Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler!
I was surprised to find out that my innocent looking propane tank and auxiliary battery can live out a sordid existence in the wrong hands.
I guess I thought that theft of these items would be due to someone who needed to BBQ more than me or maybe he/she had unfortunately left their headlights on somewhere.
But no, these items are being targeted for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine and other drugs.
They are an easy target on RVs, because of the vacancy and remote storage of some units and convenience of the items exposed.
These thefts and associated tampering can cause hundreds of dollars in damage and costly repairs due to cut wiring and the not so careful removal of your possessions. You can keep a step ahead of the bad guys and break the chain of these crimes, without anymore broken and cut chains. Torklift has made specific products for thwarting these kinds of thefts and keeping your possessions safe under lock and key.
The Fortress GasLock is the first of its kind propane tank lock that allows your tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs.
The PowerArmor locking battery box series is a great looking addition to your RV-set-up and can be used to secure other valuable items as well.
HiddenPower is an under-bed battery mount. Hidden from theft; your extra battery is mounted in a stealth location under the bed and conveniently accessible for extra power when needed.
These and other security minded products are available to keep your investments safe. See our website for the full line of lockable products.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler!
“Go find the Mountain Man.” That term was used to describe Casey Cotter, our lead engineer, and master behind so many of Torklift’s innovations.
He’s the real deal, and can be found on weekends out in nature thinking up brilliant ideas to make camping easy and possible for people like me.
Where he could “MacGuyver” an instant wiring fix to keep the batteries charged all night, I need a plug in harness and hopefully a switch labeled boldly off and on.
Where I think it would be genius to use duct tape for an easy fix. He can engineer real lab tested performance solutions to everyday camping needs and problems.
Where he could survive on the land for days, I panic if all the fixin’s for s’mores aren’t in the cooler.
Where he could have made Eagle Scout, I quit the Brownie troop when I learned it wasn’t all about the chocolatey treat.
Where he could tell you if your GAWR is in line with your GVWR and your GCVWR is within your GTWR and GVWR, and your TW better not be over 10% of your GTW and you’re gonna need WD. I would say, “That’s a big RV.”
Casey can directly answer the, “call of the wild,” where my call needs operator assistance and sometimes goes to voice mail.
I can learn a lot from Casey Cotter.
Oh no, he is wearing his camouflage hat again, I think he sees me coming for some more advice.
Casey’s Torklift invention of choice: StableLoads suspension upgrade
I have a valid fear the unknown when it has to do with backing up the truck and camper.
When I’m out there solo and I don’t have a crew of marshallers guiding me in like a 747, I need to rely on technology.
So, I am trying to build a case for a new investment in a back up camera system for “Big Red” the F-350 and camper set-up.
Who knows what goes on back there?
But, it must be pretty exciting because they made a full feature movie about it called the “Blind Side.”
I’ve done my research and I know that comparable systems and solutions may be less expensive.
But I’m skeptical with names and features like the “Backseat Driver Camera,” “The I Told You So Alert,” or the camera app. that links right to your insurance company.
I’m a careful driver, so I’m sure my footage will not be a “hit”. Sorry…
I’ll keep gathering my data for the best system and keep you posted. So, if you’re hearing the “Beep, Beep, Beep” of a truck backing up be cautious, as that truck may be doing research for the movie sequel “The Blind Side2.”
I imagine boondocking will be a camping experience like this.
I pull into the most picturesque, secluded camping spot I can find. Through the deep, dark woods right on the edge of the lake. But, something seems just too perfect about it. Come to think of it, I hadn’t passed another vehicle for miles.
Oh well, I enjoy my afternoon of exploring and as I return to the camper at dusk, I notice I have a neighbor.
The cutest little couple comes out of their trailer to greet me.
They are just so friendly. They go on and on chatting about the history of the area and stories of their travels.
“Did you know they have been camping together for well over 50 years? “
They are so nice, so very, very nice.
The couple invites me over for games. They invite me for dinner. However, I notice a strange glance and giggles between them throughout these offers of hospitality. They still act like newlyweds, how sweet.
I think, “How did they survive out here in the middle of nowhere, out in the boondocks, for so long? “
Wait a minute, wait A MINUTE!
“They want to have ME for dinner!”
I excuse myself back the camper in hurry.
Suddenly, I feel a sharp tap on my shoulder.
Oh, it was just them again.
They remind me to turn my lights down as there are no hookups here.
WHHHHHAAAA!!!! AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! The horror, the humanity! No hookups!
Boondocking means camping without hookups.
Have no fear- with HiddenPower you can keep the lights on all night. http://www.torklift.com/products/hiddenpower.php
Camping is great fun for the whole family. Including the four-legged ones.
So, it was time to let Ivy, my cat, enjoy the freedom of truck camping and a new second home on wheels. Why not?
Dogs love to swim, explore all the new smells of the great outdoors, sneaking dropped camping goodies, and the thrill of hunting big game, even if it is just chasing a chipmunk.
Her eyes became as wide as saucers and she was all claws, my otherwise docile kitty quickly showed me who was boss. She obviously didn’t appreciate the safety and comfort I was able to provide for her in a camper.
She lived up to the name “Poison Ivy” as in something that you get while camping and never want to be exposed to it again. I left her home to reign over her own little kingdom, maybe it’s not too late to rent a dog for the weekend.
Safe Step: Step riser guard panels protect pets from falling and “see through” anxiety on scissor steps. http://www.torklift.com/products/safestep.php
I’m not referring to basketball.
Fishing this weekend netted me a big zero on my state angler’s punch card. So, I had some time to think about what the word “net “really means.
Net, a device to entrap fish and also a financial term that means what you get to keep.
So, in terms of netting nothing, maybe I’m more of a philanthropic fisherman. I can take pride in the catch and release, giving back what I get.
It can be said what I netted is “gross.” I caught some weeds, a slimy stick and an old lure someone else had snagged.
A wise man told me never make my living from fishing, he was my net “prophet.”
There is no wi-fi out here for my iPad, I’m at a net loss.
Like my boat, I’m starting to drift, so I’ll stop now before my lines get too deep.
Luckily, the flexibility of the camper allows me to pack-up quickly and move to a more promising location or snag a guaranteed Filet-O-Fish on the way back through town.
Here is a great product to get your boat trailer to your favorite fishing spot: http://www.torklift.com/products/supertruss.php
Rain is no excuse to postpone a camping trip.
It is inevitable for people living in the Northwest, so here are some hints for looking on the bright side and thinking about all the great things about camping in the rain.
1. The wet dog smell- A familiar fragrance in the NW, popular on canines and humans.
2. The relaxing sound of pitter patter- The soundtrack of the Northwest, they make meditation music of this stuff.
3. Slugs- They are kind of cute and can make good fishing bait.
4. Keeps the risk of forest fires down- Smokey the Bear love us soggy people.
5. At least it is not snow- Cold weather camping can be fun with the right gear, but when it’s summer, that’s a bummer.
6. Games and conversation time- Time to concentrate on the people around us.
8. I’ll get back to you
9. Still thinking
10. A truck camper- a new found refuge.
Looking back to my humble beginnings of truck camping there were many learning opportunities and tips that I should have picked-up on in regard to all this truck camping stuff.
I am reminded that all I really needed to know about truck camping, I learned in kindergarten.
Like coloring, stay between the lines on the highway and go a little crazy when you’re off road.
Don’t run with scissors, but it’s okay to run up a sturdy set of scissor steps.
If you got bad suspension you were in some heavy-duty trouble and you were going to be in a world of hurt when you got home from school. Now with good suspension you can carry a heavy load home and not feel a thing.
Kissing a toad will not result in a prince charming and will result in me looking very silly kissing my little tow behind car.
I learned that if you tie your toy truck bumper to a string attached to your bike and take off down the driveway, the bumper will get pulled off the truck and the part will end up in your baby brother’s mouth and then you’re in a heap of trouble from mom. The worst! Frame-mounted tie downs are always best.
Pick up your toys and someday your toys will be pickups.
Training wheels are not for babies. They were just good practice for driving my dually Ford F350.
Time-out is a good thing if you’re prepared with your best toys and can sit and enjoy the quiet.
I think I’ve got all these new concepts down now and can put them to good use as I grow into “Torklift Jen”.
True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs- Stay snug to your foundation.
I experiment with Torklift products and take them out in the real world with a uniquely “Torklift Jen” perspective. Some people say I’m like an action figure All I need is a cape!
What is the “Torklift Jen” perspective you ask?
Well, I get lots of advice during my work week on what to do, and most importantly what NOT to do by some of the best in the industry. I look forward to sharing what I learn and passing on what I find about new products, engineering information and technical advice.
Just as a preview, you’ll find out what it’s like for little ole’ me to drive a giant truck!
I will check-in from the roads traveled with the people I meet while wearing my “Torklift Jen” hat.
Let me know if you have any great ideas and what makes your off time work for you.