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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How to make a truck camper deck?

After lots of speculation on how to build a truck camper deck we came across an article on Rv.net. The user, Bigfootford decided to take on this project himself. He started off with a well drawn out blueprint on his shop floor, constructed of Unistrut, plumbers tape, and some bolts. It looked pretty good. We really like that he incorporated his steps, which he broke into two pieces to gap the entrance and the other half led to the ground. He also incorporated storage slots for tubs on each side. It took him some time to construct his idea as well as to measure, cut, and piece it together. Here is a link to RV. net users story BigFootFords DIY deck project. If you aren’t a DIY person or don’t have the time, Torklift has various truck camper deck options to fit any of your needs.

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Fox Landing Bumper
This bumper serves as an extension of your camping experience. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it offers entry from either the left or right side and it eliminates the need to disconnect the trailer tongue. The Fox Landing Bumper can fold up in a matter of seconds and secures in the stowed position. GlowStep tread is added for safety to prevent slipping.

arcticfoxFox Landing Bumper

Northstar Bumper
The Northstar Bumper is engineered and designed at Torklift International. It’s constructed out of light weight aircraft grade aluminum. This bumper works with any framing system and has a custom tread. It has a custom step reinforced with gussets. It’s USA-made and has our legendary lifetime warranty.

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Palomino Landing Pad
If you are in need of storage space while camping, this is the deck for you. With nearly 3.5 cubic feet of storage, this bumper weighs 84 pounds, is 93 inches wide and features an 18.5-inch platform depth. The Palomino Landing Pad is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. With LED lights and a built in swing step, this bumper makes all other factory bumpers seem out-of-date. The Palomino Landing Pad is a Torklift International design and backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Ultra Deck Plus
This truck camper porch is engineered and designed exclusively for Lance campers by Torklift International. The Ultra Deck Plus is designed with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. This deck is high impact powder coated for extreme durability with a contoured body style that offers 7.8 cubic feet of storage. This comes with lots of extras. A deck slide that extends and has a 600-pound capacity, a swing step that incorporates Torklift International GlowStep technology, DOT certified LED lights and a Torklift exclusive hinge lock system for all storage compartments.

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If you are ready to get your camper out on the road and don’t have the time that RV.net user BigFootFord had to build his own deck, have no fear Torklift is here! With several options that will accommodate every need you have as far a safety, security, and storage you can’t go wrong. For more information call us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

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. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Northstar Camper Bumper: Your aluminum safety net and storage savior

It’s 9 o’clock at night. The once blazing campfire has been reduced to ashes and embers. An echo of the celebration that took place on your first night in the woods is still present. Confident in your abilities as an outdoorsman, you turn your attention to your truck camper and smile. From the well-lit interiors, you feel the warmth wash across your face as the sound of gentle humming from a loved one resonates in your ears. Content that you will spend the evening in the warmth and comfort of your camper, you step up to mount the truck camper entry steps — and immediately slip and fall backwards. Pain jets up and down your back and neck, which is now cold and wet. Suddenly, as if mocking you, the decrepit camper steps break away from your truck camper and land in the mud. As you glare at its inefficiency, you can’t help but wonder: Is this it? There has to be something better than this.

And there is.

northstar-camperNorthstar Bumper on the 2014 Northstar 8.5 Arrow UFrom Torklift International comes the Northstar camper bumper designed specifically for Northstar truck campers. Forged from lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum, this factory installed truck camper bumper uses a custom swing step and thick step treads to carry you gently into the warm embrace of your camper on any Northstar framing system. In addition, reinforced gussets support higher weight levels, providing an extra level of safety. Gone are the days of stepping into the unknown and risking possible injury. With the Northstar truck camper bumper, your safety is promised. Other features include RV sewer house storage that locks to protect your equipment, plus the ability to tow any trailer when using a SuperTruss Extension. Finally, the Northstar Camper Bumper comes with a legendary lifetime warranty, ensuring quality and protection in any situation. This product is a great aftermarket upgrade, meaning that available spare parts are only a phone call away.

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Northstar Camper Bumper

custom-step-treadSwing step on Northstar BumperThe Northstar Camper Bumper is a continuation of Northstar’s quest to build superior products. Reviews of their campers, such as the 2014 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U, are evidence of Northstar’s commitment to quality. One such review praises Torklift’s Northstar Camper Bumper, particularly its truck camper swing step feature, with the steps “ease of use” being highly regarded:

“Northstar’s aluminum bumper and Torklift International GlowStep flip-down step system is really fantastic.  When traveling, the GlowStep securely locks into position preventing the steps from moving during transport.  Upon arrival, the step is released by pulling a spring loaded latch on the inside left of the step hinge.  Entry into the camper is further aided by a large swing-out assist handle.”       – Truck Camper Magazine

Proudly made in the USA, the Northstar Camper Bumper is brought to you by the partnership of Torklift International and Northstar Manufacturing, better known as R.C. Willet Co., Inc.  Located on the corner of Leversee Road and Airline Highway in Waterloo, Iowa, the Willett family has been setting the standard for truck camper manufacturing as “The Truck Camper People.”

northstar-logoFounded by Ralph Willett in 1955, he and his son Robert Willett (also known as Chuck), took to building a business of manufacturing truck campers. From 1961 on, they have sold their Texson Campers to dealers across the country. Since the early 1980s, the reigns have been passed to Chuck’s son Rex, who has commanded the company with distinction. Surpassing their 54th anniversary, Rex has maintained Northstar’s continuous legacy of excellence and quality, using passed down knowledge along with continuously advancing technology to keep its competitive edge while improving the product.        

Both Torklift and Northstar pride themselves on their rich history as family-owned companies, using both innovation and knowledge handed down through generations to perfect their craft. Each company has stood the test of time, building two powerful titans of manufacturing in the name of enhancing and evolving the RV industry.

To order a Northstar Camper Bumper contact Rex Willet at Northstar campers at 1-319-233-3461.


 

andrew-headshotWritten by Andrew Wales:
Andrew is a recent graduate from the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. in Arts, Media and Culture. In his free time, he channels his passion for writing into numerous projects, including the development of a series of full-length science fiction thriller novels. He seeks to put his devotion to writing to good use in the professional field as a technical writer.

 

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Storage for the Long Haul: The Ultra Deck Plus, a truck camper bumper designed exclusively for Lance Truck Campers

lance-bumper-storageUltra Deck Plus Camper BumperAs fantastic as truck camping can be, there never seems to be quite enough room to store all the accessories you need — tools, ice chests, fishing poles, hiking gear. With the Ultra Deck Plus — a truck camper bumper engineered by Torklift International and designed exclusively for Lance Campers — you’ll never lack for storage space again. The Ultra Deck Plus bumper is a versatile aftermarket truck camper bumper, elegantly designed to increase your storage capacity without adding additional bulk to your truck camper. For those long journeys on the road, the Ultra Deck Plus bumper is destined to become your new best friend.

Transform the Journey with the Ultra Deck Plus
Have you ever caught yourself debating whether it’s more valuable to bring along your fishing gear or your ice chest on your next trip? If so, the Ultra Deck Plus bumper is the product for you. This compact truck camper bumper features a sleek contoured body style that gives specific models of Lance truck campers an additional 7.8 cubic feet of truck camper storage so you’ll never again need to agonize over that decision.

On either side of the deck, two spacious compartments provide deep storage for large items such as a cooler or a tackle box. Both compartments also have built in drains that make cleaning a breeze. The central deck features a sliding storage drawer that can support up to 600 pounds; it also comes with a standard truck camper swing step. lance-slide-outUltra Deck Plus features slide-out porchOffered as an option the truck camper entry step system is designed to also incorporate Torklift International’s patent pending GlowStep technology and can be deployed from either the center, right, or left side making The Ultra Deck Plus bumper perfect for safe and easy side access critical with towing, especially when using a SuperTruss Extension.  

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Torklift International Ultra Deck Plus for Lance Campers

With so many details, the Ultra Deck Plus is sure to dazzle. However, perhaps the best feature of all is that the bumper storage is lockable. Not only does the Ultra Deck Plus bumper allow you to bring all of your favorite gear with you, but it can also afford peace of mind about the safety of your items while you’re out exploring.

Check out the video below for more detail about the Ultra Deck Plus bumper, its lockable storage features, and its durable design:

Truck Camper Storage at its Finest
Engineered by Torklift International, the Ultra Deck Plus was specifically designed for Lance truck campers and is directly compatible with the following units:

• 2015/2016 1050S Model
• 2015/2016 1052 Model
• 2015/2016 995 Model
• 2016 975 Model
• 2016 1062 Model

Like all Torklift products, the Ultra Deck Plus bumper is proudly made in the USA from quality materials you can trust. It is built with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, resulting in a light but durable truck camper bumper. High impact powder coating not only adds style to the Ultra Deck Plus bumper, but it also ensures extreme durability. Lockable storage compartments feature a unique hinge lock system exclusive to Torklift International designs. Finally, DOT certified LED lights are sealed and guaranteed never to leak — a promise backed by Lance Camper Manufacturing.

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Ultra Deck Plus features DOT certified LED lights

Spacious Storage and Uncompromised Style
With the Ultra Deck Plus truck camper bumper, you have all the space you need yet you sacrifice nothing in style. The Ultra Deck Plus is sleek, sturdy, and elegantly simple, and it is sure to add class to the back of your Lance truck camper.

lance-campers-tcPhoto Credit: Lance CampersWe are certain you’ll be impressed with the Ultra Deck Plus bumper, but we would like to know what you like best about it. What features stand out most? What would you like to add?

Are you ready to embark on your next adventure? Why not try the Ultra Deck Plus bumper for yourself? For information on how to order the Ultra Deck Plus, contact your local Lance dealer by visiting LanceCamper.com or call (661) 949-3322.


Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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Outfit your truck camper with the Palomino Landing Pad bumper, Space Dock and Lock and Load SideKick

Main Feature: The Palomino Landing Pad Bumper
It’s no surprise that when it comes to security, versatility and innovation, Torklift International has got you covered and the Palomino Landing Pad bumper is no exception.

palomino-bumper-mainPalomino Landing Pad bumper storage compartments with Glow-in-the-dark swing step and LED lightsBy working with Palomino engineers and designers, Torklift took the truck camper bumper bull by the proverbial horns in 2013 and never let go. The Landing Pad bumper not only flaunts its versatility—being compatible with any year of the following Palomino truck camper models: 2902, 2910 and 2911—but also the quality and dependability you’d expect from being manufactured out of an aircraft grade aluminum body with stainless steel latches and fasteners.

As Palomino implied in our story featured by Truck Camper Magazine, the Landing Pad bumper is the aftermarket truck camper bumper equivalent to the Sistine Chapel ceiling – a Michaelangelo masterpiece. Here is a rundown of its key features:

• Two-door inner cabinetry for nearly 3.5 cubic feet of lockable extra storage

o Despite the appearance of separate storage compartments, the Landing Pad bumper has a depth of 18.5 inches of “thru storage” so you can stow anything from lawn chairs to fishing poles securely

• LED lights

o Connect to the brake, reverse and tail lights for excellent rear visibility

• Glow-in-the-dark swing step

o Truck camper entry steps that can be attached to the front or side of the Palomino Landing Pad bumper and combined with a handrail for extra stability

• Allows for easy towing with Torklift SuperTruss Extension

o Sold separately

• Quick, fast and easy installation

o Contact your local Palomino dealer or Forest River Inc. for pricing

Accessories: Space Dock and Lock and Load SideKick space-dock-adapterThe Torklift Space Dock: made specifically to be mounted on the Palomino Landing Pad bumper
For those of you looking to further trick out your Palomino Landing Pad bumper, Torklift’s Space Dock and Lock and Load SideKick are the perfect accouterments. You can use them separately, but much like peanut butter and jelly, they complement each other so well that using them separately isn’t nearly as fulfilling.

The Space Dock easily mounts to the Palomino Landing Pad bumper and works with select Torklift International 2” x 2” receiver hitch accessories. Manufactured with high-grade steel and a powder coat finish, it incorporates an anti-rattle/movement feature to fully secure your chosen accessories. Most importantly however, is the fact that it works with the accessory: the Lock and Load SideKick maximum-security cargo tray.

sidekick-generator-traySpace Dock and Lock and Load SideKick with high security tamper proof puck lock shown swung out for generator useWith the Lock and Load SideKick, protect your generators from theft and avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator while on the road or off the grid. It mounts to the Landing Pad bumper with the specially designed mounting arm adapter (sold separately) and fits nicely into the Space Dock’s 2” x 2” receiver port with a swivel receiver attachment—which swings out for generator use and swings in while in transport.

 

The Lock and Load SideKick further flaunts its versatility with the fact that its lockable generator tray measures 21.25” x 16.125” and is designed specifically to secure the following Palomino-approved truck camper generators: Honda Eu2000ia and the Yamaha EF2400iSHC and EF2000iS. Moreover, its ultra-lightweight design does not compromise its structural integrity, like the Landing Pad bumper it is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and protected with a sleek hammertone powder coat finish.

Most importantly the Landing Pad bumper, Space Dock and Lock and Load SideKick are all manufactured here in the U.S.A. and come with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

So whether you need a spacious, durable, porch-like bumper for your Palomino truck camper, are trying to accessorize with a swivel receiver attachment or secure your power source with a lockable generator tray, Torklift International has got your camper’s rear end covered with the Palomino Landing Pad bumper, Space Dock, and Lock and Load SideKick. Take the first step and order your Palomino Landing Pad bumper by contacting Forest River Inc. at 269-432-9791 ext 4. For more information on the SpaceDock swivel receiver accessory, click here.


Jake Holley-headshotWritten by Jake Holley:
As a graduate from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, Jake Holley is an aspiring writer with a passion for language, philosophy and seeking out obscure films and literature. He is also an unabashed metal head and looks darn good in a suit.

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The Fox Landing Bumper for Arctic Fox truck campers: Making life smoother one step at a time

tc-with-boatTruck campers allow for towingWe all know truck campers are great. They combine the flexibility of a pick-up truck with the luxury of an RV, and you still have the option to tow almost anything. However, owners often struggle to find a truck camper entry step solution compatible with a hitch extension that allows a safe entry/exit of the truck camper while hooked up. Perhaps this is true for you as well. You find yourself either disconnecting the trailer entirely in order to use your rear truck camper entry steps or you use the hitch extension or trailer tongue as a step, which is an accident waiting to happen. If you have ever stayed up at night worrying that your mother-in-law is going to break an ankle trying to enter/exit the camper -- worry no more. Torklift International and Northwood Manufacturing have jointly developed a truck camper bumper that will finally let you rest at ease.

Last week, we gave a brief overview of some of our favorite aftermarket truck camper bumpers. Today, we want to highlight a product that is near and dear to our hearts—the Fox Landing bumper. This little beauty was engineered for safety and designed specifically for use with specific models of Arctic Fox truck campers.

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The Fox Landing truck camper bumper for Arctic Fox

With its large entry platform and unique fold-away steps, the Fox Landing bumper is the perfect solution to a safe and convenient camper entry.

Not your average camper bumper
All truck camper bumpers were not created equal. Keeping in mind the safety concerns of our truck camper owners, engineers from Torklift International wanted the Fox Landing bumper to make entering and exiting the Arctic Fox truck camper quick and painless.

The Fox Landing camper bumper diverts your path around the trailer tongue and hitch extension with double steps off the side. The main platform has ample room, but it’s not so large as to alter the center of gravity for towing, which is best achieved when using a SuperTruss Extension. When the truck camper entry steps are not in use, they simply fold away and the platform secures in its stowed position. The whole process takes a matter of seconds.

Truck camper steps fold down easily

You can’t beat the quality either. The truck camper swing steps are made from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel featuring GlowStep treads for additional safety. Each step is also the same height, which makes it less likely for a misstep. Never again will you need to worry about your mother-in-law borrowing your truck camper—unless you’re afraid she won’t bring it back.

 

Innovative design meeting practical needs
Doug Karr at the Northwood Manufacturing plant speaks about the inspiration behind the design:

“The biggest issue I had with people when I talked to them about my truck campers was [that] they were tired of stepping on the tongue of their trailers when they were hauling their boat or, you know, utility trailers, snowmobiles—that sort of thing.” – Doug Karr

northwood-logoThe Fox Landing bumper was truly made with the consumer in mind, and every factor has been taken into consideration:

• Swing steps store in seconds
• Simple design easily locks into place
• Even step height makes for entry easy
• GlowStep treads add traction
• Large platform aids in balance

The Fox Landing can also be purchased with some additional accessories, including a basement camper step, porch landing, hinge step and left and/or right side step entry.

Sealed with the Torklift promise
We know that you expect the best from Torklift International and this product is no different. The Fox Landing bumper is proudly made in the USA and comes backed with Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty.

talkWhat’s not to love?
We adore the Fox Landing bumper, but we’re interested in hearing what you think. Is the Fox Landing the bumper of your dreams?

What are the specifications you value most? If you could have a custom-made camper bumper, what additional features would you like to see?

If you can’t think of anything to improve, we don’t blame you. To order a Fox Landing truck camper bumper please contact the Northwood Manufacturing parts department at 1-800-766-6274 or click here.

 


 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
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Truck camper bumpers and why you need one

lance-bumperImprove your camping experience with
an aftermarket truck camper bumper
When people get truck campers they don’t normally think of bumpers. Typically, campers come with factory bumpers, but with an added aftermarket truck camper bumper you have the ability to 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.

Never stress over space or towing again
Spacious compartment storage comes standard on all Torklift International bumpers.
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with one of our bumpers
With tons of additional storage space, you will never have to leave anything behind while camping again and you can take longer camping trips. Also with the extra hidden storage, make your camper look more organized and know exactly where you keep everything rather than having to shift through piles to find an item. Created with a clean design and advanced engineering, our bumpers are high-impact powder coated for extreme durability.

Torklift International bumpers are also designed specifically to make towing and camper entry easier and safer. You can tow with ease because our bumpers sit above towing extensions, so there is no need to disconnect the trailer to get in and out of the truck camper while towing.

Bumpers that we have available
Currently, we have four truck camper bumpers available for four different truck camper manufacturers. Each bumper is made specifically to fit each camper. All of our bumpers are proudly made in the USA and come with our Lifetime Legendary Warranty. Below are some further details about each of the bumpers.

arctic-fox-bumperThe Fox Landing side entry bumperFox Landing Bumper for the Arctic Fox: Serving as an extension of your camping experience, this bumper allows you to have left or right side truck camper entry steps. It eliminates the need to disconnect your trailer tongue for safe camper entry and exit. Some further 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

ultradeckGet a huge amount of extra storage
with the Ultra Deck Plus
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 deck slide 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 bumper. Additional Ultra Deck Plus features include:

• 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

palominoThe Palomino Landing Pad can also be used with our Lock and Load SideKickPalomino Landing Pad for the Palomino truck camper: Made specifically to fit all years of the 2902, 2910 and 2911 camper models, this bumper is made of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. Also, the Palomino Landing Pad is made to work with our Space Dock and Lock and Load Sidekick which makes it easy to swing out generators for extra power and swing in while in transport. Other features of this camper bumper include:

• 84 pounds
• 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

Northstar-BumperSee the great side storage in the Northstar BumperNorthstar Bumper for Northstar truck campers: Made specifically to work with Northstar campers you don’t want to miss out on this great aftermarket bumper that works with any framing Northstar system. With a lockable storage box on each side of the bumper, you have added storage space. Below are other 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
• Turnbuckle storage
• Reinforced gussets

Make sure you stay tuned for the newest addition to our bumper line with the Summit Bumper that we are making special for our 40th anniversary in 2016. It’s going to be marvelous and we think you are going to love it!

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

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What…is…this…hole…for…?

No really, what is this hole for? Right here:

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Too close? Let’s zoom out.

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Still not sure?

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Let’s try a few things.

If you have a Palomino Landing Pad bumper and find yourself wondering what in the world Torklift International was thinking when they punched a hole in it, we totally understand. Here are a few ideas for you to consider that we market-tested right here in our factory.

1.) Toilet paper on a stick
We hid the toilet paper at the factory and sat out a stick to see what would happen. The result was interesting and innovative. It came in quite handy and we are rather proud of our engineers seeing there was a need for a special product and then taking the time to create it.

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2.) Crop protector
Ever since we offered the Scarecrow Protection Package
at Torklift International, crops have never been so bountiful.

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3.) Bear protection

Enough said.

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4.) Gun rack
This is legal right? How many times have you been at the campsite
and said to yourself, “I don’t have enough guns today.”

Bring ‘em all.

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5.) Silent fisherman
Stick your fishing pole inside and park near a lake.
A robotic arm actually comes out of the truck camper to reel in any fish
that take a bite. It actually cooks it for you, too.

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6.) Certified Corona holder
When your hand hurts from squeezing your lime, cram your beer in here.
It also protects your beer from those late night “I like to party” falls.


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7.) Twinkie holder
Twinkies are sticky after you hold them too long and it’s incredibly inconvenient
to wash your hands when you are outside. Put your hands in your pockets
and simply kneel down to eat. For that matter it’s a cucumber, pickle and popsicle holder.

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8.) Free cable
Remember these? We are bringing them back.
Consider it nostalgia. Don’t drive too close to power lines or low hanging branches.

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9.) Clothes line
What is better than naturally dried towels and clothes?

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10) Flower holder
Fragrant, pretty and the wives love it!

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Okay, we’ve lied and it’s not even April Fool’s Day but I assure you there is a purpose to this seemingly insignificant hole in your Palomino Landing Pad truck camper bumper. It involves two critical things: Storage and Power.

Torklift International manufacturers the Landing Pad truck camper bumper specifically for the hard-side MAX camper models of Palomino truck campers. We also offer two very special products for this truck camper bumper. It all starts with the Space Dock.

Space Dock receiver port
swivel-hitch-accessorySpace Dock swivel receiver port for accessoriesThe Space Dock is a receiver attachment for accessories that conveniently swings out to allow clearance for accessing storage and rear entry to the camper. It inserts into the pre-drilled hole on the Palomino truck camper bumper. The Space Dock is essentially the portal to all things fun and provides endless joy that you’ve been missing out on.

 


This very covert swivel receiver attachment improves your camping lifestyle tremendously. The port for you to attach various accessories features a standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver that fits most anything from bike racks to ski racks. Outdoor barbecue? No problem, attach it to the Space Dock.

Lock and Load SideKick generator tray
sidekick-generator-trayLock and Load SideKick attached to Palomino Landing Pad Bumper with SpaceDockNow this contraption is your ticket to power. Literally.

The Lock and Load SideKick is a lockable generator tray that fits into the Space Dock receiver allowing you to store your generator outside. Storing your generator outside gives you extra storage in the truck cab or truck camper and eliminates the interior exhaust odor you can never really get rid of. Best of all, while it is locked in the tray, it’s fully functional and you don’t have to take it out or unlock it for use.

That was so important we have to repeat it: it’s fully functional and you don’t have to take it out or unlock it for use.

palomino-landing-pad-bumperPalomino truck camper with Landing Pad

           Translation: Convenience

In conclusion, the specifically designed hole in the Palomino truck camper bumper does come with a purpose. However, if you’ve scrolled this far you’ve seen that there are really no limitations. The skies the limit and you’re free to use your imagination -- in fact, comment below with any ideas you have for more creative accessories!

If extra storage and more power is something you find useful, don’t waste any time living without a Space Dock and Lock and Load SideKick from Torklift International.

 

 

Click here to learn more about the SideKick generator tray or find more information on the Space Dock here.

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Torklift International takes home three awards voted on by you!

As we start the New Year, Truck Camper Magazine ends 2014 by announcing the winners of its second annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards give readers the opportunity to vote on the best truck camper, the best truck camper gear and the best truck camper innovation of 2014.

Several Torklift International products were recognized for the awards, and we have our loyal customers to thank for voting for us.

BEST TRUCK CAMPER GEAR OF THE YEAR

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Talon Tie Downs
(2nd place)
This tie down system for truck campers is designed from military grade aluminum and attaches directly to the frame of the truck. The camper tie downs are 50% lighter than steel tie downs and feature rust-free, corrosion protection for life.

FastGun Wobble Stopper (3rd place)
This newly released hybrid product is a combination of the original Wobble Stopper and the convenient FastGun quick-disconnect feature from our camper turnbuckles. The camper stabilizer is designed to dramatically reduce camper jack and frame stress, prevent truck camper theft, and stop camper movement when unloaded from the truck.

The Lock and Load maximum-security cargo tray (nominee)
The locking cargo tray is designed to secure your generator and other expensive motorized equipment that can be costly to replace. The receiver hitch cargo carrier is simple to install and fits in either front or rear hitches.
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SuperHitch Magnum 30K (nominee)
Hitch for heavy towing? We’ve got you covered. As the highest rated receiver hitch in the industry, the frame-mounted receiver hitch is rated at 3,000 lbs tongue weight and 30,000 lbs pull with weight distribution.
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BEST TRUCK CAMPER INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Ultra Deck Plus bumper for Lance Campers (2nd place)
This truck camper bumper for Lance Campers has all the bells and whistles you could want. With extra lockable storage, LED lights, slide out deck and swing step, users can enjoy functionality and convenience.
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It is an honor for Torklift International to be recognized by the truck camping community for its innovation and high quality products. To learn more about the Truck Camper Magazine Reader’s Choice awards, visit www.truckcampermagazine.com

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