A Tale of Two Camping Titans

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the ultraSTEPglow All About?

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

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

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

GlowGuide

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

Lance Blog5ultraSTEPglow and the GlowGuide illuminating the night

SafeStep

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

Lance Blog6The SafeStep is a protective step riser guard  

DirtDestroyer

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

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


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

 

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Towing a trailer behind your truck

Truck Camper Towing TrailerIf you are planning on doing any kind of outdoor adventure that involves you bringing extra cargo or a trailer, chances are you'll need to tow with a trailer hitch! While it may seem unapproachable, setting up and towing a trailer behind your truck is easier than it looks. But, it does require some study and set up in advance to make it as easy as possible when you’re actually towing.

During your research phase, the first thing you need to ensure is that your truck has a rating capacity of at least the max weight of the load you want to haul. Check the owner’s manual for your truck to determine the weight limits and figure out the appropriate hitch to have installed. You’ll want to make sure to stay within the manufacturer’s weight ratings or you could potentially cause major damage to your vehicle, truck and other drivers on the road.

Here are the numbers that you’ll need to know before getting set up to tow behind your truck:

Tongue Weight Gross trailer weight (GTW): how much the trailer weighs fully loaded. 
Gross trailer weight (GTW): how much the trailer weighs fully loaded. 
Tongue weight: the downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the trailer coupler. You’ll need to know your trailer tongue weight in order to determine the best hitch for your vehicle.
Gross combined weight rating (GCWR): The maximum weight of the trailer tow vehicle combined, this weight should never be exceeded. 
Hitch rating: this is an incredibly important number! It’s the weight that the manufacturer has tested and determined that the hitch can handle. For example, the SuperHitch Original can handle 2,000 pounds tongue weight and tow up to 20,000 pounds.


What it basically comes down to for hitch towing is weight! Weight is the most important factor when it comes to towing. Both knowing how much weight your trailer hitch can tow and how much weight your truck, hitch and ball mount can handle. 

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All hitches are not created equal. If you’re planning on towing a heavy amount, you need to make sure that your trailer hitch is up to the task. Take for example Charles Spray. He trusts the best hitch available for towing a trailer behind his fully loaded truck and camper: the SuperHitch!

“Getting ready for the Ponies in the Smokies car show in Sevierville, TN. Love your products! It runs great down the highway and that’s the important part.”

-Charles Spray

SuperTruss 3The SuperHitch comes in two different weight capacities. The SuperHitch Original heavy-duty trailer hitch is rated at 2,000 pounds tongue weight, 20,000 pounds with weight distribution and uses our patented dual receiver design (2-inch upper and 2-inch lower) to max out class five hitch maximum capacities.

To fight the blight of wimpy factory and aftermarket tow hitches the SuperHitch Magnum is also available. With weight distribution, the SuperHitch Magnum trailer hitch is rated up to 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing.

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Both of these trailer hitches come with hardened reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent common elongation of the hitch pin holes known as egging. When hitch pin holes are not properly reinforced, the elongated pin holes with extra space around the hitch pin leads to effects of poor handling. For example, feeling the trailer’s dramatic push forward on the tow vehicle while stopping. Gain control and avoid this with the SuperHitch 20K trailer hitch.


The SuperHitch Original and SuperHitch Magnum are built incredibly strong and can handle heavy towing within the vehicle manufacturer’s indicated maximum capacities. They are also made in the USA and are backed by our Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

SuperTruss 2The SuperTruss is an incredibly strong extension for towing when you have overhang in the bed of your truck.


Depending on the application, trucks are often used to both tow and haul at the same time, just like Charles who has a truck camper in his truck bed while towing a trailer. If the cargo in the truck bed blocks the trailer hitch receiver by crossing the threshold of the vehicles rear-end, you'll need specific towing equipment to maintain your ability to tow. 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.


For a full list of steps on how to tow a trailer you can visit our recent blog for step by step instructions on towing a trailer behind your truck. If you’re interested in purchasing our SuperHitch trailer hitch and want to upgrade like Charles, there are a couple of options available to you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. You can also contact us for more information or questions at support@torklift.com or by calling 800-246-8132.

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We’ll see you at the 2018 Seattle RV Show!

SRV6Are you gearing up for some early camping trips? If so, it might be time to replace or upgrade any parts or accessories and learn about the latest RVing tips before heading out on the road. One of the best places to brush up is at an RV show – especially the Seattle RV Show! This is where you can see the latest and greatest products, information and technology available for RVing.

The four day RV show is from Feb. 8-11, 2018, and is packed with everything involving RVing. This includes new and used trailers, educational seminars and exhibits to learn about products and proper RV and towing usage.

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Seattle RV Show Details
Feb. 8-11, 2018
Located at: CenturyLink Field Event Center
Thursday - Friday: 11 am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Seattle RV Show Website

Torklift at the Seattle RV Show

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This year Torklift International is setting up interactive product displays at the upper level of the show – just look for the Torklift trailer! Stop by to get your hands on some freebies and swag, while learning about all the different products Torklift has to make your camping experience safer, and more importantly stress-free!

Beyond what we have going on at the Torklift trailer, you can sign up to win a Yeti at the Torklift Central booth E-1. You won’t want to miss out on this great prize – it’s perfect for making your camping trip even more refreshing.

Torklift is also holding multiple RV seminars throughout the weekend of the Seattle RV show. The presentations include information on matching your truck and trailer, how to properly tow your trailer and all about flat towing behind a motorhome. Choosing the right trailer for your truck setup and making sure you know how to tow it properly ensures that your RVing experience is safe and pleasurable. These RV seminars are perfect for anyone thinking about getting a new trailer or just wanting a refresher on best practices for their setups.

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Below is the schedule and locations of seminars:

Seattle RV Show Seminar Schedule

The Main Attraction… The GlowStep Revolution!
Do you hate sweeping constant dirt and debris out of your RV?
What is stability and safety worth to you?
How important is easy access to your unit?

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You will see up close and personal at the Torklift trailer and participating dealers this high-quality step system, made right here in America, that provides unparalleled stability and requires no heavy lifting to operate. Featuring seven inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has three positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional five positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. 

Accommodating to tight spaces, the GlowStep Revolution steps are easy on the knees and back and connect the RV to the ground eliminating the unsafe diving board effect and clunky booster steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the unit fling and dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV. With GlowStep Revolution steps, avoid any unnecessary mess and stress.

The following participating dealers have the GlowStep Revolution installed on their units – making it easy for you to go see the steps and try them out yourself:

• Roy Robinson RV Center - Booths X & North Y
• Apache Camping Center - Booths J & K

Start your year off on the right foot by learning all you can about RVing and visit the Seattle RV Show 2018. With new and used RVs, product demonstrations, seminars and activities for the family – you are sure to find something new and exciting for your next trip. 

Mark your calendars for Feb. 8-11, 2018 and buy your ticket today – we hope to see you at the Seattle RV Show!

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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The GlowStep Revolution works with the Arctic Fox Trailer – campers celebrate!

Arctic FoxWe recently had a customer interested in the GlowStep Revolution bring their Arctic Fox trailer into our Retail Product Development Center and we are very happy to report that the GlowStep Revolution works with the Arctic Fox trailer! 

There are some minor modifications needed – the factory steps are welded into the trailer so an established RV shop should be able to easily remove your factory steps and bolt the GlowStep Revolution into place. 
 
Similar to the staircase found in your home, the GlowStep Revolution entry step system has the shortest riser height in the industry at only 7.5-inches. The step's adjustable features are like planting roots each time you deploy the steps, giving you that feeling of security everywhere your RV takes you and a major upgrade from factory trailer steps. With GlowStep Revolution, you know your family can safely enter your trailer or fifth wheel day or night, rain or shine and worry-free. Best of all, the steps are firmly planted so your unit no longer shakes back and forth with entry and exit of pets or people.
 
Another great feature of the GlowStep Revolution is that it stores in the same place as your current factory steps outside the trailer. Just pull out the pin and lift the lever to release the steps and adjust them to the height you need on any level or unlevel terrain. There’s no lifting the steps over your head into the doorway or spilling dirt and other things inside your trailer. 
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Features of the GlowStep Revolution include: 
• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain
• Ground supported connection to RV - No more shaking as people or pets enter and exit
• Similar to the staircase in your home, the 7.5-inch step riser height accommodates those with limited mobilityo structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel (rust free)
• Designed specifically for all RV towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity - also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps to prevent binding and grinding common with factory steps
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip™ step tread eliminates jagged holes commonly found on factory steps
• Self-illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark 
• Sold in applications for 2-6 steps
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you trade in for your next RV
• Proudly made in the USA
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If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution RV steps, there are things you can do! Call us at 800-246-8132 and our Tech Support would be happy to answer your questions about upgrading to the GlowStep Revolution. Or, you can find a Certified Dealers near you by visiting here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with new steps for your RV.
 
 
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The Best is “Yeti” to come at the Florida RV SuperShow

FRVIs it time for the Florida RV SuperShow Yet-i? Soon! Jan. 16-21, 2018, is the Florida RV SuperShow and we’re excited to see you there! You have the chance to win an amazing prize from Torklift… a Yeti cooler! Perfect for camping, Yeti coolers are the epitome of the best cooler available and if you visit us at Booth 216, you can enter to win at our booth.

We will also be featuring a ’Spin to Win’ prize wheel with several prizes. If you purchase a Torklift product at the Florida RV SuperShow, you can spin the wheel to win 15% off a future Torklift purchase of $150 or more, a Yeti cooler, $100 Visa gift card, $25 and $5 gift cards to Starbucks and much more. So, stop by to see what YOU will win!

 

The Main Attraction… The GlowStep Revolution!
Do you hate sweeping constant dirt and debris out of your RV?
What is stability and safety worth to you?
How important is easy access to your RV?

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At the show, you’ll see up close and personal this high-quality step system, made right here in America, that provides unparalleled stability and requires no heavy lifting to operate. Featuring seven inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has three positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional five positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. 

FRV3GlowStep Revolution steps are easy on the knees and back and connect the RV to the ground eliminating the unsafe diving board effect and clunky booster steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the unit fling and dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV. With GlowStep Revolution steps, avoid any unnecessary mess.

Features of the GlowStep Revolution include: 
• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain
• Ground supported connection to RV - No more shaking as people or pets enter and exit
• Similar to the staircase in your home, the 7.5-inch step riser height accommodates those with limited mobility
• The multi-link hinge design easily extends to accommodate tight space constraints so it doesn’t matter how close you park to structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel (rust free)FRV4
• Designed specifically for all RV towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity – also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps to prevent binding and grinding common with factory steps
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip step tread eliminates jagged holes commonly found on factory steps
• Self-illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• Sold in applications for 2-6 steps
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take the GlowStep Revolution with you when you trade in for your next RV
• Proudly made in the USA
 

Visit here for more information about the Florida RV SuperShow and what we have going on, or call us at 800-246-8132. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

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Enjoy these deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Thanksgiving Sale2Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather around the table and give thanks for sharing each other’s company, food and time. This Thanksgiving, we want to give each of our customers the “Family Discount” on Torklift products as a thank you for supporting our families. 

 
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale
Instead of having to wait outside for hours on end to get a good deal or wake up at 3 a.m., our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales run from Nov. 24-27, 2017 giving you plenty of time to spend with your family. Visit our online certified dealers to get up to 20% off ALL Torklift products. This includes tie downs, GlowStep Revolution, StableLoad, accessories and more. 
 
Like all good things, this sale will come to an end so make sure to get your Torklift gear before Nov. 28 at participating Torklift Certified Dealers! Visit here to take part of all the Thanksgiving deals and find a dealer near you or call us at 800.246.8132 if you have any questions about our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale! 
Happy Thanksgiving from our Torklift family to yours!
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As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Are you ready to get your Torklift parts drop shipped directly to you?

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What is the 48 hour Drop Ship Program?

We are set up to build products in large runs for stocking orders made by distributors, but sometimes you have a customer that can’t wait. That’s where the 48 hour Drop Ship Program comes into play.

How Does the Drop Ship Program Work?

1. Business Day One: Place your order by 11 a.m. so the build for your products starts the following business day
2. Business Day Two and Three: Your parts have 48 hours (Two business days) to go from raw parts to powder coat to be ready to be shipped. Hot off the assembly line!
3. Business Day Four: Your parts are sitting on our dock ready to ship

What does it cost?

This fee is minimal when it comes to getting your Torklift products that much sooner and in a rush! If you have unforeseen circumstance and you suddenly need Torklift products and can’t pass up the opportunity - contact your distributor and let them know you need to place a drop ship through Torklift. The fee will vary by distributor.

Drop Ship Blog 2With Torklift’s products at a record demand, our dedicated Torklift Drop Ship team is dedicated and ready at a moment’s notice to manufacture the parts you need from raw materials and pack into our specially designed boxes – then shipping the products you order to where you need them. We have a team just for focuses on emergency orders from the Drop Ship Program and making sure they get to you as soon as possible.

Whatever you need, whether it’s our brand new Stow N’ Go truck camper steps, our always popular StableLoad or highly engineered SuperHitch, our highly seasoned staff will do whatever it takes to get you taken care of. Always have Torklift products on hand! If you’re having difficulty obtaining Torklift parts and products, please feel free to contact us at 800-246-8132 or email us at either orders@torklift.com or support@torklift.com.

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The SuperHitch for Ford Excursion is All You Need

Blog 1Not many people know it, but we have released a SuperHitch for the Ford Excursion. While our other Ford SuperHitches are more popular, there is a rising demand for a better hitch for the Excursion. Torklift rose to the occasion and created an Excursion hitch which is part of the SuperHitch Outlaw series. Recently, Ford-Trucks Forum user ExxWhy shared his experience installing the SuperHitch on his 2000 Ford Excursion.

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One of the main reasons why ExxWhy purchased the SuperHitch was because his OEM hitch had a low tow rating. He needed something much stronger for towing with an Excursion and here’s what he had to say:

“Torklift recently came out with a version of their SuperHitch 20K receiver for our Excursions. It's substantially beefier than the factory piece and I think for those of you who tow HEAVY stuff, it's a must have. My 2000 [Excursion hitch] was only rated to 1,000 lbs tongue weight and my trailer is a bit over 1,400. The later years with the larger bolts are still only rated to 1,250. This [SuperHitch 20k] is rated for 2,000 lbs with weight distribution, or 1,700 lbs without!” -ExxWhy

Blog 2With the SuperHitch hitch receiver, you have all the strength you need to allow you to tow at your vehicle’s  weight ratings. It has weight ratings for towing at 20,000 pounds with weight distribution and 17,000 pounds without weight distribution. Also, this 2000 Ford Excursion hitch is completely bolt on so there is no drilling required into the frame of your Excursion. “Bolt up the new 3-piece unit and put all the other pieces back. The tank is a tighter fit to get past the hitch, but otherwise it all works together nicely,” said ExxWhy. More great features of this trailer hitch are that it has a double receiver and has hardened reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent hole elongation known as egging. There’s also an extension for towing available for the SuperHitch called the SuperTruss which gives you extra length for towing if you have an overhang on your truck.

Overall, ExxWhy is happy with his new Ford Excursion hitch replacement, the SuperHitch. Here’s what his final thoughts were on this Ford Excursion Class V hitch:

Blog 3“The overall fit and finish of the hitch is excellent. No drilling required and the hardware is top quality grade 8 stuff. All in all, I am happy with it so far. I plan to take advantage of the extra [receiver] to adapt a bike rack to hang a couple bikes over the hitch.” -ExxWhy

Features of the SuperHitch include:
• SuperHitch frame mounted receiver rated up to 2,000 lbs tongue weight and 20,000 lbs. with weight distribution (17,000 weight carrying) in either the upper or lower receivers (When used without SuperTruss extension.)
• Extension towing capacity up to 12,000 lbs. with 48” SuperTruss receiver extension
• Hardened reinforced hitch pin locations
Both the SuperHitch frame mount receiver and the SuperTruss receiver extensions use industry standard 2” x 2” ballmounts
Specific Torklift tie down fits are available for the SuperHitch Outlaw Series 
 Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Blog 4† 12,000 lb. pulling capacity, 1,200 tongue wt. achieved only when used with weight distribution type system. See Dealer for details, Weight carrying capacity on 48” extension, 6,000 lb. pull, 600 lb. tongue wt. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for specific towing capacity. Your truck and trailer weight cannot exceed your vehicle manufacturers towing, cargo, or GCVWR.

“A little follow up after using the SuperHitch for a lil 3700-mile road trip. I LOVE IT!  It's a well-engineered product that I will never have to think much about or wonder if it will break going over the next set of RR tracks. As I already mentioned, if you are towing with tongue weights over 1200 lbs, you really should think about getting one. I hate to think about the consequences of the hitch breaking with a 10,000 lb trailer following along at 60 MPH!” - ExxWhy

If you are interested in towing a trailer with your 2000 Excursion and are wanting a higher towing capacity, then look no further that the SuperHitch. Learn more about the SuperHitch or to purchase, click here to find a dealer near you.

 

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Torklift and Grand Design RV partner on GlowStep Revolution Entry System

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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The Torklift Story

Torklift Timeline

View the Torklift International Collectors Edition Hat 

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

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

 

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

 

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See Torklift International at the 2016 Seattle RV Show

 Seattle RV ShowIt’s that time of year again. As February draws closer, Torklift International is hard at work preparing for the much anticipated 2016 Seattle RV Show. Not only will Torklift be available to share towing and RVing tips, we’ll also feature the newest and most innovative RV accessories designed to improve the camping experience. From February 11-14, guests from all over the state and across the nation will have the opportunity to attend Seattle’s best RV show. With RV seminars, “Ask a Tech” informational exhibit and interactive activities for the kids, there’s something for everyone at the Seattle RV Show.

Centurylink FieldThe RV expo emulates all things RV. Located at Century Link Field Event Center, campers and outdoorsmen alike will enjoy four days of ultimate access to the industry’s top providers and manufacturers. We at Torklift International are thrilled to be among the show’s contributors. With a number of interactive displays and opportunity for hands-on experience, find our products featured at booth E1. We will bring the unique Torklift brand to this RV show near Seattle with products designed to make your outdoor adventures safe and convenient.

At the Seattle RV Show, explore many features and benefits we offer with the following products:

GlowStep Revolution RV Step System
HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount
StableLoad suspension stabilizer
SuperHitch Outlaw Series
Truck camper turnbuckles
TRUE Frame-Mounted Tie Downs

 

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GlowStep Revolution
This never-before-seen RV step system is revolutionizing and changing RV’s as we know it. Trying out the GlowStep Revolution should be first on your ‘must-do’ list when you attend the Seattle RV Show. We’ve seen countless RV’s and trailers with wonky steps that hover above the ground. Don’t believe us? Check out #RVStepFail to see for yourself. Often there aren’t enough steps to safely reach the ground and the lack of connection sends the RV into a diving board motion. How does the GlowStep Revolution solve your RV step woes?

Here’s how:

 • GlowStep Revolution is available in 2-6 steps and has 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment 
• Since the steps connect firmly to the ground estabilishing stability, there is no need for a clunky booster step 
• All Terrain Landing Gear uses adjustable feet to level on uneven terrain 
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free) 
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
• Proudly Made in the USA

 When you come to the show, you have check these out! This is something folks in the RV industry are buzzing about. See the recent article in Trailer Life Magazine here.

Torklift’s HiddenPower
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In the world of the modern RV, energy efficient electrical systems are essential. There is nothing more frustrating than driving somewhere, only to suffer sudden and unpredictable battery failure. At the Seattle RV Show, learn about the HiddenPower under vehicle hidden battery mount, our universal battery tray for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries (including lead acid, AGM, sealed and gel cell).

 

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At the booth, visually learn how to significantly extend the time you’re able to run your 12-volt systems by recharging through your existing solar panels, generators and converters. By adding the HiddenPower Wire Harness, directly wire your truck or RV into the extra battery. You’re able to avoid wasting fuel by powering accessories without turning your truck engine on.

When you see us at the show, don’t forget to ask us about installation. The HiddenPower is engineered to include no-drill installations with a quick disconnect feature so you can quickly detach the battery for service and maintenance. Attend the Seattle RV Show for more details on the HiddenPower battery storage tray.

Find a solution for your suspension with StableLoads

Do you often tow or haul heavy loads? If you’re visiting us at the Seattle RV show, you’re probably no rookie when it comes to pulling a load or two behind your truck. One thing’s for certain -- the feeling of your load controlling your truck and not you isn’t something anyone wants to experience. Some of the problems drivers often encounter when hauling or towing heavier loads include excessive side-to-side sway, porpoising and body roll. If you’re looking for a way to improve your vehicle’s suspension, look no further than the StableLoad suspension stablilizer. 


    Leaf Springs StableLoads

At the Seattle RV Show we’ll illustrate the science behind the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer and how it’s able to dramatically improve vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the overload leaf springs. StableLoads tap into the primary function the vehicle manufacturers intended, maintaining four-point suspension. Click here to see how the StableLoad measures up to other aftermarket suspension products.

If you’re a veteran of towing and hauling, why else should you consider StableLoads?

• StableLoads are designed with a “quad contact” design that complements the manufacturer’s four-point suspension, as opposed to reducing it to two points of contact with all other rear suspension products 
• StableLoads have the ability to be turned on and off in seconds – engage the StableLoads when in tow/haul mode, disengage or turn them off when not towing or hauling so you can enjoy your smooth factory suspension 
• Quick, no-drill installation available

StableLoadStableLoads come in a set of four to outfit one vehicle

If you would like to know more, click here or attend the Seattle RV Show for more details.

SuperHitch your Ride
What are you towing? Whether it be a fancy boat, travel trailer, toy hauler or flatbed trailer, you’ll want to discover the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. At the Seattle RV Show, we’re excited to have the crowned jewel of the Outlaw series on display: the SuperHitch Magnum 30K. Also see how the SuperTruss Receiver Extension is the safest and strongest towing extension on the market.
TowingSuperHitch and SuperTruss allow you to tow and haul at the same time

The SuperHitch Series includes:

SuperHitch Magnum 30K -- 3,000 lbs tongue weight, 30,000 lbs pull*
SuperHitch Original 20K -- 2,000 lbs tongue weight, 20,000 pounds pull*
SuperHitch Hero 15K -- 1,500 lbs tongue weight, 15,000 pounds pull*
SuperTruss Receiver Extension -- Pick your extension size to find weight capacities
SuperHitch Everest WD System -- 3,000 lbs tongue weight, 30,000 lbs pull
SuperHitch Pintle & Ballmount accessories rated up to 30K

*When used with weight distribution. 

When at the Seattle RV Show, take a close look at the design features of the SuperHitch. Ask us how our design prevents “egging” (common elongation from rigors of heavy towing). We’ll be happy to share with you each and every benefit the SuperHitch Outlaw Series offers, providing you with the safest towing experience you can trust and depend on.

Turnbuckle Up
Not only do we have trailers and towing covered, Torklift International is also the number one source for truck camper equipment. Keeping your truck camper secured properly to your truck is crucial. The combination of truck camper tie downs and turnbuckles plays a huge part in how effectively you’re hauling your camper.

FastGunsBy far the most popular turnbuckle is the Torklift Original FastGun. With a quick-disconnect handle and spring tension indicator, this turnbuckle is hands down the easiest way to connect your truck to the camper tie downs. It takes as little as four minutes to install the FastGuns as opposed to upwards of 30 minutes using traditional chain configuration. At Seattle’s RV Show, ask us why having spring-loaded turnbuckles are an important factor.

 

We have a variety of turnbuckles for both bed-mounted and frame-mounted tie down configurations. Explore our turnbuckle line or find the one that best suits you by trying each design at the Seattle RV show.

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Truck campers are a quintessential staple of any RV trade show. While visiting the RV show in Seattle, check out Torklift’s frame-mounted truck camper tie downs in both steel and aluminum versions. You’ll be able to compare the differences between the Talon aluminum tie downs versus traditional steel, and how lightweight the high performance Talons compare.

Torklift will be happy to share with you why choosing a frame-mounted tie down application is the safest and most secure way to haul a truck camper.

Torklift Seminars
Seattle RV Show SeminarAttend a seminar at Seattle RV ShowFinally, guests at Seattle’s RV exhibition will have the opportunity to attend Torklift Central’s RVing seminars. We’ll cover everything from towing to hauling so you leave armed and prepared with knowledge on how to hit the road with safety top of mind. Attend one or attend all -- Our seminars will cover the following topics:

• Proper Dinghy Towing (Thursday at 12pm, Saturday at 12pm)
• Proper Travel Trailer Towing (Thursday at 2pm, Sunday at 11am)
• Proper Fifth Wheel Towing (Friday at 2pm, Sunday at Noon)
• Equipping your truck to carry a truck camper (Friday at Noon, Saturday at 11am)
• Towing Capacity – Truck and Trailer (Thurs-Sun at 1pm)

Have a particular question? Torklift will also be available to talk all things towing and RV in the “Ask a Tech” exhibit. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for February 11-14, 2016 and visit Torklift at booth E1 at the Seattle RV trade Show. See you there!

 

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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Torklift founder Jon Kay celebrates his 75th birthday today

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Torklift International began nearly 40 years ago under the guidance and expertise of Jon Kay. He started Torklift with the goal of providing careful and attentive customer service and innovative fabrication services.

It began with ONE MAN.

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The Torklift story starts in 1958 when Jon Kay began working at a hitch and tow shop in Tacoma, Washington. Through his experience, he decided he wanted to open his own shop someday.

1976
After several years of planning and accumulating equipment, he opens his own shop in Kent, Washington: Torklift Central Welding. Upon opening the doors for business, he begins fabricating his own line of products.

1981
Torklift Central Welding grows in success, doubling in size with the addition of two bays.

1988 - 1992
The expansion continues with the purchase of additional buildings and the demolition of the original building to make way for a larger shop.

1990
True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs are invented. They are the first product manufactured by Torklift and the first of their kind in the world.

1995
Torklift Central Welding purchases their first CNC plasma cutter. Jon Kay still continues to develop innovative products at Torklift International to this day.

1999
Torklift International is born. While Torklift Central Welding is still around today, they continue to conduct business as a separate company. Torklift International manufactures parts that are sold all over the world. But it all began with Jon Kay’s dream to open a small hitch and tow shop.

1999
Torklift International ships their first SuperHitch and SuperTruss.

2003
The FastGun Turnbuckle is invented. It is the first turnbuckle of its kind with a quick-disconnect handle.

2004
Torklift International purchases their first dual-head, high def. CNC plasma.

2008
The SuperHitch line expands to include the SuperHitch Magnum.

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after Torklift's Mt. Rainier climb

2011
Torklift International moves to a new facility in Sumner, Washington to meet expansion needs.

2015
Torklift International opens a distribution center in Australia.

Today
Torklift International and Torklift Central continue to develop products and programs to further the RV and automotive industries. They maintain their commitment to customer service by being available 24 hours a day and living up to their Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Total operating space of Torklift is more than 75,000 square feet between the original location in Kent, Wash., and the latest location in Sumner, Wash. Torklift Central celebrates 40 years of business next year.

 

Happy Birthday Jon Kay!

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Torklift has arrived to the top of Mt. Rainier!

Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw embarked on their journey to the highest peak of Mount Rainier on Sunday.

The climbing duo made it to the top Tuesday morning alerting everyone of their triumph via a message from their satellite phone: 

At the top of the mountain

Kay and Bushaw began their final ascent to the top shortly after midnight on Monday. They crawled across crevasses using aluminum ladders in the dark of the night. The crevasses loomed below them hundreds of feet in depth while they used mere flashlights to light the way.

Climbing up the mountain

The Torklift team will be meeting Kay and Bushaw at Paradise Trail Head this afternoon to welcome them down from the mountain.

Prior to the final climb to the top, they rested at what is known as Base Camp Two, a whopping elevation of 11,500 feet. The total elevation of the mountain is 14,411 feet. Upon reaching Base Camp Two, they went to sleep at roughly 6 p.m. in preparation for waking up at 1 a.m. to complete the climb. They slept on ice glaciers in tents.

Prior to turning in for the night, Kay shared a few thoughts about the climb:

“We are heading to bed now for a 1a.m. wake-up call and the start of our 14 hour ascent and descent back down to Paradise Trail Head. Guides gave several warnings about points to turn around and go back down. We already have one person on our team that has decided they have had enough adventure and will be remaining at base camp two with one of our five guides. Our lead guide said we need a minimum of two guides to summit. I have spent a lot of time thinking about why I am doing this...

At first it was an exciting adventure celebrating 40 years in business. Then it became something I needed to prove to myself as I trained for so many months.

Now though, it is completely carrying the hearts, souls and dreams of my team Torklift, God willing, to the summit and back.

It is not just the highest point I have ever been but the highest honor to make what is certainly the most epic adventure a reality for my team.”

-Torklift International President Jack Kay

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Torklift to Summit Mount Rainier

MT. RAINIER, Wash., — The Torklift International team is making their ascent to the top of Mount Rainier right now.

Torklift President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw began their climb to the top this morning.

The pair is climbing the mountain because they have a craving for adventure.

If they complete their journey to the top of the 14,411 foot mountain, they will plant the Torklift International flag at the peak and announce a new mystery product to be called, “Summit.”

Kay and Bushaw are the last climbing team permitted on the mountain for the season as the weather becomes too treacherous for climbing. The climbing team is called Omega. They will be battling various terrains as well as the potential for altitude sickness.

The climb will entail crossing crevasses that are hundreds of feet deep, darkness and cold weather. They are expected to summit on Tuesday. Their descent down the mountain will conclude at Paradise Trail Head where they will be greeted by Torklift International staff. 

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Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director will conclude their descent on Mount Rainier at Paradise Trail Head pictured above.

Good luck Jack and Sheryl, everyone is rooting for you!

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John Spaulding honored with 2015 Jim Barker Award

Recognized for dedication

VANCOUVER B.C., Canada — NTP-Stag Marketing Director John Spaulding accepted the Jim Barker Award during the 41st Annual 2015 Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) Executive Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia last week.

During the event, RVAA past president Jim Stark read a letter from Spaulding’s wife.

She described him as a fair-minded supervisor and a man dedicated to his work and the industry, who always does the right thing, even when it’s a difficult decision.

“I will tell you what has kept me standing alongside him for 24 years,” she wrote. “A steadfast sense of loyalty and integrity and an internal sense of optimism. Congratulations on this high honor today, you certainly earned it. Your family is enormously proud of you and we toast you from afar.”

Spaulding was met with a round of applause before suppliers, distributors and RV dealers when he approached the podium to speak.

“This probably won’t happen often, but I am speechless. I am honored, as my wife said. I have made remarkable friends…and I love my work. This is very unexpected,” he said. “I’m here partially because of a lot of you in the room. I’ve had terrific mentors and colleagues that I’ve worked with throughout the years that have helped me temper my quick judgment and forged a more respective approach to working with the market and working with suppliers and customers of all the businesses I have been associated with. I thank all of you for being a part of that. I am not going anywhere, thankfully. I intend to keep my involvement with RVAA very active. I thank all of you for this tremendous honor and I hope I can be able to live up to your standards.”

The Jim Barker award is highly coveted and is only awarded when a worthy recipient is nominated. There are several conference years where the award is not given.

The award is given to individuals who work enthusiastically on behalf of RVAA for several years, who have donated time and money spearheading projects and programs targeted to improve RVAA, served the board of directors or chaired a committee and have dedicated a clear objective to improve the RV industry that is noteworthy of their colleagues and contemporaries.

The 2015 RVAA conference was a record-breaker with 270 attendees including new suppliers and distribution, and sales representatives. Seven dealer council representatives served on a dealer panel to respond to questions regarding effective training methods, distribution and competing with Internet-based dealers. Several attendees were recognized with various awards and new committee members were welcomed as detailed below:

2015 Award Winners

• President’s Award: Matt Warner, Unified RV
• Distributor of the Year: Coast Distribution
• Supplier of the Year: Star Brite
• Product of the Year first place: Winegard
• Product of the Year second place: Atwood
• Product of the Year third place: Valterra

2015 – 2017 RVAA Executive Committee

• Past President - Jim Stark – Dealer Resources Group
• President - Susan Carpenter – JR Products
• Vice President - Steve Johnson – Northern Wholesale
• Treasurer - Tom Manning – Manning & Assoc.
• Secretary - Matt Warner – Unified RV
• Board Rep. - To be determined by board vote after first board meeting

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Fully charged: Q&A with Princeton University’s electric racing team

princeton-u-race-teamPrinceton Racing Electric teamEach spring it’s time for the Formula Hybrid, a highly regarded competition that challenges collegiate students to design, build and race an electric hybrid racecar. The 2015 Formula Hybrid took place April 27-30 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

The team of students from Princeton University contacted Torklift after they came across a solar-charged aluminum battery box featured on our website www.torklift.com. This off-the-shelf solution would help them with the construction and function of their electric hybrid racecar. This organization of students formed the Princeton Racing Electric team. The team focuses on innovation and hands-on engineering experience while tackling the challenges of the renowned Formula Hybrid competition. The racing event includes a series of events testing the performance of each open-wheel, single-seat racecar that concentrates on innovation, fuel efficiency and most importantly education.

How could Torklift help? As experts when it comes to battery charging and efficiency, students on the team found the Torklift PowerArmor Solar battery box an influential addition as they crafted their electric vehicle.

princeton-racing-electricPrinceton Racing Electric team with their racecar for Formula Hybrid 2015

It was important for us to learn more about the experiences of Princeton Racing Electric team. We also are curious as to how the PowerArmor Solar contributed to their overall vision.

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Torklift International PowerArmor Solar is a solar-powered aluminum battery box that is incredibly lightweight and durable, ideal for the rigorous standards and high voltage battery system of the racecar. Traditionally the locking battery box is used for increasing battery life of RV batteries. The locking capabilities prevent theft while a 10-watt solar panel maintains batteries within, keeping them healthy and ready for use at all times.

Torklift Power Armor Solar:

  1. Maintains charge and longevity of batteries preventing premature RV battery replacement
  2. Anti-theft and locking feature protects expensive batteries
  3. Dual functionality secures batteries and other gear
  4. Bolts to RV camper bumper, truck, van etc.
  5. Available in multiple sizes to accommodate up to five batteries

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PowerArmor Solar increases battery life up to 400 percent

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Q&A with Princeton Racing Electric

The process of building an electric racecar from scratch and competing against other collegiate level students is all about experiential learning. To further understand the goals and experience of the team, we sat down with Princeton Racing Electric President Hafeez Sulaimon who spoke on behalf of the team.

Torklift: What was the team’s favorite part of the 2015 Formula Hybrid race?
Princeton: For the team, the best part of Formula Hybrid was arriving at the competition, meeting the other teams and seeing the cars they’ve come up with. While school rivalries are fierce, there is a great sense of camaraderie amongst all of the schools… Teams sharing tools and ideas all in an effort to help each other make it past the rigorous technical inspections. It’s a sight to behold and it was an amazing feeling for us to be a part of that story this year.

Torklift: What was the most significant challenge your team faced during the building process? Were you able to overcome?
Princeton: The most significant challenge the team faced was lack of technical expertise in the area of battery-electric powertrains during a large portion of the project. While our mechanical systems were close to completion by mid-February, powertrain development lagged behind. The powertrain of the vehicle was by far the most technically complex system on the vehicle, not only because it was electric but also because there were pages upon pages of technical regulations regarding installation of several safety and shutdown systems of the vehicle. At the end of February, we were fortunate to take on a new member with a good background in other kinds of electronics. With his positive attitude and interest in project, we were able to turn things around. Powertrain development began progressing enough for the team to believe we could get the car running in time for the competition.

race-iconsTorklift: How did you use the PowerArmor Solar battery boxes?
Princeton: The PowerArmor Solar boxes were used as a lightweight and compact container for the vehicle’s batteries and shutdown circuitry. We mounted a battery box on each side of the car, placed inside of a steel tube cage, which was integrated into the chassis design. Each battery box contained two 24 Volt Li-Ion battery packs which were connected in series for a total vehicle pack voltage of 100V.

The series connections inside each box were easy to make, as there was space for both batteries and additional safety circuitry in each PowerArmor Solar box. The aluminum composition was important for the racecar because it was lightweight. Aluminum is also corrosion resistant which ensures the structural integrity of the box for years to come. It also acted as a firewall if anything were to go wrong with the batteries. The batteries sit right next to the driver on each side. While the chassis itself already has firewalls installed, the aluminum battery box served as a second layer of protection.

Torklift: In what ways did the Power Armor Solar contribute to the success of the racecar?
Princeton: Having a complete off-the-shelf solution that met our strength and weight requirements freed up manpower to tackle other incomplete areas of the vehicle. Due to its rigid aluminum feature, we ended up mounting a few extra safety systems such as high voltage indicator lights, fuses and relays directly inside each box. Since they could be secured inside of the battery box, it meant that we could isolate our entire high voltage battery pack and monitoring systems from the rest of the car. The team liked the diamond plated aluminum boxes with black powder coated trim because it looked sharp, too!

Torklift: Why is the Formula Hybrid important to students at Princeton University?
Princeton: Formula Hybrid teaches students about the importance of time management, good communication skills and practical engineering design. Formula Hybrid cars are primarily constructed by Princeton students working with a small budget. This forces students to think critically about ease of manufacture and cost effectiveness of each part they design. Students who have a solid grasp of these skills and concepts are highly desirable by employers in the industry.

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In conclusion, Torklift International is extremely impressed with the students of Princeton University and their commitment to exploring applied engineering and management.


The 2015 Princeton Racing Electric team was composed of 12 students from all class years: Santiago Aguirre, Kirk Robinson, Ben Sorkin, Tarik Dzanic, Joseph Yates, Nathaniel Kavaler, Rachel Herrera, Hafeez Sulaimon, Jeremy Mehl, Lucas Amber, Po Wah Moon, and Richard Cheng.

Click here to learn more about the PowerArmor Solar locking battery box. More information on Princeton Racing Electric and Formula Hybrid race can be found here.

We wish the best of luck to Princeton Electric Racing team in next year’s Formula Hybrid competition!


 

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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LAST CHANCE! Take advantage of special offers on Torklift products

poohrunfrombeesSweet deals for busy beesSometimes the endeavors of every day life are distracting. Wrapped up in our own little worlds, we unintentionally bypass opportunities we normally would have taken advantage of… But whoops, we missed it. Luckily, Torklift has your back.

Since the ups and downs of life can be all consuming, we thought we’d remind you of these special offers before it’s too late. If you’re a busy bee, we won’t hold it against you. Just take a moment, follow our advice and see what sweet deals you can no longer ignore. These offers on Torklift products are as good as gold!

Offer 1: The whole enchilada – Tie Downs, Turnbuckles, StableLoads and Locks
If you’re looking to upgrade your rig, this is the offer for you. By outfitting your truck with Talon Tie Downs and FastGun turnbuckles, you’ll receive $15 off StableLoads suspension stabilizer and free FastGun Locks or Tie Down Locks upon lifetime warranty registration.

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To learn more about the products featured in this Torklift deal, click here.

Rebate information 
Offer valid through August 30th, 2015

Offer 2: Step up your game – GlowStep Series
Whether you have a travel trailer, fifth wheel or truck camper, Torklift RV steps outperform anything that comes factory on your RV. With RV steps, the most important and critical component is safety. You’ll rest easy knowing you and your family members can enter and exit your RV with maximum stability that Torklift International GlowSteps and GlowStep Revolution trailer steps provide.

With this deal, purchase a GlowStep or GlowStep Revolution and score $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail for increased stability. While supplies last, we’ll toss you a complimentary DirtDestroyer or SafeStep. Boom!

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To learn more about the durable RV steps featured in this Torklift deal, click here.

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Offer valid through August 15, 2015

Offer 3: The power of getting hitched – SuperHitch and Auxiliary Power products
Sounds like a pretty big commitment, right? Since Torklift’s SuperHitch receiver hitch and battery mounting products come with a lifetime warranty, it’s more of a commitment for us. Luckily, we’ve prepared for that.

Buy a SuperHitch towing receiver hitch and get $20 off factory mail-in rebate for either a HiddenPower or ExtendedPower battery mounts.

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To learn more about the products featured in this Torklift deal, click here.


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Offer valid through August 16, 2015

Offer 4: Locked and loaded
When is having extra power on hand ever a bad thing? Free up space and avoid that stinky messy generator ruining your interior in the truck or trailer by storing your generator outside on your front or rear receiver hitch. This receiver accessory allows you to store, lock and run a generator simultaneously and inserts directly into your receiver. With the purchase of an original Lock and Load generator tray, receive a $20 factory mail-in rebate.

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To learn more about the locking generator tray featured in this Torklift deal, click here.

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Offer expires September 1, 2015

Now that you’ve been properly reminded, be sure to make your purchases before the conclusion of camping season. That way you can enjoy the convenience and quality that Torklift brings to your RV and travel experiences.

To take advantage of these offers, simply find a dealer by searching your area with the dealer locater. For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com.

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Torklift StableLoads debut on Velocity network’s All Girls Garage –Tune in!

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All Girls Garage on Velocity network

Are you ready?  Now’s your chance to thoroughly prepare yourself. Mark your calendar, make room on your DVR and be sure you don’t miss Torklift International StableLoads suspension stabilizers television premiere on Velocity network’s All Girls Garage. Is the popcorn popped? An ice-cold beer or soda poured perfectly into a frosted glass? Pull the lever on your recliner because we have a feeling you’ll enjoy this show.

all-girls-logoIf you haven’t seen Velocity network’s All Girls Garage, it’s more than just your average automotive TV show. Here’s what you can expect.  The show highlights the expertise of three females as they approach complicated automotive projects. With years of mechanic experience and technical knowhow, these women know how to distinguish a quality aftermarket product from its competitors, and are as selective about what parts they feature on their show as the folks who invest in them. If you’re a fan of programs like TruckU and Overhaulin’, you’ll find All Girls Garage as quality entertainment worth your time.

The episode will discuss how StableLoads are an effective suspension upgrade for anyone planning to tow or haul. If you’re looking to improve handling by reducing sway, body roll and porpoising, the StableLoad suspension stabilizer should be the first suspension modification you consider.  

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StableLoads are simple to install and have a universal fit for all vehicles with factory upper or lower overload leaf springs. The ladies of All Girls Garage will explain that by taking up the gap between the leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring on the vehicle’s rear suspension, the StableLoads activate the factory intended capabilities within its leaf springs. This provides a dramatic and noticeable improvement in ride quality.

StableLoads are a simple concept and the best solution for suspension on your vehicle. Don’t let us convince you, just tune into All Girls Garage on August 15th to hear why these female gear heads put their trust in the stabilizing effects of Torklift StableLoads.  

Velocity Network
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
11:30 a.m. EST, 8:30 a.m. PST

Also catch the airing Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at the same time.  Click here to further explore the benefits of Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Larry Csonka visits Torklift in Sumner, WA!

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Larry Csonka and Torklift General Manager Jay Taylor

It’s not everyday an NFL legend stops by our manufacturing facility. When word spread through our offices that the one and only Larry Csonka would be paying us a visit, admittedly we were a bit star-struck.

Larry of course, was the star running back of the epic 1972 Miami Dolphins – the only NFL team in history to go undefeated in a season. So what brought Larry, “the Zonk” to Torklift?

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Larry taking a look at one of our assembly lines

Larry uses Torklift truck camper accessories on his rig. Specifically he secures his truck camper to his truck with our truck camper tie downs and FastGun truck camper turnbuckles. He was interested to see where the products are made at Torklift. He took a tour of our facility and made the day of every football fan on our team.

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Larry was nice enough to bring his truck along to help us with the development of a new fitment of our soon-to-be released for order GlowStep Revolution for truck campers.

 

GlowStep Revolution is currently available for pre-order for travel trailers and 5th wheel camper trailers.

 

As a much larger gentleman of gridiron glory, we explained to Larry that GlowStep Revolution is designed to eliminate the “diving board” effect of other RV scissor steps and RV flip up steps by creating a secure connection between the RV and the ground. For a guy Larry’s size that made a name for himself running over pro football players, the more stable his RV steps the better!

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Big thanks to "the Zonk” for making our day at Torklift. You can see what Larry is up to, from his incredible story as an NFL player to his outdoor adventures in Alaska on his official website here.

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Torklift International
800-246-8132
support@torklift.com

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Torklift General Manager speaks at Export seminar

Recently the Washington Export Outreach Team put together an educational seminar highlighting the expansion of local businesses through exporting. The Outreach Team consists of federal, state and local resource partners that strive to help businesses provide services and products to foreign markets. Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor was requested to speak at the seminar in Fife, Washington on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

exportingTorklift International exports to several countries around the world

globeAs General Manager of Torklift International since 2007, Taylor has made strides in opening up trade outside the US. With most recent expansion to Australia, Torklift began exporting to locations that include Canada, Germany, South America, Russia, Dubai, Sweden and Japan. This growth is greatly dependent on Taylor’s focus on research. It is important to gather details on various country requirements for shipping, third party warehousing, logistics, trade laws, taxes and more.

The all-day seminar called “Export 101: Your Door to the World” covered a variety of topics from developing an export business plan and finding qualified buyers, to determining pricing, finances and shipping products. A primary focus is to identify the appropriate international markets that fit your business.

“My dream is to continue growing Torklift into a company proud to develop products that make camping and leisure easier and more convenient for families, not just here in America, but throughout the world,” said Taylor. “We are accomplishing that. We are fulfilling the dreams every day with product development and new opportunities.”

According to Pierce County Economic Development Department, exporting helps a local business reach 95 percent of the world’s population that doesn’t live in the United States. Exceeding in the global marketplace requires a detailed plan and thorough research. With a lifetime of experience, Taylor has proven a great resource for local businesses looking to export successfully.

With recent developments in the Australian market, Torklift International is excited for continued growth and appreciates the continued support from existing and new customers who choose to purchase our products.

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