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Has anyone invested in a louvered 5th wheel tailgate for their fiver. I have searched the forums and found no info on them. Do they have any functionality or are they purely ornamental. Looking for opinions. :drink
 

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they prevent the eventual forgetting to disconnecting to the fiver without dropping the gate and destroying the gate, i know it seems dumb but it is going to happen to everyone eventually.... i never found any other difference i could attribute to the gate....
 

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If you do not have a notched tailgate (5th Wheel TG), you'll have to open your tailgate everytime you want to couple/uncouple the trailer. You may have to even remove the tailgate if clearance is a problem between your truck and trailer.
They also say that the louvers help with mileage, but I don't know about that.

I found while hunting at Vandenberg AFB, that the 5th wheel TG aided me in getting the deer or hogs I shot into the back of the truck. I lower the TG and would stand over the notch and pull the animal up through notch from my game cart. Now this is on a '97 GMC K2500 and we all know the newer truck beds sit higher than those of the past, at least there's a big difference between my '97 and my '09.
 

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they prevent the eventual forgetting to disconnecting to the fiver without dropping the gate and destroying the gate, i know it seems dumb but it is going to happen to everyone eventually.... i never found any other difference i could attribute to the gate....
^^^^ Been there done that with a work trailer. Getting one this year.
 

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I actually get almost 1 mpg better at highway speed, as near as I can calculate, with the louvered tailgate. I also like it because it provides great visibility when backing into a spot, you can see thru the dip and louvers easily, plus it keeps dirt and debris from accumulating along the tailgate hinge, allows dust & leaves to blow away. Get the metal one, not plastic. Plus it helps prevent that senior moment that happens when you get in a hurry to hook up your 5th wheel. Got a 5th wheel toolbox with matching notch.
 

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I have a louvered tail gate I run in the summer made by Handy Industries, it is metal and painted black the same color as my truck. Don't know about fuel savings?
I am installing a Retrax cover next week that I will use when I have my fifth wheel hitch in the box. I switch back to the factory tailgate for the winter when I run my sled deck.
 
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