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Four questions to ask when selecting a scissor step system for truck campers or towables

 
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Four questions to ask when selecting a scissor step system for truck campers or towables

The Torklift International GlowStep Series is the most versatile scissor step system available. As universal RV scissor steps, the aircraft grade aluminum camper steps range from two to six steps and easily adjust to fit the needs or your truck camper or towable. With accessories to increase safety and stability, select components and build a system to accommodate your needs.

When selecting the scissor step system for your RV, ask yourself these four standard questions:

Question 1) Where should RV scissor steps be mounted?
One of the common questions about Torklift Internationalís scissor steps is where and how to mount them to your camper or towable. This is a great question, however relative and dependent on each individual application due to a number of variables. The GlowSteps are a locking scissor step with a lifetime warranty, perfect for both side and rear entry configurations.

a) One step, two step, three stepÖ four
The GlowSteps adapt to just about any application. In order to determine how many steps are needed for your RV entry/exit, measure the distance from the ideal mounting area on your camper to the ground. The GlowSteps are available in depths of both six inches and eight inches. Select your step depth preference and compare your measurement to our application guide. Select the steps that list the mounting bracket height closest to your measurement.


Torklift scissor steps range from 2-6 steps

b) Above or beyond
In rear entry applications like truck campers for example, there might be a bumper underneath your camper door. With this application, if you mount camper steps directly underneath the door, there is a possibility the steps will contact the bumper. To avoid this, mount the steps directly to the camper bumper. The bracket is mountable to the face or underside of bumper.


Scissor steps can attach underneath entry door or directly to bumper

Some truck campers have a large basement, which is the storage space between the living floor and chassis. The floor is raised higher to make extra room for water tanks and other storage. If your camper has a large basement and lifted living floor, add a Basement Camper Step to your configuration to make entry/exit more convenient.


Basement Camper Step

Extending or shortening the height of the GlowSteps is easy. Since the step is bushing bolted, adding a step can be done in minutes with a normal socket and open-end wrench. Simply remove a few bolts, add the extra step and re-bolt back into place. This same process can be followed to remove a step to shorten the height of your GlowStep.


Extend the height of Torklift camper scissor steps with Add-A-Step


Question 2) Do you need increased stability?
There are a few features of Torkliftís scissor steps that help with stability and safety.

a) Brighten up the night
An important part of making your step system safe is having visibility in the darkness. With self-illuminating steps and handrail component, you wonít have to worry about a fumble or fall. No need to mess with batteries as it only takes five minutes of exposure to light for the glowing element of the steps to last up to ten hours.

You might even recognize these glowing strips if youíve ever taken a flight. Itís the exact same tape you see lining the aisles to indicate emergency exits on aircrafts.


Glow tape on aircrafts

b) Slip resistant
The GlowSteps are designed with SureGripTM step tread that is incorporated into the aluminum of each step during its manufacturing. Adhesive grip tape on steps can easily scrape off from basic wear and tear. With the SureGripTM extrusions on each step, have more control while entering or exiting your RV. Since itís built into the aluminum, the anti-slip surface on the camper scissor steps lasts a lifetime.


c) Handrail for camper steps

If youíre looking for a dramatic and noticeable increase in stability, add the Torklift International GlowGuide Handrail to your GlowStep scissor steps. This multi-use safety handrail is a mere 44 ounces and with adjustable arms that easily collapse for storage and transit.


GlowGuide Handrail

By connecting the camper with the GlowStep at three individual points, the GlowGuide Handrail provides additional support that increases the capacity ratings of the steps by an additional 25 pounds. With glowing capability to make visibility easy at night, the entry and exit to your camper is easy and safe.

The GlowGuide Handrail also transforms into a wash brush for hard-to-reach RV cleaning. The safety handrail works with motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels and more. For a list of truck camper manufacturers that the GlowGuide Handrail works with, click here.


Handrail doubles as wash brush

"I just installed my new GlowGuide system. The installation was fairly straight forward, and the GlowStep mounting bracket is very easy to install on the steps. Once the GlowGuide system is installed, it is very easy to deploy and just as easy to fold away and store against the truck camper. I am very impressed with how solid the system is once deployed. The angle brace makes all the difference to give you that secure solid feeling when using the GlowGuide. I would highly recommend the GlowGuide system to anyone who wants that extra feeling of security while going in and out of their truck camper." Ė Kerry Stark

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