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 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.

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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 With LED lights and a built in swing step, this bumper makes all other factory bumpers seem out-of-date.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 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



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.

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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