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Posted: 10/04/18 01:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New to 5th wheeler traveling and I was wondering if we are supposed to keep our tail gate on or off and the reasons for the answer. [emoticon]

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Posted: 10/04/18 01:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never took mine off in 11 years towing a fiver. But then again I also had a hard tonneau so I could lock the trucks bed when unhitched.


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Posted: 10/04/18 01:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No real good reason to remove tailgate.......UNLESS you are forgetful cause you have to OPEN it to hitch/unhitch and CLOSE it after hitching/unhitching

When we went FT I swapped it out to a Louvered 'U' notched tailgate so I didn't have to do either....made for hitching/unhitching easier for one person


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Posted: 10/04/18 02:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours stays on. Two reasons 1) we have a backup camera in it. We use it to line up with the hitch. When it gets close enough, I drop the tailgate and DH latches on. 2) secures whatever cargo we have in the back - extra water, steps, etc.


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Posted: 10/04/18 02:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All of the above....no reason to take it off.

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Posted: 10/04/18 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine stays on


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Posted: 10/04/18 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another one here that keeps it on.. I personally like the stuff in my bed to stay in the bed while driving.


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Posted: 10/04/18 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine stayed on in the olden days.

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Posted: 10/04/18 04:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another with a ā€œVā€ style tailgate, less turbulence, no need to open or close.


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My trailer has a short pin box, I went with a V gate for convenience. It was a pita to back until the pin touched the hitch, get out, close the gate, get in and finsh hooking up. Then go through pulling ahead a bit and opening the gate to unhook. I don't worry about somebody stealing a couple of old lawn chairs when unhooked so no tonneau.

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