Swapping out belly bar tie downs for Torklift Tie Downs

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RV.Net user Doy Gorton’s truck and camper in Utah

Necessities of camper life
Truck camper tie downs have always been one of the mainstay anchors of Torklift International’s growing product lines. Now with the newly released Talon Tie Downs made with military grade aluminum, the lighter more durable option is easier than ever to install.

Our Torklift Ambassador and good friend Doy Gorton contacted us recently at an important juncture in the work he is performing on his 1967 Avion truck camper setup. At the time, Doy was running a belly bar tie down system that he was not pleased with due to the trouble it was causing him. Belly bar tie downs are a thick metal bar that wrap underneath the full width of the truck and connect camper turnbuckles to each side.
belly-bar-tie-downsA belly bar tie down removed to make way for
Torklift Talon Tie Downs

“Last year my wife and I traveled about the West. In particular Utah… a spectacular place called Muley Point,” Doy writes. “And we have memories of an unnerving collision with our old school belly bar and a rock outcropping that nearly turned over the camper, and left our rear tie downs broken. How the front tie downs survived is beyond me.”

The collision got Doy thinking about replacing his truck camper tie down system.

Whoever said “Fit” is the new skinny might be onto something
When it comes to the fit of truck camper tie downs, that is.

Ditch the heavy hanging belly and your truck and camper will surely thank you. Talon Tie Downs versus just any other tie down system is like comparing filet mignon to ground beef. It’s about quality and performance. Talon Tie Downs are made specific to individual truck models to ensure the best fitment possible.

gorton-tie-down-installIt’s no surprise that after his past experience, Doy opted to upgrade to Torklift Talon Tie Downs. “I decided to replace the belly bar,” Doy writes. “It gave entirely too little clearance for these close encounters. It probably took away three critical inches.”

(Left image: Installing Torklift Talon Tie Downs)

“I talked to Curt Oetjen of Kamper’s Supply in nearby Carterville, Illinois,” continues Doy. “Curt told me that in his 35 years of experience Torklift is the number one best tie down. He hadn’t seen the new aluminum Talons but agreed to install them for me.”

gorton-rear-tie-downTalon Tie Down installedWith the installation of Talon Tie Downs and the removal of the old belly bar, not only was Doy’s truck weighing 100 pounds less, he also had greater ground clearance and stability than ever before; adding to his sense of safety and confidence while off-roading.

Now that his truck is nice and “skinny” without that belly, there’s more capacity for hauling his camper. The lightweight military grade aluminum Talon Tie Downs were a notable improvement from the belly bar.

Now that Doy’s truck is equipped with camper tie downs that securely mount to the frame of his truck, he is ready to travel to the remote locations he loves to visit with peace of mind that his tie down system is up to par.

Improving on the best in the industry
Torklift International challenged their engineers to develop an ultra high performance tie down that would meet and exceed even the toughest conditions. The creation of Talon Tie Downs was the result of that challenge. By improving upon the already world renowned steel version of frame-mounted tie downs, Talon Tie Downs provide a number of benefits that simply can’t be ignored. Click here to further explore these benefits. 

aluminum-tie-downTalon Tie DownTalon truck camper tie downs feature:

  1. Rust-free corrosion protection for life 
  2. Finishing Kit included
  3. Ultra lightweight – up to 50 percent lighter than steel tie downs
  4. Fast, no-drill installation 
  5. Best ride quality in the industry 
  6. No loss of ground clearance
  7. Hidden when not in use
  8. Lockable with Torklift Tie Down Locks
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
  10. Proudly Made in the USA

The name Torklift International carries that kind of reputation one associates with quality, craftsmanship and above all, reliability. We stand behind each and every product we craft. We love to hear from you about our products and how they affect your camping and RVing experiences.

To learn more about Talon Tie Downs, click here.

Read Doy’s full review of Torklift Talon truck camper tie downs on RV.Net. 



Tamy finalBy Tamara Williams:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.


Written in collaboration with Brandon Seiler and Sheryl Bushaw

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Torklift customer reveals preferred camper tie down system

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Torklift International customer Jim Weber who stopped by Torklift’s manufacturing facility in Sumner, Washington. When it comes to a camper tie down system, there is only one tie down design available that provides safety, stability and prevents any possibility of bed and bumper damage to a truck: frame-mounted camper tie downs.

Weber tells us how Torklift’s frame-mounted Talon aluminum Tie Downs are his preferred system for hauling his heavy Eagle Cap 1160 2-slide truck camper with his 2001 Ford F350 truck.

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As Weber discusses his experience with Talon Tie Downs, he uncovers three major features of the truck camper tie downs that contribute to a multitude of benefits.

#1 – DESIGN b2ap3_thumbnail_bed-damage.pngDamage caused by tie downs attached to truck bed

  1. Torklift camper tie downs bolt directly to the truck frame
    1. Creates one unit: strongest design in the industry
    2. Prevents any possibility of truck bed damage or bumper damage
    3. Tie downs are individually engineered to each truck model to ensure the best possible fitment on four independent tie down points
    4. No effect on ground clearance and completely hidden when not in use

    5. Jim Weber talks about Torklift Talon Tie Downs
  2. no-drillEasy installation
    1. No drilling required
    2. Installs in less than two hours or as little as 30 minutes
  3. Comes with tie down weather caps to protect tubing when not in use
    1. Prevent dirt and grime from getting stuck inside the system
    2. Helps maintain condition of tie downs
    3. A foam plug inserts into the back end of the tube while plastic covers conceal the outer opening
      b2ap3_thumbnail_finishing_kit_blog.pngTie Down Finishing Kit

ford-truck-camper-tie-downsAluminum camper tie downs#2 – COMPOSITION: ALUMINUM

  1. Military grade aluminum is up to 50 percent lighter than steel applications
    1. Ultra lightweight feature is beneficial when payload is a sensitive factor
  2. Aluminum designs are tested to meet or exceed the strength of traditional steel tie downs in all applications
  3. Rust-free, corrosion resistant


  1. Torklift frame-mounted tie downs are covered by Torklift’s LegendaryLegendaryLifetimeWarranty Lifetime Warranty
  2. Talon Tie Downs come with an exclusive corrosion protection for life
  3. Lifetime warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty if Torklift frame-mounted tie downs are used with spring-loaded turnbuckles

To find tie down fitments, navigate our automated application guide or locate the quick reference application guide by clicking the button below.


If you don’t see your truck year/model on the application guide, check back by calling 800-246-8132 as new tie down fitments are added regularly. If you’re local to us, we might even invite you to come in for a test fit.


For a limited time, receive $15 off StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer and free FastGun Locks for turnbuckles when you outfit your truck with Talons and FastGun turnbuckles. Two sets of Talon camper tie downs (front and rear) and two sets of FastGun turnbuckles are required to redeem the offer.
Click here to redeem this truck camping deal or learn more about these truck camping products by clicking here.

Big thanks to Jim Weber for stopping by and sharing his experiences with us!

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The best solution to prevent rust on camper tie downs

anti-icing-truckChemicals used to de-ice roadsThe combination of water, chemicals and oxygen is poisonous to metals. The deterioration of metal being eaten away from rust is often referred to by auto mechanics as cancer to the vehicle. Extensive rust damage thins out the material until the integrity of the part is completely compromised.

Issues with rusting tie downs are particularly common in parts of the country that use chemical treatments like rock salt to treat the roads in the winter season. This effort to de-ice roads is damaging to the underside of our vehicles. Rust develops due to oxidization from contact with salt and chemical remnants.

Whether traveling through areas of coastal beaches, or up to the mountain heights into the snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, the composition of Torklift’s Talon Tie Downs are built to withstand these environments.


As an industry first, Torklift recently unveiled the precision crafted military grade aluminum and stainless steel Talon Tie Downs:

aluminum-tie-downTalon Tie Downs for campersMilitary Grade Aluminum Alloy
The answer to prevent rusting tie downs is simple. By using frame-mounted tie downs from 100 percent military grade aluminum alloy and stainless steel, the problems from corrosion and rust are directly addressed. Aluminum is a durable material that is also known for its lightweight composition, while maintaining added strength and durability over the traditional steel camper tie down. Torklift is shifting to the use of aluminum alloy for several products.

Aluminum is gaining popularity due to its corrosion and rust resistant properties, lightweight structure and significant strength. Torklift uses 6000 series aluminum alloy to create the Talon camper tie downs. We also found that this type of aluminum is widely popular for its use in a variety of applications:

aluminum-bikeBike frames             fishing-reelFishing reels

scuba-tankScuba tanks      airstream-trailerAirstream trailers

yachtYachts and watercrafts     air-craftAircraft

ford-raptor2017 all-aluminum Ford Raptor truck

Talon Tie Downs are STRENGTH defined
Frame-mounted-camper-tiesSpecifically developed for maximum strength, Talon truck camper tie downs are high impact powder coated, rust and corrosion resistant. Developed to outperform any other tie down on the market, the Talons excel in even the roughest conditions.

Not only are they rust-free, Torklift Tie Downs are bolted to the truck frame through four individual points making the connection between truck and camper extremely sturdy. There is no loss of ground clearance because the design is snug to the truck frame, not visible when the inserts are removed. The patented frame-mounted tie down design is guaranteed to eliminate bed and bumper damage.
Frame-mounted camper tie downs


Keep it clean 

Keep camper tie downs in great condition by using the Tie Down Finishing Kit, which is included in each set of Talon Tie Downs. When your camper isn’t loaded and the inserts are disconnected, apply the Tie Down Finishing Kit to help keep dirt and muck out of the tie down tubes. Attach the plastic cap to the outer insert opening and push the special protective foam stopper into the backside of the tubing.

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To minimize corrosion from these road factors products, Torklift recommends regularly cleaning and inspecting the powder coated surface and touching up an affected areas with enamel or urethan based aerosol paint products. For a quick clean, simply use WD-40 and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the tie downs.  

Rust-free corrosion protection for life
Never before known as offered by a manufacturer, Talon camper tie downs come with an additional warranty of corrosion protection for life. If for any reason the original owner experiences corrosion on their Talon Tie Downs, Torklift will re-powder coat the Talons for free with freight prepaid.

Tie downs by Torklift International have a guaranteed lifetime warranty. In addition, when frame-mounted tie downs are used with spring-loaded turnbuckles, the warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty. Give us a call at 800.246.8132 for warranty details.

Click here to learn more about Talon Tie Downs or find the correct application for your truck with our automated application guide.


Related: 3 reasons why Talon Tie Downs are the best way to tie down a truck camper

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