Want More Torklift Fan Mail? Your Wish Is Our Command!

image5Continuing in our “rooftop celebrations” of fan mail similar to Gary McNally’s letter to us, we wanted to share another wonderful letter that came to us from Colorado! Instead of going with ladder/drawbridge-style entryway stored-steps that allow mud, water, salt and other debris to get inside the RV and instead of staying with his factory RV steps, using a RV booster step or choosing another aftermarket RV step system, Brian chose to install the GlowStep Revolution:

“I just purchased and installed the revolution 4-step setup and took our first trip with them, for a week-long trip for spring break, down to Santa Fe, NM. After using them for a full week, which included two kids, two dogs and us two adults, there are some excellent attributes I wanted to send to you.” 
                                                                                – Brian Bleile

Below is a broken down list of Brian’s favorite features of these adjustable trailer steps along with more information about these unique RV steps.

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All Terrain Landing Gear
The GlowStep Revolution step system is the first RV step for towables that is versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain. With the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet, your RV scissor steps connect firmly to ground level and eliminate the unsafe diving board feeling associated with factory trailer steps.


“First off, the landing legs design is absolutely outstanding!! I’m not a disbeliever in the 3-step, steel steps normally found in new trailers today but the fact that there is a very solid “foot” on your steps REALLY keep the trailer from rocking and bouncing when the kids and dogs are running up and down the steps, in and out, 30 times a day. This is truly the best-attribute of these steps.”

–Brian Bleile

The All Terrain Landing Gear leveling feet for RV steps aren’t the only addition available for this step system. There are also accessories that make a complete cleaning and safety support system for your steps. There is the GlowGuide Handrail to make getting in and out of your RV easier and safer, the SafeStep barrier for pet friendly steps and DirtDestroyer which is a shoe cleaning attachment.

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Made from Aluminum
The second aspect of the steps that Brian notes is the fact that the GlowStep Revolution steps are made of 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel.

“The second best design item is the aluminum construction. Again, very well designed, built and assembled. Also very solid, they don’t flex or move under my weight (220 Lbs.) and definitely removed over 25 Lbs. of weight from my old steel steps. They’re super easy to put-away and stow! Again, a testament to your design.” 
–Brian Bleile

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves Brian!

05. GlowStep Revolution

Tread Pattern
These trailer steps also use our SureGrip step tread to eliminate the jagged holes commonly found on factory steps. Brian said in his letter that, “the tread pattern on the step provides excellent traction and really helped remove those stubborn goat-heads from our shoes after walking the NM trails!” Great for pets and great for removing goat heads from shoes, the GlowStep Revolution is Brian Bleile approved!

Overall, Brian is incredibly happy with his GlowStep Revolution RV steps. Finishing his letter, he states:

“Again, an outstanding design and execution of a 4-step, aluminum, step! The grounded feet design is truly the best feature in a step that anyone could get today. I say congratulations to you!!” 
– Brian Bleile

Thanks Brian! Congratulations to you on your new steps! We’re happy that you’re enjoying them so much. If you’re interested in the GlowStep Revolution, here are more features for these leveling RV steps:

02. Elevation Diagram• Only RV step system with 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment
• Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
• Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
• Landing gear quickly levels on uneven terrain (included)
• Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
• Works on side entry truck campers and towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Secures into place via locking mechanism
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA 

If you’re tired of living with a trailer booster step or constantly having to fix broken RV Steps, contact us for more information. You can reach us at support@torklift.com or call our Tech Support at 800-246-8132. We are more than happy to help you step up your RV lifestyle and upgrade to the GlowStep Revolution leveling RV steps.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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21 Days, 10 Campgrounds and 4 States, Oh My!

Ken Spears and Mrs. SpearsKen and his wife on their epic adventure!In November, Rv.net forum user Ken Spears, aka BigBird65, shared his experience with the GlowStep Revolution RV step system after taking an epic road trip across 4 states and covering 3,433 miles of road.

 

 

 

“The steps got a real workout and performed 100%. It is a very well engineered product. My dear wife, with her back problems (two surgeries), is extremely pleased with the unit. It is much easier now for her to enter and exit the trailer.” –Ken Spears

With this adjustable trailer step, Ken and his wife no longer need a trailer booster step in order to enter and exit his trailer safely. Ken later stated that the All Terrain Landing Gear “is one of the GlowStep Revolution’s best features” which are adjustable leveling feet for RV steps.

Look at all the mods you can do!
LED lights on GSRLED lights are a really cool looking modification Ken not only has the GlowStep Revolution but after his 21-day, 4-state camping trip he decided to add a couple of great features to his steps. He added the DirtDestroyer accessory to his steps which is a shoe cleaning attachment that prevents tracking in dirt and other materials from outside. He has also made some awesome LED light modifications to his step area to add even more light to his trailer steps.

GSR with DirtDestroyerCheck out the awesome DirtDestroyer accessoryThese are not the only modifications you can make though! Not only can you add LED lights and our Dirt Destroyer. We also have many other accessories that work with the GlowStep Revolution step system. The SafeStep is a protective step riser guard that creates a vertical barrier – closing the openings between the steps for pets. Another great accessory for the GlowStep Revolution is the GlowGuide. Our GlowStep Handrail dramatically enhances the safety of your RV by providing a place for you to hold onto when entering and exiting.

To sum up Ken’s glowing review of these RV scissor steps: “The GlowStep Revolution has been simply GREAT. We like every thing about it. I am very happy since I no longer need to carry the the box that I used for the first step.”

Why suffer with terrible steps?
Kens Camper with GSRYour can have steps just like Ken'sYou too have a chance to have amazing GlowStep Revolution RV steps just like Ken’s! We will have a drawing on May 25, 2016 which means you can send us your ‘unsafe’ or broken RV step photos and stories to be entered into a drawing by using #RVStepFail for a chance to win the GlowStep Revolution – the step that will fix all of your trailer step problems.

Instead of dealing with recalled steps, factory trailer steps, having RV steps too high and and RV booster steps why not try the most impressive leveling RV steps out there – the GlowStep Revolution.

Don’t forget to submit your photo here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

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Trailer Step Mods: Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution step system

Happy kidsWhile camping is fun at any age, the best outdoor experiences always seem to stem from roughing it in your childhood. Everything is fun when you’re younger -- even the ‘diving-board’ effect you feel when stepping onto the factory steps of an RV or trailer. Why? It almost seems like a trampoline launch pad while in the throes of one’s childhood imagination.

But alas as we grow older, wobbly RV factory steps become nerve wrecking and adding a booster step becomes necessity. Not just to avoid hip pain or sciatica flare ups when the first step starts to seem too high, but to keep children from hurting themselves. If you’re not careful, once you and your family settle into your trailer you might end up staying inside to avoid the steps—and we all know that being indoors defeats the purpose of camping. Don’t let faulty trailer steps inhibit your experience. If only there was a company that specialized in adjustable trailer steps…

GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

Torklift International was listening and created a solution. The GlowStep Revolution step system is the first leveling scissor step of its kind for trailer and towable applications.

all terrain landing gear

The secret of the GlowStep Revolution’s durability is its uniquely engineered hinge design, where the bushing bearings are bolted for maximum stability and longevity. Our design uses specialty phenolic washers on each hinge, making deploying and stowing the steps smooth and seamless. What sets these steps apart from any other trailer steps on the market is its 7 inches of vertical step elevation adjustment.

GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep RevolutionAll terrain landing gear2All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose from three positions of elevation for the top step. This determines the ideal plane from the top step to your trailer entry. The All Terrain Landing Gear provides even more adjustment options on the base of the steps. Set the step landing gear individually to accommodate any uneven terrain.

RV Step FailAvoid unsafe trailer booster stepGlowStep Revolution’s All Terrain Landing Gear ensures level step configuration and supreme stability by eliminating the unsafe diving board effect. The steps connect Earth to RV so your trailer step system is firmly rooted and stable on ground level. Included with the GlowStep Revolution, the All Terrain Landing Gear can also be purchased separately and added to the original GlowStep for truck camper applications.

When you’ve installed GlowStep Revolution on your trailer, say goodbye to the dreaded booster step and hello to peace of mind with its lightweight, rust free aircraft grade aluminum build and glow in the dark capabilities (up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure).

GlowStep Revolution Options

If that’s not enough, here is what else you can expect from Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution:

• Available from 2-6 steps based on your application needs
• The GlowStep Revolution system is compatible with all sorts accessories: handrail (for extra stability), pet safety barriers and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment
• Securely stows into place via locking mechanism
• Covered by Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Click here to see RVers give their first-hand accounts on how the GlowStep Revolution compares to traditional factory trailer steps. Perhaps one of the most endearing compliments we’ve received comes from RV.net forum member “Tequila.”

Tequilas Trailer Prior To GlowStepTequila's Trailer Prior to installing the GlowStep RevolutionDuring Tequila’s installation of the GlowStep Revolution, the service technicians revealed that the welds holding original factory steps to his travel trailer were starting to crack and break. No doubt Tequila was blessed with good timing considering he had only owned his trailer for a year. Thanks to the GlowStep Revolution installation, a potential crisis was averted and Tequila has only positive things to say about his revolutionary trailer steps:

 “I must say I am impressed… It is nice to have stable steps, especially when carrying loads in and out of the trailer. All in all, one of the best mods I have done to my trailer. They are a winner. They certainly attract attention in RV parks.”  - Tequila

RVStepFailTorklift International’s GlowStep Revolution is the Ultimate Step System and the first step toward fixing all your factory step problems. You can find an #RVStepFAIL almost anywhere you look. If you or a friend find yourselves dealing with clearly unsafe or dysfunctional factory steps, or happen to stumble (pun intended) across some while camping, we want to know about them.

Submit your photo or story here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

Jake Holley-headshotWritten by Jake Holley:
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Have an RV Step horror story? Win the GlowStep Revolution with #RVStepFail

 

There’s a lot of creative people in the world and that leads to countless quick-fix solutions when problems are encountered. At its best, this inspires innovation and invention; at its worst, it leads to some pretty humorous attempts at problem-solving. As we ring in the New Year, we would love to celebrate both the innovation and the lack thereof. That’s why we’re introducing our RV Step Fail contest.

RV Step Fail

Failed RV StepFailed RV StepsRV steps are notorious for needing modification: the steps are either too short or too shaky, they can’t easily accommodate uneven ground and the surface area is always too small. Complaints about factory trailer steps are as numerous as the ways folks have tried to solve them—with stool legs, concrete blocks, wooden platforms, booster steps and makeshift handrails. You name it and someone has likely tried it.

If you or someone you see has ever been in this situation, we would love to hear about it! Send us photographs and stories of either your steps or steps you’ve spotted and you’ll be entered into a drawing for the chance to win the GlowStep Revolution: the revolutionary, all-in-one RV step solution.

Here’s how to enter:
• Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag “#RVStepFail”
Email us your photo

Find Torklift International on Facebook or Twitter, @Torklift and learn more about the drawing on torklift.com/RVStepFail. Drawing will take place on May 25th, 2016.

Make the GlowStep Revolution your New Year’s Resolution
The GlowStep Revolution is the ultimate RV step system. It was specially engineered as a solution for the common problems that people face with factory RV steps, including step height, connection to the ground and long-lasting durability. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, the patent pending design of GlowStep Revolution is built to last. It is proudly made in the USA and backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. Plus, it glows in the dark! Who doesn’t love that?

Five Ways the GlowStep Revolution Outshines Traditional Modifications

 1. Elevation Control

The GlowStep Revolution has 7 inches of vertical adjustability, allowing you to pinpoint the perfect level for your RV steps. Why is that important? Because this step is 100% booster step free. Elevation Control Bubblev2Determine the space between the top step and RV entry with different settings, allowing for a range of 4 inches. The adjustable feet of the All Terrain Landing Gear provide an additional 3 inches for determining the perfect level of steps. Since the feet on the All Terrain Landing Gear are individually adjustable, battling the woes of uneven ground is no longer a concern. Simply choose the setting that provides the most level and safe step configuration for you and your RV.

 

2. Safety and Stability

There are many reasons why we see trailer owners fixing RV steps, but the one we most often hear about is that the initial factory RV step is too high. GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep Revolution glows for safe entry at nightPeople invent all sorts of solutions to connect their factory trailer steps to the ground but often run into issues with instability. No one wants to walk out at night on a shaky platform, risking ankle injuries as they “jump” from the bottom step. This is where the GlowStep Revolution really shines—it is equipped with All Terrain Landing Gear, adjustable feet that connect the step system to uneven ground, which safely eliminates that swaying diving-board sensation. You’ll never need an RV booster step again.

Additionally, the GlowStep wasn’t christened as glowing for naught—it literally glows in the dark for up to 10 hours after only five minutes of light exposure. Getting in and out of your RV at night has never been easier. Enter our contest, and you could be the lucky winner that gets to see how the GlowStep Revolution shines.

3. Adaptable Versatility

The third big factor that concerns RV owners is leveling RV steps on rough ground. Jumping off the bottom step onto uneven surfaces is an accident waiting to happen, but with the GlowStep Revolution’s precision elevation control and the All Terrain Landing Gear you’ll never again need to worry about uneven ground. The landing gear adapts to any type of terrain, providing unparalleled versatility in the most unpredictable environments.

Another issue that some RV owners face when parking on uneven surfaces or small hills is trouble deploying factory trailer steps. Have you ever needed to dig a hole to allow your bottom step to unfold? (If so, be sure to share it with us!) Accommodate even the trickiest of scenarios and achieve the perfect step height with GlowStep Revolution.

4. Long-lasting Durability

Too often we hear consumers complaining about broken RV steps—steps that just can’t handle life on the road. Unlike traditional RV steps which are made from steel, the GlowStep Revolution was crafted from aircraft grade aluminum to keep rust at bay. Designed specifically for towables and Stowed GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep Revolution in stowed positionside-entry truck campers, these aren’t just any ordinary scissor steps. Torklift’s design was engineered with bushing bearings bolted at each hinge point along the scissor design, which help prevent loosening of steps over time and improves weight-bearing ability. With its lifetime warranty, Torklift promises durability and longevity of the GlowStep system—which is more than we can say for those quick-fix systems.

5. Customize Your RV Steps
Just in case you want to dress up your GlowStep Revolution, there are several bright and shiny accessories that were engineered to pair nicely with its initial design. Attachments such as the GlowGuide Handrail, the SafeStep pet barrier panels and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment provide a wealth of creative solutions to meet your additional RV step needs.

GlowStep Revolution Features

For more information on the GlowStep Revolution, be sure to check out Kevin Livingston’s article “Step Right Up” featured in Trailer Life Magazine.

GlowStep Revolution In UseWin your own GlowStep Revolution today!
Don’t forget to send us your stories and photographs. We want to see the breadth of ways you have come up with to fix those notorious factory RV steps. We’ll laugh and cry with you -- maybe we’ll even feature a few of our favorite RV Step Fails on the blog!

Submit your photo here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
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GlowStep Revolution gets Ready for a Glowing Debut with RVIA

 Our one-of-a-kind leveling step system, the GlowStep Revolution, will soon be featured in a national television commercial sponsored by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA is highly esteemed in the RV industry for its safety and compliance monitoring of RVs and RV accessories and it’s also a leading source of RV news and product information.

Torklift International could not be more thrilled to have RVIA endorse the GlowStep Revolution RV step system in its upcoming television commercial.

RVIACommercial1Eric's famed RV featuring the GlowStep RevolutionAn Impressive Performance
We owe our thanks to Eric Martinez—a sales associate at Lazy Dayz RV in Tampa, Florida. The GlowStep Revolution captivated Eric while he was attending a Torklift Dealer training with Torklift’s National Sales Manager Randy Fisher. “When I saw the presentation that your sales manager put on, I was impressed with it,” Eric said. “It was an impressive performance.”

Little did Randy know, Eric had recently been contacted by the RVIA media campaign after he had shared photos of his RV online. RVIA offered Eric the opportunity to participate in their upcoming commercial, and after seeing Randy’s demonstration, Eric wanted to install the GlowStep Revolution on his trailer so that it would be included in the commercial as well. “It seems like a great product,” he said, “that’s why I asked.”

Say “Hello” to the Star of Sensible Support
Designed for towables, the GlowStep Revolution is a complete step system that has the ability to adapt to any type of terrain using the included All Terrain Landing Gear. It is the only RV step system with 7 inches of precision vertical step elevation adjustment. The All Terrain Landing Gear acts as leveling feet for RV steps, ensuring the steps safely touch the ground. This provides unparalleled stability—say goodbye to the unstable springboard effect that occurs so often with factory RV steps.

RVIACommercial2GlowStep Revolution in action

The Glowstep Revolution is proudly made in the USA and is backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. It’s made from durable, lightweight aircraft grade aluminum that stays corrosion free. Unique bushing bearings are used on each hinge-point to provide additional stability and longevity, plus there’s a locking mechanism that secures the RV steps into place.

The GlowStep Revolution RV step features GlowStep technology—self-illuminating strips adhered to each step that glow-in-the-dark for up to 10 hours after only five minutes of light exposure. It pairs perfectly with our other step system accessories, such as the GlowGuide Handrail, the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment and the SafeStep pet safety barrier.

The Leading Lady of Leveling Steps
RVIACommercial3Factory trailer steps compared to the GlowStep RevolutionFactory RV steps just can’t compare with the GlowStep Revolution. Often, depending on how uneven the ground is where the RV is parked, factory trailer steps are to low to the ground to even deploy or are so high off of the ground that they require an unsafe booster step—a safety hazard, especially if you are entering or exiting your trailer at night. Not only does the GlowStep Revolution illuminate your path, it completely eliminates the ground-to-step gap by connecting your RV steps directly to the earth. You’ll never have to use or lug around an unsafe booster step again. The patent pending design also dramatically increases the longevity of your step system because the ground now supports the steps.

Instead of fixing RV steps, replacing recalled steps or repairing broken RV steps, why not take Eric’s advice and invest in the ultimate set of leveling RV steps: the GlowStep Revolution.

Costars of Additional Security
Not only will RVIA’s commercial feature the GlowStep Revolution, but it will also highlight the PowerArmor Solar and the Fortress GasLock—two additional Torklift International products that Eric has also installed on his trailer.

RVIACommercial4PowerArmor SolarThe PowerArmor Solar is a durable locking battery box that provides extra storage when not used for batteries. Its unique solar panel maintains battery charge thereby increasing the longevity of batteries by up to 400%. It’s a great way to ensure that your batteries stay safe while also maintaining their charge.

 

The Fortress GasLock is a locking mechanism for mounted propane RVIACommercial5Fortress GasLocktanks. Propane tank theft is a growing concern, but there’s no need to worry with the addition of the Fortress GasLock. It’s a simple accessory that can save you hundreds in damages related to LP tank theft.

Both the PowerArmor Solar and the Fortress GasLock will be featured alongside the GlowStep Revolution in RVIA’s upcoming commercial.

 

RVIACommercial6Eric Martinez with his kids

Share Your Story With Us
Here at Torklift, we are passionate about our products because we’re passionate about RVing. We llove the freedom and flexibility of a life on the go. Our goal in developing the GlowStep Revolution RV steps for towables, as with all of our products, is to ensure consumer safety while enhancing their RV experience.

If you’re an avid RVer with a story to share, we would love to hear from you. Share your triumphs and trials with us on social media using the hashtag #GoRV.

Stay Tuned for More Information
You won’t want to miss our big debut—RVIA’s national television commercial featuring Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution will be airing in 2016. In the meantime, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on your own GlowStep Revolution complete with All Terrain Landing Gear.
To get the GlowStep Revolution on your RV, visit the Where To Buy section on our website, or find more details about the RV step here.

 


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Don’t fall for it -- Relinquish the booster step for your trailer entry with GlowStep Revolution RV Step System

leap-of-faithDon’t take a leap of faith
when you don’t have to
With a brand new travel trailer you’ll quickly discover the downfall to the factory OEM trailer steps. Not only do flimsy foldout steps hover above ground, but they also feel like you’re scaling a springing plank or diving board each time you enter and exit the trailer. The entire RV shakes and shimmies like the California quake of ’94. When exiting your RV do you ever feel like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade when he took a leap of faith? The gap from the last step to the ground is considerably too large to safely maneuver.

You come to the realization that you’ll need to supplement the step configuration on your trailer. What a shame...Or is it?

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With the newly introduced and first-of-its-kind GlowStep Revolution step system for towables, all of your trailer step problems are solved. The high quality steps made with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel have a smart scissor step design with a lifetime warranty that guarantees your money well spent. Due to the precise attention to quality and level of workmanship, you’ll never have to think about replacing trailer steps once the GlowStep Revolution is installed.

 

anti-boosterDon’t settle for unsafe booster steps

The GlowStep Revolution is the epitome of safety and convenience. No longer worry about having to haul around booster steps, cinder blocks, pallets or other makeshift homemade steps that only Band-Aid the gap between the bottom of the factory step to the ground. Who wants to carry these items around let alone store them inside their RV? Why not invest in a sturdy and reliable step that will last a lifetime. As an aftermarket trailer step, you can bring the GlowStep Revolution right along with you as you upgrade from trailer to trailer. Installation on towables is so simple, you’ll wonder what took you so long to upgrade in the first place.

What are the downfalls of using trailer step imposters that act as booster steps and how does the GlowStep Revolution RV Step system remedy these issues?

Let’s take a closer look:

STABILITY
Problem: This issue is somewhat obvious when using OEM trailer steps. The up and down movement from entering the trailer causes your coach to rock side-to-side. Factory steps on towables also lack any possibility of adjustment. If using a booster step, the added step to close the gap in step rise is unable to adapt to terrain leaving steps unsecured and wobbly.

Solution: All of the features built within the GlowStep Revolution contribute to its unmatched level of stability. In particular the Earth-to-RV feature and All Terrain Landing Gear take these steps to the next level. Connecting the steps all the way to the ground from the entry door of your trailer is the only way to achieve a rock solid step configuration. Its 3-position adjustment allows easy leveling as you can determine how flat and even your steps sit.

all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear
adjusts to level RV steps
With All Terrain Landing Gear there’s adjustability on both sides of the step so you can safely and accurately level the steps to give you that firm feeling of foundation you desire. All Terrain Landing Gear meets any challenge: rocks, sand, mud, snow or sleet. No matter what mother earth puts under your rig, the landing gear remains planted and secure where you put it.

Have the original GlowSteps? The All Terrain Landing Gear is available to purchase by itself and can be added to most scissor steps for leveling capability.

 

SAFETY
extra-step-to-safetyProblem: Factory steps and booster steps lack adjustability for a wide range of safety needs. With no way to add or subtract a step to the factory step, what you see is what you get.

Solution: With GlowStep Revolution, we’ve taken accessibility to the ultimate level of safety. Since it works as a system with GlowGuide Handrail, pet-friendly SafeStep and more, you can tailor your step configuration to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to create a safe entry for folks with limited mobility, small children or even your pets, pick and choose the features you need to achieve optimum safety.

Click here to learn more about each component you can add to your step system.

STORAGE
gsr-stored-finalGlowStep Revolution stores easily
in the factory step compartment
Problem:
Good luck finding somewhere to store a trailer booster step that isn’t a nuisance. When space is already limited, storing extra cargo and lugging around extra weight is the farthest thing from convenience. Also, you’ll find that factory steps are unable to collapse into the step compartment without hanging down and impairing ground clearance.

Solution: Not only does the GlowStep Revolution deploy in seconds, it stores safely and easily into the body of your RV when not in use giving you greater ground clearance than a factory step provides. The step latches and uses a security pin to keep it safely in place during transit.

STYLE
Problem: Plastic or wooden booster steps disrupt what could be a seamless entry/exit to your RV. Makeshift steps are an eyesore and primarily lack functionality.

Solution: The GlowStep Revolution is a great addition to any towable. The RV step system looks high quality and sleek because its aluminum composition that’s non-corrosive and rust-free. Its strength and longevity come from the carefully engineered design features: stainless steel bushing bearings, anti-slip SureGrip step tread and double bar hinges.

With up to 10 hours of glowing capability from just five minutes of light exposure, don’t worry about lack of visibility at nighttime.

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Steps are double-hinged for strength

So there you have it. The GlowStep Revolution RV step system will tackle any challenge and misfortune your factory trailer steps have been causing you. Recently, we’ve heard several reports of RV manufacturers recalling RVs due to faulty steps. Click here to see a recent story about RV steps breaking due to weak rivets, causing the steps to give way.

Take your safety into your own hands (or feet in this case) by trusting the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution and see what others had to say about the RV steps here:

 


 

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Step Right Up!

We are so lucky to have a chance to have one of our products featured in the September edition of Trailer Life Magazine! What product do you ask? None other than the newest addition to our product family, the GlowStep Revolution.

“… it doesn’t get much better than this.”
                    -Kevin Livingston, Trailer Life Magazine

Revolution-step-system

Hey, it doesn’t get much better than this. Here are some of the reasons why we think the GlowStep Revolution is amazing:

• With our step system design, the GlowStep Revolution brings you down to ground level, making it so you don’t need unsafe booster steps
• Our specially designed All Terrain Landing Gear quickly levels on uneven terrain and eliminates the unstable and unsafe ‘diving board’ feeling
• The step system includes various options (purchased separately) that let you build an entry and exit system to suite your specific needs: the SafeStep barrier, GlowGuide Handrail and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaner
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, meaning that it is rust free
• Works on both side entry truck campers and towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity, preventing the steps from coming loose over time
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only 5 minutes of light exposure
• Comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• The GlowStep Revolution is proudly made in the USA

glowstep-revolution-atlgAll Terrain Landing Gear levels trailer steps

We use and created a specially engineered hinge design unlike any other in the industry and is the only scissor step system designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry campers. We had a Q & A with a couple of engineers from our team about the GlowStep Revolution. Below are their responses:

 

How did you come up with the GlowStep Revolution design?
We measured many different trailers to determine the most common step bracket widths and hole spacing. After some testing, we found that when trailers aren’t parked on level ground, the height of the door could change significantly. Other step companies counter this problem by preventing the steps from contacting the ground and allows more movement with their lower steps. This adds a lot of stress to the trailer’s frame, but our design, with All Terrain Landing Gear, is much more stable with the bottom of the steps resting on the ground.

We also designed our mounting bracket to allow the top step to be adjusted up and down as well. With both the mounting height and lower steps being adjustable, it keeps any one step from being too tall for people.

What was the process of creating the GlowStep Revolution from idea to final product?
Step 1: Research how current steps are mounted
Step 2: Design a prototype
Step 3: Test the prototype and look for ways to improve the product
Step 4: Redesign the mounting bracket to add in more adjustment and make other minor tweaks based on customer feedback
Step 5: Strength test the system to verify calculations
Step 6: Created drawings, bills of materials, jigs for production, and write instructions for installation

What about the glow in the dark aspect of the GlowStep Revolution?
Brought over from our other GlowStep line. We often hear how much our customers love it and is one of the most useful features of the product. It was a no-brainer to carry the glow in the dark feature into the new GlowStep line.

What is coolest part of the GlowStep Revolution for our engineering department?
The upper step adjustment mechanism that relies on an indexing plate and lever mounted cog to hold the plate in position.

There you have it folks, from the creators own mouths! Make sure that you go check out the article in Trailer Life Magazine and learn all about all the amazing features of our GlowStep Revolution!

Watch this video to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution:

 


 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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3 ways to achieve safe and stable RV steps

road-sign-roughHaving a camper or trailer opens up the possibilities of traveling and camping with little limitation. With this freedom, you’re bound to come across bumps in the road with your RV equipment. That’s where Torklift International steps in. In an effort to make RVing enjoyable and stress-free, we create products with focus on convenience. Especially with the newly released GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

With factory OEM steps on your trailer, you may have experienced these common drawbacks:

trailer-booster-stepTrailer steps that need a booster step

  1. RV Movement: Since most factory steps do not extend to the ground, the hovering design is far from ideal. When entering and exiting, the shift in weight sends the entire RV into a rocking motion. The steps tend to feel flimsy and the diving board motion feels uneasy and unsafe.

  1. Booster Step: Since nearly all factory trailer steps don’t reach the ground, the step rise from the last hovering step to the ground will vary tremendously. Overwhelming opinions conclude that it’s much too high and poses a challenge to maneuver comfortably. Many folks implement an RV booster step to help address this problem. The problem with the extra step is finding somewhere to store it and its lack of ability to level out on uneven surfaces.

table-wobbleWobble caused by uneven surfaces

  1. Step Wobble: If you’ve resorted to using an RV booster step or step that folds completely to the ground, you still might encounter the dreaded wobble. This experience is comparable to sitting at a restaurant with one of the table legs malfunctioning. The wobbling drives you nuts, and you’ve probably shoved some napkins or a folded coaster underneath as remedy. With RV steps, this happens when the flat bottom of the RV step or RV booster step cannot adjust on lopsided surfaces creating an uncomfortable and significant safety hazard.

With the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, we’ve addressed these annoying conundrums and even added additional features to achieve the safest experience for entering and exiting your RV.

How to stabilize RV steps
When Torklift engineers set out to develop a solution for trailer steps, there were many aspects that required consideration. Overall, the goal was to develop steps that provided something that no other RV steps could provide. It was important that our design proved to be the most stable and safest RV step available. How did we stabilize RV steps? With nothing less than a revolution of course.

For stabilizing RV steps, we started with the top 3 ways:dumb-bell

  1. Starts with design
    1. Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum, click here to learn more about how its unique bushing bearings and double bar design on each hinge gives the steps incredible stability, durability and longevity.
    2. When used with GlowGuide Handrail, the GlowStep Revolution RV steps handle up to 375 pounds of capacity. The GlowStep is available in 2-6 steps and is easy to add or remove steps if necessary.  

  2. Earth to RVall-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear
    A simple concept but a world of difference from hovering steps. Steps that touch the ground provide an outstanding improvement in stability. With the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, toss aside the need for a clunky booster step.  

  3. Houston, we have a solution
    The All Terrain Landing Gear addresses the issues of trying to stabilize a step on uneven ground. Camping conditions will always vary, so simply adjust the feet of your steps to make the steps level. All Terrain Landing Gear comes standard on the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, but can also be added to other scissor step applications as an upgraded feature.


GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsStep Up: an epic battle between RV steps
To get some feedback on the GlowStep Revolution RV step system, we organized the GlowStep Revolution Challenge at the KOA campground in Kent, Washington. For a direct comparison between factory trailer steps and the GlowStep Revolution RV step, we arranged them side-by-side on a travel trailer with two entry doors and asked campers to review both sets of RV steps.

 

Stan Kapalczynski took the GlowStep Revolution Challenge. To begin, he tried out the factory steps.
GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

“They are real flimsy and rocky,” said Kapalczynski as he bounced up and down on the hovering step.

When it came time to try the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, Kapalczynski found that they were so nice he had to try them twice. With a thorough test, he concluded that the GlowStep Revolution RV step was a clear improvement in comparison to weaker factory steps.

GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

“Definitely sturdier…they’re not going anywhere,” explained Kapalczynski. “A quality-made good deal.”

Watch the full video of the GlowStep Revolution Challenge to see what happened:

winner

 

After duking it out with the factory step, the GlowStep Revolution RV step system proved to be a clear winner and top choice among campers who took the challenge.

 

trailer-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step System with DirtDestroyer, GlowGuide Handrail and SafeStep

If you’re considering upgrading your trailer steps to a safer configuration, know all the benefits that the GlowStep Revolution provides:

  1. Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
  2. Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
  3. Adjustable landing gear levels on uneven terrain
  4. Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
  5. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
  6. Works on side entry truck campers and towables
  7. Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
  8. Glows in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  10. Proudly made in the USA

Order the GlowStep Revolution RV step system for towables by clicking here now.  Click here to learn about our promotional offer available through August 15, 2015.  For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com.

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Your RV step too high off the ground? Eliminate the need for a booster step

It is often that steps on towables from the factory have a swing or fold out design that hovers over the ground. When you step down from the unit onto the steps, the steps feel flimsy, furthermore you feel them shake and shimmy. That same little dance motion ripples throughout the entire trailer. This earthquake movement serves as a warning sign that someone is entering or exiting the camper. Silver lining perhaps? For most, not likely.

cliffDon’t fall from the bottom trailer step

 

Not only does the hovering design cause extra and unnecessary movement, the bottom step is often a doozy. The gap from the last step to the ground is commonly much larger than the typical rise in RV steps. For those that have difficulty with mobility, the step configuration becomes a significant challenge.



To fix this issue, some folks take matters into their own hands. Often people purchase collapsing stool steps or improvise with a jury-rigged platform to put underneath to shorten the gap in step rise. Unfortunately, a configuration like this requires storing the extra pieces somewhere. When extra weight is a concern and storage is a rare commodity, this approach quickly becomes inconvenient.

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(Left) Trailers using alternative methods for steps (Right) GlowStep Revolution

gsr-earth-to-rvWe wanted to address the issues with hovering steps by using the concept of Earth-to-RV. This is only one of the many benefits of the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution RV step system. Click here to learn about each useful feature of Torklift’s new leveling RV step.

By connecting the trailer all the way to the ground, the step has a tremendous increase in support and provides an easy entry and exit for anyone. It provides an equal rise between steps so you don’t have to struggle trying to pull yourself up from the ground.

Mary Ellen Chambers compared the factory step of a travel trailer to the GlowStep Revolution. Take a look at what she had to say:

When Chambers tested the OEM factory trailer step, she disliked the amount of movement when going up and down the steps.  

“This first step is too high for me,” said Chambers. “I need a booster step.”

She also mentioned that the jiggling motion of the step and RV were uncomfortable.

When Chambers tried the GlowStep Revolution, she couldn’t believe how much sturdier and stable the steps were in comparison to the factory step. As someone with mobility challenges, she preferred to use the GlowStep Revolution.GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution features All Terrain Landing Gear
(also available to purchase separately)

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GlowStep Revolution:

  1. Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
  2. Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
  3. All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain
  4. Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
  5. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
  6. Works on side entry truck campers and towables
  7. Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
  8. Glows in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  10. Proudly made in the USA

saleThrough August 15th, 2015, purchase the GlowStep Revolution or original GlowStep and receive $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail and your choice of a free SafeStep or DirtDestroyer while supplies last!

Click here for offer details.

The GlowStep Revolution is now available for pre-order. For additional questions, reach us at 800-246-8132 or send an email to support@torklift.com.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

 


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Campers put the new GlowStep Revolution step for towables to the test

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step SystemWith the recent launch of Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution RV Step, we wanted to gain some real-world feedback on experiences from those spending time at the campsite.

With anticipation, we set out to find folks who wanted to test and review our newest innovation. Much like the StableLoad Challenge, the results provided us with great insight on Torklift’s new GlowStep Revolution leveling RV step.

 

 

KOAFor the GlowStep Revolution Challenge, we used a travel trailer with dual side entry and two sets of steps on it. On one side we left the factory step while on the other side we installed the GlowStep Revolution RV Step. We set up the trailer at the KOA campground in Kent, Washington and asked campers to test out both sets of steps.

 Watch the video to see what the campers discovered:

2thumbsupAfter the GlowStep Revolution Challenge concluded, the campers gave us a resounding “two-thumbs up.” The factory RV step that floats above ground caused the step and trailer to shimmy back and forth, leaving the campers uneasy about maneuvering up and down the steps. With the GlowStep Revolution, it was clear they felt more stable and secure. Without a doubt, everyone who tried the GlowStep Revolution RV step system preferred it to the factory step.

 

“There isn’t any comparison!” said Mary Ellen Chambers. “Those [GlowStep Revolution steps] are sturdy, they feel secure.”

Knowing the benefits of the GlowStep Revolution is helpful when considering upgrading from the weaker factory step.  Designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry truck campers, the GlowStep Revolution RV step revolutionizes the way you enter and exit your trailer or camper.

How you ask?

  1. GSR-storedSteps store in factory step compartmentEarth to RV: Avoid that diving board motion of a flimsy factory step with a sturdy version that connects your trailer all the way to the ground providing optimum stability. 


  2. Easy Storage: By fitting into the factory step compartment, the step provides significant improvement in ground clearance in most cases. A quick release lever allows for easy deployment.




  3. all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear to level RV StepsHigh capacity steps: The steps handle 375 pounds of capacity when used with a GlowGuide Handrail. Capacities vary with number of steps. The GlowStep is available in 2-6 steps and is easy to add or remove steps if necessary. 

  4. Leveling RV steps: All Terrain Landing Gear - With the push of a button, adjust the feet of your steps if you encounter uneven terrain.
    Add the All Terrain Landing Gear to any scissor step application and easily level your existing steps.

  5. Step system compatibility:
    1. GlowGuide Handrail - Lightweight aluminum telescopic handrail dramatically improves stability. Step capacities increase by 25 pounds and the handrail transforms into a wash brush cleaning accessory.
    2. DirtDestroyer - The bristle brush shoe cleaning attachment prevents dirt from entering your RV.
    3. SafeStep - As a vertical barrier between steps that blocks the gap between steps, entry for pets and small children is safer and less intimidating. See how pets walk up a GlowStep with a SafeStep barrier installed.

      GlowStep Revolution

gsr-doublehingeSteps are double-hinged for strength

The clever design of the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution isn’t the typical scissor step that you’ve probably seen before. Click here to learn more about the bushing bearings and double bar design on each of the hinges. This handcrafted design is the only of its kind in the industry and creates the strongest and most durable steps available. In addition, the GlowSteps are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Time for an upgrade
With the launch of this unique step for towables, we’re extending a pretty sweet deal. Purchase the GlowStep Revolution or original GlowStep and receive $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail and your choice of a free SafeStep or DirtDestroyer while supplies last. That’s right, you’ve read correctly!

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Find a dealer to purchase the original GlowStep or pre-order the GlowStep Revolution step for towables by clicking here now. The offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is intended for retail consumer use only. Hurry to redeem as the offer expires August 15, 2015.  Free items are only while supplies last. For full details on this offer, click here.

For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com. Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

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It’s time for a Revolution: Mystery Product Revealed!

Introducing the GlowStep Revolution

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GSR-storedGlowStep Revolution
stores in place
To complete the Torklift International GlowStep Series, we’re proud to announce the newest innovation from our talented engineers, the GlowStep Revolution. In an effort to revolutionize RV step assemblies, the GlowStep Revolution is the first and only step system designed to be versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain.

Designed for towables and fifth wheels, the GlowStep Revolution fits into the factory step compartment and features a quick release lever. In most cases it provides significant improvement in ground clearance.

Earth-to-RV
gsr-earth-to-rvMany factory steps on towables simply swing out and float above ground. This step assembly feels unstable and shaky, sending you into a diving board motion. When someone enters or exits the trailer, the entire RV wobbles due to lack of stability. This style of step assembly often requires an additional booster step for the bottom, as the clearance from the first step to the ground is a doozy.

The GlowStep Revolution connects the ground to the RV creating perfect stabilization of both steps and RV. No more diving board motion and wobbling of the trailer. Available in ranges from two to six steps, the GlowStep Revolution provides a safe path all the way to the ground without any large gaps.

FLEX-ability
GSR-flexabilityGlowStep Revolution adjusts horizontallySometimes uneven terrain makes leveling your step system a challenge. The nature of the scissor step design not only allows for easy maneuvering vertically, but also for slight adjustment horizontally or side-to-side, much like an accordion. With the GlowStep Revolution, angle the steps appropriately to accommodate any type of terrain.  Simply compress one side and extend the other to curve your step assembly the way you want.

With GlowSteps, bushing bearings are used at each hinge point for smooth action while still providing sufficient level of rigidity and strength for the steps.

Step Features
gsr-doublehingeGlowSteps are double hinged
for added strength
The GlowStep Revolution step system uses the proven design of the original Torklift International GlowSteps. Unlike most camper scissor steps, Torklift International GlowSteps are double-hinged making them the strongest RV step available.

 

 

With the self-illuminating feature, the GlowSteps need just five minutes of sunlight exposure to deliver a lasting glow up to ten hours. Each step is manufactured with anti-slip SureGripTM step tread allowing more control when using the steps. These features create the safest entry/exit path to your RV.caution-uneven-steps

 

All Terrain Landing Gear
This feature is a game changer. All Terrain Landing Gear are the adjustable feet that make accommodating difficult terrain extremely easy. If the ground happens to be uneven, simply push a button to adjust in seconds and achieve a level and stable step system.  all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear

The All Terrain Landing Gear comes with the GlowStep Revolution system, however it’s available to purchase separately and installs on any GlowStep scissor step application.

The Revolution
The advantage of the GlowStep Revolution scissor step system is its ability to be modified based on your personal preference. It’s compatible with the entire GlowStep Series so you can select and build your own step assembly. Outfit your GlowStep Revolution with the following accessories:  

  1. GlowGuide Handrail: Lightweight camper step handrail that glows in the dark for increased stability. Made from aircraft grade aluminum and when paired with GlowSteps, increases step capacities by 25 pounds. The GlowGuide Handrail also converts into a wash brush RV cleaning accessory.
  2. DirtDestroyer: Keep your RV clean with a bristle brush shoe cleaning attachment.
  3. SafeStep: Panels that create a vertical barrier between steps, closing the gaps and providing safe entry for pets and small children.

Revolution-rv-steps

GlowStep Revolution:
     -  Made from 100 percent stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum
     -  Universal RV factory step replacement: GlowStep Revolution fits most towable
        and fifth wheel step assemblies
     -  Ability to add and remove steps with Add-A-Step (2-6 steps)
     -  Up to 375 pounds weight capacity (when used with GlowGuide Handrail)
     -  Up to 50 percent lighter than factory steps
     -  All Terrain Landing Gear included

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution. Now available for pre-sale!

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