Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Cody, Wy
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Actually I did that on my Tundra, not for strength, but it's painted light beige so I can sit on it when I'm putting on flyfishing waders, etc and not get fried from the dark truck color hot sheet metal. Makes a good work bench at home too. That combination tailgate/ramp wouldn't work for me, too slick during icy, snowy weather. A guy in a nearby town got killed loading his ATV a few years back. We all figured he didn't chain both sides of his ramp to bed rope hooks and got the front wheels on the tailgate, then goosed it, the ramp kicked off the tailgate and the back of the machine hit the ground then it went over on top of him.
And as you said, must be just the newer trucks. I see guys running all around, Dodges, Chevys, and Fords with the back wheels of the 4 wheelers resting on the tailgates due to their behind the cab toolboxes.
And I don't see how guys have the huevos to load snowmachines or ATV's sideways on top of the bed edges.
Heavy truck and diesel mechanic (thankfully retired after 30+ yrs)
'91 F-250 SC 4X4, 5spd. ATS Turbo, 3:55 diff.
Last edited by LMJD; 10-09-2018 at 02:11 PM.