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Bed extender dummy question.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EricGagne, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Aug 12, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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    EricGagne

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    It has probably been asked before but I couldn't find the answer in the forum. I'm wondering if I can go on a 2 or 3 weeks expedition using the bed extender and with the tail gate lowered.

    Does the tail gate lock down or something ? If I drive on bumpy roads isn't it going to bounce up and down and damage the hinges ?
     
  2. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    You may add straps from the bed extender to the hitch to make sure the tailgate stays lowered.
     
  3. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM
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    Then I guess a swing out carrier like this instead of the tailgate wouldn't be a very good idea either.

    http://www.tiregate.com/vt_series_0.shtml
     
  4. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    the newer tacos have reinforced tgates. id have to ask how bumpy are we talking? if you need the extender to fit something in the bad, i would think it will hold the tailgate down. if not keep the extender towards the front and the gate closed.
     
  5. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    stress cracks in the actual tailgate. that would be fine
     
  6. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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    Ive had my gen 1 tailgate and cargo rack out for almost 11 yrs. Your not gonna hurt anything.
     
  7. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    I thought Oswego meant cracks on the truck, like near the hinges or something.

    Here's the thing. I'm getting my Tacoma tomorrow, I plan on mounting my Roof-Top-Tent over the bed with a DeWalt rack. I will use the truck for overlanding, not extreme off road but there could be some bumps here and there when back roads are in bad shape. I will undoubtedly ride it at 50+ MPH on some gravel roads that can sometimes be a little rough.

    Now I'm weighing my options to see if there's a way I can fit all my gear in the Tacoma and get rid of my M101 trailer on which I have the RTT for now. I was thinking that if I end up short less than 3 or 4 cubic feet, maybe I could use the bed extender to get the extra room.

    But that means driving anywhere between 3000 and 6000 kilometers that way.
     
  8. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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    if there is weight on the tailgate, im sure itd be fine. i just wouldnt want to bounce the crap out of it while driving.
     
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