Jack: We use the same spring for every turnbuckle product we manufacture except for the Basic SpringLoad because it’s a different diameter. The Basic SpringLoad is an entry level product for Torklift International. It has the same spring rates; it’s just a different diameter.
TCM: Are the springs made in the United States?
Jack: Yes, our springs come from the United States. They are a special spring made specifically for Torklift International, and no one else. That’s all I can tell you about that as the rest is Area 51, Torklift International top secret.
TCM: Understood. How does a SpringLoad XL owner properly adjust the tie-down?
Jay: You put the turnbuckle into the camper anchor and then into the upper bolt on the truck into the tie-down itself. Then you turn the turnbuckle casing clockwise until you take the slack out of the assembly. There’s a rubber O-ring, which we call a spring tension indicator, that you push down until it comes into direct contact with the XL case. Then keep turning the case clockwise until you have a quarter inch gap between the O-ring and the XL casing. At that point you are at 300 pounds of pressure. Then take a wrench to the jam nut on the bottom and you’re good to go.
Jack: Might I add that the O-ring is made in the United States and is a UV protected piece. We even have a patent on the O-ring as our spring tension indicator on turnbuckle systems.
TCM: The SpringLoad XL is designed to fit Torklift’s frame-mounted tie down system. Does it also work with other tie-down systems?
Jay: The short answer is yes, but we don’t encourage it because the system was designed and tested as a complete Torklift International tie-down and turnbuckle system.
Jack: The turnbuckle will work just fine, but obviously there isn’t going to be a warranty for the camper’s anchor points. Tie-down and turnbuckle systems may have similar attachment points but, beyond that, the other systems that are available are not nearly as rigid as our system.
Jay: On the SpringLoad XL page of our website, there’s a silver button on the side that explains very clearly that our turnbuckles are designed for a frame mounted system.
TCM: Is the SpringLoad XL made at the Torklift International factory in Washington?
Jack: It’s manufactured here in Sumner, Washington, by Torkliftians.
TCM: Torkliftians? That explains the Area 51 reference. Your secret is safe with us! How does the new SpringLoad XL fit into the Torklift International tie-down product line that includes the Torklift International Original Fastguns, Derringer Fastguns, AnchorGuards, and SpringLoads?
Jay: If you go to our webpage and look at our turnbuckle range of products, we rate them as good, better, and best. Working in conjunction with the tie-down, it comes down to convenience.
Our Basic SpringLoads require tools and extra time. If a truck camper owner puts a camper on in the beginning of the season and never takes it off, it’s not really an issue. The Basic SpringLoads are made from the same technology as our better turnbuckles and offer the same warranty. Our Basic SpringLoads are good and are rated as good.
One step up from the Basic SpringLoad is our SpringLoad XL, which is rated as better. You only need one wrench to lock down the jam nest/nut for a SpringLoad XL making them more convenient and easier to use. Our SpringLoad XLs are better and are rated as better.
The Fastguns are rated as best as they require no tools and no continuous adjustment. Fastguns are simple to use as they have a handle that locks into place. You can snap our Fastguns on and off as fast as you can walk around your truck.
TCM: What about the Derringers? How do they fit into your turnbuckle mix?
Jay: The Derringer incorporates the Original Fastgun technology with its handles. Looking at the SpringLoad XL, you can convert it to Fastgun technology by cutting off the hook on the long end of the hook bolt assembly and attach a Derringer. The Derringer hooks into place, and you are able to lock the SpringLoad XL just like an Original Fastgun. It’s a low cost upgrade for the SpringLoad XL.