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Torklift Glowstep Revolution Review

laknox
Nomad
Nomad
A while back, I was gifted a set of Torklift Glowstep Revolution steps to replace the factory under-frame folding steps. I finally had time a couple weekends back to do the swap. Thank goodness that I have a great, and strong, son-in-law to help me out.

These are model #A8003, with 3 steps. The adjustable legs give about 6-7” of adjustment.

The installation was very easy. 4 bolts hold the steps in place. Removed the 4 old bolts, removed the old steps, slid the Glowsteps into place, put the new bolts in, snugged them, made some small adjustments to make sure the Glowsteps were square and tightened everything down. It did take some muscle and finagling, but it wasn’t bad, at all. The mounting brackets only have about 1” of alignment space to allow you to make sure the steps are square and even with the edge of the door sill, so it went quickly.

Once they were installed, however, I found that these steps had an issue. During the build, the locking piece on the right side (as you’re looking at them) was very slightly bent and would hit the step frame, and not allow the steps to re-lock into the transport position. We had to bend that piece out as best we could and it now has =just= enough clearance so that the steps will fold and lock properly. Not a huge problem but, IMO, something that clearly slipped past QC.

The only other issue I have is that I’m pretty sure I gave wrong measurements on the height and I should have gotten the 4-step model instead of the 3. We did the install on the concrete apron of my shop and had to add a 2x4 and a piece of ¾” plywood scrap under the adjustment legs to bring the steps up to level. The owner’s manual says that a step can be added, so I am in the process of acquiring and adding another step to correct this. Just frustrating to know that I’m the likely culprit for this issue.

Once I had the blocks under the legs, we walked up and down them, in and out of the trailer and, even with NO jacks down, only hitched to my truck, the stability and lack of movement was amazing. Just makes me wish I’d had the chance to install these before.

I’d give these steps a 9.5/10 rating and that’s only because of the build issue with the locking piece. The rest of the construction seems to be excellent and the steps very solid with virtually zero flex.

Lyle
2022 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Crew Cab 4x4 Duramax
B&W OEM Companion & Gooseneck Kit
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 64 Year Member
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laknox
Nomad
Nomad
MFL wrote:
Great job with the pics! Sure adds to the explanation in your review. It does appear there may still be a slight bind when stowing/locking them, and maybe a spot of tight clearance too. I think you corrected enough though, and after a bit of wear in, should function easily. My steps (LCI), when new, were hard to operate, but after time function with ease.

Those are solid, nice looking steps, an upgrade for sure!

Yes, adding that 4th step, will make your project complete. It would be a bad reminder, every time you had to get that wood out, to level them.

Have a great evening,

Jerry


I've ordered the extra step and am anxiously awaiting it. 😄

I'll be sure to update my review, with pics, once I get it installed.

Lyle
2022 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Crew Cab 4x4 Duramax
B&W OEM Companion & Gooseneck Kit
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 64 Year Member

MFL
Nomad II
Nomad II
Great job with the pics! Sure adds to the explanation in your review. It does appear there may still be a slight bind when stowing/locking them, and maybe a spot of tight clearance too. I think you corrected enough though, and after a bit of wear in, should function easily. My steps (LCI), when new, were hard to operate, but after time function with ease.

Those are solid, nice looking steps, an upgrade for sure!

Yes, adding that 4th step, will make your project complete. It would be a bad reminder, every time you had to get that wood out, to level them.

Have a great evening,

Jerry

laknox
Nomad
Nomad
Last set... Take note of the bubble level.

Lyle













2022 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Crew Cab 4x4 Duramax
B&W OEM Companion & Gooseneck Kit
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 64 Year Member

laknox
Nomad
Nomad
Second set... Please note the red arrows pointing out the issues I alluded to in my review.

Lyle









2022 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Crew Cab 4x4 Duramax
B&W OEM Companion & Gooseneck Kit
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 64 Year Member

laknox
Nomad
Nomad
OK. Got some time, so posting photos. I'll do this in a few posts so you aren't inundated.

Lyle

Removing old steps and unboxing the Glowsteps









2022 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Crew Cab 4x4 Duramax
B&W OEM Companion & Gooseneck Kit
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 64 Year Member

shadows4
Explorer III
Explorer III
I love ours, I have had both knees replaced and going from a 3 step to a 4 step is awesome!!! The steps are rock solid. They are a bit pricy but worth every penny.
2016 4X4 F350,CC,SB,Lariat,6.7L diesel,
2015 Coachmen Chapparal 324 TSRK
B&W Patriot 16K hitch.

jkwilson
Explorer II
Explorer II
I’m very happy with mine. Did the same thing starting with three and adding the fourth.

One great feature you don’t hear about is that they can be deployed almost like a ladder to allow you to use them when something is close to the door.

They are more visible too, which helps my wife who has depth perception issues.
John & Kathy
2014 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS
2014 F250 SBCC 6.2L 3.73

Walaby
Explorer II
Explorer II
Im really happy with mine. I don't have this locking arm interference issue you mention. I wonder if it was just accidentally bent or something in shipment, or packing.

As msmith1 says, there are I think three total positions the steps can lock into that help to make the steps level. And yes, it does increase the step height from top step. But, these adjustments, and the leg adjustments, really make a difference. May not help if you really need a fourth step though, as posted.

Mike
Im Mike Willoughby, and I approve this message.
2017 Ram 3500 CTD (aka FRAM)
2019 GrandDesign Reflection 367BHS

msmith1_wa
Explorer
Explorer
Unless Torklift made a change to the steps. If you lift the locking lever the steps should come forward and down. There should be two more positions that they lock in. This does increase the step height from the top step to the inside.

You still may need the 4th step, but this additional adjustment can be helpful on uneven sites.
2003 Silverado 2500HD 4x4 8.1l
2016 Evergreen Amped 28FS

Glad you were able to get them installed and like them.

I HAD them a few trailers ago and they were nice and stable, I had no issues with them.. I sold that RV and the new one came with the Morryde folding step. I have had that version on my last 2 RV's and really cannot complain!

Joe
Me-Her-the kids
2020 Ford F350 SD 6.7
2020 Redwood 3991RD Garnet