Can I put an extra battery under the hood of my truck?

hiddenpower truckbedInstalling the HiddenPower on a truck!In the 80’s Torklift was installing second batteries underneath the hood of trucks on a daily basis. With lots of room available underneath the hood it was common procedure. Customers wanted the extra batteries as an always charged up ready to go extension of their RV’s battery because the trucks charging system kept the second battery always ready to go.

 

As the auto industry grew more competitive and more technologically advanced the space under the hood became smaller, until there was no space at all. For many of us who engage in outdoor recreation such as off-roading, or haul any type of camper, this was bad news. This meant having to carry several batteries in your car or RV, taking up space that you could use for something else. That is until Torklift released two battery mount options, the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower!

hiddenpowermountThe HiddenPower mounts to the frame of your truckThe HiddenPower
This name gives it all away. This battery mount is installed underneath the vehicle bed and can be used for all types of group 24, 27, and 31 twelve-volt batteries, ranging from lead acid, AGM, sealed, or gel cell.

How does it work?
This mount is no-drill and installs quickly. Adding an extra battery that is tied to your truck’s electrical charging system, will keep the battery charged and ready for use with little to no maintenance. Having an extra battery mounted will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, it will allow you to camp using the battery power without draining the vehicle’s battery when paired with the HiddenPower Wiring Harness. Having this at your convenience will allow you to use your stereo and lights and more, it will save your vehicle from wear and tear that is associated with having to run your vehicle in order to use power, as well as gas. It will also save you from getting a dead battery. This product is backed by a lifetime warranty.

 

The ExtendedPower
The ExtendedPower is the universal battery mount for housing extra truck camper batteries while mounted on any hitch receiver extension, wired or not. It also features locks.

extendedpower trussUse one or two ExtendedPower's for even more battery power!How does it work?
This extra battery mount will allow you to power your accessories without having to turn the truck engine on wasting fuel. It operates just like the HiddenPower. Having an extension on your truck camper’s batteries and depending on the desired location can be easily recharged by solar panels, converters, generators, or truck alternators. These trays bolt directly onto your hitch receiver extension with no drilling required for installation and are adjustable in height. The mounts come with a pin for a quick release allowing the mount to easily disconnect for tear down and storage. The ExtendedPower comes with a group 24 battery box and a lifetime warranty.

The battery mount options Torklift designed have brought back the convenience of accessing power outdoors. Whether you have direct wiring into your electrical system or just easy accessibility to your batteries, we are simplifying so that you can enjoy your experience. The answer to the question that started us off is a no, you can’t really find a spot to put a battery under most new truck hoods, but with these Torklift products you still have options. For more information, you can contact 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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Finding your HiddenPower at The Washington Sportsmen’s Show

Washington Sportmens ShowWashington Sportsmen's Show“Excuse me, pardon me,” you chime as you navigate the show you’ve been waiting all year to attend. Moving quickly with intent, your eyes darting back and forth, scanning each booth. You’re like a kid in a candy store, stopping every time something catches your interest. “Where’s Torklift?” you say to yourself as you continue to search row after row. Don’t fret! The magic number to remember is booth 712.

Join Torklift at the highly anticipated Washington Sportsmen’s Show January 27-31, 2016. Located at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, Washington, the Sportmen’s Show has become the mecca for all outdoorsmen. From wall to wall, sportsmen, hunters and campers alike gather to seek and discover the finest products to assist them in their outdoor adventures. Whether your interests are fishing in serene lakes, camping in exotic locales, hunting mighty beasts or doing plain old work outside, the chances of you finding something to aid your endeavors are high.

As you make your way through the show, you can make out a friendly sight in the distance. You see the word “Torklift” and you’ve been waiting all year to see what innovative products they’ve come up with. When you reach booth 712, Torklift’s HiddenPower battery mount quickly catches your interest.

A HiddenPower Uncovered
Seeing you could always use extra battery power whether for work, hunting or camping trips, you ask a Torklift representative about the hidden battery tray.

You learn that the Torklift HiddenPower battery box is a specially designed and convenient auxiliary under vehicle battery mount for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries such as lead acid, AGM, sealed and gel cell.
Washington Sportmens HiddenPowerOwning a HiddenPower is convenient and installation is simple

You know you could put this battery box to great use. Clearly engineered with convenience in mind, HiddenPower features no drill installations and has a quick disconnect feature for easy access to battery maintenance and service. Not sure where to store an extra battery? The battery mount bolts directly onto the truck’s frame with a hidden location ideal for battery security.

Previously, you’ve often worried about losing power or not having enough of a charge, but as you learn more and more about the HiddenPower’s features, your fears quickly subside. With the HiddenPower, enjoy significantly extended time you can run on your 12-volt systems by keeping them constantly charged. Do you like using electric accessories such as lights, stereos and computers, but dread the fear of running your battery dead by using them without the truck running? By using the HiddenPower Wiring Harness, avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running by having your accessories directly wired into the extra battery. The HiddenPower auxiliary battery is designed to maintain its charge while RVing by becoming an extension of your RV's battery.

The Wiring Harness is sold separately and completes the HiddenPower installation. The sealed Wire Harness helps protect against dirt and moisture and is fused to protect your vehicles electrical system.

See how it works by watching this video:

It’s Show Time!
As the highlighted Torklift International product, the HiddenPower battery box will be exclusively featured at the Washington Sportsmen’s show. So mark your calendar:Washington Sportmens Show Date

Washington Sportsmen’s Show 
January 27th-31st, 2016 
Washington State Fair Events Center

Booth #712

We’ll let you in on a little secret…. The HiddenPower will be 40% off with a special show discount exclusive to Washington Sportsmen’s Show. You must visit our booth to receive the discount code on this unique hidden battery box, so be sure to come by!

Learn more about the Washington Sportsmen’s Show and find details on Torklift International HiddenPower by clicking here. We hope to see you at the show!

 


 

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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Please hold, your call is important to us - The HiddenPower of Torklift’s Customer Service

What’s the hold up? onholdphoneDon’t get caught in an
automated phone system

“Your call is important to us. Please continue to hold while we transfer you to a customer service representative,” the voice over the phone speaks. It was a cold voice. Genderless and completely devoid of emotion, it lacked the warm touch of humanity, the touch that comforts all those who wander the uncanny valley of pre-recorded messages. As the royalty-free tune plays through distorted speakers, you sigh and pinch the bridge of your nose between two fingers.

At Torklift International this will never happen to you. Believe it or not, humans answer our phones.

hiddenpowertomTorklift Ambassador/ Wagon Master Doug Baughman and Tom StrockTom’s Story  
As an attendee from the 2015 Midwest Truck Camper Rally, Tom Strock was the lucky winner of the HiddenPower treasure hunt. His prize? A free Torklift HiddenPower battery box for his 2003 Chevy 2500 truck, of course. Once he received his prize, he opened the box and carefully read the instructions. As he started the installation of the battery box mount, Tom reached an impasse. For this particular part number’s fitment, the instructions had asked him to “locate two half-inch holes in the frame on the driver’s side just ahead of the fuel tank.” However, no such holes existed on his truck. 

 

customerservicekyleTorklift Tech Support is here to help youTom contacted us and our Tech Support team member Kyle answered right away. Working closely with Kyle, Tom recognized that Torklift would do whatever it took to solve the problem at hand. Kyle consulted Torklift’s team of engineers, who was able to troubleshoot and resolve his fitment woes by relocating an appropriate mounting area.

 

“All of this took place within a few hours of my initial call. Talk about great customer service,” writes Tom.

We guided Tom as he drilled the two half inch holes into the truck’s frame, and the rest of the installation went off without a hitch. According to Tom, “The team at Torklift are great people to work with in quickly solving a problem they had not seen before. Now with two group 31 batteries and 105 watts of solar, there should be plenty of easy boon docking in my future.”

No matter what the situation is, Torklift’s Tech Support will do whatever it takes to make sure the customer’s needs are taken care of.

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battery box
The Power of Extra Batteries
The HiddenPower doesn’t just charge batteries. Now Tom can enjoy that extra “jolt” needed to significantly extend the time he can run on his battery system. With the ability to experience stress-free boon docking, the extra battery stays charged and healthy with the HiddenPower wire harness, ready to supply power to his RV with little to no maintenance.


hiddenpower1Battery mount stays hidden
underneath the truck
Another plus? With an extra battery in the HiddenPower, avoid wasting fuel and don’t’ leave your truck running to generate power. Many of us leave the vehicle running so you can use electrical accessories – with HiddenPower, enjoy use of those electrical accessories without running the vehicles engine. Simply hook up your extra battery by mounting it with Torklift’s HiddenPower and installing it’s specially designed wiring harness.

 

The HiddenPower by Torklift International is a convenient and completely concealed under vehicle battery mount for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries, including lead acid, AGM, sealed and gel cell models. It is designed with the user in mind featuring no drill applications that make battery mount installation simple. If you ever run into a snag or have questions, Torklift’s Tech Support is ready and willing to walk you through any installation.

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Whether you need an extra battery mount for a Chevy, Dodge RAM or Ford truck, HiddenPower provides you with the power you need for any task.

Other features of the HiddenPower system include:

• 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

Harness your power
Don’t forget about the battery isolating Hidden Power Wiring Harness, either. While sold separately, the battery wiring harness completes the HiddenPower installation for trucks that do not have a factory installed battery isolation system. With a universal design that works with any HiddenPower part number or fitment, this connection is necessary to make the extra battery act as an extension of your RV battery.

This special HiddenPower Wiring Harness prevents your vehicle’s battery from being drained. The vehicle battery and extra battery feed off of each other. The battery within the HiddenPower battery box mount keeps constantly charged by your truck’s charging system and vice versa. With the ability to detach quickly via a quick disconnect plug for servicing, the wiring harness works with all batteries and is even fused to protect your vehicles electrical system. In addition, the Wire Harness is sealed to prevent damage caused by dirt and moisture, ensuring longer lasting wiring for batteries.

Watch this video to see how the special battery isolating HiddenPower and HiddenPower Wiring Harness provides the extra power you need:

Harness up the HiddenPower and enjoy the convenience of staying charged at all times. To purchase the HiddenPower, locate a dealer near you.

 


 

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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Extend your camping trip with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts

hiddenpower1Hidden on the frame of your truck

Going on long camping trips in your truck camper are incredibly exciting. But, even though you’re going on a long trip, it doesn’t mean you can’t have access to power the entire time. Imagine how much longer you can stay on your camping trip if you only had installed an extra battery. Don’t be forced into cutting your trip short. Instead of running out of battery power in the middle of your camping trip, consider bringing along extra batteries with Torklift’s HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts.

HiddenPower
HP-boxWhen you go on a long camping trip, every inch of space matters. All of the items and gear that you are bringing with you are crucial for a successful trip. Instead of wasting space on extra batteries to power your camper, floodlights and electronic accessories, use the HiddenPower battery storage instead.

Left Image: What’s in the box? HiddenPower!

 

Here’s what forum user Blanco1 had to say about the HiddenPower battery mount:

“What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck, saving me what limited space I have above.”
                            -Blanco1

HiddenPower-partsThe HiddenPower unwrapped

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Instead of taking up precious space in the truck or camper, Blanco1 can now install and mount an extra battery in the HiddenPower storage box underneath his truck. Securely attached directly on his truck’s frame, the HiddenPower battery mount is a no drill installation.

 

As an added bonus, hook up the HiddenPower Wire Harness allowing the HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your truck or RV battery. The extra battery is now tied to your electrical system, always charging the battery within the HiddenPower battery box and vice versa. This helps to prevent your vehicle from being drained and keeps your rig always ready to go RVing and camping.

HP-wire harnessHiddenPower Wire Harness accessoryAs you can see to the right, Blanco1 has the HiddenPower Wire Harness. He’ll “always know what battery is the bad one” but won’t have to worry by running his batteries together as backup should one fail. The HiddenPower Wire Harness allows connection to the hidden battery beneath your truck frame to the truck’s main battery. This keeps the battery within the HiddenPower mount charging while the vehicle is running, giving you extra power at all times. Simply turn your ignition to auxiliary and your HiddenPower spare battery kicks in, without having to run your engine.

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How the HiddenPower Wire Harness works

ExtendedPower
To further help increase your battery power while camping, another great product to consider is the ExtendedPower battery mount, especially if you are towing with an extension. The ExtendedPower battery tray is a universal mount for extra RV batteries that’s specially designed to attach easily to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so extra batteries can charge automatically by your truck’s alternator. Instead of wasting fuel by leaving your truck engine running, plug in the ExtendPower batteries and enjoy the use of electrical accessories such as computers, lights, chargers and stereos.extendedpower1Bring multiple batteries
with you on your trip

Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

• Height adjustable and lockable
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter, etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill / easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Equipped with spare batteries within the HiddenPower and ExtendedPower, you have the ability to go to camping spots in the desert or mountains without worrying about running out of power. If you’re camping at a campground that limits the times you’re allowed to run your generator, use these products to be sure you’re always powered up when not connected to electricity or shore power station.

If you have any questions about the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower, contact us at 800-246-8132 or message us here.

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