2018 Ford Tie Down/Turnbuckles

Do you have a 2018 Ford truck and can’t find camper tie downs or turnbuckles? Look no further, we have what you need for your perfect summer camping trip full of adventure, but more importantly safety and stability! As an added bonus, out Torklift tie downs are on sale for all of 2018!


Torklift turnbuckles and tie downs in action!

TRUE Frame-Mounted Tie Down Features: - Steel

• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (Prevents vehicle sway and camper movement in all directions)
• Avoid bed and bumper damage by attaching to the strongest part of the truck: the frame
• Maintain the value of your truck and prevent rust and bed damage by avoiding drilling into your truck bed or bumper
• Provides safety, security and stability while on the road
• The only truck camper tie down that mounts using independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame
• Fast, no-drill installations securing your truck camper to your truck (100% no-drill for all trucks after 2001- Check your application here)
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden design when not in use
• Vehicle manufacturer recommends that all full-height slide-in camper bodies be directly attached to the vehicle frame structure
• No addition holes will be drilled through the vehicle
• Lockable with Tie Down Locks
• Only truck camper tie down system with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Features of our Torklift FastGuns include:

• 100 percent Tool free
• 100 percent stainless steel
• No. 1 Patented quick disconnect turnbuckle FastGuns
• Revolutionary FastGun quick disconnect features
• Connects and disconnects in seconds
• FastGun long range (for frame-mounted Tie Downs)
• FastGun short range (for bed-mounted Tie Downs)
• Powder coated to prevent from rusting and for durability

All of our FastGuns are spring-loaded to ensure a safe ride for your truck and your family. Save yourself from something that could be potentially a huge disaster like in the photo below and get yourself some of the No.1 patented FastGuns and frame mounted tie downs that have a legendary Lifetime warranty on them.

True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs are the best choice for securing your truck camper. The patented design incorporates four independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame to dramatically improve stability and handling.

Pick Your Torklift Sale!

Choose which sale will benefit you the best! Do you want 10 percent off FastGun turnbuckles? Do you want 5 percent off tie downs? Luckily, we have two sales going on, tie downs through 2018 and the FastGun are on sale July 1st – 31st.

For the tie downs sale, you get 5 percent off when you buy one set of front tie downs and a set of rear tie downs for your truck. It’s a combo sale! (We have steel tie downs and our Talon tie downs which are made of stainless steel and aluminum!)

If you need to upgrade your current turnbuckles, then the FastGun sale is for you! Get up 10 percent off! That’s up to $35 off when you buy two sets of FastGun turnbuckles! Included in the sale is both our long-range for frame-mounted tie downs and short-range for bed mounted tie downs.

All Torklift tie downs and FastGun products come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and are proudly made in the USA!

If you’re interested in any of our tie downs or turnbuckles (especially while they’re on sale at participating dealers!) You can reach our tech support at support@torklift.com or call our team at 800-246-8132. Or, to buy your FastGun turnbuckles and tie downs today, you can shop at participating dealers by clicking the button below.

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How to care for tie downs and turnbuckles

TDTBTruck campers are the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors without having to bother with tent camping or sacrifice on comfort. At its most basic level, a truck camping rig consists of a truck that has a truck camper, also known as a slide-in camper, and the accessories to hold the camper down in the bed. These accessories include truck camper tie downs and turnbuckles. 


Below is a guide on the best way to care for your truck camper accessories to make sure they have a full, long life with plenty of camping adventures ahead of them.

  
TDTB 1Tie Downs
The best way to secure your truck camper to your truck are frame-mounted tie downs. Not to be confused with bed-mounted tie downs, as they attach to the bed or bumper of your truck and could potentially cause damage by pulling and yanking the truck bed sheet metal. Torklift’s frame-mounted tie downs are designed to incorporate four tie down points that bolt directly to the truck’s frame which is the strongest part of your truck. 


 When it comes to maintenance for steel tie downs, there’s a couple of easy guidelines to follow:
 
1.) Regularly clean and inspect your tie downs – this is incredibly important! Due to the harsh and sometimes extreme under-vehicle environment that your tie downs live in, the best thing to do is regularly clean your tie downs after each trip to prevent potential for rust. 

2.) Touch up any affected areas – if you are starting to see that some areas have been affected by the road debris and grime, you can touch up the spots with enamel or urethane based aerosol paint products. A good example of this is Rust-Oleum. 

TDTB 2If you have the aluminum and stainless steel Talon truck camper tie downs, you won’t have to worry about rust! They offer rust free corrosion protection for life. Maintenance of your tie downs to ensure maximum use is important to make sure they work properly. Even just wiping down and cleaning them at the end of each camping trip once you return home will help them maintain a long life. 

TDTB 3Also available as an accessory for the steel truck camper tie downs and come automatically with each Talon tie down kit is the Torklift Finishing Kit. Designed to protect your tie downs when you’re not using them to haul your truck camper, simply remove the tie down insert, replace it with our special protective foam inside the frame mounted portion of the tie down and cap it with our finishing kit. This will help prevent any water or debris from entering your tie downs when not in use and keep them in great condition! 


Turnbuckles
TDTB 4Also known as the ‘hold down’ portion for your truck camper, turnbuckles are used with tie downs to make sure your truck camper stays attached to your truck while you’re hauling it down the road. The best example of a truck camper turnbuckle is the number one selling FastGun. These stainless steel truck camper 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 truck camper. Manufacturer recommended tension is 300 pounds to be applied for securing the truck camper properly. 

Torklift uses quality grade 304 stainless steel that is well known for its anti-corrosive properties. However, there are some coastal regions where stainless steel can come in contact with road chemicals and other harsh debris that could potentially affect the finish. The best way to avoid this possibility is a quick and easy solution: simply use WD-40 and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the turnbuckles. To give your polished FastGun turnbuckles an attractive finish, we suggest using an approved stainless steel chrome or aluminum wheel polish. 

For questions about the upkeep and maintenance of your tie downs and turnbuckles, or for more information on any of the products mentioned, contacts us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

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kerstinWritten 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 Mount a Truck Camper Onto Your Truck

TCAlso known as a slide-in or cab-over camper, a truck camper is one of the best ways to go exploring where many others aren’t able to. If you’re new to truck camping, mounting it on your pickup truck might seem intimidating but is actually a simple process that can be done in five simple steps.

 

1.Raise the Truck Camper

TC2The first step is to raise the truck camper. Usually it is best to lift it until it is around 2 to 6-inches above the bed of your truck. It’s best to raise it in small increments of just a few inches at a time. 

Also, make sure to raise the front of the camper first, and then raise the back to bring it level – if you raise the rear first, there is a chance that the camper could tip forward due to it having more weight in the front due to the weight of the overhang. Continue raising the camper until it is high enough for you to back your truck under it.

2. Back Your Truck Up

The next step is to back your truck up under the camper. You will want to make sure that the camper clears your truck's wheel wells and avoid contacting the truck camper jacks as you are backing up and are as close to center as possible.

3. Connect the Wiring

TC3Before your truck is completely backed into place beneath the camper, connect any wiring from the truck camper to the truck bed. It’s usually easier to connect the wiring before the camper is fully installed.

Once the wiring is complete, continue slowly backing your truck up until the camper is at the front of your truck bed or the shims. Make sure that the camper does not contact your truck's bumper or tail lights or else it could potentially cause damage. If you are concerned about the truck camper and truck touching, then a Camper Bumper Kit is the perfect addition to prevent damage. It’s also best to avoid dropping the camper on the wiring that has been plugged in, because that could also get damaged.

4. Lower the Truck Camper

Now that you have the truck camper over your truck, lower it down over your truck bed. Just as when you were lifting the camper - lower the back of the camper first, then the front. Work in increments of a few inches at a time until the camper is resting on your truck securely.

5. Secure the Camper

There are two major components to attaching your truck camper to the truck: tie downs and turnbuckles and we’ll go more in-depth about the best types of each below.

Attach the turnbuckles to the anchor points on the camper and the tie downs on your truck and tighten them. Turnbuckles are usually tightened to about 300 foot-pounds. Some turnbuckles have built-in indicators that can help you adjust them to the correct tension such as the FastGun turnbuckle. Be aware though, too much tension can damage tie-downs or rip out anchors on the camper, which can be expensive to fix. You can avoid this by using spring tension indicators and spring-loaded turnbuckles like the Torklift FastGuns.

 

Truck Camper Tie Downs

TC4Along with turnbuckles, tie downs are incredibly important when it comes to attaching a truck camper to your truck. There are two major kinds of tie downs available: bed-mounted and frame-mounted. We always recommend using frame-mounted tie downs because they use independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame thus avoiding bed damage that is common with bed-mounted tie downs. Torklift tie downs use pre-existing bolt holes on the frame to avoid drilling.

If you’re concerned about road conditions and how they will affect your tie downs, we have a solution for you. The Talon tie down is made of aluminum and stainless steel and come with rust free corrosion protection for life. Manufactured to specifically fit your truck, Torklift Talon tie downs offer the best ride quality in the industry.

 

Truck Camper Turnbuckles

TC5

Just as there are different kinds of tie downs for truck campers, there are many different turnbuckles available as well. While each have their merits, there’s only one that stands above the rest when it comes to stability and safety. The FastGun turnbuckle is designed to connect and disconnect in seconds. The quick release handles allow for easy tool-free adjustment and tension indicators determine perfect tension every time.

As an additional benefit of Torklift tie downs and turnbuckles, Torklift warranties the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer warranty when our tie downs are used in conjunction with our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles. 

There you have it - all five steps of mounting a truck camper. Pretty simple right? Also, as you continue to go camping in your truck camper, the mounting process will get easier and easier.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing our frame-mounted tie downs or truck camper turnbuckles, there are a couple of options for you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. Feel free to contact us for more information or with your questions at support@torklift.com and by phone at 800-246-8132.

 

 

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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 much do truck camper tie downs cost?

TieDown1Looking for a tie down system as you prepare to haul with your truck camper? You don’t want to be going down the road when it’s too late to ask yourself, “is my truck camper safe?” 

Look no further for the safest and most reliable truck camper tie down system available! Torklift offers top performance towing gear to secure your truck camper.

How much do they cost?

Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted Front Tie Downs - starting at $343.99 per set
Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted Rear Tie Downs - starting at $285.99 per set

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TieDown3Torklift’s patented tie downs are designed to incorporate four tie down points that bolt directly to the truck’s frame. Torklift tie downs dramatically improve stability and handling while towing. These tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance so you can still go on all your off-roading trips with no worries.

Frame-Mounted Tie Downs are guaranteed to prevent bed and bumper damage and rust that is commonly found with bed-mounted tie down systems. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with any of our fully spring-loaded FastGun turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Talon Camper Front Tie Downs - starting at $505.99 per set
Talon Camper Rear Tie Downs - starting at $418.99 per set

We challenged our engineers to develop an ultra high-performance tie down to meet and exceed the toughest demands from avid sportsmen and adventurers who relish in the off-road experience. What they developed was the Talon tie down, a cutting-edge design specifically developed for maximum strength. Not only that, it’s corrosion resistant and rust-free for life. 

Talon tie downs feature a 100% no-drill installation. Our Tie Down Finishing Kit comes with the Talon tie downs and Tie Down Locks are available as an accessory. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

 

What do I use to connect my camper to my tie downs?

TieDown6Torklift has designed a FastGun turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry.

These 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 truck camper. Once set, you don’t have to repetitively re-adjust, reducing the time it takes to load and secure your camper. With this turnbuckle upgrade, it takes only four minutes to install all the turnbuckles for your truck camper. The FastGun truck camper turnbuckle comes in many colors and is compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs. They also feature Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

The FastGun truck camper turnbuckle is compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs and comes with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

For questions about what was discussed or for more information on any of these products contacts us at 800-246-8132 or shop now at one of our Torklift Certified Dealers.

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