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    Who's winning the Pickup Tailgate wars?

    Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably seen some of the ads for the new tailgate designs on some of the new pickups. I'm curious as to which one people like the best?

    GMC started it with their Swiss Army Knife version of a tailgate that does several tricks.

    GMC

    Then Chevy comes along with the first Powered tailgate (I've been wanting this for a while).

    Chevy

    Now Ram has come along with their 60-40 split tailgate that opens like doors.

    Ram

    I really think I like the Ram version best. This would really be nice for loading things into the bed with my tractor and forks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spferdil View Post
    Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably seen some of the ads for the new tailgate designs on some of the new pickups. I'm curious as to which one people like the best?

    GMC started it with their Swiss Army Knife version of a tailgate that does several tricks.

    GMC

    Then Chevy comes along with the first Powered tailgate (I've been wanting this for a while).

    Chevy

    Now Ram has come along with their 60-40 split tailgate that opens like doors.

    Ram

    I really think I like the Ram version best. This would really be nice for loading things into the bed with my tractor and forks.
    I was thrilled that my 2015 GMC 2500HD came with a hydraulically-lowered tailgate. Now I'm lusting after the ones that I see on the new GMC's on television. I can't embrace the RAM...not a Dodge guy anymore.
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    Those fancy tailgates might be fine for those that donít use and abuse a their trucks. But, tailgates tend to get beat up on farm and construction trucks. How are these going to hold up long term, and whatís it going to cost to get a replacement ? I donít even like having the camera as part of the tailgate. The tailgate on my 2016 F250 is already bent a bit from loading my atv.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    Those fancy tailgates might be fine for those that donít use and abuse a their trucks. But, tailgates tend to get beat up on farm and construction trucks. How are these going to hold up long term, and whatís it going to cost to get a replacement ? I donít even like having the camera as part of the tailgate. The tailgate on my 2016 F250 is already bent a bit from loading my atv.
    The replacement parts cost + the cost to have it repainted + installation = price of a small used car.
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    Ill take the old style over the new, because when it breaks, and it will, just like all of them do at some point or another when they are used, its going to cost a LOT to fix, or be useless.

    Then again, Im sure Im not the only one who remembers when trucks were trucks. By that I mean that the interior consisted of mostly surfaces painted the same color as the body, and maybe some very light upholstery. They were purpose built, and that purpose was work. Now, even a work truck is anything but. And the cost. Good grief! Ive already got a house payment, thanks.
    Less is more.

    So yeah, no matter the manufacturer, I prefer simple over complicated.
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    In two years, I think I have lowered my tailgate three times,, that was to load a few 6-packs of Diet Coke,,

    Haul something?? that is what the trailer is for,,,

    I did the same thing with my 1999,, the bed and tailgate look almost pristine,,, at 20 years old,,
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    My neighbor was showing me his new truck with the fancy tailgate, camera, etc. and how he can operate things with his smart phone. They also just had a walk in tub installed.
    I don't think the tub door opens with the phone, but I could be mistaken.

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    No question Hondaís dual action, side swing tailgate is more versatile and practical (useful) than any of the Big 3ís efforts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    Those fancy tailgates might be fine for those that don’t use and abuse a their trucks. But, tailgates tend to get beat up on farm and construction trucks. How are these going to hold up long term, and what’s it going to cost to get a replacement ? I don’t even like having the camera as part of the tailgate. The tailgate on my 2016 F250 is already bent a bit from loading my atv.
    I'm confident that those tailgate options were not developed with the farm and construction market in mind. I suspect that that represents a relatively small percentage of pickup truck sales these days.
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    I think I could find uses for both the RAM and GMC if I had it. I do really like the hydraulically lowered tailgate my 14 GMC has. Thatís something Iíll have to look into on my next truck because Iím looking hard at Ford and RAM. I saw a 19 RAM 2500 Laramie at my local dealer that really caught my eye. I donít want to buy a new truck right this minute, but this one is pretty special. Not often do I see one on lot that Iíd buy, I was really thinking special ordering the next truck so I get exactly what I want. I did that with my car and will probably keep it forever because itís exactly what I always wanted.
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