Want More Torklift Fan Mail? Your Wish Is Our Command!

image5Continuing in our “rooftop celebrations” of fan mail similar to Gary McNally’s letter to us, we wanted to share another wonderful letter that came to us from Colorado! Instead of going with ladder/drawbridge-style entryway stored-steps that allow mud, water, salt and other debris to get inside the RV and instead of staying with his factory RV steps, using a RV booster step or choosing another aftermarket RV step system, Brian chose to install the GlowStep Revolution:

“I just purchased and installed the revolution 4-step setup and took our first trip with them, for a week-long trip for spring break, down to Santa Fe, NM. After using them for a full week, which included two kids, two dogs and us two adults, there are some excellent attributes I wanted to send to you.” 
                                                                                – Brian Bleile

Below is a broken down list of Brian’s favorite features of these adjustable trailer steps along with more information about these unique RV steps.

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All Terrain Landing Gear
The GlowStep Revolution step system is the first RV step for towables that is versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain. With the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet, your RV scissor steps connect firmly to ground level and eliminate the unsafe diving board feeling associated with factory trailer steps.


“First off, the landing legs design is absolutely outstanding!! I’m not a disbeliever in the 3-step, steel steps normally found in new trailers today but the fact that there is a very solid “foot” on your steps REALLY keep the trailer from rocking and bouncing when the kids and dogs are running up and down the steps, in and out, 30 times a day. This is truly the best-attribute of these steps.”

–Brian Bleile

The All Terrain Landing Gear leveling feet for RV steps aren’t the only addition available for this step system. There are also accessories that make a complete cleaning and safety support system for your steps. There is the GlowGuide Handrail to make getting in and out of your RV easier and safer, the SafeStep barrier for pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment.

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Made from Aluminum
The second aspect of the steps that Brian notes is the fact that the GlowStep Revolution steps are made of 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel.

“The second best design item is the aluminum construction. Again, very well designed, built and assembled. Also very solid, they don’t flex or move under my weight (220 Lbs.) and definitely removed over 25 Lbs. of weight from my old steel steps. They’re super easy to put-away and stow! Again, a testament to your design.” 
–Brian Bleile

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves Brian!

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Tread Pattern
These trailer steps also use our SureGrip step tread to eliminate the jagged holes commonly found on factory steps. Brian said in his letter that, “the tread pattern on the step provides excellent traction and really helped remove those stubborn goat-heads from our shoes after walking the NM trails!” Great for pets and great for removing goat heads from shoes, the GlowStep Revolution is Brian Bleile approved!

Overall, Brian is incredibly happy with his GlowStep Revolution RV steps. Finishing his letter, he states:

“Again, an outstanding design and execution of a 4-step, aluminum, step! The grounded feet design is truly the best feature in a step that anyone could get today. I say congratulations to you!!” 
– Brian Bleile

Thanks Brian! Congratulations to you on your new steps! We’re happy that you’re enjoying them so much. If you’re interested in the GlowStep Revolution, here are more features for these leveling RV steps:

02. Elevation Diagram• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
• Works on side entry truck campers and towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Secures into place via locking mechanism
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA 

If you’re tired of living with a trailer booster step or constantly having to fix broken RV Steps, contact us for more information. You can reach us at support@torklift.com or call our Tech Support at 800-246-8132. We are more than happy to help you step up your RV lifestyle and upgrade to the GlowStep Revolution leveling RV steps.

 

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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We have two winners for the #RVStepFail Drawing!!

RVStepFailSince January, we have been having the #RVStepFail contest where people shared their stories and photos about their unreliable or unsafe RV steps. Factory RV steps are notorious for needing modification: the RV steps are too high or too shaky, they can’t easily accommodate uneven ground and the surface area is always too small. Complaints about RV steps are as numerous as the way folks have tried to fix them —with stool legs, concrete blocks, wooden platforms, RV booster step, and makeshift handrails.


The drawing ended May 25, 2016 and the winners of the drawing were Doug Metcalfe and Steve Murray! With an overwhelming amount of entries, we decided to draw not one, but two winners! Below you can see their #RVStepFail entries.

Would be perfect for our dog…
Here is the story the Steve Murray shared with us in his submission:

“We have a tall 5th wheeler. It has only 3 steps and our older dog is unable to do them due to steepness. A set of the GlowStep Revolution steps would be great to help him get in and out of the 5th wheeler easier.” 

Steve Murray

One small step for me; one giant step for the wife….
Here’s the story that Doug Metcalfe shared with us in his #RVStepFail submission:

“One small step for me; one giant step for the wife! I was reading a year-old issue of Trailer Life Magazine last night and saw your ad for the steps. This is the first time that I have gone online to your website.

You guys keep coming up with new products that are the best that can be bought!

In Feb. 1997, I ordered both the Dodge RAM and a Bigfoot 10.6 basement camper as our pre-retirement package. Because of the extra height, the camper came with 5 steps made by a small company in Kelowna, B.C. From day 1- no matter how I stretched, leveled, or set those steps, every one was at a different angle. I contacted the builder, and he sent me an upgrade at no additional charge. All of the side pieces are made in the same jig, and there was no improvement. A local RV supply business said that they had seen this before; and they were made wrong. I am better at math than most, and following the basic laws of trig, I can't see what's wrong (equal sides yield equal angles). Only the middle step is level- each step up ore down is off by about 5-10 degrees, compounded with each step. The top one is like a ski jump, and the bottom one is an ankle buster. To make things even worse, every pivot is a fully threaded 1/4" coarse thread grade 5 bolt. At least three of these have snapped over the years.

My wife is afraid to continue to use these steps. According to the license tabs, it hasn't moved since 2008. By chance I met an identical owner at Fred Meyer in Yakima last year; same brand of steps on his newer Bigfoot- SAME PROBLEM. It sounds like you guys have made something that will really improve our situation.” 

Doug Metcalfe

Congratulations Doug and Steve! Thank you to everyone that entered your submissions for #RVStepFail, we really appreciate the stories you’ve shared with us.

What Steve is Winning
Steve will be winning the GlowStep Revolution for his 5th wheel and will get the 7” of vertical precision elevation adjustment. This feature will help his dog enter and exit the 5th wheel with ease since it connects to ground level. The GlowStep Revolution step system is unparalleled in stability and eliminates the unsafe diving board effect so Steve’s dog and entire family will feel much safer when entering and exiting the RV.

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All Terrain Landing GearThe All Terrain Landing Gear for the GlowStep

What Doug is Winning
Instead of having to deal with his terrible factory RV steps, Doug won a set of GlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear for his Bigfoot truck camper application. This combination is the best step configuration available for truck campers. These leveling RV steps also have many accessories available including the GlowStep Handrail, the SafeStep which makes these pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer, a shoe cleaning attachment.

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To see all the entries, you can visit the #RVStepFail blog here. Make sure to stay tuned for any further drawings or giveaways that we have!

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

“Last spring (2015) Bruce and I saw a trailer at an RV show that had scissor-type stairs like the ones we've seen for truck campers.  The first thing we noticed when we climbed aboard is that the trailer didn't shake when either of us walked up and down the stairs due to the two supports on the bottom step. The stairs were called the GlowStep Revolution and were made by Torklift.  We asked about buying some.  Turns out they were pretty new and not available for every trailer manufacturer yet.  So we left our contact info and asked them to let us know if a version was available for Lance trailers.  We found out that there was no version that would fit Lance trailers.... yet.”

image-8The GlowStep Revolution installed on Bruce and Shannon's Lance trailerSo begins the story of Bruce and Shannon Pound and their journey to getting the GlowStep Revolution which is written out on the Lance Owners of America forum. When they first inquired about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system, at that time we debuted the 27.5” width for the steps.

After further development and research, we created the 25.5” GlowStep Revolution width steps that fit Bruce and Shannon’s RV like a glove. We reached out to them in November to have them be one of the first to try out the new width of the RV steps and they jumped at the chance! The 27.5” width and the 25.5” width of the GlowStep Revolution will fit the majority of trailers on the market.

Features of the GlowStep Revolution
AT-LandingGearThe All Terrain Landing GearAre your RV steps too high? Are your RV steps broken or do you have recalled steps? Do you want to get rid of your RV booster step? Well, look no further because the GlowStep Revolution RV step will solve all of your old factory trailer step issues especially with the precision elevation control. Patent pending, the precision elevation control allows you to have 7 inches of vertical elevation adjustment. But don’t take our word for it. Shannon goes on to say this in her GlowStep Revolution review:

“The GlowStep Revolution stairs have a nifty feature that allows the steps to remain level in uneven terrain and eliminate the need for a portable step when the door side of the trailer is elevated for leveling.”

This nifty feature that she’s referring to? The All Terrain Landing Gear which is designed to be leveling feet for RV steps and provide Earth to RV stability.

See the never-before-seen patented features such as 8 position step elevation adjustment that Trailer Life magazine predicted would change the RV industry here.

Some other great features of the GlowStep Revolution leveling RV steps include:

• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical precision elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Direct bolt-on installation easily replaces your factory step system image-7The GlowStep Revolution in stored position
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• 7.5-inch step riser height to accommodate those with limited mobility 
• Step system accessories: Handrailpet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel (rust free)
• Designed specifically for all RV towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity - also provides smooth operation when deploying or retracting steps to prevent binding and grinding common with factory steps
• Locking mechanism secures steps for safe travel while improving ground clearance
• SureGrip™ step tread eliminates jagged holes commonly found on factory steps
• Self illuminating steps glow in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Legacy step system: With the ability to add or remove steps, take them with you when you trade in for your next RV
• Proudly made in the USA

Not only will these adjustable trailer steps change the industry, but there are some accessories that go with the GlowStep Revolution RV scissor steps as well. Some GlowStep Revolution trimmings include: the SafeStep which turn your scissor steps into pet friendly steps, the DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment and the GlowStep Handrail.

Now through May 15th we have a contest where you have a chance to win a set of the GlowStep Revolution steps just like Bruce and Shannon’s. Submit your scary step photo or story here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 


kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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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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Trailer Step Mods: Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution step system

Happy kidsWhile camping is fun at any age, the best outdoor experiences always seem to stem from roughing it in your childhood. Everything is fun when you’re younger -- even the ‘diving-board’ effect you feel when stepping onto the factory steps of an RV or trailer. Why? It almost seems like a trampoline launch pad while in the throes of one’s childhood imagination.

But alas as we grow older, wobbly RV factory steps become nerve wrecking and adding a booster step becomes necessity. Not just to avoid hip pain or sciatica flare ups when the first step starts to seem too high, but to keep children from hurting themselves. If you’re not careful, once you and your family settle into your trailer you might end up staying inside to avoid the steps—and we all know that being indoors defeats the purpose of camping. Don’t let faulty trailer steps inhibit your experience. If only there was a company that specialized in adjustable trailer steps…

GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

Torklift International was listening and created a solution. The GlowStep Revolution step system is the first leveling scissor step of its kind for trailer and towable applications.

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The secret of the GlowStep Revolution’s durability is its uniquely engineered hinge design, where the bushing bearings are bolted for maximum stability and longevity. Our design uses specialty phenolic washers on each hinge, making deploying and stowing the steps smooth and seamless. What sets these steps apart from any other trailer steps on the market is its 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment.

GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep RevolutionAll terrain landing gear2All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose from three positions of elevation for the top step. This determines the ideal plane from the top step to your trailer entry. The All Terrain Landing Gear provides even more adjustment options on the base of the steps. Set the step landing gear individually to accommodate any uneven terrain.

RV Step FailAvoid unsafe trailer booster stepGlowStep Revolution’s All Terrain Landing Gear ensures level step configuration and supreme stability by eliminating the unsafe diving board effect. The steps connect Earth to RV so your trailer step system is firmly rooted and stable on ground level. Included with the GlowStep Revolution, the All Terrain Landing Gear can also be purchased separately and added to the original GlowStep for truck camper applications.

When you’ve installed GlowStep Revolution on your trailer, say goodbye to the dreaded booster step and hello to peace of mind with its lightweight, rust free aircraft grade aluminum build and glow in the dark capabilities (up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure).

GlowStep Revolution Options

If that’s not enough, here is what else you can expect from Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution:

• Available from 2-6 steps based on your application needs
• The GlowStep Revolution system is compatible with all sorts accessories: handrail (for extra stability), pet safety barriers and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment
• Securely stows into place via locking mechanism
• Covered by Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Click here to see RVers give their first-hand accounts on how the GlowStep Revolution compares to traditional factory trailer steps. Perhaps one of the most endearing compliments we’ve received comes from RV.net forum member “Tequila.”

Tequilas Trailer Prior To GlowStepTequila's Trailer Prior to installing the GlowStep RevolutionDuring Tequila’s installation of the GlowStep Revolution, the service technicians revealed that the welds holding original factory steps to his travel trailer were starting to crack and break. No doubt Tequila was blessed with good timing considering he had only owned his trailer for a year. Thanks to the GlowStep Revolution installation, a potential crisis was averted and Tequila has only positive things to say about his revolutionary trailer steps:

 “I must say I am impressed… It is nice to have stable steps, especially when carrying loads in and out of the trailer. All in all, one of the best mods I have done to my trailer. They are a winner. They certainly attract attention in RV parks.”  - Tequila

RVStepFailTorklift International’s GlowStep Revolution is the Ultimate Step System and the first step toward fixing all your factory step problems. You can find an #RVStepFAIL almost anywhere you look. If you or a friend find yourselves dealing with clearly unsafe or dysfunctional factory steps, or happen to stumble (pun intended) across some while camping, we want to know about them.

Submit your photo or story here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

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