Hooray for vacations!..by Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

Check out Sue Jurf's reaction after we contacted her about winning her weeklong truck camping vacation through the Torklift Treasure Hunt!

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Brought to you by Truck Camper Warehouse, Northstar Campers and Torklift International.

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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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Go ahead, I'm listening...by Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

 

An amazing thing is happening as I participate more and more in the world of online RV and automotive forums.  I am getting questions directed to me and I know the answers!

 

I am learning a tremendous amount in my time spent reading the threads (conversations on specific topics within the forum) everyday.  Participation in these message boards has allowed me to bring questions to my expert teammates here at Torklift International and share what I find by tapping into their wealth of information, ability to innovate solutions and for their support in providing the best service possible to our customers.

 

I also get to share what I am reading in regard to customer ideas and service opportunities.  I see information passed on about anything from Alternators to Ziplining and a bird’s eye view into the recreation and automotive enthusiast’s lifestyle.1961fordgirl

 

In the arena of online forums, the camaraderie and passion for mutual interests can be informative and entertaining.  These discussions are two-way streets and sometimes opinions meet head on, but the main goal is to share valuable experience and help and support each other.

 

Here is a recent thread started on the Ford Truck Enthusiasts site.

 

“1961FordGirl” writes:  "Hello everyone.. New to the forum.. Just bought this beauty yesterday.. I also bought a 1962 Friendship Vacationaire to pull with it.. Going to do some camping "vintage style". If any of you know where to buy good used parts for a 1961 please let me know.. I need a steering wheel, shift indicator, gas pedal (rubber part). "

 

The following is a bit of the conversation:

 

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If you’d like to see more on the Torklift SuperHitch Towing Series check out our website: http://www.torklift.com/products/superhitch.php

 

I welcome any questions or comments that you may have.  I will get an answer to you or will be taking the assignment to heart and also be learning through the process.  I look forward to meeting you!

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Bumper Crop...by Torklift Jen

Torklift has had what could be called a bumper crop of new products developed over the last year.

 

We are excited to be producing yet another new addition for truck camper fleets.

 

Stayed tuned for the big announcement next week!

 

We do not call this fruition of great new products and opportunities luck, it is due to our preparedness, forward thinking and hard work.  The time has been right and this is our opportunity to build new relationships and continue to offer the best in the industry.

 

These new fabrications will be big changes for your current adventures and the possible additions and supplemental product ideas that are being explored will transform the form and function of truck campers to meet customer needs and wants.  We are proud to be along on your truck camper experiences and will continue to do so by staying true to our Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

 

See some of Torklift International's current offerings with our manufacturer partners.


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Off-road, On purpose...by Torklift Jen

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I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

That excerpt from the Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (poet 1874-1903) may not directly refer to modern day 4x4ing, but it makes sense to Matty Pickering, Torklift International’s expert in technical support and also an avid off-roader.

In my Torklift Jen adventures, as a newbie and trusted with company insurance, I have stayed on the road on purpose.  I understand that it takes special equipment and skills for safe and extreme off-roading adventures.

I have seen some extraordinary truck campers off-roading in photos and reading trip logs of my new friends on the forums. It looks like a lot of fun, but I think I’ll leave the true off-roading to Matty.Matty Questionaire

During the week he is a pillar of knowledge and imparts true customer service, industry experience, technical abilities, and an outstanding character that makes him a great guy to work with and an understanding resource for everyone he helps daily.

Along with his experience, Matty’s direct customer interactions and feedback help develop and research new products.  He is the point man on the front line of Torklift International and is a reason why our reputation is having the best customer service in the business.

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Call in 1-800-246-8132, or e-mail techservice@torklift.com. Anytime, we’ll be there to help.

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Toy Drive 2013 Wrap-up...by Torklift Jen

IMG_1216The toys have all been delivered for the annual Torklift Toy Drive 2013!  Within our office, we've gathered enough to help 45 children to have a brighter holiday.

 

Torklift International contributed our donations to the the Sumner Washington Police Department's Toy Box Drive and collectively we are providing over 600 kids and families that special something to celebrate the season.

 

As we are wrapping-up, literally, the completion of the year and all of the toys, the Torklift factory is again in full swing to continue making great products and providing growth for jobs and helping the local community where we live and work.


Best wishes to all for a safe and prosperous 2014!

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The eagle has landed... by Torklift Jen



This time the eagle has landed at Torklift International and has inspired a brand new tie down system.

Yes, our original True Frame Mounted Tie Downs are the best in the business and that design and exceptional manufacturing will remain the same.  The Talon Camper Tie Down is a specialized alternative for high performance in the toughest climates and terrains.

Talons are yet another new and exciting product from the innovators here.  I love the visual image of the majestic eagle as it swoops down to securely attach to the truck frame and secure the camper with awesome power and incredible strength.  And like all of our products, they are a true symbol of being made in the USA.

These new Tie Downs are built especially for those who take their campers and trucks to the extreme and face inclement weather and harsh environments.  Talons can meet and exceed all of your traveling demands while keeping your family, truck, and camper safe.

If your equipment is encountering salt water and treated roads on your adventures, you will find these elements to speed up the natural corrosion process of metals.  The Talon’s aluminum structure will enhance the lasting durability and ease of maintenance, also making it more lightweight at the same time.  It’s the same stuff we trust when we’re cruising at 35,000 ft. in your favorite airliner.

Talon in the prototype stage, I installed this one myself!

Talon in the prototype stage, I installed this one myself!


Check out these beauties on our website: Talon Camper Tie Downs

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Meet a real Mountain Man... by Torklift Jen

“Go find the Mountain Man.”  That term was used to describe Casey Cotter, our lead engineer, and master behind so many of Torklift’s innovations.

He’s the real deal, and can be found on weekends out in nature thinking up brilliant ideas to make camping easy and possible for people like me.

Where he could “MacGuyver” an instant wiring fix to keep the batteries charged all night, I need a plug in harness and hopefully a switch labeled boldly off and on.

Where I think it would be genius to use duct tape for an easy fix.  He can engineer real lab tested performance solutions to everyday camping needs and problems.

Where he could survive on the land for days, I panic if all the fixin’s for s’mores aren’t in the cooler.

Where he could have made Eagle Scout, I quit the Brownie troop when I learned it wasn’t all about the chocolatey treat.

Where he could tell you if your GAWR is in line with your GVWR and your GCVWR is within your GTWR and GVWR, and your TW better not be over 10% of your GTW and you’re gonna need WD.  I would say,  “That’s a big RV.”

Casey can directly answer the, “call of the wild,” where my call needs operator assistance and sometimes goes to voice mail.

I can learn a lot from Casey Cotter.

Oh no, he is wearing his camouflage hat again, I think he sees me coming for some more advice.

Casey’s Torklift invention of choice: StableLoads suspension upgrade


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Boondocking- it just sounds scary... by Torklift Jen

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I imagine boondocking will be a camping experience like this.

I pull into the most picturesque, secluded camping spot I can find.  Through the deep, dark woods right on the edge of the lake.  But, something seems just too perfect about it.  Come to think of it, I hadn’t passed another vehicle for miles.

Oh well, I enjoy my afternoon of exploring and as I return to the camper at dusk, I notice I have a neighbor.

The cutest little couple comes out of their trailer to greet me.

They are just so friendly.  They go on and on chatting about the history of the area and stories of their travels.

“Did you know they have been camping together for well over 50 years? “

They are so nice, so very, very nice.

The couple invites me over for games. They invite me for dinner.  However, I notice a strange glance and giggles between them throughout these offers of hospitality.  They still act like newlyweds, how sweet.

I think, “How did they survive out here in the middle of nowhere, out in the boondocks, for so long? “

Wait a minute, wait A MINUTE!

“They want to have ME for dinner!”

I excuse myself back the camper in hurry.

Suddenly, I feel a sharp tap on my shoulder.

WHAA!!!!!

Oh, it was just them again.

They remind me to turn my lights down as there are no hookups here.

WHHHHHAAAA!!!! AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! The horror, the humanity! No hookups!

Boondocking means camping without hookups.

 

Have no fear- with HiddenPower you can keep the lights on all night. http://www.torklift.com/products/hiddenpower.php


 

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Advice for camping with a cat... by Torklift Jen

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Camping is great fun for the whole family.  Including the four-legged ones.

So, it was time to let Ivy, my cat, enjoy the freedom of truck camping and a new second home on wheels.  Why not?

Dogs love to swim, explore all the new smells of the great outdoors, sneaking dropped camping goodies, and the thrill of hunting big game, even if it is just chasing a chipmunk.

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Her eyes became as wide as saucers and she was all claws, my otherwise docile kitty quickly showed me who was boss.  She obviously didn’t appreciate the safety and comfort I was able to provide for her in a camper.IMG_2645

She lived up to the name “Poison Ivy” as in something that you get while camping and never want to be exposed to it again. I left her home to reign over her own little kingdom, maybe it’s not too late to rent a dog for the weekend.

Safe Step:    Step riser guard panels protect pets from falling and “see through” anxiety on scissor steps.   http://www.torklift.com/products/safestep.php

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Balancing work, play, and the right way to get into a kayak...by Torklift Jen

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I put myself on assignment this weekend and hauled some boating stuff up to the lake.  In my mind, this was a professional outing, so I geared-up and had hyped myself into being a rather important researcher.

Then I learned the real meaning of “splash.”

With all my enthusiasm I jumped into the little kayak, both feet first.

“KERPLUNK.”

I learned the cold hard truth.

The kayak had flipped me out into the cold lake water.  I was a human slingshot and I went an impressive distance.

I struggled to drag the boat to shore as it filled with water and became impossible to bail out.  I was fully clothed, wearing boots and a life jacket, but now I know what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the mob wearing cement shoes and facing an East River demise.

I concluded that balance is crucial to all things in towing, hauling, suspension, mind and body. And getting into a boat.

Gear of Choice: SuperTruss Extension

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SCRRRAAAAPE...! ... by Torklift Jen

“SCRRRAAAAPE…..!”

Imagine my surprise as I made shave-ice out of the sidewalk on my first turn onto the main street in the Ford F-350.  I’m thinking they are going to need a “Don’t Trip” sign over that nice etching.

This is a continuation of my first trip in the dually, time elapsed now less than 30 seconds.

There was just one oversight in my pre-flight check list, I had forgotten to remove the SuperHitch Everest weight distribution shank and head.  Oops.

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I had to consider if that awful sound was normal.  I opted to turn around and head back to the plant, but not before getting to perfect my 20-point turn into oncoming traffic.  This truck and camper amounts to a huge road block at times.

At this point I had to wonder if “Torklift Jen” would be scrapped for her weight in metal when she returned.

Fingers crossed!

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My new job title: Torklift Jen

IMG_1639I experiment with Torklift products and take them out in the real world with a uniquely “Torklift Jen” perspective.  Some people say I’m like an action figure All I need is a cape!

What is the “Torklift Jen” perspective you ask?

Well, I get lots of advice during my work week on what to do, and most importantly what NOT to do by some of the best in the industry.  I look forward to sharing what I learn and passing on what I find about new products, engineering information and technical advice.

Just as a preview, you’ll find out what it’s like for little ole’ me to drive a giant truck!

I will check-in from the roads traveled with the people I meet while wearing my “Torklift Jen” hat.

Let me know if you have any great ideas and what makes your off time work for you.

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I could be called an experiment... by Torklift Jen

IMG_1624When I told my team at Torklift International that I had never truck camped, the room went silent.  I could tell that this was a serious offense.  At that moment, I was dubbed an experiment, a newbie … a truck camper.

Since that day, it has become my job to truck camp and document my experiences.

I used to drive a Hyundai.  Now I drive a Ford F-350.  This truck and the Torklift products installed on it will endure the test of ultimate user friendliness, my active recreational use and performance with grace-under-fire.

Let’s hope not literally.

My job is clear.  I am an experiment and the mad scientist is Torklift International.

And to start, a good question for a new guinea pig should always be: “What happened to the old guinea pig?”

I think she probably became an expert!

Join me on my trials as I form a hypothesis on what this truck camping thing is all about.
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