FastGun turnbuckles on SALE now at participating dealers!

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Are you tired of your old worn out truck camper turnbuckles that are hard to deal with? At Torklift, we have the perfect product for you. Our quick-disconnect FastGun truck camper turnbuckles are high impact powder coated to prevent rusting and weather damage. We also have a polished, stainless steel version available.

For a limited time, save up to 10% off when two sets of FastGun turnbuckles are purchased together. They’re 100% tool free and made from aluminum and stainless steel. The patented design is meant to work with and secure your truck camper in only four minutes! The FastGun connects and disconnects in seconds reducing the time to load and secure your truck camper. FastGun long range work with frame-mounted tie downs with a reach of 25-inches to 43-inches and the FastGun short range turnbuckles are meant for bed-mounted tie downs with a reach of 14.5-inches to 21.5-inches.

truck w cameperOur FastGun turnbuckles have a spring-loaded design to ensure a safe ride for your family and your truck. Precision made with strong stainless steel and aluminum. The high impact powder coat keeps them safe from all the harsh weather. All Torklift International turnbuckles are proudly made in the USA and have a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Installation of Torklift turnbuckles can be done in a snap! For example, below are average installation times for Torklift’s best-selling truck camper turnbuckles:

• FastGun turnbuckle: Four minutes
• SpringLoad XL turnbuckle: 10 minutes
• Basic SpringLoad: 10 minutes
• Derringer Handle (can be used with any turnbuckle to turn it into a FastGun handle): seven minutes

You get to pick your savings! At participating dealers, get up to $35 off a set of two FastGun turnbuckles. Now is the perfect time to get two sets for front and back securing all four tie down points with FastGun turnbuckles! Each set of FastGun turnbuckles includes two FastGuns. Here’s a table to show you just what’s exactly on sale and how the discounts work at our participating dealers.


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Regular Price

Sale Price

FastGun Short Range (Grey)




FastGun Short Range (White)




FastGun Long Range (Grey)




FastGun Long Range (Polished)




FastGun Short Range (Polished)




FastGun Long Range (Black)




FastGun Long Range (White)





Hold Down Your Truck Camper with the Best!

"I had the Happijac turnbuckles, and bed tie downs. When I bought the Lance 1181, I converted to the Torklift frame mounts, and Torklift Derringers. I love them. Much quicker and easier to tie down. And, to me it feels more secure. The Torklift "no drill" frame mounts were true to their word, took me maybe 45 minutes to bolt all 4 frame mounts in, and much nicer setup in my opinion. The Happijacs were what I used for many years, but, with a heavier camper I really like the frame mounts."

Kevin, Wash


Tie Down LocksDid you know that participating dealers are also offering up to 10 percent off Torklift truck camper tie downs and Talon tie downs when you purchase two sets together as well? But the best part of the sale? It’s going on all year long, so you get plenty of time to get your tie downs before the sale is over.

Torklift tie downs come in sets of two. So by purchasing a front set and a rear set you can outfit your entire truck to haul a camper safely. Also speaking of safety, our tie downs are securable with our Tie Downs Locks! Since our tie downs come with two tie downs in each package, make sure you get two sets – one for the front and one for the rear of your truck as well as one package of tie down locks for safety.

Features of Torklift tie downs include:

• 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

finishing kitAs an additional accessory we also have our Tie Down finishing kit. This cost-effective measure allows you to minimize the harsh effects of the environment such as rust on your tie downs.

The FastGun turnbuckles and Torklift tie downs come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and all Torklift products are proudly made in the USA! When it comes to a safe camping trip and a safe smooth ride for you, your loved ones and your truck, make sure to go with the safest and most reliable system available on the market.

If you’re interested in any of our products (especially while they’re on sale at participating dealers) contact our Tech Support at or call our team at 800-246-8132. Or, to buy your FastGun turnbuckles and tie downs today, you can shop at participating dealers near you by clicking the button below.


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How to live in a truck camper

TCWhen it comes to living a life on the road, many believe that it generally means living in a big Class A motorhome with an extra vehicle in tow, or a large fifth wheel or travel trailer firmly entrenched in a fancy RV park.

Although that sounds like a great option for some, there are others that would prefer to live life off-the-beaten-path in remote places for weeks or months at a time. In a truck camper, this is much more achievable. Living in a truck camper is perfect for those who want to explore remote locations but don’t want to sleep on the ground under a tent, have a decent place to cook meals and comfortable place to use the restroom.

Although it is incredibly fun, truck camper full time living is not necessarily a never-ending vacation. There are chores that need to be done to maintain your truck and camper. In this article, we’ll focus on the truck camper – easy tips to help maintain it while you’re living in it, the best truck camper storage options and more.


1. Inspect Roof and Truck Camper Seals
TC2While the quote “out of sight, out of mind” might be acceptable for certain things, when it comes to maintaining your truck camper you have to be proactive about checking for potential issues. This is especially true when it comes to the roof and all the seals around your truck camper.

A common problem with RV’s and truck campers is moisture leaking into the camper through faulty weather stripping and seals. Make sure to check the seals around your windows, door and roof every three months.

If you see any cracks, loose pieces or water stains then that could mean you are having a sealant problem. We would suggest taking your truck camper into a shop for removal and resealing.


2. Check BatteriesTC3
Batteries should last around three to five years, but should be checked regularly. The last thing you want is a dead battery. It not only ruins your camping plans, but can also lead to expensive repairs if the battery leaks. After three years deep-cycle batteries tend to start losing their power so it’s best to keep a close eye on them.

A way to help prevent damage from batteries is proper and safe storage. If you’re towing a small trailer behind your truck and truck camper, the PowerArmor battery box installs to the tongue of the trailer, or our single PowerArmor can install on your truck camper bumper. Depending on which size you get, this battery box can hold one to five batteries. It comes with an acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion and keep them safe from the elements inside the battery box. What’s the best part about the PowerArmor? It’s designed for easy access to the batteries and prevents potential expensive battery theft.

Another great way to protect your batteries while you're full-time RVing is the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount. The HiddenPower allows you to have extra battery power in your RV, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems by adding an extra battery that is tied into your truck's electrical charging system, which keeps the battery charged and always ready for RVing with little to no maintenance.


3. Water System Checks
Water is the most important resource when you’re living in a truck camper – so making sure your water is clean and won’t clog your systems is top priority. Maintenance should include chemicals that are designed to work with each of your systems whether it’s your grey or black water systems. Flushing the systems on a regular basis is also important to prevent any kinds of clogs that could cause failure of operation and major repairs.


4. How to store a truck camper off truckTC4
Truck camper living is a freeing experience. You can travel anywhere your truck can go and live life on the open road. But there can be some downsides, especially when you want to be able to use your truck bed for side trips or things that would require off-loading the camper.

If you are afraid that your truck camper might be stolen while you’re gone, the perfect truck camper storage idea is the FastGun Wobble Stopper which helps prevent your truck camper from wobbling while it’s off-truck and prevent potential theft of your camper. The FastGun Wobble Stopper is lockable and reduces the stress on your camper jacks and frame.


5. Run Your Generator
TC5Letting your generator sit unused for too long can cause replacement years before you should have to. In order to keep your generators internal components running at optimum levels, it needs to be ran at least once a month for 15-20 minutes once it’s reached it normal running temperature. Not doing this could cause parts in your generator components to corrode and rust, thus preventing it from effectively powering the generator.

If you don’t feel comfortable running your generator because of location, there are many storage options available including the Lock and Load generator tray. You can lock, store and run your generator from the tray without having to bring it inside or choke on residual gas or exhaust fumes. With maximum security straps and a heavy duty puck lock, you also don’t have to worry about thieves stealing your generator.

We hope you enjoyed these truck camper tips and RV storage ideas. Full-time living in your truck camper may come with responsibilities and regular upkeep, but is an incredibly freeing experience. Many RVers who have larger trailers have to pass up parks, campgrounds and other off-road places because they don’t have the accessibility that a truck camper provides.


For more information about any of the truck camper products mentioned, feel free to give our experienced Customer Service Team a call at 800-246-8132 and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

Happy Camping from all of us at Torklift! 



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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Torklift has your truck camper’s back with a variety of bumpers!

Bumper Blog 1Typically, campers come with factory bumpers, or no bumper at all. But did you know there are aftermarket truck camper bumpers available that help you gain added storage compartments, bright LED bumper lights and a convenient built in step to help you get in and out of your camper easily?

Torklift offers many kinds of bumpers with features you don’t want to miss. One of the best parts? Most of these bumpers feature spacious compartment storage so you don’t have to store items inside your camper or in the truck. You will never have to leave anything behind while camping again and enjoy the opportunity to take longer camping trips. Created to be a clean, sleek design with advanced engineering, our bumpers are high-impact powder coated for extreme durability.


Bumpers, bumpers and more bumpers!

Bumper Blog 2As of right now, we have five truck camper bumpers available for four different manufacturers with more bumpers always in the works. Each bumper is made specifically to fit each camper – you can contact your manufacturer for fitments or find your specific bumper here. All Torklift bumpers are proudly made in the USA and come with our Lifetime Legendary Warranty – ensuring that we’ve got your back so you can have stress-free camping trips! Below are further details about each of the bumpers we have available.

The Foxiest of Bumpers

Bumper Blog 3Fox Landing Bumper for the Arctic Fox: Serves as an extension of your camping experience. This bumper allows you to have left or right side truck camper entry steps. It allows for safe camper entry and exit with its swing side step and is designed to sit above your tow extension so you don’t even have to disconnect when you’re at the campground.

Features of the Fox Landing Bumper include:

• Large entry platform
• Made of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
• Folds up in seconds 
• Convenient fold-away steps 
• GlowStep treads for added safety 
• Allows the ability to tow when using a SuperTruss Extension

The Ultra Bumper Sophistication

Ultra Deck Plus Bumper for Lance campers: When it comes to bumper storage, there’s nothing better than the Ultra Deck Plus as a Lance camper bumper. Made with you in mind, this bumper allows for 7.8 cubic feet of additional truck camper storage space. With a slide-out deck that has the capacity to hold 600 pounds when extended, you won’t have to worry about safety when you’re hanging out on this custom truck camper deck. Additional Ultra Deck Plus features include:

Bumper Blog 4• Aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
• High-impact powder coated for extreme durability
• Allows the ability to tow when using a SuperTruss Extension
• Swing step that incorporates Torklift International GlowStep technology
• DOT certified LED lights
• Exclusive Torklift hinge lock system for all storage compartments

The Perfect Landing Pad

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Palomino Landing Pad is made specifically to fit all years of the 2902, 2910 and 2911 camper models. Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it’s designed to work with our Space Dock and Lock and Load Sidekick. This bumper makes it easy to add a swing out accessory to hold generators for extra power. The Space Dock accessory swings in and securely stores while in transit. The Landing Pad is perfect for all your bumper needs and provides an excellent step out of the camper.

Features of this camper bumper include:

• 93” wide platform
• 18.5” depth platform
• Nearly 3.5 cubic feet of storage space
• Allows the ability to tow when using a SuperTruss Extension
• Glow-in-the-dark camper swing step
• LED lights

Nothing But the Best Dura-Bility! 

Bumper Blog 6Palomino Dura-Trak is a lightweight bumper that is designed to be visually aggressive and features a backlit Palomino logo making it look like the bumper is on “fire” when lit up.

With a 36-inch wide by 8-inch deep swing-up step that doubles as a bench, this bumper makes it easy to get in and out of your truck camper improving safety and stability. The step also easily stores on the bumper, not effecting your ground clearance while driving.

Features of the Palomino Dura-Trak include:

• LED recessed lighting for a sleek looking bumper
• 36” wide swing-up step that doubles as a bench and glows in the dark
• Two lengths available for the Palomino Bumper – 83 ½” and 92 ¼”
• Step easily swings up and stores on bumper, not effecting your ground clearance while driving (can be locked)
• Bolt-on installation, no drilling into your camper
• Provides a specially designed license plate bracket that lights up for nighttime driving
• Powder coated in an anti-skid black matte for added traction
• Made of aircraft grade aluminum with stainless steel hardware for a lighter weight bumper
• Compatible with a specially designed Space Dock swing arm accessory that is available through Palomino to hold accessories like a generator, BBQ and more

The True North of Bumpers

Bumper Blog 7Everyone loves a Northstar truck camper, so no matter where you are – from Southeast Florida to Washington, North star bumpers are wonderful campers that are made even better with a bumper. This Torklift bumper works with any Northstar truck camper frame and is built with a lockable storage box on each side of the bumper giving you added storage space.

Features of the Northstar Bumper:

• Custom step tread
• Custom steps
• Made of aircraft grade aluminum
• Allows the ability to tow when using a SuperTruss Extension
• Reinforced gussets

If you have any questions about our custom bumper options or are interested in purchasing one of our truck camper bumpers for Arctic Fox, Lance, Northstar or Palomino, click here or find a dealer near you by visiting the Where to Buy section on our website.



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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Customer switches to Torklift after bed-mounted tie down damages his truck

Torklift Tie DownWhen we met Brian Brawdy, he didn’t know his truck bed was cracked in multiple places and that it would cost thousands of dollars to fix. Torklift first met RV enthusiast Brian Brawdy in 2009. At the time of meeting him, he was sponsored by an alternate brand of tie downs that mounts to the truck bed instead of the truck frame. This company promotes itself as using frame-mounted systems when they don’t attach to the truck’s frame at all.

Where the bed-mounted system went wrong

Brian Brawdy visiting TorkliftAfter getting to know Brian a little better and what kind of tie down system he was using, Torklift wanted to check it out. Our team crawled underneath his truck, and we were alarmed at what we saw. Upon inspecting Brian’s truck, we revealed a mass amount of damage to the bed. When Torklift discovered what was causing the damage, it all made sense. He had a bed-mounted tie down system for his truck camper. Due to the lack of support, the bed of his truck was too stressed and had massive cracks underneath. This was caused by the bed-mounted system pulling and yanking the truck bed sheet metal.

What you can do to protect yourself

Destroyed truck bedThere are steps you can take to inspect your vehicle for damage linked to bed-mounted tie downs:

1. look under your truck bed for long cracks spanning anywhere from the cab to the tailgate
2. Look for a sagging bumper and rust at rear bed-mounted tie down locations
3. Inspecting the paint for chips, bent tie downs, body rust and gouges at the mounting location of your front bed-mounted tie downs also indicate damage


If you notice any of these issues with your bed-mounted tie downs that claim to be frame-mounted, contact us immediately. We would be happy to look at pictures of your damage and help you determine if your truck is still safe for hauling your truck camper. If you don’t need Torklift products, we won’t sell it to you – we’re just here to help. Our company is founded on safety and if you aren’t safe, we believe you should know. This inspection service is free. Just call us at 800.246.8132 or send photos of your truck to:

So why do bed-mounted tie downs cause this damage?

Many bed-mounted tie down systems are falsely advertised as “direct-to-frame” and use anchors plates in the rear of the truck bed to connect anchors to both sides of the truck bumper. The support from the specific type of tie down does not make contact with the frame of the vehicle, leaving you with a very unstable support. When you use a bed-mounted system not only is what you are hauling at risk, but the vehicle as well. Just like Brian Brawdy’s truck, you risk having stress marks and cracks in the bed and can actually lose the whole bed itself. Damage within the truck bed is common while using bed-mounted tie downs. Often, anchor points can be pulled out - bending the anchors directly into the truck body, as well as damaging the vehicle’s paint.

What Precautions Can You Take to Avoid Damage to Your Vehicle?

Torklift Steel tie downThe first and most important step is using proper tie downs. Torklift offers two types of tie downs that truly mount to the foundation of the vehicle: its frame. Attaching directly to the frame eliminates the risk of damage to your vehicle and will provide 100% support for having your camper mounted safely.

Option one: Steel 
One of the tie down systems Torklift designed is the True Frame-Mounted Steel Tie Down.

• This tie down secures the truck to the camper using four independent tie down points directly to the frame. 98% of applications don’t require drilling.
• Has no loss of ground clearance and improved stability and handling of the vehicle while towing 
• Comes with the Tie Down Finishing Kit
Tie Down Locks are also available for this system

Option two: Military Grade Aluminum 
Talon Tie DownThe other system Torklift designed are the Talon Camper Tie Downs

• This is a high performance tie down that is light weight and rust free for life
• Features high impact powder coating
• Light weight military grade aluminum alloy that is 50% lighter than steel

Like any other Torklift product, both Talon and Steel Tie Downs are backed by a lifetime warranty. When Torklift tie downs are paired with spring loaded turnbuckles, the lifetime warranty is extended to not only the truck frame but the camper anchors points for the extent of its manufacturer’s warranty. Why do we do this? Because we know our frame-mounted tie downs will never damage your vehicle when used and installed properly. You can contact us at 800.246.8132 for more warranty details.

What did it cost Brian?

Picture6Thankfully at that trade show Brian Brawdy was made aware of the damage his truck had sustained. After that day, Torklift’s tech support spent several hours at our shop and repaired more than $5,000 dollars’ worth of damage done to his truck due to the bed-mounted tie downs that claimed to be frame-mounted. Brian no longer has to question whether his truck is being damaged while doing what he loves the most.


To learn more about Torklift tie downs and Talon Tie downs call our tech support at 800.246.8132 or email us at: Or, to order your own set at a Certified Dealer near you, visit our Where to Buy page.



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 festibals with my family form the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, bloe grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 


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Equipment needed for towing or hauling a Lance Camper

Lance Camper w Ultra DeckLance truck camper with Ultra Deck Plus bumper by Torklift
(Photo courtesy of Truck Camper Magazine)
Lance Campers are known for their exceptional quality of campers, ultra-light travel trailers and toy haulers. It’s no surprise that their high level of standard is mirrored across to any accompanying equipment and gear that’s used with their units. If you’re wondering about truck camper and towing equipment that Lance would recommend, we designated this article solely to address that topic.

The SuperHitch and SuperTruss towing system are recommended to use with your Lance truck camper, travel trailer or toy hauler. For truck camping, Torklift also recommends completing your RVing and towing package with Torklift frame-mounted tie downs, quick-disconnect turnbuckles and StableLoad suspension stabilizer for your truck. Take Lance’s word for it -- Their recommendations ensure you’re maintaining the integrity and the safety required for an investment like your Lance unit.

Lance CamperPhoto Credit: LanceCamper.comOne of the recommended pieces of equipment for towing a trailer while hauling a Lance Camper or simply towing a Lance travel trailer is the Torklift SuperHitch towing system. Lance recommends the SuperHitch as the No. 1 receiver hitch system for Lance Campers. Torklift’s Outlaw Series of receiver hitches are engineered with features that include dual receivers for added strength that evenly distributes weight and boasts the same capacity in either upper or lower receiver. The receiver hitches in Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series also include features such as:

• Engineered vehicle specific to ensure a proper fit to your truck, from ½ ton to 1 ½ ton trucks
• Most applications are no-drill
• Dual receiver allows the ability to insert accessories into the top receiver while towing from the bottom
• Only line of hitches with reinforced hitch pin locations preventing the hitch pin holes from wearing and elongation, commonly referred to as “egging”
• Made in USA and backed by Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty

Don’t be inhibited by factory installed hitches. With SuperHitch, maximize the towing capabilities of your truck with a strong hitch. It’s important to note that Torklift recommends staying within the towing capacity set by your vehicle’s manufacturer. With the highest weight ratings in the industry, the Outlaw Series includes the following receiver hitch and towing hitch accessories:

SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver – 15,000 lbs pull, 1,500 lbs tongue*
• SuperHitch Original 20K receiver – 20,000 lbs pull, 2,000 lbs tongue*
SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver – 30,000 lbs pull, 3,000 lbs tongue*
SuperHitch Pintle and Ballmount accessories – up to 30,000 lbs capacity

*When used with weight distribution.

SuperTrussSuperHitch SuperTruss
The beauty about a truck camper is that it’s versatile enough to fit in the truck bed, leaving your hitch open to tow a trailer. If you’re towing with a Lance truck camper overhang, feel confident in the recommendation from Lance to use the Torklift SuperTruss extension to go along with your SuperHitch. This towing extension system allows you the ability of hauling a Lance truck camper with an overhang and still making use of the SuperHitch receiver hitch on the truck. Thanks to the SuperTruss hitch receiver extension, bring along anything you want such as a trailer, boat, sand buggy or even horses on your next family adventure.

Towing w Lance Truck CamperTowing with a Lance truck camper

The SuperTruss hitch extension comes in multiple lengths ranging from 21 inches all the way to 60 inches. Refer to the chart for extension lengths and weight capacity ratings. Safely tow while enjoying the luxury of your Lance truck camper.

 truss-capacities F1 - Trailers Gross Tongue Weight (GTW) when fully loaded
F2 - Trailers Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) when fully loaded

Lance Recommended Towing GearLance recommended towing gear
#1) SuperHitch and SuperTruss
#9) Rear Mounting Centering Guides
#4) Turnbuckles 
Figure 1 of the illustration from shows the SuperHitch and SuperTruss equipment needed for Lance camper setups to get the most out of your camping experience.

Beyond the SuperHitch and SuperTruss systems, Torklift also recommends other truck camping equipment to use with your Lance that improves safety, stability and ease of use.

Other necessities for Lance truck campers:

Frame-Mounted Tie Downs
Torklift TRUE frame-mounted truck camper tie downs for Lance Camper have four independent points bolting directly to the truck frame, dramatically improving stability and handling while hauling the truck camper. By attaching to the foundation of the truck, prevent any possibility of bed and bumper damage, a problem often encountered with bed-mounted tie down systems. Providing a secure and snug tie down fit designed for your specific truck model, Torklift tie downs don’t compromise any ground clearance and are hidden when not in use (just remove the insert). Click here to learn all of the benefits from frame-mounted tie downs.

Lance at SEMA
Lance debuts at SEMA - Torklift turnbuckles and Talon aluminum tie downs

Prevent bed damage caused by bed-mounted tie downs:

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FastGun Turnbuckles
Torklift’s quick-disconnect FastGun truck camper turnbuckles are the No. 1 selling turnbuckle and adjust to connect either bed or the frame-mounted tie downs to your Lance Camper. To protect the tie down system and Lance truck camper anchor points, the spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and camper. Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use. The FastGuns provide easy tool-free adjustment and install within just four minutes – how long does it take you to secure your camper?


Browse all turnbuckles by Torklift International:


FastGun Turnbuckle SpringLoad XL
Basic SpringLoad
AnchorGuard AnchorGuard Derringer

FastGuns are lockable! Click here to learn more about FastGun locks.


TLI Turnbuckles


StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer
As one of the best suspension mods that stabilizes and improves truck suspension for hauling a Lance camper, StableLoads pre-activate your vehicle’s factory overload springs. By pre-loading the overload leaf springs, the stabilizing effects built into the leaf springs by the original vehicle engineers kick into gear, the way it was initially designed. When activated, there’s a drastic reduction in body roll, side-to-side sway and porpoising that’s common when hauling a camper. The innovative design of StableLoads prevents these common vehicle handling effects, making it the best truck camper and towing suspension upgrade available.


We had folks at a Lance Camper rally take the StableLoad Challenge. All attendees either own a Lance truck camper or Lance travel trailer and are familiar with how their truck performs when they tow or haul.

Here’s what happened when they tried the StableLoad suspension stabilizer:

For more information on Lance Campers visit www.lancecamper.comClick here to explore the SuperHitch Outlaw Series including the SuperHitch and SuperTruss extension system.



winski Written by Danielle Winski: With a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University of Washington, Danielle is passionate about using different technical and creative outlets for designing marketing content. She is an avid reader, writer and nature photographer in her free time. 

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It’s time to put your foot down - Get All Terrain Landing Gear for Torklift GlowSteps

CrookedBattle slanted campgrounds and uneven terrain with All Terrain Landing Gear

How often have you pulled into a camping spot found that it was perfectly level and solid throughout the entire site? The odds of that are probably close to hitting the lottery. Most likely the earth beneath your RV steps are uneven, whether from gravel, dirt, or grass, causing a hazard every time you go in or out of your recreational vehicle. Add this to the sensation of preparing for an Olympic diving attempt when you exit your RV or truck camper, you have the recipe for a nerve wrecking experience multiple times a day.Picture1Avoid unstable booster steps

Torklift has revolutionized the way travel enthusiasts enter and exit their RV’s with the Torklift GlowStep product line. GlowSteps are a unique scissor step system which meets the ground when unfolded, offering a solution to the springy tendencies that comes with standard towable, RV and truck camper entry steps. With the GlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear, no longer deal with using extra RV booster step that are often unstable and a hassle to store. Whether you need two camper steps or six, the Torklift GlowStep line has the right fit for your camper or trailer.

The Original GlowSteps:

• Glows in the dark for 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure
• Self illuminating steps - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your RV after dark
• SureGrip™ step tread - no grip tape
• Stores in position
• Lockable
• Exclusive: adjusts to basement model campers
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
Stainless bolted hinges allow for easy step addition or removal (Add-A-Step Kit Part # A7501)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

glowstep diagram

Put your foot down on stability
7. All Terrain Landing GearTorklift has taken the GlowStep one step further with the creation of another accessory, adjustable stabilizing feet called the All Terrain Landing Gear. This addition creates a solid Earth to RV connection and adjusts to adapt to uneven terrain, leveling RV steps or leveling truck camper entry steps with the use of independently adjustable feet at the bottom of the steps.

(Above image: All Terrain Landing Gear)

This landing gear comes included as standard on the Torklift GlowStep Revolution step system for towables or can be added to any original Original GlowStep system giving truck camper entry steps the ability to adapt to any terrain, rough or smooth, level or not.

All Terrain Landing Gear:gsr starburst

• All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain 
• Can be retrofitted to fit all original GlowSteps and other step systems (GlowStep Revolution comes with All Terrain Landing Gear included)
• Earth to RV: Level connection, securing the RV to the ground
• Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free) and stainless steel fasteners, tested at 1,400 pounds per pair
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA


Word on the street
On a popular online forum, someone purchased a truck camper that already was upgraded with the Torklift Glowsteps. Luck was on their side! Without knowing about Torklift’s GlowSteps, they inquired whether or not they should keep or replace the steps.

“[The previous owner] replaced the original steps with the Torklift GlowSteps as the original ones got in the way of the trailer he was towing.”
- Maxum1989

The response on the forum was unanimous- The Torklift Glowstep is a step above the rest, with multiple recommendations to also add the All Terrain Landing Gear.atlg inuse02All Terrain Landing Gear installs easily

“I have a set and I like them better than other steps that I have seen.”
- 69Avion

“Stick with the Glow Steps.”
- Kerry4951

“Upgrade the Glow steps with Torklift Landing Gear.”
- Wcjeep

See the full post and responses by clicking here.

Let’s recap, shall we? Torklift has changed the step game with the GlowStep line. Creating a safe way to enter or exit your RV day or night, with multiple options and add-ons to fit your needs. Installing RV steps is made easy and adjustment is painless. With unique bushing bearings and Picture2stainless steel bolted hinges for smooth function, Torklift steps provide ultimate level of quality and longevity. The Torklift All Terrain Landing Gear gives your steps the solid earth to RV connection on any surface. Stability and safety for your family is what it’s all about.

Don’t have the GlowSteps yet? The All Terrain Landing Gear comes as part of the GlowStep Revolution step system for towables. Enter our current RV Step Fail contest to win the GlowStep Revolution entry step system and check out the ways people have tried to solve RV step dilemmas on their own.


entertowinTo add the All Terrain Landing Gear to your existing GlowStep truck camper steps, find a dealer near you.


winski Written by Danielle Winski: With a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University of Washington, Danielle is passionate about using different technical and creative outlets for designing marketing content. She is an avid reader, writer and nature photographer in her free time. 

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How do I prevent bed damage when hauling a truck camper?

One of the best aspects of truck camping is being able to camp and explore just about anywhere. To travel without limitations, prepare your truck and camper with the ability to safely maneuver a variety of elements. Tight turns, narrow roads and adverse weather conditions can become dangerous if your camper is not secured safely.


In order to achieve the safest set up and prevent camper movement, the truck and camper must become one unit. How can you attach the camper to your truck without causing any damage to the truck bed? Let’s discover what options are currently available for securing truck campers.

While shopping for a tie down system, you’ll find a few different methods of securing a camper to your vehicle. There are designs that attach to the truck bed or bumper, and there are Torklift Tie Downs that attach directly to the frame of the truck. Let’s talk about the options.

1. Stake Pocket Tie Downs
Stake pocket camper mounts bolt in the truck bed stake pocket and use a wing-like plate that extends from the bed. This connects the turnbuckle to the camper eyebolts.

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2. Bed-mounted Tie Downs
This style of bed-mounted tie downs advertised as “direct to frame” attaches by an anchor plate on the front side of the truck bed with rear anchors on the truck bumper. Although there are small metal parts with this type of tie down that come into contact with the trucks heavy-duty frame, the contact is incidental and lends negligible support as the primary strength. The support for this type of tie down is the truck bed and rear bumper and not the truck’s frame.

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Negative side effects from bed-mounted designs are lack of support and potential for damage to your truck bed. Designs that attach to the truck bed may also require intentional drilling of the truck bed or bumper, causing permanent damage to your truck.

It is important to recognize that pickup trucks are now built from thinner metals and truck campers are increasing in size. A tie down system that attaches directly to the truck frame is now a necessity.

b2ap3_thumbnail_bed-damage.pngTruck bed damage from bed-mounted tie down system

Several years ago, nationally known RV enthusiast Brian Brawdy was sponsored by a company that recommended and installed these bed-mounted tie downs. Torklift International approached him to talk about our frame-mounted tie downs. Upon discussion we pointed out massive cracks that occurred underneath his truck bed on the bed frame, which was essentially causing the truck bed to come apart. Not only did we help repair thousands of dollars in damages to his truck, but also outfitted him with Torklift International products.  Brian no longer has to worry about damage to his truck and has been satisfied with Torklift products ever since. 


3. Frame-mounted Tie Downs
The safest and best way to secure your camper is with the Torklift International TRUE frame-mounted tie downs. The frame-mounted design fits to specific vehicle makes/models allowing strongest possible attachment to the trucks frame. The truck’s heavy-duty frame acts like a foundation for a house providing all of the strength and stability for the entire truck. By using a tie down design that is 100% supported by the truck’s frame it eliminates any chances of bed and bumper damage.


Torklift International’s frame-mounted tie down system:
      -  Incorporates four independent tie down points for dramatically improved stability 
      -  Bolts directly onto the truck frame (most applications don’t require drilling) 
      -  Provides zero loss of ground clearance 
      -  Minimizes visibility of the system when the tie down inserts are removed

As an industry first, Torklift recently unveiled 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 while designed to be stronger. The Talons come with rust free corrosion protection.

Torklift Tie Downs have a lifetime warranty. When Torklift Tie Downs are used with our spring-loaded turnbuckles, we extend the lifetime warranty to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer’s warranty. Call 800.246.8132 for warranty details.

Torklift International Tie Downs are the only tie downs that truly attach to the strongest part of your truck: the truck frame. All others are bed-mounted. There is no longer a need to sacrifice damaging your truck to enjoy a safe and worry-free vacation with your truck camper. 

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3 easy steps to eliminating the bounce and sway from airbags

When loading up a truck with something heavy like a truck camper, our first instinct is to level the vehicle. The weight on the rear axle causes the truck to sag and tilts the nose of the vehicle up. Driving a truck in this position can be dangerous because it takes control away from the driver.

Even though there is a leveling benefit from airbags, this suspension modification can have some negative side effects. Instead of activating the factory suspension like the StableLoad suspension stabilizer, airbags change the entire dynamic of your suspension by lifting the weight off of your overload springs.

The side effects you feel from airbags include an increase in side-to-side sway and amplified bounce motion when hitting a bump in the road. This is happening because airbags take the weight of your payload and balance them on an area roughly the size of two footballs. The power of the truck’s factory spring suspension is completely taken out of use.

If you’ve already installed airbags on your truck and experience these side effects, we have a solution for you.

It is typical to run about 70-80 pounds of air pressure or more in the airbags to support a load like a truck camper. This amount of pressure is needed to level the vehicle, but causes an uncomfortable and rough ride. On your unloaded truck, go ahead and deflate your airbags. Many have found that 30 pounds of air pressure will cause a loaded truck to remain level, yet still incorporate the use of the vehicle’s factory springs.

Install quick-disconnect StableLoad suspension stabilizers on your lower overloads. By engaging the StableLoads, the space between the lower overload and main spring pack on your truck’s suspension is filled, putting the factory springs to use as they were intended.

At this point, load up the vehicle and take a drive with the StableLoads. You will find:
      -  StableLoads help eliminate sag and level your vehicle
      -  Side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising is dramatically reduced
      -  Ride quality and handling is improved, creating a safer driving experience

If needed, eliminate any remaining sag by adding additional air back into the airbags. Many have found that they can reduce the air pressure from 70-80 pounds, to only about 30 pounds. This will allow the loaded truck to remain level, yet still incorporate the use of the vehicle’s factory springs.

If you are still deciding on the best suspension upgrade for your vehicle, we recommend starting with StableLoads. The combination of upper and lower StableLoads will resolve 100 percent of your suspension issues.

Many customers who installed the StableLoad suspension stabilizer found they did not have to move forward with installing airbags on their truck.


We also discussed the use of airbags with StableLoads at a recent rally where rally-goers took the StableLoad Challenge.

For the StableLoad Challenge, folks had the opportunity to test-drive the same Ford F-150 truck with and without the StableLoads. We placed 2,800 pounds of gravel in the bed to simulate a significant load similar to a truck camper.

Test driver Lisa Gord mentions the horrible bounce that airbags cause on her personal truck, causing her husband to lose his stomach every time they hit a bump!

Take a look at her experience by watching this short video:

Click here for more information on Torklift International StableLoads and learn more about how they work in conjunction with airbags

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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. 


“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 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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Truck Camper Sway? Here’s how to stop the sway and wobble

b2ap3_thumbnail_challengerdaphne.pngWhen Torklift introduced the StableLoad Challenge to rally attendees this past September, truck camper owner Daphne Risso was excited to be one of the first to participate.

By taking the StableLoad Challenge, it would give her the opportunity to test-drive an F-150 with a 2,800-pound load in the back both with and without the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

Since rally-goers either haul a truck camper or tow a trailer on a regular basis, we wanted to capture initial impressions from their hands-on experience. The StableLoad suspension stabilizer prevents side-to-side sway, bounce, and dramatically improves handling while towing or hauling.


Take a look at a clip from Daphne Risso’s test-drive:

During her experience, Daphne Risso said that with the StableLoads engaged, the truck did not feel like it was wobbling so much.

“It feels more balanced, Risso said. “I am not kidding you! I definitely feel the difference the StableLoad makes.”

The wobbling that Daphne Risso mentioned is very common when trucks are loaded with something heavy like a truck camper. Many times the rig may feel top heavy and sway from side-to-side, causing an uncomfortable ride that feels unsafe. By stabilizing the suspension with the StableLoads, the side-to-side sway is dramatically reduced and overall handling of the truck becomes easier.

Sway reduction is just one of many benefits of installing StableLoads on your truck. Click here to learn more about this affordable suspension upgrade or see full version of the StableLoad Challenge.

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The StableLoad Challenge -- See what hauling 2,800 pounds will do to a 1/2 ton truck’s suspension

By the appearance, it may be easy to underestimate the performance effects of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. However, the StableLoads are endorsed by many truck camper manufacturers including Northwood Manufacturing/Arctic Fox due to its ability to reduce sway and body roll, providing a much safer experience while hauling or towing.

To put this product to the test, Torklift International kicked off the StableLoad Challenge national event during Lance Owner’s annual rally in Lancaster, California this past September.

Here’s how it went down.

About the competitors:

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Two identical Ford F150 trucks loaded with 2,800 pounds of gravel in the bed. The weight is intended to simulate the effects of hauling a heavy load such as a truck camper or towing a trailer.

What’s the secret weapon?

One truck had factory suspension while the other had the StableLoad suspension stabilizer installed and engaged.

About the challengers:

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All of the test drivers haul campers and tow trailers with their trucks. Many of these drivers have had experience with other suspension alternatives such as sway bars or airbags. Even when airbags and sway bars were installed, common complaints were side-to-side sway, bounce, and the inability to transition back to their factory ride when not hauling or towing with their rig. Lucky for them, they were about to experience first-hand how the StableLoads can solve these suspension problems.

The outcome: 

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It didn’t take much for test drivers to see and feel the difference that StableLoads make on the Ford truck’s suspension.

Just by looking at the loaded trucks side-by-side, it was easy to indicate which truck was without the StableLoad, as it had significantly more sag than the other vehicle.

When the challengers drove the truck with the StableLoads engaged, they felt a significant improvement and noted the following characteristics:

  • Improved overall handling of the truck
  • Increased stability -- Prevented sway, body-roll and porpoising effects
  • Significantly reduced braking distance

To see the results of the test-drive, watch the video here:

You may be asking, how does a suspension upgrade work on my truck?

The lower StableLoad application (which was used in the challenge) occupies the gap between the leaf spring pack and lower overload. The upper Stableload application is designed to replace the smaller, inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper overload springs to work sooner. Both applications are designed to pre-activate the truck’s factory suspension, putting the stabilizing effects to work. Most StableLoad applications do not require drilling and can be installed easily at home.

Stay tuned on the Torklift company blog as we take a closer look into the StableLoad Challenge and individual experiences of each of our challengers. 

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The need for 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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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:


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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.


*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-


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