Don’t break a leg! It’s showtime for the GlowStep Revolution

break-a-legDon’t break a leg
on your factory RV steps
The phrase “break a leg” means “good luck” in theatrical slang. With the GlowStep Revolution, you won’t have to rely on luck to safely maneuver in and out of your RV. Similar to a stage director, Torklift engineers have tirelessly worked to test and develop the best way to stabilize RV steps. The result is a showstopper: the GlowStep Revolution RV step for towables, fifth wheels and side-entry truck campers. The even better news, you can buy it now.

 

Whose line is it anyway?
We tossed the scripts and winged it for the GlowStep Revolution Challenge. To gain some genuine, unbiased feedback on our new RV scissor steps, we gave campers at a KOA campground in Kent, Washington, the opportunity to review two sets of steps.

No-Script
karen-reviewAs a direct comparison between factory trailer steps and the GlowStep Revolution RV step, we arranged them side-by-side on a travel trailer to see what would happen.



Enter stage right: Karen Rosier takes the plunge.

 

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsLeveling RV Steps

After testing the factory RV step, Rosier tried the GlowStep Revolution RV Step.

 

“It’s a lot more secure, feels more sturdy,” said Rosier. “I don't feel like I’m going to break something…it doesn't feel like I am going to fall off or the step is going to bend over. That's what the factory steps feel like -- like it’s going to flop over and I will fall.”

You spent good money on your RV. The steps shouldn’t cause a feeling of insecurity and lack of safety. Good thing the new GlowStep Revolution RV steps won’t cause you any stage fright.

Like other folks who tested the steps, Rosier preferred the GlowStep Revolution to the factory RV step. The bottom step rise was very easy in comparison to the trailer steps that hover above the ground. The factory trailer steps do not reach the ground and the step closest to the ground is too high for most users.

walk-the-plankAvoid “walking the plank”The main event
The earth-to-RV feature is large part of why the GlowStep Revolution RV Step received a standing ovation when it comes to safety and stability. The feeling of ‘walking the plank’ on a factory RV step can be pretty terrifying. Since the steps extend all the way to the ground, the diving board effect is completely eliminated with the GlowStep Revolution and you can put your trust in the strength of these new steps.

trailer-booster-stepEliminate use of
RV booster step

 

In theatre, a person who attempts to learn another's role to act as a replacement or back up is known as the understudy. In RV lingo, this would be considered the dreaded booster step. To fill in because of lack in functionality, the clunky booster step is not nearly as talented as the GlowStep Revolution. Once you’ve installed the GlowStep Revolution on your towable, there is no need to lug around the extra booster step to lessen the gap in step rise.

 

The GlowStep Revolution ranges from 2-6 steps and has the ability to add or subtract steps depending on the needs of your application. Click here for a measurement guide.

all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing GearWhat’s downstage?
The All Terrain Landing Gear, of course. This versatile accessory comes standard on the GlowStep Revolution, but can also be added to any standard scissor step configuration. The adjustable feet quickly level the RV steps on uneven terrain, which is a common occurrence when navigating the beautiful, yet unexpected features of the great outdoors.

 

 

trailer-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step System 

The perfect props
Just like a show, the perfect props play a huge part in complementing a performance. So how can you increase safety on a GlowStep Revolution? Luckily, the RV step is a complete system where you can pick and choose products that address your needs.

  1. Added stability: GlowStep Handrail
    The ultra lightweight GlowStep Handrail increases step capacities by 25 pounds and makes a world of difference in safety during entry/exit of the RV.
  2. Safe for Sparky: SafeStep 
    This vertical panel or riser guard acts as a barrier in between steps, making the RV steps less intimidating for pets. Click here to see the pet friendly scissor steps in action. 
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  3. My name’s not Cinderella: DirtDestroyer
    Constantly using your whiskbroom and dustpan to keep your RV clean? Don’t waste time cleaning and make your time camping more enjoyable with our shoe cleaning attachment that prevents dirt from sneaking its way into your camper or trailer.

 

Curtain call
With this innovative design and the outstanding features of the GlowStep Revolution, you’ll no longer have to knock on wood or keep your fingers crossed to avoid tempting fate. Now available for purchase, if you’ve invested in the GlowStep Revolution RV steps you’re in good hands.

See the full version of the GlowStep Revolution Challenge:

To learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, click here.

 


 

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SuperHitch for Ford Trucks: Trailer hitches that are built for a Ford tough truck

ford-truckFord F-150 truckJust like truck manufacturers, Torklift International understands the importance of brand loyalty. Whether you’re a Ford, Chevy or Dodge RAM kind of person, Torklift has the hitch to fit your truck.

The Ford F-150 is the #1 selling truck in the business and at Torklift International we pay attention to those trends. If quality trucks are “Built Ford Tough” then Torklift has the toughest receiver hitches in the industry to match those same standards you’d expect from Ford.

Using high tech computer, physical lab and rigorous field test engineering, our high capacity SuperHitch Outlaw Series includes the beefiest receiver hitches, hitch receiver extensions and a monster weight distribution system. We also offer top notch wiring harnesses, pintle hook and ballmount adapters and accessories that satisfy your towing needs.

More than just a truck

Maybe you use your Ford truck to tow or haul for recreational activities. Truck camper for camping? Speedboat for the family? To some folks a truck is just a set of wheels to get from point A to point B. Perhaps you use your truck for work, constantly hauling and towing equipment.

ford-truck-hitchHitches for Ford trucksFor most Ford truck owners it’s much more personal than that. It’s not just any old truck. It’s a lifestyle. It’s both memories and nostalgia and the possibility of future adventures. That’s why we engineer our hitches with both our customers and their trucks in mind. Whether you are passionate about your Ford truck or not so much, we build Ford truck hitches that support you for a lifetime.

 

Quality comes in all sizes
Newer Ford trucks have more towing capacity than ever before. That’s why we know you’re going to require the high quality and heavy-duty capabilities of the SuperHitch for all your towing needs.

Torklift International manufacturers several hitches for Ford trucks:

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Ford F-150 truck     =     SuperHitch Hero 15K 




Built for half-ton trucks, The SuperHitch Hero 15K is rated at 1,500 pounds tongue weight and 15,000 pounds of towing capacity when used with a weight distribution system. The Hero is the first Torklift International SuperHitch created for half-ton trucks including Ford. Click here to see why we call this hitch the “Hero”.

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Ford F-250 truck
Ford F-350 truck
Ford F-450 truck     =     SuperHitch Original 20K
Ford F-550 truck
Ford Excursion

SuperHitch Original 20K frame-mounted receiver hitch is rated up to 20,000 pounds towing and 2,000 pounds tongue weight with weight distribution in either the upper or lower receivers. That’s right, the dual channel receivers on each SuperHitch give you the freedom to expand your towing possibilities. Use the upper receiver for accessories while towing from the lower receiver.
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Ford F-250 truck
Ford F-350 truck
Ford F-450 truck     =     SuperHitch Magnum 30K
Ford F-550 truck


As the head honcho of Torklift’s Outlaw Towing Series, the SuperHitch Magnum 30K tows what? Cue jaw drop…. An incredible 30,000 pounds!* A hitch on steroids, this big boy can also handle a tongue weight of 3,000 pounds.* Those that tow regularly know the importance of tongue weight. Put those worries to rest with the Magnum 30K hitch receiver on Ford trucks.

If you plan to use a towing extension, the SuperHitch SuperTruss is a dual-trussed extension that fits perfectly into the SuperHitch. It’s a match made in heaven, really. With a reputation for strength, using any other hitch extension configuration would be disappointing to any Ford truck owner.

* When used with weight distribution system.

For specific details on Ford truck hitch applications, click here.

You know we’re all about that base
Torklift knows life is complicated enough and more often than not, simplicity is the base of all solutions. Our engineers keep you in mind with every improvement, every new product and every installation. Our hitch designs are truck specific to make each application a perfect fit and most installations bolt onto the frame with no drilling necessary.

weberHaul a camper while towing with a Ford truckWe stick to the basics and emphasize strength when it comes to building a good hitch. Here’s what you can expect from your Ford truck’s SuperHitch:

  1. Patented dual receiver design (2" upper and 2" lower) to max out class-five hitch capacities
  2. SuperHitch Outlaw Series has the only hitches in the industry with reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent elongated “egging,” saving you time and money in the long run
  3. Most applications are bolt-on frame-mounted and don't require drilling
  4. Compatible with industry standard ball mounts
  5. Backed by the Torklift International Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  6. Proudly Made in the USA

It’s easy to see why the receiver hitches in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series are built to last.

Just like your Ford.

To learn more about the Outlaw Series that includes hitches for Ford trucks, click here.

 


 

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Protect RV LP tanks with Fortress GasLock

Keep your valuables protected

lock-iconWhile traveling on vacation, we shouldn’t have to worry about the security of our propane tanks. Propane tanks are an essential part of RVs; they heat our RVs, allow us to cook our food or keep food cool, and power many other amenities. To ensure that we are getting the most out of our road trip or camping getaway, we need to know that our propane tanks are secure and safe.

lock-for-lp-tanksForum user installed Fortress GasLock on Airstream trailer
Unfortunately, there are people out there who feel they can take what does not belong to them. When thieves steal or tamper with your propane, it not only costs money to replace the propane, they can also inflict damage to your equipment. It is both expensive and a hassle to repair any damages inflicted upon your tanks and trailer.

Put your mind at ease
Torklift International has the solution with the Fortress GasLock. This lock is a part of Torklift International’s line of security products. It is constructed from military grade aluminum and is proudly made in the USA. This propane tank lock secures tanks when mounted to trailers, towables, and RVs. It is the only lock available for propane tanks in the industry and now works with all Airstream trailers. This product will allow you to enjoy your travels comfortably while assured of your propane tank’s safety.

robertsunrus-reviewForum user RobertSunRus uses the
LP tank lock to protect propane tanks
On popular Airstream forum AirForums.com, user ‘RobertSunRus’ installed the Fortress GasLock for Airstream on his travel trailer. Since the LP tanks and shiny tank container are very expensive to replace, the Fortress GasLock serves as an ideal theft deterrent.

“It’s nice, well-made and looks good too,” said user RobertSunRus.

Click here to learn more about his experience.

Not only is it effective, it’s easy to install
For your convenience, Torklift International makes the installation of the Fortress GasLock quick and easy. The simple and effective design of the Fortress GasLock means that the install requires no tools or modifications to your tanks or trailers. The Fortress GasLock kit includes one GasLock assembly, one lock with two keys, and theft deterrent sticker.

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Fortress GasLock, LP tank lock

Fortress GasLock Features: tank-lock-with-keysLock for propane tanks

  1. Allows tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
  2. Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
  3. Now available for all Airstream trailers
  4. No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
  5. Affordable investment
  6. Fits 3/8” and 1/2” threaded rods
  7. High impact military grade aluminum
  8. Proudly made in the USA 

To install simply follow these steps:

  1. Remove handle from threaded rod between tanks
  2. Place GasLock U-bracket over rod so tab with hole faces front of trailer
  3. Install lock handle over threaded rod and tighten, then line up handle with locking hole in bracket
  4. Insert pin lock through handle and U-bracket to secure

The Fortress GasLock is a great investment to make to prevent damage and expenses from theft and tampering. Satisfied customer Lauren Jensen says, “I feel a lot safer about my expensive camping equipment since using PowerArmor and Fortress GasLock. They give me peace of mind.” Torklift International values its customers and has developed this line of security products all backed by our legendary lifetime warranty to help ensure the safety of your valued property.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress GasLock or browse other RV security products at www.torklift.com.

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If these quit working at the campsite…you might not make it

plugPower your RV with a generatorConvenience is hard to come by in the forest, on a destitute road or at a campground. Thank goodness for generators because they keep us modern and “plugged in” at the campsite, allowing us to continue enjoying those little luxuries. Sometimes we don’t realize what we take for granted until it’s gone.

Here’s the top five things campers derive generator power for, followed by how you can prevent these little luxuries from slipping through your fingers.

Can’t live without

  1. Your “I-got-to-cook-it-right-now” Microwave


  2. Your “It-keeps-my-armpits-smelling-fresh” Air Conditioning


  3. Your “I’m-secretly-watching-Gilligan’s Island” Television


  4. Your “It-sometimes-doubles-as-a-hand-warmer” Hair Dryer
          

  5. Your “Let-there-be-light!” Moments

If you’re not a fan of tent camping, it’s hard to imagine camping without these conveniences. Or worse yet, imagine camping at your favorite secret location only to wake up to find your generator-powered belongings didn’t work. Envision walking outside and seeing your generator had been stolen. That certainly puts a damper on things.

generator-brandsGenerator safety
The Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick protects your camping lifestyle by keeping your generator secure and providing the endless power you appreciate.

The locking generator tray accommodates the most popular generators: Yamaha EF2400iSHC, Yamaha EF2000is and the Honda Eu2000ai.

Generator tray materials
Lock and Load SideKick is an aircraft grade aluminum tray featuring a sturdy, adjustable strapping mechanism that goes over the generator, securing it from theft. The tray and security strap do not interfere with use of the generator. It also comes with a heavy-duty puck lock and keys.

The mountable cargo tray fits into any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver port or any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver trailer hitch (front hitch or rear hitch).

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Lock and Load SideKick cargo tray in front receiver hitch with Yamaha Generator

Torklift International offers other sizes of the Lock and Load security trays to accommodate larger generators too. Click here to see the original Lock and Load locking cargo carrier.

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick for generatorsGenerator tray aftercare
The Lock and Load SideKick generator tray is durable and built to withstand the elements of outdoors and sticky fingers of thieves, but just as it takes care of your generator, you must also take care of your generator tray. Since the tray is made from aluminum with high impact powder coat finish, you don’t have to worry about rust or corrosion.

 

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Since the generator does not need to be removed for use, it’s common to leave the generator on the SideKick generator tray for long periods of time. Enjoy camping with all the necessities you can’t bear living without. Store, lock and run your generator simultaneously with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Check out the SideKick in action by watching this video:

Click here to learn more about Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick.

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3 ways to achieve safe and stable RV steps

road-sign-roughHaving a camper or trailer opens up the possibilities of traveling and camping with little limitation. With this freedom, you’re bound to come across bumps in the road with your RV equipment. That’s where Torklift International steps in. In an effort to make RVing enjoyable and stress-free, we create products with focus on convenience. Especially with the newly released GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

With factory OEM steps on your trailer, you may have experienced these common drawbacks:

trailer-booster-stepTrailer steps that need a booster step

  1. RV Movement: Since most factory steps do not extend to the ground, the hovering design is far from ideal. When entering and exiting, the shift in weight sends the entire RV into a rocking motion. The steps tend to feel flimsy and the diving board motion feels uneasy and unsafe.

  1. Booster Step: Since nearly all factory trailer steps don’t reach the ground, the step rise from the last hovering step to the ground will vary tremendously. Overwhelming opinions conclude that it’s much too high and poses a challenge to maneuver comfortably. Many folks implement an RV booster step to help address this problem. The problem with the extra step is finding somewhere to store it and its lack of ability to level out on uneven surfaces.

table-wobbleWobble caused by uneven surfaces

  1. Step Wobble: If you’ve resorted to using an RV booster step or step that folds completely to the ground, you still might encounter the dreaded wobble. This experience is comparable to sitting at a restaurant with one of the table legs malfunctioning. The wobbling drives you nuts, and you’ve probably shoved some napkins or a folded coaster underneath as remedy. With RV steps, this happens when the flat bottom of the RV step or RV booster step cannot adjust on lopsided surfaces creating an uncomfortable and significant safety hazard.

With the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, we’ve addressed these annoying conundrums and even added additional features to achieve the safest experience for entering and exiting your RV.

How to stabilize RV steps
When Torklift engineers set out to develop a solution for trailer steps, there were many aspects that required consideration. Overall, the goal was to develop steps that provided something that no other RV steps could provide. It was important that our design proved to be the most stable and safest RV step available. How did we stabilize RV steps? With nothing less than a revolution of course.

For stabilizing RV steps, we started with the top 3 ways:dumb-bell

  1. Starts with design
    1. Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum, click here to learn more about how its unique bushing bearings and double bar design on each hinge gives the steps incredible stability, durability and longevity.
    2. When used with GlowGuide Handrail, the GlowStep Revolution RV steps handle up to 375 pounds of capacity. The GlowStep is available in 2-6 steps and is easy to add or remove steps if necessary.  

  2. Earth to RVall-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear
    A simple concept but a world of difference from hovering steps. Steps that touch the ground provide an outstanding improvement in stability. With the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, toss aside the need for a clunky booster step.  

  3. Houston, we have a solution
    The All Terrain Landing Gear addresses the issues of trying to stabilize a step on uneven ground. Camping conditions will always vary, so simply adjust the feet of your steps to make the steps level. All Terrain Landing Gear comes standard on the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, but can also be added to other scissor step applications as an upgraded feature.


GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsStep Up: an epic battle between RV steps
To get some feedback on the GlowStep Revolution RV step system, we organized the GlowStep Revolution Challenge at the KOA campground in Kent, Washington. For a direct comparison between factory trailer steps and the GlowStep Revolution RV step, we arranged them side-by-side on a travel trailer with two entry doors and asked campers to review both sets of RV steps.

 

Stan Kapalczynski took the GlowStep Revolution Challenge. To begin, he tried out the factory steps.
GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

“They are real flimsy and rocky,” said Kapalczynski as he bounced up and down on the hovering step.

When it came time to try the GlowStep Revolution RV steps, Kapalczynski found that they were so nice he had to try them twice. With a thorough test, he concluded that the GlowStep Revolution RV step was a clear improvement in comparison to weaker factory steps.

GlowStep Revolution - scissor step for trailers

“Definitely sturdier…they’re not going anywhere,” explained Kapalczynski. “A quality-made good deal.”

Watch the full video of the GlowStep Revolution Challenge to see what happened:

winner

 

After duking it out with the factory step, the GlowStep Revolution RV step system proved to be a clear winner and top choice among campers who took the challenge.

 

trailer-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step System with DirtDestroyer, GlowGuide Handrail and SafeStep

If you’re considering upgrading your trailer steps to a safer configuration, know all the benefits that the GlowStep Revolution provides:

  1. Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
  2. Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
  3. Adjustable landing gear levels on uneven terrain
  4. Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
  5. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
  6. Works on side entry truck campers and towables
  7. Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
  8. Glows in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  10. Proudly made in the USA

Order the GlowStep Revolution RV step system for towables by clicking here now.  Click here to learn about our promotional offer available through August 15, 2015.  For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

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A fresh take on a green idea: PowerArmor Solar

green-ideaAfter hearing of numerous customers’ challenges regarding battery theft from their RVs and trailers, Torklift employee Darrel Hagglund was inspired to begin developing a design that would not only prevent battery theft, but would also extend the life of the battery through the use of solar energy.

 

Solar-panelSolar panel keeps RV batteries healthy

We make it easy to be energy efficient
While the use of solar panels on RVs isn’t new, saving energy by combining security and improving the effectiveness of battery life is a fresh take on efficiency.  Not only will you sleep better knowing that your battery is safe from thieves but when the mercury climbs, the new PowerArmor Solar provides a 400% increased battery life on RV batteries, allowing you to turn up the heater to stay warm and comfortable all night without the worry of running out of juice.

Keeping it simple
Multiple PowerArmor Solar sizes are available to accommodate up to five spare batteries.  Each PowerArmor Solar battery box uses a Zamp Solar 10-Watt solar panel to trickle charge the batteries. The locking battery box is made with heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum and bolts easily to your RV, truck, van or camper bumper with a unique slide top for easy storage access.  Designed to securely store batteries, trailer hitch parts and camping gear, PowerArmor Solar is easy to clean and available in bright tread diamond plate with black high impact powder-coated trim. The larger-sized box, PowerArmor MAX, comes with adjustable dividers to customize your storage needs.

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Power Armor Solar protects and extends the life of your batteries

Ask and you shall receive
While many outdoor enthusiasts might consider RV camping downright sacrilegious, there are still a lot of us who want to enjoy the great outdoors with some of the comforts of home in an RV. With some of these latest and innovative gadgets to hit the market in the RV world this year, not only can they make the experience more enjoyable; now you can extend your stays, save money and keep your belongings safe and secure.

mega-phoneAt Torklift International, a family-owned company since 1976, we take customer suggestions and needs into great consideration. PowerArmor Solar is one example of how, by listening to the needs of our customers, Torklift can make camping easier and more fun for the entire family.  The PowerArmor Solar comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Click here to learn more about the PowerArmor Solar battery box.


 

Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
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Fly like an eagle – With the Hero, don’t be limited by a factory receiver hitch

locomotiveTowing with a half-ton truck? We’ve got something that’s more powerful than a speeding locomotive...well, almost. But this is no lightweight when it comes to towing.

 

We like big trucks and we cannot lie
Now you don’t have to worry about those smaller trailer hitches trying to overcompensate for the size of their trucks. Torklift International has developed a receiver hitch that is the pinnacle of strength, engineered specifically for half-ton trucks with up to 15,000 pounds of towing capacity when used with weight distribution.

With a variety of hitch applications available, the SuperHitch Hero 15K is built for trucks that include:

  1. Ford F-150 trucks
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  3. Dodge Ram 1500
  4. Toyota Tundra

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SuperHitch Hero15K receiver hitch for half-ton trucks

The Superhero among all hitches
The SuperHitch Hero 15K  soars above the rest, making all other trailer hitches just look scrawny and weak by comparison. The eagle symbolizes courage, power and strength. Built with the highest tongue weight rating for half-ton trucks, its dual-channeled vertically stacked hitch receiver is part of what gives it its SuperHitch Hero strength. This dual configuration gives you the freedom to tow from the lower receiver and use accessories in the top receiver.

15kheroTowing capacities for half-ton trucks range from 5,000 to 14,000 pounds depending on the vehicle. With the SuperHitch Hero 15K, you can rest assured that you have the safest towing equipment and capability on the road. Even though the Hero 15K towing hitch handles up to 1,500 pounds tongue weight and 15,000 towing capacity,* always stay within the maximum towing capacity of the truck, which is set by your vehicle manufacturer. 


*When used with weight distribution.

eagleFree yourself from factory hitch limitations

It’s common that factory hitch receivers that come stock on some half-ton trucks don’t meet the towing capabilities of the truck itself. When towing, you are always limited to the lowest maximum capacity, whether that be the truck or its hitch. Don’t be limited or held back by your trailer hitch. If you’re truck has the ability to tow heavy, upgrade to the SuperHitch Hero 15K and maximize the power within your truck. Fly free, my friend. Fly free.

 

hero-on-chevyHero 15K receiver hitch for Chevy truckSomethin’ bout a hitch
When all them boys are standing round comparing hitches, you’ll give ‘em plenty to talk about when you back up yours. Whether you drive a Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy/GMC or Toyota, the SuperHitch Hero 15K fits your truck. With faster than a speeding bullet installation, hardened reinforced hitch pin locations and universal plug bracket to secure a wiring harness, the SuperHitch Hero 15K will be the hitch envy anywhere you tow.

As your new friends walk sadly away thinking, “That ain’t my hitch,” but at the same time saying to themselves in a nemesis undertone, “Next year my friend, next year. Next year the SuperHitch Hero 15K will be all mine.”

Yes. This is the stuff dreams are made of...

No Kryptonite
As always, the Torklift International SuperHitch Hero 15K is backed by our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Click here for more information on the SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver hitch or find your fit on our application guide today.  Learn more about the entire SuperHitch Outlaw Series.

 


 

Tamy finalWritten by Tamara Williams:
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Rv.net member’s first experience with StableLoads

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Chevrolet Silverado – similar to Dave’s

RV.net forum member Dave Sire has a burly truck. His 2011 Chevrolet 3500 is built to help him find his adventure with his truck camper just about anywhere that he likes. Nonetheless, Dave found that when hauling his truck camper, his rig had some ride stability issues that made him wonder if he could make an improvement:

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“When I haul my truck camper fully loaded I am close to my GVWR,” Dave writes. “My truck camper weighs around 3,500 pounds wet. My ride was comfortable on smooth roads but with bumps I would see some porpoising and on big bumps I could feel my truck hitting the stops on the rear axle.”

 

As an experienced RV’er Dave made do with the setup and was sure to adjust his driving style with the camper loaded on his truck.

 

“When making turns I would definitely get some sway, port to starboard. I took corners slow for that reason,” he writes.

 

Dave’s driving skill allowed him to haul the added weight of his truck camper safely without any truck suspension modifications, but StableLoads caught his eye as a suspension stabilization upgrade that would allow him to drive his loaded truck more as though he would when the truck is unloaded.

 

stableload-graphicBy preloading your vehicle’s factory overload springs, StableLoads maximize your suspension’s load-carrying stability as the factory engineers intended. StableLoads help counteract truck body roll, eliminate truck porpoising, reduce rear-end sag and can be engaged and disengaged in seconds (Quick Disconnect StableLoad).

 

After installing Quick Disconnect StableLoads on his truck, Dave set out on his maiden voyage with the StableLoads engaged and his truck camper loaded on his truck.

“I took a 45 minute or hour drive on some bumpy paved roads, bumpy gravel roads and also some highway,” he writes. “The question is do they (StableLoads) work and the answer is yes. They definitely make the ride more stable. When hitting bumps in the road it seems to have eliminated the porpoising. When turning corners it reduced the sway by probably 55 to 65 percent.”

To simulate some of the roughest highway terrain he could encounter when hauling his truck camper, Dave got his rig up to speed and headed for an intersection that could normally threaten to cause damage to his truck and camper.

“I also went over a double set of rough railway tracks by my house at 50 mph and was very pleased at the improvement,” he writes. “The truck didn't come close to bottoming out as it might have without the StableLoads.” 


See what other folks have to say about StableLoads after taking the StableLoad Challenge:

After having StableLoads installed on his truck Dave found that although StableLoads didn’t transform his rig into a Ferrari, they did make his rig perform far better with major improvements to both overall handling and most importantly safety from a stable hauling experience.


“It doesn't quite handle like a sports car now but I don't feel as though I should slow way down for corners like I used to. In fact with the StableLoads engaged I would say that is what you notice the most, is you can drive your truck very much like you would without a camper on.”

Read Dave’s full evaluation of StableLoads here - CLICK

Click here to learn more about why StableLoads are the most effective suspension upgrade you can use when performing any sort of heavy hauling.

StableLoad HorsePower

  1. Dramatically improves safety, handling and reduces sway, body roll and porpoising
  2. Ability to turn on and off in seconds (Lower Quick Disconnect StableLoads only)
  3. Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
  4. 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
  5. Quick no-drill installations
  6. Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure
  7. Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
  8. Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
  9. Proudly made in the USA

Find Your Adventure with Torklift International StableLoads!

Contact us today to learn more:
Torklift International


support@torklift.com

800.246.8132

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Your RV step too high off the ground? Eliminate the need for a booster step

It is often that steps on towables from the factory have a swing or fold out design that hovers over the ground. When you step down from the unit onto the steps, the steps feel flimsy, furthermore you feel them shake and shimmy. That same little dance motion ripples throughout the entire trailer. This earthquake movement serves as a warning sign that someone is entering or exiting the camper. Silver lining perhaps? For most, not likely.

cliffDon’t fall from the bottom trailer step

 

Not only does the hovering design cause extra and unnecessary movement, the bottom step is often a doozy. The gap from the last step to the ground is commonly much larger than the typical rise in RV steps. For those that have difficulty with mobility, the step configuration becomes a significant challenge.



To fix this issue, some folks take matters into their own hands. Often people purchase collapsing stool steps or improvise with a jury-rigged platform to put underneath to shorten the gap in step rise. Unfortunately, a configuration like this requires storing the extra pieces somewhere. When extra weight is a concern and storage is a rare commodity, this approach quickly becomes inconvenient.

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(Left) Trailers using alternative methods for steps (Right) GlowStep Revolution

gsr-earth-to-rvWe wanted to address the issues with hovering steps by using the concept of Earth-to-RV. This is only one of the many benefits of the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution RV step system. Click here to learn about each useful feature of Torklift’s new leveling RV step.

By connecting the trailer all the way to the ground, the step has a tremendous increase in support and provides an easy entry and exit for anyone. It provides an equal rise between steps so you don’t have to struggle trying to pull yourself up from the ground.

Mary Ellen Chambers compared the factory step of a travel trailer to the GlowStep Revolution. Take a look at what she had to say:

When Chambers tested the OEM factory trailer step, she disliked the amount of movement when going up and down the steps.  

“This first step is too high for me,” said Chambers. “I need a booster step.”

She also mentioned that the jiggling motion of the step and RV were uncomfortable.

When Chambers tried the GlowStep Revolution, she couldn’t believe how much sturdier and stable the steps were in comparison to the factory step. As someone with mobility challenges, she preferred to use the GlowStep Revolution.GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution features All Terrain Landing Gear
(also available to purchase separately)

Torklift International 
GlowStep Revolution:

  1. Unparalleled stability eliminating the unsafe diving board effect
  2. Earth to RV: Brings step to ground level (No more unsafe booster step)
  3. All Terrain Landing Gear levels on uneven terrain
  4. Step system accessories: Handrail, pet safety barriers and shoe cleaning attachment
  5. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum (rust free)
  6. Works on side entry truck campers and towables
  7. Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity
  8. Glows in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure
  9. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  10. Proudly made in the USA

saleThrough August 15th, 2015, purchase the GlowStep Revolution or original GlowStep and receive $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail and your choice of a free SafeStep or DirtDestroyer while supplies last!

Click here for offer details.

The GlowStep Revolution is now available for pre-order. For additional questions, reach us at 800-246-8132 or send an email to support@torklift.com.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

 


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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Gain the power to broaden your travel horizons

map-adventureKeep batteries fully charged for every camping tripHow many times have we spent weeks looking forward to that camping vacation? Packing the RV, mapping our route and planning the day trips, before heading out on the highway only to find that when we arrive, our batteries are low, forcing us to find a place to re-charge. Let’s face it, our time off is valuable and we want to make the most of every minute.

Torklift does it again
We’ve resolved those pesky power issues for you with the latest in Torklift International’s line of power saving products. ExtendedPower and HiddenPower now make it easier than ever to carry additional batteries and keep to the road without ever having to stop to re-charge or worry about auxiliary power.

rocket-scienceNo Rocket science degrees required
ExtendedPower is equipped with a universal mount designed to clamp onto any receiver extension, attaching quickly and easily with a no-drill installation. Simply bolt onto your receiver extension to allow room for mounting additional batteries you’ll need to enjoy those extra hours of vacation. Its quick release pin design allows easy disconnect for battery service and battery storage.

Leave the battery charger at home
So while you’re looking for that place to pull off and set up camp, ExtendedPower battery system plugs right into your RV factory plug if you choose to hook up a wiring harness. Charge RV batteries automatically through your vehicle’s alternator. You’ll arrive at your destination with a full battery charge and be ready for the fun to begin.

ExtendedPower features:

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  1. Height adjustable
  2. Universal applications for all receiver extensions
  3. Lockable
  4. Works with group 24 batteries
  5. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  6. No-drill / easy install
  7. Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
  8. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  9. Proudly made in the USA

Right image: Two ExtendedPower battery mounts shown in yellow for contrast.

 

But Wait, there’s more…
Also in Torklift International’s bag of new and clever devices is HiddenPower. As a supplementary, convenient, under-vehicle battery mount, the HiddenPower is engineered to tie into your truck’s electrical system. This no-drill mount for extra batteries is easy-to-install, hidden from view and is used with quick disconnect electrical connectors for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve-volt batteries. Designed as an extension of your RV battery; this unique battery mount will recharge using your RV’s solar panels, generator or converter while your RV is plugged into your truck, and all at the same rate your RV batteries are charged. Your batteries will remain charged and ready whenever the urge to hit the road comes along so you’ll never lose those precious hours of your vacation again.

HiddenPower features:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hidden_Power-arrow.pngHiddenPower under vehicle battery mount
(shown in yellow for contrast)

  1. Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
  2. No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
  3. Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your RV and truck’s charging system
  4. Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
  5. Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
  6. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
  7. Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  8. Proudly made in the USA

When the HiddenPower is used with the wiring harness it enables your battery to become an extension of your RV battery. With constant power, it prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained and allows you to camp off your battery power longer. The wiring harness is designed to complete your HiddenPower installation and has a universal design featuring sealed wiring to protect against dirt and moisture. The wiring harness detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service.

What We Like Best!
Of course there is so much to say about convenience and ease whenever we are planning a vacation. At Torklift International, we are always striving to improve upon features that make it easy for you to use our products and get on with enjoying your life. We make a point to listen to your needs in order to build a better experience for all of our customers.

ExtendedPower and HiddenPower battery mounts both come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and as always, proudly made in the USA.


Tamy finalWritten by 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.

 

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Campers put the new GlowStep Revolution step for towables to the test

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution RV Step SystemWith the recent launch of Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution RV Step, we wanted to gain some real-world feedback on experiences from those spending time at the campsite.

With anticipation, we set out to find folks who wanted to test and review our newest innovation. Much like the StableLoad Challenge, the results provided us with great insight on Torklift’s new GlowStep Revolution leveling RV step.

 

 

KOAFor the GlowStep Revolution Challenge, we used a travel trailer with dual side entry and two sets of steps on it. On one side we left the factory step while on the other side we installed the GlowStep Revolution RV Step. We set up the trailer at the KOA campground in Kent, Washington and asked campers to test out both sets of steps.

 Watch the video to see what the campers discovered:

2thumbsupAfter the GlowStep Revolution Challenge concluded, the campers gave us a resounding “two-thumbs up.” The factory RV step that floats above ground caused the step and trailer to shimmy back and forth, leaving the campers uneasy about maneuvering up and down the steps. With the GlowStep Revolution, it was clear they felt more stable and secure. Without a doubt, everyone who tried the GlowStep Revolution RV step system preferred it to the factory step.

 

“There isn’t any comparison!” said Mary Ellen Chambers. “Those [GlowStep Revolution steps] are sturdy, they feel secure.”

Knowing the benefits of the GlowStep Revolution is helpful when considering upgrading from the weaker factory step.  Designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry truck campers, the GlowStep Revolution RV step revolutionizes the way you enter and exit your trailer or camper.

How you ask?

  1. GSR-storedSteps store in factory step compartmentEarth to RV: Avoid that diving board motion of a flimsy factory step with a sturdy version that connects your trailer all the way to the ground providing optimum stability. 


  2. Easy Storage: By fitting into the factory step compartment, the step provides significant improvement in ground clearance in most cases. A quick release lever allows for easy deployment.




  3. all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear to level RV StepsHigh capacity steps: The steps handle 375 pounds of capacity when used with a GlowGuide Handrail. Capacities vary with number of steps. The GlowStep is available in 2-6 steps and is easy to add or remove steps if necessary. 

  4. Leveling RV steps: All Terrain Landing Gear - With the push of a button, adjust the feet of your steps if you encounter uneven terrain.
    Add the All Terrain Landing Gear to any scissor step application and easily level your existing steps.

  5. Step system compatibility:
    1. GlowGuide Handrail - Lightweight aluminum telescopic handrail dramatically improves stability. Step capacities increase by 25 pounds and the handrail transforms into a wash brush cleaning accessory.
    2. DirtDestroyer - The bristle brush shoe cleaning attachment prevents dirt from entering your RV.
    3. SafeStep - As a vertical barrier between steps that blocks the gap between steps, entry for pets and small children is safer and less intimidating. See how pets walk up a GlowStep with a SafeStep barrier installed.

      GlowStep Revolution

gsr-doublehingeSteps are double-hinged for strength

The clever design of the Torklift International GlowStep Revolution isn’t the typical scissor step that you’ve probably seen before. Click here to learn more about the bushing bearings and double bar design on each of the hinges. This handcrafted design is the only of its kind in the industry and creates the strongest and most durable steps available. In addition, the GlowSteps are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Time for an upgrade
With the launch of this unique step for towables, we’re extending a pretty sweet deal. Purchase the GlowStep Revolution or original GlowStep and receive $20 off the GlowGuide Handrail and your choice of a free SafeStep or DirtDestroyer while supplies last. That’s right, you’ve read correctly!

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Find a dealer to purchase the original GlowStep or pre-order the GlowStep Revolution step for towables by clicking here now. The offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is intended for retail consumer use only. Hurry to redeem as the offer expires August 15, 2015.  Free items are only while supplies last. For full details on this offer, click here.

For additional questions, call Torklift Tech Support at 800-246-8132 or reach us by email at support@torklift.com. Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

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Smooth sailing on the road - Insurance for your trailer and toys

boatingTow your boat safelyIf you’ve recently invested in that fancy motorboat, spiffy travel trailer or toy hauler to transport all the fun things your family creates memories with, you’ll want to make sure you protect those expensive items. It’s no doubt you deserve everything you’ve worked so hard for – now it’s critical to call in reinforcements.

Support System
As a form of insurance if you will, we suggest equipping your truck with the strongest, most durable towing accessories that will surely outlive anything you hitch up behind your rig. With an expensive boat or trailer attached behind your truck, you’ll want to have peace of mind that it’s going to stay there.

super-heroThe SuperHitch Outlaw Series features receiver hitches that have the ability to tow extraordinarily high capacities. With this “Super” ability also comes the advantage of handling a high tongue weight. If you’re new to towing, tongue weight is the weight placed onto your tow vehicle from the front point of your trailer.

tongue-weight-towingExceeding trailer tongue weight is dangerous

 

It is very dangerous to tow with the incorrect amount of tongue weight. In fact, hitch failure and roadside trailer accidents are primarily caused by overloaded tongue weight. Click here to learn how to calculate tongue weight.

The SuperHitch Outlaw Series includes:

  1. Receiver hitches:
    1. Magnum 30K – 30,000 lbs. towing* | 3,000 pounds lbs. weight capacity*
    2. SuperHitch Original 20K – 20,000 lbs. towing* | 2,000 lbs. tongue weight capacity*
    3. SuperHitch Hero 15K for half ton trucks  – 15,000 lbs. towing* | 1,500 lbs. tongue weight capacity*
      *When used with weight distribution system.
  2. Receiver extension: SuperTruss
  3. Weight Distribution System: Everest
  4. Wiring harnesses
  5. Pintle hook and ballmount accessories

If you’re not sure you are within the law, have the Outlaw on your side and you will be certain that your receiver hitch system can get you there safely.* With the SuperHitch Outlaw Series, you’ll be implementing a support system for your truck and trailer. Click here to learn what sets apart a Torklift SuperHitch from regular trailer hitches. 

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SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver hitch

With a dual receiver design, reinforced hitch pin locations and bolt on designs that install easily on Ford, Chevy/GMC, Toyota, Dodge RAM and Nissan trucks, this receiver hitch is one you can trust. The dual hitch allows towing a trailer from the lower receiver and attaching accessories in the upper receiver. The possibility to haul cargo carriers and other hitch applications is certainly convenient if you plan on expanding your collection of fun toys and accessories.fist

Be emPOWERed with a special offer
If you are a fan spending your leisure time doing recreational activities like RVing, we have a special offer for you. With purchase of a SuperHitch through August 16, 2015, score a $20 mail-in rebate on your choice of the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount or ExtendedPower battery tray that perches perfectly on a trailer hitch receiver extension.  

extra-battery-mounts                                      ExtendedPower                                  HiddenPower

To Infinity and Beyond
Even though we’re talking toys, don’t get stuck in the traditional ‘Toy Story.’ These battery mounts aren’t just limited to camping and recreation. Extra power from additional batteries can come in handy in just about any situation.  

Construction and hunting applications:buzz

  1. Extra power for an RV
  2. Just add an inverter to charge cordless power tools, GPS batteries, heavy equipment, flood lights, power radios, lights and USB ports
  3. Use the battery for other vehicles
  4. Run a winch

By using a wiring harness on the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount, the extra battery for auxiliary power will stay charged up through your truck’s charging system.

The possibilities are endless…

Now that you’re towing the things you love most, make sure to protect your investment with safe towing practices and Torklift SuperHitch towing equipment. With our special offer, you can now power up in more ways than one.

Learn more about the ExtendedPower and HiddenPower. Details on the SuperHitch Outlaw Series can be found here.  

The limited time special offer on Torklift’s SuperHitch is intended for retail consumers only and proof of purchase must be provided to redeem the mail-in rebate through Torklift International. For questions on this offer please call 800-246-8132.

*Torklift recommends towing within the capacities set by your vehicle manufacturer.

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Smelling exhaust at the campsite?

When you go camping in the great outdoors, it can be messy and unfortunately sometimes it can be stinky.

When you think back to memories of camping vacations you want to remember the smell of the barbecue, burnt marshmallows, crisp mountain air, fresh scent of the waterfront and sometimes fondly, your wet dog. You probably don’t want to have all those nostalgic scents masked with a common campsite odor: exhaust fumes.

Generator exhaust fumes remind us of crinkled up noses, squinting eyes and hacking up a lung. Bleh, no thanks.

Where do you store your generator?

On the popular online forum RV.net, user RoyB stores his generator in the truck bed like this:

generator-storage-truck-bedRV.Net forum user stores generator in truck bed

Ever found yourself in that situation?

Most often we hear about people storing a generator in the cab of their truck, trailer or truck bed. Although it works for some, these methods are surely inconvenient. The generator is messy and does that exhaust odor ever really go away once your belongings have absorbed it?

Torklift International developed a way to store your generator outside while at the same time keeping it safe from theft. Bonus: you can even use it while it’s locked up.

The Lock and Load generator tray series offers a variety of cargo carrier sizes and options. If you are among campers who store their generator inside your truck cab, trailer or truck bed you will want to know about the Lock and Load SideKick generator tray.

The Lock and Load SideKick accommodates three of the most popular generators:

  1. Yamaha EF2400iSHC
  2. Yamaha EF2000is
  3. Honda Eu2000ai

    walking-generatorDon’t let your generator walk away



These generators cost somewhere in the range of $1,000 and are easy to walk off with. Rather than having your expensive generator magically grow legs, it’s a worthwhile investment to secure those generators and avoid any possibility of theft.  

 

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick

 

Lock and Load SideKick is an aircraft grade aluminum tray featuring a sturdy, adjustable strapping mechanism that secures over the generator handle, securing it from theft. The cargo tray design and the security strap do not interfere with use of the generator, however it cannot be removed when you lock it up with the heavy-duty, tamper-proof puck lock that comes with it.

sidekick-yamahaYamaha generator on Lock and Load SideKickMounting the generator tray requires any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver or any standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver trailer hitch (front hitch or rear hitch).

By storing your generator with the Lock and Load SideKick you can:

  1. Save your truck and RV interior from stinky generator odors and potential messes
  2. Enjoy extra space in the truck camper, trailer, truck bed and truck cab by mounting the generator outside
  3. Avoid lifting or moving the generator for use
  4. Ease of using it and storing it at the same time
  5. Avoid generator theft and replacement costs

Torklift International offers other sizes of the Lock and Load security tray to accommodate large-sized generators too. Click here to learn about a larger size tray, the original Lock and Load.

Enjoy the convenience of storing, locking and running a generator simultaneously with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Source: http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26766108.cfm

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How the PowerArmor Solar works

The PowerArmor Solar is interesting battery attire. It is dressed in heavy gauge diamond plate, framed in black high impact powder coat and wears a smart energy efficient solar cap.

PAS-on-trailer-tonguePowerArmor Solar installed on trailer tongue  PowerArmor-locking-battery-boxPowerArmor Solar battery box

Solar-panel10-watt solar panel maintains battery charge
What’s in 10 watts?
The solar panel on the PowerArmor Solar is 10 watts. That might not sound powerful to the average solar energy consumer but that’s because we haven’t explained all the benefits yet. For a PowerArmor Solar battery box that holds two batteries, a single 10-watt solar panel is successful in maintaining and increasing the longevity of your spare RV batteries.


Sticky fingers

We’re not talking about the maple syrup from hot cakes at your quintessential campsite breakfast that sticks your utensil to the inside of your index finger. The sticky fingers we’re talking about will cost you much more than the price of Mrs. Butterworth’s concoction of sugary delight. Would you rather wake up to the delectable smell of eggs and sausage on the griddle, or to the despair of no power due to stolen batteries?

Campsite theft and stolen batteries have been reported more frequently on local newscasts, warning users to either lock up their expensive batteries or literally pay the consequences.

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Click here to see a King 5 newscast that shows just how common this problem is becoming. In addition to stolen batteries, thieves and their sticky fingers are causing significant damage by snipping wiring, an even bigger hassle to get repair work on.

 

We think it’s a better approach to “wash your hands” of these thieves (so to speak) and invest in a locking battery box you can depend on.

Live long and prosper
live-longThe 10-watt solar panel can increase battery life and longevity by up to 400 percent. Sometimes even the most avid traveler will find themselves with a slew of dead batteries. Camping season isn’t year round for most folks so when the RV goes into storage, the batteries sit for months. While they are sitting in storage, the batteries begin to die, or they die completely. Two dead batteries cost more than $350 off the shelf.

battery-chargeThe 10-watt solar panel maintains your spare batteries to the level of charge they are currently at. If you have batteries that are charged at 100 percent, when used properly, the solar panel will maintain them at 80 percent charge while they sit in storage. If your batteries are 80 percent charged, the solar panel will maintain them at 50 percent charge and so on.


Convenience
powerarmor-locking-boxSecures and stores batteries under lock and key
Charged and well-maintained healthy RV batteries translate into freedom for you. No stress or worries struggling to get your batteries charged so you can get to your travel destination on time. The high quality battery box comes equipped with a lock and key. Not only are your batteries left in great shape, but also they are protected from theft and tampering.


Top quality solar energy

Torklift International is dedicated to producing quality equipment and supporting other manufacturers who do the same. That’s why we have partnered with Zamp Solar. As industry leaders in solar panel energy, we trust their product to recommend it to our customers with confidence.

Zamp-solar

In conclusion, the Torklift International Power Armor solar battery box is a great way to take care of expensive batteries. Solar energy maintains them by keeping the batteries charged and healthy for longer use, and the carefully designed lockable box prevents them from being stolen whether at the campsite or while stored at home.


Torklift PowerArmor Solar comes in a variety of sizes. Click here for additional details on PowerArmor Solar.

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Larry Csonka visits Torklift in Sumner, WA!

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Larry Csonka and Torklift General Manager Jay Taylor

It’s not everyday an NFL legend stops by our manufacturing facility. When word spread through our offices that the one and only Larry Csonka would be paying us a visit, admittedly we were a bit star-struck.

Larry of course, was the star running back of the epic 1972 Miami Dolphins – the only NFL team in history to go undefeated in a season. So what brought Larry, “the Zonk” to Torklift?

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Larry taking a look at one of our assembly lines

Larry uses Torklift truck camper accessories on his rig. Specifically he secures his truck camper to his truck with our truck camper tie downs and FastGun truck camper turnbuckles. He was interested to see where the products are made at Torklift. He took a tour of our facility and made the day of every football fan on our team.

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-stepsGlowStep Revolution

 

Larry was nice enough to bring his truck along to help us with the development of a new fitment of our soon-to-be released for order GlowStep Revolution for truck campers.

 

GlowStep Revolution is currently available for pre-order for travel trailers and 5th wheel camper trailers.

 

As a much larger gentleman of gridiron glory, we explained to Larry that GlowStep Revolution is designed to eliminate the “diving board” effect of other RV scissor steps and RV flip up steps by creating a secure connection between the RV and the ground. For a guy Larry’s size that made a name for himself running over pro football players, the more stable his RV steps the better!

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Big thanks to "the Zonk” for making our day at Torklift. You can see what Larry is up to, from his incredible story as an NFL player to his outdoor adventures in Alaska on his official website here.

Find Your Adventure at Torklift

Contact us today to learn more:

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support@torklift.com

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What…is…this…hole…for…?

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

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Too close? Let’s zoom out.

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Still not sure?

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Let’s try a few things.

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

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

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

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3.) Bear protection

Enough said.

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

Bring ‘em all.

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

  palomino-fishingpole

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


palomino-corona

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

 palomino-twinkie

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

         palomino-cable2

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

                             palomino-laundry

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

palomino-flowers

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

           Translation: Convenience

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

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

 

 

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

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The ultimate propane protection for Airstream trailers

airstream-tanksLP tank container on Airstream trailerDid you know the factory aluminum case that covers your propane tanks on your Airstream trailer costs upwards of $800 to replace without including labor costs? While it looks great and matches the shiny aluminum trailer perfectly, this cover does not lock to prevent your propane tanks from being stolen or tampered with.

Several years ago a Torklift customer contacted us about his propane tanks being stolen and wanted to see if we had a solution for him. At the time we didn’t, so our engineers put their heads together to see what they could come up with.

Several meetings and design sessions later, the Fortress GasLock was developed. It remains the only solution to lock up propane tanks.

For your LP tanks
airstream-lp-tank-lockFortress GasLock propane tank lock installed
on an Airstream trailer
The specially designed propane tank lock fits 3/8” and 1/2” threaded rods that come standard on a variety of trailers including Airstream.

The threaded rod runs down the center of a dual propane unit. The Fortress GasLock threads onto the threaded rod. It features a specially flanged wing design to fit perfectly between the propane tanks housed on an Airstream trailer that is unique to Airstream. A deadbolt style lock secures the entire mechanism into place.

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The Fortress GasLock is colored ‘Caution Red’ to further deter potential thieves.

For Airstream owners, the Fortress GasLock is now securing both the expensive propane tanks and the special $800.00 Airstream tank cover.

 

Conveniencefortress-gaslock1Fortress GasLock for Airstream
The propane tanks are accessible while they are locked down so there is no need to remove the locks while camping. Simply unlock if ever you decide to remove your propane tanks.

The cost of victimization
Don’t’ become a victim of propane tank theft. It is so much more than just stolen propane tanks. Below is a break down of what it truly costs to replace stolen propane tanks:

                  Two propane tanks plus installation labor:  $360
           Replacement of cut propane hoses with labor:  $140
                                                                           Total:  $500

Don’t be fooled
That number above is misleading. There are other costs that you can’t put a dollar figure on. Did you have to cancel your camping trip after noticing the propane tanks were stolen the same day you were trying to leave? Did your propane tanks get stolen while you were actually at the campsite? Talk about inconvenience.

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The cost of a Fortress GasLock begins at $83.99.

 

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Breaking Bad
Have you asked yourself why propane is being stolen?

As depicted in the AMC hit show Breaking Bad, propane tanks are commonly stolen to use for ammonia in creating methamphetamine. It’s known to be a critical ingredient in the deadly drug. The Fortress GasLock protects you from this type of theft.

Overall, Torklift engineers created the lock for LP tanks to address a common problem and provide a suitable solution. Now RVers can gain peace of mind while your trailer is stored at home or at the campground.

“I feel a lot safer about my expensive camping equipment since using PowerArmor and Fortress GasLock. They give me peace of mind.”
                                                              -Lauren Jensen

Take a look at some of Torklift’s popular security products by watching this video:  

Click here to learn more about the Torklift International Fortress GasLock for propane tanks security.

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Torklift General Manager speaks at Export seminar

Recently the Washington Export Outreach Team put together an educational seminar highlighting the expansion of local businesses through exporting. The Outreach Team consists of federal, state and local resource partners that strive to help businesses provide services and products to foreign markets. Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor was requested to speak at the seminar in Fife, Washington on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

exportingTorklift International exports to several countries around the world

globeAs General Manager of Torklift International since 2007, Taylor has made strides in opening up trade outside the US. With most recent expansion to Australia, Torklift began exporting to locations that include Canada, Germany, South America, Russia, Dubai, Sweden and Japan. This growth is greatly dependent on Taylor’s focus on research. It is important to gather details on various country requirements for shipping, third party warehousing, logistics, trade laws, taxes and more.

The all-day seminar called “Export 101: Your Door to the World” covered a variety of topics from developing an export business plan and finding qualified buyers, to determining pricing, finances and shipping products. A primary focus is to identify the appropriate international markets that fit your business.

“My dream is to continue growing Torklift into a company proud to develop products that make camping and leisure easier and more convenient for families, not just here in America, but throughout the world,” said Taylor. “We are accomplishing that. We are fulfilling the dreams every day with product development and new opportunities.”

According to Pierce County Economic Development Department, exporting helps a local business reach 95 percent of the world’s population that doesn’t live in the United States. Exceeding in the global marketplace requires a detailed plan and thorough research. With a lifetime of experience, Taylor has proven a great resource for local businesses looking to export successfully.

With recent developments in the Australian market, Torklift International is excited for continued growth and appreciates the continued support from existing and new customers who choose to purchase our products.

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Torklift Outlaw Series Debuts: Special offer on receiver hitches

heavy-towingSuperHitch trailer hitch tows heavy capacitiesTorklift International is proud to manufacture the safest towing equipment that specializes in high capacities and durability. The engineering team at Torklift invests in rigorous testing and advanced technology to create professional grade towing equipment that you can trust.

 

safety-firstWhen it comes to towing a trailer safely, it’s important to know towing basics. Click here to read about common towing myths. One of the most important aspects of towing safely is becoming familiar with weight capacities and limits of your vehicle, towing equipment and trailer.

tongue-weight-towingExceeding trailer tongue weight is dangerous


The number one cause of trailer hitch failure and roadside trailer accidents is overloaded tongue weight. This is the weight from the front of your trailer pushing down on your tow vehicle with cargo, axle, tanks and more.

Overloaded tongue weight or “vertical load” causes trailer hitches to break and also has severe negative effects on the truck's ability to steer and maneuver safely due to off-balance weight. Click here to learn about the importance of tongue weight and weight distribution.

To address weight concerns Torklift International has taken the lead in the towing industry with the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. The Outlaw Series features the highest rated receiver hitches and towing accessories available.

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SuperHitch Outlaw Series includes:
  -    Receiver hitches
  -    Receiver hitch extensions
  -    Weight distribution system
  -    Wiring harnesses for towing
  -    Pintle hook and ballmount adapters

outlawNo need to worry with the
SuperHitch Outlaw Series
In most states it’s against the law to exceed maximum tow weight rating of your vehicle. There is no question about elevated safety hazards and it also makes you liable 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 vehicles’ manufacturer.

When used with weight distribution, we offer receiver hitches that handle an incredible 3,000 pounds tongue weight capacity and 30,000 pounds towing capacity. It’s best to have the SuperHitch Outlaw Series on your side.

There are a few reasons that set SuperHitch receiver hitches apart from other towing hitches.

#1) High capacity towing
When used with a weight distribution system, the SuperHitch exceeds high capacity towing needs with unique patented designs for half-ton through 1.5-ton trucks.

SuperHitch Hero 15K

  1. Designed for half-ton trucks including Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevrolet, Nissan and Toyota
  2. Rated at 15,000 pounds towing capacity*superhitch-towingTow like a pro with SuperHitch
  3. Rated at 1,500 pounds tongue weight*
  4. Find applications here

SuperHitch Original 20K

  1. Rated at 20,000 pounds towing capacity*
  2. Rated at 2,000 pounds tongue weight*
  3. Find applications here

SuperHitch Magnum 30K

  1. Rated at 30,000 pounds towing capacity*
  2. Rated at 3,000 pounds tongue weight*
  3. Find applications here

*When used with weight distribution system

 

egging-from-towing#2) Reinforced hitch pin locations
The hitch pin location is where a ballmount adapter would be attached and secured with a pin. From there, the trailer tongue is connected. It’s common to experience wear and elongation known as ‘egging’ at the hitch pin location from excessive towing. The elongation causes jerking which leads to increased distortion and damage.

You won’t find the effects of elongation on a SuperHitch. Every SuperHitch has reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent this from occurring.

 

(Left Image) Top: Evidence of elongation or egging on hitch pin location, Bottom: Reinforced hitch pin locations on SuperHitch

 


dual-receiverDual 2-inch receiver hitch design#3) Dual Stacked Receiver
Not only does the dual stacked hitch receiver design allow for outstanding strength, but it also gives you the freedom to tow accessories in the upper receiver. This includes cargo trays, bike racks, or carriers for generators, motorbikes, kayaks, etc.


tc-with-boatTowing a boat with
truck camper overhang
If you plan to tow while hauling with an overhang from a truck camper, the dual receiver fits perfectly with the dual-channeled SuperTruss towing extension. With models that reach from 21 to 60 inches, check towing extension capacities here.


The Torklift Advantage

Built in the Unites States, all receiver hitches featured in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series are covered with a lifetime warranty. Most applications do not require drilling and bolt directly to the truck frame. Compatibility is simple with industry standard 2-inch by 2-inch receivers on both top and bottom.

Torklift customer Jim Weber uses the SuperHitch and SuperTruss for towing a trailer while his truck camper is loaded on his truck.

He shares his experience here:

superhitch-dealDeal on Torklift SuperHitch
To kick off a special offer this summer, buy a SuperHitch and get a $20 factory mail-in rebate on either a HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount or ExtendedPower mountable battery tray. Click here for details.

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(shown in yellow for contrast)
HiddenPower
The under vehicle battery mount is a great source of extra battery power when you need it the most. The battery maintains full charge from your truck’s charging system. Snug to the truck frame; configure wiring to feed power directly from your extra battery. With quick-disconnect feature, it takes seconds to simply drop out the battery for service or inspection. With versatile applications in camping, construction and hunting, batteries stay hidden from view preventing any possibility of theft.

  1. Add additional batteries under the truck bed that are always charged up
  2. No-drill frame mounted with quick-disconnect
  3. Hidden when in use
  4. No loss of ground clearance
  5. Works with group 24 to 31 batteries

Click here to learn about the HiddenPower under vehicle battery mount.

ExtendedPower
hidden-powerMount for extra RV batteries
(shown in yellow for contrast)
Designed to attach to your receiver extension, the ExtendedPower battery tray is a universal mount for extra batteries.

  1. Height adjustable
  2. Universal applications for all receiver extensions
  3. Lockable
  4. Works with group 24 batteries
  5. Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.

Click here to learn about the ExtendedPower battery tray.

Take advantage fast! The SuperHitch deal is available from June 16 - August 16, 2015. Intended for retail consumers only, proof of purchase must be provided to redeem the mail-in rebate through Torklift International.

For questions on this offer, call 800-246-8132 or click here to learn more about the SuperHitch Outlaw Series.

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Two convenient ways to mount a generator when camping

sound-waveWhat’s that sound? Is your Yamaha or Honda generator humming? If you listen closely, you’ll hear that it’s asking for a SideKick. Not the buddy-buddy kind, but the Lock and Load SideKick from Torklift International. The locking generator tray is the perfect solution for storing your Honda or Yamaha generator while camping.

locking-cargo-tray-emptyLock and Load SideKick

What is the SideKick?
The Lock and Load SideKick provides a secure way to store and lock expensive accessories on your RV. Benefit by having access to more power if used to house a generator. By using a tamper-proof high security puck lock, prevent generator theft and enjoy the benefit of extra space within your camper.

The important question: Where to mount your locking generator tray?  Here are two convenient ways to mount your generator that provide both security and convenience:

#1) Front or rear hitch
The receiver hitch application of the Lock and Load SideKick is more universal for folks with either a truck camper or any type of trailer. The locking cargo tray fits into any industry standard 2-inch by 2-inch receiver and connects to either front or rear receiver hitches.

sidekick-yamahaYamaha generator on Lock and Load SideKickThe sturdy security strap secures the generator and easily adjusts to fit different sizes of generators. The notches in each of the side straps are designed for Yamaha EF2000iS, Yamaha EF2400iSHC and Honda Eu2000ia generators. However, the height of the security straps range from 16.5 inches to 18.5 inches tall, allowing other generators to fit as long as the dimensions are appropriate.

For larger sized generators, check out the original Lock and Load. Torklift’s generator carrier dimensions are:

  1. Lock and Load SideKick: 19.75" x 11.75"
  2. Lock and Load Original: 28" x 23"

 

Palomino-bumper-close-upPalomino Truck Camper with Landing Pad bumper#2) Space Dock
If you have a Palomino truck camper equipped with the Landing Pad bumper, this application will blow your mind. The Landing Pad truck camper bumper boasts extra lockable storage, fancy DOT certified LED lights and convenient glow-in-the-dark swing step.  The left side of the bumper has a specific spot for the Space Dock so a SideKick generator tray can be secured.

space-dock-adapterSpace Dock receiver accessory

sidekick-on-bumperLock and Load SideKick attached to Palomino Landing Pad Bumper with Space DockBy using the Space Dock receiver attachment on the Palomino Landing Pad bumper, the Lock and Load SideKick generator carrier easily swings out to allow clearance for accessing storage. The SpaceDock receiver accessory is also compatible with other attachments like cargo racks, BBQ, etc.

Choose the Lock and Load SideKick generator tray to keep your humming generator outside the camper allowing for more space inside the RV for your leisure. The generator makes noise when used to power lights and other things that require energy in the camper. Since the generator uses a hefty lock, leave it attached to the bumper without worry of someone stealing it.

A best friend for you and your generator
Your RV generator is safe in the hands of Torklift’s SideKick.  Security access to the generator is tool-free, quick and easy. Engineered and designed for durability, the generator tray is made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and finished with high impact powder coat. The Lock and Load SideKick allows you to lock, store and run your generator simultaneously.

sidekick-generator-tray1Torklift customer installed SideKick generator tray on the front receiver
to secure a Honda generator

Whether you choose to mount a generator to your front or rear receiver hitch or the Palomino Landing Pad bumper, camping with your RV is made easier. With expensive equipment like your Yamaha or Honda generator safely stored and easily accessible, enjoy more access to power with the Lock and Load SideKick.

Read a recent review of this locking generator tray or click here to learn more about the Torklift International Lock and Load SideKick.

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