Curtains up! Torklift Jen


The office smells like sulfur today. This is uncommon because normally it smells like a combination of muffins and cookies.

Today is unlike any other day at Torklift International because today we had permission to use fireworks. Okay I am over exaggerating. While they were technically fireworks, they were just Party

Confetti flew through the air as we jumped for joy with the unveiling of our new website.

We’ve given our digital presence an upgrade. Go to, I dare you. You will not only see a new look, some great features for navigating the site but also something that we hold near and dear to our hearts:

In the navigation bar you will see a button that says “About Us.” In that area of the website, we are sharing our story of how we came to be. It is pretty interesting. It began with one man named Jon Kay.


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After both working at and running a few fabrication/hitch shops, Jon Kay decided to open his own shop in 1976. Out of that hitch and tow shop grew Torklift International. It’s truly a great story of how we became and I hope you check it out:


That hitch and tow shop is still around today, in fact, it’s right down the street from me and you know what? Jon Kay himself still works with Torklift International dreaming up new products and making them reality.

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Hooray for vacations! Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

Check out Sue Jurf's reaction after we contacted her about winning her weeklong truck camping vacation through the Torklift Treasure Hunt!

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Brought to you by Truck Camper Warehouse, Northstar Campers and Torklift International.








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Announcing the Treasure Hunt winner...

By: Torklift Jen

Sue Jurf!

Congratulations, you and your guest will be partaking on a weeklong truck camping adventure this June!


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As you read this, your new Northstar truck camper is being built at the plant in Iowa. From there, it will be delivered to Bill Penney at Truck Camper Warehouse in New Hampshire where it will be outfitted with the latest Torklift International gear including Torklift Tie Downs and FastGun turnbuckles.A7200-stableLoad-installedsmall


We are going to fly you and your guest out to Truck Camper Warehouse where Bill Penney and his team will show you around your new camper and get you ready for your adventure. If there is something we learned about Bill and his team, they take the time to make sure you are comfortable with your truck and camper so you are prepared for your travels.


As part of the vacation, we will cover your airfare within the United States, pay for your campsite rentals and provide funds for groceries and fuel.




We look forward to getting in touch with you soon so that we can plan your camping destinations!

P.S. We assure you, this is not an April Fools Day joke!





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And the Treasure Hunt winner is...

By: Torklift Jen

treasure header…Being announced on Tuesday!

The truck camping adventure is taking place the second week of June. Rex Willet of Northstar Campers in Iowa is building a brand new camper for the vacation as you read this. From there, it will be sent to Bill Penney at Truck Camper Warehouse in New Hampshire.

We’ve got an exciting east coast trip planned for the winner. Keep reading to find out who the winner is!







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We might not have a chocolate Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen


…We do have a number of engineers who work very hard to build parts.


That’s kind of like little green-haired dancing men all dancing in unison and singing a song right?van


Okay maybe not!


Our engineers have reported to me they are pumping out new parts including tie downs and SuperHitch parts for the 2014/2015 seasons.


 I find our testing and fitment process to be very interesting. On a daily basis, new trucks are brought in.


Let’s take a walk through what happens to a vehicle when it gets fitted for parts.


It pulls into our factory and is lifted onto an enormous hoist. From there a number of engineers, R&D fellas, and welders start to tackle this truck like perfectly coordinated defensive football play.



One person approaches the overloads to verify the proper StableLoad fit. Another person will take measurements at the hitch installation locations and tie down attachment locations. From there, that person will design a hitch and tie downs that work with the truck frame using only the pre-drilled holes to make for an easier installation. Then comes the Hidden Power battery mount. This attaches directly to the frame underneath the truck bed and provides a spare battery that trickle charges for spare power. This person must determine where exactly the mount will go on the frame and just how many can be installed at one time




It’s so coordinated that multiple parts are fitted onto the truck and that same truck is out the door in a matter of just a few days.

We make it a point to test all fits on every truck we make a part for because we are committed to providing no-drill applications for easy DIY. Can’t argue with that!

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Even Houdini himself can’t escape Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

Or maybe you are more of a Criss Angel fan or even David Copperfield.

Either way, none of those magicians can make your generator disappear when it is stored in the Torklift International Lock and Load.

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What I find interesting about the Lock and Load is its versatility. Not only can you store generators, but you can keep your plasma cutters, toolboxes and anything else that you can fit into this lockable tray, safe.


I know first hand that storage space is limited when traveling with a truck camper and even larger RVs like towables. Having the ability to store your generator on the outside safely from theft has other benefits too.

What do all internal combustion engines have in common that makes you not want to have them in your living room?

Gas, exhaust fumes and oil leaks. Having a generator sitting in your living room sounds silly. But if you RV with one and don’t have a Lock and Load to transport your generator or to keep it secure when you’re away from your camp spot, you have to either put it in your cab or lock it in your RV. This can make for a super stinky mess.

Thank you Lock and Load for not only keeping my generator safe, but also for making sure my living space is smell and mess free.


All silliness aside, one more thing I would add has to do with my size. I’m a little on the small size and by no means do I want to move my generator around. The Lock and Load allows me to leave the generator locked in the stored position while I use it.  I never have to take it out of the tray. This means no chiropractor visits from excessive bending and lifting.

Pretty neat.

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Thank you Amanda! Torklift Jen


“Thank YOU!”

This is what I was thinking when I saw the picture above.

France (she’s on the left) leads a truck camping jamboree in Quebec.

They are holding up their latest Torklift International gear: limited edition hats, tie down storage bags and pocket knives.

They recently helped us translate some of our materials from English to French Canadian for our friends up north.

In case you are wondering who Amanda is, that is Amanda Watt, our Inside Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Together, we get to give out a lot of free goodies and we are happy to do it.

Now I’m ready to make an offer to you so you can get your hands on the latest and greatest Torklift International gear. The first five people to sign up to follow my blog will get their choice of a limited edition hat or knife. If you are already following, just share my post and you can be one of the lucky five.

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Fireside Torklift Jen

It was as close to sitting around the campfire and shooting the breeze as you can get for a Wednesday night in front of the computer.


Sans the s’mores and the sweet smells of the great outdoors, Torklift International participated as the featured live guest on the Lance Owners of America’s (LOA) first online chat event.


We were honored to take part in the launch of their new program to bring their community of RV owners together to talk directly with manufacturers and to get their questions answered and opinions heard.


I got to represent Torklift and joined in with members of the organization to discuss topics on truck camping, travel trailers, and aftermarket RV parts and accessories.  We also covered upcoming events and ways everyone can get more involved.


These planned rallies held by L.O.A and similar groups are a great way to meet-up with old friends, new forum acquaintances, and share information with those who share the same passion for a hobby and the lifestyle that outdoor and travel enthusiast’s share.  I am looking forward to attending my first gathering with them soon and from the reminiscing I heard, these campouts are a blast!


LockandLoadTalonTorklift was able to offer support and chat with participants on our products and share some upcoming attractions.  The Lance Ultra Deck Plus bumper was discussed and great questions were asked about the benefits of the new light weight aluminum Talon TieDowns.  We were able to help with inquiries about our turnbuckle lines, new PowerArmor battery boxes, StableLoads for suspension upgrades and many other product applications.  We also discovered that these live chats are another avenue to provide customer service and gain valuable community feedback.  This was a great opportunity and learning experience for Torklift.


True to the camper’s credo when living in the northwest and, coincidentally, to that of anyone relying on perfect performance of your technical systems when you really need it, “When it rains, it pours.”


For the active members, it came across on the screen as a brief delay as Torklift Jen went missing in action.  However,  I’ll let you in on the fact that there were some behind the scenes events in this chat room that would make for some great blooper footage.


I am definitely in the spirit now to start some new adventures, and if I squint really hard the glow of the computer is starting to look like a campfire.  Yes, I really need to get out there.  Happy Camping!polaroids2

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Catalytic Torklift Jen


By Torklift Jen

Winning teams have players who make things happen. These are the get-it-done people in a successful organization.  There are even some who take it a step further and are agents for change, creativity, and motivation.  Torklift International is made up of these kinds of people.

As a student of Torklift, one of the assignments we are challenged with is team building with modules in teamwork and leadership skills.

A resource for all employees is John Maxwell’s 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team.  The author is well known in the area of motivational speaking, leadership training, and building corporate success.  He uses his personal experience and stories of people and events to explain his points.  It’s like getting into the head of my mentor’s mentors.

One point of particular focus is named the Law of the Catalyst.

Like the important component of a vehicle’s exhaust system, a catalytic converter takes the toxic emissions from a vehicle and turns it into a clean, efficient, well running and controlled machine.  We don’t make them, but our plant is full of catalysts in another form.

Maxwell uses Michael Jordan as a great example of a team catalyst.  Perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, he was extraordinarily talented on the court and also possessed the ability to bring intensity to the game.  Even after retiring, he continued to stir players by joining in and fueling the competition with good natured “trash talking” and consistently elevating them and pushing everyone on to the next level.polaroid2

Catalysts are the positive influencers.  Everybody has a bad day, faced a daunting challenge, or just been a little off their game.   I’ve recently come to work with this season’s nasty cold, spewing my own toxic emissions and looking to produce under the weather results.  These people are marked by always being ready to step up and get in the game, they are intuitive, good communicators, passionate, talented, creative, responsible, generous and influencing.

An organization with empowered catalysts is always striving and full of momentum.  Ready or not, Torklift International is up for another big year and in this case action will speak louder than words, so it’s back to work for Torklift Jen.

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Go ahead, I'm Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen


An amazing thing is happening as I participate more and more in the world of online RV and automotive forums.  I am getting questions directed to me and I know the answers!


I am learning a tremendous amount in my time spent reading the threads (conversations on specific topics within the forum) everyday.  Participation in these message boards has allowed me to bring questions to my expert teammates here at Torklift International and share what I find by tapping into their wealth of information, ability to innovate solutions and for their support in providing the best service possible to our customers.


I also get to share what I am reading in regard to customer ideas and service opportunities.  I see information passed on about anything from Alternators to Ziplining and a bird’s eye view into the recreation and automotive enthusiast’s lifestyle.1961fordgirl


In the arena of online forums, the camaraderie and passion for mutual interests can be informative and entertaining.  These discussions are two-way streets and sometimes opinions meet head on, but the main goal is to share valuable experience and help and support each other.


Here is a recent thread started on the Ford Truck Enthusiasts site.


“1961FordGirl” writes:  "Hello everyone.. New to the forum.. Just bought this beauty yesterday.. I also bought a 1962 Friendship Vacationaire to pull with it.. Going to do some camping "vintage style". If any of you know where to buy good used parts for a 1961 please let me know.. I need a steering wheel, shift indicator, gas pedal (rubber part). "


The following is a bit of the conversation:






If you’d like to see more on the Torklift SuperHitch Towing Series check out our website:


I welcome any questions or comments that you may have.  I will get an answer to you or will be taking the assignment to heart and also be learning through the process.  I look forward to meeting you!

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Good things come in small Torklift Jen



By: Torklift Jen


I came across this recent post on the RV.Net community forum.


Timothy W. Holman "Exlporer", writes:        "Anyone else use the Torklift tie down finishing kit…or should I say forget to!!!! :)


It works great when you remember to put it on...I got caught with mine off… that we are finally thawing, the tie downs will be cleaned and the caps installed again. Never know what the rest of the midwest season will hold."








I do a lot of online research on RV and automotive forums for current events, learning opportunities, and of course, on everything Torklift. The above post I thought was very timely for the extreme conditions many of us are facing with snow and ice this winter and to help with the questions I am seeing on corrosion and protecting your tie downs.


Torklift International’s Finishing Kit is a vinyl cap kit for tie downs.  It keeps dirt and road debris out of the receiver tube of the tie down when the inserts are not being used.  Installation is effortless, just remove the tie down insert, replace it with the special protective foam and cap it off with the exclusive vinyl caps.


With the simplicity of the product, I noticed that a few of life’s truisms that apply to truck camping seem to fit for the Tie Down Finishing Kit.


Good things come in small packages…
The Finishing Kit is one of the simplest Torklift products and also comes in one of our smallest packages, but it is an incredibly smart and great investment in protecting your tie downs against the harsh effects of the environments that your truck faces seasonally.


Rust happens…
You may ask what to do if my tie downs are rusting.  Just like any factory or aftermarket components that are made of steel and attached to the underside of a vehicle, Torklift’s original True Frame Mounted Tie Downs are made from a thick steel plate and there is a potential for surface rust to develop if they are not cared for properly. This can be due to regional road conditions and treatments, as well as normal factors inherent of any steel underbody part. For this reason, manufacturers do no warranty product finishes. Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty covers not only the truck camper tie down but also the camper anchor points when used in conjunction with spring loaded turnbuckles.  As with any product finish, normal care and maintenance should be employed to maximize protection against the negative impact from environmental conditions.


Hindsight is 20/20…
This is why the Finishing Kit is better not left as an after thought, or the spring thaw.product_header_finishkit

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Stop the Torklift Jen

Stop the music!wscircle
Hold the show!
Step away from the camper…

There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s called the Wobble Stopper.

It has banned that rocking and rolling going on inside your backyard road house, the shimmying in that side yard sideshow and don’t even think of trying to shake town because this galvanized brass is gonna stop your getaway galavanting.  (actually, it’s made of stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum).


Torklift International has developed a camper stabilizer that’s a peace maker for all that wobbling going on inside when the camper is off the truck and balancing on the jacks.


Most pickup campers come equipped with electric jacks which makes them easy to unload and lower down close to the ground for easy access. The problem is that the camper sways back and forth on the jacks when you walk around in it or simply try to sleep. Every time you move the whole camper moves. It’s not practical to carry saw horses that don’t break down or large numbers of heavy blocks or additional jacks to stabilize your camper.


This instability can cause thousands of dollars in damage to the truck and the camper by wearing on the unit and creating jack mount and camper frame stress.


The Wobble Stopper camper jack stabilizers simply attach to the front legs and camper body.  The braces are fully adjustable and fit square or round jack applications.  When ready to use they swing into place and attach to a small plate on the camper body.  They stow out of the way and up against the camper leg when not in use.  Wobble Stoppers have been specially designed for easy installation with a hinged two-piece clamp and bracket design.


With the Wobble Stopper added to your truck camper set-up you’ll be sleeping in a sea of tranquility not with the seasickness of the swaying camper movement.


Your days are numbered you crazy, footloose kids and your dancing campers.


See the Torklift website for product information on the Wobble Stopper camper jack stabilizer:


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And the Oscar goes Torklift Jen

The latest news in Torklift International productions includes a trailer.  Not the type you may associate with our expertise in manufacturing parts for towing and hauling, but the Hollywood kind- the “Coming to a theater near you”- kind of trailer.
The recent launch of the Ultra Deck Plus bumper for Lance Campers created a stir in the blogosphere and a huge response to this new product.

The complete story and video aired exclusively in Truck Camper Magazine. And, the epic video here:

We were thrilled with the response to the new bumper and it also lead to some very creative conversations on the video production introducing the product.  We were offered alternate endings, possible hidden symbolism and great feedback and support of the bumper.

It seemed that viewers were asking for more, so after reading some of the forum discussion posts, I am pleased to offer you an exclusive “director’s cut “ script and answer some of the questions I found on the new design and its features.

Q: What models of truck campers will it be available on?
A:  As of 2/21/14, Lance Campers has made the Ultra Deck Plus exclusive with the 1052 model.  Look for other models to be available in the future.

Q: What is the weight difference of the new optional Ultra Deck Plus and the standard equipment bumper?
A: It is 149 pounds.

Q: Will it require the use of a hitch extension?
A:  The Ultra Deck Plus will extend about 2 feet, so a 48 inch to 60 inch hitch extension will be required when towing specifically with the Lance 1052 model.

Q: How much is the new bumper going to cost?
A: See your dealer for more information, however, The Lance 1052 will be MSRP $34,437 for the base camper and $39,800 for the standard build optioned out camper.  This includes the Ultra Deck Plus bumper and many other special options.

Q: Where does the sewer hose go?
A: So stealth, but it’s there.  There is also a 2”x 2” receiver hitch (300lb. cargo capacity) for accessories built in for easy storage.

Q: What type of fish was that used in the filming?
fishA: Honestly, we weren't sure either so we contacted the local fish and wildlife department and had them view the mystery gold fish. Below is an excerpt from their response:  "After close observation of the body movement, dorsal fins, breach, and splash patterns we are of the opinion that the  "goldfish" in question is highly likely a native game fish related to the bass family commonly called a sun fish. We have attached an image for your viewing."

And, adding the disclaimer,  *No animals, (or fish) were harmed in production of this film.

Look for the upcoming sequel featuring our “Talons” Torklift’s new military grade aluminum tie downs.


…I am hearing the cue music to cut this speech, I cannot help with a tear in my eye, but to thank all the people who made this possible.  The engineers, Lance Campers, Torklift International, my managers, our families, truck campers, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere…

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Launch Torklift Jen

banner_ultradeckplusAs I launched my first step onto the newly forged camper bumper, I couldn’t help but think back to the July 1969 lunar impression and utter the words etched in history by Neil Armstrong, “This is one small step for man, one giant step for mankind…” Agreed, all my steps were baby steps way back then, but this is nonetheless, really big news!


Torklift International is officially announcing today the partnership with Lance Campers and the production of the Ultra Deck Plus Bumper.


It is a Torklift designed and manufactured truck camper bumper that will be debuted with the 1052 Lance Camper and will be available as an option for most of the 2014 models.


The launch of this product is really the dawning of a new era in truck camper form and function.  Like Torklift, Lance Campers has endured and prospered through market downturns and has remained a leader and the most popular truck camper manufacturer in the United States.


This is a pivotal piece to be working on with Lance, as they have remained on the leading edge of truck camper design, we have done the same with aftermarket parts and accessories.  Our contribution of superb manufacturing practices, access to advanced materials like 100% aircraft grade aluminum, and with our forward thinking engineers, we have found a way to answer a consumer need by increasing storage and also thrill with the possibilities to come.


Like the Apollo 11 mission, the development and achievement of this product was a feat of cooperation, innovation and to challenge dreams making them realities.


The initial idea came to us at a Lance Owners of America Rally.  Our customers who knew us to produce the highest quality, safe, and American-made products asked us about building a new bumper.  Like Lance Campers, we continue to learn from our dealers and from every single customer who provides ongoing feedback for improvement and new product design.  Our customers asked and we delivered.


Similarly, our astronauts did not get to the Moon alone and faced difficulties and challenges along the way.  We worked with the product development engineers at Lance from conceptualization through prototypes and in design improvements for two years.  An unyielding spirit of tenacity prevailed and like the cooperation and work that has gone into the International Space Station, this is an example how innovation and creation can unite and technology can transform.Lance_Bumper_Sliced


Jay Taylor, General Manager of Torklift, recently said, “ We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished here.  It’s not just a bumper that we’ve produced, but a newly forged relationship.  Lance is now a worldwide distributor of Torklift International products including our truck camper tie-down, turnbuckle, towing, suspension, and accessory lines.  We are very excited about the opportunity of working with Lance into the future.”


Look forward to the new products that will work in conjunction with the bumper design and to all the adventures that will be viewed and taken in from the Ultra Deck Plus exploring new frontiers and beyond.  It is truly a launching point to take you to your next adventure.  See more here:

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Countdown to your Torklift Jen

1601383_755358251156189_290398458_n“T-minus… and counting. “

Epic events and historical milestones are often marked with a ticking clock symbolizing mounting anticipation and a launch into new frontiers.  The mystery of the unknown and the possibilities that are commencing add to the excitement along with reflections of all the orchestration and hard work that has gone into preparation for a moment.

With celebration of all the right stuff that has gone into making this moment and the adventures that will go along with this new product, Torklift International is pleased to be sharing the advent and the anticipation that we are all feeling in making this upcoming announcement.

Here are some notable thoughts from others who have gone before us.  Some are practical and point out the anxiety of challenging the status quo and some elegantly summarize that a mission does not simply end here or there but continues with exploration and development beyond the horizons.

“Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best.” - Christopher Ferguson, Atlantis STS-135 commander, to launch director Mike Leinback right before the lift-off of the final Space Shuttle mission, 8 July 2011.

“…the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them.  This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space.”- President John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“Oh, quick question, I missed it in the briefing.  How much urine do these suits hold?”… - Howard, “ The Big Bang Theory,” episode “The Countdown Reflection.”

“It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”- Alan Shepherd

“The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” - H.G. Wells, "The Discovery of the Future, “ 1901

“The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow.”- Robert Goddard, successfully launched the world’s first liquid-filled rocket 1926

“If you build it, we will come”- From the movie Field of Dreams

“The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow”- Robert Goddard

“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world; knowing they’re going to light the bottom- and doesn’t get a little worried- does not fully understand the situation.”- John Young, after being asked if he was worried about making the first Space Shuttle flight.

“Godspeed, John Glenn”- Fellow Astronaut Sam Carpenter radioing to John Glenn upon blastoff.  This was the first mission of man orbiting the earth.


What would you be thinking the moment before lift-off and where do you think we are going?  Visit the Countdown-

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Bumper Torklift Jen

Torklift has had what could be called a bumper crop of new products developed over the last year.


We are excited to be producing yet another new addition for truck camper fleets.


Stayed tuned for the big announcement next week!


We do not call this fruition of great new products and opportunities luck, it is due to our preparedness, forward thinking and hard work.  The time has been right and this is our opportunity to build new relationships and continue to offer the best in the industry.


These new fabrications will be big changes for your current adventures and the possible additions and supplemental product ideas that are being explored will transform the form and function of truck campers to meet customer needs and wants.  We are proud to be along on your truck camper experiences and will continue to do so by staying true to our Legendary Lifetime Warranty.


See some of Torklift International's current offerings with our manufacturer partners.


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Diamonds and Torklift Jen

polaroid28There is a lot more to Torklift than acres of diamond plate aluminum and steel.


This was never more apparent to me than at our recent annual meeting.  We were treated to our assembly this year in what was once held in a small break room to now filling a grand events center ballroom.  The amazing growth in the company this year included an over 30% growth in the workforce.


Our department heads shared their pearls of wisdom and stories from their own inspirations, mentors, and passed on successes based on hard work and dedication.


One inspiring story we were reminded of was one we all know.  It is heard on the Earl Nightingale leadership training series in which every new Torklift employees participates.


This true story is based on an African farmer who is enticed by riches and lured away from his own land in search of the diamonds that were being found all across the continent.  He was so excited and distracted by what was out there that he sold his farm and searched endlessly for the riches he never found.  Meanwhile, the new owner of the farm picked up an unusual looking large rock from the land and placed it on his mantle as a curiosity.  A visitor to the man’s home later saw the rock and was absolutely amazed.  It was one of the biggest diamonds ever found and the farmer replied, “ Heck, the whole farm is covered with them.”


Opportunity does not just come along, it is there all the time- we just need to see it, develop, and believe in it.


With that message taken to heart, current events were also woven into messages about how we play the game here and, of course, included references to our own Seattle Seahawks.  Jazzed by the upcoming Superbowl XLVIII prospects and our simultaneous tremendous year, we were inspired to dream beyond where any single one of us came from and work as a team to boost each other up to see over challenges and achieve the victories we can celebrate for our families, our community and our company.


Looking at this upcoming year, we are focused on solution based goals and will continue to strive for excellence in serving our customers and building the best products in the industry one inspired piece at a time.


Yes, our acres are full of diamond plate and steel, but the precious resources are the people of Torklift.





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To engage or Torklift Jen

Sometimes you tow, sometimes you don’t.  That’s OK, I understand, a full time engagement can be quite a commitment!


So, what do you do when you want to have the best of both worlds?


polaroid22Most vehicle suspension systems aren’t designed to master the mechanics of everyday driving with ultimate comfort, safety, and performance and also be able to deliver the same ride with the added forces that occur while heavy towing and hauling.  You’ll find that a heavy load has you reaching for your sunglasses when driving in the dark. This is because the weight put on the rear and tongue forces your headlights right into the eyes of oncoming drivers, their brights flashing reminds you that you’ve got a problem.


Also, with your added weight, you will also experience swaying, bucking, reduced braking control with the associated longer stopping distances and a general feel of instability.  Airbags are a common go to aid for this issue, they are great for leveling, but they are not working with the physics of the problem.  They lift the weight off of the factory-engineered stock spring suspension.  This means you are taking the majority of the weight off the factory leaf spring suspension and are now carrying the weight on an area roughly the size of two footballs.   This is why the increased bounce and roll is felt.


A full time engagement to suspension add-on products like bump stops, airbags, and added leafs could mean a stiffer ride when unloaded, handling issues when loaded, or having to maintain air pressure and possible material breakdown and blowouts.polaroid23


Here enters in a suspension upgrade product that will work in conjunction with the stock factory suspension for the best ride while towing and hauling and disengage fully when not in use.


I recently participated in an install of the StableLoad product and I left out the easiest, but most unique part.  To engage the product when your are going to tow or haul simply use a 3/8” ratchet and extension to rotate the wedge pack between the overload and main spring pack.  You insert the included pin and clip to secure the wedge in the engaged or disengaged position.  This is literally done in seconds, with no commitment when you’re not towing and hauling.  I have now mastered the forces!


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Truck U StableLoad Torklift Jen

My ears recently perked-up at the following quote I heard regarding the Torklift StableLoad suspension upgrade product.


“This is so easy, you guys should have your wives install it!”  On a scale of one to ten the guys on the TV show Truck U rated it a one.   If you haven’t seen that feature, I will pass it on here:


polaroid2Well, I took that as a direct challenge from Bruno and Matt for Torklift Jen to prove their point, save them some hate mail, and also throw that challenge back to anyone interested in a fun and easy DIY suspension upgrade project that addresses sway, sag, and body roll while towing and hauling.


The first challenge was taking the product from the box without breaking a nail…, just kidding guys!


Really, I set out to follow the instructions as written and let you know what I found for the installation of this product and its feasibility as a project for non-mechanics like me.


It was helpful to lay out all of the pieces and determine the directions that the steel plates would face in respect to the truck and practice the order that the hardware will install on the lower leaf spring overloads. Those are the ones that stick out by themselves at the bottom of the spring packs.


The truck needed to jacked up about 4-5” by the frame.  This is to provide the required clearance to bolt them on a non-loaded vehicle.


polaroid1Vehicles with a ½” hole in the lower overload leaf spring use part # A7310, so I just had to simply put them through the pre-drilled hole that is standard on most trucks.  Some trucks require Part# A7311 and they get specific instructions on how to drill this hole with the special cobalt drill bits.

Then, it was time to put them together.  First of all, determine the number of adjustable stacking wedge plates I would use for filling the maximum space between the lower overload and the rest of the coupled leaf springs.  I also measured the thickness of the lower leaf spring, that would show the number of shim washers I needed to use in this set-up.

With that info ready, I followed the drawing in the instruction book for the order to assemble and secure the StableLoad with the provided hardware.


This was all done with a 9/16” wrench and finally tightening the components to 35ft lbs.  I did have to find out what this meant, as my innate sensibilities are not yet in tune with torque by feel.


I had done it, one StableLoad down and three more to go on the same way.  I’ll admit I have probably have seen the install videos for these products more than most, but I assure you that it was simple and easy.


I bet Bruno and Matt would approve and would be very impressed with my work.  More product info available at: - StableLoads

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I have been doing a lot of research online and immersing myself in the blogosphere regarding everything RV related.


Come to find out, I have found that these RV’ers I keep reading about are very popular people.


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I wasn’t sure what I was doing wrong as a new blogger and a new truck camper.  I was proud to have gotten a few “Likes” to my humble little posts, but I wouldn’t fancy myself to have all these “fans”.


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They have great reviews and they’ll stick with you through the fair weather and the foul weather all the same.  Fan-Tastic Fan info can be found here:

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