The Northern California Grand Design Rally is coming up!

Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff, CA is the place to be Sept. 15-17, 2017! Why do you ask? It’s the Northern California Grand Design Rally! This rally is for anyone who owns a Grand Design RV. Expecting a large number of people to attend, we are looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing old friends in attendance!

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Will Torklift be there?


We wouldn’t miss it! We are sending a team that is hosting a seminar of our GlowStep Revolution and other Torklift products on September 16th at 10:30 am in the clubhouse. We’ll be comparing a factory step to the GlowStep Revolution and all the features it has to offer. The team is also hand-delivering a certificate for one lucky raffle winner at the rally who will win a free set of the GlowStep Revolution RV steps!

Nor Cal Blog 2The Rally Director Jeret Burnett's GlowStep Revolution setup!

Gimme my GlowStep Revolution – Get one for free!


With a lot of excitement about our GlowStep Revolution, Torklift will also be running a an excusive promotion for the rally. Attendees can post a photo of their current steps on our Facebook page using the caption, “Gimme my GlowStep Revolution!” to be entered to win. The rally director, along with the Torklift team will choose and announce the winner of a free set of GlowStep Revolution steps. Let’s see your steps! The funnier and more creative, the better!

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Above are some posts from Jeret’s last rally in Oregon. He shared his support of the GlowStep Revolution and encouraged attendees to enter Gimme My GlowStep Revolution, and a funny entry that our team loved! Janet Morse (not pictured), the winner of Gimme My GlowStep Revolution from Jeret's Oregon rally, had unfortunately fell off her factory steps during the rally. We definitely felt that she deserved to win after having to make a trip to the ER!

We are not only very excited about seeing all the creative entries for your “Gimme My GlowStep Revolution,” we are looking forward to seeing all the attendees as well. For more information of our GlowStep Revolution and any of its accessories contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit Torklift.com

 

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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You don’t want to miss the Hershey RV Show!

We love the GlowStep Revolution and we are certain you will too. In celebration of the Hershey RV Show, you can get these RV steps up to $75 off at participating Hershey RV Show dealers Sept. 12-24, 2017. Not attending the show? You can still get $50 off the GlowStep Revolution at participating online dealers – visit here to learn more!

The map below shows all the places you will be able to find Torklift at the Hershey RV Show.

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Gimme My GlowStep Revolution and Yeti Cooler 
Located at the Gayle Kline booth inside the Giant Center – you will have the chance to enter to WIN the Tundra 45 Yeti Cooler. The winner will be announced Sept. 17, 2017 so make sure you enter before then! Also, we’ll be doing a special Facebook promotion where you can enter to win a free GlowStep Revolution RV step for your trailer. Details are at Booth 154 inside Giant Center, so make sure your visit our team for a chance to win these steps!

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TLI Hershey Blog 3Just like how ice cream brings a smile to your face when it’s still ice cold on a hot summer afternoon, we designed a high-quality step system made right here in America that will do the same. With 7-inches of vertical elevation adjustment, these steps are easy on the knees and back, have unparalleled stability by eliminating the unsafe diving board effect, don’t require you to lift them over your head for storage and install in your factory step opening – keeping the interior of your trailer dirt and debris free. 

Click here for more information about the Hershey RV Show, how you can enter to WIN a Yeti cooler or GlowStep Revolution and read more about the special discount available at participating online dealers for the GlowStep Revolution!

 

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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You don’t want to miss the Pacific Heartland Rally!

Canyonville, Oregon at Seven Feathers RV Resort is the place to be Sept. 13-20! Why do you ask? It’s the Pacific Heartland Regional Rally! This rally is for anyone who owns a Heartland RV, and is a member of the Heartland Owners Club. Expecting a large number of people to attend, we are all looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing old friends in attendance.

Will Torklift be there?


We wouldn’t miss it! We are sending a team that is hosting a seminar of our GlowStep Revolution and other Torklift products on September 16th at 10 am in the clubhouse. We’ll be compare a factory step to the GlowStep Revolution and all the features it has to offer. The team is also hand-delivering a certificate for one lucky raffle winner at the rally who will win a free set of the GlowStep Revolution RV steps!

Also, in support of the Pacific Heartland Rally’s fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief – Torklift is donating an additional two GlowStep Revolution steps to raise money to support our fellow Heartland Owners and friends in Texas!

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Gimme my GlowStep Revolution – Get one for free!


With a lot of excitement about our GlowStep Revolution, Torklift will also be running a special promotion for the rally. Attendees can post a photo of their current steps on our Facebook page using the caption, “Gimme my GlowStep Revolution!” to be entered to win. The rally director, along with the Torklift team will choose and announce the winner of a free set of GlowStep Revolution steps. Let’s see your steps! The funnier and more creative, the better!

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Above are a couple of examples of entries that our team and rally directors have loved – so funny! Thank you to John Knerr Jr. and Linda Hilliard for your entries!

We are not only very excited about seeing all the creative entries for your “Gimme My GlowStep Revolution,” we are looking forward to seeing all the attendees as well. For more information of our GlowStep Revolution and any of its accessories contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit Torklift.com

 

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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What do you set your truck camper on when you don’t use it?

With so many options available for truck camper support from DIY options to basic hardware store saw horses to and the Camper Packer which will you choose to put under your truck camper?

For the Do-it-yourselfers

While on the Rv.net forum, we came across a unique DIY design. Rv.net member Budster designed a truck camper support from ¾ inch thick plywood trim which he cut to his desired height with cut outs making X’s with them, and then used 2”x4”s to compensate for any uneven terrain.

Thanks, Budster for sharing this neat idea with rv.net! For anyone out there making their own truck camper supports, we recommend having the lumber you are using treated, so it can withstand the weather. Also, making sure your product will support not only the weight capacity of your truck camper but also the added weight of people and any other gear inside.

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 The hardware store saw horse

Truck Camper Storage 4While exploring hardware store saw horse options we came across no options that would actually work with truck campers. The common option we did find was at Home Depot. Made from pine wood that is 3/8-inch-thick with plywood gussets and fasteners that are corrosion resistant with water resistant glue and is backed by a combination of screws and staples, it’s only able to provide 100 pounds’ worth of support you are going to need more than a few of these or you will run the risk of having it collapse along with your truck camper. That really was the common issue we noticed -- these sawhorses were not rated nearly high as they needed to be to sustain the weight of a truck camper.

This options like the DIY option we recommend getting the lumber treated, keeping in mind they are not adjustable and if you are already running tight on space remember these options are bulky to store and neither come with a warranty.

The Camper Packer 

Truck Camper Storage 5The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining a camper’s structure during long term storage. It’s 50 inches side-to-side with special treated lumber to endure harsh weather, it even folds up for compact storage when not in use.

The Camper Packer is the best option for storage as it allows you to lower your truck camper and can bare twelve times the weight capacity of the typical hardware store saw horse at 6,000 pounds per pair. Having a stable support when properly installed will allow you to avoid jack twisting as well as frame damage. Distributing the weight amongst the structure minimizes sway and lifts the weight off the four corners reducing the amount of stress on the frame. With high impact powder coated hardware for added protection, this product is 100% tool-free assembly.

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The Camper Packer is USA made and comes with a five-year warranty. So, what is your truck camper sitting on? Post your pictures below in the comments, and for any questions or more info on the Camper Packer contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

 

  

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Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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

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

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

1.) Installation/Removal of Your Current Steps

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

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2.) Mess from your truck camper steps

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

3.) Instability

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

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4.) No visibility at night

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

5.) Lost or stolen truck camper steps

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Further features of the Stow N’ Go include:

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

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

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

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

 

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What RV battery do I need for my towable RV?

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With so many types of batteries available, it can be difficult to know which type you need for your towable. Do you need a large battery that will provide more power, or a battery just for small things? Depending how much power you need, there are various battery sizes – the most common is a group 24 battery and a group 27 battery, also known as “house batteries.” The group 24 battery is a good choice if you are limited on space or only have smaller accessories you need to power.

The most important thing to consider when purchasing a battery for your towable is the amount of power you need. Deep cycle batteries come in all different sizes. Some are designated by group size, like group 24, 27 and 31. The larger the battery the more amp hours you get. The same can be said for the types of batteries you get. Although all group 24 batteries are the same size, the brand of the battery will also make a difference. Some recommended battery brands with the best power span for a towable are Trojan, Interstate and Exide. You can read about the best batteries for your RV here.

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With a larger battery also comes more amp hour reserve capacity. If you have more space available to you, a 6-volt battery, also known as a group 29 and 31 battery, will meet your needs. With battery theft a major concern, including a recent growth of battery theft in Canada, how can you protect your investment?

The PowerArmor Solar
Torklift has designed a high-quality locking aluminum battery box with solar panel that features a uniquely designed sliding lid that can be easily accessed no matter the mounting location. This box comes with an aluminum tread diamond plate featuring a black high-impact powder coated frame for durability. The battery box bolts directly to your RV, trailer tongue, boat, camper bumper and more. With an access port that allows electrical wires to pass through the side wall, you can easily connect the box and batteries to your circuit system. The PowerArmor Solar extends battery life up to 400% and prevents premature battery replacement with the 10-watt solar panel attached to the lid. 

 

thmb a7720rs• 17-inch box (A7720RS) can hold up to one group 24 or 27 battery – perfect for marine applications or if you only have room for one battery*
• 24-inch box (A7708RS) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries
• 26-inch box (A7712RS) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries, or two group 31 batteries

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• A7710R Box holds up to two group 24, 27 and 31 batteries, up to four 31 or 27 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• PowerArmor Max comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size

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PA Blog 4This PowerArmor battery box design has many of the same features as the PowerArmor Solar, but without the 10-watt solar panel. With a safe, lockable storage box available in multiple sizes, the battery or extra camping gear you store in the PowerArmor is safe from theft and tampering. 

• 17-inch box (A7720R) can hold up to one group 24 or 27 battery 
• 24-inch box (A7708R) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries
• 26-inch box (A7712R) can hold up to two group 24 and 27 batteries, and two group 31 batteries

PowerArmor Max

• A7710RS holds up to two group 24-27 batteries and two group 31, or four 31 or 27, or five group 24 batteries
• Comes with adjustable dividers to customize storage compartment size

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Each battery box has a ventilated design to prevent batteries from overheating, as well as an acid neutralizing mat to avoid corrosion. All Torklift International PowerArmor battery boxes come with locks, a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and are made in the USA.

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With a locking battery box, you can prevent common battery theft and also use them to safely store other gear once you choose which battery is the perfect fit for what you need. Using a proper storage method, like the PowerArmor, you can keep your batteries in optimum condition year round, saving cost on premature battery replacement. For more information on any of our battery products contact us at 800.246.8132. 

*A7720RS requires use of a 6-amp regulator. Details here.

 

 

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Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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What is the best truck camper step?

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

 

Brophy Scissor Steps

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

 

Torklift Original GlowStep

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

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

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

Features of the GlowStep Include:

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

 

Torklift Stow N’ Go

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

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

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

Features of the Stow N’ Go Include: 

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

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

 

Accessories

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

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

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

 

 shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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What accessories are available for my Airstream?

Airstream Blog 1Airstream trailers are one of the most desired in the industry. They’re a blast from the past that is here to stay, and making quite a comeback in recent years. There’s a good reason why too – Airstreams have a certain quality about them that people just intrinsically love. There are all kinds of amazing modifications you can do to this “silver bullet.” You can do little upgrades such as adding lights, a propane tank lock, a new fridge or stove, or go big and design a new Airstream layout. A great way to find mods to Airstream trailers is looking at the Air Forums, particularly on this renovation that forum user Katheryn did. She brought her Airstream trailer back to life! She had her work cut out for her too.

Katheryn added new upholstery and color. Below is how it turned out:

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Exterior upgrades
Airstream Blog 6When it comes to exterior upgrades such as replacing the skin (aka the outside) of Airstreams, adding your own individualized touch with cute Pottery Barn furniture or customized lighting – the possibilities are endless. Air Forums user Bilbo added a DIY storage compartment to the exterior of his Airstream.

He converted a queen bed into two twins and wanted to take advantage of the new under bed space. He took measurements and went to work with a metal cutter. On his thread, user Bilbo stated the longest part of the project was building up the confidence to drill into his “baby.” Props to you Bilbo, it turned out great! With so many possibilities you might be wondering: what other options are available for my Airstream?


What is the Fortress GasLock and why do I need it for my Airstream?

Airstream Blog 7Torklift has designed a product that can safely secure your propane tanks to your threaded rod assembly to prevent potential theft of your tanks. As an added bonus – it’s designed for dual tank usage that is prevalent on Airstream trailers.

Constructed out of military grade aluminum with high impact powder coat, this is the only lock available that is specifically designed for RV propane tanks in the industry. This product is an affordable investment that will in the end, protect your investment. With propane tank theft on the rise, you won’t be left with a missing propane tank or expensive repairs.

Features of the Fortress GasLock include:

• Avoid typical propane tank theft repairs exceeding $500
• Allows tanks to be quickly locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
• Does not interfere with LP tank valves and can be filled while locked
• No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
• Affordable investment
• Designed for dual tanks
• High impact powder coated military grade aluminum
• Fits available for all applications
• Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
• Proudly made in the USA  

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• One GasLock assembly
• Lock and keys
• Theft deterrent decal 


How much does it cost?

The Fortress GasLock propane tank security starts at $70.99 and is available through our Certified Dealers which you can find here.

The Fortress GasLock is the only official propane tank lock in the industry and is proudly made in the USA. If you’re like other Airstream owners – you care deeply for your trailer because it’s not only the perfect place to camp, but part of the family. Don’t you want to have peace of mind every time you leave your trailer – knowing that your family member is safe from potential theft? For more information on the Fortress GasLock contact us at 800.246.8132 or email at: support at torklift.com.

 

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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Torklift or HappiJac Tie Downs?

When getting ready to journey out with your truck camper, a thought that probably crosses your mind, “is my truck camper safe?” The way your truck camper is secured with tie downs and turnbuckles is essential for safety and stability while hauling. What brand of tie downs and turnbuckles are out there?

HappiJac Tie Downs - Starting at $284.80
HappiJac has designed a tie downs system by creating an I-beam truss structure that uses leverage to reduce the force on your truck, and control the truck camper movement. The front two anchor plates are drilled for installation at the front of the truck bed where the cab and bed meet.

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The two rear anchor points are drilled onto the back bumper. The HappiJac tie down anchor points paired with their turnbuckles create a triangle leverage counter force to prevent side-to-side, front-to-back and up and down movement. By preventing this movement, it prevents the camper and truck from moving as a solid unit which can cause jolting to the truck bed and camper. This tie down system is covered by a one year warranty from purchase date.

 

Turnbuckle Blog 2Torklift Steel Frame-Mounted tie downs - Starting at $313.99
Torklift’s patented designed tie downs incorporate four tie down points that bolt directly to the truck’s frame. A system that bolts directly to the truck frame dramatically improves stability and handling. The tie downs are engineered to secure your truck camper to your truck with a tight fit and no loss of ground clearance.

The Frame-mounted tie down systems are designed to eliminate bed and bumper damage. When the steel frame-mounted tie downs are paired with any of our fully spring-loaded turnbuckles, we warranty the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of the manufacturers warranty. Because the turnbuckles are springloaded, it allows the truck and camper to move together as a solid unit which prevents jolting to the truck. Since the tie downs mount to the frame, there is no risk of tearing sheet metal on the bed or pulling down on the bumper. We have also designed a high-performance aluminum and stainless steel tie down called the Talon Camper Tie Downs that is constructed of 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel that is rust free and corrosion protected for life. 

Turnbuckle Blog 3A tie down finishing kit and locks are available for both tie downs. Our tie downs are also the only tie downs in the industry that come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

Features of the Torklift Talon Tie Downs include:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life†
• Dramatic improvement with vehicle handling and stability and is the safest way to haul a truck camper (prevents vehicle sway and camper movement in all directions)
• Mounts using independent tie down points that bolt directly to the truck frame
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum and stainless steel
• Fast, 100% no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Finishing Kit included
• Lockable with Tie Down Locks
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

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So what do I use to connect my truck camper to my tie downs?

HappiJac Quik-Load turnbuckle
The Quik-Load is a stainless steel body with a reinforced ½ solid steel round hook. It can be turned to adjust the tension after installation. This turnbuckle features a rubber cushioned handle that can be detached, and locking pins that keep the turnbuckle in place and can be quickly removed. The Quik-Load turnbuckle comes with a one year warranty.

Torklift Original FastGun turnbuckle - Starting at $323.99
Turnbuckle Blog 5Torklift has designed a FastGun truck camper turnbuckle that is the number one selling quick-disconnect turnbuckle in the RV industry. This stainless steel turnbuckle comes in a set of two and are spring-loaded with spring tension indicators to determine perfect tension. Precision made from high impact, powder coated steel, the FastGun turnbuckle is available in black, white, polished stainless steel and grey. They are compatible with both frame-mounted and bed-mounted tie downs and come with a Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Our tie downs, when installed properly, provide 100% support for your truck and camper. Torklift has designed the FastGuns to secure your truck camper investment to your truck as well as further security with the FastGuns Locks which help deter any potential theft of your turnbuckles!

Features of the FastGun turnbuckles include:

• No. 1 selling patented quick disconnect turnbuckle in the world
• Connects and disconnects in seconds - Quick release handle allows for easy tool-free adjustment
• Spring-loaded design ensures a safe ride for your family and your truck camper
• Tension indicators determine perfect tension to hold down truck camper while in use
• Precision made from high impact powder-coated stainless steel
• Available for frame-mounted or bed-mounted tie downs
• Lockable to secure your truck camper (locks sold separately)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

For a better truck camping experience and overall improved safety and stability – it’s a pretty clear choice. To learn more information on Torklift tie down or turnbuckle products, contact us at 800.246.8132 or email: support at torklift.com. 

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

 

 

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Different Options Available for Electrical Cord Hatches

Fortress PL Blog 1While you’re sitting there enjoying your drink of choice (coffee or tea in the morning, a glass of wine at night?) scrolling through the latest RV news and blogs, we bet learning about electrical cord hatches caught your eye!

Many people don’t usually think about their RV electrical cord hatches or shore power cords, but did you know that not only are there a few different options to protect your RV cords, but that theft of the cords is a major issue in the RV industry?

Annually in the United States, the amount of copper that is stolen and redeemed is more than $1 billion – and from 2009-2011 the number of claims of copper wire numbered around 5,000. You can visit here for more interesting statistics about copper theft – but the big takeaway is to save yourself the headache and protect your wires from being cut and stolen out of your RV.

Typically, there are three types of electric cord hatches for RVs:

There’s your normal cable hatch, shown below. Although the most common hatch installed on RVs, there’s not much to this one – it does offer minor protection when it comes to protecting the cord from the elements, but there’s no lock. A thief could just easily break the door off and rip out the cord.

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Then, there’s the sturdier and lockable electric hatch door, shown below. This one is a bit better when it comes to security – at least there’s a lock! But, while there is a lock, it is made of plastic and if a thief has any tools like cord cutters, they could probably break through the plastic door and get to the cord very easily. Think we can do a bit better than this? We agree!

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Now, here’s the MacDaddy of shore power cord protection! Shown below is the Fortress PowerLock. Not only is it made of aircraft grade aluminum and comes with a lock to protect your cord, it also comes in two stylish colors – high impact powder coated black or white to match your RV. With a quick installation, your shore power cord and electrical hatch are protected for life.

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Fortress PowerLock Features Include: 

• 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
• Easy installation
• Lock and keys included
• Available in black or white high impact powder coat aircraft grade aluminum
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Kit includes:
• Fortress PowerLock
• Two keys

If you’re interested in protecting your RV from copper thieves – learn more about the Fortress PowerLock here! Or, if you have any questions, give us a call us at 800.246.8132 and our tech support would be more than happy to answer your questions about protecting your shore power cord from theft.

Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with one of these electrical cord hatches.

  

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Did you know you can install the Lock and Load on 5th wheels?

Lock and Load 5th Wheel 1You are getting your new 5th wheel set up: Hitch? Check. Extra batteries for power? Check. Extra generator? Check – but you’re not sure the best to place to store it. Storing it inside the trailer could potentially ruin your new carpets or flooring with stains as well as exhaust fumes blowing throughout the trailer.

Did you know there’s a solution to this little issue? Enjoy extra generator power without having to deal with constantly moving it in and out of your RV and potentially cause damage or mess. Presenting: the Lock and Load! This generator tray is perfect for not only storing your generator while you’re on the road – but also locking it up so it’s safe from potential theft!

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You may be asking, “where?” There’s a couple of different options that will work. You can either install it on the front of your truck like the photo above – perfect for your convenience and you don’t even have to think about it once it’s on the tray. Or, you can install it on a hitch that is behind your 5th wheel (shown to the left).

There are many 5th wheel trailers that come with a hitch already installed on the back – usually for cargo trays or bike racks. In this instance, it’s a perfect spot for the Lock and Load! For those who are really dedicated to extra power, you could always get a custom receiver installed, just like the one we installed below at our Retail Product Development Center, Torklift Central in Kent, WA!

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• Protect costly generators, camping gear, welders, tool boxes, plasma cutters and more from theft 
• Allows you to lock, store and run your generator and other motorized equipment simultaneously 
• Avoid exhaust fumes and stains by permanently storing your generator while on the road or off the grid • No more heavy lifting – your generator stays on the tray even while running 
• Features a safety visual sight indicator to prevent risk of damage while driving (Part #A7752) 
• License plate relocation holes to attach license plate (Part #A7752) 
• Mounts easily into front and rear receiver hitches 
• Fits most common generators 
• High security tamper proof puck lock included 
• Cargo tray dimensions: 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23” H 
• Maximum security strap adjusts to secure multiple objects (extra security straps sold separately) 6-5/8” L x 13-5/8”W x 13-1/8”H to 27-13/16 L" x 23-1/2"W x 23”H 
• Available in high impact powder coat steel 
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty 
• Proudly made in the USA Kit includes: 
• Cargo tray 
• Heavy duty puck lock 
• Adjustable maximum security strap 

To make your 5th wheel trailer even more versatile and have the ability to off-road for long periods of time, get the Lock and Load generator tray today! Call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at: support at torklift.com.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years now. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

 

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How much does a StableLoad cost?

StableLoad Cost Blog 1Torklift offers StableLoad kits at different prices depending on the application. Torklift has designed an upper overload StableLoad part #A7200 that costs $325.99, as well as two lower overload kits that vary in price. The lower overload kit part#A7310 is for vehicles with pre-drilled springs priced at $325.99. The second lower overload kit part #A7311 is for vehicles that do not have pre-drilled lower overload springs. This kit costs $349.99 because it comes with special drill bits. Each kit comes with a 30-day money back guarantee to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.


What is the 30-day money back guarantee?

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.


StableLoad Cost Blog 2What is a StableLoad?

A StableLoad improves the vehicle’s handling by pre-activating the stabilizing effect that was designed for rear suspension by keeping them under load the way the manufacturer’s designed them to function. The quad contact design compliments the specific vehicle engineered suspension that the manufacturers invested millions of dollars developing so you would have a smooth and comfortable ride.

See what the guys from TruckU experienced when they installed the StableLoads: 

What’s included in each kit and why do you need it?

StableLoad: Upper Overload Part #A7200- $325.99 
This part is designed to replace inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper load springs to work faster. This kit is quick and easy to install and requires no drilling with serious results. It’s installed by bolting each StableLoad onto each overload, replacing the bump stop pad. This kit fits any vehicle with an upper overload, and works the same regardless of the vehicle having or not having aftermarket air bags.

StableLoad Cost Blog 3StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7310 -$325.99 
It’s engineered for trucks, SUVs, vans, commercial applications and other vehicles equipped with lower overload springs that come with a pre-drilled hole in the end of the overload leaf spring. This kit is simple and has a quick installation time. 

StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7311- $349.99 
It’s for universal applications with lower overload springs that are not pre-drilled. This kit comes with four cobalt drill bits and specific instructions for drilling. Click here to learn how to drill a leaf spring in just 37 seconds with the StableLoad Drill Tool, available for rent.


Why does it cost $325.99 to $349.99? 
Each StableLoad kit Torklift designed is precision crafted in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Torklift is one of the last manufacturers still operating in the United States and will not be moving its factory overseas like many other truck accessory manufacturers have. Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty comes standard with this product, where most other manufacturers only provide a warranty ranging from 30 days to one year. That means if you have an issue, we are going to take care of you without making you jump through hoops.

Click here to learn more about Torklift StableLoads for truck suspension. Feel free to email our Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or call 800.246.8132 if you have any questions.

 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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How much does a PowerArmor Cost?

PowerArmor Cost Blog 1Well, how much the PowerArmor costs will ultimately depend on whether you’re talking about “figuratively” or the actual price of the product. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before we get into the details of the PowerArmor battery box and what it can do for you:

How much is your peace of mind worth to you?

What is the price would you pay to protect the hundreds of dollars you’ve already invested in RV batteries?

Have you been looking for a way to store your RV batteries, or a more secure way?

Do you want to extend your battery life up to 400% and prevent yourself from having to prematurely replace your batteries and instead spend that money elsewhere?

If you came up with some solid answers of “yes” or “peace of mind is worth anything to me” or “oh, saving money… more to spend on food” then we definitely have an answer for you - the PowerArmor! Coming in multiple sizes and varieties, the PowerArmor is the perfect solution to your RV battery storage issues as well as any other extra camping gear you want to bring along! Read below to find the battery box that is perfect for you.

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PowerArmor Solar

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

oThe 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor Solar hold a single battery (great for marine applications!)

• Manufactured with black high impact powder coated trim for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720RS), 24” (A7712RS) and 26 ¾” (A7708RS)
• Comes standard with a 10-watt solar panel to trickle charge your batteries so they never lose their power 

o The solar panel easily maintains battery life by not under or overcharging them, keeping them in great condition and extending your battery investment. 

• Starts at $468.99


PowerArmor DH

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries

o The 26 ¾” PowerArmor can also hold two group 31 batteries 
o The 17 ¾” PowerArmor hold a single battery (is also great for boat and marine applications!)

• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in three lengths – 17 ¾” (A7720R), 23 7/8” (A7712R) and 26 ¾” (A7708R)
• Starts at $310.99


PowerArmor MAX

• Works with both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries, can hold up to two group 24-27 batteries with plenty of room for extra storage, four group 27 and 31 batteries, or five group 24 batteries
• Manufactured with high impact powder coat for durability as well as diamond plate tread
• Comes in one length: 58 ½” (A7710R)
• Also has a solar panel option that comes with a 10-watt solar panel to constantly keep your RV batteries charged (A7710RS)
• Starts at $525.99

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Features of PowerArmor battery boxes Include:

• Prevent common and expensive storage/battery theft (lock included)
• Maintains charge increasing the longevity of the batteries up to 400% to avoid premature battery replacement (solar only)
• Dual use for securing batteries and other gear
• Bolts to your RV, camper bumper, truck, van, etc.
• Heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum for maximum durability
• Designed specifically to access RV batteries avoiding interference with your RV
• Uses a 10 watt solar panel (solar only)
• Comes in bright tread diamond plate featuring black high impact powder coat frame
• Multiple box sizes available holding up to five batteries
• Adjustable dividers for custom size compartment storage (PowerArmor Max only)
• Acid neutralizing battery mat to avoid corrosion
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

All PowerArmors come with the box itself, a lock, battery hold down straps, mounting hardware, acid neutralizing mats and if you’re getting the PowerArmor Solar, it comes with a 10-watt Zamp solar panel. Batteries that go inside the box are not included.

 

 


To keep your peace of mind and start protecting your battery investment with this top-of-the-line battery box, call us at 800.246.8132 or email us at:support at torklift.com.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
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What is the best aftermarket suspension for my truck?

TLI SL Blog 1Once you start to tow or haul with your truck, pressure is applied on the factory overload springs of your vehicle’s suspension. The leaf springs on your vehicle are designed as a spring pack with upper and lower overload leaf springs. When the vehicle is loaded the spring pack engages. The problem here is that there isn’t enough stability to support the load, giving you scary handling characteristics.

Just a few you may have experienced:

- Side-to-Side Sway
- Body Roll
- Porpoising
- Truck Sag (This has a multitude of negative effects on your vehicle)

With lack of control you’ll find yourself gripping your steering wheel hard. The key to getting the stability you need is harnessing the power within the much thicker, much stronger overload leaf springs. Activating the overload leaf springs gives you increased stability and handling while towing or hauling. How can you access this extra power? That’s where the StableLoads save the day! Torklift’s StableLoads fill the gap between the leaf spring pack and the overload leaf springs, pre-activating the stabilizing affects already built into your truck’s suspension.

There are many suspension products on the market that you could consider. But how do you know what product you need? If you’re experiencing more than one symptom, the StableLoad tackles all of the handling issues, instead of many of other products that just address one.

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Let’s explore the options for upgrading truck suspension:

 

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A shock is a mechanical or hydraulic device designed to absorb and damper shock impulses. It does this by converting the kinetic energy of the shock into heat which is then dissipated. Some shock absorbers allow tuning of the ride by control of the valve by manually adjusting the shock absorber. Manufacture’s say that shocks typically need to be replaced at 50,000 miles.

Pros
• Suspension is adjustable
• Allows you to firm suspension while towing
Cons
• Shocks are expensive
• Maintenance is even more expensive
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Airbags
Airbags are a type of vehicle suspension powered by an electric compressor. The compressor then pumps air into a flexible bellow that is typically made from textile-reinforced rubber. The air pressure will then inflate the bellows and raise the chassis from the axle. Air bags feature adjustable suspension, but usually need to be replaced between 50,000 and 70,000 miles and the price is high.

Pros
• The ability to lift/level a vehicle for towing
Cons
• Both initial purchase and maintenance is expensive
• With airbags you are reduced to two points of contact instead of four like the vehicle manufacturer intended
• Airbags are notorious for leaking problems – preventing them from holding air
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Bump stops
Bump stops are a compressed suspension component that is designed to prevent metal on metal contact that leads to damage or unsafe driving characteristics. As the suspension undergoes high compression such as hitting a speed bump or dipping into a pothole, the bump stop soaks up the shock. They can easily be shaped with common machining processes, but the downside is that they dissipate energy into the suspension which can actually cause your shocks to work harder, and they take longer to engage.

Pros
• Prevents metal on metal contact
• Absorbs jolts and bumps
Cons
• Bump stops take longer to engage
• Energy is dissipated into the suspension causing your shocks to work harder
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Sway bars
Sway bars help reduce the body roll of a vehicle during fast cornering or irregularities in the road. It connects the opposite wheels together through short lever arms linked by a torsion spring. Over time the sway bar link ball joints wear out and they will need to be replaced.

Pros
• Reduces body roll
Cons
• Increased weight transfer to already overloaded outside tires (reducing traction)
• Can cause cracked mounts
• Stiffens suspension contributing to a rougher ride
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

Let’s turn to science to see which suspension upgrade is most effective:

For this test an inclinometer is used to measure horizontal and vertical tilt. The higher the horizontal and vertical tilt register on the inclinometer the less control the driver has over the vehicle.

 

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Unlike any other aftermarket suspension upgrade, StableLoads have a quad contact design while other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points. With the StableLoads, see and feel a dramatic reduction in side-to-side sway, body roll. The StableLoads keep your vehicle level reducing stopping distance, suspension and tire wear. This creates for comfortable and stress free travel. It’s also the only suspension upgrade you can turn on and off with the lower leaf spring design. Click here to learn more about how to engage and disengage the StableLoads in seconds so you can return to your smooth, factory ride when not towing or hauling. 

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Pros
• Dramatically improves safety and handling while towing and hauling
• Reduces negative vehicle handling characteristics like side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising 
• Eliminates sag and levels your ride 
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points  
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• 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).

Many suspension upgrades come with just a limited warranty, but the StableLoads come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty that not only covers the StableLoads but also covers the vehicle’s factory leaf springs. We do this because we stand behind our product 100 percent.

NEW: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

 

Click here for more information on our StableLoad suspension kits, contact us by emailing Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or by calling 800.246.8132.

 

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How much does the GlowStep Revolution cost?

 

GSR Blog 1The GlowStep Revolution is the first and only patented step system designed for all RV towables that is versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain. The step entry system is revolutionary for several reasons. Featuring 7 inches of precision elevation adjustment, the GlowStep Revolution has 3 positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional 5 positions of lower adjustment with the All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet. As the only step in the world that features this patented and unique level of adjustment at both the top and the bottom of the step system, this step allows all options for accommodating any terrain.

Step series: 
Two Step System - Starting at $490.00 
Three Step System - Starting at $540.99 
Four Step System - Starting at $586.99 
Five Step System - Starting at $624.99 
Six Step System - Starting at $653.99

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The most common application is the 27.5-inch four step series part number A8004. This is because most fifth wheels sit at the same height, the only difference is the length and the layout. The prices of the steps are the same for both the 25.5-inch and the 27.5-inch width models.

To determine the cost of your GlowStep Revolution, first find out how many steps you need. So how do you determine your fit?

Measurements to determine fit of GlowStep Revolution 
1) Dimension A: Measure the width between your factory mounting brackets 
2) Dimension B: Measure from the top of the step opening to the ground If you have a non-removable bracket to determine how many steps you will need, then there is an extra measurement you have to take to ensure a proper fit: 

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3) Dimension C: Measure from the top of the step opening to the bottom of the stored step This measurement is to make sure that when the set of steps are compressed that they will fit properly into the storage compartment.

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Torklift has designed two parts that will help to achieve a seamless installation of the GlowStep Revolution. Almost 100% of GlowStep Revolution RV steps are a direct bolt-on with no modification required, but just in case you find yourself with a very unique RV, here is some additional details to consider.

GlowStep Revolution Spacer Kit 
This kit achieves installation of the GlowStep Revolution step system in applications where the width between factory mounting brackets on your towable is between or larger than the standard factory measurement of 27.5 inches or 25.5 inches (very uncommon). This kit includes four ¼ inch thick steel spacer plates with longer hardware.

GlowStep Revolution Vertical Stud Adapter Bracket 
The GlowStep Revolution Vertical Stud Adapter Bracket is made specifically for trailers without vertical brackets that extend out perpendicular from the trailers frame or "predrilled step frame outrigger mounting brackets" to install the GlowStep Revolution. The Vertical Stud Adapter Bracket is attached underneath your step opening allowing the GlowStep Revolution to bolt directly to the bracket.

Top 3 reasons why you need GlowStep Revolution? 
Aside from the extensive adjustability the GlowStep Revolution step for towables provides, there are several reasons why these steps will make you one happy camper. Here’s some points to consider: 

#1) Avoid getting Dumped with Dirt 
Imagine going to stow your steps and having to thrust a heavy unit above your head, only to get flung with dirt and debris that covers your clothes and gets stuck in your hair. With GlowStep Revolution, this scenario will never be a reality. The easy bolt-on installation fits into the factory step compartment, replacing factory steps. Since the steps are installed in the factory compartment, they remain conveniently outside the RV. Drawbridge style steps that fold up and store inside the unit dump dirt, water, sand and other unwanted debris all over you and inside your RV.  If you’re looking to avoid any unnecessary mess, the GlowStep Revolution steps are the right option for you. 

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#2) Don’t Get Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place 
With your trailer or fifth wheel, it’s no doubt you’ll encounter a multitude of obstacles. Whether it’s a tight campground space, a narrow storage area or simply pulling through a gas station. If you want to access the inside of your unit, it’s typical to just open the door and store any last minute groceries, camping gear, etc. For those that opt with drawbridge style steps, you’ll find that it’s not as easy to deploy the steps in tight spaces since clearance will be the deciding factor. Also, you’ll find your access to entry opening will be completely blocked. With GlowStep Revolution you can enjoy the simple pleasures of parking wherever you want and accessing your unit at any time. The multi-link hinge design easily extends to accommodate tight space constraints so it doesn’t matter how close you park to structures, trees, service bays or inside of a storage facility. 

GlowStep Revolution Storage

#3) Skip the extra drilling! 
In contrast to steps that drill into the vinyl and wood of the RV’s entry threshold, GlowStep Revolution steps are completely bolt-on to the RV’s frame. This avoids vulnerability to possible water damage from drilling holes, and upholds the value and integrity of your RV. Another plus? Available ranging from two to six steps, steps can easily be added and removed so you can take the GlowStep Revolution step entry system with you when you trade in for your next RV.

GSR Blog 5Handcrafted and manufactured from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, GlowStep Revolution will meet any of your RV step needs. This step system also has safety features built in like the SureGrip step tread and self-illuminating feature that keeps the steps glowing in the dark for up to ten hours with only five minutes of light exposure.

 

The GlowStep Revolution is proudly made in the USA and comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. For more information click here, email our Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or give us a call us at 800.246.8132.


shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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Top 3 Stressors on You and Your Truck

Stressors On You and Your Truck

poundsHave you ever watched the TV show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel? One of the oldest and most popular television shows on Discovery, the television series tests validity of rumors and myths by applying scientific method. With their experiments, the ultimate truth is exposed and common myths are debunked.

In an effort to reveal the capabilities of Torklift International StableLoad suspension upgrade we too, turned to science. In our own version of Mythbusters, we conducted a series of tests to address an important question:

Do suspension upgrades actually work?                 
We loaded a 2015 Ford F150 truck with 2,800 pounds to simulate significant payload. For an in-depth assessment, the loaded Ford truck is tested through the top three stressors to your vehicle that replicate common handling issues.

What are the three stressors on you and your truck? 

  1. Side-to-side sway = Large pot hole                                   
  2. Porpoising (front-to-back motion) = Speed Bump    
  3. Body roll = Cornering                                                                 

inclinometerAll of these movements create stress on your vehicle and the driver. These three handling issues cause stress because if the vehicle doesn’t have the proper suspension to support its payload, the driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle.

To measure degrees of movement, an inclinometer was mounted to the Ford F-150 truck. The inclinometer measures horizontal and vertical tilt.

The Ford truck was driven through the course to uncover the best and most effective suspension upgrade for your vehicle. To set a baseline, we recorded measurements of the factory suspension with no suspension upgrades.  Second, we installed airbags at 100-psi air pressure. Finally, we put the StableLoad suspension stabilizeruspension stabilizer to the test.
 
The results may surprise you.
 
Take a look:

wedge packThe outcome of our test relied on science to prove StableLoads as the clear winner. Torklift’s version of Mythbusters showed that suspension upgrades actually do work, and that StableLoads have the greatest affect on handling characteristics of a vehicle when it comes to side-to-side sway, porpoising and body roll. If you often use your truck to haul or tow heavy payload, the StableLoads should be the first suspension modification to consider.

What makes StableLoads so effective? It’s simple.

By pre-activating the strength within factory leaf spring suspension, the StableLoads tap into the overload leaf springs for extra support when towing or hauling heavy payload like a truck camper, fifth wheel, or any type of trailer.

The use of precision laser-crafted wedge plates that fill the space between the factory leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring triggers support from the vehicle’s suspension. The power of the factory suspension is initiated and put to maximum use.

Leaf Springs w No StableLoad

Applicable to any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicles with factory overload leaf springs, the StableLoads are the only suspension modification that quickly turn on and off based on your preference. If you use your vehicle as a daily driver, simply switch off the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads and enjoy its smooth factory ride.

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StableLoads are also easy to install and most applications bolt on without any need for drilling. In the rare case your vehicle does not have the half-inch hole pre-drilled by the vehicle manufacturer, don’t stress. Our engineers have designed the StableLoad Drill Tool to help. Using specialty cobalt drill bits and a household cordless drill, each leaf spring can be drilled in less than 37 seconds. Learn about our complimentary drill tool rental program here. Call our Tech Support team at 800-246-8132 if you have questions about drilling overload leaf springs.

In conclusion, the results of the StableLoad Test provided significant insight as to how suspension upgrades can help your vehicle handle payload more effectively and reduce the top three stressors on your truck.

In comparison to airbags, the StableLoads performed 30 percent better when it comes to side-to-side sway, front-to-back motion or porpoising is reduced by 20 percent, and body roll showed 10 percent improvement.

By using the inclinometer to measure and analyze vehicle movement, science proves that suspension upgrades greatly impact vehicle handling.

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Click here to learn more about the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer.

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When the camper is rockin’ don’t come a knockin’!

Does your camper wobble from a sneeze? Many of us that travel with truck campers understand the irritating and nerve-racking camper sway when the camper is off loaded. When a truck camper is free standing, the sway and wobble can make for an uncomfortable experience, also a very telling one for your audience outside... if you know what we're saying.

So what’s happening to your truck camper with all of that swaying and wobbling from excessive rocking motion? When the camper is free standing with all four points on the jack system the constant rocking and swaying puts a tremendous amount of stress and wear on the camper jacks. It also puts a significant amount of unnecessary pressure on the camper frame. This amount of stress leads to jack failure, camper damage, and leaves you a very unhappy camper.

What can I do to protect my truck camper?
This stabilizer is so good, folks will have to use the hat on the door tactic to ensure privacy! No one will ever know what’s going on in your truck camper. Torklift has designed the FastGun Wobble Stopper to dramatically reduce camper jack and frame stress. This product acts as a supportive connection between the front camper jack legs and the camper body. Not only does it reduce the stress, it also reduces the swaying that causes people to become motion sick in their campers.

FastGun WobbleStopper

How does it work?
Only taking seconds to install and remove with the quick disconnect lever, it is so easy anyone can do it. Both a square and round jack applications are available.

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• The ability to self stow
• Release the lever-action handle
• Connect to the truck camper frame
• Pull the lever back to lock

With keyed alike locks, this lockable feature helps hinder and prevent any possibility of theft. The brace blocks off access making it so a vehicle can’t back up and take off with your camper. Constructed out of high impact powder coated stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum, this FastGun Wobble Stopper is proudly USA made and comes with Torklift International’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. For more information on this product, contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website Torklift.com.

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How to store an extra RV battery - RV battery recommendations

With a wide variety of RV batteries to choose from, their prices range just as wide. The cheapest RV battery on the market is the Apex Group UI RV battery that costs $48.25, and the most expensive battery being a Lifeline GPL-8DA deep cycle RV battery for $699.88. All RV batteries have the same purpose, but not all are equally created. So what kind of bang are you getting for your buck? We asked our veteran RV tech Darrel what his opinion is. Darrel has worked in the RV industry for decades and personally installed his share of batteries.

Battery Blog 1Duracell ultra-high capacity battery for deep cycle 6v RV-$109.99

• This is a 6-volt battery with 230 Ah
• 12-month free replacement warranty 
• Easy twist and release vent caps for watering

Trojan Reliant-$377.97

Battery Blog 2• This is a 12-volt battery with 150Ah 
• This battery is made with robust plates that extends the life cycle and comes with a low calcium grid alloy that reduces gas emissions
• A separator of glass fibers serves to isolate the positive and negative plates while acting as a blotter to absorb the electrolytes

Lifeline GPL-8DA-$639.99

Battery Blog 3• This is a 12-volt battery with 255Ah
• This battery is specifically manufactured for deep cycle applications 
• All Lifeline batteries are Coast Guard approved and handmade in the USA, backed with an industry leading five-year warranty

Which one does Darrel recommend?
Darrel recommends the Trojan Reliant. The brand produces quality batteries that have been around for years. They are high capacity batteries that are durable.

Arm your truck with the extra battery power
Torklift International has designed a hidden and convenient auxiliary battery mount, that mounts under the vehicle. This mount is compatible for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries such as lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc. The HiddenPower was engineered as a no-drill installation with quick disconnect electrical connectors. This system quickly attaches to the truck’s frame under your truck bed.

hiddenpowermount(Actual product color is black: shown in yellow for contrast)

Why do I need the HiddenPower?
The HiddenPower has many benefits for anyone who enjoys outdoor recreational activities. Having an extra battery mount will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, but when wired directly into your truck’s electrical system with our HiddenPower Wiring Harness. It will allow you to camp using your battery power without draining your vehicle’s battery. This allows you to conveniently use your stereo, lights and more without the wear and tear associated with having to run your vehicle to use power, as well as fuel. You won’t ever have to worry about a dead battery again. It gives you power that is out of sight out of mind, and keeps the mess of the battery out of the vehicle.

 

How much does a HiddenPower cost?
The prices vary with the make and model of each vehicle. The HiddenPower ranges $155 to $256 for Ford, Chevy and Dodge RAMS. Another determining factor for pricing and application is the year of the vehicle. Torklift offers the HiddenPower for vehicles made in 1973 all the way up to 2016, with 2017 applications coming soon. For more information on the HiddenPower you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit or website Torklift.com.


 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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How to make a truck camper deck?

After lots of speculation on how to build a truck camper deck we came across an article on Rv.net. The user, Bigfootford decided to take on this project himself. He started off with a well drawn out blueprint on his shop floor, constructed of Unistrut, plumbers tape, and some bolts. It looked pretty good. We really like that he incorporated his steps, which he broke into two pieces to gap the entrance and the other half led to the ground. He also incorporated storage slots for tubs on each side. It took him some time to construct his idea as well as to measure, cut, and piece it together. Here is a link to RV. net users story BigFootFords DIY deck project. If you aren’t a DIY person or don’t have the time, Torklift has various truck camper deck options to fit any of your needs.

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bigfoot finalFinal Product

Fox Landing Bumper
This bumper serves as an extension of your camping experience. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, it offers entry from either the left or right side and it eliminates the need to disconnect the trailer tongue. The Fox Landing Bumper can fold up in a matter of seconds and secures in the stowed position. GlowStep tread is added for safety to prevent slipping.

arcticfoxFox Landing Bumper

Northstar Bumper
The Northstar Bumper is engineered and designed at Torklift International. It’s constructed out of light weight aircraft grade aluminum. This bumper works with any framing system and has a custom tread. It has a custom step reinforced with gussets. It’s USA-made and has our legendary lifetime warranty.

northstar1Northstar Bumper

Palomino Landing Pad
If you are in need of storage space while camping, this is the deck for you. With nearly 3.5 cubic feet of storage, this bumper weighs 84 pounds, is 93 inches wide and features an 18.5-inch platform depth. The Palomino Landing Pad is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. With LED lights and a built in swing step, this bumper makes all other factory bumpers seem out-of-date. The Palomino Landing Pad is a Torklift International design and backed by a lifetime warranty.

palominoPalomino Landing Pad

Ultra Deck Plus
This truck camper porch is engineered and designed exclusively for Lance campers by Torklift International. The Ultra Deck Plus is designed with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel. This deck is high impact powder coated for extreme durability with a contoured body style that offers 7.8 cubic feet of storage. This comes with lots of extras. A deck slide that extends and has a 600-pound capacity, a swing step that incorporates Torklift International GlowStep technology, DOT certified LED lights and a Torklift exclusive hinge lock system for all storage compartments.

lanceLance Ultra Deck Plus

If you are ready to get your camper out on the road and don’t have the time that RV.net user BigFootFord had to build his own deck, have no fear Torklift is here! With several options that will accommodate every need you have as far a safety, security, and storage you can’t go wrong. For more information call us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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Can I put an extra battery under the hood of my truck?

hiddenpower truckbedInstalling the HiddenPower on a truck!In the 80’s Torklift was installing second batteries underneath the hood of trucks on a daily basis. With lots of room available underneath the hood it was common procedure. Customers wanted the extra batteries as an always charged up ready to go extension of their RV’s battery because the trucks charging system kept the second battery always ready to go.

 

As the auto industry grew more competitive and more technologically advanced the space under the hood became smaller, until there was no space at all. For many of us who engage in outdoor recreation such as off-roading, or haul any type of camper, this was bad news. This meant having to carry several batteries in your car or RV, taking up space that you could use for something else. That is until Torklift released two battery mount options, the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower!

hiddenpowermountThe HiddenPower mounts to the frame of your truckThe HiddenPower
This name gives it all away. This battery mount is installed underneath the vehicle bed and can be used for all types of group 24, 27, and 31 twelve-volt batteries, ranging from lead acid, AGM, sealed, or gel cell.

How does it work?
This mount is no-drill and installs quickly. Adding an extra battery that is tied to your truck’s electrical charging system, will keep the battery charged and ready for use with little to no maintenance. Having an extra battery mounted will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, it will allow you to camp using the battery power without draining the vehicle’s battery when paired with the HiddenPower Wiring Harness. Having this at your convenience will allow you to use your stereo and lights and more, it will save your vehicle from wear and tear that is associated with having to run your vehicle in order to use power, as well as gas. It will also save you from getting a dead battery. This product is backed by a lifetime warranty.

 

The ExtendedPower
The ExtendedPower is the universal battery mount for housing extra truck camper batteries while mounted on any hitch receiver extension, wired or not. It also features locks.

extendedpower trussUse one or two ExtendedPower's for even more battery power!How does it work?
This extra battery mount will allow you to power your accessories without having to turn the truck engine on wasting fuel. It operates just like the HiddenPower. Having an extension on your truck camper’s batteries and depending on the desired location can be easily recharged by solar panels, converters, generators, or truck alternators. These trays bolt directly onto your hitch receiver extension with no drilling required for installation and are adjustable in height. The mounts come with a pin for a quick release allowing the mount to easily disconnect for tear down and storage. The ExtendedPower comes with a group 24 battery box and a lifetime warranty.

The battery mount options Torklift designed have brought back the convenience of accessing power outdoors. Whether you have direct wiring into your electrical system or just easy accessibility to your batteries, we are simplifying so that you can enjoy your experience. The answer to the question that started us off is a no, you can’t really find a spot to put a battery under most new truck hoods, but with these Torklift products you still have options. For more information, you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. Whem I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

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