Inside Torklift: America at Work

On a recent winter day, we had the pleasure of hosting national publication, RV PRO magazine at Torklift to show them not only our manufacturing process and what we invest in – our team!

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Excerpt from RV PRO article written by David MacNeal:

“We don’t build parts – we build people,” says Jack Kay, president of Torklift and son to company founder Jon Kay.

In terms of workplace community, Jack Kay has what he calls the “raindrop theory.” Simply put, the idea is that, alone, a drop of water is not much.

“But if you could get thousands,” he says, “you can unite it, and put it in a streambed, move it to a river … move it to cities, and you can power things. You can have tremendous energy and tremendous force. It’s the power of unity.”

Featured in their February 2018 issue, read this full article in RV PRO magazine’s Feb. 2018 online edition.

“When I started working at Torklift, I was 17, kind of between homes and in a tough spot. I knew someone that worked here… and he sent in my resume to Candice [Torklift International Vice President of Sales and Marketing] and she saw some sort of character in me. I went from being an intern to policy admin to graphic designer. I guess I was just very charismatic.”

- Hannah Orr, Marketing Manager in the RV PRO video “Inside Torklift: America at Work”

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Torklift spends thousands of hours dedicated to building up individuals to become leaders to help the company as a whole. Every new team member is required to listen to Earl Nightingale’s book Lead the Field, to help them understand our organization’s philosophical approach and growth within the company.           

“Great leadership looks at their people like a treasure hunt and understands that inside every single one of them is gifts, talents and abilities enabling them to see that treasure and watch that person rise up. There’s no higher reward or payback from a leader’s standpoint than to have the opportunity and make that happen.”

- Jack Kay, President of Torklift in the RV PRO video “Inside Torklift: America at Work”

Torklift’s philosophy is simple: fulfilled people are ambitious and strive to be better at work which leads them to later become leaders. This philosophy has proven successful for Torklift. In 2017, Torklift International had a year-over-year growth of 25 percent. What originally began as a one-bay shop in 1976 by our founder Jon Kay, Torklift has grown exponentially into the organization it is today, with significant plans and goals for the future.

To see the full video of RV PRO’s visit to Torklift, watch below:

 

If you have any questions about our organization or are interested in learning more about us, visit Torklift.com/jobs.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels.

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How to install RV Steps

GSRIn particular, this article is about how to install the GlowStep Revolution RV steps - the ultimate upgrade that’s a perfect addition to your trailer. Are you sick and tired of the steps that came with your 5th wheel, travel trailer or toy hauler? They are usually bouncy and rock the trailer when someone is entering and exiting. Drawbridge style of steps proximity to parking while in storage or at the campground can be an issue and your old steps could potentially injure your pets by getting their toe nails caught in the little cheese grater holes.

These kinds of steps can be a deal breaker – so we manufactured RV steps for towables that prevent all these issues and are actually a joy to have installed on your trailer! The easy bolt-on RV step installation fits into the factory step compartment, replacing factory steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the doorway of the unit fling and dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV. The drawbridge step is also a concern when parking in tight spaces.

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Whether you just purchased the steps and are looking for the best way to install them or are curious about the installation before purchasing – reading the instructions is always the best idea! Another thing to consider before buying the steps as well is measuring your RV step opening to make sure you’ve purchased the correct size steps that will fit! We currently have two widths available, 25.5-inch and 27.5-inch and if your steps are somewhere between or larger, we do have Vertical Stud Adapter Brackets and Spacer Kits to help perfect your installation.

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How to install the GlowStep Revolution

  1. Level the trailer on flat ground and remove the factory steps.
  2. Determine the proper mounting height of the GlowStep Revolution frame. The top of the GlowStep Revolution should sit as close to the optimal mounting height as possible to allow for the most adjustability when installed.
         2a. Before installing the GlowStep Revolution, it’s good to look at what you currently have installed to make sure           there are no modifications needed for installation (Example: Old factory steps are welded to the frame)
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  1. Unfold the GlowStep Revolution. One person can hold the GlowStep Revolution frame in place as needed while the hardware is installed. The feet should be resting on the ground to reduce the weight being held by the person.

Tip from our Customer Service Team: While a one person installation is achievable, it’s much easier to have an extra set of hands helping!

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3a. If you are unable to have someone assist you with the installation, installation can be achieved by lifting one of the step release levers to pull the GlowStep assembly out from the GlowStep Revolution frame. Remove the hardware attaching the GlowStep assembly to the pivot arm. Save this hardware as it will be used later. Now your steps are no longer attached to the frame, making it lightweight and easier to install on your own.

  1. The GlowStep Revolution frame can be mounted with either 3/8-inch hardware through the inner holes or mounted with 5/16-inch hardware through the outer holes as shown below. Side brackets can vary by manufacturer and may need to be trimmed to clear the hardware protruding through the sides of the GlowStep Revolution frame.
            4a. Once installed, torque the 3/8-inch hardware to 25 ft-lbs, or the 5/16-inch hardware to 15 ft-lbs. 
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  1. If you removed the GlowSteps for installation, now is the time to reinstall them into the frame that’s installed in your factory RV step area. Return to step 3a and reverse how you took the steps out to complete this step.

  1. Adjust the GlowStep Revolution step height to match the terrain that your trailer is parked on. Campsites rarely have level terrain so the GlowStep Revolution offers 7-inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment. What does this mean for you? Looking at the diagram below, with your new GlowStep Revolution you have three levels of height adjustment at the top of the steps, and with the All Terrain Landing Gear you have five levels to make sure that no matter what height or kind of terrain your RV steps have to contend with, the GlowStep Revolution steps will always be level and have heights that are similar to the staircase found in your home.
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By connecting the RV to the ground (Earth to RV) the unstable and unsafe diving board feeling associated with factory steps is completely eliminated. It is extraordinarily sturdy with a level of stability that is simply unmatched. The step's adjustable features are like planting roots each time you deploy the steps, giving you that feeling of security everywhere your RV takes you.

If you are the kind of person that prefers to see steps visually instead of reading about them, watch the installation video below that shows and explains the GlowStep Revolution installation.

 
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For more information about the GlowStep Revolution or help installing your steps, feel free to give our experience Customer Service Team a call at 800-246-8132 and we’d be more than happy to assist you! If you are feel that you’re comfortable about the installation and are ready to upgrade your RV steps, you can visit one of our Torklift Certified Dealers and purchase your steps today. 

Happy Camping from all of us at Torklift! 

 

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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Talon Tie Downs are the perfect truck camper upgrade!

We have a special treat for you readers! One of our best customers, Matt Kasner recently sent us in a video of his Talon tie down installation and it was too good not to share! In it, Matt shows how easy it is to install the rear tie downs and the process for installing the front tie downs. Here’s what he had to say about the installation:

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“The rears are super easy like normal and the passenger side front was pretty straight forward, but boy the driver side gave me a run for my money, but thankfully everyone and the R&D guys at Torklift designed the brackets so well! My hat goes off to you and everyone that put the time and energy into making our lives easier, when doing an install.” –Matt Kasner

 

 

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We’re so happy to hear that you are enjoying your new Talon tie downs Matt! With these ultra-high performance tie downs, Matt now has a cutting edge truck camper system that will not only meet, but exceed the toughest demands he can make during his camping trips. The secret to our super-strong tie downs? We design each individual tie down to fit with specific truck makes and models and install them to the frame – the strongest part of the truck! With these frame-mounted tie downs, holding down your truck camper is a breeze. An added bonus? Read below!  

 

“Everything arrived in pristine condition, well packaged as always. I am AMAZED at how light the aluminum Talon setup is vs. my older steel frame mounts! A++ to everyone at Torklift as always!!!” –Matt

That’s right Matt! These pickup camper tie downs are ultra-light weight because they are made of 100% military grade aluminum. Not only that, but they also have rust free corrosion protection for life. True to their name, Talon truck tie downs are ready to push the envelope while keeping you, your family, your truck and camper safe! 

Features of Torklift Steel Tie Downs:

• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (Prevents vehicle swayand 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
• Fast, no-drill installations securing your truck camper to your truck (100% no-drill for all trucks after 2001- Check your application here)
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden design when not in use
• Vehicle manufacturer recommends that all full-height slide-in camper bodies be directly attached to the vehicle frame structure
• It is required that no additional holes be drilled through the vehicle frame side rail horizontal flanges » Details
• It is suggested that outrigger-type “L” brackets be attached to the frame’s vertical web to which the camper body can be
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• Lockable with Tie Down Locks
• Only truck camper tie down system with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

MK4If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International Talon truck camper tie downs, there are a couple things you can do! You can call us at 800-246-8132 and our Tech Support would be happy to answer your questions about upgrading to the Talons. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by visiting here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with new tie downs. 

 

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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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How to install a RV electrical hatch

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Torklift designed a lockable shore power cord cover called the Fortress PowerLock. It protects the RV power cord from being cut or stolen. This is the only lock available for shore power cords in the industry and protects you from having to pay hundreds of dollars in repairs and replacements.  Crafted out of aircraft grade aluminum, the locking shore power hatch is available in white or black high impact powder coat to match your trailer color. This product is proudly made in the USA and comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty.


How do I install the Fortress PowerLock?

PowerLock Blog 2The Fortress PowerLock is easy to install – so easy in fact, it can be done in a matter of 10 minutes and give you peace of mind for a lifetime!

When you receive your kit – the Fortress PowerLock comes with four stainless steel tapping screws and two keys.

  1. Start by removing the existing electrical hatch from the exterior of the camper, and remove the power cord from the back of the electrical hatch.
  2. Clean any remaining sealant from the camper and hatch. To ease your reinstallation, leave the power cord protruding from the camper.
  3. Using your preferred sealant, seal the back side of the Fortress PowerLock.
    1. Be sure to seal all the holes as well as the perimeter of the Fortress PowerLock.
  4. PowerLock Blog 3Next, seal the backside of the flange on your original electrical hatch. Install the original electrical hatch into the Fortress PowerLock, and place the power cord into the back side of the electrical hatch. Slide the cylindrical portion of the electrical hatch with power cord into the opening in the camper.
  5. Reinstall your original hardware through the three holes in the electrical hatch (shown to the right)
    1. Optional: If you feel that the original mounting hardware or condition of the original holes is not up to the task of securing the power cord, the four remaining holes can be screwed into place.
  6. PowerLock Blog 4Pre-drill the remaining four holes in the Fortress PowerLock with a 1/8” drill bit, and install the four #10 x 1¼” stainless steel self-tapping screws (shown to the right). After the screws have been installed, remove any excess sealant away from the edges of the Fortress PowerLock.

Now it’s installed and ready for use! See how easy that was? All you need to do is close the door, insert the key and turn it clockwise and your shore cord is protected! Below is a video demonstrating how the Fortress PowerLock shore power cord door provides the ultimate protection:

If you have any questions on how to install this shore power protection or for more information about the Fortress PowerLock, contact us at 800.246.8132!

 

 

 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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The North East Grand Design Owners Rally is almost here!

Massey’s Landing RV Resort is the place to be Oct. 6-9, 2017! Why do you ask? It’s the North East Grand Design Owners Rally! This rally is for anyone who owns a Grand Design RV and is in the Northeast. With a large number of people already signed up to attend, we are looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing old friends in attendance!

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Torklift will be there!
We are incredibly excited to attend and wouldn’t want to miss it! We are sending a team that is hosting a seminar of our GlowStep Revolution and other Torklift products on Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in the tent pavilion. We’ll compare a factory step to GlowStep Revolution RV steps and all the features it has to offer. Not only that – we will have a special offer the day of the seminar for attendees ONLY that you won’t want to miss out on.

Gimme my GlowStep Revolution – Get one for free!
With all the excitement about our GlowStep Revolution, Torklift will also be running an  exclusive promotion for the rally. Attendees can post a photo of their current steps on our Facebook page using the caption, “Gimme my GlowStep Revolution!” to be entered to win. The rally director, along with the Torklift team will choose and announce the winner of a free set of GlowStep Revolution steps. Let’s see your steps!

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Above are some of our favorite posts that we’ve seen from previous Gimme My GlowStep Revolution entries! The funnier and more creative your entries, the better.  

We are not only very excited about seeing all the creative entries for your Gimme My GlowStep Revolution, we are looking forward to seeing and meeting all the attendees as well. There’s also plenty of other fun activities planned – this is a rally you don’t want to miss. For more information of our GlowStep Revolution and step accessories, contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com

 

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You don’t want to miss the Hershey RV Show!

We love the GlowStep Revolution and we are certain you will too. In celebration of the Hershey RV Show, you can get these RV steps up to $75 off at participating Hershey RV Show dealers Sept. 12-24, 2017. Not attending the show? You can still get $50 off the GlowStep Revolution at participating online dealers – visit here to learn more!

The map below shows all the places you will be able to find Torklift at the Hershey RV Show.

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Gimme My GlowStep Revolution and Yeti Cooler 
Located at the Gayle Kline booth inside the Giant Center – you will have the chance to enter to WIN the Tundra 45 Yeti Cooler. The winner will be announced Sept. 17, 2017 so make sure you enter before then! Also, we’ll be doing a special Facebook promotion where you can enter to win a free GlowStep Revolution RV step for your trailer. Details are at Booth 154 inside Giant Center, so make sure your visit our team for a chance to win these steps!

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TLI Hershey Blog 3Just like how ice cream brings a smile to your face when it’s still ice cold on a hot summer afternoon, we designed a high-quality step system made right here in America that will do the same. With 7-inches of vertical elevation adjustment, these steps are easy on the knees and back, have unparalleled stability by eliminating the unsafe diving board effect, don’t require you to lift them over your head for storage and install in your factory step opening – keeping the interior of your trailer dirt and debris free. 

Click here for more information about the Hershey RV Show, how you can enter to WIN a Yeti cooler or GlowStep Revolution and read more about the special discount available at participating online dealers for the GlowStep Revolution!

 

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Did you know you can install the Lock and Load on 5th wheels?

Lock and Load 5th Wheel 1You are getting your new 5th wheel set up: Hitch? Check. Extra batteries for power? Check. Extra generator? Check – but you’re not sure the best to place to store it. Storing it inside the trailer could potentially ruin your new carpets or flooring with stains as well as exhaust fumes blowing throughout the trailer.

Did you know there’s a solution to this little issue? Enjoy extra generator power without having to deal with constantly moving it in and out of your RV and potentially cause damage or mess. Presenting: the Lock and Load! This generator tray is perfect for not only storing your generator while you’re on the road – but also locking it up so it’s safe from potential theft!

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You may be asking, “where?” There’s a couple of different options that will work. You can either install it on the front of your truck like the photo above – perfect for your convenience and you don’t even have to think about it once it’s on the tray. Or, you can install it on a hitch that is behind your 5th wheel (shown to the left).

There are many 5th wheel trailers that come with a hitch already installed on the back – usually for cargo trays or bike racks. In this instance, it’s a perfect spot for the Lock and Load! For those who are really dedicated to extra power, you could always get a custom receiver installed, just like the one we installed below at our Retail Product Development Center, Torklift Central in Kent, WA!

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• Protect costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes, plasma cutters and more from theft 
• Allows you to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously 
• Avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator while on the road or off the grid • No more heavy lifting – your generator stays on the tray even while running 
• Features a safety visual sight indicator to prevent risk of damage while driving (Part #A7752) 
• License plate relocation holes to attach license plate (Part #A7752) 
• Mounts easily into front and rear receiver hitches 
• Fits most common generators 
• High security tamper proof puck lock included 
• Cargo tray dimensions: 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23” H 
• Maximum security strap adjusts to secure multiple objects (extra security straps sold separately) 6-5/8” L x 13-5/8”W x 13-1/8”H to 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23”H 
• Available in high impact powder coat steel 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
• Proudly made in the USA Kit includes: 
• Cargo tray 
• Heavy duty puck lock 
• Adjustable maximum security strap 

To make your 5th wheel trailer even more versatile and have the ability to off-road for long periods of time, get the Lock and Load generator tray today! Call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at: support at torklift.com.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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How much does a StableLoad cost?

StableLoad Cost Blog 1Torklift offers StableLoad kits at different prices depending on the application. Torklift has designed an upper overload StableLoad part #A7200 that costs $325.99, as well as two lower overload kits that vary in price. The lower overload kit part#A7310 is for vehicles with pre-drilled springs priced at $325.99. The second lower overload kit part #A7311 is for vehicles that do not have pre-drilled lower overload springs. This kit costs $349.99 because it comes with special drill bits. Each kit comes with a 30-day money back guarantee to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.


What is the 30-day money back guarantee?

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.


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A StableLoad improves the vehicle’s handling by pre-activating the stabilizing effect that was designed for rear suspension by keeping them under load the way the manufacturer’s designed them to function. The quad contact design compliments the specific vehicle engineered suspension that the manufacturers invested millions of dollars developing so you would have a smooth and comfortable ride.

See what the guys from TruckU experienced when they installed the StableLoads: 

What’s included in each kit and why do you need it?

StableLoad: Upper Overload Part #A7200- $325.99 
This part is designed to replace inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper load springs to work faster. This kit is quick and easy to install and requires no drilling with serious results. It’s installed by bolting each StableLoad onto each overload, replacing the bump stop pad. This kit fits any vehicle with an upper overload, and works the same regardless of the vehicle having or not having aftermarket air bags.

StableLoad Cost Blog 3StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7310 -$325.99 
It’s engineered for trucks, SUVs, vans, commercial applications and other vehicles equipped with lower overload springs that come with a pre-drilled hole in the end of the overload leaf spring. This kit is simple and has a quick installation time. 

StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7311- $349.99 
It’s for universal applications with lower overload springs that are not pre-drilled. This kit comes with four cobalt drill bits and specific instructions for drilling. Click here to learn how to drill a leaf spring in just 37 seconds with the StableLoad Drill Tool, available for rent.


Why does it cost $325.99 to $349.99? 
Each StableLoad kit Torklift designed is precision crafted in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Torklift is one of the last manufacturers still operating in the United States and will not be moving its factory overseas like many other truck accessory manufacturers have. Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty comes standard with this product, where most other manufacturers only provide a warranty ranging from 30 days to one year. That means if you have an issue, we are going to take care of you without making you jump through hoops.

Click here to learn more about Torklift StableLoads for truck suspension. Feel free to email our Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or call 800.246.8132 if you have any questions.

 

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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How much does a PowerArmor Cost?

PowerArmor Cost Blog 1Well, how much the PowerArmor costs will ultimately depend on whether you’re talking about “figuratively” or the actual price of the product. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before we get into the details of the PowerArmor battery box and what it can do for you:

How much is your peace of mind worth to you?

What is the price would you pay to protect the hundreds of dollars you’ve already invested in RV batteries?

Have you been looking for a way to store your RV batteries, or a more secure way?

Do you want to extend your battery life up to 400% and prevent yourself from having to prematurely replace your batteries and instead spend that money elsewhere?

If you came up with some solid answers of “yes” or “peace of mind is worth anything to me” or “oh, saving money… more to spend on food” then we definitely have an answer for you - the PowerArmor! Coming in multiple sizes and varieties, the PowerArmor is the perfect solution to your RV battery storage issues as well as any other extra camping gear you want to bring along! Read below to find the battery box that is perfect for you.

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PowerArmor Solar

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

oThe 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor Solar hold a single battery (great for marine applications!)

• Manufactured with black high impact powder coated trim for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720RS), 24” (A7712RS) and 26 ¾” (A7708RS)
• Comes standard with a 10-watt solar panel to trickle charge your batteries so they never lose their power 

o The solar panel easily maintains battery life by not under or overcharging them, keeping them in great condition and extending your battery investment. 

• Starts at $468.99


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• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

o The 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor hold a single battery (is also great for boat and marine applications!)

• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720R), 23 7/8” (A7712R) and 26 ¾” (A7708R)
• Starts at $310.99


PowerArmor MAX

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries with plenty of room for extra storage, four group 27 and 31 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in one length: 58 ½” (A7710R)
• Also has a solar panel option that comes with a 10-watt solar panel to constantly keep your RV batteries charged (A7710RS)
• Starts at $525.99

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Features of PowerArmor battery boxes Include:

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Uses a 10 watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

All PowerArmors come with the box itself, a lock, battery hold down straps, mounting hardware, acid neutralizing mats and if you’re getting the PowerArmor Solar, it comes with a 10-watt Zamp solar panel. Batteries that go inside the box are not included.

 

 


To keep your peace of mind and start protecting your battery investment with this top-of-the-line battery box, call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at:support at torklift.com.

 

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

 

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What is the best aftermarket suspension for my truck?

TLI SL Blog 1Once you start to tow or haul with your truck, pressure is applied on the factory overload springs of your vehicle’s suspension. The leaf springs on your vehicle are designed as a spring pack with upper and lower overload leaf springs. When the vehicle is loaded the spring pack engages. The problem here is that there isn’t enough stability to support the load, giving you scary handling characteristics.

Just a few you may have experienced:

- Side-to-Side Sway
- Body Roll
- Porpoising
- Truck Sag (This has a multitude of negative effects on your vehicle)

With lack of control you’ll find yourself gripping your steering wheel hard. The key to getting the stability you need is harnessing the power within the much thicker, much stronger overload leaf springs. Activating the overload leaf springs gives you increased stability and handling while towing or hauling. How can you access this extra power? That’s where the StableLoads save the day! Torklift’s StableLoads fill the gap between the leaf spring pack and the overload leaf springs, pre-activating the stabilizing affects already built into your truck’s suspension.

There are many suspension products on the market that you could consider. But how do you know what product you need? If you’re experiencing more than one symptom, the StableLoad tackles all of the handling issues, instead of many of other products that just address one.

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Let’s explore the options for upgrading truck suspension:

 

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A shock is a mechanical or hydraulic device designed to absorb and damper shock impulses. It does this by converting the kinetic energy of the shock into heat which is then dissipated. Some shock absorbers allow tuning of the ride by control of the valve by manually adjusting the shock absorber. Manufacture’s say that shocks typically need to be replaced at 50,000 miles.

Pros
• Suspension is adjustable
• Allows you to firm suspension while towing
Cons
• Shocks are expensive
• Maintenance is even more expensive
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Airbags
Airbags are a type of vehicle suspension powered by an electric compressor. The compressor then pumps air into a flexible bellow that is typically made from textile-reinforced rubber. The air pressure will then inflate the bellows and raise the chassis from the axle. Air bags feature adjustable suspension, but usually need to be replaced between 50,000 and 70,000 miles and the price is high.

Pros
• The ability to lift/level a vehicle for towing
Cons
• Both initial purchase and maintenance is expensive
• With airbags you are reduced to two points of contact instead of four like the vehicle manufacturer intended
• Airbags are notorious for leaking problems – preventing them from holding air
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Bump stops
Bump stops are a compressed suspension component that is designed to prevent metal on metal contact that leads to damage or unsafe driving characteristics. As the suspension undergoes high compression such as hitting a speed bump or dipping into a pothole, the bump stop soaks up the shock. They can easily be shaped with common machining processes, but the downside is that they dissipate energy into the suspension which can actually cause your shocks to work harder, and they take longer to engage.

Pros
• Prevents metal on metal contact
• Absorbs jolts and bumps
Cons
• Bump stops take longer to engage
• Energy is dissipated into the suspension causing your shocks to work harder
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Sway bars
Sway bars help reduce the body roll of a vehicle during fast cornering or irregularities in the road. It connects the opposite wheels together through short lever arms linked by a torsion spring. Over time the sway bar link ball joints wear out and they will need to be replaced.

Pros
• Reduces body roll
Cons
• Increased weight transfer to already overloaded outside tires (reducing traction)
• Can cause cracked mounts
• Stiffens suspension contributing to a rougher ride
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

Let’s turn to science to see which suspension upgrade is most effective:

For this test an inclinometer is used to measure horizontal and vertical tilt. The higher the horizontal and vertical tilt register on the inclinometer the less control the driver has over the vehicle.

 

TLI SL Blog 7Why is the StableLoad the clear winner?
Unlike any other aftermarket suspension upgrade, StableLoads have a quad contact design while other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points. With the StableLoads, see and feel a dramatic reduction in side-to-side sway, body roll. The StableLoads keep your vehicle level reducing stopping distance, suspension and tire wear. This creates for comfortable and stress free travel. It’s also the only suspension upgrade you can turn on and off with the lower leaf spring design. Click here to learn more about how to engage and disengage the StableLoads in seconds so you can return to your smooth, factory ride when not towing or hauling. 

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Pros
• Dramatically improves safety and handling while towing and hauling
• Reduces negative vehicle handling characteristics like side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising 
• Eliminates sag and levels your ride 
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
• 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  
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• 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).

Many suspension upgrades come with just a limited warranty, but the StableLoads come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty that not only covers the StableLoads but also covers the vehicle’s factory leaf springs. We do this because we stand behind our product 100 percent.

NEW: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

 

Click here for more information on our StableLoad suspension kits, contact us by emailing Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or by calling 800.246.8132.

 

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 much does the GlowStep Revolution cost?

 

GSR Blog 1The GlowStep Revolution is the first and only patented step system designed for all RV towables that is versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain. The step entry system is revolutionary for several reasons. Featuring 7 inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has 3 positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional 5 positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. As the only step in the world that features this patented and unique level of adjustment at both the top and the bottom of the step system, this step allows all options for accommodating any terrain.

Step series: 
Two Step System - Starting at $490.00 
Three Step System - Starting at $540.99 
Four Step System - Starting at $586.99 
Five Step System - Starting at $624.99 
Six Step System - Starting at $653.99

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The most common application is the 27.5-inch four step series part number A8004. This is because most fifth wheels sit at the same height, the only difference is the length and the layout. The prices of the steps are the same for both the 25.5-inch and the 27.5-inch width models.

To determine the cost of your GlowStep Revolution, first find out how many steps you need. So how do you determine your fit?

Measurements to determine fit of GlowStep Revolution 
1) Dimension A: Measure the width between your factory mounting brackets 
2) Dimension B: Measure from the top of the step opening to the ground If you have a non-removable bracket to determine how many steps you will need, then there is an extra measurement you have to take to ensure a proper fit: 

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3) Dimension C: Measure from the top of the step opening to the bottom of the stored step This measurement is to make sure that when the set of steps are compressed that they will fit properly into the storage compartment.

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Torklift has designed two parts that will help to achieve a seamless installation of the GlowStep Revolution. Almost 100% of GlowStep Revolution RV steps are a direct bolt-on with no modification required, but just in case you find yourself with a very unique RV, here is some additional details to consider.

GlowStep Revolution Spacer Kit 
This kit achieves installation of the GlowStep Revolution step system in applications where the width between factory mounting brackets on your towable is between or larger than the standard factory measurement of 27.5 inches or 25.5 inches (very uncommon). This kit includes four ¼ inch thick steel spacer plates with longer hardware.

GlowStep Revolution Vertical Stud Adapter Bracket 
The GlowStep Revolution Vertical Stud Adapter Bracket is made specifically for trailers without vertical brackets that extend out perpendicular from the trailers frame or "predrilled step frame outrigger mounting brackets" to install the GlowStep Revolution. The Vertical Stud Adapter Bracket is attached underneath your step opening allowing the GlowStep Revolution to bolt directly to the bracket.

Top 3 reasons why you need GlowStep Revolution? 
Aside from the extensive adjustability the GlowStep Revolution step for towables provides, there are several reasons why these steps will make you one happy camper. Here’s some points to consider: 

#1) Avoid getting Dumped with Dirt 
Imagine going to stow your steps and having to thrust a heavy unit above your head, only to get flung with dirt and debris that covers your clothes and gets stuck in your hair. With GlowStep Revolution, this scenario will never be a reality. The easy bolt-on installation fits into the factory step compartment, replacing factory steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the unit dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV.  If you’re looking to avoid any unnecessary mess, the GlowStep Revolution steps are the right option for you. 

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#2) Don’t Get Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place 
With your trailer or fifth wheel, it’s no doubt you’ll encounter a multitude of obstacles. Whether it’s a tight campground space, a narrow storage area or simply pulling through a gas station. If you want to access the inside of your unit, it’s typical to just open the door and store any last minute groceries, camping gear, etc. For those that opt with drawbridge style steps, you’ll find that it’s not as easy to deploy the steps in tight spaces since clearance will be the deciding factor. Also, you’ll find your access to entry opening will be completely blocked. With GlowStep Revolution you can enjoy the simple pleasures of parking wherever you want and accessing your unit at any time. The multi-link hinge design easily extends to accommodate tight space constraints so it doesn’t matter how close you park to structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility. 

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#3) Skip the extra drilling! 
In contrast to steps that drill into the vinyl and wood of the RV’s entry threshold, GlowStep Revolution steps are completely bolt-on to the RV’s frame. This avoids vulnerability to possible water damage from drilling holes, and upholds the value and integrity of your RV. Another plus? Available ranging from two to six steps, steps can easily be added and removed so you can take the GlowStep Revolution step entry system with you when you trade in for your next RV.

GSR Blog 5Handcrafted and manufactured from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, GlowStep Revolution will meet any of your RV step needs. This step system also has safety features built in like the SureGrip step tread and self-illuminating feature that keeps the steps glowing in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure.

 

The GlowStep Revolution is proudly made in the USA and comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. For more information click here, email our Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or give us a call us at 800.246.8132.


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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