Tie Downs and Turnbuckles
Can I install Torklift products myself?
All of Torklift's Tie Downs, SuperHitches, SuperTruss Extensions and related products come with complete and detailed instruction booklets. Inside, along with step-by-step written instructions to guide you, you will find pictures from actual installations showing you exactly what needs to be done in order for you to enjoy your Torklift product quickly, safely and efficiently.
Why is it recommended that I use a spring-loaded turnbuckle like FastGuns with my Torklift Tie Downs?
Our frame mounted tie down system installs to the strongest part of your vehicle: the frame. Spring-loading acts as a shock absorber for your camper and helps reduce stress at your camper anchor points. We offer three options for spring-loading your Torklift Tie Down System. The Basic SpringLoad kit, the SpringLoad XL and of course our legendary Original FastGuns.
Is it necessary to spring-load my Torklift camper tie down system?
We recommend using spring-loaded turnbuckles on all four corners to assist in preserving the anchor points on your camper. Also, remember that our Legendary Lifetime Warranty extends to your camper anchor points and your vehicle frame when using our frame-mounted tie down and spring-loaded turnbuckles.
I am buying a new truck and already have Torklift Tie Downs. Will my tie down brackets from my previous truck fit my new one?
All of Torklift's Tie Downs and SuperHitches are made specifically for each make and model of truck in order to use existing factory drilled holes; therefore most of our tie down products are a no-drill application. While there is a possibility that your older Torklift tie downs and / or SuperHitch may work, it is more likely that they will not. Check the Find Your Fit guide or have your local dealer contact Torklift for the correct application information for your vehicle.
My chain/turnbuckle that connects from my camper anchor point to my tie down is passing right across my fuel door and now I can't open it. Is there anything that I can do to correct this?
There are two ways to address this issue. The first option is to move your chain assembly to the opposite hole on your tie down insert bullet plate. You may also try moving your tie down insert either in or out by using one of the two holes. The other option is to purchase a set of Original FastGuns or Derringer Handles lever action quick disconnect turnbuckles. The quick disconnect turnbuckles allow you to easily move your turnbuckles out of the way.
Do I need to add the Basic SpringLoad Kit if I have the Original FastGuns?
No, the Original FastGuns have an internal set spring inside the square turnbuckle body. The spring is not visible from the outside of the turnbuckle, but if your run your hand down the body of the FastGun you can feel the extrusion of the spring inside at the bottom of the turnbuckle body.
Will the FastGuns work with other camper tie down systems?
Yes, our FastGun long-range turnbuckles are applicable for all frame and bumper mounted camper tie down systems and our FastGun short range are available for all bed mounted systems.
Can I buy direct from Torklift?
Torklift International is a manufacturer, and we do not sell retail direct, however we can help you find a dealer in your area.
My tie down insert has two keeper pinholes, which one do I use?
Either keeper pinhole may be used. Two keeper pin locations are supplied to maximize versatility in adjustment.
Tie Down insert movement
You may note your tie down inserts are not a snug fit between your tie down insert and your tie down frame mounted receiver. Rest assured your tie down system was specifically designed to allow the tie down insert to pivot upward and make contact with the inside of the tie down receiver. Once your tie downs are secured to your camper, there is no longer any movement to the tie down insert and tie down receiver. In the event that you remove your camper from your truck, simply remove your tie down inserts to eliminate any unwanted rattle or noise.
Can I drill my frame?
The following general industry standard procedures are recommended for proper installation of special bodies and/or equipment on the pickup frame, such as 5th wheel hitches, snow plows. etc. Failure to follow these recommendations could result in damage to the basic vehicle and possible injury to occupants.
CAUTION: Use of proper safety equipment is recommended when performing any modifications or alterations.
Holes are not to be drilled in the top or bottom of the frame rails. Holes to mount outriggers, brackets, and supports must be drilled in the web (vertical sides) of the frame rail with the following restrictions:
1: Hole diameter should not exceed 20mm (0.75 in.).
2: Material between edge of hole and top or bottom of frame rail must not be less than 40mm (1.50 in.).
3: The minimum edge distance between any two holes must be larger than twice the diameter of the larger hole.
4: Any through frame fasteners that torque down on both external surfaces of the frame rail must use an internal spacer/reinforcement to prevent crushing the rail tube.
5: All holes should be drilled in the frame using appropriate safety precautions.
6: Avoid drilling holes near the fuel tank, fuel and brake lines and other lines and wires to avoid damage to them.
Difference between the Steel and Talon tie downs?
The difference between steel tie downs and Talon tie downs are that the Talons are made from military grade aluminum. The aluminum composition provides several added benefits to the truck camper tie down system:
- Rust-free and corrosion resistant -- Talon camper tie downs come with an additional warranty of corrosion protection for life. If for any reason the original owner experiences corrosion on their Talon tie downs, Torklift will re-powder coat the Talons for free with freight prepaid.
- Ultra Lightweight -- Talons are 50 percent lighter than steel applications. With payload and weight capacities a sensitive factor when it comes to truck camping, a lighter tie down system helps to alleviate unnecessary weight.
- Strength -- All precision-crafted Talon aluminum tie downs do not require drilling to install and are always equal in strength or stronger than traditional steel tie downs.
All tie downs by Torklift International have a guaranteed lifetime warranty. In addition, when frame-mounted tie downs are used with spring-loaded turnbuckles, the warranty extends to the truck frame and camper anchor points for the extent of its manufacturer warranty.
For more information and warranty details, give us a call at 800.246.8132
Can I get new stickers, weather caps, o-rings, etc… ?
If stickers, weather caps for FastGun Locks or turnbuckle o-rings (spring tension indicators) have been lost or damaged, we will provide complimentary replacements.
To request replacement on these items, click here to contact us or call us directly at 800.246.8132.
How should I tension my turnbuckles?
A very important aspect of installing turnbuckles on a truck camper is applying the correct amount of tension. Camper manufacturers suggest that 300 pounds of tension be applied on all four camper anchor points to secure the truck camper properly. Proper tension on a turnbuckle is designed to correctly connect the truck camper tie downs to the truck camper and avoid any potential damage to either tie downs or anchor points.
The easiest way to achieve the correct amount of tension is with a spring-loaded turnbuckle, which allows some give when your vehicle encounters unfavorable road conditions. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly tension and install Torklift turnbuckles using the patented spring tension indicator.
SuperHitch, Extension & Weight Distribution System
You want to tow a trailer behind your truck camper?
SuperHitch with the SuperTruss Extension - We manufacture a patented hitch that will allow you to safely tow your toys, from 21" to 60", and carry up to 12,000 lbs (up to 48" with weight distribution) to accommodate even the largest truck and camper.
Can the SuperTruss Extension work with any other hitch besides the SuperHitch?
Any attempt to modify or recreate a SuperHitch receiver will result in loss of warranty. Modification of another factory or aftermarket trailer hitch receiver in an attempt to use a Torklift extension can result in death or damage. The SuperHitch receiver, made by Torklift is specifically designed to work with this extension and the capacities stated for the extension are solely with the use of a Torklift SuperHitch.
How do I know what size extension I need?
All that is needed to determine the length of the extension is a simple measurement from the face of your rear bumper on your truck to the outside edge on your camper. For more information on this as well as a diagram of exactly what you'll need to do, please visit our extension measurement page.
How tight do I tighten my SuperTruss Extension safety chains?
The turnbuckles should be hand tight. Use a wrench to tighten the turnbuckle jam nuts.
Does the Everest WD work on the SuperTruss Extension?
- Weight Capacity -- As the highest capacity weight distribution system in the towing industry, the SuperHitch Everest is designed to tow up to 30,000 pounds, can handle 3,000 pounds tongue weight and is directly compatible with the SuperHitch Original or SuperHitch Magnum hitches. The Everest ballmount and shank accessories have a dual receiver design for added strength. These high capacity weight ratings cannot be reached with the use of an extension.
- Hitch Receiver -- SuperHitch SuperTruss is a dual-tube truss extension that pairs with a SuperHitch. The receiver end that inserts into the trailer hitch uses both upper and lower receivers, however the opposite of the extension has one hitch receiver opening, therefore not compatible with the Everest system. The Everest Weight Distribution system must be used with dual shank and ballmount accessories. To maximize the weight ratings of the SuperHitch SuperTruss, we recommend using any weight distribution with a single receiver design. Almost any standard weight distribution system can be used at the ballmount end of the SuperTruss as long as it meets or exceeds the capacity rating of the SuperTruss being used. (SuperTruss capacity ratings vary by length.)
For more information, call us at 800.246.8132.
Torklift Central in Kent, Wash., manufactures EcoHitch independently from Torklift International. To find more information on EcoHitch visit the Torklift Central website or call direct at (877) 343-6933.
Torklift recommendation for other common camper and towing problems
Do I need Air Bags to use the StableLoad?
No. Any Ford, Dodge, Chevy or GMC equipped with a factory overload system can benefit from the StableLoad. StableLoad users often find they do not need air bags after they install StableLoads.
Your trailer is tongue heavy and is weighing down the back of your truck and your are exceeding our weight carrying capacities on your trailer hitch.
Weight Distribution System - This system distributes the tongue weight evenly throughout your truck and trailer axles to prevent the truck from squatting down in the back. It improves your handling/breaking and reduces stress on your trailer hitch.
On rare occasions my camper shifts during transit.
Minor movement (or settling) can occur in some incidental harsh driving conditions (on or off road). A rubber bed mat is not a requirement to maintain the lifetime warranty on a Torklift system, but a strong recommendation simply as a safety precaution to protect the truck bed, the bottom of the camper and to give the camper additional support.
Your trailer is fishtailing behind you.
Sway control - a friction sway control helps eliminate trailer sway. It definitely is recommended and is especially helpful when you hit crosswinds while passing semi trucks.
Your battery goes dead while you are camping.
Solenoid - Adding a solenoid on you truck makes it so that your 12-volt charge line is key activated, meaning that when you turn your ignition key off on your truck, the camper won't drain your truck battery. If you don't have a solenoid or isolator, you need to remember to unplug your camper when you stop, or you may end up with a dead battery (see your dealer).
Excessive rear sag.
For vehicles equipped with factory overload springs, the StableLoad may be exactly what you are looking for. Vehicles without factory overload springs may benefit from Airbags - airbags are designed to prevent the back end of your truck from squatting down. It is usually pretty obvious whether or not you need them. When added, they level your truck side to side and front to back, they improve steering control, level headlight beams, improve tire wear, and increase vehicle stability., They reduce bottoming out, eliminate suspension fatigue, and best of all, you can let the air out when you have the camper off the truck so that it will ride normal. The StableLoad can be used in conjunction with an Airbag system (if a vehicle is equipped with factory overloads) to be able to reduce the air pressure in the Airbag system from 80+psi to around 30psi and bring the factory overloads back into play, removing sway. A dual air command in-cab control is available so that you can fill up our bags from right inside the cab and monitor your air pressure (see your dealer).
Side-to-side sway or body roll.
For vehicles equipped with factory overload springs, the StableLoad may be exactly what you are looking for. Vehicles without factory overload springs may benefit from Ranch 9000 shocks - These are designed o stabilize your truck camper and helps with that side to side floating feeling that you often get when you put on a truck camper. They are a heavy duty 5-way adjustable shock.
What is the difference between StableLoad part numbers A7310 and A7311?
StableLoad part numbers A7310 and A7311 are both a lower overload quick-disconnect suspension product. The difference between these kits is that the A7311 includes cobalt drill bits and is designed for applications that require drilling through the factory overload leaf springs. Verify the fitment by checking our application guide and inspect the lower overload leaf spring located underneath the spring pack of the rear suspension on your vehicle. Most vehicle manufacturers already have a hole pre-drilled and would use A7310 application, however some vehicle leaf springs are not pre-drilled. The StableLoad part number A7311 includes four specially treated drill bits and specific instructions for drilling the required (four) 7/16" diameter holes through the ends of the lower overload.
If your application requires part number A7311 with drill kit, be sure to follow instructions carefully as drilling leaf springs successfully requires a specific method. Learn details of the options for drilling methods here. The average time to complete the drilling process is approximately 35 minutes, however this time is drastically reduced with the use of the StableLoad Leaf Spring Drill Tool. The specifically designed StableLoad Drill Tool cradles the drill allowing you to slowly guide the drill bit with little effort making it the simplest, quickest method to drill leaf springs. Click here to see how you can rent the StableLoad Drill Tool for free.*
For more information or to rent the StableLoad Drill Tool, call us at 800.246.8132.
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Fishtailing while the camper is on your truck.
HD Rear sway bar - for maximum stabilization.
You can't see behind your truck/camper.
Mirror extensions - You may find a need for these once you put your camper on.
My transmission is failing due to overheating and dirty fluid.
Transmission coolers with maglifters - Designed to keep transmissions cool and fluid clean when towing large loads.
The finish on my Torklift product is beginning to show signs of wear.
Powder Coated Steel:
To keep your Torklift products looking new, follow these guidelines. All steel powder coated Torklift products are sandblasted for a maximum adhesion and use a high quality industrial urethane based powder coat. Due to the harsh, and sometimes extreme under-car environment that your Torklift products live in, (consistently sprayed with corrosive road chemicals such as salt and road debris), Torklift does not warranty the powder coated finish.
To minimize corrosion from these factors on powder-coated steel products, Torklift recommends regularly cleaning and inspecting the powder coated surface and touching up any affected areas with enamel or urethan based aerosol paint products. If there are any areas of surface rust, there are also aerosol spray rust converts available on the market that can be used as a preparation to touch-up paint application. These finish maintenance products are available at any automotive parts supplier.
Polished Stainless Steel:
Torklift uses quality grade 304 stainless steel in our stainless steel polished products. 304 stainless steel is well known for its anti-corrosive properties. However, in some environments, such as coastal regions or when coming in contact with some road chemicals, corrosion may occur.
For a quick clean, simply use WD-40 and a cloth rag. We also recommend occasional polishing of our polished stainless products to maintain their attractive finish. Use an approved stainless steel chrome or aluminum mag wheel polish cleaning product which can be purchased from any automotive parts supplier.
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