GM reinvented the tailgate

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    As in “Yo, big mama, lemme drop the gate AND the fold-down step so you can get your fine self all up in my truck bed, since you won’t fit in the cab!” That kind?
     
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    Poor eman can't help it that the white shirt, black tie/pants and epaulets hasn't worked out for him. :)
     
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    Seen the Christmas GMC add where the guy buys a blue truck for him and an red SUV for her and she goes to the truck and claims it resiliently?

    Social engineering in process my friend....
     
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    I never said anything about "speaking" to yo mama.
     
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    I do agree with the sentiment of some others though that I shouldn't only come on the top of the line trim package. Put it on a "work truck" and party on.
     
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    something something yo momma uses a hoola hoop as a pinky ring!
     
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    I have an F350 dually and can’t imagine any other way to get on the truckbed of that truck other than the tailgate step. You can’t just climb on the dually tire and swing your leg over - it’s too far. I suppose you can go penguin-slide onto the tailgate and then get yourself up.

    Having said that, it makes the tailgate very heavy which makes it a pain to remove when I want to put on the camper.

    My old GMC had a bumper step that I think is a more practical design.
     
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    Exactly...while I love the luxury truck market and would rather have a nice truck over a nice car any day, the buyer of theses is not gonna be the one schlepping plywood from Home Depot to the job site to make the perks all that beneficial.
     
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    Agreed. That part I think is frustrating. Upselling to the crowd who mostly doens't work with their trucks.
     
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    This was also true back in the late 70s when I was a mechanic. Tailgate theft is always been a problem.

    I am guessing this working tailgate will only be offered on 1/2 ton trucks, which are pretty much useless to me.
     
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    GUE (go ugly early, because you'll end up going ugly late anyway)

    This tailgate is just meant to impress your golf buddies after a round of 18, or when they stop by the McMansion for a cold one. It isn't going to be seen at the job site.
     
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    Those are not standard equipment but they are on the optional equipment list. You’ll just need an extra bag of cash.
     
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    Would you accept a pole for midget strippers? Beer cooler can sit on the step. If so, Ford's got ya covered, lol.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Y E S !!!!! absolutely accepted!!
     
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    You won’t have so many bags of cash after you buy a Denali.
     
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    That's even cooler than the tailgate step on my F150... which I use frequently, by the way. Oh, and ...
    It's even got a folding stripper pole, if you're into midget strippers anyway.
     
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    they need to make a truck with a tailgate to protect the primary tailgate.
     
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    Ford would probably make a retractable-rear brush guard to go with their retractable side-steps. :)
     
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    Yes, this seems like an upgrade to what the super duty has. I like the little cargo stop, I think i'd use that, especially with a short box hauling 8' material
     
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    That's what I most want. That little flip-up stop is boss.
     
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    Tailgates are stupid except when they’re in use. Keeping them closed is the equivalent of keeping your seat belts buckled on all the seats that are unused.

    WTF is a closed tailgate useful for other than a bill board for the brand name?

    They need to invent a bed that spits out a tailgate when needed for hauling stuff. Want a camper or cover, buy a separate tailgate, otherwise the Mfg should make the cap or cover original equipment.

    Does it need to be so dang big/bulky? Is the pile of crap gonna fly out so hard when you accelerate? Never seen a big dent on the inside of the tailgate caused by a shifting load. Extraneous BS. A stripper pole is more useful.
     
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    Mythbusters did an experiment a while back showing that, at least with a modern F-150, the truck got better fuel mileage with the tailgate up than with the tailgate down. Something about creating an area of lower pressure in the bed which helped aerodynamics. So there’s that.


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    When I haul long stuff in my short bed truck, I tie a rope to the bumper on one side, throw it over the boards on the open tailgate and tie a tautline hitch around the bumper in the other side.

    I keep two ropes in the cab, a short one to reach corner to corner over cargo with length to tie, and a 25-footer (because you just don't know when you'll need a longer rope).
     
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    I got most of that from the lift gate I put on my last pickup.

    Lower it down onto the hitch, and it’s a step. I made several moves and it was great for carrying boxes in and out. It could also go to the level of the porch step for easy, direct access to/from the house.

    It had a small ramp that hinged out that worked great as a stop and/or cargo keeper.

    Added enough length to the 6 1/2-ft bed to be much more useful.

    That’s all in addition to the general use for lifting heavy stuff (motorcycles, snow blowers, lawn mowers, tool chests, etc) into and out of the truck bed.

    It took me about a month to really start wondering what kind of idiot designs pickups WITHOUT a lift gate.
     
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    and a secret compartment for the...
     
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    Bet smashing either front corner is more than that...:D

    (and I'll bet repairing any part of the body of an aluminum Ford pick up is more expensive than a comparable repair on a GM or Dodge)
     
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    Hmm. That load stop will be handy for hauling bodies. I'm always losing the tall ones on the highway.
     
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    Any more, I keep 4x roughly 10 foot ratchet straps in one back door pocket, 4x 20 foot ratchet straps in the other back door pocket, and a 25 foot or longer rope under one of the front seats. And I've still found times that by the time I had furniture pads tied down, or items strapped together, I barely had enough to tie it all down.

    So far, climbing into the bed with the tailgate closed is easy. Another decade, and I might not still feel that way. As dorky as they look, at times I think the chevy steps in the corners of the bumpers look like a good step towards making it easier to get in with the tailgate open. I just have too many bad experiences helping friends work on GM cars to go that way myself. Of course if I could just get around to loosing 50 lbs, it would probably be about the same as rolling back 10 years off my age.
     
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    Don't like ratchet straps--they're heavy, awkward to put away and always tangled up. My two ropes are always in the truck; when I kniw I'll be carrying stuff needing to be tied down, I bring more ropes.
     
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    I might consider this when I buy my next truck. Although I put a new motor in my 1998 F-150, so I don’t plan on replacing it for at least 15 years. :)
     
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    Somebody should make a song out of that ;)
     
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    You do realize all of them use aluminum body panels now, right?! Chevy’s bed floor is steel, the rest is aluminum.


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    Thanks for the correction. My newest GM is a 2010 Denali, and I think I am still in the all steel 25% tariff era, instead of the new aluminum 10% tariff modern age.
    Seriously, I was not aware of what you said there. Thanks!
     
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    Just based on trucks I'm used to seeing that kind of stuff tends to rust and seize up or break after a few years especially if it's being used for farm/construction type stuff.
     
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    That's just insane.
     
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