Have a 2017 Truck? You’re in luck – We have products for you!

49921756839 B4ABDA22 82A2 451C 9DD5 88B42FCFE74ELuckily 2017 is starting to look like a good year – it’s getting warmer outside and camping season is coming soon. If you’ve recently purchased a 2017 Ford truck, 2017 Dodge RAM truck, or 2017 Chevy truck – you’re in luck! We are working to complete our 2017 tie down applications and other product fitments, with new fits released weekly!

Newest Fits Available Now:
• 2017 Ford F-150 short bed 

• 2017 Chevy 3500 long bed

Tie Downs and SuperHitch installed on the 2017 Ford F350

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Newest Fits Available Now:
• 2017 Ford F-150 long bed 

• 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 long bed
• 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 short bed

There are fits available in steel applications as well as light weight military-grade aluminum Talon tie downs. Among other 2017 applications are SuperHitch, StableLoad suspension stabilizers, and HiddenPower auxiliary battery trays. Applications for 2017 Toyota and Nissan trucks are currently underway.

All Torklift tie downs, SuperHitch, StableLoad and HiddenPower products are proudly made in the USA and come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Here are the top features of each of the products we’ve updated for 2017 fitments:

SuperHitch and tie downs installed on a 2017 Dodge RAM 3500

Talon Tie Downs Features:

3. Available for best selling applications• Rust free corrosion protection for life† 
• Finishing Kit included 
• Available for best-selling applications 
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum 
• Ultra-light weight 
• Fast, no-drill installations 
†For more details, call us at 1-800-246-8132

Frame-Mounted Tie Down Features:

1. True Frame Mounted Camper Tie Down Front• 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

SuperHitch Original 20K Features:

original• SuperHitch frame mounted receiver rated up to 20,000 lbs. with weight distribution (17,000 weight carrying) in either the upper or lower receivers (When used without SuperTruss extension.) 
• Extension towing capacity up to 12,000 lbs. with 48” SuperTruss receiver extension† 
• Hardened reinforced hitch pin locations 
† 12,000 lb. pulling capacity, 1,200 tongue wt. achieved only when used with weight distribution type system. See Dealer for details, Weight carrying capacity on 48” extension, 6,000 lb. pull, 600 lb. tongue wt. Consult your vehicle owner's manual for specific towing capacity. Your truck and trailer weight cannot exceed your vehicle manufacturers towing, cargo, or GCVWR.

HiddenPower Features:

hp03m• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up 
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computer, etc.  
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery 
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service 
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system

StableLoad Suspension Upgrade Features:

StableLoad ou black and white• Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling 
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds* 
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads 
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points 

Wherever your next adventure takes you —no matter the severity of the terrain or weather conditions — Torklift products will help keep you safe and help you focus on one of the most fun aspects of a trip: the journey to get to your destination! If you’re looking for a 2017 Dodge RAM hitch, a 2017 Ford hitch, truck camper tie downs, an under vehicle battery mount, affordable suspension upgrade, or tie downs for 2017 GMC trucks, we have you covered!

To find frame-mounted tie down or SuperHitch fitments for your 2017 truck, learn more by searching through our automated application guide or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

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. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Torklift International To Debut Mystery Product At @ 2014 Sema Show

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Torklift International is excited to unveil the latest product in our security line at the 2014 Sema Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before the show, we want you to guess what the mystery product might be for a chance to win it!

Post your best hunch to our Facebook page and you will automatically be entered to receive the product for free before it becomes available.

Here a few hints to get you started:

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Announcing the Treasure Hunt winner...

By: Torklift Jen

Sue Jurf!

Congratulations, you and your guest will be partaking on a weeklong truck camping adventure this June!


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As you read this, your new Northstar truck camper is being built at the plant in Iowa. From there, it will be delivered to Bill Penney at Truck Camper Warehouse in New Hampshire where it will be outfitted with the latest Torklift International gear including Torklift Tie Downs and FastGun turnbuckles.A7200-stableLoad-installedsmall


We are going to fly you and your guest out to Truck Camper Warehouse where Bill Penney and his team will show you around your new camper and get you ready for your adventure. If there is something we learned about Bill and his team, they take the time to make sure you are comfortable with your truck and camper so you are prepared for your travels.


As part of the vacation, we will cover your airfare within the United States, pay for your campsite rentals and provide funds for groceries and fuel.




We look forward to getting in touch with you soon so that we can plan your camping destinations!

P.S. We assure you, this is not an April Fools Day joke!





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Countdown to your adventures...by Torklift Jen

1601383_755358251156189_290398458_n“T-minus… and counting. “

Epic events and historical milestones are often marked with a ticking clock symbolizing mounting anticipation and a launch into new frontiers.  The mystery of the unknown and the possibilities that are commencing add to the excitement along with reflections of all the orchestration and hard work that has gone into preparation for a moment.

With celebration of all the right stuff that has gone into making this moment and the adventures that will go along with this new product, Torklift International is pleased to be sharing the advent and the anticipation that we are all feeling in making this upcoming announcement.

Here are some notable thoughts from others who have gone before us.  Some are practical and point out the anxiety of challenging the status quo and some elegantly summarize that a mission does not simply end here or there but continues with exploration and development beyond the horizons.

“Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best.” - Christopher Ferguson, Atlantis STS-135 commander, to launch director Mike Leinback right before the lift-off of the final Space Shuttle mission, 8 July 2011.

“…the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them.  This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space.”- President John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“Oh, quick question, I missed it in the briefing.  How much urine do these suits hold?”… - Howard, “ The Big Bang Theory,” episode “The Countdown Reflection.”

“It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”- Alan Shepherd

“The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” - H.G. Wells, "The Discovery of the Future, “ 1901

“The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow.”- Robert Goddard, successfully launched the world’s first liquid-filled rocket 1926

“If you build it, we will come”- From the movie Field of Dreams

“The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow”- Robert Goddard

“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world; knowing they’re going to light the bottom- and doesn’t get a little worried- does not fully understand the situation.”- John Young, after being asked if he was worried about making the first Space Shuttle flight.

“Godspeed, John Glenn”- Fellow Astronaut Sam Carpenter radioing to John Glenn upon blastoff.  This was the first mission of man orbiting the earth.


What would you be thinking the moment before lift-off and where do you think we are going?  Visit the Countdown- http://www.torklift.com/

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Bumper Crop...by Torklift Jen

Torklift has had what could be called a bumper crop of new products developed over the last year.


We are excited to be producing yet another new addition for truck camper fleets.


Stayed tuned for the big announcement next week!


We do not call this fruition of great new products and opportunities luck, it is due to our preparedness, forward thinking and hard work.  The time has been right and this is our opportunity to build new relationships and continue to offer the best in the industry.


These new fabrications will be big changes for your current adventures and the possible additions and supplemental product ideas that are being explored will transform the form and function of truck campers to meet customer needs and wants.  We are proud to be along on your truck camper experiences and will continue to do so by staying true to our Legendary Lifetime Warranty.


See some of Torklift International's current offerings with our manufacturer partners.


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Toy Drive 2013 Wrap-up...by Torklift Jen

IMG_1216The toys have all been delivered for the annual Torklift Toy Drive 2013!  Within our office, we've gathered enough to help 45 children to have a brighter holiday.


Torklift International contributed our donations to the the Sumner Washington Police Department's Toy Box Drive and collectively we are providing over 600 kids and families that special something to celebrate the season.


As we are wrapping-up, literally, the completion of the year and all of the toys, the Torklift factory is again in full swing to continue making great products and providing growth for jobs and helping the local community where we live and work.

Best wishes to all for a safe and prosperous 2014!

IMG_1218 Looking forward to all of your camping, hauling, and outdoor adventures to come.IMG_1221

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Gear-up Girl...by Torklift Jen

IMG_1705I have fallen in love with the smell of new tires, leather and octane.


After corresponding on all the SEMA week 2013 events.  I am beginning to feel like a real “gearhead.”


The Specialty Equipment Market Association’s biggest exposition isn’t just for the guys and pretty show models, although there were a lot of both.  I found that the SEMA organization is providing opportunities for women who want to make a difference in the automotive industry.


IMG_1711They featured special events, educational seminars and networking connections specifically for women and mentors in the industry.  Also, found on the show floor were cars, trucks, and accessories designed, built and powered by women.


For everyone at Torklift International this has been a successful show.


It’s been reported that this has been the best year ever in attendance, manufacturer representation and exhibitors participating.  A great sign for the industry.IMG_1687


We were proud to be featured in several media events, a national press conference with drag racer Holly Clarke, and will enjoy our exposure to this growing market for our full line of products.


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Viva Las Vegas!... by Torklift Jen


It’s that time of year again and Torklift International is excited about joining in on the big SEMA Show.

This is a spectacle to be had for anyone interested in the automotive, RV industry or anyone interested in seeing the largest aftermarket accessory trade show in the world.  It takes place the first week of November in Las Vegas.


SEMA represents the $31.32 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,537 member-companies.  It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry.


Last year Torklift won the best new product awards for the SuperHitch Magnum and the StableLoad.


IMG_0065If you’re at the show be sure to look up the Torklift booth and say, “Hi.”  We would love to meet you.


See ya at SEMA!

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The need for speed...by Torklift Jen

Holly Clarke 1If you find yourself cruising in the fast lane, you might want to check your mirrors and move on over because Holly Clarke is on her way to SEMA.

Torklift International is proud to be a new sponsor of the drag racing phenom and recently named her our “Miss Torklift.” This award is in recognition of her outstanding community service, racing accomplishments, and her positive example to other young racers.

Clarke caught the racing bug at an early age.

“My first race, I was 8 years old,” she said. “I was up at about four or five in the morning in my parents room trying to wake my dad because I couldn’t control my excitement. I was the slowest car and I was out first round but I hardly cared.  I had waited for what felt like forever I was just thrilled to go down the track.”

Twelve years later, the British Columbia native has several championships under her belt including six annual championships in a row.
Clarke races a 1968 Chevy Nova with a 468 big block engine. Her fastest undocumented time in the dragster is certified at 8.5 seconds for a quarter mile.

She took a brief break in 2011 to earn her automotive service technician certificate and now she is back on the drag.

“The rush of racing and especially winning is very addicting,” Clarke said. “It is a feeling that you really crave.  I think a regular adrenaline rush is very healthy. Even as a kid I loved anything that gave me that drop feeling in my stomach, I like to feel a little frightened and push myself.  Racing gives me that, especially during competition.”

She looks forward to building a career out of racing.

holly1“The race track has always been home for me and I believe you should take what you love and make a career out of it,” Clarke said. “It’s awesome because away from the track I’m a real girly girl who loves heels and chick flicks, so it’s awesome to be able to embrace my inner tom-boy!”

After doing a little studying on the sport, I had a chance to ask Holly some questions that I was still curious about racing.

TL Jen: I’ve heard of funny cars dragsters.  What is so funny about them?

Holly:  They are just a type of drag racing vehicle and class. On the early cars, the rear wheels were moved forward on the chassis and oversized compared to stock. This improved weight transfer under acceleration and increasing traction on the rear tires. Looking at the cars, they didn't quite look stock, so that's where the name "funny" came from.  There are a lot of other rules and specs for this class, too.

TL Jen:  If we were head to head at a red light and I revved my engine of the truck camper and F-350.  Would you?:

A)   Laugh

B)   Wave me on with a 5 second head start

C)  Or, put me in my place

Holly:  No, comment!

TL Jen:  You’ve been driving since you were 8-years-old. When you took your official driving test did you?:

A)   Got 100%, no problem!Invitation

B)  Impressed the official with 110 + mph on the straight-aways.

C)  Had some problems with the turns

Holly:  #A, of course.

You can meet Holly Nov. 5-7 at the 2013 SEMA show Torklift International booth # 36124.  She will be signing autographs and answering questions about her drag racing career from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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It'll go down in history as tailgate... by Torklift Jen

IMG_1569This has nothing to do with scandal, politics, or conspiracy.  Unless you consider a crosstown rivalry between opposing football teams “politics.”

Tailgating is the ritual of pregame parking lot BBQ’s, good-natured razzing and one-upping your neighbor.

In that spirit, I couldn’t wait to try out the latest in Torklift design innovation and do a trial run with the newest achievement in truck camping functionality.  You may have thought you’d seen it all in truck camping, but now Torklift is designing and manufacturing multi-functional bumpers for the RV industry.

So, this is how it went down.

When I pulled up in the new camper with the Torklift designed bumper feature, the crowd went silent.

The BBQ smoke magically cleared as I circled the lot for a space.  If I am not mistaken, I think I even saw a couple of mouths drop and some bow downs.

I had brought in some real competition to this parking lot.  It was the best new bumper on the block.

Now I not only had the truck camper for the ultimate, all-inclusive, pre-game celebration.  I now had the ultimate patio and entertainment center to go with it.bumper_cutout

The new campers with this bumper will have features like custom steps, huge drawers for storage, lockable bins and racks, and area for BBQs.  It is a true gathering area with all the comforts of home.

So, my football team may have come in a distant second place, I will always be known as the winner with this tailgate set-up.


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Breaking Bad... by Torklift Jen

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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.

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Heavy Medals... by Torklift Jen

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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.Globe Awards 2013 - Torklift 006-(ZF-1608-87742-1-022)


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

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Ahoy, welcome aboard... by Torklift Jen

wsinstructions3I don’t mind being told I drive a land yacht, but not because the camper is swaying back and forth when standing on the jacks.

It can feel like you’re out at sea riding the swells when the camper is off the truck.  The only think missing is a game of shuffleboard on the lido deck and the midnight buffet.

The motion has even been known to make people feel a little dizzy or seasick.

Torklift has a solution to this rocking motion called the Wobble Stopper.

More than just for movement, they reduce the stress on the jacks and wear to the camper frame.  If enough damage is done, this will sink your wobbly camper faster than the Titanic.

They are very easy to transport.

The Wobble Stoppers attach to the front camper legs and camper body.  The braces are fully adjustable and fit square or round jack applications.   They are super sturdy and made out of lightweight aircraft grade aluminum.

It’s smooth sailing from now on.


The Wobble Stopper in action:  http://www.torklift.com/products/wobblestopper.php


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Do not try this at home... by Torklift Jen

IMG_0131I take all of the warning labels found around the truck camper very seriously.  They are vital to keep us safe when common sense does not kick in and liability could be an issue.


I am carefully reading through them all. If only there were more warning labels like these in my life.


For example, the passenger mirror standard, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”


IMG_1016On the occasional morning when I go to the bathroom mirror and “YIKES!” I am reminded of the memorable scene from the movie Jurassic Park   when T-Rex is visible in the rear view mirror and ready to pounce.  If I had that sticker on the mirror it would warn me of the terror I call the             Vel-floss-ciraptor.


There should also be a sticker similar to the GVWR label on the bathroom scale.  The strict standards we are to adhere to keeping the weight of the vehicle and trailer in line.  I’m glad that campers can’t wear stretchy spandex when they’ve overindulged.


I don’t have a bad temper, but it would be nice to know the exact maximum amps it would take before I blew a fuse.


My favorite warning that should be applied to truck camping:  “Do not try this at home.”  This is because with a truck camper I should really be out camping.




SuperHitch Magnum 20K.  The Highest Capacity Heavy Duty Receiver Hitch on Earth.  http://www.torklift.com/products/superhitchmagnum.php


*Check your vehicles owners’ manual, as with any receiver hitch,  your truck and trailer weight cannot exceed your vehicle manufacturers towing, cargo, or GCVWR.



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Tall coffee, short drive-thru... by Torklift Jen

DSCN2977 As a person of short stature, I have rarely encountered a clearance issue.

That is why one morning before my required 1st cup of coffee I found that the truck camper has such an issue with drive-thru’s.

I did not have camping on my mind, and the F-350 rides so smoothly it’s easy to forget the camper is back there.  That is, until you do something on autopilot like order your   coffee and drive forward.

Luckily, I saw the upcoming low overhang as moved slightly ahead, but not soon enough before I had a car pull up right behind me.

No harm done, but I have definitely learned my lesson and will be thinking like a tall person ordering a tall latte’ from now on.

Having an easy to drive truck is no excuse for not remembering that I have a huge camper on board.


Gear of choice: StableLoads-  http://www.torklift.com/products/stableload.php


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A better mousetrap... by Torklift Jen

…or a corny idea.

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I was inspired by a recent write-in to an auto mechanics online forum.

A car owner was smelling a pungent burnt popcorn smell sporadically from the engine compartment.

As it turned out, when the owner visited her father (a popcorn farmer) mice would stash the corn kernels found lying around on her exhaust manifold, explaining the smell.

And, that is what has inspired me to think of not a better mousetrap for those pesky little mice, but a hitch mounted popcorn popper for your truck!

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “ Build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door.”

IMG_1013And now Torklift is opening their doors for your inspirations and will help you to build them.

Torklift has golden ticket opportunities for your ideas to build new applications for use with the SuperHitch Towing Series.

To find out more about the contest to meet the engineers, design an app, and tour the factory, see our website:  http://www.torklift.com/splash/reveal/hero_app.html

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Life before FastGuns... by Torklift Jen

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.

IMG_0107 copyI 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.

OutofUseThey 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



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On the topic of girls on wheels...by Torklift Jen

IMG_0860As I get to know the people who make up Torklift, I am seeing more and more of what makes these products so amazing.

I am finding out that my talented colleagues do some extraordinary things not only here, but also in their time off.

To start with there is Amanda.  She’s a co-worker, and someone I definitely don’t want to meet while I’m on roller skates.

She is a competitive women’s roller derby team member.   She has been skating in various leagues across the U.S and now brings her many talents to the Northwest.IMG_0857

A mild-mannered sales and marketing pro by day she is jammer and blocker at night.  She doesn’t need a cape for her super powers, but others in the rink have alter egos with uniforms to match.

I think I see a superhero theme developing.

And, I think not coincidentally, crime in the area seems to be down with Amanda around.

She is also appropriately organizing all of the Torkift Hero nominations for the tribute going on now along with the new Tolklift SuperHitch Hero blog.

The SuperHitch Hero is the new highest capacity hitch made for ½ ton trucks that Torklift just developed.

In honor of heroes everywhere, Torklift is donating $25 for each SuperHitch Hero receiver hitch sold to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Nominations for a Torklift Hero are being taken by sharing your hero stories. By participating you have a chance to win a trip for you and your hero to Hawaii.

To recognize your hero and learn more about the contest see our website: http://www.torklift.com/hero/

To read all the nominations and see inspiring stories about people doing extraordinary things follow the blog at: www.torkliftsuperhitchhero.wordpress.com.

What do you think?  I think we should start a Torklift team.

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Hindsight is 20/20...by Torklift Jen

IMG_1573 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.IMG_1576

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.”


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Dog Days of Summer... by Torklift Jen

66056_105774042821964_1828172_nThis term has been used as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans for the hottest days of the year.

It has an astronomical link to the rising of the star Sirius which is called the “dog star. “ This happens with the time of the year that usually coincides with the warmest days.

It is also used to describe those lazy days that also occur when the weather outside is so hot that we don’t feel like doing anything.

As it happens, I recently shared the dog days of summer with a dog.

I was lucky enough to get to take a good dog friend on a camping trip and that provided some additional meaning to these long hot days.

As a cat owner, I’ll admit that I was in a dog daze.

There were things that I just couldn’t understand, like how they hate when you try to cool them off with a fan or use the blow dryer after a bath.  Yet, they want to stick their head out the window going 60 MPH, no problem.

Or, how the doggie area at the highway rest stop seemed to be the highlight of the trip.  All the smells and activity, the dog was possessed.

We tried to stay hydrated with lots of bottled water, but on hikes he was much more interested in natural streams and ponds.  I am sure that there were little critters in the water that would have made me sick for a week, but I heard no complaints of doggie indigestion.

However, being locked together in tight quarters for the night, especially after rich camping grub, the aroma that evening could have been from anyone.

I was also surprised at how friendly and happy the dog remained, no matter what.  I couldn’t tell if he was panting because of the heat or the excitement, but his tail was wagging constantly.

Do dogs not hold grudges?

When my kitty sees the camping equipment coming out she runs and hides.  She hasn’t forgiven me for the one time we tried to go camping.

Of course it takes a lot of extra planning and mutual understandings to provide a safe and fun trip for all.  We had a blast riding out the last of the dog days of summer together.


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