Do I need a sled deck? 

While truck campers are the most common use for our tie downs and turnbuckles, a truck camper is not the only useful application you can use them for. A great example of something else you can use tie downs and turnbuckles for are truck bed sled decks! 

Check out their entire set up with the sled deck fully loaded and travel trailerPhoto Credit: Coty Built. Check out their entire set up with the sled deck fully loaded and travel trailer.

Sled decks are incredibly convenient for hauling recreational equipment without having to set up a towing system and trailer. It’s also a useful application if you want to tow a travel trailer, boat trailer, horse trailer, etc., while bringing along extra toys like snowmobiles, Jeeps, ATVs and more. 

Coty Built 2These truck decks are installed in the bed of your truck which means you’ll have to make sure that your truck is able to handle the amount of weight that you’re going to be loading into the bed. On average and depending on what kind of truck sled deck you purchase. You can refer to your Owner’s Manual on how much capacity your truck can handle.

 


What do I need to hold down my cargo? 
Now that you know the basics of what a sled bed or sled deck is, it’s good to know the gear you’ll need in order to make sure that it, and your cargo stays securely attached to your truck. Coty Built, a company in British Columbia that does custom work on Jeeps, recently shared their sled deck photos with us. Who do they trust most with the safety of their expensive rigs? Torklift of course! 

“Without your products, this system would not work! Twenty thousand miles towed so far without any sway or issues!” 

-Coty Built

So, what product does Coty Built use to haul their Jeep and sled deck? 


1. FastGun Turnbuckle
FastGunThese stainless steel turnbuckles come in sets of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. What does that mean? It means that you can quickly determine the correct tension needed to hold down your deck. Manufacturer recommended tension is 300 pounds to be applied for securing the deck properly. 

The number one selling turnbuckle in the world, the FastGun only takes seconds to install and remove, making them exceptionally quick and convenient. This is due to the quick-release handle that allows for easy, tool-free adjustment. 


2. Tie Downs
tdtbWhen it comes to Torklift tie downs, you won’t find anything stronger! The patented design incorporates four independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame. This dramatically improves stability and handling while you’re hauling your sled deck and accessories. 


These tie downs are engineered to provide safety, security and stability while on the road. They are designed to fit tight and secure to your truck frame with no loss of ground clearance. 



The FastGun turnbuckles and Torklift tie downs also come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. When used with our tie downs with any of our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles, including the FastGuns, we also warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer’s warranty. 


For questions about setting up your snowmobile truck deck, Jeep truck deck or sled deck, or for more information on Torklift tie downs or FastGun turnbuckles, contact us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

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Top 5 RV accessories that should be on your Christmas wish list

Blog1Oh no! It’s December and you still haven’t found the perfect gift for the RV owner in your life. If you find yourself wondering what to get this beloved RV enthusiast, look no further! We have a list of Torklift’s top 5 RV accessories that won’t disappoint and make your Christmas gift so memorable, they’ll be talking about how perfect it was for years to come!  

1. GlowStep Revolution Steps

Want to “step up” your gift giving game… literally? Torklift designed the first step system for all RV towables that is versatile and adaptable. It adjusts to any type of terrain has unparalleled stability because it connects all the way to the ground using the All Terrain Landing Gear.

Blog2Featuring 7 inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has 3 positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional 5 positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. It has 7.5 inches of riser height between each step, making it similar to the staircase found in your home. Most other RV steps commonly have a range of 9.5 to 11 inches, so you either have to jump to the ground from the bottom step or jump into your entry from the top step – neither of which are safe or appealing.

With a unique, easy bolt-on installation that fits into the existing factory step compartment, you’ll achieve optimum step height with any kind of adjustment using the GlowStep Revolution. Constructed from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it is rust free and will meet the many needs of any RV enthusiast. We deem this the ultimate 2017 RV accessory Christmas present!

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2. Truck Camper Tie Downs

Blog3Show that person how much you care about their hobbies and camper lifestyle with Torklift’s patented truck camper tie downs. They are designed to incorporate the four tie down points around the bed of your truck and bolt directly to the truck’s frame – no drilling required. A system that bolts directly to the truck’s frame, Torklift tie downs dramatically improve stability, safety and handling while you’re hauling a truck camper. The tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance. True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs come in sets of two and are guaranteed to prevent bed and bumper rust and damage that is commonly associated with bed-mounted tie down systems. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with our fully spring-loaded FastGun turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you’re feeling a little extra giving, we also have a high-performance stainless steel and aluminum tie down system called Talon Camper Tie Downs. Constructed of 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel, these truck camper tie downs protect from rust and corrosion for life. This tie down is also light weight and features a completely no-drill installation. Our Tie Down Finishing Kit comes with the Talon tie downs and Tie Down Locks are available as an accessory. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

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3. FastGun Turnbuckles

Blog4That’s not all for truck camper owners! Add some extra spice to your Christmas gifts and get an upgrade that cuts time to only four minutes to install all four turnbuckles – reducing the time it takes to secure your camper in half, if not more than that compared to your old turnbuckles. The FastGun turnbuckles are an upgrade any truck camper owner will appreciate.

These stainless steel turnbuckles come in sets of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. What does that mean for you? It means that you can quickly determine the correct tension you need to hold down your truck camper. Once set, you don’t have to constantly re-adjust, reducing the time it takes to load and secure your camper. The FastGun truck camper turnbuckle comes in several colors and is compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs. They also feature Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

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4. SuperHitch

Blog5Unlike those socks you got as a gift last year – Torklift’s SuperHitch won’t wear down! The top recommended piece of equipment for towing a trailer behind a truck is the SuperHitch. The SuperHitch Outlaw Towing Series is engineered with dual receivers for incredible strength that evenly handles weight you are towing. There are two kinds of SuperHitches available – the Original SuperHitch that handles 2,000 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds towing weight when used with weight distribution. The other is the SuperHitch Magnum which can tow up to 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing weight when used with weight distribution. The receiver hitches in Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series also include these features:

• Engineered vehicle specific to ensure a proper fit to your truck, from ½ ton to 1 ½ ton trucks
• Most applications are no-drill
• Dual receiver allows the ability to insert accessories into the top receiver while towing from the bottom receiver
• Works with the SuperTruss Extension that’s available in eight different lengths from 21-inches to 48-inches – perfect for towing with a truck camper that has an overhang
• Made in USA
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty

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5. PowerArmor

Blog6Give the gift of power! Who doesn’t need extra battery power and protection? This high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box is perfect for not only holding extra RV batteries, but also any other valuables or camping gear that you don’t want to store inside the trailer. Called the PowerArmor, it features a lockable slide top that can be easily accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes in bright tread diamond plate that also features a black high-impact powder coated frame for durability.

The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more. It features an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box to easily connect to your electrical circuit system. The PowerArmor Solar also features a 10-watt Zamp Solar panel attached to the lid of the box, extending battery life up to 400% and preventing premature battery replacement from undercharging or overcharging your batteries. Win!

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Give the RV enthusiast in your life a Christmas to remember with one of these top 5 RV accessories – they’re the ultimate gift and will make this holiday even more special. For questions or for more information on any of these products, contacts us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

 

 

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Torklift or HappiJac Tie Downs?

When getting ready to journey out with your truck camper, a thought that probably crosses your mind, “is my truck camper safe?” The way your truck camper is secured with tie downs and turnbuckles is essential for safety and stability while hauling. What brand of tie downs and turnbuckles are out there?

HappiJac Tie Downs - Starting at $284.80
HappiJac has designed a tie downs system by creating an I-beam truss structure that uses leverage to reduce the force on your truck, and control the truck camper movement. The front two anchor plates are drilled for installation at the front of the truck bed where the cab and bed meet.

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The two rear anchor points are drilled onto the back bumper. The HappiJac tie down anchor points paired with their turnbuckles create a triangle leverage counter force to prevent side-to-side, front-to-back and up and down movement. By preventing this movement, it prevents the camper and truck from moving as a solid unit which can cause jolting to the truck bed and camper. This tie down system is covered by a one year warranty from purchase date.

 

Turnbuckle Blog 2Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted tie downs - Starting at $313.99
Torklift’s patented designed tie downs incorporate four tie down points that bolt directly to the truck’s frame. A system that bolts directly to the truck frame dramatically improves stability and handling. The tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance.

The Frame-mounted tie down systems are designed to eliminate bed and bumper damage. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with any of our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturers warranty. Because the turnbuckles are springloaded, it allows the truck and camper to move together as a solid unit which prevents jolting to the truck. Since the tie downs mount to the frame, there is no risk of tearing sheet metal on the bed or pulling down on the bumper. We have also designed a high-performance aluminum and stainless steel tie down called the Talon Camper Tie Downs that is constructed of 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel that is rust free and corrosion protected for life. 

Turnbuckle Blog 3A tie down finishing kit and locks are available for both tie downs. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

Features of the Torklift Talon Tie Downs include:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life†
• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (prevents vehicle sway and camper movement in all directions)
• Mounts using independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel
• Fast, 100% no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Finishing Kit included
• Lockable with Tie Down Locks
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

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So what do I use to connect my truck camper to my tie downs?

HappiJac Quik-Load turnbuckle
The Quik-Load is a stainless steel body with a reinforced ½ solid steel round hook. It can be turned to adjust the tension after installation. This turnbuckle features a rubber cushioned handle that can be detached, and locking pins that keep the turnbuckle in place and can be quickly removed. The Quik-Load turnbuckle comes with a one year warranty.

Torklift Original FastGun turnbuckle - Starting at $323.99
Turnbuckle Blog 5Torklift has designed a FastGun truck camper turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry. This stainless steel turnbuckle comes in a set of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators to determine perfect tension. Precision made from high impact, powder coated steel, the FastGun turnbuckle is available in black, white, polished stainless steel and grey. They are compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs and come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Our tie downs, when installed properly, provide 100% support for your truck and camper. Torklift has designed the FastGuns to secure your truck camper investment to your truck as well as further security with the FastGuns Locks which help deter any potential theft of your turnbuckles!

Features of the FastGun turnbuckles include:

• No. 1 selling patented quick disconnect turnbuckle in the world
• Connects and disconnects in seconds - Quick release handle allows for easy tool-free adjustment
• Spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and your truck camper
• Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use
• Precision made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel
• Available for frame-mounted or bed-mounted tie downs
• Lockable to secure your truck camper (locks sold separately)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

For a better truck camping experience and overall improved safety and stability – it’s a pretty clear choice. To learn more information on Torklift tie down or turnbuckle products, contact us at 800.246.8132 or email: support at 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. 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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Don’t hold your truck camper to your truck with glue

Glue Blog 11Sher Jennings-South Dakota born and raised and familiar with the extreme weather patterns is ready for it all. She also understands when it’s unsafe and time to shut it down. Working with her grandfather who was a home mover and very adamant about using the safest equipment really set her safety standards in place, especially while hauling. She carried these standards into purchasing her first camper. Friends badgered her with other alternate brand tie downs but after she did her research, she decided to go with Torklift turnbuckles and tie downs.

Don't let this happen to you!

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Tie downs vs. wind

Glue Blog 3A couple years ago while on a trip with a friend who previously badgered her about trying an alternate brand of tie downs, heavy winds hit hard. That afternoon on the way back from the Pendleton Roundup the friend of Shers’ was hauling her caravan to the Gorge with their brand new $45,000 truck. When they had finally arrived both the driver and the passenger were a wreck in fear of the support and safety of the caravan. She then asked them, “why they had just bought a new truck and spent $30,000 on a new camper but settled for a cheaperalternate brand of tie downs?” Sher then tried to explain how using an alternate brand of tie downs is like trying to secure your camper using Elmer’s glue. It’s important that when investing a large amount of money into a new rig and camper that you have a tie down system that is going to protect and support that investment. Torklift has two types of tie downs that will do just that!

Frame-Mounted Steel Tie Downs
This option secures your truck camper at four independent tie down points directly to the frame. This tie down improves the vehicle’s handling and stability with no loss of ground clearance. A lifetime warranty comes with this tie down.Glue Blog 4

Talon Aluminum Tie Down 
This is a high performance tie down that is lightweight and rust free for life. It also secures the truck camper to the truck frame. Constructed out of light weight military grade aluminum, it’s 50% lighter than most steel tie down applications. Featuring high impact powder coating with a no-drill application, this product is also covered by a lifetime warranty.

What connects the camper to the tie down?

Glue Blog 5Torklift has designed a FastGun turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry. This stainless steel turnbuckle comes in a set of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. They are compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs with a Legendary lifetime warranty.

 

Our tie downs, when installed properly, provide 100% support for your truck and camper. Torklift has also designed a product to secure your investment that much more! With FastGun Locks you are able to secure your turnbuckles to your tie down. The locks come with keys for convenience and weather caps to prevent damage and road grime. For more information on any of these products you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or email: support@torklift.com. 

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Over the Desert and Through the Snow, Here’s a Great Review from Anutami!

Nolans Epic Road TripsWe love hearing about Nolan's epic road trips with his family!If you’ve ever asked yourself: what do I need for my truck camper, then look no further than the FastGun turnbuckle, the best selling truck camper turnbuckles in the world. In the latest review of these turnbuckles, forum user Anutami, aka Nolan, discusses the epic trip that he took through the West during the holidays as well as his Torklift tie down and FastGun system. You won’t want to miss what he says below.

 

Ice Won’t Stop Nolan or Torklift International
Winter trip conditionsNolan had to deal with both desert and winter conditions during this tripTraveling for weeks with his family, Nolan went from warm Southern California to the cold Colorado Springs. “Funny how I always wear flip flips, but this trip I never even thought about them.” Getting to see beautiful scenery along the way, Nolan and his family went to the Mojave National Preserve, Las Vegas, Brian Head in Utah, Grand Junction and Manitou Springs in Colo.

During this entire trip, Nolan used the FastGun quick disconnect turnbuckles and Torklift frame mounted tie downs. Documented on Rv.net, Nolan states in his FastGun review that:

 

“I am really so glad I went with the Torklift system these last couple years, I always used the happijacs and wished I would have made the change sooner. It is so nice to be able to adjust the FastGuns on the fly, as the road conditions for us change frequently which require different tensions. Thanks Torklift!”


FastGuns In Ice
Look at how icy that FastGun is after
driving in winter conditions! 
           

Nolans Christmas Present 
Nolan was able to use his official Torklift mallet
to remove the ice from his FastGuns    
       

 

We are so happy to hear that Nolan is enjoying his Torklift turnbuckles and tie downs and hopefully he used the mallet that we sent him a year ago to get all the ice off of the FastGuns! Designed to connect and disconnect in seconds, the FastGun turnbuckle installation is a breeze in a blizzard and is easy to uninstall them, de-ice them when required and then reinstall them.

So, if you’ve ever asked yourself the question of how do I hold down my truck camper? Or how do I secure a truck camper? Take it from Nolan and check out these truck camper turnbuckles. Here are more features of the FastGun turnbuckles that might interest you:

Icy FastGunsThe FastGun withstood all the snow and ice that Nolan drove through in ColoradoNo. 1 selling patented quick disconnect turnbuckle in the world 
• Connects and disconnects in seconds – Quick release handle allows for easy tool-free adjustment 
• Spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and your truck camper
• Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use
• Precision made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel
• Available for frame-mounted or bed-mounted tie downs
• Lockable to secure your truck camper (locks sold separately)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Flipped Truck CamperDon't let your camper end up like the one Nolan passed in the desertDon’t let your camper end up like the one that Nolan passed on his way through the desert. If you would like to learn more on how to install turnbuckles or how to adjust turnbuckles, you can read our blog post on it here or give us a call at 1-800-246-8132 with your questions. You can also learn more about FastGun camper turnbuckles or purchase now by finding a dealer near you.

 

 


 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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DIY turnbuckle: How to make a FastGun

b2ap3_thumbnail_Derringerhandle.jpgDerringer handles for quick-disconnect capabilityThe FastGun turnbuckle is the most popular truck camper turnbuckle for several reasons. It’s tool-free, lockable, easy to adjust and snaps into place with the perfect amount of tension every time. With this simple trick, achieve the quick-disconnect capability and convenience of a FastGun turnbuckle with any basic hardware turnbuckle.

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Solution: Derringer Handle
Transform old-fashion turnbuckles by adding a Derringer Handle to a basic turnbuckle chain system, standard chainless turnbuckles and even shorter length turnbuckles for bed-mounted applications. This allows for the lever action and ease of use that Torklift International FastGun turnbuckles provide. The Derringer Handle is applicable to chain systems, threaded rods and other rigging configurations.

#1) Basic chain system
If you are currently using Torklift’s Basic SpringLoad Kit or a similar design, the Derringer Handle is attached with minimal effort.

b2ap3_thumbnail_basicturnbucklekit.pngBasic SpringLoad Kit chain system

derringer-eyeboltDerringer handle attached to a hook-to-hook turnbuckleAttach a Derringer Handle to chain turnbuckles using the following steps:

  1. Locate the drop forged steel and hot dipped galvanized eyebolts that come with each Derringer Handle
  2. Attach the eyebolts to each Derringer Handle by tightening it with a washer and lock nut combination (see instructions for eyebolt assembly)
  3. Use the hook-to-hook turnbuckle and attach through the bottom of Derringer Handle
  4. Secure hook bolt on Derringer Handle to the camper anchor point and tighten turnbuckles accordingly

#2) Threaded rod
If you are currently using a SpringLoad XL, AnchorGuard turnbuckle or a similar design with a 1/2 inch threaded rod, the Derringer Handle is attached in two ways. Either use the eyebolt configuration as described above by hanging each turnbuckle hook bolt through the eyebolts, or create one turnbuckle unit by fastening the Derringer Handle onto a 1/2 inch threaded rod.  To achieve a turnbuckle design similar to the Torklift FastGun, Torklift suggests this method of permanently bolting the Derringer Handle to the rod, creating one unit.

b2ap3_thumbnail_SpringloadXL.pngSpringLoad XL turnbuckles
for frame-mounted camper tie downs

AnchorGuard-turnbucklesAnchorGuard turnbuckles
for bed-mounted camper tie downs

springload-w-derringerSpringLoad XL with
Derringer Handle
Attach a Derringer Handle to a 1/2 inch threaded rod using the following steps:

  1. To hold the rod in place, use a wrench to tighten a jam nut to the body of the turnbuckle
  2. Where the threading starts, use a hacksaw and cut the rod. Bevel the top of the rod at 45 degrees using a sander, grinder or file -- Bonus Tip: Apply a small amount of paint to the newly cut end of the threaded rod to prevent corrosion
  3. Add a turnbuckle jam nut and adjust 5 inches from the top of the newly cut rod
  4. Open the Derringer Handle and insert the threaded rod through the hole in the bottom of the Derringer Handle, screw on dimple nut and tighten down
  5. Adjust threaded rod so 1/8 inch protrudes from the top of the dimple nut
  6. Pull the rod down until the nut is snug to the bottom of the handle
  7. Tighten the original jam nut (the one 5 inches down) to the bottom of the Derringer Handle

derringer-threaded-rodDerringer handles attached to threaded rod

Oh, Snap!
Now that you’ve created your own FastGun turnbuckle, enjoy securing your truck camper at all four turnbuckles in less than 4 minutes.
 

Turnbuckles by Torklift International

The Derringer Handles are produced from 100 percent aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel and have our high impact with black powder coat finish to protect from rust and corrosion. Sold in a set of four, Derringer Handles are made in the USA and are covered by Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

derringers-fourFour Derringer Handles in one kit

Without wasting time on preparation, get on the road and find your adventure.

Click here for more information on Derringer Handles. For Torklift turnbuckle installation instructions, view the demonstration video here:

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