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This is a pretty weird question for my first post but this is my first ram and I'm a pretty big guy and I need to know if I need to be careful walk on the tail gate when it's down...

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I'm not aware of any pickup having a weak tailgate weight rating, but you bring up an interesting question. I would guess Dodge would have an exact number as their recommended limit. I wonder where that data would be available? Just curious...how heavy are you? It would be hard for me to imagine that the tailgate would have an issue supporting you unless you're at level of tabloid front page stories you see sometimes. If a pickup tailgate can support loading ramps to load a Goldwing motorcycle or a heavy ATV like you see in the back of many pickups, I'm guessing you're not that heavy...are you? No sick humor intened, but I'd guess if you're too heavy for the tailgate, you probably couldn't even get into the cab of pickup.

Still, it's an interesting question. I can see a situation where a super heavy person tried to use the tailgate as a diving board or trampoline by jumping up and down on it over and over again might be an issue. Under anything approaching normal use...yes, even loading Goldwings and ATV's...it's hard to imagine a problem. There are bound to be some good internet stories floating around about tailgate failures.

I'll also add that probably most tailgates aren't as strong as the good-ol'-days of an actual hinge connected to the body method via chain or metal linkage, but even that's speculation.
 

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I'm not aware of any pickup having a weak tailgate weight rating, but you bring up an interesting question. I would guess Dodge would have an exact number as their recommended limit. I wonder where that data would be available? Just curious...how heavy are you? It would be hard for me to imagine that the tailgate would have an issue supporting you unless you're at level of tabloid front page stories you see sometimes. If a pickup tailgate can support loading ramps to load a Goldwing motorcycle or a heavy ATV like you see in the back of many pickups, I'm guessing you're not that heavy...are you? No sick humor intened, but I'd guess if you're too heavy for the tailgate, you probably couldn't even get into the cab of pickup.

Still, it's an interesting question. I can see a situation where a super heavy person tried to use the tailgate as a diving board or trampoline by jumping up and down on it over and over again might be an issue. Under anything approaching normal use...yes, even loading Goldwings and ATV's...it's hard to imagine a problem. There are bound to be some good internet stories floating around about tailgate failures.

I'll also add that probably most tailgates aren't as strong as the good-ol'-days of an actual hinge connected to the body method via chain or metal linkage, but even that's speculation.
Toyota Tundras and Tacoma's have terrible tailgates that are extremely prone to failure, even under normal use.

 

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I was talking to a roofer at my credit Union the other day
He said that he was not to happy with the tailgate on his work truck, it had fallen off while going down some road

I weigh 280 & i have stood on my tailgate several times taking a Craftsman 20 inch extra deep tool box, full of wrenches, etc. in & out of my rear toolbox, i have to stand on my tailgate to do it

You can see what i am talking about in this image

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9302/img0555v.jpg
 

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Toyota Tundras and Tacoma's have terrible tailgates that are extremely prone to failure, even under normal use.

Wow!...not questioning the truth of the issue on a Toyota, but do you know how that damage in the pic occured? I see a dent in the side body portion of the bed by the taillight. It almost looks like something was slammed in the tailgate while it was extending out the sides.
 

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Wow!...not questioning the truth of the issue on a Toyota, but do you know how that damage in the pic occured? I see a dent in the side body portion of the bed by the taillight. It almost looks like something was slammed in the tailgate while it was extending out the sides.
What looks like a dent in the body portion is the seam of the tailgate that split.

Damage like this can occur with moving heavy objects across the tailgate, or using the tailgate to support heavy objects.

Essentially, what happens, is that the tailgate can't support the load, and just buckles.

Search the Tacoma and Tundra forums for first hand stories. It was one of the major turn offs (to me) about the Tundra.
 

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Having just traded in my Toyota Tacoma last month, I can attest to the weak tailgate. There is a TSB issued for the weak tailgates on the Tacomas which I failed to have performed while it was under warranty. Every time I stood on my tailgate, I had to pretend I was on thin ice and walk very gently.

I still find myself doing the same thing on the back end of my Ram. But after a few steps I realize how beefy that tailgate is. No problems supporting all I can throw at it. It sure is nice to have a real truck, finally.
 
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