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Posted: 11/09/21 03:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fishbreath wrote:

Thanks for the replies!

With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed.

I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating.

I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit.

Thanks!

B&W makes a nice tow ball setup that flips inward so the gate doesn’t hit the ball.

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Geo*Boy wrote:

Fishbreath wrote:

Thanks for the replies!

With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed.

I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating.

I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit.

Thanks!

B&W makes a nice tow ball setup that flips inward so the gate doesn’t hit the ball.


I have seen the [email protected] hitch. Unfortunately, you still run the risk of damaging the tailgate if you forget that the hitch ball is installed. It would be easy to oversee because the darn thing is mechanized and can be opened/dropped from inside of the cab.
TOO MANY GOODIES!

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I have a Northstar PU TC 8' floor, that I haul on a 6-1/2' bed truck with the tailgate lowered. Before loading, I just cover the back of the tailgate with Transit Shield (also called Tansport Wrap) to protect it. I'm still using the stuff I bought in 2006 to go to Alaska (and used it to protect our Class C.)

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Deb and Ed M wrote:

I have a Northstar PU TC 8' floor, that I haul on a 6-1/2' bed truck with the tailgate lowered. Before loading, I just cover the back of the tailgate with Transit Shield (also called Tansport Wrap) to protect it. I'm still using the stuff I bought in 2006 to go to Alaska (and used it to protect our Class C.)


I just looked up Transport Wrap. Didn't know you could buy the stuff. I just ordered a roll.
This was a genius tip! Thanks so much!
Best regards
Bill

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Glad to help! That stuff was amazing on our trip to Alaska - when we pulled it off at the end of the trip, about 900-lbs of dead bugs went with it....LOL! The motorhome was pristine underneath. There were a few places where some residue remained - a quick rub with some Goo-Gone fixed that. It's hard to put on smoothly, since most surfaces on a vehicle have some curves, but who cares? I just flatten it out and leave it alone. It works fine.

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mkirsch wrote:

I have often warned people that is the main drawback with leaving the tailgate on. You could run one of those goofy mustache things across your rear bumper to catch any rocks thrown up by the wheels until they fall off and you give up on the idea.

Yes, the trucks are taller because everyone just goes and puts at least a 2" lift kit on them as soon as they get them home, right? The jacked up truck look is "in" right now.

Also if you want a truck that doesn't have the bells and whistles you can get one. Just find a dealer that does fleet sales. They usually have a line of plain-jane trucks on the lot. Who cares if it's white? That's the most popular color right now. Besides you can always get it vinyl wrapped in any color you want.


You forget to take your Metamucil this morning? This whole post is bitter and laughable at the same time.
And PS, the OP "purchased" as in past tense, already bought the new truck, so guessing he doesn't just want to go down to the fleet dealer and get ANOTHER NEW truck.

And getting it wrapped? Sure it's an option. An expensive temporary option. Especially considering we're talking about a minor or even just potential issue with a tailgate that literally can be removed in 1 minute, and if the swiss army tailgate is ACTUALLY prohibitive for the owner, a new/used, traditional tailgate can be purchased way cheaper than trading a new truck for another new truck and then getting it wrapped.
What you suggested is akin to needing to go to the grocery store for a few things, but rather than drive to the store and pick up your items, you book a flight to another city, fly there, uber to a store, get your stuff, check a bag and fly home....


You can try to contrive it any way you want, but where was I saying that the OP should go and trade trucks?

I was simply stating the fact that you CAN get a plain jane truck if you want.

I know of many grumpy old pharts who would gladly pay extra for a plain jane truck wrapped in the color of their choice rather than put up with all the fancy-schmancy modern bells and whistles. "More to go wrong!"


Putting 10-ply tires on half ton trucks since aught-four.

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Fishbreath wrote:

Geo*Boy wrote:

Fishbreath wrote:

Thanks for the replies!

With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed.

I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating.

I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit.

Thanks!

B&W makes a nice tow ball setup that flips inward so the gate doesn’t hit the ball.


I have seen the [email protected] hitch. Unfortunately, you still run the risk of damaging the tailgate if you forget that the hitch ball is installed. It would be easy to oversee because the darn thing is mechanized and can be opened/dropped from inside of the cab.
TOO MANY GOODIES!


Seems I remember seeing a youtube ad recently about some device that you can add to your tailgate that will keep it from dropping if there is a hitch in the receiver.

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mkirsch wrote:

Fishbreath wrote:

Geo*Boy wrote:

Fishbreath wrote:

Thanks for the replies!

With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed.

I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating.

I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit.

Thanks!

B&W makes a nice tow ball setup that flips inward so the gate doesn’t hit the ball.


I have seen the [email protected] hitch. Unfortunately, you still run the risk of damaging the tailgate if you forget that the hitch ball is installed. It would be easy to oversee because the darn thing is mechanized and can be opened/dropped from inside of the cab.
TOO MANY GOODIES!


Seems I remember seeing a youtube ad recently about some device that you can add to your tailgate that will keep it from dropping if there is a hitch in the receiver.


There is! It is a switch that attaches to the tailgate latches and overrides the tailgate if the hitch has a ball inserted. The company is Tailgatefix.com. I ordered the switch and it should be here soon. I'll post something on the install when I get it.

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Foldable shop crane (engine hoist), 2,000# capacity from Harbor Freight. $229. Maybe $20 worth of light duty chain and 1/4" shackles will get that tailgate off by yourself.


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TxGearhead wrote:

Foldable shop crane (engine hoist), 2,000# capacity from Harbor Freight. $229. Maybe $20 worth of light duty chain and 1/4" shackles will get that tailgate off by yourself.


The weight is one problem. The other is all of the connectors that go to it. This tailgate has wiring for a lock, 2 cameras and two releases for the various tailgate functions. Getting to them (crawl under the truck) and taking them apart (Weather pak type) that I will break, made me search out other ways to accomplish this task.

I am just finishing up a bracket for the stairs to attach to the tailgate so that I can use it while the tailgate is on the truck with the camper. I'll post it up soon.
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