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These 5th Wheel tailgates will soon need a waiting list
Sometimes you come across something so exclusive that there’s no “normal” way to buy it. In-and-out burger fans know the secret menu where you can find dishes “animal style” or “mustard grilled”. The highly anticipated Tesla Truck and Ford F150 Lighting are both exclusive in their respective categories, both with long waiting lists.
People love exclusivity, and that exclusivity usually goes hand-in-hand with high quality. Superior Tailgates, a manufacturer of high-quality, lightweight, powder-coated tailgates for 5-wheelers, is on the cusp of similar exclusivity.
A tailgate of the highest quality
RVers know what craftsmanship is all about. Maybe it’s the background most of us have, or the fact that we’ve all worked on enough RV components to know “well done” from, well…done.
Dwayne Smith of Winfield, Kansas, has the same keen eye. A skilled machinist and powder coater, he knows exceptional quality and design when he sees it. A tailgate manufacturer and powder coating customer of his decided to discontinue his tailgate line. After familiarizing himself with the product line and seeing the quality, Dwayne offered to purchase the equipment and continue the product line himself.
It took a lot of work to accommodate the new body styles of each truck and the mandatory rearview camera they were all equipped with. But Dwayne saw the future, and it was filled with RVs, and quickly filed his patent application for the new designs.
Superior Tailgates solves specific problems for 5th-wheel owners. It doesn’t take long to find a fellow camper with the familiar “oops dent” on the top of the tailgate. Some campers have chosen to simply leave the tailgate down to avoid problems, but then struggle with the “oops dent”.
Leaving the tailgate down also prevents you from stowing other items in the back of the vehicle without them falling out, while a closed tailgate creates an erratic airflow that can swirl light objects out of the vehicle.
If all of these things combine to create an algebra problem, Superior Tailgates has a solution for X. Their aluminum tailgates (light weight), with cutouts (for 5th wheel) and vents (for airflow) also feature a functional and attractive powder coat finish.
Fifth wheel tailgate
More importantly, Superior tailgates are designed to fit today’s trucks. A modern truck that can pull a fifth wheel is equipped with as much, if not more, convenience and technology features than a luxury sedan. If you’re spending between $75,000 and $90,000 on a Ford King Ranch F250, you want to make sure you’re adding the appropriate add-ons.
Superior Tailgates offers tailgates for 5th wheels that replace the tailgates for Ford and Chevy/GMC trucks from 1999 to present. For you Dodge/Ram fans, Superior has you covered from 2003 to present.
These finely crafted 5th Wheel tailgates weigh only 38 lbs, but can support up to 200 lbs. Each tailgate is made in-house for the specific model & year of your truck and is finished in a silver powder coat with a clear coating that is smooth to the touch. You can also opt for a matte or gloss black powder coat finish of your choice.
These fifth wheel tailgates are made here in the USA in Winfield, Kansas, and come with everything you need for easy self-assembly, including factory hinge points and nylon bushings for striker pins. Specifying your truck’s VIN ensures that all options, sizes and fits are 100% correct.
Is it hard to remove my old tailgate?
Removing your old tailgate to prepare it for your Superior Tailgate is relatively easy. It’s a good idea to have a helper with you, as truck tailgates typically weigh between 50-100 pounds, depending on the model of the truck. The following steps should apply to most tailgates.
- Open the tailgate and disconnect all lighting and camera connections. These should all be quick disconnect connections.
- Disconnect the restraint cables/straps on each side. Some straps have quick disconnects so no screws need to be removed.
- Tilt the tailgate to an angle of about 45 degrees and pull the right side away from the hinge point.
- Pull the tailgate away from the left side, moving from left to right.
It’s not a bad idea to find a YouTube video for your particular vehicle. Remember to take your time and get a helper. Your new lightweight Superior tailgate will be much easier to install!
What’s wrong with my rearview camera?
Rearview cameras can be a source of confusion for RVers buying their first aftermarket tailgate. Yet it’s quite simple. If your truck came equipped with a rearview camera, your new tailgate will have a built-in housing for that rearview camera, based on the VIN information we provide.
You simply transfer the camera from your old tailgate to your Superior tailgate. If your vehicle does not currently have a rearview camera, your new tailgate will not either.
Learn more about Superior Tailgates
You can find Superior Tailgates’ home page at https://www.superiortailgatesusa.com/. Remember what I said about exclusivity? You won’t find a way to order the tailgate on this site; however, you can email Dwayne’s team at. [email protected]or call at (620) 222-2023 To get the ball rolling. Have your vehicle’s VIN number ready when you call or email. Order your Superior tailgate now before word gets out.