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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Are your RV batteries ready for winter? The best way to maintain healthy batteries for next camping season

PowerArmor in UseWinterizing your trailer is easy with a
solar charged RV battery box
Winterizing your towable means ensuring everything is in the best condition possible so your RV is in tip-top shape come springtime. It also means taking time to care of those expensive big-ticket items, in particular the RV batteries. Deep-cycle batteries come with a hefty price tag, so making sure you get your money’s worth means getting them to last as long as possible. The last thing you want when you start prepping your RV after winter is finding dead RV batteries to be just a hunk of junk. Nothing’s more of a pain than poor battery performance.

Battery storage when winterizing a travel trailer
So how you should go about storing RV batteries over the winter season?

PowerArmor Solar

 

 

  

Introducing the Power Armor Solar battery box.

 

 


This battery storage container benefits your batteries in more ways than one:

  1. The high quality battery box made from heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum comes with a locking mechanism to prevent battery theft.
  2. Battery life is extended by keeping them in great condition while in storage.

Let’s take a look extending the battery life with the use of a simple battery box. Even though it’s clearly a storage container and may sound pretty ordinary, this box is anything but. The PowerArmor Solar is specially engineered with all the bells and whistles necessary for keeping batteries healthy by maintaining its charge level. 

The number one cause of death for batteries? Overcharging or undercharging.

Overcharging:
Most RV owners believe that if they leave their battery plugged into the RV’s battery converter it will keep the battery topped off while in storage. Many RV battery converters charge at a constant voltage that is too high for the battery, essentially frying up the battery to the point where it’s no longer functioning. The electrolytes that keep the battery effective are boiled off and permanent damage occurs.

Undercharging:
If batteries are left sitting and discharge to low enough levels, sulfation crystals can form and block the battery charge plates. This prevents the battery from achieving its full potential and charge level. It also affects how well the battery holds its charge. It is common to add water and recharge, but the battery will not be able function at optimum performance again.

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Self-discharge of batteries significantly increases in both too hot and too cold of climates. Why is it important to keep RV batteries constantly charged? According to Trailer Life Magazine, a battery at 40 percent charge level can completely freeze at negative 16 degrees. However when it’s fully charged, the electrolytes will not freeze until negative 92 degrees. In other words, it is extremely unlikely for a battery to freeze if you keep it trickle charged. The more its charge level is maintained at a higher level, the better it performs.

Overall, battery survival makes a big difference if it’s properly maintained with the right amount of charge.

Solar panel to the rescueZamp Solar PanelZamp Solar Panel
The PowerArmor Solar is designed to keep batteries healthy by avoiding undercharging and over charging of the battery,especially while sitting during the off-season. A 10-watt solar panel by Zamp Solar comes adhered to the storage box lid and is easily wired into the batteries you’ve chosen to store within it. Exposure to sunlight will fuel your battery with just enough charge to keep it from overcharging or discharging too much, keeping your pricey RV batteries in prime shape from a performance standpoint.

PowerArmor Solar:

• Prevents common and expensive storage/battery theft
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement
• Dual use for securing batteries, towing and camping gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van etc.
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Proudly Made in the USA

How bout that cool factor? The sleek design is solid, durable and — even better — it’s backed with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Not only can you save $30 on the PowerArmor Solar with a limited time factory rebate, but save hundreds on premature battery replacement. Help your batteries survive winter with the PowerArmor Solar locking battery box.

PowerArmor $30 Factory Rebate

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That’s right, go ahead and fill this ultimate storage box with stocking stuffers. Make it the best holiday gift ever with a big red bow and place it under the tree! This is one present you’ll rest easier having purchased.

Click here for more information on the PowerArmor Solar battery box or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website. 

Source: http://www.trailerlife.com/rv-trailer-news/rv-battery-basics-get-the-best-performance


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
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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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Torklift founder Jon Kay celebrates his 75th birthday today

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Torklift International began nearly 40 years ago under the guidance and expertise of Jon Kay. He started Torklift with the goal of providing careful and attentive customer service and innovative fabrication services.

It began with ONE MAN.

1958
The Torklift story starts in 1958 when Jon Kay began working at a hitch and tow shop in Tacoma, Washington. Through his experience, he decided he wanted to open his own shop someday.

1976
After several years of planning and accumulating equipment, he opens his own shop in Kent, Washington: Torklift Central Welding. Upon opening the doors for business, he begins fabricating his own line of products.

1981
Torklift Central Welding grows in success, doubling in size with the addition of two bays.

1988 - 1992
The expansion continues with the purchase of additional buildings and the demolition of the original building to make way for a larger shop.

1990
True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs are invented. They are the first product manufactured by Torklift and the first of their kind in the world.

1995
Torklift Central Welding purchases their first CNC plasma cutter. Jon Kay still continues to develop innovative products at Torklift International to this day.

1999
Torklift International is born. While Torklift Central Welding is still around today, they continue to conduct business as a separate company. Torklift International manufactures parts that are sold all over the world. But it all began with Jon Kay’s dream to open a small hitch and tow shop.

1999
Torklift International ships their first SuperHitch and SuperTruss.

2003
The FastGun Turnbuckle is invented. It is the first turnbuckle of its kind with a quick-disconnect handle.

2004
Torklift International purchases their first dual-head, high def. CNC plasma.

2008
The SuperHitch line expands to include the SuperHitch Magnum.

rainier-jonJon Kay (left) and son Jack Kay (right)
after Torklift's Mt. Rainier climb

2011
Torklift International moves to a new facility in Sumner, Washington to meet expansion needs.

2015
Torklift International opens a distribution center in Australia.

Today
Torklift International and Torklift Central continue to develop products and programs to further the RV and automotive industries. They maintain their commitment to customer service by being available 24 hours a day and living up to their Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Total operating space of Torklift is more than 75,000 square feet between the original location in Kent, Wash., and the latest location in Sumner, Wash. Torklift Central celebrates 40 years of business next year.

 

Happy Birthday Jon Kay!

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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.
palomino-bumper2Your truck camper can look this great
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.

 


 

 

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Top 3 reasons to winterize your truck camper with Torklift’s Camper Packer

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Fall has arrived, it’s time to winterize

The sun is setting on camping season and it’s time to winterize the truck camper. How do you store a truck camper over the off-season? Do you store it under a shelter or inside the garage? Does it sit in your driveway, alongside your house or at an offsite storage facility? Regardless of where your truck camper finds its home over the winter season, there is only one important detail we urge you to remember. Whether a short term or long term time period, don’t let the truck camper sit on its camper jacks without additional support.

That’s where Torklift International Camper Packer storage stands become crucial in winterizing your truck camper.

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Here are the top three reasons the Camper Packer isn’t your average hardware store sawhorse stands:storage-stands-partsCamper Packer Kit for storing a truck camper

#1) Easy assembly
Not only does the Camper Packer truck camper storage stands assemble quickly and easily, it simply requires a standard drill to get the job done. The camper support storage stands measure 50 inches side-to-side and are double the length of a typical sawhorse. There are no tools required to operate the storage stands.

Ed Krech from Brentwood, Tennessee uses the Camper Packer to store his 2011 Northern Lite 811 truck camper when he isn’t on the road.

“Using the tools recommended [by the instructions] and following the instructions, I had both “sawhorses” together in one and half hours,” said Krech.camperpackerSupport the truck camper with
Camper Packer stands



Because the camper storage stands are collapsible and fold away when not in use, they are specially designed for easy storage when you’re ready to load the truck camper onto your truck again.


 

“Compared to what I had been using to support my camper, these are the right height, extremely stable, will tolerate any weather conditions, and are very easy to store when not in use.”
                                 – Ed Krech

#2) Give your truck camper the structural support it needs
Acting as a structural support base for the truck camper, using the Camper Packer camper stands dramatically reduces jack and camper frame stress. It prevents any potential of camper frame damage during storage by redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the truck camper storage stands.

The Camper Packer sawhorse stands are rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. The lumber of the camper storage stands can be trimmed to achieve the preferred height. If you’re looking for a sturdy and solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason, look no further than the Torklift Camper Packer. sawhorse-standsWinterize your truck camper

#3) Durability
The special treated lumber shields against the elements and is double-coated on the ends to further protect from exposure to rocks and dirt.

“Another plus is that the metal parts are either painted or made of stainless steel...no rust!” said Krech.

The steel components of the Camper Packer Kit are protected with a high impact powder coat. This allows protection against the negative effects of corrosion and rust. Most hardware in the kit is stainless steel. Torklift International Camper Packer comes with a 5-year warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Save on storage!
Torklift is here to make winterizing a truck camper or RV as easy as possible. What’s a better way to save on all the products you need to protect your things and provide maximum convenience over the offseason? To see all special offers and active factory rebates click here.

That’s not all – Stand up and take the first step in maintaining the structural integrity of your truck camper while in storage by taking $10 off the Torklift Camper Packer.

Camper Packer $10 Factory Rebate

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Click here for more information on the Camper Packer storage stands or find a dealer near you by searching the Where To Buy section on our website.

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
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The secret to loading a truck camper and avoiding truck and camper damage

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Loading and off-loading a truck camper onto a truck undoubtedly requires a bit of practice and general know-how of backing a vehicle in reverse. If you’re nervous about truck camper installation at the campground, you’re not alone. A lot of folks choose to keep their truck camper on the truck to avoid any challenges or hassle. By doing so, it may limit your explorative abilities as your vehicle is a useful tool for a quick trip to a grocery store or anywhere a truck camper might not be so convenient to lug around. We’ve even known some folks that decided against a truck camper and opted for a travel trailer instead, just to avoid this task. If you’re worried about a stolen camper, read how the FastGun Wobble Stopper camper stabilizer keeps your truck camper locked and secure while you’re away.

Loading the truck camper doesn’t have to be a big production, especially when you have the experts at Torklift on your side. Take a look at the basic steps for loading a truck camper onto a truck:

phone-volume#1) Hold the phone
Before you whip out the iPhone like it’s a miracle remote device, know that we don’t endorse being on a phone when installing a truck camper. That would likely do more harm than good. What we mean is before you begin, there are some tips that help properly prepare yourself, the truck and your truck camper.

• Recruit a spotter – Guidance is key when it’s difficult to see areas of clearance while in reverse.
• Make the bed – Your truck bed should be cleared out and a protective rubber mat is often used to help give the camper unit traction once it’s in place. Be sure to remove the tailgate of the truck.
• Crank it up – We’re not talking about the radio…. Adjust the camper jacks so the truck camper is lifted up to the appropriate height.

rocket-science#2) Ready for take off

• Level ground – It makes it easier to line up the camper when the ground is level and flat. Be conscience of where you unload and know you’ll have to load the camper back on in the same spot.
• The stars align – Center the truck camper to the truck and back up in a straight line, adjusting as needed. 

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• Red light, Green light – At several points while backing the truck underneath the truck camper, have your spotter check the following areas for clearance and withhold on proceeding until they give you the “green light.”

o Centered on both sides
o Clearance on both wheel wells
o Make sure the camper’s power cord is clear from being cinched underneath the camper

• Soft landing – To prevent damage to both the truck bed and front face of the camper box or bulkhead, install the Torklift International Camper Bumper Kit. Also known as camper bump stop pads, the rubber camper bumpers safely position the camper onto the truck without worrying for scratches and dents.

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Camper bumper kit for protecting truck bed and truck camper

camper-bumperTruck camper bump stopWith a universal fit to any truck camper, the camper bumper kit is 8"x2.5"x2" and allows for truck camper installation. You’ll want the lower end of each camper bump stop to come into contact with the top edge of the truck bed, allowing it to act as a spacer between the truck camper itself and the truck. Once the truck camper is in place, slowly lower the camper by raising all four camper jacks. This will align the camper bump stops perfectly to the top of truck bed.

bullseye#3) Ready to roll
Bull’s-eye! Now that you’ve loaded the truck camper into the truck bed with the use of the Camper Bumper Kit you’ve successfully avoided:

• Potential scraping and damage to the truck bed
• Dings and dents to the front face of the truck camper

Use Torklift frame-mounted camper tie downs and any Torklift International turnbuckles like the quick-disconnect FastGuns and you’ll be ready to hit the road knowing the truck camper is stable and secured.

Choose to load the truck camper in a method most comfortable for you. Take a look at another example on how to load a truck camper as this Torklift customer documents his experience on YouTube.

How to load a truck camper onto a pickup truck

“I use the Torklift FastGuns. I just find them super easy, especially when I’m doing this as many times as I do,” says YouTuber Amped79. “I used to use the chains — no more.”

For added stability and improvement of handling, upgrade your truck’s suspension with StableLoad suspension stabilizer, just like user Amped79.

Click here for more information on the Torklift International Camper Bumper Kit, or find a dealer near you by visiting the Where to Buy section on our website.

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 3

In this series we are highlighting Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. You can check out Part 1 and Part 2 to fully catch up on the story. In our final part we are highlighting Ken’s installation of his truck camper tie downs and Torklift International StableLoads.

Below are some photos of Ken installing his StableLoads, the steps he went through to install them and the finished product which is his 2015 GMC truck all decked out.

IMG 8091Ken's featured on the box! IMG 6745Ken's quote on the StableLoad box

image5Laying out all the parts

“It was a pleasant surprise to see my name and quote in the box. I remember us having the conversation a couple years back but forgot all about it. So, that was a fun surprise.”

– Ken Pastorius

 image8Taking spring pad out for the installationimage6Lifting the truck with a jack

image10Dropping in the bolt

image7Partially installed StableLoad

In Ken’s own words: “The install went very well. I must say, that even from a person with limited mechanical skill, if you have the right tools, this is a relatively simple project.”

We engineered the StableLoad installation to be as easy as possible and with a quick no-drill installation you can install it and be on your way in a couple hours. All of our products are built to be no-drill, but in the rare instances that your vehicle does not have pre-dilled holes from the manufacture we have a drill kit available for installation into the leaf spring.

Lower-StableLoad-EngagedActivating the StableLoadLower-StableLoadInstalled and ready to be used

Some other great features of the StableLoad include:

• Dramatically improves safety, handling and reduces sway, body roll and porpoising
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle manufacturer's four point suspension as     opposed to reducing it to two points of contact with all other rear suspension products  
• Quick no-drill installation**
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure
• Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (WITH DRILL KIT).

 

image3Ken's final setup with the truck camper

As you can see to the right, Ken’s Talon Tie Downs look great and are very special because they are the very first 2016 TalonTie Downs of the year and are the first product of our 40th anniversary.Also, the white FastGuns look sharp as they match his new truck and the Arctic Fox 1150. The StableLoads are a great improvement and will help him have improved handling and safety while out on the road.

There you have it folks! The third and final part about Ken Pastorius and his adventures of adding the newest member to his family, a 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW. Now all outfitted with Torklift Talon Tie Downs, FastGuns and StableLoads, Ken and his family are ready to hit the road! We look forward to hearing more stories of their journeys.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the FastGuns, StableLoads and Talon Tie Downs or where to purchase them. 

 


 

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Torklift Outlaw Series: the Vigilante of the towing industry

What do super heroes like Tony Stark as Ironman, Peter Parker as Spiderman, Bruce Wayne as Batman and Clark Kent as Superman all have in common? They were all vigilantes. 


superhitch-supermanFighting crime with the best interest of the community at heart. Sometimes breaking the law to do good. Seeking justice. Fighting evil with every ounce of their being, not letting the traditional laws of society hold them back one bit. Authorities may hate them but the people sure love them. That’s because these characters possess a power in which they use in a positive way, proving that being an Outlaw isn’t always a bad thing.

In the same sense, Torklift’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the vigilante of the towing industry.

Fighting the crime of inadequate factory tow hitches
Depending on the state or country, it’s against the law to drive a vehicle that is exceeding its maximum tow weight rating. Since tow ratings are also heavily dependent on the capacity ratings of your towing equipment, you’ll have to equip your vehicle with a highly rated receiver hitch that maximizes the capabilities of your truck. Recycle the puny factory hitch and prevent it from limiting the power within your truck.

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The guys of TruckU replace factory hitch with SuperHitch

Logo OutlawLuckily, SuperHitch Outlaw Series saves the day. No longer worry about exceeding towing weight with trailer hitches capable of towing up to a whopping 30,000 pounds with a tongue weight capacity up to 3,000 pounds when used with weight distribution.

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Superman has his cape, Batman has his bat mobile, Ironman has his impenetrable suit and Spiderman has his web-shooters. All of these vigilantes have weapons or a defense to aid in their mission of good doing. Your secret weapon?

Torklift SuperHitch.

 

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From the crisp vocal stylings of Bonnie Tyler, you need a hero. You’re holding out for a hero. It’s gotta be strong and it’s gotta be tough and it’s gotta be larger than life....Well, that might not be exactly the way the song goes, but what you’ve long been waiting for has finally arrived and thanks to Torklift International, you no longer have to hold out till the morning light. Go forth and tow those heavy loads with confidence.

Using high tech computer, physical lab and rigorous field test engineering, Torklift International’s high capacity towing series includes receiver hitches, receiver hitch extensions, weight distribution system, wiring harnesses, pintle hook and ballmount adapters and accessories. Pick your poison for your towing needs here:

SuperHitch Hero 15K
SuperHitch Original 20K
SuperHitch Magnum 30K
SuperTruss receiver extension
SuperHitch Everest WD System
SuperHitch Pintle & Ball mount accessories

Riding the rails of the law
Yep, go ahead and remain at large. You still have to tow within your trucks tow load capacity, but you can increase tongue weight capacity and still stay legal and safe. The SuperHitch Outlaw Series saves you from the evils of catastrophic hitch failure due to an inadequate towing system that can’t handle high tongue weight.

SuperHItch Magum

WHAM! POW! BAM! Just soak in all the super powers of a Torklift International SuperHitch:

• Highest ratings in the industry
• Frame-mounted with no-drill applications
• Dual receiver with same capacity ratings in both upper and lower receiver
• Reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent common elongation wear known as “egging”
• Lifetime warranty

The Mighty Thor once said, “Your ancestors called it magic, but you call it science. I come from a land where it’s one and the same.” Torklift calls it smart engineering.

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At Torklift International, we know our customers can avoid costly mistakes when it comes to towing. We strive to produce products that exceed your expectations and increase your safety while on the road.

There is no question that exceeding your vehicles manufacturer tow capacity ratings will elevate safety hazards. Going overboard might put you in a position of liability in the unfortunate event of an accident. It is also likely to void any warranty or insurance coverage. We strongly suggest staying within the maximum weight capacities set by your vehicle’s manufacturer. We know the capabilities of a Torklift International SuperHitch, just make sure to know the capability of your tow vehicle.

Good always prevails
SuperHitch Outlaw Series is so much more than a hitch made of steel. It’s truth, justice and the American way. Manufactured right here in the USA, the SuperHitch Outlaw Series stands uniquely at the height of quality, capacity and versatility.

Watch this video now to see the crowning jewel of the Outlaw Series, SuperHitch Magnum 30K hitch:

Find fit applications and learn more about the SuperHitch Outlaw Series by clicking here.

 


Written by: Tamara Williams and Sheryl Bushaw

 

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Don’t worry about battery life with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower

HP-boxBefore the installationWe love hearing installation stories from our customers, especially when they add extensions and more layers to the stories they have already shared with us. When we originally featured Blanco1 in this blog, he had just received and unpackaged his Torklift HiddenPower and was excited to get it installed. This time, we are sharing his story and thoughts about the installation of his HiddenPower and what he thinks about it now that he’s used it. Here’s what forum user Blanco1 previously said about the HiddenPower: “What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck and saving me what limited space I have above.”

Now that his HiddenPower battery installation is complete, here's what Blanco1 has to say about his new HiddenPower:

“I personally think this was a great and yet simple idea, I never would have thought of and when I learned about it, I had to get it. Thanks Torklift.”
                               –Blanco1, Rv.net

There we go again, thinking outside of the box, or in this case, underneath the box.

hidden-power-battery-mountThe installed HiddenPowerAs an added bonus, you can also get the HiddenPower Wire Harness like Blanco1 did and “tie it into the main charging wire which feeds the 7 pin connectors located both in the bed of the truck and by the tow hitch.” This kind of wiring for batteries also allows for a quick disconnect of the HiddenPower battery to help aid in future battery maintenance by getting it off the truck in literally less than 2 minutes as well as tying in to your trucks charging system.

battery-mount-installYou can barely even see the HiddenPower
underneath the vehicle
The wire harness allows the spare battery to connect to your electrical system, making it so the battery inside the HiddenPower is always charged, prevents your vehicle from being drained and is always ready for RVing and camping. Some other great features of the HiddenPower and HiddenPower Wire Harness include:

HiddenPower Features:

• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computers etc.
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
• Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
• Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

HP-wire harnessThe Wire Harness connects
to your main battery
HiddenPower Wire Harness Features:

• Detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service
• Enables your HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your RV battery
• Prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained
• Universal design, works with all HiddenPowers
• Sealed Wire Harness to help protect against dirt and moisture
• Fused to protect your vehicle’s electrical system
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Don’t miss out on the ExtendedPower

Another great product to consider for mounting extra batteries is the ExtendedPower, especially if you are towing. This battery mount is designed to attach to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so that your alternator can be charging batteries that you add to the ExtendedPower. Instead of wasting fuel to leave your truck engine running to use electrical accessories you can get your power from the battery(s) ready to go on your ExtendedPower battery tray. Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

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• Height Adjustable
• Universal applications for all receiver extensions
• Lockable
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computers etc. 
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: Lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cells, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill/easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

So if you’ve ever wondered where to mount or store an extra battery or wanted extra battery storage, look no further than the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower. Your truck or RV battery will thank you. With these products you have the ability to go to remote camping spots and not worry about running out of power with a tray for extra batteries and a spare battery. Or if you go to a campground that limits the amount of time you can run your generator, you can use your extra RV batteries to make sure that you have power when not connected to electricity.

We currently have a $20 rebate for the HiddenPower that you can check out here! For sales or product information about a mounting a battery box, the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower contact us at 800-246-8132.

 


 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 2

In this series we are highlighting Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. You can check out Part 1 here where Ken got to see his truck built at the GM Factory. In Part 2 of 3, we will focus on the production of Ken’s 2016 Torklift Talon Tie Downs.

Below are some awesome production photos of the Talon Tie Downs courtesy of Truck Camper Magazine along with the packaging of his FastGuns and Ken’s reaction toreceiving all of his goodies.

TCM 6Templates of the Talon Tie Downs that fit different kinds of trucks including Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy and more

TCM 5Welding the tie down parts together, they’re still smoking hot

 

TCM 4Sandblasting the Talons to make them clean and prepare them for powder coating TCM 2Adding finishing touches to the Talon Tie Down stickers by adding the stickers to the ends

One of the things that is so grand about Ken and his story is that he is receiving the very first Talon Tie Downs made for 2016. Yes, I repeat: the very first Talon Tie Downs of 2016. They are also the first product of our 40th anniversary year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them.

IMG 2763Wrapping Ken's FastGuns with love IMG 2764The FastGuns are wrapped nice and tight 

“I'm very grateful to Torklift Manufacturing for providing these products and everything else you have done for us over the past several years. You've proved to be an amazing company with products that truly provide a great service for RV enthusiast.”
                  – Ken Pastorius

IMG 2767Boxing the FastGuns up with care

IMG 2769Each box of our FastGuns are hand wrapped and packaged 

In the photos above you see us packaging Ken’s white FastGun turnbuckles. They are the number one selling quick disconnect camper turnbuckle in the world and are 100% lockable and tool free, making them incredibly easy to use and safe from potential theft. Another great thing about our FastGun turnbuckles is that they are made from high impact powder-coat stainless steel making them more resistant to diminished quality when it comes to impact, moisture, light, chemicals and weather conditions.

At Torklift, we go through stringent checks to make sure that every part is made correctly and that what we are shipping out is of the highest quality. Once everything was thoroughly checked and packaged, it was time to send Ken the new toys for his truck… but with a funny twist.

image1Ken got his new Torklift gear!

image2Did he really order a box of hamsters?

 

 "I can't tell you how excited I was to come home and find my Torklift order sitting in the garage. Donna said I reminded her of a kid on Christmas morning. But upon closer inspection, I was a little concerned I may not have gotten the items I ordered and then we both laughed.”

No, Ken didn’t order large boxes of hamsters or dog bones or kidneys, but we are glad that Ken and his wife had a good chuckle about it.

Below is more information on the Talon Tie Downs that Ken received:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Make sure you stay tuned, part three of his adventures will be out soon which include feedback on his experience with the Torklift products.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the FastGuns and Talon Tie Downs or where to purchase them. 

 


 

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Torklift has arrived to the top of Mt. Rainier!

Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw embarked on their journey to the highest peak of Mount Rainier on Sunday.

The climbing duo made it to the top Tuesday morning alerting everyone of their triumph via a message from their satellite phone: 

At the top of the mountain

Kay and Bushaw began their final ascent to the top shortly after midnight on Monday. They crawled across crevasses using aluminum ladders in the dark of the night. The crevasses loomed below them hundreds of feet in depth while they used mere flashlights to light the way.

Climbing up the mountain

The Torklift team will be meeting Kay and Bushaw at Paradise Trail Head this afternoon to welcome them down from the mountain.

Prior to the final climb to the top, they rested at what is known as Base Camp Two, a whopping elevation of 11,500 feet. The total elevation of the mountain is 14,411 feet. Upon reaching Base Camp Two, they went to sleep at roughly 6 p.m. in preparation for waking up at 1 a.m. to complete the climb. They slept on ice glaciers in tents.

Prior to turning in for the night, Kay shared a few thoughts about the climb:

“We are heading to bed now for a 1a.m. wake-up call and the start of our 14 hour ascent and descent back down to Paradise Trail Head. Guides gave several warnings about points to turn around and go back down. We already have one person on our team that has decided they have had enough adventure and will be remaining at base camp two with one of our five guides. Our lead guide said we need a minimum of two guides to summit. I have spent a lot of time thinking about why I am doing this...

At first it was an exciting adventure celebrating 40 years in business. Then it became something I needed to prove to myself as I trained for so many months.

Now though, it is completely carrying the hearts, souls and dreams of my team Torklift, God willing, to the summit and back.

It is not just the highest point I have ever been but the highest honor to make what is certainly the most epic adventure a reality for my team.”

-Torklift International President Jack Kay

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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 1

We here at Torklift International love our customers and like to share their latest news and achievements. In this series we would like to highlight Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. In Part 1 of 3, we will focus on the production of Ken’s 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW.

GM Factory GMC Truck Assembly Factory in Flint, MI In Ken’s own words, “the opportunity we were given to visit the GM Flint Truck Assembly Plant and watch our truck get built was a very unique and once in a lifetime experience.” What started as an inquiry on RV.net asking about the compatibility between the Arctic Fox 1150 Truck Camper with the 2015 GMC Denali DRW turned into an invitation from General Motors to tour the plant where their truck was being assembled in Flint, Michigan.

Below are some of the photos that Ken took and shared with us while he and his wife were at the plant watching their ‘baby’ get assembled.

Bed of Truck Box of the truckFrame of Truck Cab of the truck

 Over 40 years ago, Ken used to work on an assembly line in a different truck manufacturing plant and noticed a night and day difference between then and now. When talking about the quality of people working on the GM assembly line, Ken stated “there is no more prying or banging on something to fit. No more having to lift a heavy part into position. It was more like a precision partnership between man and technology.”

 

 Duramax EngineEngine and transmissionAssembled Frame Assembled Frame

Engine and Frame Together Engine and Frame Together

Rear BumperRear bumper

Engine and frame together Engine and frame together Hood being added to the carHood being added to the car

“Tuesday, July 21st, we went someplace a little out of the ordinary to watch the birth of our new baby. The Flint Truck Assembly Plant in Flint, Michigan, where we watched our 2015 GMC Denali 3055 DRW come to life.” - Ken Pastorius

New Pastorius Truck New truck for the Pastorius Family!

Ken is not kidding when he said, “she may purr like a kitten but don't be fooled, she is a beast with the heart of a lion.” That isone beautiful truck that will be great for camping and adventuring! “Now, the only thing left to do, is to get her all accessorized in Torklift products and the two of them will be ready for their first adventure, together.”

2015 Denali with Arctic Fox 2015 Denali with Arctic Fox Two weeks later the new truck is safe at home and excitement is building! We are so thrilled to be working with Ken to outfit his new 2015 Denali with the first set of 2016 aluminum Talon Tie Downs and to see where Ken and his family will go on their latest adventures. Thank you so much Ken for sharing your story with all of us.

 

One of the things that is so awesome about Ken and his story is that he will be receiving the very first Talon Tie Downs made for a 2016 vehicle and the first product of our 40th anniversary. These tie downs are the first product of our anniversary year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them. Below is some more information on the Talon Tie Downs:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Make sure you stay tuned, parts two and three of his adventures will be out soon which include the production of his very special Talon Tie Downs. In the meantime, below is a video of Ken’s trip to GM and the production of his new Denali.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Talon Tie Downs or questions about other Torklift International products.

 


 

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Torklift to Summit Mount Rainier

MT. RAINIER, Wash., — The Torklift International team is making their ascent to the top of Mount Rainier right now.

Torklift President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw began their climb to the top this morning.

The pair is climbing the mountain because they have a craving for adventure.

If they complete their journey to the top of the 14,411 foot mountain, they will plant the Torklift International flag at the peak and announce a new mystery product to be called, “Summit.”

Kay and Bushaw are the last climbing team permitted on the mountain for the season as the weather becomes too treacherous for climbing. The climbing team is called Omega. They will be battling various terrains as well as the potential for altitude sickness.

The climb will entail crossing crevasses that are hundreds of feet deep, darkness and cold weather. They are expected to summit on Tuesday. Their descent down the mountain will conclude at Paradise Trail Head where they will be greeted by Torklift International staff. 

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Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director will conclude their descent on Mount Rainier at Paradise Trail Head pictured above.

Good luck Jack and Sheryl, everyone is rooting for you!

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Don’t skip these five steps when learning how to store a truck camper

winterizeWinter storage - Photo CreditLabor day typically marks the end of camping season for most of us. We sadly prepare to pack up all of the fun things we’ve enjoyed over the spring and summer seasons; whether it’s the boat, trailer or beloved truck camper that has voyaged us among many adventures. When it comes to preparing your truck camper for the winter months, it’s important to protect the integrity and condition of your truck camper, so when the seasons shift again, you’re ready to get back on the road and make more memories.

Here are five steps you shouldn’t ignore when storing a truck camper over the winter months:

#1) Camper Packer: The ultimate stand for your camper

camper-storage-standsTruck camper storage standsThe first thing to consider when winterizing your truck camper is where you’re going to store the unit. Whether storing a truck camper indoors or outdoors, provide the truck camper with sufficient support when offloaded from the truck. That’s where the Torklift International Camper Packer becomes your storage solution.

 

 

camper-storageCamper Packer supports a truck camper

Why support the camper with special support stands made for a truck camper? Storing a camper on its jacks for either a long or short period of time causes significant wear to the frame of the camper, especially at the four points where the jacks connect. Redistributing the stress off the four corners of the camper frame and onto the Camper Packer will extend the life of your camper jacks. Allowing the unit to sit solely on its jacks is not a sturdy foundation for the truck camper.

This is not your typical hardware store sawhorse system. Double the length of your typical sawhorse, the Camper Packer uses specially treated lumber and is rated up to 12 times the weight capacity than your traditional sawhorse at 6,000 lb. capacity per pair.

camper-packer-kitCamper Packer Kit with treated lumberCamper Packer storage stands:

• The only engineered structural support base for truck campers made from specially rated and treated lumber
• Provides structural support during storage while protecting the camper frame and jacks
• Safe short and long-term storage
• Measures 50” from side-to-side when completely assembled
• Specific high capacity engineering for truck camper applications
• 100% tool free operation, easy assembly
• Stands designed for easy breakdown compact storage when not in use
• 5 year warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

The Camper Packer isn’t just a set of sawhorse stands with an unusually high weight rating capacity. Each component in the kit is of high quality and durability. The specially rated lumber comes pressure-treated and each bracket is finished with a high impact powder coat for long-lasting protection from the elements.

The lumber of the sawhorse camper stands can be trimmed to achieve your preferred height. With your truck camper set up on the Camper Packer storage stands, you’ve successfully achieved a solid foundation for storing your truck camper over the offseason.

Take advantage of a limited $10 factory rebate on the Torklift Camper Packer. Click here for details.

#2) Stop the Wobble

fg-wobble-stopper-diagram.jpgFastGun Wobble Stopper supports camper frame and jacklegs

To further support your camper jacks and stabilize your camper when it’s offloaded for the winter, install the Torklift International FastGun Wobble Stopper.

 

By connecting the front camper jacklegs to the camper body, achieve these benefits:

 

• Supported connection from jacks and camper frame
• Prevention of potential jack failure and camper frame damage
• Avoid possibility of theft by blocking truck access with locking braces

The FastGun Wobble Stopper connects in seconds with a lever-action quick disconnect FastGun handle and stows directly to the camper jacks when not in use. Click here for more information on how the FastGun Wobble Stopper is a necessity for your truck camper when it’s offloaded, both in and out of storage.

We’ll shake things up by offering a $20 factory rebate on the FastGun Wobble Stopper for purchases made before December 11, 2015. See offer details here.

#3) Abandon shipnoBugs

Don’t worry – with the FastGun Wobble Stopper and Camper Packer camper storage stands, your camper isn’t going anywhere. We’ve found that another great tip for storing a truck camper is complete evacuation. Clean out all food, linens, trash, etc. With varying temperatures, leftovers in campers attract critters and unwanted visitors. If storing the truck camper outside, look into getting a cover for the unit for additional protection.

#4) Flush it out

snowflakeWith the harsh cold of winter, it’s common practice to empty all fluid tanks and flush any containers with an anti-freeze solution. Refer to the instructions of your RV manufacturer for the best method to store your truck camper over seasons with cold temperatures, as it may vary from camper to camper.

#5) Battery armor – stay powered

If you tow a trailer while hauling your truck camper, some powerful advice that’ll save your expensive batteries during the offseason: the PowerArmor Solar battery box. It’s no surprise that when batteries sit in storage, they loose their juice.

Take a look at this infographic to see what happens to batteries that sit unused over the offseason….

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Storing batteries in a lockable container with solar panel attached to its lid will help trickle charge your batteries and keep them in top notch condition for next camping season. The locking capability of the battery box eliminates any potential for battery theft. Keep it a one-time investment of your batteries and avoid costly replacement with PowerArmor Solar.

 

Click here to see how the PowerArmor Solar works. With the holidays approaching, box up a $30 off factory rebate for select PowerArmor products. Read details and purchase now, but you’ll have to provide your own big red bow.

Overall, as sad as it is to pack up for the winter season, if you take all of the proper measures to store your truck camper correctly, you’ll prevent any damage or added costs when camping season comes back around.

Gear up now before the weather turns. For more information on these camper storage and security products, browse www.torklift.com or visit our Where to Buy section to find a dealer near you.

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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Ain’t no mountain high enough: Torklift to trek to the summit of Mt. Rainier

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Washington state’s famous Mt. Rainier, Photo Credit: Jonathan Miske

Baby steps
As my mother rounded up a rowdy group of teenage boy scouts, she patiently kneeled in front of me to help me shove my little hands into a pair of snow mittens. Amidst the anticipation and excitement of the crew, we all circled up and prepared to depart on a short hike through fresh powder in Mt. Rainier National Park. I was nearly nine years old. snow-suitTorklift Sheryl in the makingRaised in the Pacific Northwest, national forests and the outdoors had always appealed to me, so tagging along with the troop of seven boy scouts didn’t bother me one bit. After all, who can say no to a great adventure? As we approached a clearing on a hillside, we prepared to start the day’s project. The goal was to build a traditional style igloo and ice caves for an overnight stay. By the end of the day we had three impressive snow dwellings that served as warm shelter throughout a chilly night.

When we left the snowy borough at sunbreak the next day, I took a moment to soak in my surroundings. I remember the crisp mountain air, the stillness of the peaks and the shear beauty that lie across the serrated horizon. Yes - I was hooked. Little did I know that one day I would return to that majestic mountain. Scout’s honor – I would’ve never imagined that I would perch my feet atop its highest point.

What the hike – are dreams reality?
You might be wondering, what is the purpose of ascending the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A? Over a decade has passed since building snow caves on that very mountain and somehow I’ve found myself yet again on the verge of another notable quest. Call it an urge for adventure, but for some reason Torklift President Jack Kay thought a trip to the summit of Mt. Rainier would be a perfect way to celebrate Torklift International’s 40 years in business come 2016. I suppose a hike of this magnitude represents much more. Seeking adventure, gaining perspective, challenging ourselves both mentally and physically and pushing beyond our limits. Summiting Mt. Rainier is a personal journey, even amongst a team of climbers.

summit-rainier-jackJack Kay hiking to Camp Muir
on Mt. Rainier
With professional guidance from International Mountain Guides, Jack Kay plans to summit Mt. Rainier by the end of the month, the tallest volcano and fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States at 14,410 feet above sea level. As a journalist and adventurer, I’ve been given the opportunity to accompany Jack and document the journey.

Not only does the ascent mark the celebration of Torklift’s 40th anniversary, but also highlights the announcement of a brand new product.

“The product will remain a secret until Sept. 29, when the summit is reached,” Kay said. “While I can’t tell you what the product is yet, I can tell you it will encompass storage, security and will work as a universal product.”

Any idea what this product will be? Be sure to follow our journey to find out!

joel-hikingThe chosen one
Over the course of the summer a few Torklift employees met up to hike some of the breathtaking trails the state of Washington has to offer. After all, our business is all about seeking adventure. Among others this included Jack, Operations Manager Joel Crawford and myself, as I love to hike and literally jump at any chance to get outside. On one of the first hikes we went on I realized my shoes were so worn that my foot had hit the rubber on the other side of the soul. Hike much? I guess it was that moment I realized an upgrade to actual hiking boots was a necessity.

(Right Image: Operations Manager Joel Crawford befriending a chipmunk on a hike of Mount Si)

fast-fun-ice-pickFastGun turnbuckleThe original plan was for Jack and Joel to achieve the mighty summit of Mt. Rainier. As a family owned business, Joel is also Jack’s nephew. When envisioning these two on the mountainside I can’t help but chuckle to myself as I picture them using a FastGun turnbuckle as an icepick.

 

joel-sherylJoel Crawford and Torklift Sheryl About two months prior to their scheduled ascent, Joel pulled me aside. Knowing how much I enjoy hiking, he began to explain to me that he might have underestimated the level of commitment training for Mt. Rainier would require. With a family of three beautiful children and a manufacturing facility to run during peak season, Joel simply said to me, “As much as I want to do this, I would like you to go in my place.” Squealing like a little girl at an N’Sync concert, two things followed simultaneously: Not only was I fidgeting like a Mexican jumping bean, but my hands tightly clasped in front of my chest as if I turned into a cheerleader that just chugged three red bull energy drinks. With my apparent new set of “wings” and maybe a tear in my eye, I gave Joel a big hug and graciously thanked him for such an amazing opportunity. As Torklift sponsors my amazing journey and once in a lifetime adventure, it was now my duty to prepare myself, as my life depends on it!

When preparation meets opportunity
T-minus two months and I’d find my feet (hopefully) on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Jack has been training for this hike for over a year, and I had a little less than 8 weeks to get my stuff together. On my first hike for “training,” Jack and I went up to Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park. Since we were limited on time, we ventured up to Panorama Point where bright glaciers and gorgeous wildflower meadows were flourishing. We were surprised at the lack of snow.

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My signature jump for joy at Panorama Point just above Paradise on Mt. Rainier

So far, our hikes to help us prepare for our big ascent have been an adventure in itself. In addition to rigorous physical training regimen, we frequently hiked to Camp Muir, the first base camp of Mt. Rainier that sits at 10,080 feet elevation. On one of these outings, the two of us approached a rather picturesque stopping point.

jack-squatThe infamous “Jack Squat” photoWanting to document everything, I asked Jack “Can you take a photo of me?” The clouds parted just enough to reveal the mountaintop. Jack-pot! (No pun intended) As Jack crossed the trail and slowly squatted down to take the snapshot, a woman standing behind him says with gusto, “JACK. SQUAT.” My jaw dropped. The look on Jack’s face was pure confusion. He slowly turns his head around back toward the woman. What are the odds? As both of us are now blatantly staring at her, Jack simply says “My name is Jack.” Turns out she was exclaiming as she took a picture “I can’t see jack squat.” Needless to say, we all got a good laugh out of that one.

I’ve recently discovered another hobby of mine: glissading (pronounced gliss-sade-ing). In areas of snowy conditions like Mt. Rainier, glissading is a maneuver to descend a steep snow-covered slope on your bum. I may have a hidden talent (or a pair of slick pants) as I’ve been able to gain some serious speed when sliding down the mountainside. So much so that at one point I went airborne and bowling-balled into Jack’s legs at the bottom. Not my most graceful of moments, but also good for a few laughs once Jack yanked me out of the ice river I had continued to plow into.

Sadly I didn’t capture my epic collision, but take a look at a clip of Jack glissading:

jack-sheryl-hikeJack Kay and Torklift Sheryl prepping for Mt. Rainier hikeLeaps and bounds
With the unseasonably warmer weather this year, until recently Mt. Rainier has experienced a lower than normal snow pack resulting in a large amount of exposed rock rather than snow. Climbing Rainier will involve different techniques to safely reach the summit. With elevated threat for avalanche and rockslides, our primary concern is altitude sickness since the affects of altitude can affect anyone regardless of fitness level.

Follow our journey! After months of training (or a year on Jack’s part) we're less than a week away from the highly anticipated trek to the summit.

Day 1: Sunday, September 27th
· Depart for Camp Muir at 10,080 feet elevation

Day 2: Monday, September 28th
· Skill Sessions
· Move to second camp, Ingraham Flats at 11,100 feet elevation

Day 3: Tuesday, September 29th
· Summit day 14,410 feet elevation

With limited access to technology, we will be sharing updates as much as possible. We are hoping for excellent weather conditions and a safe, successful trip. Stay tuned for the announcement of a new Torklift International product. We are looking forward to the big reveal and planting the Torklift flag upon the summit!

Add us on our Twitter and Facebook to follow our trip updates.

Happy Hiking,
Torklift Sheryl

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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Go on an epic roadtrip with your Torklift StableLoads

Anutami-CamperGo on an epic roadtrip,
just like Anutami
There are many of us that have fond memories of going on long camping trips with our family and friends. Just getting to enjoy the open road, have s’mores by a campfire and fight over what music to play are all just a little part of getting to go on a roadtrip. But, forum user Anutami from Rv.net took his roadtrip to the next level. He went “old school” and took his family on an epic 6-week business trip and tour of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. But before he did so, he made sure that his truck and camper were prepped for the long journey.

 

Prepping for the trip
When it comes to a long excursion, you have to make sure that every aspect of your truck and camper are 100 percent ready to go. For Anutami, it was also a matter of figuring out how to reduce the excessive sway due to extra weight and improving his Ford suspension. He decided to install our Torklift StableLoads, both upper and lower applications. Although our most popular StableLoads are no-drill, we also offer kits that have drill bits if your leaf springs don’t come with a hole already in them such as on Anutami’s 2001 Ford F350.

Before-Lower-StableLoadPrior to lower StableLoads installation Four-Included-Drill-Bits Four drill bits are included

“Thank you Torklift for providing the drill bits. I used all four!”
                                                    -Anutami, Rv.net

Torklift-Upper-StableLoadBoth upper and lower StableLoads

With the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer Anutami felt an instant change to the rig when he started driving with both upper and lower StableLoads activated. With significantly reduced side-to-side sway, improved safety and handling and the elimination of sag, Anutami didn’t have to worry about his truck camper and instead could have fun with his family on their epic roadtrip. He could also enjoy the trip without white knuckle driving and the feeling of anxiety due to a lack of steering control. Once their trip concluded, he can quickly return to the truck's original ride in just seconds. Since the lower StableLoads adjust to its "off" position, he can enjoy a smooth factory ride when he’s not towing or hauling, but also has the ability to handle heavy payload for future road trips by switching the lower StableLoads back on.

Some other great features of the upper and lower StableLoad include:

•  Dramatically improves safety, handling and reduces sway, body roll and porpoising
•  The lower StableLoads have the ability to turn on and off in seconds
•  Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper and lower overloads
•  Works with small truck campers, small trailers, large truck campers, 5th wheels, SUVs and more
•  For the lower StableLoads, a quad contact design complements the vehicle manufacturer's four point suspension
•  Legendary Lifetime Warranty
•  Proudly made in the USA

 We’re glad that the StableLoads were able to make Anutami’s trip that much better and that they will continue to make future truck suspension and truck camper travels even better as well. Take a page from Anutami’s book and check out Torklift International upper and lower StableLoad Suspension stabilizers for your next epic roadtrip. Find a Torklift dealer near you or check out our Where to Buy page or contact us at 800-246-8132. Read Anutami's full trip report here

In Case You Have to Drill:

If you find yourself with a lower overload leaf spring that has to be drilled to install the lower StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer, we're here to help. The key to drilling a leaf spring effectively is to apply a significant amount of force using a cordless drill with slow rotation and well-lubricated drill bits. We offer a special StableLoad Leaf Spring Drill Tool as well as drill bits to help you cradle the drill and allows you to slowly guide the drill bit with little effort. The tool does the work for you and is the simplest and quickest method of drilling the leaf spring. The StableLoad Drill Tool is available to rent for FREE with a $150 refundable deposit.

Installation with StableLoad Drill Tool: 


Click here to see installation without the StableLoad Drill Tool. 

For more information, call us at 800-246-8132.


 

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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Rising above: GlowStep Goodies of a Torklift Fan

“I'm sure there is a clinic for my addiction, but their products are irresistible.” - Bedlam, Rv.net

GlowStep-ProfileGlowSteps and All Terrain Landing Gear
on Bedlam’s rig
While there’s no clinic for loving Torklift products, we’re certainly happy that they’re irresistible! Forum user known as ‘Bedlam’ on Rv.net and other online communities is an amazing ambassador and wonderful friend of Torklift. When Bedlam bought a new flatbed truck to haul his truck camper, he wanted to keep his Torklift GlowStep application. Since the truck camper now sat much higher, even the maximum size available for a GlowStep camper step application fell shy of reaching these heights.

Customer satisfaction is held at a high standard here at Torklift International and we want our loyal customers to always rely on us for their RV accessories. With this in mind, we approached our engineers to come up with a GlowStep system that tackled the challenge of Bedlam’s unique application. Bedlam’s new camper step system has 7 steps that are 8” deep to provide safety and stability over a larger clearance, which works perfectly with his GlowGuide Handrail. Bedlam lovingly refers to these custom RV steps as the “GlowStep Magnum.”

ATLG-UnwrappedAll Terrain Landing Gear

That’s not all that Bedlam has! Recently Bedlam attached the All Terrain Landing Gear for leveling on the feet of the “GlowStepMagnum.” The adjustable RV step leveling feet can be added to most scissor step applications or any GlowStep system.

The All Terrain Landing Gear is included in the new GlowStep Revolution system for trailer and towables.

As you can see below, Bedlam has documented the step-by-step process of adding the All Terrain Landing Gear to his current GlowStep scissor steps. Now with the adjustable feet, Bedlam can use it on any type of uneven terrain to achieve a level and stable step system.

Scissor-Step-CollapsedTraditional aluminum GlowSteps
have a sturdy bar across the bottom
 Leveling-FeetThe added All Terrain
Landing Gear allow for
adjustment and leveling

 “I added the All Terrain Landing Gear to my GlowSteps. Not only will it even out uneven ground, it allows for fine height adjustment if your setup measures between steps.”
                                               -Bedlam

GlowStep-SafeStepSafeSteps on the
GlowStep Magnum
Not only is the All Terrain Landing Gear a significant feature anyone can apply to their GlowSteps, but there are also several additional accessories that create a customized RV step system that provides optimum stability for you.

All Terrain Landing Gear
Safe Step
GlowGuide Handrail
Dirt Destoyer

 As pictured on the left, Bedlam decided to add the SafeStep pet barrier to his step system while attending a recent rally in the Colorado Springs. Even only halfway completed, his steps are looking great! Upon seeing that he was short a set of SafeStep pet barrier panels, we decided to send him a set to close up the remaining gaps on his step system.

The SafeStep is a vertical barrier that closes the gap between steps to helps ease any level of intimidation for pets or small children and also help prevent any potential of falling or sliding through the gaps. The SafeStep is easy to remove and made with durable velcro attachments, but removal is not necessary to collapse and store the camper steps.

Here at Torklift International, we enjoy and value the stories and experiences of our customers that frequently use our products. Click here to read Bedlam’s full report.

Learn more about the GlowStep Series here or find where you can buy Torklift products by locating a dealer near you.

 


 

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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Extend your camping trip with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts

hiddenpower1Hidden on the frame of your truck

Going on long camping trips in your truck camper are incredibly exciting. But, even though you’re going on a long trip, it doesn’t mean you can’t have access to power the entire time. Imagine how much longer you can stay on your camping trip if you only had installed an extra battery. Don’t be forced into cutting your trip short. Instead of running out of battery power in the middle of your camping trip, consider bringing along extra batteries with Torklift’s HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts.

HiddenPower
HP-boxWhen you go on a long camping trip, every inch of space matters. All of the items and gear that you are bringing with you are crucial for a successful trip. Instead of wasting space on extra batteries to power your camper, floodlights and electronic accessories, use the HiddenPower battery storage instead.

Left Image: What’s in the box? HiddenPower!

 

Here’s what forum user Blanco1 had to say about the HiddenPower battery mount:

“What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck, saving me what limited space I have above.”
                            -Blanco1

HiddenPower-partsThe HiddenPower unwrapped

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Instead of taking up precious space in the truck or camper, Blanco1 can now install and mount an extra battery in the HiddenPower storage box underneath his truck. Securely attached directly on his truck’s frame, the HiddenPower battery mount is a no drill installation.

 

As an added bonus, hook up the HiddenPower Wire Harness allowing the HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your truck or RV battery. The extra battery is now tied to your electrical system, always charging the battery within the HiddenPower battery box and vice versa. This helps to prevent your vehicle from being drained and keeps your rig always ready to go RVing and camping.

HP-wire harnessHiddenPower Wire Harness accessoryAs you can see to the right, Blanco1 has the HiddenPower Wire Harness. He’ll “always know what battery is the bad one” but won’t have to worry by running his batteries together as backup should one fail. The HiddenPower Wire Harness allows connection to the hidden battery beneath your truck frame to the truck’s main battery. This keeps the battery within the HiddenPower mount charging while the vehicle is running, giving you extra power at all times. Simply turn your ignition to auxiliary and your HiddenPower spare battery kicks in, without having to run your engine.

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How the HiddenPower Wire Harness works

ExtendedPower
To further help increase your battery power while camping, another great product to consider is the ExtendedPower battery mount, especially if you are towing with an extension. The ExtendedPower battery tray is a universal mount for extra RV batteries that’s specially designed to attach easily to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so extra batteries can charge automatically by your truck’s alternator. Instead of wasting fuel by leaving your truck engine running, plug in the ExtendPower batteries and enjoy the use of electrical accessories such as computers, lights, chargers and stereos.extendedpower1Bring multiple batteries
with you on your trip

Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

• Height adjustable and lockable
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter, etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill / easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Equipped with spare batteries within the HiddenPower and ExtendedPower, you have the ability to go to camping spots in the desert or mountains without worrying about running out of power. If you’re camping at a campground that limits the times you’re allowed to run your generator, use these products to be sure you’re always powered up when not connected to electricity or shore power station.

If you have any questions about the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower, contact us at 800-246-8132 or message us here.

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Shore power cord locking device protects against the chance of copper theft

anti-theftIf you have an RV you’re going to want to hear about this. 

Theft is one of those things we don’t necessarily expect to happen to us. Believe it or not, it’s more common than we like to admit. When it does actually happen, it’s unexpected and extremely disappointing. Not to mention a serious damper on your wallet. What’s worse than paying out of pocket for something twice or having to pay up on unnecessary repair costs? The road of life has its ups and downs, but there are ways to further prepare yourself and protect your equipment to avoid those expensive dips along the way.

Copper theft just doesn’t make cents
copper-theftPhoto Credit: https://flic.kr/p/63uJ1L 
Police reports and insurance claims aren’t always filed for each instance of copper theft. Even with that factored in; the amount of copper stolen and redeemed is more than $1 billion annually. Click here for interesting statistics on the rise of copper theft.

 


With thieves selling copper for up to two dollars per pound, no wonder it’s one of the most valuable and desired of metals. The incline in this type of thievery certainly won’t make any cents add up in your piggy bank.

powerlock-ou1Fortress PowerLockDon’t cut the cord
So how does copper theft apply to you when you’re out and about enjoying life in your RV? One of the easiest targets for copper wiring on your RV is the shore power cord. Whether your RV is stationed at a campsite or sitting in storage, the shore power access cord is a tempting and easy mark for copper snatchers. The wires within the shore power cords are made with copper along with other metals.

Torklift has designed the Fortress PowerLock to protect your RV from this common theft.

powerlock-shutLockable shore power
hatch with key

 

 

If you own an RV, you know how crucial the shore power cord is for a successful camping trip. When you aren’t running off of batteries, this external power cord is critical in sourcing power to your RV by plugging it into an outside power outlet. Everything that requires power in the RV will need to run through this cable.

 

Keep the bad guys away and continue to play
Torklift customer Russ Demaris recently installed and reviewed the Torklift International Fortress PowerLock on his RV.

“This simple but clever device is like a high impact aircraft grade aluminum vault that securely mounts to the side of your RV,” Russ writes.

powerlock-customer-reviewRuss installed the Fortress PowerLock on his RVAs a lockable door cover that blocks access to the shore power cord and plug, the Fortress PowerLock is indeed made from durable aircraft grade aluminum and available in either black or white high impact powder coat finish.

Most RVs come equipped with a very basic hatch made from flimsy plastic, leaving your shore power cord susceptible to damage or theft, not to mention that it’s somewhat of an eyesore. By incorporating a Fortress PowerLock, Russ followed the simple installation method and achieved an indestructible shield from those bad guys.

Step 1: Remove plastic power cord access door
Step 2: Apply sealant tape to access door assembly and slide it into the Fortress PowerLock assembly
Step 3: Apply sealant to the back of the Fortress PowerLock assembly and mount directly to the side of the RV with provided hardware

It took Russ less than 30 minutes to install the Fortress PowerLock. He shares his experience installing Torklift’s power cord locking device on his RV in a detailed blog entry. Click here to read more.

Watch this video to see the Fortress PowerLock in action:

Fortress PowerLock:

• Lock covers shore power cord access door to protect RV power cords from being cut and stolen
• Prevents theft associated with opening access door and removing power cords
• Lock and keys included
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

To purchase the RV shore power cord locking device, visit the Where To Buy section on our website to find a dealer near you. Have a question? Give our Tech Support a call at 800-246-8132.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress PowerLock. Be sure to browse all of Torklift International’s RV security products.

 


 

sherylWritten by Sheryl Bushaw:
As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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