Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler!
I was surprised to find out that my innocent looking propane tank and auxiliary battery can live out a sordid existence in the wrong hands.
I guess I thought that theft of these items would be due to someone who needed to BBQ more than me or maybe he/she had unfortunately left their headlights on somewhere.
But no, these items are being targeted for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine and other drugs.
They are an easy target on RVs, because of the vacancy and remote storage of some units and convenience of the items exposed.
These thefts and associated tampering can cause hundreds of dollars in damage and costly repairs due to cut wiring and the not so careful removal of your possessions. You can keep a step ahead of the bad guys and break the chain of these crimes, without anymore broken and cut chains. Torklift has made specific products for thwarting these kinds of thefts and keeping your possessions safe under lock and key.
The Fortress GasLock is the first of its kind propane tank lock that allows your tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs.
The PowerArmor locking battery box series is a great looking addition to your RV-set-up and can be used to secure other valuable items as well.
HiddenPower is an under-bed battery mount. Hidden from theft; your extra battery is mounted in a stealth location under the bed and conveniently accessible for extra power when needed.
These and other security minded products are available to keep your investments safe. See our website for the full line of lockable products.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler!
Torklift International has won some major awards this year as a leader in manufacturing and business achievement, and we have another announcement to add to these list of honors.
We were recently named exporter of the year by the World Trade Center- Tacoma Division.
We have had tremendous growth and that includes trade in the world arena.
Torklift began exporting internationally in 2005 and through the economic downturn of 2009 remained increasingly profitable. Our products are sold in Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Dubai, Spain, Britain and Belgium. Russia is the newest market this year.
The spirit of these achievements is born in the commitment to build the safest, best quality, and innovative designs and to overachieve our expectations daily.
Our General Manager, Jay Taylor, promises, “We will continue to grow our company so we can continue to grow our community.”
See the feature in RV Pro - http://rv-pro.com/news/torklift-international-named-exporter-of-year
Although it’s impossible for me to imagine, and difficult for those who have come to love the FastGun, that there was life before this revolutionary turnbuckle.
I went to the oldest person I know, my 105-year-old grandmother, and asked her what it was like before the FastGun. She said, “ We used bows and arrows.”
So, okay, not that far back.
She’s not a truck camper, but she did tell me a camping story that falls somewhere in the timeline between covered wagon and the Winnebago, but I’ll save that for a later date.
I resolved to find out what it was like. So, I went to the computer and typed in a query.
A generic turnbuckle is really just a simple piece of tension building hardware used in marine applications, sports, shipping and construction.
It is a simple piece of hardware that can make a simple task difficult.
“Big Red,” the Ford F-350, doubles as a work truck and a weekend camper. I can’t imagine taking the camper off and back on this often without the FastGun turnbuckle.
They are spring loaded for superb functioning, easy adjustment and have spring tension indicators, that take the guess work out of tightening and securing.
They have a quick disconnect feature that makes the leveling process fast. They allow use of the electric jacks to level when the camper is left on the truck. This avoids the hassle of leveling blocks under your tires.
100% no tools, 100% lockable, quick-lever handle and a lifetime warranty that means with my genetics for longevity may be a very, very long time.
There is no turning back for the turnbuckle. http://www.torklift.com/x.php?w_page=original_fastguns
I have a valid fear the unknown when it has to do with backing up the truck and camper.
When I’m out there solo and I don’t have a crew of marshallers guiding me in like a 747, I need to rely on technology.
So, I am trying to build a case for a new investment in a back up camera system for “Big Red” the F-350 and camper set-up.
Who knows what goes on back there?
But, it must be pretty exciting because they made a full feature movie about it called the “Blind Side.”
I’ve done my research and I know that comparable systems and solutions may be less expensive.
But I’m skeptical with names and features like the “Backseat Driver Camera,” “The I Told You So Alert,” or the camera app. that links right to your insurance company.
I’m a careful driver, so I’m sure my footage will not be a “hit”. Sorry…
I’ll keep gathering my data for the best system and keep you posted. So, if you’re hearing the “Beep, Beep, Beep” of a truck backing up be cautious, as that truck may be doing research for the movie sequel “The Blind Side2.”
What’s black, grey and sometimes potable?
No, not a lead in to a bad joke, these are all very important distinctions to make when moving up to camping with plumbing.
Thanks to this new knowledge, I will never be able to hear that lovely, little Southern rock ditty by the Doobie Brothers the same way again.
Black water is the worst kind of water. It is the direct contents of the RV toilet.
Grey water, although nasty, is just the waste of the bathroom sink, shower and kitchenette.
Common sense would have me believe that potable water would relate to the “potty” as well.
So, not so, as I am learning the color-coded designations of the RV tank system.
Potable water is your fresh water tank.
I am used to tent camping and somehow over years of boating and camping have never had the duty to, well, deal with the “duty”. I have just always known that finding a Honey Bucket was a convenient luxury and I could deal with nature calling out in nature just fine.
I am not looking forward to my first time “dumping.” Yikes! A gauge will show the levels on the control panel in the camper and a distinct stink may tell you when it is time. However, this is a highly researched area of RV life and many products have been developed to make this a quick, easy and sanitary process.
The advice from my co-workers is to not overthink things and just do it.
I wonder how long I can get away with never using the truck camper bathroom. I think the space could make a great walk in closet.
I am told that this is not as complicated as I am making it.
Usually, I am a very adventurous person, but in the area of camper electrical systems I’ll admit I have a great fear of the unknown.
I have seen the warning labels, the ones that say that this could result in something blowing-up, electrocution, dismemberment or death. Or even worse, you could be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery.
I set out to study how all of these systems magically come together. I tracked how camper lights work, air conditioners hum, microwaves zap and charging everything from the truck battery to a cell phone. I learned how shore power flows, generators create, solar panels trickle, what made the trailer lights glow and trailer brakes ready for action. Of course, I did not forget to add in an additional 12-volt auxiliary battery for that extra boost when you need it.
What all of this looked like on paper was a map to my grandmother’s house through the bad part of town.
I took the advice of those who have gone before me. “Relax, this is not rocket science or brain surgery.”
Actually, I found similar to both fields of study.
I was relieved to find the task of wiring to the trailer and camper was made easy. The 3-Way Wiring Pigtail Harness is a no-splice solution from the 7-pin at the rear of the truck bumper to the trailer and also up to the camper.
Stay tuned for more electrical systems fun.
Here is a simple wiring harness: http://www.torklift.com/products/wireharnesses.php - threeway_crossref
Beep, Beep…here I come.
No, not really. I’m actually not Forklift Jen, Tork lift Jen, Torquelift Jen or even Dorklift Jen.
It’s a common mistake when you have an easily rhyming name, and I don’t take it personally.
With all of the new ways I am learning to get around here at Torklift, I hope I eventually have the opportunity to master the forklift mode of transport, too.
There’s a lot of hard work, skilled craftsmanship and innovation that goes on here. It’s inspiring to be part of the team and get to see products start from raw metal and then fabricated into the functional art they become. They are invented, made, boxed and shipped from right here at the factory to all over the world.
I should really get back to work now. Torklift Jen will not be taking on any new job titles until mastering the F-350 and camper first.
See why I’m so proud to work here:
Torklift International Wins First Place in Seattle Business Magazine’s 2013 Best Company to Work For
I’m making a splash … literally.
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.
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