What is the best way to store a camper outside?

Whether you are returning to your home after some fun summer camping trips for the winter, or preparing for a winter camping journey – it’s essential to make sure your truck camper has proper support. Without proper support it could not only cause stress on the truck camper frame, but also cause major structural damage. Knowing that you need some type of support during storage – you’ll want to learn what your options are. 

 
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Camper PackerSafety is something you never want to compromise. When you travel to different campgrounds and locations with your truck camper, you should prepare to experience various wind speeds and other side effects from inclement weather that could make your camper sway and unstable, along with normal usage like walking from the bedroom to the bathroom.  You want to be able to rely on something that is incredibly strong and stable that doesn’t have the potential of collapsing underneath your truck camper after a big wind gust. Without proper support, you not only risk sustaining jack or frame damage but also jeopardizing your safety by it tipping over. Wind isn’t the only contributing factor to truck camper instability. Simply moving throughout your camper can cause an uneven distribution of weight that leads to damage or tipping. While your camper is in long-term storage, it’s just sitting and settling. Over time the floor can begin to dip inward due to the weight and age of the camper. 
 
While there are plenty of ways to help instability of your truck camper - we have the best way to stabilize and prevent this! The only way to ensureboth the integrity of your truck camper and your safety is by using the proper structural support – the Camper Packer storage stands.
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What is the Camper Packer?
Torklift has designed truck camper structural support stands to accommodate your long-term storage needs. The Camper Packer maintains your truck camper’s structure by eliminating frame damage and jack twisting. The twist and pressure on jacks could cause you hundreds of dollars in repair damages. Rather, when you distribute the weight amongst the sawhorse style structure, it minimizes sway and lifts the weight off the four corners reducing the amount of stress on the frame and saves you money in potential repairs you can now avoid. 
 
Camper Packer3The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during long term storage. Unlike the standard hardware store sawhorse stands, it’s composed of 50-inches side-to-side of special treated lumber to endure harsh weather and folds up for compact storage when not in use. These truck camper storage stands are the best option since they can handle twelve times the weight capacity of the typical sawhorses at 6,000 pounds per pair. By lowering your truck camper onto the Camper Packer you’ll achieve stable support. Once installed for your storage needs, you avoid damage to your camper so when you pick it up in the spring for your first camping trip, it is in the exact same condition as when you put it into storage. 
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If you already have lumber that you’d prefer to use – the Camper Packer is also available with just brackets and hardware (without lumber).  
 
The Camper Packer is made in the USA and comes with a five-year warranty. For questions or more information regarding the Camper packer contact us 800. 246.8132 or visit our website torklift.com.
 

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Written 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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Top three things you need to consider before storing your truck camper after the camping season

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As the camping season comes to a close, it’s time to think about storing your truck camper for winter. Three things to consider when preparing your truck camper for storage is: having proper long term storage for your truck camper, a spare battery that is stored safely and regular care and upkeep of your tie downs through the winter.

No. 1: What do I need to support my truck camper for long term storage?

Item No. 1 you need for winter storage is something to store your truck camper on. Torklift has designed a product called the Camper Packer. The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during long term storage. It’s 50 inches side-to-side, folds up for compact storage and is made of a special treated lumber to endure harsh weather. The Camper Packer is the best option for long term storage as it allows you to lower your truck camper and reduces stress on the camper jacks. It can bear 12 times the weight capacity of the typical sawhorse at 6,000 pounds per pair. Having stable support with the Camper Packer properly installed will allow you to prevent your truck camper jacks from twisting and causing damage to the camper frame. Distributing the weight throughout the camper minimizes sway and reduces the stress from the four corners and the frame. The Camper Packer is made in the USA and comes with a five-year warranty.

No. 2: How do I store batteries during the off season?HP2

Another part of storage to consider is your extra batteries. Where will they go? Certainly, not in the garage for the entire winter – potentially damaging your flooring and increasing the chances your battery will suffer from the effects of sulfation. Torklift has an auxiliary battery mount box called the HiddenPower. The HiddenPower allows you to have extra battery power for your RV from your truck, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems.

The HiddenPower battery mount installs 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. This mount is no-drill and installs quickly. Keeping your spare battery mounted underneath your truck will keep the battery charged and ready for next season with little to no maintenance. An added bonus? The HiddenPower is designed to maintain its charge by being wired into the truck battery, essentially becoming an extension of your RV’s battery power when it’s plugged into your truck. It will keep your vehicle’s battery charged and healthy too!

Features of the HiddenPower include:

Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos,
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Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
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
Kit Includes:
Frame mount bracket
Group 24 to 31 battery box
Installation hardware

No. 3: How can I protect my tie downs and other towing products?HP4

In order to keep tie downs and towing products in the best shape they require some maintenance and upkeep – especially during the off season. One great way to protect your investment is by using our Tie Down Finishing Kit – which inserts into the frame-mounted portion of your tie down to prevent water, salt and chemicals from getting inside the tubing.

Many states use corrosive salts and chemicals on the road to treat for ice and snow, which can affect the finish on your tie downs since they are the parts closest to the ground. On a regular basis, you will want to hose down equipment to avoid corrosion. If you do notice signs of rust or corrosion, the best way to take preventative measures is to remove the rust with sandpaper or wire brush, and spray Rust-Oleum on the effected parts.

For more information on any of these products contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website here. To purchase one of the products mentioned above, such as the truck camper storage stands or an under battery vehicle mount, click here to locate one of our Certified Dealers near you.

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Written 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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“Brace” Yourself For A Creative Torklift Mod

Increase camper comfort by eliminating camper movementHave you ever made something or started a project and saw that as you were working on it or once it was finished, it could be used for so much more than what you intended? Doesn't it feel delightful and rewarding? Recently we ran into this same scenario with one of our products.

Originally designed to prevent camper wobble when storing a camper, we thought that the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper only had certain purposes: prevent camper movement by adding support and connecting between the front camper jack legs and the camper body and prevent theft of a camper by locking the FastGun Wobble Stopper while you're gone.

Turns out, there's another purpose to using the FastGun Wobble Stopper to prevent camper sway! Read below to learn how RV.net forum user Anutami, aka Nolan Sturgeon, uses his Wobble Stoppers:

Picture2"The only thing on the rear bike rack is the rocking movement as you hit bumps on the road. This is how I resolved the rack from bouncing up and down on all the potholes. I use my Torklift [FastGun] Wobble Stopper. Torklift may have a new arena to sell their products as this virtually eliminates the bike rack from any movement while driving." – Anutami, Rv.net

Wow! That is truly a unique way to use a part that was intended for truck camping. With out of the box and ingenious thinking, Nolan was able to retrofit the FastGun Wobble Stopper camper stabilizer bars to stabilize his bike rack. We reached out to him for more information and in an email to our Content Coordinator, Nolan states that:

Picture1"Although I have not yet installed the [FastGun] Wobble Stoppers yet I have found a very good use for one of them.  One problem with rear bike racks is the movement that happens to them while traveling causing the bikes to slap against one another.  I found using a [FastGun] Wobble Stopper connected to my rear hitch virtually eliminates the bike rack from moving around while traveling all the miles that we do." – Nolan

After installing the FastGun Wobble Stopper with his unique use of them?

"Before I installed the [FastGun] Wobble Stopper I would cringe every time I hit a dip in the road as the carrier would fly up and slap hard back down.  The FastGun Wobble Stopper is so easy to remove when I am ready to deploy my swing away bike rack." - Nolan

We'll certainly take your idea into consideration Nolan and see if we can break into the bike rack industry! Thank you for sharing your story and fantastic family photos! Until we can become breakout stars in the bike rack industry, if you're planning on using the Wobble Stopper with your truck camper storage or have another creative way of using it, here are some FastGun Wobble Stopper Features:

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• Dramatically reduces camper jack and frame stress avoiding costly jack failure and camper frame damage
• Prevents camper movement and theft when offloaded from your vehicle
• Simple quick disconnect handle uses FastGun technology for easy disconnect and adjustment in seconds (FastGun Wobble Stopper Only)
• Easy DIY bolt on installation for all round and square jack applications
• Stores to camper jacks
• Lockable, keyed-alike locks included (FastGun Wobble Stopper Only)
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
• High impact powder coat white
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA 

Fastgun Wobble stopper square jack application

If you're interested in winterizing a truck camper and using the FastGun Wobble Stopper camper stabilizer from Torklift International or reducing camper frame stress, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you here. To contact us for more information, reach us at: support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132. We are more than happy to help you.

 

 

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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7 offers you can’t afford to miss for safeguarding your RV this winter

Safeguard your Camper with these Winter Rebates
The time has come to ready your RV for the off-season. You’ve had a nice year together—exploring the streets of brightly lit cities, spending long nights under canopies of evergreen forests, camping along sandy beaches—but winter is fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about storage and theft prevention.

winterProtect your RV this winter seasonWe understand if storing an RV during the off-season causes a little added stress. As the winter whistle starts to blow, it not only brings rain, snow and ice but also increased theft. This year, as you prepare your truck camper or trailer for its winter hibernation, there’s no need to worry—Torklift International has you covered with the latest RV storage and camper security products, including a locking battery box, a locking cargo carrier, a lock for LP tanks and more.

Don’t delay—these winterization rebates expire on December 11th!

7 Offers You Can’t Afford to Miss

fortress-gaslockFortress GasLock1) Fortress GasLock – Propane Tank Security
Torklift is offering $10 off the Fortress GasLock, a propane tank lock that could save you over $500 in damages related to propane tank theft and cut lines. This nifty lock allows tanks to be secured when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs. It’s the only propane tank lock in the industry and it works hard to protect your propane tanks from prowlers.

power-lockFortress PowerLock2) Fortress PowerLock – Locking Shore Power Latch
The Fortress PowerLock covers the RV shore power cord access door and protects power cords from being stolen. As the price for copper increases, the risk of stolen power cords also grows. This easily installable locking shore power latch can help prevent the risk of cut power cords. Torklift is offering a $10 factory rebate on the Fortress Power Lock—a product that can save you over $300.

3) PowerArmor – Locking Battery Storage
Battery theft is increasingly common and very expensive—damages total up to $800. With the PowerArmor locking battery box you’ll never need to worry about your camper batteries again. The PowerArmor battery box has the dual purpose of securing expensive batteries and providing additional storage space for your gear. Not only that, but the solar option maintains the life of your battery up to 400%. The PowerArmor box is $30 off with Torklift’s winterization rebate.

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PowerArmor Solar battery storage box

generator-trayLock and Load generator tray4) Lock and Load – Locking Cargo Carrier
You wouldn’t leave valuables unprotected in the front yard, so why leave prized RV accessories vulnerable? Stolen generators generate megabucks for thieves, while costing you around $1,800. The Lock and Load is a maximum-security generator tray that is great for protecting all of your big-item valuables—generators, camping gear, toolboxes and more. The Lock and Load also allows you to lock, store and run your generator simultaneously. Torklift’s rebate can save you $30 on this locking cargo tray.

 

camper-stabilizer5) FastGun Wobble Stopper – Camper Stabilizer
The Torklift rebate offer can save you $20 on the FastGun Wobble Stopper. Not only does the FastGun Wobble Stopper prevent theft, but it also reduces camper jack and frame stress. This decreases the risk of jack failure and frame damage—saving thousands if you had to repair your camper frame. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is simple to use and features FastGun technology to make adjustments and disconnects a breeze.

 

6) HiddenPower – Under Vehicle Battery Mount
 battery-mountTorklift HiddenPowerNot only does the HiddenPower battery mount keep your batteries out of sight—you’ll also never lack for an extra RV battery. Additional HiddenPower battery is kept charged by your trucks charging system batteries are simply mounted under your truck bed. Now you can even power your RV or other accessories without turning on the ignition—just wire them directly into the extra battery. Torklift is offering a $20 factory rebate when you purchase the HiddenPower battery mount.

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7) Camper Packer – Camper Storage Stands
You’ll definitely want to keep your camper steady while it’s off the truck. Don’t forget to consider the Camper Packer storage stands for your long-term storage needs. These 6,000 lb. capacity camper storage stands dramatically reduce stress to your camper jacks and frame. Torklift’s rebate offer will save you an additional $10 as your prepare to store your camper for the off-season.

 

Save Big this Winter
Theft isn’t cheap. That’s why we want you to take full advantage of Torklift International’s winterization rebates and save between $10 and $30 on select camper storage or RV security products. When winter comes to an end and you’re back on the trail with your camper, we know you’ll be glad you did.

LAST CHANCE! Protect yourself this winter — access Torklift rebate offers by clicking here.


 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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