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Old 12-17-2017, 11:34 AM   #1
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Vented Truck Tail Gates

Had a tech tell me for what that's worth, the benefits of vented tail gates. They ease the severe wind turbulent s on the front of the camper.Which can cause damage leaks ect.We always had one get a little better gas mileage.
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Old 12-17-2017, 03:09 PM   #2
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I don't know about that, it's been cussed and discussed on many forums. I have one and it's for the convenience of backing into the hitch.

Anyone who does not have one is in for a lot more work. Many fivers w/o them have a few dents on the tailgate.
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An old Mythbusters episode they tested the tailgate down versus up in regards to fuel mileage and found no measurable difference. I could see where they would be convenient for hooking up a 5er but then you have to store the tailgate. For me it would be just an awkward pia to switch back and forth.
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I've waffled back and forth for years over getting a vented tailgate. Last trip, I managed to put a small scrape in the tailgate cause I didn't pull far enough ahead before lowering the front of the fiver. With the stock tailgate, I have to be almost straight backing in, back in far enough to close the tailgate, then hitch up. I have at the most 2 1/2 to 3 " of space between the open tailgate and the front of the fiver. Two things that have stopped me from changing tailgates, (1) I have a Bedrug in my truck that is one piece and covers the tailgate, and (2) where to store the tailgate where it does not get beat to pieces.
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Old 12-17-2017, 07:13 PM   #5
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I put mine in the box the V gate came in. It's been in my garage attic for 10 years.

Theft deterrent: Put a stainless pipe strap around the slotted end of your tailgate hinge that opens to remove it. Tighten it down and it may deter anyone from stealing the tailgate.
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Models with locks on them available, be great if they could be keyed alike to the ignition / door.
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They are a cheaper replacement after you bash in the stock tailgate. Believe me.
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Old 12-18-2017, 07:43 PM   #8
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You guys have me rethinking the V gate. The Bedrug went in shorty after I got the truck in 06. It is getting time to replace it or go with something else. It has really held up well, except for where I had to do the cutouts for the hitch rails. Not supposed to cut the Bedrug. Any recommendations on a good V gate?
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I have this one. It's a decent gate, and it locks. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...00?ie=UTF8&psc
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:57 AM   #10
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Donít get the plastic one. It will break if you step on it when down.
Mine is metal and very sturdy.
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