Do I need a sled deck? 

While truck campers are the most common use for our tie downs and turnbuckles, a truck camper is not the only useful application you can use them for. A great example of something else you can use tie downs and turnbuckles for are truck bed sled decks! 

Check out their entire set up with the sled deck fully loaded and travel trailerPhoto Credit: Coty Built. Check out their entire set up with the sled deck fully loaded and travel trailer.

Sled decks are incredibly convenient for hauling recreational equipment without having to set up a towing system and trailer. It’s also a useful application if you want to tow a travel trailer, boat trailer, horse trailer, etc., while bringing along extra toys like snowmobiles, Jeeps, ATVs and more. 

Coty Built 2These truck decks are installed in the bed of your truck which means you’ll have to make sure that your truck is able to handle the amount of weight that you’re going to be loading into the bed. On average and depending on what kind of truck sled deck you purchase. You can refer to your Owner’s Manual on how much capacity your truck can handle.


What do I need to hold down my cargo? 
Now that you know the basics of what a sled bed or sled deck is, it’s good to know the gear you’ll need in order to make sure that it, and your cargo stays securely attached to your truck. Coty Built, a company in British Columbia that does custom work on Jeeps, recently shared their sled deck photos with us. Who do they trust most with the safety of their expensive rigs? Torklift of course! 

“Without your products, this system would not work! Twenty thousand miles towed so far without any sway or issues!” 

-Coty Built

So, what product does Coty Built use to haul their Jeep and sled deck? 

1. FastGun Turnbuckle
FastGunThese stainless steel turnbuckles come in sets of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators. What does that mean? It means that you can quickly determine the correct tension needed to hold down your deck. Manufacturer recommended tension is 300 pounds to be applied for securing the deck properly. 

The number one selling turnbuckle in the world, the FastGun only takes seconds to install and remove, making them exceptionally quick and convenient. This is due to the quick-release handle that allows for easy, tool-free adjustment. 

2. Tie Downs
tdtbWhen it comes to Torklift tie downs, you won’t find anything stronger! The patented design incorporates four independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame. This dramatically improves stability and handling while you’re hauling your sled deck and accessories. 

These tie downs are engineered to provide safety, security and stability while on the road. They are designed to fit tight and secure to your truck frame with no loss of ground clearance. 

The FastGun turnbuckles and Torklift tie downs also come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. When used with our tie downs with any of our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles, including the FastGuns, we also warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer’s warranty. 

For questions about setting up your snowmobile truck deck, Jeep truck deck or sled deck, or for more information on Torklift tie downs or FastGun turnbuckles, contact us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.



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. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes, spoiling her cat Clio and daydreaming about future travels. 

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A sled deck turnbuckle accessory you can’t even ‘handle’

truck-deckMounting snowmobiles onto a sled deck

For the fastest and most convenient way to tie down a snowmobile or other cargo onto a sled deck or truck deck, add a Derringer Handle to your turnbuckle configuration.

derringer-gunDerringer style pistolWhat’s a Derringer? Commonly known as a pocket or palm pistol, a Derringer is identified as the smallest handgun of any caliber. Looking back in history, Torklift turnbuckles like the FastGun turnbuckle with its pistol grip design were named with purpose. Following Torklift tradition, it’s only natural that the compact but efficient ‘quick-disconnect handle’ be given ‘Derringer’ as its name.

With the ability to attach to any basic hardware style turnbuckle system or sled deck hold-downs, Torklift International Derringer Handles significantly reduce the time it takes to secure cargo because of its quick-disconnect feature. See how to attach a Derringer Handle to different applications by clicking here.  The handle turns threaded rod turnbuckles, hold-down straps, tie down chain or other rigging options into an extraordinarily quick application. The Derringer Handle is a better alternative to ratchet hold-down straps because of its strength and durability.

derringers-fourFour Derringer Handles in one kit

easy-buttonFastening cargo like snowmobiles or ATVs to a truck deck is (literally) a snap when you attach the Derringer Handle to any conventional hardware turnbuckle, rigging or Torklift turnbuckles like the SpringLoad XL or Basic SpringLoad Kit.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Derringerhandle.jpgDerringer Handles with quick-disconnect capability


Features of the Derringer Handles include:

     -  Quick-disconnect handles
     -  100 percent stainless steel and aluminum
     -  High impact powder coat finish in black
     -  Kit includes drop forged steel and hot dipped galvanized
     -  Lockable - FastGun Locks
     -  Made in the USA
     -  Legendary Lifetime Warranty


Whether using the quick-snap handles to make your sled deck tie downs more efficient or to upgrade your current snowmobile turnbuckles, the Derringer Handle takes your sled deck hold-down system to the next level.

coty-builtTruck deck using Derringer handles on the turnbuckles

b2ap3_thumbnail_fastgun-lock.pngAnother positive feature of the Derringer Handle is its ability to lock. No longer worry about leaving cargo unattended on your sled deck. Whether your snowmobile or other expensive toys are loaded up on your rig, prevent theft by locking turnbuckles into place. FastGun Locks clip into the Derringer Handle providing security for your ATVs, snowmobiles, etc.

Click here for more information on Derringer Handles.

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Three things you’ll need for mounting a sled deck

truck-decksSled decks for UTVs or MotorcyclesSled decks mounted on truck beds are convenient for hauling recreational equipment without having to set up a towing system and trailer. It’s also a useful application if you tow a travel trailer, boat trailer, horse trailer etc. and want to bring along extra toys like snowmobiles, UTVs and more.

When mounting a sled deck to your truck, there are several truck deck design options available. What you select for your truck bed will depend on what you plan to haul. Types of sled decks include long sled decks, short sled decks, flat decks and angle sled decks.

Recreational truck decks haul:

     -  Snowmobiles
     -  Sleds
     -  Snow Bikes
     -  ATVs
     -  UTVs
     -  Motorcycles
     -  Reverse trike or trail converted sleds
     -  Water bikes
     -  Motorized snow scooters
     -  Jet Skis

snow-mobileUsing snowmobile hold-downs for hauling snowmobiles and other equipment listed above, mount the sled deck with a strong system that ensures safety when on the road. There are several ways people have mounted a truck deck for recreational cargo on their truck:

  1. Frame mounted with external anchor points using a camper tie down system
  2. Through the truck bed to a mounting plate under the box
  3. Bed mounted with existing anchor points in the truck box

Three things you’ll need for a successful sled deck hold-down system, mounting sled decks include:

Every application for mounting a sled deck requires turnbuckles. Turnbuckles are useful for securing cargo you plan on hauling with the sled deck. Not only do the following Torklift turnbuckles have a locking feature, they are also tool-free and easy to adjust. Let’s take a look at why Torklift turnbuckles are the best option when it comes to strength and convenience.

Option A: Original FastGun Turnbuckle
Torklift International FastGun turnbuckles are the fastest installing turnbuckle available and are used for a variety of applications. This turnbuckle has a quick-disconnect lever action handle that is available in two adjustable lengths to make securing a sled deck, cargo or any type of load exceptionally quick and convenient.

Long Range FastGun

fastguns-on-sled-deckShort Range FastGuns secure cargo
Long Range FastGuns secure truck deck

The body of the turnbuckle is made from 100 percent stainless steel while its handle is made from aircraft grade aluminum. Due to the durability of these materials, each FastGun turnbuckle boasts a pull down rating of 2,500 pounds and has the ability to apply up to 450 pounds of spring-loaded pressure.

Click here to learn more about the FastGun and why it’s the number one selling turnbuckle in the world for campers.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Derringerhandle.jpgDerringer HandleOption B: Derringer Handle
Add a Derringer Handle to any basic hardware turnbuckle for a simpler way to tie down cargo to a truck bed hauler for ATVs, UTVs and more. The Torklift International Derringer Handle allows quick-disconnect capability and convenience of a FastGun turnbuckle. Deter and prevent theft by using FastGun Locks on the Derringer Handle.


b2ap3_thumbnail_sleddeck.JPGAnchorGuard Derringer turnbuckle

Option C: AnchorGuard Derringer
Depending on your specific sled deck application, the AnchorGuard Derringer mounts the sled deck inside the truck box. If you plan to use bed mounted camper anchor points for mounting the truck deck, use the AnchorGuard Derringer or Short Range FastGun.




All Torklift turnbuckles are made in the USA and covered by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Framemounted.jpgTie Downs attach directly to truck frame#2) TIE DOWNS
Torklift International recommends mounting a sled deck to a truck bed by using a frame-mounted camper tie down system and FastGun turnbuckles. By attaching directly to the truck frame, achieve higher ratings and stability than a bed-mounted application can provide.

The frame-mounted design fits to specific vehicle makes/models allowing strongest possible attachment to the truck and eliminates any chance of bed and bumper damage.

aluminum-tie-downTalon military grade aluminum Tie DownTalon Aluminum Tie Downs

As an industry first, Torklift introduced the precision crafted aluminum Talon Tie Downs. They are made from 100% lightweight military grade aluminum alloy making them up to 50% lighter than steel applications. The Talons come with rust free corrosion protection for life.

Mounting a sled deck in addition to recreational equipment will add significant payload. Stay within the load capacity rating of your vehicle by using lightweight material such as the Talon aluminum Tie Downs.

b2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngStableLoads engaged and disengagedAdding payload to your vehicle may result in poor handling, even if you’re within the GVWR load capacity set by the manufacturer of the vehicle.To help remedy any severe side-to-side sway, porpoising and body roll, install the StableLoad suspension stabilizer to enhance your truck’s suspension.

When StableLoads engage the stronger factory overload leaf springs, the stabilizing effects of the truck’s suspension are activated sooner. By taking up the space within the leaf springs as pictured above, the strength within the springs provides a noticeable improvement in ride quality. With the ability to engage and disengage in seconds, enjoy the convenience of returning to a comfortable factory ride when you’re not hauling with a sled deck.

moab-jeep-safariJeep Safari event in Moab, UtahTorklift at Moab
Torklift International frame-mounted tie downs, FastGun turnbuckles as sled deck hold-downs and StableLoads provide a safe and stable mounting system for truck decks or sled decks. This year, two-time SEMA award-winning HPA Motorsports Inc. is attending the 2015 Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. As a division of HPA Motorsports, Coty Built is pairing a Volkswagen TDI motor with Jeep’s drivetrain from the flywheel back. Click here for more information on conversions.

People come from all over the world to attend the Moab Jeep Safari, a popular 9-day event that consists of a variety of desert trail rides that promote a recreational four wheeling experience. With food, music and a vendor expo, new 4x4 models are introduced by popular automakers.

Coty Built will haul the Jeep TDI conversion to the Moab event using a custom sled deck.

custom-sled-deckCustom sled deck for hauling a jeep

To mount the sled deck to the truck, Coty Built is using Talon frame-mounted Tie Downs, FastGun turnbuckles and StableLoad suspension stabilizer. Stay tuned as we follow the upcoming adventure to Moab Jeep Safari.

coty-builtCoty Built hauls Jeep with custom truck deck while towing trailer

For more information on mounting sled decks with Torklift International tie downs and turnbuckles, feel free to call our Tech Support at 800-246-8003 or visit

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