As camping season is coming to a close, what are you storing your camper on during the winter? It’s time to think about your storage options and what the best options are. Three things to consider when storing your truck camper are: do I have proper long-term storage for the camper, do I have a spare battery that is stored safely and what kind of upkeep do I need to do on my tie downs through the winter?
No. 1: What do I need to support my truck camper for long term storage?
Item No. 1, you need for winter storage is something to store your truck camper on. Torklift has designed a product called the Camper Packer. The Camper Packer is the industry’s only structural truck camper support base and solution for maintaining camper structure during long term storage. It’s 50 inches side-to-side, folds up for compact storage and is made of a special treated lumber to endure harsh weather.
The Camper Packer is the best option for long term storage since it allows you to lower your truck camper and reduces stress on the camper jacks. It can bear 12 times the weight capacity of the typical hardware store sawhorse at 6,000 pounds capacity per pair. Having stable support with the Camper Packer properly installed will allow you to prevent your truck camper jacks from twisting and causing damage to the camper frame. Distributing the weight throughout the camper minimizes sway and reduces the stress from the four corners and the frame.
Features of the Camper Packer include:
No. 2: How do I store batteries during the off-season?
The second part of storage for your truck camper is the best way to store your batteries. Where will they go? Certainly, not in the garage for the long winter months – they could potentially damage your floor and increase the chances your battery will suffer from sulfation. Sulfation is a process that makes it difficult for batteries to operate at a full charge. Torklift has an auxiliary battery mount box called the HiddenPower. The HiddenPower allows you to have extra battery power for your RV from your truck, significantly extending the time you can run on your 12-volt systems.
This battery mount is a no-drill application and installs quickly underneath the vehicle bed. It can be used for all types of group 24, 27, and 31 twelve-volt batteries, ranging from lead acid, AGM, sealed, or gel cell. Keeping your spare battery mounted underneath your truck will keep the battery charged and ready for next season with little to no maintenance. As an added bonus – the HiddenPower maintains its charge by being wired into the truck battery, becoming an extension of your RV’s battery power when it’s plugged into your truck. It’ll keep your vehicle’s battery charged and healthy too!
Features of the HiddenPower include:
No. 3: How can I protect my truck camper tie downs during the winter?
In order to keep tie downs and towing products in the best shape they require some maintenance and upkeep – especially during the cold winter months where chemical salt on the road to decrease ice can heavily effect metal parts. One of the best ways to protect your tie down investment is by using the Torklift Tie Down Finishing Kit – the foam inserts into the frame-mounted portion of your tie down to prevent water, salt and chemicals from getting inside the tubing and then it caps off with the plastic finishing kit.
If you do notice signs of rust or corrosion, the best way to take preventative measures is to remove the rust with sandpaper or wire brush, and spray Rust-Oleum on the effected parts.
For more information on any of these products contact us at 877-343-6933 or contact us using the information below. To purchase one of the products mentioned above, which are 10% OFF for all your truck camper storage needs, visit the storage and security sale page here.
Written 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.