Balancing Act: How to Improve Handling While Towing

“Leaf-spring suspensions on trucks must be capable of hauling a maximum payload and still provide a comfortable ride under no-load conditions.” This is the opening phrase to the Nov. 2017 article in Trailer Life Magazine that discusses truck suspensions and how to improve ride quality without having to spend an arm and a leg for suspension upgrades. Many suspensions that are designed to carry heavier loads including truck campers, travel trailers and fifth-wheels, are usually equipped with overload leaf-springs… and that’s where the StableLoad comes into play!

Leaf SpringsYour truck's leaf springs are designed to handle heavy loads, but sometimes
they need help to improve ride quality and safety!

Before testing to see how the StableLoads improved the ride quality of their fully loaded 2012 F-350 regular-cab pickup, here’s what Ed had to say about the handling of the truck:

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“Driving a predetermined test route with newly installed lower StableLoads disconnected revealed the suspension handled the weight of the camper well with only slight bouncing on smooth roads and minor body roll while cornering. However, when driving on a rough road with potholes and bumps, bouncing and body roll increased noticeably, as they often do when transitioning from smooth to rough roads.”

- Ed Bolduc, Trailer Life Magazine


The StableLoad

StableLoad IU fadeThe StableLoad suspension upgrade is meant to assist your truck with heavy loads associated with towing a trailer or hauling a truck camper. Installed on your truck’s rear overload suspension, it dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect and keeping the springs actively under load.

“After engaging the lower StableLoads, the sag at the rear axle decreased to just 1/2-inch [after previously having a 1 1/8-inch squat]. The change in altitude of the truck, although small, could be felt in the driver’s seat. A trip down the same rough road resulted in a considerable decrease in bouncing and body roll. Even on smooth surfaces, the stabilizers improved the F-350’s handling noticeably.”

- Ed Bolduc, Trailer Life Magazine

Vehicle factory engineers designed suspension overload springs to operate a specific four-point system, and the StableLoad maintains all four points of contact in the springs rather than reducing it to two points of contact like other aftermarket suspension products. When installed on your truck, you have the ultimate stability and safety while towing a trailer behind your truck.

Fitments

“We also tested the lower StableLoads while towing several fifth-wheels and travel trailers. As expected, the stabilizers made a clear improvement in handling and controlling suspension bounce and body roll when towing heavy fifth-wheels. Sag was decreased, and the headlights maintained proper alignment.”

- Ed Bolduc, Trailer Life Magazine


Features of the StableLoad suspension upgrade include:

SL Installed

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
Quick no-drill installation**
Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).

** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (with Drill Kit).


Feel free to read the full StableLoad article from Trailer Life Magazine, and if you’re interested in purchasing the StableLoad suspension enhancement, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. To contact us for more information or questions, you can reach out to us at support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132.

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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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Step Right Up!

We are so lucky to have a chance to have one of our products featured in the September edition of Trailer Life Magazine! What product do you ask? None other than the newest addition to our product family, the GlowStep Revolution.

“… it doesn’t get much better than this.”
                    -Kevin Livingston, Trailer Life Magazine

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Hey, it doesn’t get much better than this. Here are some of the reasons why we think the GlowStep Revolution is amazing:

• With our step system design, the GlowStep Revolution brings you down to ground level, making it so you don’t need unsafe booster steps
• Our specially designed All Terrain Landing Gear quickly levels on uneven terrain and eliminates the unstable and unsafe ‘diving board’ feeling
• The step system includes various options (purchased separately) that let you build an entry and exit system to suite your specific needs: the SafeStep barrier, GlowGuide Handrail and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaner
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, meaning that it is rust free
• Works on both side entry truck campers and towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity, preventing the steps from coming loose over time
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only 5 minutes of light exposure
• Comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• The GlowStep Revolution is proudly made in the USA

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We use and created a specially engineered hinge design unlike any other in the industry and is the only scissor step system designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry campers. We had a Q & A with a couple of engineers from our team about the GlowStep Revolution. Below are their responses:

 

How did you come up with the GlowStep Revolution design?
We measured many different trailers to determine the most common step bracket widths and hole spacing. After some testing, we found that when trailers aren’t parked on level ground, the height of the door could change significantly. Other step companies counter this problem by preventing the steps from contacting the ground and allows more movement with their lower steps. This adds a lot of stress to the trailer’s frame, but our design, with All Terrain Landing Gear, is much more stable with the bottom of the steps resting on the ground.

We also designed our mounting bracket to allow the top step to be adjusted up and down as well. With both the mounting height and lower steps being adjustable, it keeps any one step from being too tall for people.

What was the process of creating the GlowStep Revolution from idea to final product?
Step 1: Research how current steps are mounted
Step 2: Design a prototype
Step 3: Test the prototype and look for ways to improve the product
Step 4: Redesign the mounting bracket to add in more adjustment and make other minor tweaks based on customer feedback
Step 5: Strength test the system to verify calculations
Step 6: Created drawings, bills of materials, jigs for production, and write instructions for installation

What about the glow in the dark aspect of the GlowStep Revolution?
Brought over from our other GlowStep line. We often hear how much our customers love it and is one of the most useful features of the product. It was a no-brainer to carry the glow in the dark feature into the new GlowStep line.

What is coolest part of the GlowStep Revolution for our engineering department?
The upper step adjustment mechanism that relies on an indexing plate and lever mounted cog to hold the plate in position.

There you have it folks, from the creators own mouths! Make sure that you go check out the article in Trailer Life Magazine and learn all about all the amazing features of our GlowStep Revolution!

Watch this video to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution:

 


 

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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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Trailer Life Magazine gets hands on with Torklift’s new Fortress PowerLock

The April issue of Trailer Life Magazine takes a closer look at Torklift International’s newest addition to its line of security products: the Fortress PowerLock.

We’ve heard countless reports of serious damage thieves are leaving behind at home, at your offsite storage and even at campsites. As a result, Torklift designed the Fortress PowerLock to protect RV shore power cords from being cut and stolen.

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stolen-shore-power-cordReplacement of RV WiringAmong battery theft, generators and propane, see what Trailer Life Magazine has referenced as a popular target for thieves. At first thought you wouldn’t consider power cords as a primary focus, but as Trailer Life Magazine points out in their article, nowadays you might be inclined to secure items that you never would have thought to secure in the past.  

Trailer Life Magazine indicates that including labor, replacing the RV power cord is extremely costly. Eliminate any chances of damage by protecting the shore power cord with the Fortress PowerLock.

Once in place, access to the power cord hatch is prevented without the use of lock and key.  The RV theft deterrent lock makes it extremely difficult for thieves to access the cord.

See how it works by watching the shore power lock demonstration video:

As the only lock for shore power cords in the industry, the Fortress PowerLock is designed with aircraft grade aluminum and featured in high impact powder coated black or white. Engineered for easy no drill installation, clean design and simple open and closing mechanism, the Fortress PowerLock comes with two keys and is covered by Torklift’s lifetime warranty.

Be sure to pick up the April issue of Trailer Life Magazine for more information on why you need this lock for your RV. Trailer Life Magazine also shares details on how easy it is to install the Fortress PowerLock.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress PowerLock.

Torklift International security products:
Lock and Load cargo tray
Fortress GasLock propane tank lock
FastGun turnbuckle locks
FastGun Wobble Stopper to avoid camper theft

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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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Camper Packer camper storage stands

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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