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Old 12-07-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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How did you put a dent in your tailgate?

Ok - I will start. I have sensors that beep and a camera. Still dented the darn tailgate.

It goes like this. Hook up the very small 16' Runabout. Launch the Runabout and enjoy a very nice day in the lake.

Here are the stupid moves. Without the boat on the trailer I can not see the trailer. So I open the tailgate. That caused the sensors to beep so I turn them off.

So now the rearview camera nor the sensors are functional. I start to back out I see the trailer. But as I turn as I back out I see the trailer in the side view mirror but not the rearview mirror. As I continue to back I feel like the trailer hit a curb. I stop backing and pull forward, drive to the ramp to retrieve to boat. I see the top of the tailgate plastic is scuffed. I see it got the teeth on the krank used to pull the and secure the boat to the trailer. At this point I figure the plastic piece is easy to replace.

The next day I look and see the dent as the angle of the sun showed a dent in the metal.

Ugh...just like that I have a dented tailgate.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:27 PM   #2
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I know the feeling - I backed into a fire hydrant with my 15 - GMC 3500HD Denali and watched the whole thing happen with my fancy camera and sensors, which all told me that it was there, but I was in a conversation and drove right into it. feel so stupid. they want $1500 to fix that bumper.

treat it like a "memory"
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:20 AM   #3
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Every time you move your trailer, you're going to have to drop the tailgate before backing into the kingpin and you're going to have to drop the tailgate when you are unhooking the trailer.

Penalty to drop the tailgate is about $1,200--after painting the tailgate. Don't ask me how I know the price.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:51 AM   #4
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Put the metal tailgate in the garage and buy a see through 5er tailgate. Worked for me, after buying a replacement. Sold the 5th wheel bought a class A.
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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I make my own tailgates. It's my work bench when on camping trips.
I use my tailgate when working with my truck. Never used stock tail gates on the last 4 trucks since owning a 5th wheel.
I never had any use for a stock tailgate they are to flimsy
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:36 PM   #6
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Can I play along? Even with all the sensors, cameras, extended high vis mirrors, I backed into the same tree... twice. Once with the trailer and then 2 nights after with my truck. I did not fix the damage so it would serve as a reminder to not be a dummy.
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:41 PM   #7
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My trusty 91' F150 has no sensors, backup camera, etc. It does have the original AM only radio and the headlight dimmer switch on the floor. (-:

It also has many dents and scratches in the tailgate...
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #8
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I have done it.

I used to drop the tailgate so I could see where the trailer was. But when you will hit the trailer where the crank is. You will go up a hill or hit a bump and the trailer will lurch upward and CLUNK you have a dent in the tailgate.

Leave the tailgate up and use the side mirrors.
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Old 12-10-2015, 06:45 PM   #9
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Have not yet. On the same subject.

My brother mentioned to me I should be "locking" my tailgate because they are stealing them. Never gave it much thought....My new Tundra sitting in the driveway, my tailgate ripe for the taking. Is it that easy to swipe?

I couldn't even think what it would cost to replace.
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Old 12-10-2015, 06:47 PM   #10
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Quite easy to swipe and fetch good cash for the very reason this thread was started. I have lost two (from my F150) but luckily the tailgate on my Rams auto lock with the doors.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:41 PM   #11
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Mine is in the garage- I have a 5th wheel tail gate, no dents.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:52 PM   #12
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Backed truck into the FW hitch.
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Old 12-12-2015, 01:57 PM   #13
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On my 2011 Powerstroke the dealer warned me to keep the tailgate locked, as those suckers apparently cost over a grand with the camera installed, and they have a habit of walking off. It's nice having my tailgate lock with the doors in the new Ram.

No dents yet! **Knocks on wood**
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Old 12-12-2015, 03:11 PM   #14
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Remember - when in doubt her out and look. That is easy to say but more difficult to follow.
Especially if the tailgate is down. That is asking for a dent.
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