by mounting the generator outside
  3. Avoid lifting or moving the generator for use
  4. Ease of using it and storing it at the same time
  5. Avoid generator theft and replacement costs

Torklift International offers other sizes of the Lock and Load security tray to accommodate large-sized generators too. Click here to learn about a larger size tray, the original Lock and Load.

Enjoy the convenience of storing, locking and running a generator simultaneously with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Source: http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26766108.cfm

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