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Old 02-13-2019, 09:17 AM
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Recent Motor Trend article on various tailgate solutions, from their point of view....... AZPLAT


Tailgate Wars: Ram vs. GMC vs. Ford and More



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Old 02-13-2019, 09:34 AM
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Maybe they should put more effort into shaking the bugs out of these trucks instead of playing with the tailgates.
What good does a fancy tailgate do you if your truck is sitting at the dealership.
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The current tailgate step is more than adequate, the other two are gimmicky at best.
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The current tailgate step is more than adequate, the other two are gimmicky at best.
I disagree. The tailgate step is the one thing that I ordered on my truck that I regret. I thought that, at my age, I would need it, but never use it. I could have saved the weight and expense. The Honda Ridgeline's system looks intriguing. More for the under bed storage and easy access to the spare tire, but the side opening tailgate gives easier access to that under bed storage.
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I disagree. The tailgate step is the one thing that I ordered on my truck that I regret. I thought that, at my age, I would need it, but never use it. I could have saved the weight and expense. The Honda Ridgeline's system looks intriguing. More for the under bed storage and easy access to the spare tire, but the side opening tailgate gives easier access to that under bed storage.
And what do you do to get access to that stowed cargo or spare when the bed is full? Oh yeah, that's right, Ridgeline owners don't need or use them like a real truck. The bed only serves as an open trunk or wasted space.
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Originally Posted by rliles1 View Post
I disagree. The tailgate step is the one thing that I ordered on my truck that I regret. I thought that, at my age, I would need it, but never use it. I could have saved the weight and expense. The Honda Ridgeline's system looks intriguing. More for the under bed storage and easy access to the spare tire, but the side opening tailgate gives easier access to that under bed storage.
Funny, I use my truck bed a lot. The step is the one thing I wish I would have got on my truck. I would have very little use if any for the Ridgeline's under bed storage.
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I have carried many large bulky items into and out of my truck bed using the tailgate step. Just getting into and out of the truck bed empty handed is so mush easier. The F150 tailgate step is wonderfully designed in the way that it angles aft, away from the tailgate. Looks like the GMC requires stepping straight up and down, very unnatural.

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Originally Posted by rliles1 View Post
I disagree. The tailgate step is the one thing that I ordered on my truck that I regret. I thought that, at my age, I would need it, but never use it. I could have saved the weight and expense. The Honda Ridgeline's system looks intriguing. More for the under bed storage and easy access to the spare tire, but the side opening tailgate gives easier access to that under bed storage.
What are you disagreeing with? Your post makes Zero sense.

I'd also love to see the Ridgeline pulling your trailer. lol
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I think the GMC gate is gimmicky with too many moving parts to worry about. Also with all the moving pieces I would think it would make the gate as a whole weaker and more susceptible to damage from weight. I also think with some of the actions requiring multi steps in everyday use it would not get used. I also would be worried about the gate on the Ram with the split open. I often have a bike with a back wheel on the gate or even loading or unloading something like an ATV seems like a lot of weight for that design. I think this is one of those cases where everyone is trying to stick out and be different and reinvent the wheel when the bottom line is its a tailgate. Simple is sometimes better.
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In a perfect world, I'd take the ram split gate with a smaller ford step built into the longer half!

Are you listening Ford? 2020 is coming....
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