Living the Lance Life: Customer Review of Torklift Camper Packer Storage Stands

Living the Lance Life1Have you ever thought you were onto a genius idea that’s had a less than desirable outcome? If you’re a handyman, don’t be ashamed if an idea or two falls short, as there’s no doubt you’ve conquered success a time or two.

When checking in with blogger Matt Kasner, he was debating on how to go about storing his 2008 Lance 861 truck camper. Knowing he wanted to spare the jacks on his truck camper from extra stress, he considered a sawhorse style storage system.

“I lean more towards the “why fix something that's not broken” motto. Sure, we could have built some 2x4 sawhorses, that probably would implode in on themselves knowing my woodworking skills.”
– Matt Kasner

Camper Jack AccidentCamper jack accident, RV.net userWhen it comes to taking care of your truck camper, don’t take any chances with old cinder blocks or a traditional sawhorse from the hardware store. Just like Matt’s Lance truck camper, your investment needs serious protection. As much as your frugal intuition speaks to you, don’t skimp on something that if overlooked could cost your more than you’re willing to admit in the long run. That’s why we recommend storing your truck camper with the strength, support and protection it deserves.

 

 

camperpackerm2A question commonly debated is whether or not a truck camper should be left on its jacks. If you’re hoping to keep your camper in good condition, consider what might happen to it if the weight of the camper was dependent only on its jacks. The weight of the camper causes unnecessary wear and stress to the camper frame and jacks. Don’t take any chances. With our Camper Packer, prevent camper frame damage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame. Avoid camper jack repair and extend the life of your camper jacks.

As Matt will attest, the Camper Packer isn’t your typical sawhorse. The Torklift Camper Packer is the only quality structural support base for truck campers, whether for short or long-term storage. We turned to Matt’s recent blog to read his Camper Packer review:

“Torklift’s Made in the USA products blow everything away. The Camper Packer is no different.”

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Matt Kasner assembles the Camper Packer storage stands

As Matt assembled the steel brackets with specially treated lumber, he noticed how Torklift’s Camper Packer design was unique compared to other alternatives, which showed in its performance. Double the length of your typical sawhorse camper stands, the Camper Packer is rated to handle up to twelve times the weight capacity compared to a typical sawhorse. Torklift’s “hulk version” of camper storage stands can carry up to 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. Measuring 50 inches from side-to-side when completely assembled, the Camper Packer is engineered with specific high capacity capability for truck camper applications.

The Camper Packer is easy to assemble and has 100% tool-free operation. Available to purchase with or without the special treated lumber, all steel parts of the Camper Packer Kit are high impact powder coated for protection against rust and corrosion.

“Torklift does an amazing job in the powder coating department.” - Matt Kasner 

 

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“The cross members have a pin system that is similar to your truck's hitch, making the cross members easy to remove and pack down.”
– Matt Kasner

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For an important task like carrying the weight of your truck camper, strength and support are essential. This task is simple with the Camper Packer storage stands. All in all, Torklift Camper Packer dramatically reduces camper jack stress, thus protecting the condition and integrity of your truck camper -- and your budget over time.

 

Matt’s Lance truck camper currently rests comfortably on the Camper Packer for the remainder of the winter season.

 


“Overall, Torklift definitely has another great product to add to its long line of great products, backed by amazing customer service and warranty departments.”

 

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Camper Packer installation by Matt Kasner

Proudly made in the USA, the Camper Packer is backed up by a 5-year warranty.

We want to thank Matt for choosing to feature Torklift’s Camper Packer on Living the Lance Life blog. Click here for more information on the Camper Packer or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

Be sure to check out Matt’s full Camper Packer Review here: “Living the Lance Life"

 


 

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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Talon tie downs: Keep your camper secured with an eagle’s grip

Talon camper tie downsTalon truck camper tie downs is the toughest tie down system on the market. Developed to handle the most extreme conditions, Talon Tie Downs are made from military grade aluminum alloy and sealed with high impact powder coat. Like many great birds of prey, Talon Tie Downs are exceptionally strong, light weight and free for life—of rust, that is. No matter what adventure you have planned, you can trust Talon Tie Downs to keep your truck camper tightly in its grasp.

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Talon Tie Downs fit a variety of truck frames, all
applications bolting directly to the frame with no talon tie downdrilling required. This includes popular Ford, Dodge RAM and Chevy trucks, with new fits being added weekly. Because these custom truck camper tie downs are engineered and designed for specific vehicles, they ensure that your truck camper has the most stable and secure fit available in the industry. Whatever you’re looking for—whether Ford tie downs, GMC truck tie downs, Dodge RAM tie downs or Chevy truck tie downs, no other truck camper tie down system performs like the Talons.

If you’re the owner of one of the following vehicle makes or models, you’re in luck—these 2016 tie down applications have just been made available:

2016 Chevrolet/GMC 2500 Crew Cab, Bed Length:  6.5’
2016 Chevrolet/GMC 3500 Crew Cab, Bed Length:  8’
2016 Dodge RAM 3500 Crew Cab, Bed Length:  8’

To check for updates on additional fits for Talon Tie Downs, visit our automated application guide.

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Talon tie downs bolt directly to the vehicle frame, which offers a dramatic improvement in the handling of your vehicle when hauling any size of truck camper. Frame-mounted camper tie downs help eliminate vehicle sway and camper movement, offering a safer and stable ride for you and your family. Also, because the frame is the strongest part of the truck, you’ll be happy to avoid damage to your truck bed or bumper when using Torklift frame-mounted camper tie downs. There have been countless instances where folks switch to Torklift frame-mounted tie downs as a result of bed-mounted applications damaging their truck bed, bumper or even vehicle frame.

talon truck camper tie down truck frameTalon truck camper tie downs attach to the truck frame (shown in yellow for contrast)Don’t take our word for it. Vehicle manufacturers also strongly recommend attaching campers directly to the truck frame with no extra holes being drilled in the horizontal flanges of the frame side rail. Talon Tie Downs provide a solution to both problems: they attach directly to the frame and no drilling is required. Talon tie downs for 2016 Chevy trucks (or Fords, Dodge RAM or GMCs…) quickly bolt to the frame. All fits for Talon Tie Downs maintain the integrity of your truck.

Quality guaranteed
Both the Talon tie down receiver tube and insert are made from 100% military grade aluminum—the same material trusted by the US armed forces. Talon Tie Downs are unrivaled in strength and durability. While Talons are reinforced to hold up in any environment, they are also ultra-light weight and are completely concealed when in use so that ground clearance is not affected. The Tie Down Finishing Kit is also included with each set to help protect the tie down tubes when not in use. Also learn how to lock tie down inserts with our new Tie Down Locks.

tie down finishing itTie Down Finishing Kit is included with Talon Tie Downs

Both our warranty and faith in our products is unmatched. Like all Torklift products, Talon tie downs are proudly made in the USA and backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. For additional information and warranty details, call us at 1-800-246-8132.

go anywhere with talon tie downsGo anywhere with Talons and your truck camperUnparalleled performance
Whether your next adventure takes you through winding roads in snowy mountains or down a leisurely drive along the coast —no matter the severity of the terrain—Talon Tie Downs will help keep you safe while you’re on the road so you can focus on what’s really important: the journey.


To find a Talon aluminum tie down fitment for your 2016 truck, learn more about Talons or search our automated application guide.

 

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

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Top 3 reasons to winterize your truck camper with Torklift’s Camper Packer

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Fall has arrived, it’s time to winterize

The sun is setting on camping season and it’s time to winterize the truck camper. How do you store a truck camper over the off-season? Do you store it under a shelter or inside the garage? Does it sit in your driveway, alongside your house or at an offsite storage facility? Regardless of where your truck camper finds its home over the winter season, there is only one important detail we urge you to remember. Whether a short term or long term time period, don’t let the truck camper sit on its camper jacks without additional support.

That’s where Torklift International Camper Packer storage stands become crucial in winterizing your truck camper.

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Here are the top three reasons the Camper Packer isn’t your average hardware store sawhorse stands:storage-stands-partsCamper Packer Kit for storing a truck camper

#1) Easy assembly
Not only does the Camper Packer truck camper storage stands assemble quickly and easily, it simply requires a standard drill to get the job done. The camper support storage stands measure 50 inches side-to-side and are double the length of a typical sawhorse. There are no tools required to operate the storage stands.

Ed Krech from Brentwood, Tennessee uses the Camper Packer to store his 2011 Northern Lite 811 truck camper when he isn’t on the road.

“Using the tools recommended [by the instructions] and following the instructions, I had both “sawhorses” together in one and half hours,” said Krech.camperpackerSupport the truck camper with
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Because the camper storage stands are collapsible and fold away when not in use, they are specially designed for easy storage when you’re ready to load the truck camper onto your truck again.


 

“Compared to what I had been using to support my camper, these are the right height, extremely stable, will tolerate any weather conditions, and are very easy to store when not in use.”
                                 – Ed Krech

#2) Give your truck camper the structural support it needs
Acting as a structural support base for the truck camper, using the Camper Packer camper stands dramatically reduces jack and camper frame stress. It prevents any potential of camper frame damage during storage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the truck camper storage stands.

The Camper Packer sawhorse stands are rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. The lumber of the camper storage stands can be trimmed to achieve the preferred height. If you’re looking for a sturdy and solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason, look no further than the Torklift Camper Packer. sawhorse-standsWinterize your truck camper

#3) Durability
The special treated lumber shields against the elements and is double-coated on the ends to further protect from exposure to rocks and dirt.

“Another plus is that the metal parts are either painted or made of stainless steel...no rust!” said Krech.

The steel components of the Camper Packer Kit are protected with a high impact powder coat. This allows protection against the negative effects of corrosion and rust. Most hardware in the kit is stainless steel. Torklift International Camper Packer comes with a 5-year warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Save on storage!
Torklift is here to make winterizing a truck camper or RV as easy as possible. What’s a better way to save on all the products you need to protect your things and provide maximum convenience over the offseason? To see all special offers and active factory rebates click here.

That’s not all – Stand up and take the first step in maintaining the structural integrity of your truck camper while in storage by taking $10 off the Torklift Camper Packer.

Camper Packer $10 Factory Rebate

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Click here for more information on the Camper Packer storage stands or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

 


 

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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Between the jigs and the reels, your camper sway solution is finally here

As both experts and enthusiasts when it comes to the RV industry and RV parts or equipment, we’ve taken notice to a common problem that’s been rocking the truck camping community for far too long. For those who offload their camper often, you probably know what were “swaying”…or excuse us, saying. When a truck camper is free standing with people inside the unit, the camper sway and wobble is certainly an uncomfortable experience.

What’s happening to a truck camper when excessive camper sway and wobble is constant? As the truck camper sits on four points using a camper jack system, the reckless movement causes significant strain and wear to the camper jacks. It also puts unnecessary pressure on the camper frame. Camper jack failure or damage to the camper itself is not the direction you would want your hard-earned dollars to go. Invest in preventative measures to protect the integrity and condition of your truck camper.

By eliminating this rocking motion while your truck camper is free standing and off of your truck, the camper frame and camper jacks are fully supported. Since our loyal customer and good friend Jim Weber planned a week of camping with the truck camper offloaded, he installed something special from Torklift. Acting as jack braces on his truck camper to eliminate camper sway and provide extra support for the camper jacks, Jim was able to achieve rock solid stability. Yes – the jig is finally up!

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Introducing the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper.

 

That’s right – feel free to do a little jig inside the truck camper to celebrate, just because you can!

Here’s how it works:

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The FastGun Wobble Stopper connects the front camper jacklegs to the camper body, acting as a supportive connection that stiffens the jacks and stabilizes the unit. With a lever-action quick disconnect FastGun handle, the FastGun Wobble Stopper connects in seconds.

The FastGun Wobble Stopper stows directly to the camper jacks so it’s extremely discreet when not in use. The lockable feature helps deter and prevent any possibility of theft. No other vehicles can back up and take off with your camper because the braces block access. Click here to learn how to prevent camper theft and damage.

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“When I take [the camper] off there's always this uncomfortable wobble, even fully lowered to the ground. Well son of a Fast-Gun (see what I did there), Torklift makes jack braces called Wobble Stoppers,” Jim writes on RV.Net. “They took all of 15 minutes to put on and wow, what a difference.”

See Jim Weber’s experience with the FastGun Wobble Stopper by reading the entire thread on popular online forum RV.Net.

Known as Languiduck on RV.Net, loyal Torklift customer Keith Fromme also installed the FastGun WobbleStoppers on his truck camper.

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FastGun Wobble Stoppers installed on Keith’s truck camper

“Upon connecting the Wobble Stoppers for the first time, almost all sway and wobble from my camper jacks was eliminated,” said Keith. “I can now walk inside and move around the camper without the swaying feeling. It’s a drastic improvement.” fg-wobble-storedStores to jack when
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Keith explained to us that he usually unloads his camper once he arrives to a destination. Rather than tiptoeing around the camper for fear of camper wobble, his family is able to enjoy a very solid feeling camper because of the stability FastGun Wobble Stoppers provide.

Keith said that his favorite feature of the FastGun Wobble Stopper is that they self-store.

“I already have a ton of things to pack and unpack, and I don’t have to worry about finding a place to store these. They are always right where I need them to be,” Keith explained. “The last thing I would want is the hassle of removal and finding yet another spot to store or haul something.”

“They are easily one of the best additions I have made to my truck camper set up.”  - Keith Fromme

Watch this video to see the dramatic stabilizing effects:

Torklift International offers designs available to fit round or square camper jacks. Made from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, the FastGun Wobble Stopper defines durability with a high impact powder coat protective finish in white. Manufactured locally at our facility in Washington State, the FastGun Wobble Stopper comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty promise.

Click here to learn more about the FastGun Wobble Stopper.

 


 

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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Trailer Life Magazine recommends storage solution by Torklift to make your life easier

The January issue of Trailer Life Magazine named Torklift International’s Camper Packer storage stands as one of the top products to improve your RV lifestyle!

Those who’ve experienced this lifestyle enjoy all the benefits a truck camper provides, especially when it comes to versatility. The beauty of truck camping lies in the ability to travel just about anywhere. The tricky part is where and how to store the camper when its not in use.

Long-term storage on the camper jacks alone is not typically recommended by truck camper manufacturers. It can fatigue and damage the camper’s structural frame and camper jack mounts. You’ll want to provide extra support for the camper when preparing to store it.  As an affordable storage solution for truck campers, the Camper Packer is easy to assemble, is rated at a capacity of 6,000 pounds per pair and measures 50 inches from side-to-side when completely assembled.

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Camper Packer camper storage stands

The support from its heavy-duty sawhorse design dramatically reduces jack and camper frame stress, keeping your camper in great condition when in storage. The Camper Packer kit includes fasteners and high impact powder coated brackets. The special grade of lumber is also pre-treated to help protect against potential wear from the elements. When you’re ready to use your camper, the sawhorse storage stands disassemble easily for compact storage. 

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“These are the right height, extremely stable, will tolerate any weather conditions, and are very easy to store when not in use. Another “plus” is that the metal parts are either powder coated or made of stainless steel...no rust!”
– Ed Krech, Brentwood, Tennessee

Be sure to pick up the January issue of Trailer Life Magazine to check out the entire list of products and gear to improve your RV lifestyle. Click here to learn more about the Camper Packer camper storage stands. 

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