You won’t believe what we sent this customer in the mail (Hint: It will be a smashing success!)

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A rubber mallet? Let us take a minute and explain. As a gift it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. You might be asking, why would Torklift send this to a customer? Doesn’t strike us as the best idea for a new product either….

Nolan Sturgeon recently shared the details of his family’s trip leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday on RV.Net’s forum. As they maneuvered the back roads from San Diego, California to Colorado Springs, Colorado, they encountered breathtaking locations that included desert plains, wind-carved slot canyons, sun-drenched valleys, and even the blistering snowy landscapes of a national park.

Loaded up with their Wolf Creek truck camper secured by Torklift TRUE frame-mounted Tie Downs and FastGun locking turnbuckles, not only was the family able to safely travel through various terrains, but also endured a variety of weather conditions.

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Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park The Sturgeon family experiences
conditions of ice and snow


When traveling through harsh conditions, the truck and tie down system became weighed down by ice. The truck camper frame-mounted tie downs continued to secure the camper throughout the trip and the Sturgeon’s were able to safely trek onward.

tiedownsiclesTorklift TRUE frame-mounted "Tie Down-sicles"

On RV.Net, Nolan wrote… 

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Well Nolan, you asked for it! Next time the Sturgeons take off on a new adventure with their truck camper, we hope the rubber mallet we sent them will come in handy!

Torklift International is dedicated to finding solutions for our customers. Nolan mentioned the ice added hundreds of pounds. Recently we released our all-new aluminum Talon Tie Downs. They are up to 50% lighter than some of our steel applications, corrosion resistant and just as durable as our steel tie downs.

Check out the aluminum Talon Tie Downs in this video here:  

 

It’s experiences like the Sturgeon’s family vacation that hold such great significance. The ability to explore and discover new places and create memories with loved ones is a part of life we truly value.

Find your adventure. Travel safe…and share your experience with us!

View Nolan’s entire post on RV.Net – the pictures are worth it! 

Part 1 | Part 2 

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We might not have a chocolate waterfall...by Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

 

…We do have a number of engineers who work very hard to build parts.

 

That’s kind of like little green-haired dancing men all dancing in unison and singing a song right?van

 

Okay maybe not!

 

Our engineers have reported to me they are pumping out new parts including tie downs and SuperHitch parts for the 2014/2015 seasons.

 

 I find our testing and fitment process to be very interesting. On a daily basis, new trucks are brought in.

 

Let’s take a walk through what happens to a vehicle when it gets fitted for parts.

 

It pulls into our factory and is lifted onto an enormous hoist. From there a number of engineers, R&D fellas, and welders start to tackle this truck like perfectly coordinated defensive football play.


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One person approaches the overloads to verify the proper StableLoad fit. Another person will take measurements at the hitch installation locations and tie down attachment locations. From there, that person will design a hitch and tie downs that work with the truck frame using only the pre-drilled holes to make for an easier installation. Then comes the Hidden Power battery mount. This attaches directly to the frame underneath the truck bed and provides a spare battery that trickle charges for spare power. This person must determine where exactly the mount will go on the frame and just how many can be installed at one time

 

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It’s so coordinated that multiple parts are fitted onto the truck and that same truck is out the door in a matter of just a few days.

We make it a point to test all fits on every truck we make a part for because we are committed to providing no-drill applications for easy DIY. Can’t argue with that!

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Truck U StableLoad challenge...by Torklift Jen

My ears recently perked-up at the following quote I heard regarding the Torklift StableLoad suspension upgrade product.

 

“This is so easy, you guys should have your wives install it!”  On a scale of one to ten the guys on the TV show Truck U rated it a one.   If you haven’t seen that feature, I will pass it on here:  http://truckutv.com/?p=2379

 

polaroid2Well, I took that as a direct challenge from Bruno and Matt for Torklift Jen to prove their point, save them some hate mail, and also throw that challenge back to anyone interested in a fun and easy DIY suspension upgrade project that addresses sway, sag, and body roll while towing and hauling.

 

The first challenge was taking the product from the box without breaking a nail…, just kidding guys!

 

Really, I set out to follow the instructions as written and let you know what I found for the installation of this product and its feasibility as a project for non-mechanics like me.

 

It was helpful to lay out all of the pieces and determine the directions that the steel plates would face in respect to the truck and practice the order that the hardware will install on the lower leaf spring overloads. Those are the ones that stick out by themselves at the bottom of the spring packs.

 

The truck needed to jacked up about 4-5” by the frame.  This is to provide the required clearance to bolt them on a non-loaded vehicle.

 

polaroid1Vehicles with a ½” hole in the lower overload leaf spring use part # A7310, so I just had to simply put them through the pre-drilled hole that is standard on most trucks.  Some trucks require Part# A7311 and they get specific instructions on how to drill this hole with the special cobalt drill bits.


Then, it was time to put them together.  First of all, determine the number of adjustable stacking wedge plates I would use for filling the maximum space between the lower overload and the rest of the coupled leaf springs.  I also measured the thickness of the lower leaf spring, that would show the number of shim washers I needed to use in this set-up.

With that info ready, I followed the drawing in the instruction book for the order to assemble and secure the StableLoad with the provided hardware.

 

This was all done with a 9/16” wrench and finally tightening the components to 35ft lbs.  I did have to find out what this meant, as my innate sensibilities are not yet in tune with torque by feel.

 

I had done it, one StableLoad down and three more to go on the same way.  I’ll admit I have probably have seen the install videos for these products more than most, but I assure you that it was simple and easy.

 

I bet Bruno and Matt would approve and would be very impressed with my work.  More product info available at: - StableLoads

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