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Old 08-19-2016, 05:36 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Tailgate

I wanted a 5th Wheel tailgate to eliminate the down/up cycle when hitching up the 5.0TA. Problem was that I am rather find of the back-up camera on my 2015 F150. So I started window shopping and found that Husky makes a camera relocation kit for their 5th Wheel tailgate, but they do not make a tailgate for the 2015 F150 and a phone call to them indicated it wasn't in the works. Stromberg Carlson does make a 5th Wheel tailgate for the 2015 F150, but an exchange of emails indicated that while they had considered it, I was curtly told the demand didn't exist by one of their CS reps. So I built my own (hopefully, I can post the photo). In the week after I finished it, I had two individuals ask me where they could get one, and that was in a small geographic area in Florida. I guess that kind of blows Stromberg Carlson's "no demand theory" out of the water. Anyway, I post this to demonstrate that where there is a will, there is a way.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:31 AM   #2
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I wanted a 5th Wheel tailgate to eliminate the down/up cycle when hitching up the 5.0TA. Problem was that I am rather find of the back-up camera on my 2015 F150. So I started window shopping and found that Husky makes a camera relocation kit for their 5th Wheel tailgate, but they do not make a tailgate for the 2015 F150 and a phone call to them indicated it wasn't in the works. Stromberg Carlson does make a 5th Wheel tailgate for the 2015 F150, but an exchange of emails indicated that while they had considered it, I was curtly told the demand didn't exist by one of their CS reps. So I built my own (hopefully, I can post the photo). In the week after I finished it, I had two individuals ask me where they could get one, and that was in a small geographic area in Florida. I guess that kind of blows Stromberg Carlson's "no demand theory" out of the water. Anyway, I post this to demonstrate that where there is a will, there is a way.
Hi: C&G in FL... You think you had problems!!! I can't even find a fifth wheel tailgate... for a Frontier. Alf
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:57 AM   #3
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Hi: C&G in FL... You think you had problems!!! I can't even find a fifth wheel tailgate... for a Frontier. Alf
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Alf, somtimes I cannot find mine, either!
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Alf, somtimes I cannot find mine, either!
Hi: C&G in FL... That's just too much "Dark beer". Alf
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:24 PM   #5
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Nice job

Some aftermarket product just take time to appear, which can be frustrating. There is a decent selection of vehicle-specific brackets to mount fifth-wheel hitches in a pre-2015 F-150, and the current model is more capable so it should be used even more frequently for fifth-wheel trailers (as seen among Escape 5.0TA owners), but there are no mounting brackets... yet.

I found with previous cars that if you wanted an aftermarket towing hitch when the car was new, then it wasn't yet available. Wait long enough, and the hitch would be out of production. Apparently you need to wait after buying the vehicle, or buy a used vehicle just old enough for the aftermarket to have caught up, but not too long.
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