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: photos@torklift.com.

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: support@torklift.com. Or, to order your own set at a Certified Dealer near you, visit our Where to Buy page.

 

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
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Swapping out belly bar tie downs for Torklift Tie Downs

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RV.Net user Doy Gorton’s truck and camper in Utah

Necessities of camper life
Truck camper tie downs have always been one of the mainstay anchors of Torklift International’s growing product lines. Now with the newly released Talon Tie Downs made with military grade aluminum, the lighter more durable option is easier than ever to install.

Our Torklift Ambassador and good friend Doy Gorton contacted us recently at an important juncture in the work he is performing on his 1967 Avion truck camper setup. At the time, Doy was running a belly bar tie down system that he was not pleased with due to the trouble it was causing him. Belly bar tie downs are a thick metal bar that wrap underneath the full width of the truck and connect camper turnbuckles to each side.
belly-bar-tie-downsA belly bar tie down removed to make way for
Torklift Talon Tie Downs

“Last year my wife and I traveled about the West. In particular Utah… a spectacular place called Muley Point,” Doy writes. “And we have memories of an unnerving collision with our old school belly bar and a rock outcropping that nearly turned over the camper, and left our rear tie downs broken. How the front tie downs survived is beyond me.”


The collision got Doy thinking about replacing his truck camper tie down system.

Whoever said “Fit” is the new skinny might be onto something
When it comes to the fit of truck camper tie downs, that is.

Ditch the heavy hanging belly and your truck and camper will surely thank you. Talon Tie Downs versus just any other tie down system is like comparing filet mignon to ground beef. It’s about quality and performance. Talon Tie Downs are made specific to individual truck models to ensure the best fitment possible.

gorton-tie-down-installIt’s no surprise that after his past experience, Doy opted to upgrade to Torklift Talon Tie Downs. “I decided to replace the belly bar,” Doy writes. “It gave entirely too little clearance for these close encounters. It probably took away three critical inches.”

(Left image: Installing Torklift Talon Tie Downs)

“I talked to Curt Oetjen of Kamper’s Supply in nearby Carterville, Illinois,” continues Doy. “Curt told me that in his 35 years of experience Torklift is the number one best tie down. He hadn’t seen the new aluminum Talons but agreed to install them for me.”

gorton-rear-tie-downTalon Tie Down installedWith the installation of Talon Tie Downs and the removal of the old belly bar, not only was Doy’s truck weighing 100 pounds less, he also had greater ground clearance and stability than ever before; adding to his sense of safety and confidence while off-roading.

Now that his truck is nice and “skinny” without that belly, there’s more capacity for hauling his camper. The lightweight military grade aluminum Talon Tie Downs were a notable improvement from the belly bar.

Now that Doy’s truck is equipped with camper tie downs that securely mount to the frame of his truck, he is ready to travel to the remote locations he loves to visit with peace of mind that his tie down system is up to par.

Improving on the best in the industry
Torklift International challenged their engineers to develop an ultra high performance tie down that would meet and exceed even the toughest conditions. The creation of Talon Tie Downs was the result of that challenge. By improving upon the already world renowned steel version of frame-mounted tie downs, Talon Tie Downs provide a number of benefits that simply can’t be ignored. Click here to further explore these benefits. 

aluminum-tie-downTalon Tie DownTalon truck camper tie downs feature:

  1. Rust-free corrosion protection for life 
  2. Finishing Kit included
  3. Ultra lightweight – up to 50 percent lighter than steel tie downs
  4. Fast, no-drill installation 
  5. Best ride quality in the industry 
  6. No loss of ground clearance
  7. Hidden when not in use
  8. Lockable with Torklift Tie Down Locks
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
  10. Proudly Made in the USA


The name Torklift International carries that kind of reputation one associates with quality, craftsmanship and above all, reliability. We stand behind each and every product we craft. We love to hear from you about our products and how they affect your camping and RVing experiences.

To learn more about Talon Tie Downs, click here.

Read Doy’s full review of Torklift Talon truck camper tie downs on RV.Net. 

 


 

Tamy finalBy Tamara Williams:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

 

Written in collaboration with Brandon Seiler and Sheryl Bushaw

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The best solution to prevent rust on camper tie downs

anti-icing-truckChemicals used to de-ice roadsThe combination of water, chemicals and oxygen is poisonous to metals. The deterioration of metal being eaten away from rust is often referred to by auto mechanics as cancer to the vehicle. Extensive rust damage thins out the material until the integrity of the part is completely compromised.

Issues with rusting tie downs are particularly common in parts of the country that use chemical treatments like rock salt to treat the roads in the winter season. This effort to de-ice roads is damaging to the underside of our vehicles. Rust develops due to oxidization from contact with salt and chemical remnants.

Whether traveling through areas of coastal beaches, or up to the mountain heights into the snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, the composition of Torklift’s Talon Tie Downs are built to withstand these environments.

 

As an industry first, Torklift recently unveiled the precision crafted military grade aluminum and stainless steel Talon Tie Downs:

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The answer to prevent rusting tie downs is simple. By using frame-mounted tie downs from 100 percent military grade aluminum alloy and stainless steel, the problems from corrosion and rust are directly addressed. Aluminum is a durable material that is also known for its lightweight composition, while maintaining added strength and durability over the traditional steel camper tie down. Torklift is shifting to the use of aluminum alloy for several products.

Aluminum is gaining popularity due to its corrosion and rust resistant properties, lightweight structure and significant strength. Torklift uses 6000 series aluminum alloy to create the Talon camper tie downs. We also found that this type of aluminum is widely popular for its use in a variety of applications:

aluminum-bikeBike frames             fishing-reelFishing reels

scuba-tankScuba tanks      airstream-trailerAirstream trailers

yachtYachts and watercrafts     air-craftAircraft

ford-raptor2017 all-aluminum Ford Raptor truck

Talon Tie Downs are STRENGTH defined
Frame-mounted-camper-tiesSpecifically developed for maximum strength, Talon truck camper tie downs are high impact powder coated, rust and corrosion resistant. Developed to outperform any other tie down on the market, the Talons excel in even the roughest conditions.

Not only are they rust-free, Torklift Tie Downs are bolted to the truck frame through four individual points making the connection between truck and camper extremely sturdy. There is no loss of ground clearance because the design is snug to the truck frame, not visible when the inserts are removed. The patented frame-mounted tie down design is guaranteed to eliminate bed and bumper damage.
Frame-mounted camper tie downs

 

Keep it clean 

Keep camper tie downs in great condition by using the Tie Down Finishing Kit, which is included in each set of Talon Tie Downs. When your camper isn’t loaded and the inserts are disconnected, apply the Tie Down Finishing Kit to help keep dirt and muck out of the tie down tubes. Attach the plastic cap to the outer insert opening and push the special protective foam stopper into the backside of the tubing.

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To minimize corrosion from these road factors products, Torklift recommends regularly cleaning and inspecting the powder coated surface and touching up an affected areas with enamel or urethan based aerosol paint products. For a quick clean, simply use WD-40 and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the tie downs.  

Rust-free corrosion protection for life
Never before known as offered by a manufacturer, Talon camper tie downs come with an additional warranty of corrosion protection for life. If for any reason the original owner experiences corrosion on their Talon Tie Downs, Torklift will re-powder coat the Talons for free with freight prepaid.

Tie downs by Torklift International have a guaranteed lifetime warranty. In addition, when frame-mounted tie downs are used with spring-loaded turnbuckles, the warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty. Give us a call at 800.246.8132 for warranty details.

Click here to learn more about Talon Tie Downs or find the correct application for your truck with our automated application guide.

 

Related: 3 reasons why Talon Tie Downs are the best way to tie down a truck camper

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3 reasons why Talon Tie Downs are the best way to tie down a truck camper

As an industry first, Torklift recently unveiled the precision crafted aluminum Talon Tie Downs. As the only tie downs made with this unique design and material, there are three reasons that make the Talon Tie Downs stand out as the best system to tie down a truck camper.

1. They are frame-mounted
The patented design incorporates four independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame to dramatically improve stability and handling. They are engineered to fit tight and secure to your truck frame with no loss of ground clearance. Frame-mounted tie downs are guaranteed to eliminate bed and bumper damage and all aluminum applications do not require drilling for installation.

2. Made from military grade aluminum
The Talon Tie Downs are precision crafted from lightweight military grade aluminum alloy making them up to 50% lighter than steel applications. Specifically developed for maximum strength, the high impact powder coated tie downs are designed to meet and exceed the toughest demands from avid sportsmen and adventurers.

With payload and weight capacities a sensitive factor when it comes to truck camping, a lighter tie down system helps to alleviate unnecessary weight. Jim Weber recently installed Talon Tie Downs on his 2001 Ford F-350 truck. 

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Talon Tie Down installation

“I was shocked how sturdy they looked but still felt like [it was only] 5 pounds,” wrote Jim Weber on RV.Net

Daniel Timm hauls a Lance camper with his 2015 Chevy 3500 truck.

“The Talons are much lighter than the steel design,” explains Daniel Timm. “With all the weight of the truck camper carried by the truck, every pound not used for Tie Downs can be used for camping gear.”

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Talon Tie Down system with Lance Camper

3. Rust free corrosion protection
Our engineers developed the ultra high performance Talon Tie Downs to handle even the toughest climates and terrain. Whether you explore coastal beaches or mountainous terrain with snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, nothing outperforms the Talon Tie downs.

Daniel Timm travels in areas that use salt on bad roads. It was important for him to install a tie down system that was free from the effects of rust and corrosion.

“Having the tie downs corrosion free is very nice,” said Daniel. “They are easier to use and look like they will last longer than the truck!”

To further ensure that the Tie Downs remain in good condition, each set of Talon Tie Downs comes with a Tie Down Finishing Kit. When your camper isn’t loaded, the Tie Down Finishing Kit helps to prevent road grime from entering your tie down inserts.

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Tie Down Finishing Kit

Protect your investment by removing the tie down insert and replacing it with our special protective foam, and capping it off with our finishing kit.  This cost effective measure allows you to minimize the harsh effects of the environment.

Tie Downs by Torklift International have a lifetime warranty. When Torklift Tie Downs are used with our spring-loaded turnbuckles, the lifetime warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty. Give us a call at 800.246.8132 for more details.

Click here to learn more about Talon Tie Downs or find the correct application for your truck with our automated application guide
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