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Old 10-13-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. New to fifth wheeling and the forum. Have had two Lance slide-in pickup campers. Taking delivery on our 2011 27RLX this Friday. I would like to ask your opinions on louvered tailgates. Good and bad. Thanks Martin&Rog.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:49 AM   #2
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I have had the V notched tailgate below on my truck since the day I bought it and it still looks like new. As long asI pull a 5th wheel I will not be without one on my truck. There is no difference in mileage but the ease of hooking and unhooking is worth it to me. Plus not having to worry if the tailgate is open or closed when I go to pull away from the trailer or go to hook it up.

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Old 10-13-2010, 01:02 AM   #3
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They make a nice addition, no worrying about engaging the pin during hookup/disconnect or clearances with a tailgate opened.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:58 AM   #4
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I have one for one simple reason I knew that sooner or later I would have dented the gate, I leave mine on until the season is done then I put the regular gate back on...
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:26 AM   #5
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I have one, and like hunter it makes life easier. The only reason I have one, is the orginal one some one wanted it more than I did

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Old 10-13-2010, 02:52 AM   #6
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I looked into it and decided not to buy one. However, I did prefer the metal over the plastic if I change my mind. Storage of the original gate was one issue. I have never forgotten to put it up/down when hitching but some day that may come.

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Old 10-13-2010, 02:55 AM   #7
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I also have the v notched gate also ... A friend told the DW it was nice to have for all the reasons above so she said lets get it. We did and very happy no worries about damage tot he tail gate. I have the stock one put away

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:36 AM   #8
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Like Hunter11 said I would never do without one. I put a hole through my camper storage door with my factory gate when down I have to back in perfect or I hit. The V gate makes it trouble free.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:40 AM   #9
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Stan - I have a V gate as well - however, I no longer use it as I go without a tailgate and store my real tailgate inside the camper basement. I made a holder out of PVC and steel pipe - I have hauled the real tailgate well over 15,000 miles without incident. I do not like to go without the real tailgate when we are out and about as I close my backflip cover and then secure the tailgate (lock it).
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:45 PM   #10
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I made a panel for my v gate That I put in when not towing, fills the hole. With this and my cover and a factory lock on my gate life is good.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:14 PM   #11
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I had a fellow camper (perm set up) swing by as I was packing up on Sunday and asked me if I wanted a new v louvered tail. Said he never used it and it fit my Dodge. Of course I could never turn down such a deal. Offered him a beer and I was good to go. I use it when I'm on vacations with a lot of hooking and unhooking, but take it off when I get home. As most have said storing the tail gate has been a problem for me. Loved the freedom of not having to worry about the tailgate.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:50 AM   #12
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I don't have one yet, but will before long. With the slider back, everything seemed fine.... until the Cruiser was backing down into the site and the truck was still level. Amazing how fast the pin boxcan decorate a stock gate. From the ones I have looked at, the Husky seems very appealing.
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