Torklift or HappiJac Tie Downs?

When getting ready to journey out with your truck camper, a thought that probably crosses your mind, “is my truck camper safe?” The way your truck camper is secured with tie downs and turnbuckles is essential for safety and stability while hauling. What brand of tie downs and turnbuckles are out there?

HappiJac Tie Downs - Starting at $284.80
HappiJac has designed a tie downs system by creating an I-beam truss structure that uses leverage to reduce the force on your truck, and control the truck camper movement. The front two anchor plates are drilled for installation at the front of the truck bed where the cab and bed meet.

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The two rear anchor points are drilled onto the back bumper. The HappiJac tie down anchor points paired with their turnbuckles create a triangle leverage counter force to prevent side-to-side, front-to-back and up and down movement. By preventing this movement, it prevents the camper and truck from moving as a solid unit which can cause jolting to the truck bed and camper. This tie down system is covered by a one year warranty from purchase date.

 

Turnbuckle Blog 2Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted tie downs - Starting at $313.99
Torklift’s patented designed tie downs incorporate four tie down points that bolt directly to the truck’s frame. A system that bolts directly to the truck frame dramatically improves stability and handling. The tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance.

The Frame-mounted tie down systems are designed to eliminate bed and bumper damage. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with any of our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturers warranty. Because the turnbuckles are springloaded, it allows the truck and camper to move together as a solid unit which prevents jolting to the truck. Since the tie downs mount to the frame, there is no risk of tearing sheet metal on the bed or pulling down on the bumper. We have also designed a high-performance aluminum and stainless steel tie down called the Talon Camper Tie Downs that is constructed of 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel that is rust free and corrosion protected for life. 

Turnbuckle Blog 3A tie down finishing kit and locks are available for both tie downs. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

Features of the Torklift Talon Tie Downs include:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life†
• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (prevents vehicle sway and camper movement in all directions)
• Mounts using independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel
• Fast, 100% no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Finishing Kit included
• Lockable with Tie Down Locks
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

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So what do I use to connect my truck camper to my tie downs?

HappiJac Quik-Load turnbuckle
The Quik-Load is a stainless steel body with a reinforced ½ solid steel round hook. It can be turned to adjust the tension after installation. This turnbuckle features a rubber cushioned handle that can be detached, and locking pins that keep the turnbuckle in place and can be quickly removed. The Quik-Load turnbuckle comes with a one year warranty.

Torklift Original FastGun turnbuckle - Starting at $323.99
Turnbuckle Blog 5Torklift has designed a FastGun truck camper turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry. This stainless steel turnbuckle comes in a set of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators to determine perfect tension. Precision made from high impact, powder coated steel, the FastGun turnbuckle is available in black, white, polished stainless steel and grey. They are compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs and come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Our tie downs, when installed properly, provide 100% support for your truck and camper. Torklift has designed the FastGuns to secure your truck camper investment to your truck as well as further security with the FastGuns Locks which help deter any potential theft of your turnbuckles!

Features of the FastGun turnbuckles include:

• No. 1 selling patented quick disconnect turnbuckle in the world
• Connects and disconnects in seconds - Quick release handle allows for easy tool-free adjustment
• Spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and your truck camper
• Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use
• Precision made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel
• Available for frame-mounted or bed-mounted tie downs
• Lockable to secure your truck camper (locks sold separately)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

For a better truck camping experience and overall improved safety and stability – it’s a pretty clear choice. To learn more information on Torklift tie down or turnbuckle products, contact us at 800.246.8132 or email: support at torklift.com. 

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

 

 

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How to make a truck camper deck?

After lots of speculation on how to build a truck camper deck we came across an article on Rv.net. The user, Bigfootford decided to take on this project himself. He started off with a well drawn out blueprint on his shop floor, constructed of Unistrut, plumbers tape, and some bolts. It looked pretty good. We really like that he incorporated his steps, which he broke into two pieces to gap the entrance and the other half led to the ground. He also incorporated storage slots for tubs on each side. It took him some time to construct his idea as well as to measure, cut, and piece it together. Here is a link to RV. net users story BigFootFords DIY deck project. If you aren’t a DIY person or don’t have the time, Torklift has various truck camper deck options to fit any of your needs.

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Fox Landing Bumper
This bumper serves as an extension of your camping experience. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it offers entry from either the left or right side and it eliminates the need to disconnect the trailer tongue. The Fox Landing Bumper can fold up in a matter of seconds and secures in the stowed position. GlowStep tread is added for safety to prevent slipping.

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Northstar Bumper
The Northstar Bumper is engineered and designed at Torklift International. It’s constructed out of light weight aircraft grade aluminum. This bumper works with any framing system and has a custom tread. It has a custom step reinforced with gussets. It’s USA-made and has our legendary lifetime warranty.

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Palomino Landing Pad
If you are in need of storage space while camping, this is the deck for you. With nearly 3.5 cubic feet of storage, this bumper weighs 84 pounds, is 93 inches wide and features an 18.5-inch platform depth. The Palomino Landing Pad is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. With LED lights and a built in swing step, this bumper makes all other factory bumpers seem out-of-date. The Palomino Landing Pad is a Torklift International design and backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Ultra Deck Plus
This truck camper porch is engineered and designed exclusively for Lance campers by Torklift International. The Ultra Deck Plus is designed with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. This deck is high impact powder coated for extreme durability with a contoured body style that offers 7.8 cubic feet of storage. This comes with lots of extras. A deck slide that extends and has a 600-pound capacity, a swing step that incorporates Torklift International GlowStep technology, DOT certified LED lights and a Torklift exclusive hinge lock system for all storage compartments.

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If you are ready to get your camper out on the road and don’t have the time that RV.net user BigFootFord had to build his own deck, have no fear Torklift is here! With several options that will accommodate every need you have as far a safety, security, and storage you can’t go wrong. For more information call us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Don’t hold your truck camper to your truck with glue

Glue Blog 11Sher Jennings-South Dakota born and raised and familiar with the extreme weather patterns is ready for it all. She also understands when it’s unsafe and time to shut it down. Working with her grandfather who was a home mover and very adamant about using the safest equipment really set her safety standards in place, especially while hauling. She carried these standards into purchasing her first camper. Friends badgered her with other alternate brand tie downs but after she did her research, she decided to go with Torklift turnbuckles and tie downs.

Don't let this happen to you!

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Tie downs vs. wind

Glue Blog 3A couple years ago while on a trip with a friend who previously badgered her about trying an alternate brand of tie downs, heavy winds hit hard. That afternoon on the way back from the Pendleton Roundup the friend of Shers’ was hauling her caravan to the Gorge with their brand new $45,000 truck. When they had finally arrived both the driver and the passenger were a wreck in fear of the support and safety of the caravan. She then asked them, “why they had just bought a new truck and spent $30,000 on a new camper but settled for a cheaperalternate brand of tie downs?” Sher then tried to explain how using an alternate brand of tie downs is like trying to secure your camper using Elmer’s glue. It’s important that when investing a large amount of money into a new rig and camper that you have a tie down system that is going to protect and support that investment. Torklift has two types of tie downs that will do just that!

Frame-Mounted Steel Tie Downs
This option secures your truck camper at four independent tie down points directly to the frame. This tie down improves the vehicle’s handling and stability with no loss of ground clearance. A lifetime warranty comes with this tie down.Glue Blog 4

Talon Aluminum Tie Down 
This is a high performance tie down that is lightweight and rust free for life. It also secures the truck camper to the truck frame. Constructed out of light weight military grade aluminum, it’s 50% lighter than most steel tie down applications. Featuring high impact powder coating with a no-drill application, this product is also covered by a lifetime warranty.

What connects the camper to the tie down?

Glue Blog 5Torklift has designed a FastGun turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry. This stainless steel turnbuckle comes in a set of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. They are compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs with a Legendary lifetime warranty.

 

Our tie downs, when installed properly, provide 100% support for your truck and camper. Torklift has also designed a product to secure your investment that much more! With FastGun Locks you are able to secure your turnbuckles to your tie down. The locks come with keys for convenience and weather caps to prevent damage and road grime. For more information on any of these products you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or email: support@torklift.com. 

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shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Customer switches to Torklift after bed-mounted tie down damages his truck

Torklift Tie DownWhen we met Brian Brawdy, he didn’t know his truck bed was cracked in multiple places and that it would cost thousands of dollars to fix. Torklift first met RV enthusiast Brian Brawdy in 2009. At the time of meeting him, he was sponsored by an alternate brand of tie downs that mounts to the truck bed instead of the truck frame. This company promotes itself as using frame-mounted systems when they don’t attach to the truck’s frame at all.

Where the bed-mounted system went wrong

Brian Brawdy visiting TorkliftAfter getting to know Brian a little better and what kind of tie down system he was using, Torklift wanted to check it out. Our team crawled underneath his truck, and we were alarmed at what we saw. Upon inspecting Brian’s truck, we revealed a mass amount of damage to the bed. When Torklift discovered what was causing the damage, it all made sense. He had a bed-mounted tie down system for his truck camper. Due to the lack of support, the bed of his truck was too stressed and had massive cracks underneath. This was caused by the bed-mounted system pulling and yanking the truck bed sheet metal.

What you can do to protect yourself

Destroyed truck bedThere are steps you can take to inspect your vehicle for damage linked to bed-mounted tie downs:

1. look under your truck bed for long cracks spanning anywhere from the cab to the tailgate
2. Look for a sagging bumper and rust at rear bed-mounted tie down locations
3. Inspecting the paint for chips, bent tie downs, body rust and gouges at the mounting location of your front bed-mounted tie downs also indicate damage

 

If you notice any of these issues with your bed-mounted tie downs that claim to be frame-mounted, contact us immediately. We would be happy to look at pictures of your damage and help you determine if your truck is still safe for hauling your truck camper. If you don’t need Torklift products, we won’t sell it to you – we’re just here to help. Our company is founded on safety and if you aren’t safe, we believe you should know. This inspection service is free. Just call us at 800.246.8132 or send photos of your truck to: photos@torklift.com.

So why do bed-mounted tie downs cause this damage?

Many bed-mounted tie down systems are falsely advertised as “direct-to-frame” and use anchors plates in the rear of the truck bed to connect anchors to both sides of the truck bumper. The support from the specific type of tie down does not make contact with the frame of the vehicle, leaving you with a very unstable support. When you use a bed-mounted system not only is what you are hauling at risk, but the vehicle as well. Just like Brian Brawdy’s truck, you risk having stress marks and cracks in the bed and can actually lose the whole bed itself. Damage within the truck bed is common while using bed-mounted tie downs. Often, anchor points can be pulled out - bending the anchors directly into the truck body, as well as damaging the vehicle’s paint.

What Precautions Can You Take to Avoid Damage to Your Vehicle?

Torklift Steel tie downThe first and most important step is using proper tie downs. Torklift offers two types of tie downs that truly mount to the foundation of the vehicle: its frame. Attaching directly to the frame eliminates the risk of damage to your vehicle and will provide 100% support for having your camper mounted safely.

Option one: Steel 
One of the tie down systems Torklift designed is the True Frame-Mounted Steel Tie Down.

• This tie down secures the truck to the camper using four independent tie down points directly to the frame. 98% of applications don’t require drilling.
• Has no loss of ground clearance and improved stability and handling of the vehicle while towing 
• Comes with the Tie Down Finishing Kit
Tie Down Locks are also available for this system

Option two: Military Grade Aluminum 
Talon Tie DownThe other system Torklift designed are the Talon Camper Tie Downs

• This is a high performance tie down that is light weight and rust free for life
• Features high impact powder coating
• Light weight military grade aluminum alloy that is 50% lighter than steel

Like any other Torklift product, both Talon and Steel Tie Downs are backed by a lifetime warranty. When Torklift tie downs are paired with spring loaded turnbuckles, the lifetime warranty is extended to not only the truck frame but the camper anchors points for the extent of its manufacturer’s warranty. Why do we do this? Because we know our frame-mounted tie downs will never damage your vehicle when used and installed properly. You can contact us at 800.246.8132 for more warranty details.

What did it cost Brian?

Picture6Thankfully at that trade show Brian Brawdy was made aware of the damage his truck had sustained. After that day, Torklift’s tech support spent several hours at our shop and repaired more than $5,000 dollars’ worth of damage done to his truck due to the bed-mounted tie downs that claimed to be frame-mounted. Brian no longer has to question whether his truck is being damaged while doing what he loves the most.

 

To learn more about Torklift tie downs and Talon Tie downs call our tech support at 800.246.8132 or email us at: support@torklift.com. Or, to order your own set at a Certified Dealer near you, visit our Where to Buy page.

 

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festibals with my family form the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, bloe grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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New 2017 Fits Are Here for StableLoad!

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Many people are pulling their truck campers or trailer out of storage or buying new ones in preparation for some summer camping fun.

Of course there are basic things to do to prep, such as de-winterizing, cleaning everything out, getting groceries, etc. But one thing that many people forget over the long winter months is how much they hated the feeling of instability or sway while they were on their way to the campgrounds.

That's where we come in – we are here to help you prevent these common occurrences of handling issues with the Torklift StableLoads.

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New 2017 StableLoad fitments include:
• All Ford F150 trucks
• Ford F250 regular cab/super cab/extended cab/super cab
• 
Ford F350 regular cab/super crew/ super cab extended
• Ford F450 regular cab/ super crew/ super cab extended
• Dodge RAM 3500 crew cab/mega cab/mega cab dually
• Chevy 1500 crew cab
• Chevy 2500
• 
Chevy 3500
• Toyota Tundra double cab

Although this list is quite long, it doesn't show all the 2017 StableLoad fitments that we have, which you can find here. We are still looking for some Chevy long bed trucks and Toyota trucks for final testing. Our aim is to have the ones we have yet to test as soon as possible. Don't see your fit? Call us. With a couple questions and a picture, we can confirm over the phone: 800-246-8132.

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Now, we can hear you saying, "Well, what about sway bar, shocks or airbags?" You could always purchase those products, because the StableLoad is designed to work in conjunction with all of them. But what not many people know is how airbags affect your suspension. To put it succinctly: airbags for suspension take your four-point suspension system, turn it into a two point suspension system which can potentially lead to leaf spring damage and further feelings of instability while towing or hauling. You find yourself balancing your truck camper on the equivalent of two footballs.

On the other hand, StableLoad suspension products are designed to complement the factory suspension of your truck, maintaining that quad contact design and improving the handling, sway, body-roll and sag of your truck while you're hauling heavy equipment. One of the best benefits of the StableLoad is also the ability to turn on and off in seconds. Let it help improve your ride quality while towing and return back to your factory suspension when you're done – it's a win/win situation!

Features of the StableLoad include:
• Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*StableLoad ou black and white
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle's specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points  
• Quick no-drill installation**
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (WITH DRILL KIT).

Below is a video showing you the installation process for the StableLoad:

Wherever your next adventure takes you — Torklift suspension upgrade products keep you safe and allows you to focus on one of the most fun aspects of a trip: what to do when you get there! If you have a 2017 Dodge RAM truck, a 2017 Ford truck or 2017 Chevy truck, we've got you covered with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer!

To find StableLoad fitments for your 2017 truck, learn more by searching through our automated application guide or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

 

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Truck Camper Unstable Off-Loaded? We’re Here to Help!

wobble stopper locksThere's nothing worse than a shaky truck camper. You end up spending your whole camping trip either terrified that it's going to fall over, or you have to keep it on your truck the whole time... say good-bye to quick trips away from the camper! Unless... there's another option.We have a great solution to all your wobbly camper problems. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is designed to dramatically reduce camper jack and frame stress. By acting as a supportive connection between the front camper jack legs and the camper body, you prevent camper sway while the camper is unloaded.

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"The [FastGun] Wobble Stoppers do exactly what they claim. The reduction in sway with my camper on the jacks was remarkable. As soon as I stepped in the door I could tell a difference. Climbing up into the cabover bed made it even more obvious. These braces will certainly get used anytime I'm using the camper off the truck."
-Matt Huffman


We couldn't have said it any better ourselves Matt! Instead of worrying about your camper on your summer adventure, instead use the FastGun Wobble Stopper and focus on the most important part of your trip... having fun!

Features of the FastGun Wobble Stopper include:wobblestopper1
• Dramatically reduces camper jack and frame stress avoiding costly jack failure and camper frame damage
• Prevents camper movement and theft when offloaded from your vehicle
• Simple quick disconnect handle uses 
• FastGun technology for easy disconnect and adjustment in seconds (FastGun Wobble Stopper Only)
• Easy DIY bolt on installation for all round and square jack applicationsStores to camper jacksLockable, keyed-alike locks included (FastGun Wobble Stopper Only)
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
• High impact powder coat white
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

DSCF8323If you're interested in learning more about the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper, there are a couple of options for you! You can either call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be more than happy to answer your questions about preventing truck camper movement. Or, you can also find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with one of these great truck camper supports.

 

 

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Have a 2017 Truck? You’re in luck – We have products for you!

49921756839 B4ABDA22 82A2 451C 9DD5 88B42FCFE74ELuckily 2017 is starting to look like a good year – it’s getting warmer outside and camping season is coming soon. If you’ve recently purchased a 2017 Ford truck, 2017 Dodge RAM truck, or 2017 Chevy truck – you’re in luck! We are working to complete our 2017 tie down applications and other product fitments, with new fits released weekly!

Newest Fits Available Now:
• 2017 Ford F-150 short bed 

• 2017 Chevy 3500 long bed


Tie Downs and SuperHitch installed on the 2017 Ford F350

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Newest Fits Available Now:
• 2017 Ford F-150 long bed 

• 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 long bed
• 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 short bed

There are fits available in steel applications as well as light weight military-grade aluminum Talon tie downs. Among other 2017 applications are SuperHitch, StableLoad suspension stabilizers, and HiddenPower auxiliary battery trays. Applications for 2017 Toyota and Nissan trucks are currently underway.

All Torklift tie downs, SuperHitch, StableLoad and HiddenPower products are proudly made in the USA and come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Here are the top features of each of the products we’ve updated for 2017 fitments:

SuperHitch and tie downs installed on a 2017 Dodge RAM 3500

Talon Tie Downs Features:

3. Available for best selling applications• Rust free corrosion protection for life† 
• Finishing Kit included 
• Available for best-selling applications 
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum 
• Ultra-light weight 
• Fast, no-drill installations 
†For more details, call us at 1-800-246-8132

Frame-Mounted Tie Down Features:

1. True Frame Mounted Camper Tie Down Front• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (Prevents vehicle sway and camper movement in all directions) 
• Avoid bed and bumper damage by attaching to the strongest part of the truck: the frame 
• Maintain the value of your truck and prevent rust and bed damage by avoiding drilling into your truck bed or bumper 
• Provides safety, security and stability while on the road 
• The only truck camper tie down that mounts using independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame

SuperHitch Original 20K Features:

original• SuperHitch frame mounted receiver rated up to 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 
† 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.

HiddenPower Features:

hp03m• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up 
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computer, etc.  
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery 
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service 
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system

StableLoad Suspension Upgrade Features:

StableLoad ou black and white• Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling 
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds* 
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads 
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points 

Wherever your next adventure takes you —no matter the severity of the terrain or weather conditions — Torklift products will help keep you safe and help you focus on one of the most fun aspects of a trip: the journey to get to your destination! If you’re looking for a 2017 Dodge RAM hitch, a 2017 Ford hitch, truck camper tie downs, an under vehicle battery mount, affordable suspension upgrade, or tie downs for 2017 GMC trucks, we have you covered!

To find frame-mounted tie down or SuperHitch fitments for your 2017 truck, learn more by searching through our automated application guide or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

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NEW product alert! Welcome the newest member of the GlowStep family!

06. ALL TERRAIN LANDING GEAR STABILIZES STEPS ON UNEVEN TERRAINIt's always wonderful welcoming a new family member into the world and adding a new product to the GlowStep family is no different! We would like to introduce you to the Stow N' Go, truck camper steps that are manufacture to help you avoid storing steps inside you RV and eliminate the hassle of detaching steps during travel.

The Stow N' Go is sold in three to six steps and features the ability to add or remove steps should you change or upgrade to a new truck camper. It also comes standard with the All Terrain Landing Gear which gives you an unmatched stability; connecting the camper to the ground. Just as with the Original GlowStep design, the Stow N' Go steps feature SureGrip tread to provide a no-slip surface as well as the ability to glow in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure.

02. MOUNTS TO THE TRUCK CAMPER BUMPER

Easily stored into position, the Stow N' Go steps remain mounted to the back of the truck camper or bumper to prevent a dirty RV interior. With this convenient step bracket, you don't have to worry about unnecessary movement of the steps when in transit or driving on rough terrain. The special nylon retainer system of the Stow N' Go eliminate step movement – the steps snap securely into place for storage.

11. MOUNTING BRACKET AVAILABLE IN WHITE OR BLACK HIGH IMPACT POWDER COATFor people that already have a set of the GlowSteps, we do offer the Stow N' Go bracket on its own so you have the option of upgrading your current GlowSteps to have the easy storage ability. This step system is also compatible with all other GlowStep accessories including the SafeStep pet safety barrier, DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment and GlowGuide handrail, providing the ultimate in truck camper step safety and comfort. This Stow N' Go system is mounted to a truck camper bumper or to the back of a camper underneath the door. 

 

Features of the Stow N' Go include:

• Avoid storing steps inside the RV and eliminate the hassle of detaching steps during transit
• Prevents dirty RV interior and damage from step movement
• Secures into place to prevent movement
• Designed for easy "stow-and-go" step operation for truck campers – simply pull the handle to deploy and store truck camper steps
• Mounts to the truck camper bumper or directly to the truck camper below the door – Requires a 19.5" x 3.5" mounting area
• Prevent step movement during transit with the bolt-on stabilizing bracket plate features nylon studs – steps snap securely into place for storage07. PREVENTS DIRTY RV INTERIOR AND DAMAGE FROM STEP MOVEMENT
• Steps are lockable with GlowStep Locks to prevent theft (sold separately)
• To stabilize steps on uneven terrain, the Stow N' Go comes standard with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet (step application only)*
• Mounting Bracket available in white or black high impact powder coat for extreme durability to match the color of your camper
• Ability to add or remove steps*
• Sold in applications for 3-6 steps*
• Steps glow in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure – no batteries necessary
• Steps are specially designed with SureGrip™ step tread which provides no-slip surface for easy entry and exit of camper
• Accessories sold separately: GlowGuide Handrail, SafeStep pet safety barriers and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

*Specific part numbers come with 8 inch GlowSteps pre-installed into the bracket with All Terrain Landing Gear. Bracket is also available separately. See application chart below for details:

GlowStep Stow N' Go

All Terrain Landing Gear Included (Black)

Mounting Bracket Height

Collapsed Height

Max Weight

Part Number

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 3 Step - Black Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7833

X

27.88"

12"-13"

375 Lbs

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GlowStep Stow N' Go - 4 Step - Black Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7834

X

35.38"

14"-15"

375 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 5 Step - Black Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7835

X

42.88"

17"-18"

325 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 6 Step - Black Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7836

X

50.38"

19"-20"

325 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 3 Step - White Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7843

X

27.88"

12"-13"

375 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 4 Step - White Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7844

X

35.38"

14"-15"

375 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 5 Step - White  Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7845

X

42.88"

17"-18"

325 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - 6 Step - White Bracket
MFG Part Number: A7846

X

50.38"

19"-20"

325 Lbs

Click Here For Part Numbers

GlowStep Stow N' Go - Upgrade Kit For Standard GlowSteps - Black Bracket Only††
MFG Part Number: A7810

-

 -

 -

 -

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GlowStep Stow N' Go - Upgrade Kit For Standard GlowSteps - White Bracket Only††
MFG Part Number: A7820

-

 -

 -

 -

Click Here For Part Numbers

 

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HiddenPower helps save a life in power outage


4. Add additional batteries under your truck bedWe recently had a customer tell us their story about their Torklift International HiddenPower battery box. Phil McClelland spoke to us about how Glenn’s Welding and RV Supply helped him set up an inverter with the HiddenPower battery system. This was an effort to continue going on camping trips with his disabled wife, who needs access to oxygen tanks.

hp03mFor those who don’t know, most oxygen tanks take around seven hours to fill but only around two hours to deplete. You need to fill up many oxygen tanks in order to last a day, let alone going on a weekend or a weeklong camping trip. With the HiddenPower installed underneath their truck and the inverter installed on their trailer, Phil and his wife can now go on extended camping trips without having to worry about running out of oxygen.

Screen Shot 2016 09 30 at 4.06.26 PMA recent power outage they experienced could have been dangerous to his wife’s health due to a limited number of oxygen tanks and the need for power to run the oxygen concentrator to help her breathe properly. Luckily he had the inverter and HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount installed on his truck and trailer. This allowed them to wait out the power outage in the comfort of their trailer and provided his wife with enough oxygen to last for days if need be. The HiddenPower provides extra battery power in your RV, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems or in the McClelland’s case, keeping constant oxygen flowing.

Some features of the HiddenPower include:

 Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up3. Hidden when in use
 Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computer, etc. 
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service 
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
 Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
 Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
 Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
 Legendary Lifetime Warranty
 Proudly made in the USA

We’re relieved that Phil and his wife were safe with plenty of additional battery power due to the ingenuity of the hard workers at Glenn’s Welding and RV Supply, Phil himself and the Torklift International HiddenPower battery box. Click here for more information on the HiddenPower or find out where to buy this under vehicle battery mount here.

 

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Equipment needed for towing or hauling a Lance Camper

Lance Camper w Ultra DeckLance truck camper with Ultra Deck Plus bumper by Torklift
(Photo courtesy of Truck Camper Magazine)
Lance Campers are known for their exceptional quality of campers, ultra-light travel trailers and toy haulers. It’s no surprise that their high level of standard is mirrored across to any accompanying equipment and gear that’s used with their units. If you’re wondering about truck camper and towing equipment that Lance would recommend, we designated this article solely to address that topic.

The SuperHitch and SuperTruss towing system are recommended to use with your Lance truck camper, travel trailer or toy hauler. For truck camping, Torklift also recommends completing your RVing and towing package with Torklift frame-mounted tie downs, quick-disconnect turnbuckles and StableLoad suspension stabilizer for your truck. Take Lance’s word for it -- Their recommendations ensure you’re maintaining the integrity and the safety required for an investment like your Lance unit.

SuperHitch
Lance CamperPhoto Credit: LanceCamper.comOne of the recommended pieces of equipment for towing a trailer while hauling a Lance Camper or simply towing a Lance travel trailer is the Torklift SuperHitch towing system. Lance recommends the SuperHitch as the No. 1 receiver hitch system for Lance Campers. Torklift’s Outlaw Series of receiver hitches are engineered with features that include dual receivers for added strength that evenly distributes weight and boasts the same capacity in either upper or lower receiver. The receiver hitches in Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series also include features such as:

• Engineered vehicle specific to ensure a proper fit to your truck, from ½ ton to 1 ½ ton trucks
• Most applications are no-drill
• Dual receiver allows the ability to insert accessories into the top receiver while towing from the bottom
• Only line of hitches with reinforced hitch pin locations preventing the hitch pin holes from wearing and elongation, commonly referred to as “egging”
• Made in USA and backed by Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty

Don’t be inhibited by factory installed hitches. With SuperHitch, maximize the towing capabilities of your truck with a strong hitch. It’s important to note that Torklift recommends staying within the towing capacity set by your vehicle’s manufacturer. With the highest weight ratings in the industry, the Outlaw Series includes the following receiver hitch and towing hitch accessories:

SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver – 15,000 lbs pull, 1,500 lbs tongue*
• SuperHitch Original 20K receiver – 20,000 lbs pull, 2,000 lbs tongue*
SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver – 30,000 lbs pull, 3,000 lbs tongue*
SuperHitch Pintle and Ballmount accessories – up to 30,000 lbs capacity

*When used with weight distribution.

SuperTrussSuperHitch SuperTruss
The beauty about a truck camper is that it’s versatile enough to fit in the truck bed, leaving your hitch open to tow a trailer. If you’re towing with a Lance truck camper overhang, feel confident in the recommendation from Lance to use the Torklift SuperTruss extension to go along with your SuperHitch. This towing extension system allows you the ability of hauling a Lance truck camper with an overhang and still making use of the SuperHitch receiver hitch on the truck. Thanks to the SuperTruss hitch receiver extension, bring along anything you want such as a trailer, boat, sand buggy or even horses on your next family adventure.

Towing w Lance Truck CamperTowing with a Lance truck camper

The SuperTruss hitch extension comes in multiple lengths ranging from 21 inches all the way to 60 inches. Refer to the chart for extension lengths and weight capacity ratings. Safely tow while enjoying the luxury of your Lance truck camper.

 truss-capacities F1 - Trailers Gross Tongue Weight (GTW) when fully loaded
F2 - Trailers Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) when fully loaded

Lance Recommended Towing GearLance recommended towing gear
#1) SuperHitch and SuperTruss
#9) Rear Mounting Centering Guides
#4) Turnbuckles 
Figure 1 of the illustration from LanceCamper.com shows the SuperHitch and SuperTruss equipment needed for Lance camper setups to get the most out of your camping experience.

Beyond the SuperHitch and SuperTruss systems, Torklift also recommends other truck camping equipment to use with your Lance that improves safety, stability and ease of use.

Other necessities for Lance truck campers:

Frame-Mounted Tie Downs
Torklift TRUE frame-mounted truck camper tie downs for Lance Camper have four independent points bolting directly to the truck frame, dramatically improving stability and handling while hauling the truck camper. By attaching to the foundation of the truck, prevent any possibility of bed and bumper damage, a problem often encountered with bed-mounted tie down systems. Providing a secure and snug tie down fit designed for your specific truck model, Torklift tie downs don’t compromise any ground clearance and are hidden when not in use (just remove the insert). Click here to learn all of the benefits from frame-mounted tie downs.

Lance at SEMA
Lance debuts at SEMA - Torklift turnbuckles and Talon aluminum tie downs

Prevent bed damage caused by bed-mounted tie downs:

Lets Not With All ThatDon't let this happen to you

FastGun Turnbuckles
Torklift’s quick-disconnect FastGun truck camper turnbuckles are the No. 1 selling turnbuckle and adjust to connect either bed or the frame-mounted tie downs to your Lance Camper. To protect the tie down system and Lance truck camper anchor points, the spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and camper. Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use. The FastGuns provide easy tool-free adjustment and install within just four minutes – how long does it take you to secure your camper?

 

Browse all turnbuckles by Torklift International:

 

FastGun Turnbuckle SpringLoad XL
Basic SpringLoad
AnchorGuard AnchorGuard Derringer

FastGuns are lockable! Click here to learn more about FastGun locks.

 

TLI Turnbuckles

 

StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer
As one of the best suspension mods that stabilizes and improves truck suspension for hauling a Lance camper, StableLoads pre-activate your vehicle’s factory overload springs. By pre-loading the overload leaf springs, the stabilizing effects built into the leaf springs by the original vehicle engineers kick into gear, the way it was initially designed. When activated, there’s a drastic reduction in body roll, side-to-side sway and porpoising that’s common when hauling a camper. The innovative design of StableLoads prevents these common vehicle handling effects, making it the best truck camper and towing suspension upgrade available.

StableLoads

We had folks at a Lance Camper rally take the StableLoad Challenge. All attendees either own a Lance truck camper or Lance travel trailer and are familiar with how their truck performs when they tow or haul.

Here’s what happened when they tried the StableLoad suspension stabilizer:

For more information on Lance Campers visit www.lancecamper.comClick here to explore the SuperHitch Outlaw Series including the SuperHitch and SuperTruss extension system.

 


 

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It’s time to put your foot down - Get All Terrain Landing Gear for Torklift GlowSteps

CrookedBattle slanted campgrounds and uneven terrain with All Terrain Landing Gear

How often have you pulled into a camping spot found that it was perfectly level and solid throughout the entire site? The odds of that are probably close to hitting the lottery. Most likely the earth beneath your RV steps are uneven, whether from gravel, dirt, or grass, causing a hazard every time you go in or out of your recreational vehicle. Add this to the sensation of preparing for an Olympic diving attempt when you exit your RV or truck camper, you have the recipe for a nerve wrecking experience multiple times a day.Picture1Avoid unstable booster steps

Torklift has revolutionized the way travel enthusiasts enter and exit their RV’s with the Torklift GlowStep product line. GlowSteps are a unique scissor step system which meets the ground when unfolded, offering a solution to the springy tendencies that comes with standard towable, RV and truck camper entry steps. With the GlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear, no longer deal with using extra RV booster step that are often unstable and a hassle to store. Whether you need two camper steps or six, the Torklift GlowStep line has the right fit for your camper or trailer.

The Original GlowSteps:

• Glows in the dark for 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Self illuminating steps - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• SureGrip™ step tread - no grip tape
• Stores in position
• Lockable
• Exclusive: adjusts to basement model campers
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
Stainless bolted hinges allow for easy step addition or removal (Add-A-Step Kit Part # A7501)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

glowstep diagram

Put your foot down on stability
7. All Terrain Landing GearTorklift has taken the GlowStep one step further with the creation of another accessory, adjustable stabilizing feet called the All Terrain Landing Gear. This addition creates a solid Earth to RV connection and adjusts to adapt to uneven terrain, leveling RV steps or leveling truck camper entry steps with the use of independently adjustable feet at the bottom of the steps.

(Above image: All Terrain Landing Gear)

This landing gear comes included as standard on the Torklift GlowStep Revolution step system for towables or can be added to any original Original GlowStep system giving truck camper entry steps the ability to adapt to any terrain, rough or smooth, level or not.

All Terrain Landing Gear:gsr starburst

• All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain 
• Can be retrofitted to fit all original GlowSteps and other step systems (GlowStep Revolution comes with All Terrain Landing Gear included)
• Earth to RV: Level connection, securing the RV to the ground
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free) and stainless steel fasteners, tested at 1,400 pounds per pair
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

GS-ATLG-comparison-chart

Word on the street
On a popular online forum RV.net, someone purchased a truck camper that already was upgraded with the Torklift Glowsteps. Luck was on their side! Without knowing about Torklift’s GlowSteps, they inquired whether or not they should keep or replace the steps.

“[The previous owner] replaced the original steps with the Torklift GlowSteps as the original ones got in the way of the trailer he was towing.”
- Maxum1989

The response on the forum was unanimous- The Torklift Glowstep is a step above the rest, with multiple recommendations to also add the All Terrain Landing Gear.atlg inuse02All Terrain Landing Gear installs easily

“I have a set and I like them better than other steps that I have seen.”
- 69Avion

“Stick with the Glow Steps.”
- Kerry4951

“Upgrade the Glow steps with Torklift Landing Gear.”
- Wcjeep

See the full post and responses by clicking here.

Let’s recap, shall we? Torklift has changed the step game with the GlowStep line. Creating a safe way to enter or exit your RV day or night, with multiple options and add-ons to fit your needs. Installing RV steps is made easy and adjustment is painless. With unique bushing bearings and Picture2stainless steel bolted hinges for smooth function, Torklift steps provide ultimate level of quality and longevity. The Torklift All Terrain Landing Gear gives your steps the solid earth to RV connection on any surface. Stability and safety for your family is what it’s all about.

Don’t have the GlowSteps yet? The All Terrain Landing Gear comes as part of the GlowStep Revolution step system for towables. Enter our current RV Step Fail contest to win the GlowStep Revolution entry step system and check out the ways people have tried to solve RV step dilemmas on their own.

 

entertowinTo add the All Terrain Landing Gear to your existing GlowStep truck camper steps, find a dealer near you.

 

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Over the Desert and Through the Snow, Here’s a Great Review from Anutami!

Nolans Epic Road TripsWe love hearing about Nolan's epic road trips with his family!If you’ve ever asked yourself: what do I need for my truck camper, then look no further than the FastGun turnbuckle, the best selling truck camper turnbuckles in the world. In the latest review of these turnbuckles, forum user Anutami, aka Nolan, discusses the epic trip that he took through the West during the holidays as well as his Torklift tie down and FastGun system. You won’t want to miss what he says below.

 

Ice Won’t Stop Nolan or Torklift International
Winter trip conditionsNolan had to deal with both desert and winter conditions during this tripTraveling for weeks with his family, Nolan went from warm Southern California to the cold Colorado Springs. “Funny how I always wear flip flips, but this trip I never even thought about them.” Getting to see beautiful scenery along the way, Nolan and his family went to the Mojave National Preserve, Las Vegas, Brian Head in Utah, Grand Junction and Manitou Springs in Colo.

During this entire trip, Nolan used the FastGun quick disconnect turnbuckles and Torklift frame mounted tie downs. Documented on Rv.net, Nolan states in his FastGun review that:

 

“I am really so glad I went with the Torklift system these last couple years, I always used the happijacs and wished I would have made the change sooner. It is so nice to be able to adjust the FastGuns on the fly, as the road conditions for us change frequently which require different tensions. Thanks Torklift!”


FastGuns In Ice
Look at how icy that FastGun is after
driving in winter conditions! 
           

Nolans Christmas Present 
Nolan was able to use his official Torklift mallet
to remove the ice from his FastGuns    
       

 

We are so happy to hear that Nolan is enjoying his Torklift turnbuckles and tie downs and hopefully he used the mallet that we sent him a year ago to get all the ice off of the FastGuns! Designed to connect and disconnect in seconds, the FastGun turnbuckle installation is a breeze in a blizzard and is easy to uninstall them, de-ice them when required and then reinstall them.

So, if you’ve ever asked yourself the question of how do I hold down my truck camper? Or how do I secure a truck camper? Take it from Nolan and check out these truck camper turnbuckles. Here are more features of the FastGun turnbuckles that might interest you:

Icy FastGunsThe FastGun withstood all the snow and ice that Nolan drove through in ColoradoNo. 1 selling patented quick disconnect turnbuckle in the world 
• Connects and disconnects in seconds – Quick release handle allows for easy tool-free adjustment 
• Spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and your truck camper
• Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use
• Precision made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel
• Available for frame-mounted or bed-mounted tie downs
• Lockable to secure your truck camper (locks sold separately)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Flipped Truck CamperDon't let your camper end up like the one Nolan passed in the desertDon’t let your camper end up like the one that Nolan passed on his way through the desert. If you would like to learn more on how to install turnbuckles or how to adjust turnbuckles, you can read our blog post on it here or give us a call at 1-800-246-8132 with your questions. You can also learn more about FastGun camper turnbuckles or purchase now by finding a dealer near you.

 

 


 

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Oh the Places You Will Go!

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It's that time of year again, time for the Texas Truck Camper Rally sponsored by Princess Craft. This annual rally is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, and we can all agree that there's no better way to get excited about the 2016 spring camping season than by attending the 2016 Texas Truck Camper Rally. Below is information about the rally, the tentative schedule and more.

Details of the Rally

Picture2The 2015 Rally Group This year's Texas Truck Camper Rally will kick off on April 14 and extend through April 17 in Kerrville, Texas. The rally will take place at the Guadalupe River RV Resort in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The Guadalupe resort is located at 2605 Junction Highway 27. Currently there are 42 registrants but there are still spots open. If you sign up through Princess Craft here, you can get a special group discount for the rally.

What to Do at the Rally

The 2015 Tech Talk The 2015 Tech Talk... 2016 will be even better!Princess Craft plans to have an excellent rally full of food, fun and so much more. The rally willstart off with a bang with a potluck dinner to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Just as in the past years the Chili Cook-Off will be taking place on Friday which will include the categories: Classic Chili, No Bean Chili, Wild Game Chili, White Chili and Vegetarian Chili. The annual Tech Talk will also be held on Friday and they have some awesome topics to discuss this year.

Picture4Who doesn't love some karaoke? Throughout the entire rally there will also be camper tours which are a great part of the rally! You get to see others' campers, the mods they've done and more so you can get some ideas of what you can do to your camper next. Torklift is sponsoring by providing prizes and a fun bingo game for the attendees to enjoy. There will also be bonfires, karaoke, camper tours... and even a local beer and wine tasting where campers can bring their favorite local beer and wine for others to try! What's not to get excited about a Chili Cook-Off and quality time spent with other campers?

Below is a tentative schedule for the rally so you can see all the great things that are planned:

Thursday:
Pot Luck Dinner

Friday:
Coffee / Morning Chat
Tech Talk
Camper Tours - see everyone's rig!
Chili Cook-Off and awards presentation
Karaoke at the Saloon
Bonfire

Saturday:
Coffee / Morning Chat
Tech Talk
Camper Tours - see everyone's rig!
Offsite Tours
Dinner Event (still in progess)
Bonfire

Sunday:
Pancake Breakfast

If you'd like to attend the rally, feel free to sign up to attend the rally at Princess Craft's website here or check out their Facebook. We look forward to seeing you Apr. 14-17 at the 2016 Texas Truck Camper Rally!

 

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21 Days, 10 Campgrounds and 4 States, Oh My!

Ken Spears and Mrs. SpearsKen and his wife on their epic adventure!In November, Rv.net forum user Ken Spears, aka BigBird65, shared his experience with the GlowStep Revolution RV step system after taking an epic road trip across 4 states and covering 3,433 miles of road.

 

 

 

“The steps got a real workout and performed 100%. It is a very well engineered product. My dear wife, with her back problems (two surgeries), is extremely pleased with the unit. It is much easier now for her to enter and exit the trailer.” –Ken Spears

With this adjustable trailer step, Ken and his wife no longer need a trailer booster step in order to enter and exit his trailer safely. Ken later stated that the All Terrain Landing Gear “is one of the GlowStep Revolution’s best features” which are adjustable leveling feet for RV steps.

Look at all the mods you can do!
LED lights on GSRLED lights are a really cool looking modification Ken not only has the GlowStep Revolution but after his 21-day, 4-state camping trip he decided to add a couple of great features to his steps. He added the DirtDestroyer accessory to his steps which is a shoe cleaning attachment that prevents tracking in dirt and other materials from outside. He has also made some awesome LED light modifications to his step area to add even more light to his trailer steps.

GSR with DirtDestroyerCheck out the awesome DirtDestroyer accessoryThese are not the only modifications you can make though! Not only can you add LED lights and our Dirt Destroyer. We also have many other accessories that work with the GlowStep Revolution step system. The SafeStep is a protective step riser guard that creates a vertical barrier – closing the openings between the steps for pets. Another great accessory for the GlowStep Revolution is the GlowGuide. Our GlowStep Handrail dramatically enhances the safety of your RV by providing a place for you to hold onto when entering and exiting.

To sum up Ken’s glowing review of these RV scissor steps: “The GlowStep Revolution has been simply GREAT. We like every thing about it. I am very happy since I no longer need to carry the the box that I used for the first step.”

Why suffer with terrible steps?
Kens Camper with GSRYour can have steps just like Ken'sYou too have a chance to have amazing GlowStep Revolution RV steps just like Ken’s! We will have a drawing on May 25, 2016 which means you can send us your ‘unsafe’ or broken RV step photos and stories to be entered into a drawing by using #RVStepFail for a chance to win the GlowStep Revolution – the step that will fix all of your trailer step problems.

Instead of dealing with recalled steps, factory trailer steps, having RV steps too high and and RV booster steps why not try the most impressive leveling RV steps out there – the GlowStep Revolution.

Don’t forget to submit your photo here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

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Get hooked on Torklift’s frame-mounted Talon Camper Tie Downs

talon tie down1Torklift's Talon camper tie down receiver (black) and insert (silver)Do you have any qualms regarding your current truck camper tie downs? Are they perhaps rusty or experiencing corrosion? Does that make you worry about how secure your camper actually is when you’re on the road? Or are you perhaps worried about lack of ground clearance? Torklift’s frame-mounted tie downs will put your mind at ease.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then it may be time to look into the best Torklift International has to offer when it comes to frame-mounted truck camper tie downs: the high performance Talon Tie Downs.

The Talon camper tie downs were engineered to not only meet, but exceed the toughest demands of the most extreme adventurers. Proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. out of 100% military grade aluminum, the tie down receiver tube and the tie down inserts are ultra-lightweight and boast rust-free corrosion protection for life. Better yet, the Talons are easy to install with 100 percent no-drill applications. Completely hidden when not in use, there is no loss of ground clearance. Torklift tie downs smart engineering and frame-mounted design provide the best ride quality in the industry. Every purchase of a set of Talons also includes a Finishing Kit to protect tie downs from water or road debris and Torklift’s International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty, the only of its kind in the industry.

tie-down-lockTie Down Locks in action:
securing your tie down insert to the receiver tube
And for those of you interested in a little extra security to prevent the theft and inconvenience of costly replacement of your tie down inserts, Torklift also offers Tie Down Locks that not only secure your tie down insert to the receiving tube, but are compatible with both the aluminum Talon Camper Tie Downs and the steel True Frame Mounted Camper Tie Downs, making them an ideal and versatile accessory.

Regardless of which of our tie downs you happen to fancy, it’s important to know how your tie down system should fit. We often hear confusion around loose and rattling camper tie down inserts, so we’d like to briefly overview how tie down inserts should properly fit into the tie down receiver tubes.

You may note your tie down inserts don’t fit as snugly into your frame-mounted tie down receiver as you’d initially think. But rest assured, your camper tie down system was specifically designed this way. It is designed to allow the tie down insert to pivot upward and make the tube’s corner points to make contact with the inside of the tie down receiver.

But why, you ask?

talon tie down3Because the corners of the square tubing are the strongest aspect of the tie down design. When tension is applied using turnbuckles to connect the truck camper, the insert pivots/twists upward within the tube allowing pressure to be applied to the corners of the tube which is again, the strongest point of the tube. This ensures your truck camper is soundly secured. Once your tie downs are secured to your camper via turnbuckles, there is no longer any movement from the tie down insert within the tie down receiver — meaning no “rattling” tie down inserts while on the road. To eliminate any unwanted rattling or noise after your adventure, simply remove your tie down inserts and you’re good to go.

talon tie down4True frame-mounted Tie Downs (shown in yellow) and Talon Tie Downs become part of your truck's foundation: the frameDon’t compromise when it comes to safely securing your truck camper with an inferior tie down system when Torklift International has your back with the frame-mounted Talon camper tie downs. Learn more about Talon Tie Downs by clicking here or find the fitment for your truck on our application guide.

Happy Travels.

 

 


 

Jake Holley-headshotWritten by Jake Holley:
As a graduate from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, Jake Holley is an aspiring writer with a passion for language, philosophy and seeking out obscure films and literature. He is also an unabashed metal head and looks darn good in a suit.

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Gear up for 2016 with truck camping necessities

Purchasing your first truck camper is exhilarating—there’s the anticipation of taking it on the road for the first time and the thought of spending long weekends in your new home away from home. It’s an exciting time in your life; however, preparing for a truck camper can also get a little overwhelming because it’s necessary to secure your truck camper before you can use it.

If you’re a truck camper newbie, we want to make life a little simpler for you by sharing a few tricks of the trade and by highlighting some of our favorite products to answer your questions about how best to hold down a truck camper.

The Three T’s: How to Successfully Secure Your Truck Camper
Those new to truck camping are often unclear about how to hold down a truck camper. Here, we list our “Three T’s” for doing just that. Keep these in mind as you’re preparing for your new addition.

truck camping necessities1Frame-mounting tie downs shown in yellow for contrast#1) Tie Downs
One of the first accessories you’ll need to purchase for your truck camper is truck camper tie downs. Tie downs are part of a system to secure the truck camper to its vehicle using either a frame-mounted or bed-mounted design. If you aren’t sure which to use, Torklift International recommends using frame-mounted tie downs as opposed to bed-mounted tie downs.

The benefits of attaching the tie down system to the frame of your truck:

• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling 
• Provides safety, security and stability while on the road 
• Avoid bed and bumper damage: truck camping necessities2
• Maintain the value of your truck and prevent rust and bed damage by avoiding drilling into your truck bed or bumper

The truck bed is not a secure point for a tie down to attach. Using this method may result in paint damage and truck bed flexing and cracking. Vehicle manufacturers recommend that truck campers should be directly attached to the vehicle frame structure and that no additional holes be drilled through the vehicle frame. See the details here.

#2) Turnbuckles
Truck camper tie downs are important, but tie downs alone won’t secure your camper—you’ll also need a set of turnbuckles to complete the system. Now, you might be scratching your head and thinking to yourself—what in the world are turnbuckles? Don’t worry—it takes time to get used to the truck camping lingo. Turnbuckles, which can confusingly be referred to as tie downs as well, connect the truck camper to the truck and tie down system for maximum stability. There are many different designs of turnbuckles. Below we’ll highlight a few of these—like the FastGun Quick-Disconnect turnbuckle and the SpringLoad XL—to help you decide which turnbuckle is right for you. truck camping necessities3How to attach a truck camper to a truck

#3) Tension
Often, tension is a bad thing—if your spouse comes home from work and you ask how their day went and they answer, “Tense,”—you can almost guarantee that something unpleasant has happened and they may not be in a good mood. With truck camping, tension is actually a good thing—especially when it comes to turnbuckles. Camper manufacturers recommend that 300 truck camping necessities4Torklift's spring tension indicator makes adjusting turnbuckles easypounds of tension be applied to the turnbuckle in order to properly secure the camper. When you’re shopping for your new truck camping gear, don’t settle for any old camper turnbuckles—make sure to purchase spring-loaded turnbuckles. The spring system will help absorb shock you encounter with bumps along the road. It will also help protect the anchor points on your truck camper and tie down system.

Click here to learn how the spring tension indicator on Torklift’s truck camper turnbuckles make it extremely easy to achieve the perfect amount of tension every time. 

Now that you know the Three T’s, it’s time to start looking for a solid turnbuckle.

The Famous FastGun: A Quick Disconnect, Spring-loaded Favorite
The Original FastGun turnbuckle is like the Olympic gold medalist of turnbuckles. It’s the #1 selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the world. FastGun turnbuckles require no tools; instead, they’re designed with a lever action handle that makes connecting or disconnecting a breeze. In fact, you can install a set of four in under four minutes. With the FastGun, installing turnbuckles or learning how to adjust turnbuckles couldn’t be easier.

truck camping necessities5FastGuns come in several finishesAll FastGun turnbuckles are made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel, and are available in long and short sizes to be compatible with both frame-mounted tie downs and bed-mounted tie down applications. Each FastGun comes in a set of two, and you can choose from a selection of high impact powder coated bright white, grey, black or stainless steel polished finishes. FastGun turnbuckles are backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty and are proudly made in the USA.

 

truck camping necessities6Finally, FastGun turnbuckles are spring-loaded, and they come with our patented spring tension indicator or “o-ring”, which allows you to quickly determine whether or not you have applied the right amount of tension. They are also 100 percent lockable with the addition of FastGun locks. So go ahead and let the stress melt away—you can’t go wrong with the FastGun spring-loaded turnbuckles.

 

 

Additional Turnbuckles for Truck Campers
If the FastGun turnbuckle takes the Gold, the SpringLoad XL turnbuckle takes the Silver. The SpringLoad XL is designed specifically for frame-mounted tie downs. It’s made of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel and also comes in a set of two. Spring tension indicators ensure that tension has been properly applied. The SpringLoad XL is hand-tightened when installing or adjusting the turnbuckle, but it can be done in a matter of minutes. truck camping necessities7SpringLoad XL turnbuckle

truck camping necessities8Basic SpringLoad KitThe Basic SpringLoad turnbuckle is a basic chain turnbuckle application. It comes with two quick links, two heavy-duty forged steel turnbuckles and 24” of marine grade chain. The Basic SpringLoad also protects both the vehicle and the camper anchor points from damage.

Both the SpringLoad XL and the Basic SpringLoad are proudly made in the USA and backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty.

Already have a set of camper turnbuckles? You can turn any set of camper turnbuckles—including the SpringLoad XL or Basic SpringLoad—into a quick-disconnect turnbuckle with the addition of a Derringer Handle.

Check out the video below to compare the various turnbuckle models: 

Start the New Year Right with Torklift Turnbuckles
In the rush of the holidays, it’s easy to put off buying equipment for your truck camper. But spring will be here before you know it and as the road beckons, you’ll wish you hadn’t waited. Why not prepare for your truck camper now?

Be sure to start the New Year with all the truck camping accessories you need. Click here for more information on the FastGun turnbuckle or find a dealer near you by searching our Where to Buy locater.

 


 

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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Winterizing? Protect your tie down system over the off-season

“I’ve hauled worse than this,” you grunt as you press down on the gas pedal. To your right is your daughter. She is twenty years old, a pair of purple headphones occupies her ear canals and she is currently rolling her eyes with a loud sigh. Suddenly, she rips the headphones from her head and glares at you.

“The truck camper barely fits in back. I’m surprised they even got it in there,” she says.

“I know what I am doing,” you say. You believe the truck camper tie downs you fabricated are strong. You installed them yourself just a few years ago. They could survive an atom bomb, you assure yourself.

“It’ll hold.” You nod, confident that your tie downs can handle the weight and mass of the large truck camper. Prophetically, the camper unit shakes abruptly and slides back in the truck bed with these words. Slowly, your confidence erodes and is replaced with doubt, then fear.

“Please hold…” you mumble under your breath. Luckily for you, your daughter doesn’t hear this. She is too preoccupied with the sounds of a synthetic tune and lyrics shouted from three guys in skinny jeans. As you round a corner, you find yourself facing a hill beyond a set of red traffic lights. The road was wet, stained by the deluge of a thousand storms, but you know your truck can make the climb. The light turns green and you hit the gas.

hauling camperThen, it happens. You reach the top of the hill and the sound of grinding shakes you and your daughter to the core. The camper unit slides backward and a symphony of the camper crashing erupts behind you. Barreling onto its side is your truck camper, doing damage to not only the motorists behind you, but your wallet as well. Your truck is now dented from the failed tie downs and you can’t fathom the camper is even repairable.

“Told you,” she mutters, crossing her arms and shaking her head. As the rain begins to fall and bounce off of your windshield, you find your homemade, rusted tie downs newly freed from the unbearable weight of your precious cargo. You have allowed this damage to go unchecked for too long, and now your investment has been completely destroyed. All that work getting your rig and tie down application just right, gone to waste.

It didn’t have to be this way.

Tie down revival 
By using Torklift International TRUE frame-mounted camper tie downs that bolt directly to the foundation of the truck, all of this mess could have been avoided. Not only are Torklift tie downs engineered to snuggly fit specific truck applications, the tie down system provides unparalleled strength and stability to support a large truck camper.

As you jump out of the truck and into the rain, you survey the damage and investigate what exactly caused the failure of the homemade camper tie downs you worked so tirelessly on fabricating. It’s obvious that there were several flaws in the design of the failed camper tie down system and the rusty mess that played a part in the epic defeat you’ve just experienced.

What’s the price of peace of mind and your family’s safety?

“That’s it,” you say out loud. “I’m getting Torklifts.”

tie-downsWith Torklift Tie Downs you know you’re investing in quality you can trust:

• Best ride quality in the industry
• Connection to the truck foundation through four individual tie down points
• Fast, no-drill installations - Don’t drill into the truck and compromise its integrity, diminishing the value and potentially voiding its warranty 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

In starting over, it’s clear that you want to protect your new Torklift frame-mounted tie downs. With nasty road conditions and a rough winter ahead, you flashback to the vision of your rusted tie downs and it’s easy to make the decision on using a Torklift International Tie Down Finishing Kit.

reminderDon’t forget the Finishing KitOne last detail
When it comes to truck camper tie downs, there is nothing more brutal and unforgiving as the forces of nature and the sands of time itself. The Finishing Kit uses special protective foam inserts and caps to prevent water and debris from entering your tie down tubes. This protective measure allows you to minimize any damage the environment can cause. Helping to prevent rusted tie downs and tie down water damage is a full-time job, but luckily the Tie Down Finishing Kit is a perfect candidate that takes care of business. Apply it to either Torklift International True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs or Talon Tie Downs.

capping-kitVinyl plug on finishing kit

 

Whether your Torklift Tie Downs are forged from steel or crafted from high performance military grade aluminum like the Talons, the Tie Down Finishing Kit keeps the combined forces of Mother Nature and Father Time at bay.

 

 

Installation is made easy with 3 steps:

1. Simply remove the tie down inserts

tie-down-capping-kitTie Down Finishing Kit
(back and front side)
2. Locate the back end of the tie down tube. Place the protective foam plug into this tube opening. If you have trouble finding the opening, you can use the outside opening and push the foam plug all the way through the tube so it blocks the backside. *This may depend on the tie down design, which varies with part number.

3. Use the vinyl caps to cover the outer end of the tube opening. Since Torklift Tie Downs do not affect ground clearance, your tie down system is completely hidden from view when the tie down inserts are removed.

finishing-kitProtect your tie down system
from water and debris
If you’re removing the truck camper and winterizing for the off-season, the Tie Down Finishing Kit is a simple but critical measure in maintaining your tie down system. Keeping them protected over the winter months will ensure they remain in excellent condition come camping season next year.

Torklift International Tie Down Finishing Kit is sold in a set of four. Talon aluminum tie downs come standard with the Finishing Kit included (2 per set of 2 Talons).

 

Click here or more information on Torklift International’s Tie Down Finishing Kit and find a dealer near you by visiting our Where to By locater.

 


 

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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New Torklift Product revealed at Mt. Rainier summit

rainier-jon-and-jackTorklift founder Jon Kay (left) and President Jack Kay (right) after Torklift’s Mt. Rainier climbTorklift’s recent trek to the summit of Washington state’s Mt. Rainier not only marked the celebration of Torklift’s 40 years in business come 2016, it also brought upon an exciting announcement for the truck camping community. With plans to announce this new product once the summit was reached, in the spirit of inspiration and innovation Torklift President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw did just that.

Summit up
Appropriately named “Summit,” the new product is following in the footsteps of Torklift’s well-established line of custom truck camper bumpers made specifically in partnership with several truck camper manufacturers. The Summit bumper is planned for universal applications that will span across several truck camper brands and models. If you have a truck camper that’s not compatible with the current aftermarket truck camper bumpers like the Ultra Deck Plus for Lance Campers, Fox Landing for Arctic Fox, Palomino Landing Pad for Palomino truck campers and Northstar bumper for Northstar truck campers, Torklift’s Summit bumper is being developed with you in mind.

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Some of our current designs include:

• Additional lockable bumper storage
• Custom step tread
• Slide out or swing step designs
• DOT certified LED bumper lights
• Hinge locking systems

“The Torklift bumper will be designed to work as universal as possible and is expected to encompass a landing, storage and security features,” explained Kay. “The bumper is made for truck campers to celebrate where we came from. While we have expanded quite a bit into the towable, motorhome and fifth wheel segments, our roots began with truck campers and we are extremely grateful to those truck camper customers who have gotten us to where we are 40 years later.”

With Torklift International’s 40th anniversary fast approaching, the Summit truck camper bumper is currently in the preliminary design phases set to be released as a special edition anniversary product next year. The Summit bumper will “sum it up” – all the things you’d want in a camper bumper wrapped up in one.

American made
made-in-usaManufacturing a durable, safe and smart camper bumper design that provides ultimate convenience is important to us.  It’s just as important to us that all of our products are manufactured right here on American soil providing support to the American families behind this organization. Over the past 39 years in business, being made in the USA is a commitment and promise to our customers and ourselves. With future growth at our doorsteps, this is one aspect of Torklift that will never change.

Designed with you in mind
If you could create a customized truck camper bumper, how would you design it? How important is storage and locking/security capabilities? Does a porch and specific type of truck camper step assembly configuration best apply to all of your needs? towing-with-overhangTow and haul a camper at the same timeA great aspect of hauling a truck camper is that it still gives you the option to tow behind the truck. Whether it is an enclosed trailer or boat trailer, with the use of a SuperHitch and SuperTruss receiver hitch extension you’re able to successfully tow and haul at the same time. But do you have to disconnect the trailer in order to access your truck camper entry? It’s these little things that make the design of a customized aftermarket truck camper bumper so important. With the Torklift bumper, we hope to address every little detail.

celebrateHave ideas? Share with us by commenting below and let us know if there’s a feature or a specific issue that is the most important to you. Stay tuned for more information on the 40th anniversary special edition Summit bumper and join us in celebrating this significant milestone.

Learn more about our existing camper bumper applications here.

To read about the climbing experience, check out our 3 part series:

Part 1: Mind over matter
Part 2: Into the unknown
Part 3: The climb



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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Northstar Camper Bumper: Your aluminum safety net and storage savior

It’s 9 o’clock at night. The once blazing campfire has been reduced to ashes and embers. An echo of the celebration that took place on your first night in the woods is still present. Confident in your abilities as an outdoorsman, you turn your attention to your truck camper and smile. From the well-lit interiors, you feel the warmth wash across your face as the sound of gentle humming from a loved one resonates in your ears. Content that you will spend the evening in the warmth and comfort of your camper, you step up to mount the truck camper entry steps — and immediately slip and fall backwards. Pain jets up and down your back and neck, which is now cold and wet. Suddenly, as if mocking you, the decrepit camper steps break away from your truck camper and land in the mud. As you glare at its inefficiency, you can’t help but wonder: Is this it? There has to be something better than this.

And there is.

northstar-camperNorthstar Bumper on the 2014 Northstar 8.5 Arrow UFrom Torklift International comes the Northstar camper bumper designed specifically for Northstar truck campers. Forged from lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum, this factory installed truck camper bumper uses a custom swing step and thick step treads to carry you gently into the warm embrace of your camper on any Northstar framing system. In addition, reinforced gussets support higher weight levels, providing an extra level of safety. Gone are the days of stepping into the unknown and risking possible injury. With the Northstar truck camper bumper, your safety is promised. Other features include RV sewer house storage that locks to protect your equipment, plus the ability to tow any trailer when using a SuperTruss Extension. Finally, the Northstar Camper Bumper comes with a legendary lifetime warranty, ensuring quality and protection in any situation. This product is a great aftermarket upgrade, meaning that available spare parts are only a phone call away.

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Northstar Camper Bumper

custom-step-treadSwing step on Northstar BumperThe Northstar Camper Bumper is a continuation of Northstar’s quest to build superior products. Reviews of their campers, such as the 2014 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U, are evidence of Northstar’s commitment to quality. One such review praises Torklift’s Northstar Camper Bumper, particularly its truck camper swing step feature, with the steps “ease of use” being highly regarded:

“Northstar’s aluminum bumper and Torklift International GlowStep flip-down step system is really fantastic.  When traveling, the GlowStep securely locks into position preventing the steps from moving during transport.  Upon arrival, the step is released by pulling a spring loaded latch on the inside left of the step hinge.  Entry into the camper is further aided by a large swing-out assist handle.”       – Truck Camper Magazine

Proudly made in the USA, the Northstar Camper Bumper is brought to you by the partnership of Torklift International and Northstar Manufacturing, better known as R.C. Willet Co., Inc.  Located on the corner of Leversee Road and Airline Highway in Waterloo, Iowa, the Willett family has been setting the standard for truck camper manufacturing as “The Truck Camper People.”

northstar-logoFounded by Ralph Willett in 1955, he and his son Robert Willett (also known as Chuck), took to building a business of manufacturing truck campers. From 1961 on, they have sold their Texson Campers to dealers across the country. Since the early 1980s, the reigns have been passed to Chuck’s son Rex, who has commanded the company with distinction. Surpassing their 54th anniversary, Rex has maintained Northstar’s continuous legacy of excellence and quality, using passed down knowledge along with continuously advancing technology to keep its competitive edge while improving the product.        

Both Torklift and Northstar pride themselves on their rich history as family-owned companies, using both innovation and knowledge handed down through generations to perfect their craft. Each company has stood the test of time, building two powerful titans of manufacturing in the name of enhancing and evolving the RV industry.

To order a Northstar Camper Bumper contact Rex Willet at Northstar campers at 1-319-233-3461.


 

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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Storage for the Long Haul: The Ultra Deck Plus, a truck camper bumper designed exclusively for Lance Truck Campers

lance-bumper-storageUltra Deck Plus Camper BumperAs fantastic as truck camping can be, there never seems to be quite enough room to store all the accessories you need — tools, ice chests, fishing poles, hiking gear. With the Ultra Deck Plus — a truck camper bumper engineered by Torklift International and designed exclusively for Lance Campers — you’ll never lack for storage space again. The Ultra Deck Plus bumper is a versatile aftermarket truck camper bumper, elegantly designed to increase your storage capacity without adding additional bulk to your truck camper. For those long journeys on the road, the Ultra Deck Plus bumper is destined to become your new best friend.

Transform the Journey with the Ultra Deck Plus
Have you ever caught yourself debating whether it’s more valuable to bring along your fishing gear or your ice chest on your next trip? If so, the Ultra Deck Plus bumper is the product for you. This compact truck camper bumper features a sleek contoured body style that gives specific models of Lance truck campers an additional 7.8 cubic feet of truck camper storage so you’ll never again need to agonize over that decision.

On either side of the deck, two spacious compartments provide deep storage for large items such as a cooler or a tackle box. Both compartments also have built in drains that make cleaning a breeze. The central deck features a sliding storage drawer that can support up to 600 pounds; it also comes with a standard truck camper swing step. lance-slide-outUltra Deck Plus features slide-out porchOffered as an option the truck camper entry step system is designed to also incorporate Torklift International’s patent pending GlowStep technology and can be deployed from either the center, right, or left side making The Ultra Deck Plus bumper perfect for safe and easy side access critical with towing, especially when using a SuperTruss Extension.  

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Torklift International Ultra Deck Plus for Lance Campers

With so many details, the Ultra Deck Plus is sure to dazzle. However, perhaps the best feature of all is that the bumper storage is lockable. Not only does the Ultra Deck Plus bumper allow you to bring all of your favorite gear with you, but it can also afford peace of mind about the safety of your items while you’re out exploring.

Check out the video below for more detail about the Ultra Deck Plus bumper, its lockable storage features, and its durable design:

Truck Camper Storage at its Finest
Engineered by Torklift International, the Ultra Deck Plus was specifically designed for Lance truck campers and is directly compatible with the following units:

• 2015/2016 1050S Model
• 2015/2016 1052 Model
• 2015/2016 995 Model
• 2016 975 Model
• 2016 1062 Model

Like all Torklift products, the Ultra Deck Plus bumper is proudly made in the USA from quality materials you can trust. It is built with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, resulting in a light but durable truck camper bumper. High impact powder coating not only adds style to the Ultra Deck Plus bumper, but it also ensures extreme durability. Lockable storage compartments feature a unique hinge lock system exclusive to Torklift International designs. Finally, DOT certified LED lights are sealed and guaranteed never to leak — a promise backed by Lance Camper Manufacturing.

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Ultra Deck Plus features DOT certified LED lights

Spacious Storage and Uncompromised Style
With the Ultra Deck Plus truck camper bumper, you have all the space you need yet you sacrifice nothing in style. The Ultra Deck Plus is sleek, sturdy, and elegantly simple, and it is sure to add class to the back of your Lance truck camper.

lance-campers-tcPhoto Credit: Lance CampersWe are certain you’ll be impressed with the Ultra Deck Plus bumper, but we would like to know what you like best about it. What features stand out most? What would you like to add?

Are you ready to embark on your next adventure? Why not try the Ultra Deck Plus bumper for yourself? For information on how to order the Ultra Deck Plus, contact your local Lance dealer by visiting LanceCamper.com or call (661) 949-3322.


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