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.

 

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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.

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3.) Bear protection

Enough said.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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