How to live in a truck camper

TCWhen it comes to living a life on the road, many believe that it generally means living in a big Class A motorhome with an extra vehicle in tow, or a large fifth wheel or travel trailer firmly entrenched in a fancy RV park.

Although that sounds like a great option for some, there are others that would prefer to live life off-the-beaten-path in remote places for weeks or months at a time. In a truck camper, this is much more achievable. Living in a truck camper is perfect for those who want to explore remote locations but don’t want to sleep on the ground under a tent, have a decent place to cook meals and comfortable place to use the restroom.

Although it is incredibly fun, truck camper full time living is not necessarily a never-ending vacation. There are chores that need to be done to maintain your truck and camper. In this article, we’ll focus on the truck camper – easy tips to help maintain it while you’re living in it, the best truck camper storage options and more.

 

1. Inspect Roof and Truck Camper Seals
TC2While the quote “out of sight, out of mind” might be acceptable for certain things, when it comes to maintaining your truck camper you have to be proactive about checking for potential issues. This is especially true when it comes to the roof and all the seals around your truck camper.

A common problem with RV’s and truck campers is moisture leaking into the camper through faulty weather stripping and seals. Make sure to check the seals around your windows, door and roof every three months.

If you see any cracks, loose pieces or water stains then that could mean you are having a sealant problem. We would suggest taking your truck camper into a shop for removal and resealing.

 

2. Check BatteriesTC3
Batteries should last around three to five years, but should be checked regularly. The last thing you want is a dead battery. It not only ruins your camping plans, but can also lead to expensive repairs if the battery leaks. After three years deep-cycle batteries tend to start losing their power so it’s best to keep a close eye on them.

A way to help prevent damage from batteries is proper and safe storage. If you’re towing a small trailer behind your truck and truck camper, the PowerArmor battery box installs to the tongue of the trailer, or our single PowerArmor can install on your truck camper bumper. Depending on which size you get, this battery box can hold one to five batteries. It comes with an acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion and keep them safe from the elements inside the battery box. What’s the best part about the PowerArmor? It’s designed for easy access to the batteries and prevents potential expensive battery theft.

Another great way to protect your batteries while you're full-time RVing is the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount. The HiddenPower allows you to have extra battery power in your RV, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems by adding an extra battery that is tied into your truck's electrical charging system, which keeps the battery charged and always ready for RVing with little to no maintenance.

 

3. Water System Checks
Water is the most important resource when you’re living in a truck camper – so making sure your water is clean and won’t clog your systems is top priority. Maintenance should include chemicals that are designed to work with each of your systems whether it’s your grey or black water systems. Flushing the systems on a regular basis is also important to prevent any kinds of clogs that could cause failure of operation and major repairs.

 

4. How to store a truck camper off truckTC4
Truck camper living is a freeing experience. You can travel anywhere your truck can go and live life on the open road. But there can be some downsides, especially when you want to be able to use your truck bed for side trips or things that would require off-loading the camper.

If you are afraid that your truck camper might be stolen while you’re gone, the perfect truck camper storage idea is the FastGun Wobble Stopper which helps prevent your truck camper from wobbling while it’s off-truck and prevent potential theft of your camper. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is lockable and reduces the stress on your camper jacks and frame.

 

5. Run Your Generator
TC5Letting your generator sit unused for too long can cause replacement years before you should have to. In order to keep your generators internal components running at optimum levels, it needs to be ran at least once a month for 15-20 minutes once it’s reached it normal running temperature. Not doing this could cause parts in your generator components to corrode and rust, thus preventing it from effectively powering the generator.

If you don’t feel comfortable running your generator because of location, there are many storage options available including the Lock and Load generator tray. You can lock, store and run your generator from the tray without having to bring it inside or choke on residual gas or exhaust fumes. With maximum security straps and a heavy duty puck lock, you also don’t have to worry about thieves stealing your generator.

We hope you enjoyed these truck camper tips and RV storage ideas. Full-time living in your truck camper may come with responsibilities and regular upkeep, but is an incredibly freeing experience. Many RVers who have larger trailers have to pass up parks, campgrounds and other off-road places because they don’t have the accessibility that a truck camper provides.

 

For more information about any of the truck camper products mentioned, feel free to give our experienced Customer Service Team a call at 800-246-8132 and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

Happy Camping from all of us at Torklift! 

 

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Written 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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How to store an extra RV battery - RV battery recommendations

With a wide variety of RV batteries to choose from, their prices range just as wide. The cheapest RV battery on the market is the Apex Group UI RV battery that costs $48.25, and the most expensive battery being a Lifeline GPL-8DA deep cycle RV battery for $699.88. All RV batteries have the same purpose, but not all are equally created. So what kind of bang are you getting for your buck? We asked our veteran RV tech Darrel what his opinion is. Darrel has worked in the RV industry for decades and personally installed his share of batteries.

Battery Blog 1Duracell ultra-high capacity battery for deep cycle 6v RV-$109.99

• This is a 6-volt battery with 230 Ah
• 12-month free replacement warranty 
• Easy twist and release vent caps for watering

Trojan Reliant-$377.97

Battery Blog 2• This is a 12-volt battery with 150Ah 
• This battery is made with robust plates that extends the life cycle and comes with a low calcium grid alloy that reduces gas emissions
• A separator of glass fibers serves to isolate the positive and negative plates while acting as a blotter to absorb the electrolytes

Lifeline GPL-8DA-$639.99

Battery Blog 3• This is a 12-volt battery with 255Ah
• This battery is specifically manufactured for deep cycle applications 
• All Lifeline batteries are Coast Guard approved and handmade in the USA, backed with an industry leading five-year warranty

Which one does Darrel recommend?
Darrel recommends the Trojan Reliant. The brand produces quality batteries that have been around for years. They are high capacity batteries that are durable.

Arm your truck with the extra battery power
Torklift International has designed a hidden and convenient auxiliary battery mount, that mounts under the vehicle. This mount is compatible for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries such as lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc. The HiddenPower was engineered as a no-drill installation with quick disconnect electrical connectors. This system quickly attaches to the truck’s frame under your truck bed.

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Why do I need the HiddenPower?
The HiddenPower has many benefits for anyone who enjoys outdoor recreational activities. Having an extra battery mount will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, but when wired directly into your truck’s electrical system with our HiddenPower Wiring Harness. It will allow you to camp using your battery power without draining your vehicle’s battery. This allows you to conveniently use your stereo, lights and more without the wear and tear associated with having to run your vehicle to use power, as well as fuel. You won’t ever have to worry about a dead battery again. It gives you power that is out of sight out of mind, and keeps the mess of the battery out of the vehicle.

 

How much does a HiddenPower cost?
The prices vary with the make and model of each vehicle. The HiddenPower ranges $155 to $256 for Ford, Chevy and Dodge RAMS. Another determining factor for pricing and application is the year of the vehicle. Torklift offers the HiddenPower for vehicles made in 1973 all the way up to 2016, with 2017 applications coming soon. For more information on the HiddenPower you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit or website Torklift.com.


 

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Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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How much does an RV battery cost?

 With a wide variety of RV batteries to choose from, their prices range just as wide. The cheapest RV battery on the market is the Apex Group UI RV battery that costs $48.25, and the most expensive battery being a Lifeline GPL-8DA deep cycle RV battery for $699.88. All RV batteries have the same purpose, but not all are equally created. So, what kind of bang are you getting for your buck? We asked our veteran RV tech Darrel what his opinion is. Darrel has worked in the RV industry for decades and personally installed his share of batteries.

Battery Blog 1Duracell ultra-high capacity battery for deep cycle 6v RV-$109.99

• This is a 6-volt battery with 230 Ah
• 12-month free replacement warranty 
• Easy twist and release vent caps for watering

Trojan Reliant-$377.97

Battery Blog 2• This is a 12-volt battery with 150Ah 
• This battery is made with robust plates that extends the life cycle and comes with a low calcium grid alloy that reduces gas emissions
• A separator of glass fibers serves to isolate the positive and negative plates while acting as a blotter to absorb the electrolytes

Lifeline GPL-8DA-$639.99

Battery Blog 3• This is a 12-volt battery with 255Ah
• This battery is specifically manufactured for deep cycle applications 
• All Lifeline batteries are Coast Guard approved and handmade in the USA, backed with an industry leading five-year warranty


Which one does Darrel recommend?

Darrel recommends the Trojan Reliant. When talking with Darrel he said he recommended this battery because, “the brand produces quality batteries that have been around for years, and they are high capacity batteries that are durable.”

How many batteries do I need for my trip?
Depending on what kind of trip you are taking, you may need anywhere from two to five extra batteries. Extra batteries are always a good thing to have on hand. You are able to expand your power capacity and extend your trip with having extra batteries. Any of us who go off-roading or off-grid boon docking understand the importance of having that extra power to be able to use light bars as well as our stereos. For those of us who travel, whether it’s in a trailer or RV, we all appreciate being able to use the appliances because we have enough power to do so. Having extra batteries brings convenience and many luxuries to the outdoor life.

Where can I store these extra batteries?

Battery Blog 4Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum solar battery box featuring a lockable slide top that can easily be accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes with a precision laser cut 100% aluminum bright tread diamond plate featuring a black high impact powder coated frame. Boxes can bolt directly to RV, trailer tongue, camper bumper, etc. It features an access port that will allow electrical wires to pass through the side wall of the box to easily connect to your electrical circuit system.

PowerArmor DH Solar/ PowerArmor Max Solar
The PowerArmor solar boxes extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement with the 10-watt solar panel bolted through its lid. 

PowerArmor Solar DH starting at $468.99

• 24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
• 26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max Solar starting at $651.99

• can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, two group 31, four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries. 

PowerArmor DH/ PowerArmor Max

This battery box design has the same features as the PowerArmor Solar and the PowerArmor Max Solar minus the solar panel. The PowerArmor Max comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size.

PowerArmor DH starting at $310.99

• 24-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries
• 26-inch box can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max starting at $525.99

• Can hold up to two group 24-31 batteries with ample room to store additional hitch or RV towing related equipment by utilizing the storage dividers, or as many as four group 27 or 31, or five group 24 batteries.

Each battery box comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

Still not convinced? Picture this: You are on a camping trip when you leave your trailer to go on a hike. Your two Trojan Reliant batteries are sitting unsecured in the factory installed brackets on the tongue of your trailer. You then return back to a crime scene. That’s over $750.00 in batteries disappeared not to mention hundreds to repair the cut wiring left by thieves! The PowerArmor box will protect your investment with its key entry system.

The PowerArmor Solar boxes take it a step further. The 10-watt solar panel on top will trickle charge the batteries and extend their life by up to 400%. The trickle charge helps by keeping the battery in optimum condition year-round unlike batteries sitting in storage that may suffer from sulfating (caused by undercharging). The solar panel easily maintains battery life by not under or overcharging them, keeping them in great condition and extending your battery investment. Even without direct sunlight the solar panel on the PowerArmor Solar absorbs reflective light. Each PowerArmor box comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

To start protecting your investment, call us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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The trick to avoiding RV battery theft and achieving a worry-free summer

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Don’t let stolen RV batteries ruin your ability to camp

Now that summer is here, all you want to do is relax by the campfire and enjoy the starry nights creating quality memories with family and friends. The last thing on your mind should be worry.camp-fire

Not worrying about little Johnny’s flaming marshmallow taking flight as he whirls the roasting stick above his head… Not worrying about the next school season, bill payments or your adolescent daughter’s new high school “boyfriend.” And above all, you should never have to worry about someone stealing your expensive RV and camping equipment.

Like a thief in the night
No one wants to think about the possibility of someone committing crimes while they’re out enjoying nature. Our vacations are meant to be restful, filled with fun and lots of laughter. You’ve spent the time to plan, you’re finally at your destination and then one morning you wake up and wonder why the coffee maker won’t turn on in the RV? You find yourself checking everything; the lights, the TV, the electrical panel and finally, the batteries. Wait a minute. The batteries are...gone.

anti-theftMore common than campground theft, most burglary happens when your trailer or camper is sitting in storage between trips or just parked outside of your house. When you finally take that well-deserved time off for a trip, nothing’s worse then discovering you’re not as ready as you thought you were. The ability to quickly pack up and get on the road is blown to oblivion because scheduling repair and investing in new batteries is now a priority. Tssssssssssss. Do you hear that sound? That’s those expensive batteries burning a hole in your pocket.

Who moved my cheese?
According to a police report in Medford, Or., RV battery theft is on the rise with an increase in battery theft expected throughout the summer months, just when everyone has their equipment and gear ready to go camping or on vacation.

battery-theft-cut-wiringThieves steal batteries and damage wiring

The recent article in RV Pro Magazine mentions how batteries are fairly simple to steal if left unsecured. As more campers, trailers and boats are taken out of storage and parked in driveways or on the street in preparation for summer travel and recreation, they turn into easy targets and attract thieves.

Reports of battery theft are more prevalent each year.

As cited in the article by RV Pro, police Lt. Mike Budreau fell victim to battery theft from his boat as it sat outside his friend’s house. Now he has learned that it’s worthwhile to lock up or lug the batteries into storage to prevent it from happening in the future.

To read the full RV Pro article on battery theft, click here.

save-moneyGypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Thieves have targeted RVs for years as a way to make quick and easy cash. While batteries typically cost anywhere from $75 to $130 a piece, battery bandits re-sell them for a very small portion of profit. Often thieves cause even more damage by cutting wiring. Wiring repairs are a huge hassle. This makes securing your exposed batteries a priority, regardless if where you’ve parked your RV or trailer.

Up until recently, there weren’t many options available. The only solution was to jury rig your own locking contraption or completely disconnect the battery and bring it inside a locked structure. What an annoyance to be bothered with that when you’re just trying to enjoy your time off. So what’s a poor schmuck supposed to do, put GPS locators on the batteries?stop-sign


But wait! STOP THE PRESSES!

Torklift International has developed a new line of locking storage boxes to prevent common and expensive battery theft! Your key to successfully keeping your batteries safe: 
the PowerArmor Solar.

Fringe with benefits
We’re not just talking about the benefit of knowing your batteries are secure. The benefits from owning a PowerArmor Solar are that it’s much more than a security feature of the Torklift brand and quality. Whether your RV is parked in your driveway or you’re set up beside the lake, you don’t ever have to be without power.

PowerArmor-locking-battery-boxPowerArmor Solar


Using a 10-Watt solar panel, Torklift PowerArmor Solar battery box maintains the charge of your batteries. By using a trickle charge method, longevity of the batteries increases up to 400% so you can avoid replacing the batteries prematurely. The bottom of the locking storage box is lined with an acid neutralizing battery mat to prevent corrosion caused by battery acid.


And that’s not all...

  1. Made from heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
  2. Comes with mounting bracket and is designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
  3. Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
  4. Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (Max size only)

Don’t squander your power
The choice is yours. You don’t have to be a victim of battery theft. No other home option is as easy to install and provides the level of security as the PowerArmor Solar by Torklift International. Bolting easily to your trailer tongue or camper bumper, you’ll find the locking cargo box provides extra storage for your gear in addition to its security.

Now that Torklift International has helped stop battery thieves in their tracks, there’s no need to think about attaching GPS locaters to your batteries.

Bonus tip for keeping safe from any type of theft at the campsite: Lock it up.

  1. Lock your expensive generator with the Lock and Load or Load and Load SideKick generator tray
  2. Protect your shore power cords with the Fortress PowerLock
  3. Avoid propane tank theft and tampering with a Fortress GasLock
  4. Keep your Torklift RV scissor steps in place with GlowStep Locks
  5. If truck camping:
    1. Look into locking your turnbuckles and tie downs
    2. Prevent camper theft with the FastGun Wobble Stopper

Click here to learn more about the Torklift International PowerArmor Solar.

Source: http://rv-pro.com/news/rv-battery-thefts-heat-up-in-summer-months


 

Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

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Gain the power to broaden your travel horizons

map-adventureKeep batteries fully charged for every camping tripHow many times have we spent weeks looking forward to that camping vacation? Packing the RV, mapping our route and planning the day trips, before heading out on the highway only to find that when we arrive, our batteries are low, forcing us to find a place to re-charge. Let’s face it, our time off is valuable and we want to make the most of every minute.

Torklift does it again
We’ve resolved those pesky power issues for you with the latest in Torklift International’s line of power saving products. ExtendedPower and HiddenPower now make it easier than ever to carry additional batteries and keep to the road without ever having to stop to re-charge or worry about auxiliary power.

rocket-scienceNo Rocket science degrees required
ExtendedPower is equipped with a universal mount designed to clamp onto any receiver extension, attaching quickly and easily with a no-drill installation. Simply bolt onto your receiver extension to allow room for mounting additional batteries you’ll need to enjoy those extra hours of vacation. Its quick release pin design allows easy disconnect for battery service and battery storage.

Leave the battery charger at home
So while you’re looking for that place to pull off and set up camp, ExtendedPower battery system plugs right into your RV factory plug if you choose to hook up a wiring harness. Charge RV batteries automatically through your vehicle’s alternator. You’ll arrive at your destination with a full battery charge and be ready for the fun to begin.

ExtendedPower features:

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  1. Height adjustable
  2. Universal applications for all receiver extensions
  3. Lockable
  4. Works with group 24 batteries
  5. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  6. No-drill / easy install
  7. Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
  8. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  9. Proudly made in the USA

Right image: Two ExtendedPower battery mounts shown in yellow for contrast.

 

But Wait, there’s more…
Also in Torklift International’s bag of new and clever devices is HiddenPower. As a supplementary, convenient, under-vehicle battery mount, the HiddenPower is engineered to tie into your truck’s electrical system. This no-drill mount for extra batteries is easy-to-install, hidden from view and is used with quick disconnect electrical connectors for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve-volt batteries. Designed as an extension of your RV battery; this unique battery mount will recharge using your RV’s solar panels, generator or converter while your RV is plugged into your truck, and all at the same rate your RV batteries are charged. Your batteries will remain charged and ready whenever the urge to hit the road comes along so you’ll never lose those precious hours of your vacation again.

HiddenPower features:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hidden_Power-arrow.pngHiddenPower under vehicle battery mount
(shown in yellow for contrast)

  1. Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
  2. No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
  3. Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
  4. Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
  5. Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
  6. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  7. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  8. Proudly made in the USA

When the HiddenPower is used with the wiring harness it enables your battery to become an extension of your RV battery. With constant power, it prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained and allows you to camp off your battery power longer. The wiring harness is designed to complete your HiddenPower installation and has a universal design featuring sealed wiring to protect against dirt and moisture. The wiring harness detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service.

What We Like Best!
Of course there is so much to say about convenience and ease whenever we are planning a vacation. At Torklift International, we are always striving to improve upon features that make it easy for you to use our products and get on with enjoying your life. We make a point to listen to your needs in order to build a better experience for all of our customers.

ExtendedPower and HiddenPower battery mounts both come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and as always, proudly made in the USA.


Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

 

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