Launch Torklift Jen

banner_ultradeckplusAs I launched my first step onto the newly forged camper bumper, I couldn’t help but think back to the July 1969 lunar impression and utter the words etched in history by Neil Armstrong, “This is one small step for man, one giant step for mankind…” Agreed, all my steps were baby steps way back then, but this is nonetheless, really big news!


Torklift International is officially announcing today the partnership with Lance Campers and the production of the Ultra Deck Plus Bumper.


It is a Torklift designed and manufactured truck camper bumper that will be debuted with the 1052 Lance Camper and will be available as an option for most of the 2014 models.


The launch of this product is really the dawning of a new era in truck camper form and function.  Like Torklift, Lance Campers has endured and prospered through market downturns and has remained a leader and the most popular truck camper manufacturer in the United States.


This is a pivotal piece to be working on with Lance, as they have remained on the leading edge of truck camper design, we have done the same with aftermarket parts and accessories.  Our contribution of superb manufacturing practices, access to advanced materials like 100% aircraft grade aluminum, and with our forward thinking engineers, we have found a way to answer a consumer need by increasing storage and also thrill with the possibilities to come.


Like the Apollo 11 mission, the development and achievement of this product was a feat of cooperation, innovation and to challenge dreams making them realities.


The initial idea came to us at a Lance Owners of America Rally.  Our customers who knew us to produce the highest quality, safe, and American-made products asked us about building a new bumper.  Like Lance Campers, we continue to learn from our dealers and from every single customer who provides ongoing feedback for improvement and new product design.  Our customers asked and we delivered.


Similarly, our astronauts did not get to the Moon alone and faced difficulties and challenges along the way.  We worked with the product development engineers at Lance from conceptualization through prototypes and in design improvements for two years.  An unyielding spirit of tenacity prevailed and like the cooperation and work that has gone into the International Space Station, this is an example how innovation and creation can unite and technology can transform.Lance_Bumper_Sliced


Jay Taylor, General Manager of Torklift, recently said, “ We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished here.  It’s not just a bumper that we’ve produced, but a newly forged relationship.  Lance is now a worldwide distributor of Torklift International products including our truck camper tie-down, turnbuckle, towing, suspension, and accessory lines.  We are very excited about the opportunity of working with Lance into the future.”


Look forward to the new products that will work in conjunction with the bumper design and to all the adventures that will be viewed and taken in from the Ultra Deck Plus exploring new frontiers and beyond.  It is truly a launching point to take you to your next adventure.  See more here:

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Countdown to your Torklift Jen

1601383_755358251156189_290398458_n“T-minus… and counting. “

Epic events and historical milestones are often marked with a ticking clock symbolizing mounting anticipation and a launch into new frontiers.  The mystery of the unknown and the possibilities that are commencing add to the excitement along with reflections of all the orchestration and hard work that has gone into preparation for a moment.

With celebration of all the right stuff that has gone into making this moment and the adventures that will go along with this new product, Torklift International is pleased to be sharing the advent and the anticipation that we are all feeling in making this upcoming announcement.

Here are some notable thoughts from others who have gone before us.  Some are practical and point out the anxiety of challenging the status quo and some elegantly summarize that a mission does not simply end here or there but continues with exploration and development beyond the horizons.

“Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best.” - Christopher Ferguson, Atlantis STS-135 commander, to launch director Mike Leinback right before the lift-off of the final Space Shuttle mission, 8 July 2011.

“…the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them.  This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space.”- President John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“Oh, quick question, I missed it in the briefing.  How much urine do these suits hold?”… - Howard, “ The Big Bang Theory,” episode “The Countdown Reflection.”

“It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”- Alan Shepherd

“The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” - H.G. Wells, "The Discovery of the Future, “ 1901

“The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow.”- Robert Goddard, successfully launched the world’s first liquid-filled rocket 1926

“If you build it, we will come”- From the movie Field of Dreams

“The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow”- Robert Goddard

“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world; knowing they’re going to light the bottom- and doesn’t get a little worried- does not fully understand the situation.”- John Young, after being asked if he was worried about making the first Space Shuttle flight.

“Godspeed, John Glenn”- Fellow Astronaut Sam Carpenter radioing to John Glenn upon blastoff.  This was the first mission of man orbiting the earth.


What would you be thinking the moment before lift-off and where do you think we are going?  Visit the Countdown-

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