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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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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Customer switches to Torklift after bed-mounted tie down damages his truck

Torklift Tie DownWhen we met Brian Brawdy, he didn’t know his truck bed was cracked in multiple places and that it would cost thousands of dollars to fix. Torklift first met RV enthusiast Brian Brawdy in 2009. At the time of meeting him, he was sponsored by an alternate brand of tie downs that mounts to the truck bed instead of the truck frame. This company promotes itself as using frame-mounted systems when they don’t attach to the truck’s frame at all.

Where the bed-mounted system went wrong

Brian Brawdy visiting TorkliftAfter getting to know Brian a little better and what kind of tie down system he was using, Torklift wanted to check it out. Our team crawled underneath his truck, and we were alarmed at what we saw. Upon inspecting Brian’s truck, we revealed a mass amount of damage to the bed. When Torklift discovered what was causing the damage, it all made sense. He had a bed-mounted tie down system for his truck camper. Due to the lack of support, the bed of his truck was too stressed and had massive cracks underneath. This was caused by the bed-mounted system pulling and yanking the truck bed sheet metal.

What you can do to protect yourself

Destroyed truck bedThere are steps you can take to inspect your vehicle for damage linked to bed-mounted tie downs:

1. look under your truck bed for long cracks spanning anywhere from the cab to the tailgate
2. Look for a sagging bumper and rust at rear bed-mounted tie down locations
3. Inspecting the paint for chips, bent tie downs, body rust and gouges at the mounting location of your front bed-mounted tie downs also indicate damage

 

If you notice any of these issues with your bed-mounted tie downs that claim to be frame-mounted, contact us immediately. We would be happy to look at pictures of your damage and help you determine if your truck is still safe for hauling your truck camper. If you don’t need Torklift products, we won’t sell it to you – we’re just here to help. Our company is founded on safety and if you aren’t safe, we believe you should know. This inspection service is free. Just call us at 800.246.8132 or send photos of your truck to: photos@torklift.com.

So why do bed-mounted tie downs cause this damage?

Many bed-mounted tie down systems are falsely advertised as “direct-to-frame” and use anchors plates in the rear of the truck bed to connect anchors to both sides of the truck bumper. The support from the specific type of tie down does not make contact with the frame of the vehicle, leaving you with a very unstable support. When you use a bed-mounted system not only is what you are hauling at risk, but the vehicle as well. Just like Brian Brawdy’s truck, you risk having stress marks and cracks in the bed and can actually lose the whole bed itself. Damage within the truck bed is common while using bed-mounted tie downs. Often, anchor points can be pulled out - bending the anchors directly into the truck body, as well as damaging the vehicle’s paint.

What Precautions Can You Take to Avoid Damage to Your Vehicle?

Torklift Steel tie downThe first and most important step is using proper tie downs. Torklift offers two types of tie downs that truly mount to the foundation of the vehicle: its frame. Attaching directly to the frame eliminates the risk of damage to your vehicle and will provide 100% support for having your camper mounted safely.

Option one: Steel 
One of the tie down systems Torklift designed is the True Frame-Mounted Steel Tie Down.

• This tie down secures the truck to the camper using four independent tie down points directly to the frame. 98% of applications don’t require drilling.
• Has no loss of ground clearance and improved stability and handling of the vehicle while towing 
• Comes with the Tie Down Finishing Kit
Tie Down Locks are also available for this system

Option two: Military Grade Aluminum 
Talon Tie DownThe other system Torklift designed are the Talon Camper Tie Downs

• This is a high performance tie down that is light weight and rust free for life
• Features high impact powder coating
• Light weight military grade aluminum alloy that is 50% lighter than steel

Like any other Torklift product, both Talon and Steel Tie Downs are backed by a lifetime warranty. When Torklift tie downs are paired with spring loaded turnbuckles, the lifetime warranty is extended to not only the truck frame but the camper anchors points for the extent of its manufacturer’s warranty. Why do we do this? Because we know our frame-mounted tie downs will never damage your vehicle when used and installed properly. You can contact us at 800.246.8132 for more warranty details.

What did it cost Brian?

Picture6Thankfully at that trade show Brian Brawdy was made aware of the damage his truck had sustained. After that day, Torklift’s tech support spent several hours at our shop and repaired more than $5,000 dollars’ worth of damage done to his truck due to the bed-mounted tie downs that claimed to be frame-mounted. Brian no longer has to question whether his truck is being damaged while doing what he loves the most.

 

To learn more about Torklift tie downs and Talon Tie downs call our tech support at 800.246.8132 or email us at: support@torklift.com. Or, to order your own set at a Certified Dealer near you, visit our Where to Buy page.

 

 

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 festibals with my family form the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, bloe grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Talon tie downs: Keep your camper secured with an eagle’s grip

Talon camper tie downsTalon truck camper tie downs is the toughest tie down system on the market. Developed to handle the most extreme conditions, Talon Tie Downs are made from military grade aluminum alloy and sealed with high impact powder coat. Like many great birds of prey, Talon Tie Downs are exceptionally strong, light weight and free for life—of rust, that is. No matter what adventure you have planned, you can trust Talon Tie Downs to keep your truck camper tightly in its grasp.

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Talon Tie Downs fit a variety of truck frames, all
applications bolting directly to the frame with no talon tie downdrilling required. This includes popular Ford, Dodge RAM and Chevy trucks, with new fits being added weekly. Because these custom truck camper tie downs are engineered and designed for specific vehicles, they ensure that your truck camper has the most stable and secure fit available in the industry. Whatever you’re looking for—whether Ford tie downs, GMC truck tie downs, Dodge RAM tie downs or Chevy truck tie downs, no other truck camper tie down system performs like the Talons.

If you’re the owner of one of the following vehicle makes or models, you’re in luck—these 2016 tie down applications have just been made available:

2016 Chevrolet/GMC 2500 Crew Cab, Bed Length:  6.5’
2016 Chevrolet/GMC 3500 Crew Cab, Bed Length:  8’
2016 Dodge RAM 3500 Crew Cab, Bed Length:  8’

To check for updates on additional fits for Talon Tie Downs, visit our automated application guide.

damage caused by truck bed mounted tie downsFrame-mounted camper tie downs
Talon tie downs bolt directly to the vehicle frame, which offers a dramatic improvement in the handling of your vehicle when hauling any size of truck camper. Frame-mounted camper tie downs help eliminate vehicle sway and camper movement, offering a safer and stable ride for you and your family. Also, because the frame is the strongest part of the truck, you’ll be happy to avoid damage to your truck bed or bumper when using Torklift frame-mounted camper tie downs. There have been countless instances where folks switch to Torklift frame-mounted tie downs as a result of bed-mounted applications damaging their truck bed, bumper or even vehicle frame.

talon truck camper tie down truck frameTalon truck camper tie downs attach to the truck frame (shown in yellow for contrast)Don’t take our word for it. Vehicle manufacturers also strongly recommend attaching campers directly to the truck frame with no extra holes being drilled in the horizontal flanges of the frame side rail. Talon Tie Downs provide a solution to both problems: they attach directly to the frame and no drilling is required. Talon tie downs for 2016 Chevy trucks (or Fords, Dodge RAM or GMCs…) quickly bolt to the frame. All fits for Talon Tie Downs maintain the integrity of your truck.

Quality guaranteed
Both the Talon tie down receiver tube and insert are made from 100% military grade aluminum—the same material trusted by the US armed forces. Talon Tie Downs are unrivaled in strength and durability. While Talons are reinforced to hold up in any environment, they are also ultra-light weight and are completely concealed when in use so that ground clearance is not affected. The Tie Down Finishing Kit is also included with each set to help protect the tie down tubes when not in use. Also learn how to lock tie down inserts with our new Tie Down Locks.

tie down finishing itTie Down Finishing Kit is included with Talon Tie Downs

Both our warranty and faith in our products is unmatched. Like all Torklift products, Talon tie downs are proudly made in the USA and backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. For additional information and warranty details, call us at 1-800-246-8132.

go anywhere with talon tie downsGo anywhere with Talons and your truck camperUnparalleled performance
Whether your next adventure takes you through winding roads in snowy mountains or down a leisurely drive along the coast —no matter the severity of the terrain—Talon Tie Downs will help keep you safe while you’re on the road so you can focus on what’s really important: the journey.


To find a Talon aluminum tie down fitment for your 2016 truck, learn more about Talons or search our automated application guide.

 

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Get hooked on Torklift’s frame-mounted Talon Camper Tie Downs

talon tie down1Torklift's Talon camper tie down receiver (black) and insert (silver)Do you have any qualms regarding your current truck camper tie downs? Are they perhaps rusty or experiencing corrosion? Does that make you worry about how secure your camper actually is when you’re on the road? Or are you perhaps worried about lack of ground clearance? Torklift’s frame-mounted tie downs will put your mind at ease.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then it may be time to look into the best Torklift International has to offer when it comes to frame-mounted truck camper tie downs: the high performance Talon Tie Downs.

The Talon camper tie downs were engineered to not only meet, but exceed the toughest demands of the most extreme adventurers. Proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. out of 100% military grade aluminum, the tie down receiver tube and the tie down inserts are ultra-lightweight and boast rust-free corrosion protection for life. Better yet, the Talons are easy to install with 100 percent no-drill applications. Completely hidden when not in use, there is no loss of ground clearance. Torklift tie downs smart engineering and frame-mounted design provide the best ride quality in the industry. Every purchase of a set of Talons also includes a Finishing Kit to protect tie downs from water or road debris and Torklift’s International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty, the only of its kind in the industry.

tie-down-lockTie Down Locks in action:
securing your tie down insert to the receiver tube
And for those of you interested in a little extra security to prevent the theft and inconvenience of costly replacement of your tie down inserts, Torklift also offers Tie Down Locks that not only secure your tie down insert to the receiving tube, but are compatible with both the aluminum Talon Camper Tie Downs and the steel True Frame Mounted Camper Tie Downs, making them an ideal and versatile accessory.

Regardless of which of our tie downs you happen to fancy, it’s important to know how your tie down system should fit. We often hear confusion around loose and rattling camper tie down inserts, so we’d like to briefly overview how tie down inserts should properly fit into the tie down receiver tubes.

You may note your tie down inserts don’t fit as snugly into your frame-mounted tie down receiver as you’d initially think. But rest assured, your camper tie down system was specifically designed this way. It is designed to allow the tie down insert to pivot upward and make the tube’s corner points to make contact with the inside of the tie down receiver.

But why, you ask?

talon tie down3Because the corners of the square tubing are the strongest aspect of the tie down design. When tension is applied using turnbuckles to connect the truck camper, the insert pivots/twists upward within the tube allowing pressure to be applied to the corners of the tube which is again, the strongest point of the tube. This ensures your truck camper is soundly secured. Once your tie downs are secured to your camper via turnbuckles, there is no longer any movement from the tie down insert within the tie down receiver — meaning no “rattling” tie down inserts while on the road. To eliminate any unwanted rattling or noise after your adventure, simply remove your tie down inserts and you’re good to go.

talon tie down4True frame-mounted Tie Downs (shown in yellow) and Talon Tie Downs become part of your truck's foundation: the frameDon’t compromise when it comes to safely securing your truck camper with an inferior tie down system when Torklift International has your back with the frame-mounted Talon camper tie downs. Learn more about Talon Tie Downs by clicking here or find the fitment for your truck on our application guide.

Happy Travels.

 

 


 

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Swapping out belly bar tie downs for Torklift Tie Downs

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RV.Net user Doy Gorton’s truck and camper in Utah

Necessities of camper life
Truck camper tie downs have always been one of the mainstay anchors of Torklift International’s growing product lines. Now with the newly released Talon Tie Downs made with military grade aluminum, the lighter more durable option is easier than ever to install.

Our Torklift Ambassador and good friend Doy Gorton contacted us recently at an important juncture in the work he is performing on his 1967 Avion truck camper setup. At the time, Doy was running a belly bar tie down system that he was not pleased with due to the trouble it was causing him. Belly bar tie downs are a thick metal bar that wrap underneath the full width of the truck and connect camper turnbuckles to each side.
belly-bar-tie-downsA belly bar tie down removed to make way for
Torklift Talon Tie Downs

“Last year my wife and I traveled about the West. In particular Utah… a spectacular place called Muley Point,” Doy writes. “And we have memories of an unnerving collision with our old school belly bar and a rock outcropping that nearly turned over the camper, and left our rear tie downs broken. How the front tie downs survived is beyond me.”


The collision got Doy thinking about replacing his truck camper tie down system.

Whoever said “Fit” is the new skinny might be onto something
When it comes to the fit of truck camper tie downs, that is.

Ditch the heavy hanging belly and your truck and camper will surely thank you. Talon Tie Downs versus just any other tie down system is like comparing filet mignon to ground beef. It’s about quality and performance. Talon Tie Downs are made specific to individual truck models to ensure the best fitment possible.

gorton-tie-down-installIt’s no surprise that after his past experience, Doy opted to upgrade to Torklift Talon Tie Downs. “I decided to replace the belly bar,” Doy writes. “It gave entirely too little clearance for these close encounters. It probably took away three critical inches.”

(Left image: Installing Torklift Talon Tie Downs)

“I talked to Curt Oetjen of Kamper’s Supply in nearby Carterville, Illinois,” continues Doy. “Curt told me that in his 35 years of experience Torklift is the number one best tie down. He hadn’t seen the new aluminum Talons but agreed to install them for me.”

gorton-rear-tie-downTalon Tie Down installedWith the installation of Talon Tie Downs and the removal of the old belly bar, not only was Doy’s truck weighing 100 pounds less, he also had greater ground clearance and stability than ever before; adding to his sense of safety and confidence while off-roading.

Now that his truck is nice and “skinny” without that belly, there’s more capacity for hauling his camper. The lightweight military grade aluminum Talon Tie Downs were a notable improvement from the belly bar.

Now that Doy’s truck is equipped with camper tie downs that securely mount to the frame of his truck, he is ready to travel to the remote locations he loves to visit with peace of mind that his tie down system is up to par.

Improving on the best in the industry
Torklift International challenged their engineers to develop an ultra high performance tie down that would meet and exceed even the toughest conditions. The creation of Talon Tie Downs was the result of that challenge. By improving upon the already world renowned steel version of frame-mounted tie downs, Talon Tie Downs provide a number of benefits that simply can’t be ignored. Click here to further explore these benefits. 

aluminum-tie-downTalon Tie DownTalon truck camper tie downs feature:

  1. Rust-free corrosion protection for life 
  2. Finishing Kit included
  3. Ultra lightweight – up to 50 percent lighter than steel tie downs
  4. Fast, no-drill installation 
  5. Best ride quality in the industry 
  6. No loss of ground clearance
  7. Hidden when not in use
  8. Lockable with Torklift Tie Down Locks
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
  10. Proudly Made in the USA


The name Torklift International carries that kind of reputation one associates with quality, craftsmanship and above all, reliability. We stand behind each and every product we craft. We love to hear from you about our products and how they affect your camping and RVing experiences.

To learn more about Talon Tie Downs, click here.

Read Doy’s full review of Torklift Talon truck camper tie downs on RV.Net. 

 


 

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The best solution to prevent rust on camper tie downs

anti-icing-truckChemicals used to de-ice roadsThe combination of water, chemicals and oxygen is poisonous to metals. The deterioration of metal being eaten away from rust is often referred to by auto mechanics as cancer to the vehicle. Extensive rust damage thins out the material until the integrity of the part is completely compromised.

Issues with rusting tie downs are particularly common in parts of the country that use chemical treatments like rock salt to treat the roads in the winter season. This effort to de-ice roads is damaging to the underside of our vehicles. Rust develops due to oxidization from contact with salt and chemical remnants.

Whether traveling through areas of coastal beaches, or up to the mountain heights into the snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, the composition of Torklift’s Talon Tie Downs are built to withstand these environments.

 

As an industry first, Torklift recently unveiled the precision crafted military grade aluminum and stainless steel Talon Tie Downs:

aluminum-tie-downTalon Tie Downs for campersMilitary Grade Aluminum Alloy
The answer to prevent rusting tie downs is simple. By using frame-mounted tie downs from 100 percent military grade aluminum alloy and stainless steel, the problems from corrosion and rust are directly addressed. Aluminum is a durable material that is also known for its lightweight composition, while maintaining added strength and durability over the traditional steel camper tie down. Torklift is shifting to the use of aluminum alloy for several products.

Aluminum is gaining popularity due to its corrosion and rust resistant properties, lightweight structure and significant strength. Torklift uses 6000 series aluminum alloy to create the Talon camper tie downs. We also found that this type of aluminum is widely popular for its use in a variety of applications:

aluminum-bikeBike frames             fishing-reelFishing reels

scuba-tankScuba tanks      airstream-trailerAirstream trailers

yachtYachts and watercrafts     air-craftAircraft

ford-raptor2017 all-aluminum Ford Raptor truck

Talon Tie Downs are STRENGTH defined
Frame-mounted-camper-tiesSpecifically developed for maximum strength, Talon truck camper tie downs are high impact powder coated, rust and corrosion resistant. Developed to outperform any other tie down on the market, the Talons excel in even the roughest conditions.

Not only are they rust-free, Torklift Tie Downs are bolted to the truck frame through four individual points making the connection between truck and camper extremely sturdy. There is no loss of ground clearance because the design is snug to the truck frame, not visible when the inserts are removed. The patented frame-mounted tie down design is guaranteed to eliminate bed and bumper damage.
Frame-mounted camper tie downs

 

Keep it clean 

Keep camper tie downs in great condition by using the Tie Down Finishing Kit, which is included in each set of Talon Tie Downs. When your camper isn’t loaded and the inserts are disconnected, apply the Tie Down Finishing Kit to help keep dirt and muck out of the tie down tubes. Attach the plastic cap to the outer insert opening and push the special protective foam stopper into the backside of the tubing.

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To minimize corrosion from these road factors products, Torklift recommends regularly cleaning and inspecting the powder coated surface and touching up an affected areas with enamel or urethan based aerosol paint products. For a quick clean, simply use WD-40 and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the tie downs.  

Rust-free corrosion protection for life
Never before known as offered by a manufacturer, Talon camper tie downs come with an additional warranty of corrosion protection for life. If for any reason the original owner experiences corrosion on their Talon Tie Downs, Torklift will re-powder coat the Talons for free with freight prepaid.

Tie downs by Torklift International have a guaranteed lifetime warranty. In addition, when frame-mounted tie downs are used with spring-loaded turnbuckles, the warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty. Give us a call at 800.246.8132 for warranty details.

Click here to learn more about Talon Tie Downs or find the correct application for your truck with our automated application guide.

 

Related: 3 reasons why Talon Tie Downs are the best way to tie down a truck camper

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3 reasons why Talon Tie Downs are the best way to tie down a truck camper

As an industry first, Torklift recently unveiled the precision crafted aluminum Talon Tie Downs. As the only tie downs made with this unique design and material, there are three reasons that make the Talon Tie Downs stand out as the best system to tie down a truck camper.

1. They are frame-mounted
The patented design incorporates four independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame to dramatically improve stability and handling. They are engineered to fit tight and secure to your truck frame with no loss of ground clearance. Frame-mounted tie downs are guaranteed to eliminate bed and bumper damage and all aluminum applications do not require drilling for installation.

2. Made from military grade aluminum
The Talon Tie Downs are precision crafted from lightweight military grade aluminum alloy making them up to 50% lighter than steel applications. Specifically developed for maximum strength, the high impact powder coated tie downs are designed to meet and exceed the toughest demands from avid sportsmen and adventurers.

With payload and weight capacities a sensitive factor when it comes to truck camping, a lighter tie down system helps to alleviate unnecessary weight. Jim Weber recently installed Talon Tie Downs on his 2001 Ford F-350 truck. 

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Talon Tie Down installation

“I was shocked how sturdy they looked but still felt like [it was only] 5 pounds,” wrote Jim Weber on RV.Net

Daniel Timm hauls a Lance camper with his 2015 Chevy 3500 truck.

“The Talons are much lighter than the steel design,” explains Daniel Timm. “With all the weight of the truck camper carried by the truck, every pound not used for Tie Downs can be used for camping gear.”

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Talon Tie Down system with Lance Camper

3. Rust free corrosion protection
Our engineers developed the ultra high performance Talon Tie Downs to handle even the toughest climates and terrain. Whether you explore coastal beaches or mountainous terrain with snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, nothing outperforms the Talon Tie downs.

Daniel Timm travels in areas that use salt on bad roads. It was important for him to install a tie down system that was free from the effects of rust and corrosion.

“Having the tie downs corrosion free is very nice,” said Daniel. “They are easier to use and look like they will last longer than the truck!”

To further ensure that the Tie Downs remain in good condition, each set of Talon Tie Downs comes with a Tie Down Finishing Kit. When your camper isn’t loaded, the Tie Down Finishing Kit helps to prevent road grime from entering your tie down inserts.

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Tie Down Finishing Kit

Protect your investment by removing the tie down insert and replacing it with our special protective foam, and capping it off with our finishing kit.  This cost effective measure allows you to minimize the harsh effects of the environment.

Tie Downs by Torklift International have a lifetime warranty. When Torklift Tie Downs are used with our spring-loaded turnbuckles, the lifetime warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty. Give us a call at 800.246.8132 for more details.

Click here to learn more about Talon Tie Downs or find the correct application for your truck with our automated application guide
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