I was pleasantly surprised the other day, when I was about to install the Torklift StableLoads on our new truck, and noticed the packaging.
Several years ago, two rear Stableloads actually broke on our 2004 Silverado, due to an improper dealer installation. I contacted the RV dealer who then gave me the number to the manufacturer, Torklift International. I spoke with a customer service person about the issue and explained we were shortly taking off on a trip to the Everglades and Florida Keys and would need replacement parts as soon as possible. Torklift is an awesome to work with and said they would send a whole new kit out right away. But about a half hour later, someone from the Torklift marketing department called me and asked if I would be interested in testing out a new StableLoad called the Quick Disconnect Stableloads and then be willing to give Torklift my impressions of them while traveling. I said I'd be glad to, but I just needed them soon.
Torklift and I communicated, via email, several times throughout the trip about how the truck handled. I was very impressed how the Stableloads performed, so they asked if they could print one of my comments on the packaging. I agreed, but then forgot all about it.
So, when I received my new kit and was about to install them on the truck, this is what I saw.
The Torklift StableLoad kit
Look at the comment circled in red
A closer look at the comment on the packaging
Buzzcut1 - Thanks for the help with the photos.
Roadlover - Edit your post, and you will see the changes Buzz made in the photo links.
Thank you Buzzcut and Reddog, I had tried to do this properly but obviously not properly enough.
I've just read a little on the Timbren and they seem to accomplish much of what I'm looking for but at far less the cost and far easier to install. I'm not trying to go cheep if cheep in this case is, you get what you paid for, but they will perform with the result some are talking about, is Timbren a good alternative?
Today, I finally mated the 2012 AF 1150 with our new 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW D/W and took them both on the road for a 45 minute ride. I had already installed the TorkLift StableLoads and really felt the ride was very smooth and handled the curves very well. I also felt the camper is extreamly stable on the truck, with no shifting at all.
My only concern is that I feel the truck is riding lower than I think it should. I took measurements from the ground to the wheelwell, before and after installing the camper.
DF - 39-1/8" DF - 39-1/8"
DR - 41-7/8" DR - 39-1/8"
PF - 39-1/8" PF - 39"
PR - 41-3/4" PR - 38-7/8"
My question is, what additional modification would you recommend next? My first ideas are either adding to my springs or air bags. My shocks are stock, should they be replaced?
I'm including a couple of pics for you to see how the truck is sitting and I appreciate your help.
Recently, the editors of Truck Camper Magazine, saw the posting of our 2015 GMC 3500 Denali DRW truck build and ask if they could do an article about it. Hopefully, you can view it from the link below.
TCM Truck Build Article
For most families, as we did with our two girls, they go to a hospital for the birth of their children. But on Tuesday, July 21st, we went someplace, a little out of the ordinary, to watch the birth of our new baby. The Flint Truck Assembly Plant, in Flint, Michigan, where we watched our 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW Diesel, come to life. She had big hips and was a little heavy for a new born, but she was healthy, tough and without question, beautiful! It was difficult go home without her but only a week later, on Tuesday, July 28th, we brought her home. And the Arctic Fox, was finally able to meet her new ride.
Joking aside, the opportunity we were given to visit the GM Flint Truck Assembly Plant and watch our truck get built was a very unique and once in a lifetime experience. Surprisingly, it was all made possible after I posted a question on the truck camping forum of RV.net, asking about the compatibility of our Arctic Fox 1150 Truck Camper and the new 2015 GMC 3500 Denali DRW. One of the responses came from a person, named Pete, who said if I was planning on having the truck built, to personal message him with contact information and he could possibly arrange for us to tour the assembly plant and watch our truck get built.
I did so and the very next day, I was contacted by two people from General Motors. One from production scheduling and the other from GM Communications. After multiple emails, back and forth, I was then asked if it would be okay to also have someone be there to take some videos. I agreed, but surprisingly, the "someone" taking videos, actually turned out to be a video crew who filmed us and our truck, the entire time it was being assembled. I was wired up with a wireless microphone and interview multiple times during the build. And as awkward as it sometimes felt to have a video camera starring at us during our four hours there, it actually turned out to be a lot of fun.
I believe what was most fascinating, is the technology and quality of the people who work on the GM assembly line. Over forty years ago, I worked on the assembly line at another truck manufacturing plant and the difference between then and now is like night and day. There is no more prying or banging on something to fit. No more having to lift a heavy part into position. And no more hung over, drunk or stoned people, carelessly slapping parts together. It was more like a precision partnership between man and technology. Where line workers are more like professional assembly people with pride in what they do, pride in their fellow team members and pride for the company they work for.
So, now that our little girl is home and the Denali and Arctic Fox are getting to know each other, the excitement is building. She may purr like a kitten but don't be fooled, she is a beast with the heart of a lion. And now, the only thing left to do, is to get her all accessorized in Torklift products and the two of them should be ready for their first adventure, together.
If the ulr copied correctly, this is the video GM took as we watched our GMC Denali 3500 DRW Diesel get built on July 21, 2015
Many folks put off extended RV travel so they can save enough money to do so. But I have heard many Full-timers and Part-timers say, start as early as you can or others say they regret they didn't start earlier. So, I'm curious if there are those who regret starting when they did because they could no longer afford health insurance or the funds just ran out?