Did you know you can install the Lock and Load on 5th wheels?

Lock and Load 5th Wheel 1You are getting your new 5th wheel set up: Hitch? Check. Extra batteries for power? Check. Extra generator? Check – but you’re not sure the best to place to store it. Storing it inside the trailer could potentially ruin your new carpets or flooring with stains as well as exhaust fumes blowing throughout the trailer.

Did you know there’s a solution to this little issue? Enjoy extra generator power without having to deal with constantly moving it in and out of your RV and potentially cause damage or mess. Presenting: the Lock and Load! This generator tray is perfect for not only storing your generator while you’re on the road – but also locking it up so it’s safe from potential theft!

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You may be asking, “where?” There’s a couple of different options that will work. You can either install it on the front of your truck like the photo above – perfect for your convenience and you don’t even have to think about it once it’s on the tray. Or, you can install it on a hitch that is behind your 5th wheel (shown to the left).

There are many 5th wheel trailers that come with a hitch already installed on the back – usually for cargo trays or bike racks. In this instance, it’s a perfect spot for the Lock and Load! For those who are really dedicated to extra power, you could always get a custom receiver installed, just like the one we installed below at our Retail Product Development Center, Torklift Central in Kent, WA!

Lock and Load Features Include:Lock and Load 5th Wheel 3

• Protect costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes, plasma cutters and more from theft 
• Allows you to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously 
• Avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator while on the road or off the grid • No more heavy lifting – your generator stays on the tray even while running 
• Features a safety visual sight indicator to prevent risk of damage while driving (Part #A7752) 
• License plate relocation holes to attach license plate (Part #A7752) 
• Mounts easily into front and rear receiver hitches 
• Fits most common generators 
• High security tamper proof puck lock included 
• Cargo tray dimensions: 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23” H 
• Maximum security strap adjusts to secure multiple objects (extra security straps sold separately) 6-5/8” L x 13-5/8”W x 13-1/8”H to 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23”H 
• Available in high impact powder coat steel 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
• Proudly made in the USA Kit includes: 
• Cargo tray 
• Heavy duty puck lock 
• Adjustable maximum security strap 

To make your 5th wheel trailer even more versatile and have the ability to off-road for long periods of time, get the Lock and Load generator tray today! Call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at: support at torklift.com.

 

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, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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Protect Your Generator Investment from Thieves with the Lock and Load!

8. Lock and Load Camping Trip 2When you purchased your RV, did you have a list of all the accessories and power supplements that you wanted to get along with it to make your camping experience easier? Did you have extra batteries or a generator on that list? If so, that is a great idea so you can have extra power, but you also need a way to protect your investment.

We have a great solution to help prevent your generator from being stolen. The Lock and Load is designed to prevent costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes and more from theft. It also protects you from unwanted exhaust fumes and stains from storing the generator inside your RV when not in use. The Lock and Load tray gives you the ability to lock, store and run your generator or motorized equipment simultaneously.

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“The Lock and Load Maximum Security Cargo Tray is an incredible product that Torklift has devised to help alleviate theft of expensive generators and anything else of value for that matter. Thanks again Torklift.”

– John Patterson

Instead of worrying about potential theft of your generator or camping gear on your camping adventure, use the Lock and Load instead and focus on enjoying your time off with family and friends!

Features of the Lock and Load include:

1a. Lock and Load Maximum Security Cargo Tray• Protect costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes, plasma cutters and more from theft
• Allows you to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously
• Avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator while on the road or off the grid
• No more heavy lifting – your generator stays on the tray even while running
• Features a safety visual sight indicator to prevent risk of damage while driving (Part #A7752)
• License plate relocation holes to attach license plate (Part #A7752)
• Mounts easily into front and rear receiver hitches
• Fits most common generators
• Utilizes 2” x 2” receiver to mount
• Stores extra gas cans
• High security tamper proof puck lock included
• Cargo tray dimensions: 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23” H
• Maximum security strap adjusts to secure multiple objects (extra security straps sold separately) 6-5/8”L x 13-5/8”W x 13-1/8”H to 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23”H
• Available in high impact powder coat steel
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

9. Lock and Load on FordKit includes:

• Fiberglass distance guide rod
• Cargo tray
• Heavy duty puck lock
• Adjustable maximum security strap

If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International  Lock and Load, or the smaller version that we have available as the Lock and Load SideKick, there are a couple of options for you! You can either call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be more than happy to answer your questions about protecting your generator from theft. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with one of these battery trays. 

 

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 Delivers Christmas

We take great pride in listening to our customers wants and needs, striving to provide quality made products and the best possible customer service experience in the industry. This winter season is no different.

While befriending one of our loyal customers on an online forum, we came across an exciting opportunity.

John Patterson, also known as ‘gandydancer’ expressed that the Lock and Load maximum security locking cargo tray is listed at the very top of his Christmas wish list. With a larger sized generator that he uses when camping, John was missing the security and peace of mind that a locking generator tray could provide. Already outfitted in Torklift Frame-Mounted Tie Downs and quick-disconnect FastGun turnbuckles, we thought the Lock and Load would be a great addition to John’s rig.

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Torklift Kerstin writes:

Hey John,

I really hope Santa is able to get you what you want off of your Christmas wish list too! Maybe if you just let his elves know then maybe something will happen… But I’m really happy to hear that you enjoy our products and I look forward to talking to you soon!

Merry Christmas to you John, I think it’s going to be a good one this year.

Cheers,
Torklift Kerstin

gift

Little did John know, Torklift’s magical elves, or “Santas” if you will, were already planning the perfect surprise….

 

 john1

John's message writes: 

Yesterday morning I received the biggest surprise of my life when the doorbell rang and as I opened the door to see who it was, I saw a FedEx delivery truck drive away and found a large box sitting on my porch from Torklift International. I am truly speechless beyond words as I really don't know quite what to say except to thank each and everyone of you at Torklift for the best Christmas present that I have ever received. Never in my life did I ever expect something so wonderful to happen to me.

I truly appreciate your kindness in the lock and load maximum security cargo tray that was sent to me and I will use it often on my truck camper adventures without fearing that my portable inverter generator will be stolen.

This is indeed the best Christmas that I have ever had and I hope that everyone at Torklift has a wonderful and Merry Christmas also. Thank all of the magical "Santa's" at Torklift for me.

Very grateful to all,
John Patterson

Merry Christmas John!

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If these quit working at the campsite…you might not make it

plugPower your RV with a generatorConvenience is hard to come by in the forest, on a destitute road or at a campground. Thank goodness for generators because they keep us modern and “plugged in” at the campsite, allowing us to continue enjoying those little luxuries. Sometimes we don’t realize what we take for granted until it’s gone.

Here’s the top five things campers derive generator power for, followed by how you can prevent these little luxuries from slipping through your fingers.

Can’t live without

  1. Your “I-got-to-cook-it-right-now” Microwave


  2. Your “It-keeps-my-armpits-smelling-fresh” Air Conditioning


  3. Your “I’m-secretly-watching-Gilligan’s Island” Television


  4. Your “It-sometimes-doubles-as-a-hand-warmer” Hair Dryer
          

  5. Your “Let-there-be-light!” Moments

If you’re not a fan of tent camping, it’s hard to imagine camping without these conveniences. Or worse yet, imagine camping at your favorite secret location only to wake up to find your generator-powered belongings didn’t work. Envision walking outside and seeing your generator had been stolen. That certainly puts a damper on things.

generator-brandsGenerator safety
The Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick protects your camping lifestyle by keeping your generator secure and providing the endless power you appreciate.

The locking generator tray accommodates the most popular generators: Yamaha EF2400iSHC, Yamaha EF2000is and the Honda Eu2000ai.

Generator tray materials
Lock and Load SideKick is an aircraft grade aluminum tray featuring a sturdy, adjustable strapping mechanism that goes over the generator, securing it from theft. The tray and security strap do not interfere with use of the generator. It also comes with a heavy-duty puck lock and keys.

The mountable cargo tray fits into any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver port or any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver trailer hitch (front hitch or rear hitch).

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Lock and Load SideKick cargo tray in front receiver hitch with Yamaha Generator

Torklift International offers other sizes of the Lock and Load security trays to accommodate larger generators too. Click here to see the original Lock and Load locking cargo carrier.

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick for generatorsGenerator tray aftercare
The Lock and Load SideKick generator tray is durable and built to withstand the elements of outdoors and sticky fingers of thieves, but just as it takes care of your generator, you must also take care of your generator tray. Since the tray is made from aluminum with high impact powder coat finish, you don’t have to worry about rust or corrosion.

 

SideKick-logo

Since the generator does not need to be removed for use, it’s common to leave the generator on the SideKick generator tray for long periods of time. Enjoy camping with all the necessities you can’t bear living without. Store, lock and run your generator simultaneously with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Check out the SideKick in action by watching this video:

Click here to learn more about Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick.

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Smelling exhaust at the campsite?

When you go camping in the great outdoors, it can be messy and unfortunately sometimes it can be stinky.

When you think back to memories of camping vacations you want to remember the smell of the barbecue, burnt marshmallows, crisp mountain air, fresh scent of the waterfront and sometimes fondly, your wet dog. You probably don’t want to have all those nostalgic scents masked with a common campsite odor: exhaust fumes.

Generator exhaust fumes remind us of crinkled up noses, squinting eyes and hacking up a lung. Bleh, no thanks.

Where do you store your generator?

On the popular online forum RV.net, user RoyB stores his generator in the truck bed like this:

generator-storage-truck-bedRV.Net forum user stores generator in truck bed

Ever found yourself in that situation?

Most often we hear about people storing a generator in the cab of their truck, trailer or truck bed. Although it works for some, these methods are surely inconvenient. The generator is messy and does that exhaust odor ever really go away once your belongings have absorbed it?

Torklift International developed a way to store your generator outside while at the same time keeping it safe from theft. Bonus: you can even use it while it’s locked up.

The Lock and Load generator tray series offers a variety of cargo carrier sizes and options. If you are among campers who store their generator inside your truck cab, trailer or truck bed you will want to know about the Lock and Load SideKick generator tray.

The Lock and Load SideKick accommodates three of the most popular generators:

  1. Yamaha EF2400iSHC
  2. Yamaha EF2000is
  3. Honda Eu2000ai

    walking-generatorDon’t let your generator walk away



These generators cost somewhere in the range of $1,000 and are easy to walk off with. Rather than having your expensive generator magically grow legs, it’s a worthwhile investment to secure those generators and avoid any possibility of theft.  

 

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick

 

Lock and Load SideKick is an aircraft grade aluminum tray featuring a sturdy, adjustable strapping mechanism that secures over the generator handle, securing it from theft. The cargo tray design and the security strap do not interfere with use of the generator, however it cannot be removed when you lock it up with the heavy-duty, tamper-proof puck lock that comes with it.

sidekick-yamahaYamaha generator on Lock and Load SideKickMounting the generator tray requires any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver or any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver trailer hitch (front hitch or rear hitch).

By storing your generator with the Lock and Load SideKick you can:

  1. Save your truck and RV interior from stinky generator odors and potential messes
  2. Enjoy extra space in the truck camper, trailer, truck bed and truck cab by mounting the generator outside
  3. Avoid lifting or moving the generator for use
  4. Ease of using it and storing it at the same time
  5. Avoid generator theft and replacement costs

Torklift International offers other sizes of the Lock and Load security tray to accommodate large-sized generators too. Click here to learn about a larger size tray, the original Lock and Load.

Enjoy the convenience of storing, locking and running a generator simultaneously with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Source: http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26766108.cfm

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What…is…this…hole…for…?

No really, what is this hole for? Right here:

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Too close? Let’s zoom out.

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Still not sure?

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Let’s try a few things.

If you have a Palomino Landing Pad bumper and find yourself wondering what in the world Torklift International was thinking when they punched a hole in it, we totally understand. Here are a few ideas for you to consider that we market-tested right here in our factory.

1.) Toilet paper on a stick
We hid the toilet paper at the factory and sat out a stick to see what would happen. The result was interesting and innovative. It came in quite handy and we are rather proud of our engineers seeing there was a need for a special product and then taking the time to create it.

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2.) Crop protector
Ever since we offered the Scarecrow Protection Package
at Torklift International, crops have never been so bountiful.

palomino-scarecrow

3.) Bear protection

Enough said.

palomino-bear

4.) Gun rack
This is legal right? How many times have you been at the campsite
and said to yourself, “I don’t have enough guns today.”

Bring ‘em all.

palomino-firearms

5.) Silent fisherman
Stick your fishing pole inside and park near a lake.
A robotic arm actually comes out of the truck camper to reel in any fish
that take a bite. It actually cooks it for you, too.

  palomino-fishingpole

6.) Certified Corona holder
When your hand hurts from squeezing your lime, cram your beer in here.
It also protects your beer from those late night “I like to party” falls.


palomino-corona

7.) Twinkie holder
Twinkies are sticky after you hold them too long and it’s incredibly inconvenient
to wash your hands when you are outside. Put your hands in your pockets
and simply kneel down to eat. For that matter it’s a cucumber, pickle and popsicle holder.

 palomino-twinkie

8.) Free cable
Remember these? We are bringing them back.
Consider it nostalgia. Don’t drive too close to power lines or low hanging branches.

         palomino-cable2

9.) Clothes line
What is better than naturally dried towels and clothes?

                             palomino-laundry

10) Flower holder
Fragrant, pretty and the wives love it!

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Okay, we’ve lied and it’s not even April Fool’s Day but I assure you there is a purpose to this seemingly insignificant hole in your Palomino Landing Pad truck camper bumper. It involves two critical things: Storage and Power.

Torklift International manufacturers the Landing Pad truck camper bumper specifically for the hard-side MAX camper models of Palomino truck campers. We also offer two very special products for this truck camper bumper. It all starts with the Space Dock.

Space Dock receiver port
swivel-hitch-accessorySpace Dock swivel receiver port for accessoriesThe Space Dock is a receiver attachment for accessories that conveniently swings out to allow clearance for accessing storage and rear entry to the camper. It inserts into the pre-drilled hole on the Palomino truck camper bumper. The Space Dock is essentially the portal to all things fun and provides endless joy that you’ve been missing out on.

 


This very covert swivel receiver attachment improves your camping lifestyle tremendously. The port for you to attach various accessories features a standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver that fits most anything from bike racks to ski racks. Outdoor barbecue? No problem, attach it to the Space Dock.

Lock and Load SideKick generator tray
sidekick-generator-trayLock and Load SideKick attached to Palomino Landing Pad Bumper with SpaceDockNow this contraption is your ticket to power. Literally.

The Lock and Load SideKick is a lockable generator tray that fits into the Space Dock receiver allowing you to store your generator outside. Storing your generator outside gives you extra storage in the truck cab or truck camper and eliminates the interior exhaust odor you can never really get rid of. Best of all, while it is locked in the tray, it’s fully functional and you don’t have to take it out or unlock it for use.

That was so important we have to repeat it: it’s fully functional and you don’t have to take it out or unlock it for use.

palomino-landing-pad-bumperPalomino truck camper with Landing Pad

           Translation: Convenience

In conclusion, the specifically designed hole in the Palomino truck camper bumper does come with a purpose. However, if you’ve scrolled this far you’ve seen that there are really no limitations. The skies the limit and you’re free to use your imagination -- in fact, comment below with any ideas you have for more creative accessories!

If extra storage and more power is something you find useful, don’t waste any time living without a Space Dock and Lock and Load SideKick from Torklift International.

 

 

Click here to learn more about the SideKick generator tray or find more information on the Space Dock here.

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Two convenient ways to mount a generator when camping

sound-waveWhat’s that sound? Is your Yamaha or Honda generator humming? If you listen closely, you’ll hear that it’s asking for a SideKick. Not the buddy-buddy kind, but the Lock and Load SideKick from Torklift International. The locking generator tray is the perfect solution for storing your Honda or Yamaha generator while camping.

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick

What is the SideKick?
The Lock and Load SideKick provides a secure way to store and lock expensive accessories on your RV. Benefit by having access to more power if used to house a generator. By using a tamper-proof high security puck lock, prevent generator theft and enjoy the benefit of extra space within your camper.

The important question: Where to mount your locking generator tray?  Here are two convenient ways to mount your generator that provide both security and convenience:

#1) Front or rear hitch
The receiver hitch application of the Lock and Load SideKick is more universal for folks with either a truck camper or any type of trailer. The locking cargo tray fits into any industry standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver and connects to either front or rear receiver hitches.

sidekick-yamahaYamaha generator on Lock and Load SideKickThe sturdy security strap secures the generator and easily adjusts to fit different sizes of generators. The notches in each of the side straps are designed for Yamaha EF2000iS, Yamaha EF2400iSHC and Honda Eu2000ia generators. However, the height of the security straps range from 16.5 inches to 18.5 inches tall, allowing other generators to fit as long as the dimensions are appropriate.

For larger sized generators, check out the original Lock and Load. Torklift’s generator carrier dimensions are:

  1. Lock and Load SideKick: 19.75" x 11.75"
  2. Lock and Load Original: 28" x 23"

 

Palomino-bumper-close-upPalomino Truck Camper with Landing Pad bumper#2) Space Dock
If you have a Palomino truck camper equipped with the Landing Pad bumper, this application will blow your mind. The Landing Pad truck camper bumper boasts extra lockable storage, fancy DOT certified LED lights and convenient glow-in-the-dark swing step.  The left side of the bumper has a specific spot for the Space Dock so a SideKick generator tray can be secured.

space-dock-adapterSpace Dock receiver accessory

sidekick-on-bumperLock and Load SideKick attached to Palomino Landing Pad Bumper with Space DockBy using the Space Dock receiver attachment on the Palomino Landing Pad bumper, the Lock and Load SideKick generator carrier easily swings out to allow clearance for accessing storage. The SpaceDock receiver accessory is also compatible with other attachments like cargo racks, BBQ, etc.

Choose the Lock and Load SideKick generator tray to keep your humming generator outside the camper allowing for more space inside the RV for your leisure. The generator makes noise when used to power lights and other things that require energy in the camper. Since the generator uses a hefty lock, leave it attached to the bumper without worry of someone stealing it.

A best friend for you and your generator
Your RV generator is safe in the hands of Torklift’s SideKick.  Security access to the generator is tool-free, quick and easy. Engineered and designed for durability, the generator tray is made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and finished with high impact powder coat. The Lock and Load SideKick allows you to lock, store and run your generator simultaneously.

sidekick-generator-tray1Torklift customer installed SideKick generator tray on the front receiver
to secure a Honda generator

Whether you choose to mount a generator to your front or rear receiver hitch or the Palomino Landing Pad bumper, camping with your RV is made easier. With expensive equipment like your Yamaha or Honda generator safely stored and easily accessible, enjoy more access to power with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Read a recent review of this locking generator tray or click here to learn more about the Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick.

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See what this RV.net forum user has to say about Lock and Load SideKick

Recently a Torklift customer shared their experience using our Lock and Load SideKick generator tray.

See what Buzzcut1 had to say on RV.net here: LINK

sidekick-generator-tray1The Lock and Load SideKick generator tray
can be installed in a front or rear hitch

The Lock and Load SideKick is designed to keep generators secured under lock and key when in use and generating that coveted AC power we all know and love while at the campsite or while in long-term storage.  It’s the latest innovation in generator security at our factory.  It’s designed to secure the most common small-scale generators that people typically take to the campsite such as Yamaha EF2400iSHC, Yamaha EF2000iS and Honda Eu2000ia generators.

The tray dimensions are 21.25” x 16.125” and it adjusts to fit all front or rear 2” x 2” mounted trailer hitches.

On Rv.net, forum user Buzzcutt1 decided to mount his generator tray to the front receiver. By doing so he was able to put the generator in a non-obtrusive area and freed up a great deal of space in his truck camper. Campers are often looking for alternatives to internal truck camper storage. Not to mention, potential leakage messes and fumes caused by generators will now stay outside.

sidekick-generator-tray2The Lock and Load SideKick generator security tray
is installed in a front receiver hitch shown above

The Lock and Load SideKick is durable, made from high strength steel and aircraft grade aluminum and sealed with high impact powder coat. With generator theft becoming a concern, it even comes with a heavy-duty tamper proof puck lock. No one wants to wake up to a stolen generator since these types of thefts often occur while away from our campsite or while we are sleeping.

Buzzcutt1 found that installation was a snap; he assembled it himself and installed it to the truck’s front hitch receiver.

locking-cargo-trayForum user Buzzcut1 assembled the
Lock and Load SideKick on his own

Based on our customer feedback, we even made a change to this product referenced in this forum thread. We decided to replace the standard hex bolts with two tamper resistant snake eyebolts.

tray-tech-drawingTechnical drawing showing the replaced bolts

Torklift is a company who listens to their customers and values their feedback tremendously. In fact, one of our first products we ever developed was the FastGun turnbuckle and that was based on a customer who had a need. Particularly this customer had arthritis in her hands and was devastated that she was no longer going to be able to truck camp. At the time the only turnbuckles available on the market was the standard hook turnbuckles requiring customers to turn them with their hands. Many years ago, Torklift International founder Jon Kay learned about this woman and decided he needed to do something about it. He developed the quick-disconnect handle FastGun turnbuckle specifically for this woman so she could continue to truck camp.

It is that devotion to customer service and input that leads to new and improved products at Torklift International.

Thank you to Buzzcut1 for sharing this experience about our Lock and Load SideKick generator tray.

Click here to learn more about the Lock and Load SideKick generator tray.

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