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.

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

Continue reading
10096 Hits
0 Comments

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.

gsr before after
(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)

Torklift International 
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.

 


sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

Continue reading
7183 Hits
0 Comments

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!

glowstep-special-offer

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.

Continue reading
3196 Hits
0 Comments

Follow Blog Via Email