Spring Truck Camper Accessories You Need!

Picture1If you’re interested in going camping but not having to sleep on the hard ground and be able to cook light meals, a truck camper is a great choice for something in-between tent camping and a full-blown Class A motorhome. A truck camper consists of a truck that you drive for hauling the camper, and the RV camper itself which has all the amenities of home. A truck and truck camper allows you to go anywhere the truck can go by itself.  With a truck camper you can exclusively access otherwise inaccessible places that motorhomes and other towable RV’s are unable to go for camping.

 

Below is a guide to top three truck camping accessories you need to make your camping experience safer and more enjoyable – including improved safety and stability as well as extra power! All the products below come with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and are made in the USA… pretty hard to resist those features! 


1.) Lock and Load

Lock and Load 1First up is the Lock and Load storage tray. Not only is it perfect for storing all your extra gear, gas cans or water cans, but it can also hold a generator for extra power while camping! With the Lock and Load, you can enjoy

extra generator power without having to deal with constantly moving it in and out of your RV and potentially cause damage or mess. This generator tray is perfect for not only storing your generator – but also locking it up so it’s safe from potential theft.

Installation is as simple as putting the tray into the hitch receiver, securing it with a locking hitch pin and you’re good to load up your camping gear and generator into the tray.

 

Features of the Lock and Load include: 

Allows you to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously
Avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator on the Lock and Load while on the road or off the grid
No more heavy lifting – your generator stays on the tray even while running
Protect costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes, plasma cutters and more from theft 
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 including: o Yamaha EF2000iSo Yamaha EF2400iSHCo Honda Eu2000ia
Utilizes 2” x 2” receiver to mount

 

2.) FastGun Wobble Stopper
6. Increase camper comfort by eliminating camper movement

Does your camper wobble from a sneeze when it’s not loaded securely on your truck? Many that travel with truck campers understand the irritating and nerve-racking camper sway when the camper is off loaded. When a truck camper is free standing, the sway and wobble can make for a discomforting experience. Torklift has designed the FastGun Wobble Stopper to dramatically reduce camper jack and frame stress. It acts as a supportive connection between the front camper jack legs and the camper body. Not only does it reduce the stress, it also reduces the swaying that causes unease and feeling like the camper is going to tip from just walking from the bed to the bathroom.

  

3.) Upgraded Steps – Stow N’ Go

stowngo10mFor a safer camping experience, there’s nothing better than stable steps. The Stow N’ Go was designed specifically to lock while in transit, eliminating the hassle of having to detach and store the steps inside your 

camper. The steps remain mounted to the back of the truck camper bumper to prevent the interior from getting dirty. This step system comes standard with the storage bracket, GlowStep entry system and All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet.

Now when you’re truck camping, you don’t have to worry about potential falling off your steps because they’re too steep or don’t fully reach the ground. As an added bonus, there are also many accessories available to go with the Stow N’ Go to improve your camping experience as well. These accessories include: the GlowGuide handrail, SafeStep pet safety barrier and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment. Having just one is a great upgrade, but all three combined help make the ultimate in truck camper step systems!

There you have it. Our top three recommended truck camping accessories for the spring season! Don’t wait today to upgrade your camping experience! For questions about the Lock and Load, FastGun Wobble Stopper, Stow N’ Go, or any other Torklift products, contact us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

 

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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. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels.

 

 

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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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Lock and Load Stops His Generator Theft!

Lock and Load 1When an unknown thief attempted to steal one of our customer’s generators, we were excited to know the thief couldn’t get past our Lock and Load generator security tray.

“Somebody tried to steal my Champion Power Equipment 73540i 2000watt portable inverter generator from the Torklift Lock and Load Maximum Security Cargo Tray attached to the front hitch receiver of the truck in the driveway. The culprit never succeeded in stealing the generator but took the five-gallon gas can instead that was only secured to the tray by a ratchet strap.” –John Patterson

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Wow John! It’s unfortunate to hear that someone tried to steal your generator, but we’re happy to hear that the Lock and Load hitch mounted cargo carrier did its job and kept your Champion generator safe from theft!

Last Christmas, Torklift International was able to play Santa Claus to a deserving customer whose only wish was to get a Lock and Load generator tray for Christmas. You can read the whole story here, but in the spirit of Christmas, we secretly sent him the Lock and Load locking cargo tray. He absolutely loved his surprise and has been updating us on how much he loves his Lock and Load since then. We are excited our Christmas gift stood the test of thievery.

Lockable for Your Peace of Mind
One of the best features of the Lock and Load is that it is lockable to prevent costly generator theft. The Lock and Load comes with a high security tamper-proof lock that makes it so your generator doesn’t get stolen. John learned that the best kind of theft prevention is this generator tray:

“I'm hoping that big puck lock securing the generator to the tray helped convince the perpetrator to give up and just take the gas can instead. The additional security measures of the cable lock give me a little more piece of mind. The Lock and Load in my opinion is a very capable product of preventing theft of your expensive generator.” –John Patterson

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Easy to use – Install it, then forget about it!
This receiver hitch generator tray mounts easily into front or rear standard 2” x 2” receiver hitches and allowsyou to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously. You can even leave your generator in the hitch mounted cargo carrier – no more heavy lifting! All in all, John is incredibly happy with his generator carrier and finished his message with this wonderful statement:

“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   

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Lock and Load features include: 

• 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

If you have been looking for new generator storage or are wanting to prevent generator theft, now is the time to check out the Lock and Load so your generator is stored safely this winter. If you want to learn more, click here.

If you are looking to store a smaller generator, the Lock and Load is available in a smaller size. The Lock and Load SideKick is 21.25” x 16.125” and fits all front or rear 2” x 2” mounted trailer hitches. More features can be found here.

Participating dealers are featuring the Lock and Load and smaller version the Lock and Load SideKick RV cargo carrier 10% off for a limited time here. If you want to wait until Christmas for your Lock and Load present – find a Certified Dealer near you by visiting our Where to Buy page and save it for later!

  

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

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

 

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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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Even Houdini himself can’t escape us...by Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

Or maybe you are more of a Criss Angel fan or even David Copperfield.

Either way, none of those magicians can make your generator disappear when it is stored in the Torklift International Lock and Load.

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What I find interesting about the Lock and Load is its versatility. Not only can you store generators, but you can keep your plasma cutters, toolboxes and anything else that you can fit into this lockable tray, safe.

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I know first hand that storage space is limited when traveling with a truck camper and even larger RVs like towables. Having the ability to store your generator on the outside safely from theft has other benefits too.

What do all internal combustion engines have in common that makes you not want to have them in your living room?

Gas, exhaust fumes and oil leaks. Having a generator sitting in your living room sounds silly. But if you RV with one and don’t have a Lock and Load to transport your generator or to keep it secure when you’re away from your camp spot, you have to either put it in your cab or lock it in your RV. This can make for a super stinky mess.

Thank you Lock and Load for not only keeping my generator safe, but also for making sure my living space is smell and mess free.

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All silliness aside, one more thing I would add has to do with my size. I’m a little on the small size and by no means do I want to move my generator around. The Lock and Load allows me to leave the generator locked in the stored position while I use it.  I never have to take it out of the tray. This means no chiropractor visits from excessive bending and lifting.

Pretty neat.

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That's a great IKEA... by Torklift Jen

I never know what I am going to be asked to do next here at Torklift.  So, I wasn’t surprised to hear from my manager that “We’re sending you to IKEA for a new lamp.”

What I failed to hear was really, “We have the idea for you to remote camp.

Spotty cell phone service can be so hilarious.

IMG_0796 copyI gladly accepted the offer and couldn’t wait to see if we were going with the traditional table lamp, art deco desk model, or the Swedish modern style.

By the time I had figured out I wouldn’t be shopping this weekend, I had agreed to try out a new receiver hitch application with the truck camper.

They know if I can figure out a new product that anyone can.

We are close to Mt. Rainier and many beautiful camping locations are not too far away for a quick trip.  I found one close enough where I could get the feel of dry camping without disturbing anyone by running the generator for my experiment.

“Big Red,” the Ford F-350 is equipped with receiver hitches in both the front and rear.  The SuperHitch Magnum receiver in the rear is a dual receiver, as are all the Torklift hitches.  So they can tow, but also have the ability to support other hitch-mounted applications.

For this camping trip, I would be using the receiver in the front to carry the Lock and Load for the generator.

Having the generator along was great.  Once I learned how to plug it in.  I ran every possible electrical amenity just for fun.  I promise I would not do this as a “real” camper, but I even ran the hair dryer and curling iron just for scientific research.

I also knew the generator was secure.  I didn’t have to lift it, move it or worry about stowing and locking it for the night.

One of these days I may be able to make it to IKEA.  I bet if I asked, they would let me camp in their parking lot some weekend.

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