What do you set your truck camper on when you don’t use it?

With so many options available for truck camper support from DIY options to basic hardware store saw horses to and the Camper Packer which will you choose to put under your truck camper?

For the Do-it-yourselfers

While on the Rv.net forum, we came across a unique DIY design. Rv.net member Budster designed a truck camper support from ¾ inch thick plywood trim which he cut to his desired height with cut outs making X’s with them, and then used 2”x4”s to compensate for any uneven terrain.

Thanks, Budster for sharing this neat idea with rv.net! For anyone out there making their own truck camper supports, we recommend having the lumber you are using treated, so it can withstand the weather. Also, making sure your product will support not only the weight capacity of your truck camper but also the added weight of people and any other gear inside.

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 The hardware store saw horse

Truck Camper Storage 4While exploring hardware store saw horse options we came across no options that would actually work with truck campers. The common option we did find was at Home Depot. Made from pine wood that is 3/8-inch-thick with plywood gussets and fasteners that are corrosion resistant with water resistant glue and is backed by a combination of screws and staples, it’s only able to provide 100 pounds’ worth of support you are going to need more than a few of these or you will run the risk of having it collapse along with your truck camper. That really was the common issue we noticed -- these sawhorses were not rated nearly high as they needed to be to sustain the weight of a truck camper.

This options like the DIY option we recommend getting the lumber treated, keeping in mind they are not adjustable and if you are already running tight on space remember these options are bulky to store and neither come with a warranty.

The Camper Packer 

Truck Camper Storage 5The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining a camper’s structure during long term storage. It’s 50 inches side-to-side with special treated lumber to endure harsh weather, it even folds up for compact storage when not in use.

The Camper Packer is the best option for storage as it allows you to lower your truck camper and can bare twelve times the weight capacity of the typical hardware store saw horse at 6,000 pounds per pair. Having a stable support when properly installed will allow you to avoid jack twisting as well as frame damage. Distributing the weight amongst the structure minimizes sway and lifts the weight off the four corners reducing the amount of stress on the frame. With high impact powder coated hardware for added protection, this product is 100% tool-free assembly.

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The Camper Packer is USA made and comes with a five-year warranty. So, what is your truck camper sitting on? Post your pictures below in the comments, and for any questions or more info on the Camper Packer contact 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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Living the Lance Life: Customer Review of Torklift Camper Packer Storage Stands

Living the Lance Life1Have you ever thought you were onto a genius idea that’s had a less than desirable outcome? If you’re a handyman, don’t be ashamed if an idea or two falls short, as there’s no doubt you’ve conquered success a time or two.

When checking in with blogger Matt Kasner, he was debating on how to go about storing his 2008 Lance 861 truck camper. Knowing he wanted to spare the jacks on his truck camper from extra stress, he considered a sawhorse style storage system.

“I lean more towards the “why fix something that's not broken” motto. Sure, we could have built some 2x4 sawhorses, that probably would implode in on themselves knowing my woodworking skills.”
– Matt Kasner

Camper Jack AccidentCamper jack accident, RV.net userWhen it comes to taking care of your truck camper, don’t take any chances with old cinder blocks or a traditional sawhorse from the hardware store. Just like Matt’s Lance truck camper, your investment needs serious protection. As much as your frugal intuition speaks to you, don’t skimp on something that if overlooked could cost your more than you’re willing to admit in the long run. That’s why we recommend storing your truck camper with the strength, support and protection it deserves.

 

 

camperpackerm2A question commonly debated is whether or not a truck camper should be left on its jacks. If you’re hoping to keep your camper in good condition, consider what might happen to it if the weight of the camper was dependent only on its jacks. The weight of the camper causes unnecessary wear and stress to the camper frame and jacks. Don’t take any chances. With our Camper Packer, prevent camper frame damage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame. Avoid camper jack repair and extend the life of your camper jacks.

As Matt will attest, the Camper Packer isn’t your typical sawhorse. The Torklift Camper Packer is the only quality structural support base for truck campers, whether for short or long-term storage. We turned to Matt’s recent blog to read his Camper Packer review:

“Torklift’s Made in the USA products blow everything away. The Camper Packer is no different.”

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Matt Kasner assembles the Camper Packer storage stands

As Matt assembled the steel brackets with specially treated lumber, he noticed how Torklift’s Camper Packer design was unique compared to other alternatives, which showed in its performance. Double the length of your typical sawhorse camper stands, the Camper Packer is rated to handle up to twelve times the weight capacity compared to a typical sawhorse. Torklift’s “hulk version” of camper storage stands can carry up to 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. Measuring 50 inches from side-to-side when completely assembled, the Camper Packer is engineered with specific high capacity capability for truck camper applications.

The Camper Packer is easy to assemble and has 100% tool-free operation. Available to purchase with or without the special treated lumber, all steel parts of the Camper Packer Kit are high impact powder coated for protection against rust and corrosion.

“Torklift does an amazing job in the powder coating department.” - Matt Kasner 

 

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“The cross members have a pin system that is similar to your truck's hitch, making the cross members easy to remove and pack down.”
– Matt Kasner

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For an important task like carrying the weight of your truck camper, strength and support are essential. This task is simple with the Camper Packer storage stands. All in all, Torklift Camper Packer dramatically reduces camper jack stress, thus protecting the condition and integrity of your truck camper -- and your budget over time.

 

Matt’s Lance truck camper currently rests comfortably on the Camper Packer for the remainder of the winter season.

 


“Overall, Torklift definitely has another great product to add to its long line of great products, backed by amazing customer service and warranty departments.”

 

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Camper Packer installation by Matt Kasner

Proudly made in the USA, the Camper Packer is backed up by a 5-year warranty.

We want to thank Matt for choosing to feature Torklift’s Camper Packer on Living the Lance Life blog. Click here for more information on the Camper Packer or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

Be sure to check out Matt’s full Camper Packer Review here: “Living the Lance Life"

 


 

andrew-headshotWritten by Andrew Wales:
Andrew is a recent graduate from the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. in Arts, Media and Culture. In his free time, he channels his passion for writing into numerous projects, including the development of a series of full-length science fiction thriller novels. He seeks to put his devotion to writing to good use in the professional field as a technical writer.

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Top 3 reasons to winterize your truck camper with Torklift’s Camper Packer

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Fall has arrived, it’s time to winterize

The sun is setting on camping season and it’s time to winterize the truck camper. How do you store a truck camper over the off-season? Do you store it under a shelter or inside the garage? Does it sit in your driveway, alongside your house or at an offsite storage facility? Regardless of where your truck camper finds its home over the winter season, there is only one important detail we urge you to remember. Whether a short term or long term time period, don’t let the truck camper sit on its camper jacks without additional support.

That’s where Torklift International Camper Packer storage stands become crucial in winterizing your truck camper.

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Here are the top three reasons the Camper Packer isn’t your average hardware store sawhorse stands:storage-stands-partsCamper Packer Kit for storing a truck camper

#1) Easy assembly
Not only does the Camper Packer truck camper storage stands assemble quickly and easily, it simply requires a standard drill to get the job done. The camper support storage stands measure 50 inches side-to-side and are double the length of a typical sawhorse. There are no tools required to operate the storage stands.

Ed Krech from Brentwood, Tennessee uses the Camper Packer to store his 2011 Northern Lite 811 truck camper when he isn’t on the road.

“Using the tools recommended [by the instructions] and following the instructions, I had both “sawhorses” together in one and half hours,” said Krech.camperpackerSupport the truck camper with
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Because the camper storage stands are collapsible and fold away when not in use, they are specially designed for easy storage when you’re ready to load the truck camper onto your truck again.


 

“Compared to what I had been using to support my camper, these are the right height, extremely stable, will tolerate any weather conditions, and are very easy to store when not in use.”
                                 – Ed Krech

#2) Give your truck camper the structural support it needs
Acting as a structural support base for the truck camper, using the Camper Packer camper stands dramatically reduces jack and camper frame stress. It prevents any potential of camper frame damage during storage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the truck camper storage stands.

The Camper Packer sawhorse stands are rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. The lumber of the camper storage stands can be trimmed to achieve the preferred height. If you’re looking for a sturdy and solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason, look no further than the Torklift Camper Packer. sawhorse-standsWinterize your truck camper

#3) Durability
The special treated lumber shields against the elements and is double-coated on the ends to further protect from exposure to rocks and dirt.

“Another plus is that the metal parts are either painted or made of stainless steel...no rust!” said Krech.

The steel components of the Camper Packer Kit are protected with a high impact powder coat. This allows protection against the negative effects of corrosion and rust. Most hardware in the kit is stainless steel. Torklift International Camper Packer comes with a 5-year warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Save on storage!
Torklift is here to make winterizing a truck camper or RV as easy as possible. What’s a better way to save on all the products you need to protect your things and provide maximum convenience over the offseason? To see all special offers and active factory rebates click here.

That’s not all – Stand up and take the first step in maintaining the structural integrity of your truck camper while in storage by taking $10 off the Torklift Camper Packer.

Camper Packer $10 Factory Rebate

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Click here for more information on the Camper Packer storage stands or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

 


 

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.

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Don’t skip these five steps when learning how to store a truck camper

winterizeWinter storage - Photo CreditLabor day typically marks the end of camping season for most of us. We sadly prepare to pack up all of the fun things we’ve enjoyed over the spring and summer seasons; whether it’s the boat, trailer or beloved truck camper that has voyaged us among many adventures. When it comes to preparing your truck camper for the winter months, it’s important to protect the integrity and condition of your truck camper, so when the seasons shift again, you’re ready to get back on the road and make more memories.

Here are five steps you shouldn’t ignore when storing a truck camper over the winter months:

#1) Camper Packer: The ultimate stand for your camper

camper-storage-standsTruck camper storage standsThe first thing to consider when winterizing your truck camper is where you’re going to store the unit. Whether storing a truck camper indoors or outdoors, provide the truck camper with sufficient support when offloaded from the truck. That’s where the Torklift International Camper Packer becomes your storage solution.

 

 

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Why support the camper with special support stands made for a truck camper? Storing a camper on its jacks for either a long or short period of time causes significant wear to the frame of the camper, especially at the four points where the jacks connect. Redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the Camper Packer will extend the life of your camper jacks. Allowing the unit to sit solely on its jacks is not a sturdy foundation for the truck camper.

This is not your typical hardware store sawhorse system. Double the length of your typical sawhorse, the Camper Packer uses specially treated lumber and is rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 lb. capacity per pair.

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• The only engineered structural support base for truck campers made from specially rated and treated lumber
• Provides structural support during storage while protecting the camper frame and jacks
• Safe short and long-term storage
• Measures 50” from side-to-side when completely assembled
• Specific high capacity engineering for truck camper applications
• 100% tool free operation, easy assembly
• Stands designed for easy breakdown compact storage when not in use
• 5 year warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

The Camper Packer isn’t just a set of sawhorse stands with an unusually high weight rating capacity. Each component in the kit is of high quality and durability. The specially rated lumber comes pressure-treated and each bracket is finished with a high impact powder coat for long-lasting protection from the elements.

The lumber of the sawhorse camper stands can be trimmed to achieve your preferred height. With your truck camper set up on the Camper Packer storage stands, you’ve successfully achieved a solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason.

Take advantage of a limited $10 factory rebate on the Torklift Camper Packer. Click here for details.

#2) Stop the Wobble

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To further support your camper jacks and stabilize your camper when it’s offloaded for the winter, install the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper.

 

By connecting the front camper jacklegs to the camper body, achieve these benefits:

 

• Supported connection from jacks and camper frame
• Prevention of potential jack failure and camper frame damage
• Avoid possibility of theft by blocking truck access with locking braces

The FastGun Wobble Stopper connects in seconds with a lever-action quick disconnect FastGun handle and stows directly to the camper jacks when not in use. Click here for more information on how the FastGun Wobble Stopper is a necessity for your truck camper when it’s offloaded, both in and out of storage.

We’ll shake things up by offering a $20 factory rebate on the FastGun Wobble Stopper for purchases made before December 11, 2015. See offer details here.

#3) Abandon shipnoBugs

Don’t worry – with the FastGun Wobble Stopper and Camper Packer camper storage stands, your camper isn’t going anywhere. We’ve found that another great tip for storing a truck camper is complete evacuation. Clean out all food, linens, trash, etc. With varying temperatures, leftovers in campers attract critters and unwanted visitors. If storing the truck camper outside, look into getting a cover for the unit for additional protection.

#4) Flush it out

snowflakeWith the harsh cold of winter, it’s common practice to empty all fluid tanks and flush any containers with an anti-freeze solution. Refer to the instructions of your RV manufacturer for the best method to store your truck camper over seasons with cold temperatures, as it may vary from camper to camper.

#5) Battery armor – stay powered

If you tow a trailer while hauling your truck camper, some powerful advice that’ll save your expensive batteries during the offseason: the PowerArmor Solar battery box. It’s no surprise that when batteries sit in storage, they loose their juice.

Take a look at this infographic to see what happens to batteries that sit unused over the offseason….

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Storing batteries in a lockable container with solar panel attached to its lid will help trickle charge your batteries and keep them in top notch condition for next camping season. The locking capability of the battery box eliminates any potential for battery theft. Keep it a one-time investment of your batteries and avoid costly replacement with PowerArmor Solar.

 

Click here to see how the PowerArmor Solar works. With the holidays approaching, box up a $30 off factory rebate for select PowerArmor products. Read details and purchase now, but you’ll have to provide your own big red bow.

Overall, as sad as it is to pack up for the winter season, if you take all of the proper measures to store your truck camper correctly, you’ll prevent any damage or added costs when camping season comes back around.

Gear up now before the weather turns. For more information on these camper storage and security products, browse www.torklift.com or visit our Where to Buy section to find a dealer near you.

 


 

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.

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Trailer Life Magazine recommends storage solution by Torklift to make your life easier

The January issue of Trailer Life Magazine named Torklift International’s Camper Packer storage stands as one of the top products to improve your RV lifestyle!

Those who’ve experienced this lifestyle enjoy all the benefits a truck camper provides, especially when it comes to versatility. The beauty of truck camping lies in the ability to travel just about anywhere. The tricky part is where and how to store the camper when its not in use.

Long-term storage on the camper jacks alone is not typically recommended by truck camper manufacturers. It can fatigue and damage the camper’s structural frame and camper jack mounts. You’ll want to provide extra support for the camper when preparing to store it.  As an affordable storage solution for truck campers, the Camper Packer is easy to assemble, is rated at a capacity of 6,000 pounds per pair and measures 50 inches from side-to-side when completely assembled.

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The support from its heavy-duty sawhorse design dramatically reduces jack and camper frame stress, keeping your camper in great condition when in storage. The Camper Packer kit includes fasteners and high impact powder coated brackets. The special grade of lumber is also pre-treated to help protect against potential wear from the elements. When you’re ready to use your camper, the sawhorse storage stands disassemble easily for compact storage. 

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“These are the right height, extremely stable, will tolerate any weather conditions, and are very easy to store when not in use. Another “plus” is that the metal parts are either powder coated or made of stainless steel...no rust!”
– Ed Krech, Brentwood, Tennessee

Be sure to pick up the January issue of Trailer Life Magazine to check out the entire list of products and gear to improve your RV lifestyle. Click here to learn more about the Camper Packer camper storage stands. 

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