The Ultimate in GlowStep Revolution Fan Mail!

For a while now, we’ve been sharing with you some of our favorite fan mail that we get, which we’ve published here and here. Recently, we had a friend of ours send in the ultimate fan mail letter, and we just had to share with you. Read below to learn all about Steve Thune and his new steps.

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“I should begin by first stating that I was not asked to write a review of Torklift’s GlowStep Revolution, but the product is a significant enough change to my RV that it must be done!

My family and I currently own a 2016 Mallard M32 travel trailer. This is our fifth camper and it was a downsizing from our last travel trailer. We didn’t go on any long trips with it last year, but in our history of camping we have managed to pull a travel trailer pretty much from one coast to the other. The Mallard has met all of our expectations, if not exceeding them. The only complaint we consistently had was how high off the ground (even on level ground) the first step into the trailer was at both doors. This consistently presented issues for each family member, including our dog and extended family. We dealt with it by purchasing two of those exercise steps that can be slightly adjusted for height. That worked – sort of.

Steve Thune Blog 2To find out what we could do about it, or what others were doing, I joined in on forum discussions – starting with a forum where other Mallard owners were active. I asked a simple question and was introduced to the GlowStep Revolution. Not convinced, but still impressed with the design, I engaged in continued conversations and went to YouTube to further research.

Our GlowStep Revolution arrived in early Iowa spring. It sat in my garage for almost ten days before I could get my camper home and install them (again, Iowa spring). The installation went very well and while I did attempt to do it myself, my wife was called in to help. I decided to not remove the steps from their framed box and to simply install it all at once. In reflection, if I were to do it again, I would have an assistant from the start, or I would follow the optional directions for a single person install.

Steve Thune Blog 3The steps have been on our camper for the past two or three weeks and we were finally able to get the camper out and use them at a local park. GlowStep Revolution trailer steps are, in a word, amazing.

Since acquiring the Mallard we have found ourselves almost exclusively using the ‘back’ door, the door into the restroom. That door is very convenient, and helps to keep the overall warmth or coolness of the camper from going straight out the door. After using the GlowStep Revolution, we have discovered that we are not using that back door much, if at all. In fact, we want another set of the steps for this door now!

The performance of the steps is spot on. Initially the art of deploying, adjusting, and storing takes some practice. Not to imply it is difficult, it isn’t – there are just steps you need to take and you need to do them in order. Once you have that down, the process becomes second nature. On initial set up we have found them to be slight bit ‘creaky’ with respect to noise. Once you have walked up them once everything settles into place and have never heard any further noise. If you need to adjust them for height, you have options. So far I have started with lowering the top step first and then repositioning the bottom legs second. Each is easy to do, especially with a bit of initial practice.

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The solid platform of each step seems to give each family member a more confident footing. The step platform did greatly impact the confidence and ease at which our golden retriever enters and exits the camper! We are even experimenting with the RV carpet for steps on the first two of our four-step system. It doesn’t cover the glow feature and has so far worked well, giving us two steps to kind of wipe our feet before entering. The consistent spacing of the step’s rise and run also makes entering and exiting much less labor intensive for those of us with bad knees and especially for my mother who also has an artificial hip.

Camper rock when entering and exiting has almost been eliminated. This is a huge bonus and directly impacts comfort, especially if you have at least one camping family member that is a night owl – coming in after others are settled into bed. 

Steve Thune Blog 5Communication with Torklift has been outstanding. In truth, I have only corresponded with one person. Kerstin has been supportive, helpful, and has responded to all inquiries in a timely manner. If she represents their typical employee, this company understands that out of all the resources it may need – the human one is the most important.

In summary, the GlowStep Revolution in my opinion, should be the industry standard on any camper. They improve step safety, all but eliminate camper rock (also that diving board effect), and can be adjusted quickly to meet each new camping situation. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, I would put them at a 9.5. The deduction of .5 for the slight learning curve (not really avoidable)!"

 

Thanks for the wonderful review Steve! We are so happy to hear you love your steps. Remember – we’re always here to answer your questions about these upgraded trailer steps by either calling us at 800-246-8132 or by emailing us at support@torklift.com, we’d love to get you set up with a set of your own GlowStep Revolution steps for your trailer! Until the next piece of fan mail friends…

Take a look at the GlowStep Revolution Challenge:

 

 

Written by Steve Thune:
Steve Thune is located in Waterloo, Iowa and is a veteran of the Waterloo Iowa Community School District. He has worked 20 years as a teacher in elementary and middle school, as well as a 8 years as a school principal. He has a wonderful family and is an avid camper who absolutely hates paying for a hotel when camping could be, and should be an option. 

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Rising above: GlowStep Goodies of a Torklift Fan

“I'm sure there is a clinic for my addiction, but their products are irresistible.” - Bedlam, Rv.net

GlowStep-ProfileGlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear
on Bedlam’s rig
While there’s no clinic for loving Torklift products, we’re certainly happy that they’re irresistible! Forum user known as ‘Bedlam’ on Rv.net and other online communities is an amazing ambassador and wonderful friend of Torklift. When Bedlam bought a new flatbed truck to haul his truck camper, he wanted to keep his Torklift GlowStep application. Since the truck camper now sat much higher, even the maximum size available for a GlowStep camper step application fell shy of reaching these heights.

Customer satisfaction is held at a high standard here at Torklift International and we want our loyal customers to always rely on us for their RV accessories. With this in mind, we approached our engineers to come up with a GlowStep system that tackled the challenge of Bedlam’s unique application. Bedlam’s new camper step system has 7 steps that are 8” deep to provide safety and stability over a larger clearance, which works perfectly with his GlowGuide Handrail. Bedlam lovingly refers to these custom RV steps as the “GlowStep Magnum.”

ATLG-UnwrappedAll Terrain Landing Gear

That’s not all that Bedlam has! Recently Bedlam attached the All Terrain Landing Gear for leveling on the feet of the “GlowStepMagnum.” The adjustable RV step leveling feet can be added to most scissor step applications or any GlowStep system.

The All Terrain Landing Gear is included in the new GlowStep Revolution system for trailer and towables.

As you can see below, Bedlam has documented the step-by-step process of adding the All Terrain Landing Gear to his current GlowStep scissor steps. Now with the adjustable feet, Bedlam can use it on any type of uneven terrain to achieve a level and stable step system.

Scissor-Step-CollapsedTraditional aluminum GlowSteps
have a sturdy bar across the bottom
 Leveling-FeetThe added All Terrain
Landing Gear allow for
adjustment and leveling

 “I added the All Terrain Landing Gear to my GlowSteps. Not only will it even out uneven ground, it allows for fine height adjustment if your setup measures between steps.”
                                               -Bedlam

GlowStep-SafeStepSafeSteps on the
GlowStep Magnum
Not only is the All Terrain Landing Gear a significant feature anyone can apply to their GlowSteps, but there are also several additional accessories that create a customized RV step system that provides optimum stability for you.

All Terrain Landing Gear
Safe Step
GlowGuide Handrail
Dirt Destoyer

 As pictured on the left, Bedlam decided to add the SafeStep pet barrier to his step system while attending a recent rally in the Colorado Springs. Even only halfway completed, his steps are looking great! Upon seeing that he was short a set of SafeStep pet barrier panels, we decided to send him a set to close up the remaining gaps on his step system.

The SafeStep is a vertical barrier that closes the gap between steps to helps ease any level of intimidation for pets or small children and also help prevent any potential of falling or sliding through the gaps. The SafeStep is easy to remove and made with durable velcro attachments, but removal is not necessary to collapse and store the camper steps.

Here at Torklift International, we enjoy and value the stories and experiences of our customers that frequently use our products. Click here to read Bedlam’s full report.

Learn more about the GlowStep Series here or find where you can buy Torklift products by locating a dealer near 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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Torklift International and the Case of the Talon Tie Downs

Linda-with-fishLinda Pruitt, showing off her latest catchOne of our favorite things at Torklift International is hearing stories and questions from our customers. A few weeks ago, we got a message from our great friend Linda Pruitt. She was concerned about the fit of the rear tie-downs on her Torklift SuperHitch.

In her own words:

“Its a 2006 dodge RAM dually, long bed, all original equipment with a Torklift SuperHitch. The new tie-downs can't get enough clearance to bolt in to the pattern on hitch.”

Well, here at Torklift we love our customers and being able to do whatever we can for them to make sure that they can use our products and are happy with our customer service. So we began our detective case: The Case of the Talon Tie Downs.

Research Time
We had already challenged our engineers to develop an ultra-high performance tie down that meets and overcomes the toughest demands of adventurers. So, we decided to challenge them again. We took Linda’s questions to our engineering department. After a bit of time and lots of coffee, they were able to design and create new Talon Tie Down brackets to make sure that the Talons could fit her 2006 Dodge RAM Laramie 3500 without a problem.

Case Solved

pruitt-tc-and-trailerLinda's 2006 Dodge RAM Laramie 3500 and trailer

“We really like the Talons and can't wait to install them.”
                   -Linda Pruitt

Well, the wait is over! Once the new brackets were created, we sent them to Linda so she could get her camper attached to her truck and go on her way. Linda received her new brackets and here are the final results. Case solved! Check out how great they look. Linda is now ready for whatever her next adventure will throw her way.

pruitt-talon-tie-downsSpecially designed brackets                        Talon Tie Downs, looking great

“Yea buddy!!! The new re-designed mounts fit like a glove! It is so nice when a company stands behind their product and gets it right. Fishing and camping trip coming up REAL soon!”
                  -Linda Pruitt

We hope Linda has fun on her next big adventure! We are looking forward to hearing more truck camper stories and seeing how the Talon Tie Downs and SuperHitch work out for Linda.

pruitt-truck-with-talonsReady for an adventure

True to their name, Talon Camper Tie Downs are always ready to get you to where you’re going while keeping your family, truck and camper safe. Below are some great features of our Talon Camper Tie Downs:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Talon Tie Downs or other Torklift International products.

 


 

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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