Fifth wheel tailgate - F-150 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Towing and Hitching
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-07-2016, 07:48 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Seattle, Washington
Trailer: 2016 5.0 TA "Ebbet"
Posts: 42
Fifth wheel tailgate - F-150

Picked up our 5.0TA this week -- fun commences...

We want to replace the stock tailgate with one with the '5th wheel notch' -- and hopefully lighter. Any suggestions/experiences?
__________________

__________________
Tom & Sharon
2016 5.0 TA "Ebbet"
2016 Ford F-150 3.5L V6
Tom and Sharon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2016, 08:14 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,055
Tailgates keep getting more complex, and pickup bodies change more frequently than they once did, so it must be getting harder for the aftermarket tailgate makers to keep up. Since few people tow fifth-wheels with an F-150 (because most fifth-wheel trailers are too heavy for it), I wouldn't expect much selection.

I was curious, so I checked the first few manufacturers I found:
The good news:
  1. The Stromberg Carlson 100 Series tailgate will fit the 2015-2016 F-150 (according to the catalog).
  2. The catalog from Go Industries lists the 2015-2016 F-150; however, it doesn't show part numbers for this truck, and says to call them.

I have no experience with this type of tailgate. I have heard that current trucks are getting tailgates with spring or gas strut assists; given my experience with our old Chevy pickup, I would not want to give up that feature to get a lighter or louvered tailgate. Some tailgates have backup cameras, which should be considered (Stromberg Carlson has a mounting bracket to hold a camera), and some even have folding steps (not likely to get that in an aftermarket fifth-wheel tailgate).
__________________

Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2016, 08:18 PM   #3
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 6,830
I have a folding BakFlip G2 Tonneau cover, so I'm keeping the locking tailgate on my F-150. Yes it's inconvenient to put it back up before the trailer is thoroughly locked in place and yes it's inconvenient and a PITA that there's only 1-1/2 - 2 inches for the tailgate to go down before hitting the trailer... and the trailer had better be straight! But I spend more time unhooked than hooked and I like both the locking tailgate and tonneau cover for those other times. YMMV
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward
2014 Escape 5.0TA
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2016, 08:26 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
C&G in FL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Trailer: 2015 5.0TA
Posts: 1,442
Quote:
Originally Posted by tsherrard View Post
Picked up our 5.0TA this week -- fun commences...

We want to replace the stock tailgate with one with the '5th wheel notch' -- and hopefully lighter. Any suggestions/experiences?
I had a Stromberg Carlson On my 2012 F150. My experience: you cannot stand on it and you lose the truck's back-up camera. But you don't have to play the drop and raise the tailgate when hooking up. Everything is a compromise. While I liked the 5th wheel tailgate when hooking up, I found the advantages of having the back-up camera when not towing far outweighed the momentary convenience provided when hooking up the trailer. And unlike the OEM tailgate, the Stromberg Carlson is not easily removed; you cannot just pop it out. When I bought my new F150, I chose NOT to install a 5th wheel tailgate. Anyway, my experience/thoughts, for what it's worth.
__________________
Carl
2015 F150 2.7 EcoBoost (Big Spot)
2015 5.0TA (Little Elsie)
"What a long, strange trip it's been....."
C&G in FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2016, 08:35 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
emers382's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Emerson, Manitoba
Trailer: 2007 Escape 5.0, 2015 F150 2.7EB
Posts: 685
I had considered getting one of these for our 2010 F150 but never did, now with the 2015 with the back up camera I would not even consider it. When going south we usually are at one place for at least a week so the inconvenience of dropping teen raising the tailgate is not a problem. I plan on getting a tonneau cover as well.

Adrian
emers382 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2016, 08:46 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 3,839
Like Donna I like to be able to lock the tailgate although they do make a 5th wheel one with a locking insert. If I wreck the $1000 original I'll consider one.
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2016, 10:21 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Comfort, Texas
Trailer: 2014 5.0TA "The HAB"
Posts: 108
I've kept my regular tailgate, but I've bought one of these tailgate torsion bars for every truck I've had. Easiest install ever and tailgate lifts with a finger...

https://www.etrailer.com/Tailgate/Hopkins/74211.html
Tford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2016, 04:21 AM   #8
Member
 
gingerh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Mill Creek, Washington
Trailer: 2015 5.0TA
Posts: 81
I'm like several of the other posters. I do not find it any trouble at all to raise/lower the tailgate when hooking or unhooking. If I'm camping somewhere without electric,
I may take my generator and I keep that locked in the back of the truck. That convince out weighs a fifth wheel tailgate.

Are you the folks from Kirkland who looked at my 5th wheel? If so, thanks for the referral.

Ginger
__________________
Ginger & Riley (the dog)
2015 5.0TA, Ford F150
gingerh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2016, 07:19 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 3,839
Here's an interesting FW tailgate, locks and has an optional mount for your factory camera, sharp looking too. I plugged in a 2012 F150 for the example.

Don't know if the cutout size would stop someone from climbing in and stealing a generator, I know I wouldn't fit.

https://www.huskyliners.com/Aluminum...012/ford/f-150

__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2016, 11:38 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
C&G in FL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Trailer: 2015 5.0TA
Posts: 1,442
That's a total of $680 for the convenience of not having to lower/raise the tailgate when hooking up and you still cannot step or stand on it when it is down. Think I'll pass on that one!
__________________

__________________
Carl
2015 F150 2.7 EcoBoost (Big Spot)
2015 5.0TA (Little Elsie)
"What a long, strange trip it's been....."
C&G in FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.