How to avoid 5 pesky problems your truck camper steps are giving you!

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Are you tired of having to store your cumbersome truck camper steps inside your camper? Or do they leave a mess inside every time you store them? While there are some pesky problems with truck campers that are unavoidable, these problems are easy to solve with Stow N’ Go steps from Torklift!

Below are the top 5 pesky problems that you have to deal with when it comes to your truck camper steps, and how the Stow N’ Go helps alleviate these issues.

1.) Installation/Removal of Your Current Steps

There are many kinds of truck camper steps available, but most of them are not attached (such as step ladders) and require you to store them inside your camper while in transit. The best way to avoid storing steps inside the RV and eliminate the hassle of detaching steps during transit? The Stow N’ Go is designed for easy “stow-and-go” step operation for truck campers – simply pull the handle to deploy and store truck camper steps. As an added bonus, the bolt-on stabilizing bracket features nylon studs that allows the RV steps to snap securely into place and prevent step movement during transit.

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2.) Mess from your truck camper steps

Dirt inside the RV is a no-no! It is incredibly inconvenient having to store your dirty steps inside the truck camper, then it just adds insult to injury when you have to deep clean the interior from everything that was tracked in from the steps. The Stow N’ Go prevents dirty RV interior by installing and storing outside your camper. Mounted directly to the bumper or below the door, these RV steps keep your camper clean so you can focus on more important things – like creating the perfect s’more! Yum!

3.) Instability

To stabilize steps on uneven terrain, the Stow N’ Go comes standard with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. The All Terrain Landing Gear reach the ground and ensure solid placement on any type of terrain. Avoid dealing with the shaky, wobbly feeling of factory steps or having to carry around an extra ladder that isn’t attached to your camper. Ladders and booster steps can be dangerous. Injuries can happen when stepping from one step to another with unstable steps. Don’t fall in-between! With the stability of the Stow N’ Go there’s no fear of falling.

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4.) No visibility at night

One of the best things about camping is getting to see all the stars at night and not having to see the glow from city lights. There’s nothing quite like it – but this also comes with a potential risk: not being able to see your steps at night once you’re done stargazing! Instead of having to stumble and guess where your steps are, there should be an easier way to get in and out of your camper at night. That’s where the Stow N’ Go comes in - these camper steps glow-in-the-dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure – no batteries necessary. This is due to the glow-in-the-dark stickers that are attached to the top of the steps, making the Stow N’ Go even more versatile and perfect for both day and night use.

5.) Lost or stolen truck camper steps

There isn’t a worse feeling than returning to the camper and finding that someone stole your equipment. Or the sudden pit in your stomach when you realize that you’re 6 hours into a trip back home and you forgot or lost your truck camper steps. Both of these events means that you’ll have to get a replacement step. This not only takes time out of your trip, but also costs more money than you planned for. The Stow N’ Go steps easily prevent this – they are lockable with GlowStep Locks to prevent theft or potentially leaving them behind at the last campground.

But, don’t just take our word for how great these steps are! Below is Frank Poole’s thoughts on his old steps and how he feels about upgrading to the Stow N’ Go on his truck camper:

 

SNG Blog 4“I have been using a Giant Ladder before and while it did the job very well, it was sort of a hassle, lifting into and out of the camper, not to mention climbing up on the Fox step to get to the bumper open the door while keeping a death grip on the ladder. It just fit on the floor and was cumbersome…” 
-Frank Poole

What is this solution you ask? None other than the latest and greatest from Torklift, the Stow N’ Go! The Stow N’ Go truck camper steps are easy to install and come standard with a mounting bracket that can be installed below your truck camper door or on the bumper of your truck camper. The “Pros” of the Stow N’ Go according to Frank?

Pros:
-Easy to use, in/out.
-Very convenient, especially for quick stop use, markets, access, etc.
-Easy Storage, just lift and push/pull. No dirt inside of camper.
-Sturdy, like normal step only stronger.
-Adjustable levelers on the bottom, very important for boondocking.
-Able to ADD or Remove steps depending up need - don't have to buy a whole new set of steps.
-Ribbed step to help prevent slipping in wet weather.
-Glow tabs to see steps.
-Lifetime Warranty.

We love everything you had to say about the truck camper steps Frank and thank you for the encouraging words! We agree that the ability to easily lift and store the steps on the outside of the camper to prevent a dirty interior, as well as the sturdy and strong feeling that comes from the hand-built steps with All Terrain Landing Gear are great features.

Further features of the Stow N’ Go include:

SNG Blog 5• Ability to add or remove steps*
• Sold in applications for 3-6 steps*
• Accessories sold separately: GlowGuide HandrailSafeStep pet safety barriers and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachmentGlowStep Locks to prevent theft
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

*Specific part numbers come with 8-inch GlowSteps pre-installed into the bracket with All Terrain Landing Gear. Bracket only is available separately if you want to upgrade your current GlowSteps. See application chart for details.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International Stow N’ Go steps, there are a couple of options for you! Call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be more than happy to answer your questions about an easier solution for truck camper steps. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with one of these truck camper step systems.

 

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

 

 

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What is the best truck camper step?

Tired of having to use booster steps, or taking a leap of faith from the entry of your truck camper? You need a new set of truck camper steps! With many aftermarket upgrades available, how do you choose? From Brophy’s 18-inch wide aluminum scissor steps, to the original GlowStep and the GlowStep Stow N’ Go from Torklift International – we’re here to help you choose the best one that will fit all your needs!

 

Brophy Scissor Steps

TC Step Blog 1Brophy 18-inch wide aluminum scissor steps uses a single hinge scissor step design. This scissor step comes fully assembled with an optional handrail for the three to five steps. The step folds up for storage and self-adjusts. The Brophy aluminum step is 18-inches wide, 6-inches deep with an 8-inch riser gap and a 300-pound weight capacity when fully extended. For installation, the mounting bracket is secured to the camper using four ¼” x 1½” screws, and clipping the stairs into the “V” clamps on the mounting bracket.

 

Torklift Original GlowStep

TC Step Blog 2The GlowStep truck camper step is made of 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel with a unique SureGrip anti-slip tread. Torklift’s GlowStep uses a double hinge design featuring double bars. This prevents any twisting or warping of the steps when under a heavy load. Self-illuminating stickers glow up to 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure. The illuminating strips are the same grade glow tape that is used to indicate emergency exits on commercial aircrafts.

The steps are engineered with a special hinge design that allows the steps to deploy and retract with ease, and is built to maintain longevity and durability. The GlowStep extends directly to the ground forming a sturdy connection. This step is available in two to six step range with a 7.5-inch riser gap so it resembles residential staircase height.

The All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet are available as an accessory and ensure a solid connection on any terrain. The step stores in a lockable position to prevent theft with a lifetime warranty.

Features of the GlowStep Include:

• Self-illuminating steps truck camper steps glow in the dark for 10 hours with only five minutes of light exposure - no batteries
• Safely enter and exit your truck camper or RV after dark
• SureGrip™ step tread provides no-slip surface (no grip tape)
• Stores in position and lockable to prevent theft
• 100% aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel
• Stainless bolted hinges allow for easy step addition or removal
• Exclusive: adjusts to basement model campers
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

 

Torklift Stow N’ Go

TC Step Blog 3The Stow N’ Go step was manufactured after feedback from customers, especially those who wanted an upgrade that made it so they could avoid the tediousness of removing and storing their steps on the inside of their campers. The Stow N’ Go locks while in transit, eliminating the hassle of detaching the steps. The steps remain mounted to the back of the truck camper bumper or underneath the door to prevent the interior from getting dirty.

This step system comes standard with the storage bracket, GlowStep step system and All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. Or, if you already have the Original GlowSteps, you can purchase the bracket and All Terrain Landing Gear separately to turn it into a Stow N’ Go.

With these truck camper steps, you no longer have to worry about your steps falling off your bumper because they weren’t stored properly with a bungee cord. With a special nylon retainer system, it eliminates movement while in transit by snapping the steps securely in place. For extra security during transit or protection against potential thieves, GlowStep Locks are available. The steps come in a range of three to six steps for any truck camper height.

Features of the Stow N’ Go Include: 

• Avoid storing steps inside the RV and eliminate the hassle of detaching steps during transit
• Prevents dirty RV interior and damage from step movement
• Secures into place to prevent movement
• Designed for easy “stow-and-go” step operation for truck campers – simply pull the handle to deploy and store truck camper steps
• Mounts to the truck camper bumper or directly to the truck camper below the door — Requires a 23” x 3.5” mounting area
• Prevent step movement during transit with the bolt-on stabilizing bracket plate features nylon studs – steps snap securely into place for storage
• Steps are lockable with GlowStep Locks to prevent theft (sold separately)
• To stabilize steps on uneven terrain, the Stow N’ Go comes standard with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet (step application only)*
• Mounting Bracket available in white or black high impact powder coat for extreme durability to match the color of your camper
• Ability to add or remove steps*
• Sold in applications for 3-6 steps*
• Steps glow in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure – no batteries necessary
• Steps are specially designed with SureGrip™ step tread which provides no-slip surface for easy entry and exit of camper
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

*Specific part numbers come with 8 inch GlowSteps pre-installed into the bracket with All Terrain Landing Gear. Bracket is also available separately. See application chart for details

 

Accessories

The following accessories are available for all Torklift step applications including the GlowStep Original truck camper steps, GlowStep Revolution steps for towables and the latest offering – the Stow N’ Go easy-to-store truck camper steps: the GlowGuide RV handrail, SafeStep pet step barrier and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment.

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• GlowGuide Handrail: A lightweight handrail that’s composed of three telescopic arms: the upper door arm mount, the lower step arm mount and the strut arm. All the way from the door entry to the ground you are guided all the way down with confidence in your stability
• SafeStep: A protective riser guard that creates a vertical barrier between the steps. Designed to help protect pets and children from potentially falling in-between the steps. The Velcro backed panels allow for an easy install and ability to stay attached while in the stowed position.
• DirtDestroyer: A shoe cleaning attachment designed to work with any scissor step. Simply scrape your shoe on this bristle attachment – this allows you to leave the dirt outside of the RV and save you from one less mess to clean.

For more information on the GlowStep, Stow N’ Go or their accessories, contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit us here. If you’re interested in upgrading to any one of the items discussed in this blog, feel free to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here.

 

 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 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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The Torklift Story

Torklift Timeline

View the Torklift International Collectors Edition Hat 

To see the full Torklift Story and Torklift 40th Anniversary information you can visit our History page 

Torklift International owes great thanks to our loyal customers and invites you to join us in celebrating our 40 years of business. Keep checking in for more anniversary information and Torklift history.

 

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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GlowStep Revolution gets Ready for a Glowing Debut with RVIA

 Our one-of-a-kind leveling step system, the GlowStep Revolution, will soon be featured in a national television commercial sponsored by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA is highly esteemed in the RV industry for its safety and compliance monitoring of RVs and RV accessories and it’s also a leading source of RV news and product information.

Torklift International could not be more thrilled to have RVIA endorse the GlowStep Revolution RV step system in its upcoming television commercial.

RVIACommercial1Eric's famed RV featuring the GlowStep RevolutionAn Impressive Performance
We owe our thanks to Eric Martinez—a sales associate at Lazy Dayz RV in Tampa, Florida. The GlowStep Revolution captivated Eric while he was attending a Torklift Dealer training with Torklift’s National Sales Manager Randy Fisher. “When I saw the presentation that your sales manager put on, I was impressed with it,” Eric said. “It was an impressive performance.”

Little did Randy know, Eric had recently been contacted by the RVIA media campaign after he had shared photos of his RV online. RVIA offered Eric the opportunity to participate in their upcoming commercial, and after seeing Randy’s demonstration, Eric wanted to install the GlowStep Revolution on his trailer so that it would be included in the commercial as well. “It seems like a great product,” he said, “that’s why I asked.”

Say “Hello” to the Star of Sensible Support
Designed for towables, the GlowStep Revolution is a complete step system that has the ability to adapt to any type of terrain using the included All Terrain Landing Gear. It is the only RV step system with 7 inches of precision vertical step elevation adjustment. The All Terrain Landing Gear acts as leveling feet for RV steps, ensuring the steps safely touch the ground. This provides unparalleled stability—say goodbye to the unstable springboard effect that occurs so often with factory RV steps.

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The Glowstep Revolution is proudly made in the USA and is backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. It’s made from durable, lightweight aircraft grade aluminum that stays corrosion free. Unique bushing bearings are used on each hinge-point to provide additional stability and longevity, plus there’s a locking mechanism that secures the RV steps into place.

The GlowStep Revolution RV step features GlowStep technology—self-illuminating strips adhered to each step that glow-in-the-dark for up to 10 hours after only five minutes of light exposure. It pairs perfectly with our other step system accessories, such as the GlowGuide Handrail, the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment and the SafeStep pet safety barrier.

The Leading Lady of Leveling Steps
RVIACommercial3Factory trailer steps compared to the GlowStep RevolutionFactory RV steps just can’t compare with the GlowStep Revolution. Often, depending on how uneven the ground is where the RV is parked, factory trailer steps are to low to the ground to even deploy or are so high off of the ground that they require an unsafe booster step—a safety hazard, especially if you are entering or exiting your trailer at night. Not only does the GlowStep Revolution illuminate your path, it completely eliminates the ground-to-step gap by connecting your RV steps directly to the earth. You’ll never have to use or lug around an unsafe booster step again. The patent pending design also dramatically increases the longevity of your step system because the ground now supports the steps.

Instead of fixing RV steps, replacing recalled steps or repairing broken RV steps, why not take Eric’s advice and invest in the ultimate set of leveling RV steps: the GlowStep Revolution.

Costars of Additional Security
Not only will RVIA’s commercial feature the GlowStep Revolution, but it will also highlight the PowerArmor Solar and the Fortress GasLock—two additional Torklift International products that Eric has also installed on his trailer.

RVIACommercial4PowerArmor SolarThe PowerArmor Solar is a durable locking battery box that provides extra storage when not used for batteries. Its unique solar panel maintains battery charge thereby increasing the longevity of batteries by up to 400%. It’s a great way to ensure that your batteries stay safe while also maintaining their charge.

 

The Fortress GasLock is a locking mechanism for mounted propane RVIACommercial5Fortress GasLocktanks. Propane tank theft is a growing concern, but there’s no need to worry with the addition of the Fortress GasLock. It’s a simple accessory that can save you hundreds in damages related to LP tank theft.

Both the PowerArmor Solar and the Fortress GasLock will be featured alongside the GlowStep Revolution in RVIA’s upcoming commercial.

 

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Share Your Story With Us
Here at Torklift, we are passionate about our products because we’re passionate about RVing. We llove the freedom and flexibility of a life on the go. Our goal in developing the GlowStep Revolution RV steps for towables, as with all of our products, is to ensure consumer safety while enhancing their RV experience.

If you’re an avid RVer with a story to share, we would love to hear from you. Share your triumphs and trials with us on social media using the hashtag #GoRV.

Stay Tuned for More Information
You won’t want to miss our big debut—RVIA’s national television commercial featuring Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution will be airing in 2016. In the meantime, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on your own GlowStep Revolution complete with All Terrain Landing Gear.
To get the GlowStep Revolution on your RV, visit the Where To Buy section on our website, or find more details about the RV step here.

 


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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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:
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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.


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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.

 


 

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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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