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Old 11-30-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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What year/s did the tailgate width change on the domestic pick ups?

I am going back to a pick up camper after many years of trailering. I am looking at a used camper, but need to know when the "big three" changed the width of the tailgate opening (year or years). I believe it was in the mid 90's, but need to be sure since I am looking at several units from this era. I have a 2011 Ram 3500. I also realized that there was a change to the height of the rail, but as long as the camper was manufactured for the new truck size I should be fine.

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Old 11-30-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Bed Width

I would think the only width that mattered would be the distance between the wheel well humps in the bed. I bet that dimension hasn't changed.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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If you're still wondering, Chevy and GMC tailgates narrowed in mid year '07 with the new body style. I had to load my '03 Fleetwood camper off center in my '07.5 truck to make it fit.
I don't know about the other brands.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Dont have it on the tablet, but, a bout 2 years ago I found a handy chart listing 50's through 2010 pick-up bed dimensions..
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:07 PM   #5
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GM changed to the narrower gate in 1988 Dodge in 1994 and Ford in 1999.
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The 94 Dodge is the only one I am aware of that had a tail gate opening too narrow for most campers. I believe it was corrected in 95.

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