November 23, 2010
I was getting a load of firewood the other day and I wound up denting the inside of my tailgate on my Toyota Tundra Pickup. This dent pinched the levers that latched the tailgate closed. It wouldn’t close :banghead:
Luckily it happened when I was offloading it so I didn’t have to bungee it closed and drive. I didn’t know I had dented the tailgate at this time so I was just very puzzled about why it wouldn’t latch. I parked the truck and the next day I finally took a look at it. As soon as I took the access panel off the tailgate I saw the issue. A piece of wood dropped and dented the tailgate on the access hatch pinching the bars that work the latches. I banged it out with a hammer but 2 things jumped in my head.
1- Will this happen again? I use my truck like a truck. I haul firewood, camping gear, gravel and other material, bricks, etc. I don’t baby it. Should I put something on the tailgate? Suggestions?
2- I bent steel and caused a problem. What if I had one of those aluminum bed F150’s? I used to think a residential pickup driver could be fine with the aluminum bed and that it was the contractors that would flatten the aluminum bed like a beer can but apparently a homeowner can do some serious damage to the interior of a pickup bed. Knowing I did this to steel, I personally would avoid an aluminum bed.
Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer. Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.
December 6, 2015