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Need help protecting tailgate for now.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Shawns Lawns, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I will be using my new truck this year for cutting and will be hauling a new trailer.. I have been using this http://www.loadhandler.com/ to empty the grass out of the back of my old truck and it works awsome. I don't mind putting it on the new tailgate but does anyone know of a protector i could use so that the straps that go around the tailgate will not wear off the paint like it did on my old truck. I plan on getting a dump insert but i may have to wait till next year for that. So in the meantime i am looking for a way to keep my new tailgate from looking like my old one. Any suggestions??:waving:
  2. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Some sort of thin foam strip under the strap?? Maybe a towel?

    I would some sort of cloth underneath it would stop the paint from coming off.
  3. METRO 36

    METRO 36 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    A large lco in my area ran into the same problem,so he just ran down to the local junk yard and bought a couple of used tail gate's, and swapped them and put the new ones up in his garage.

    4LLAWNSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I bought a tailgate that is made of expanded metal and have used it on 2 superduty's. When ever I got a new truck I would always take the tailgate off before I screwed it up. Not only will this tailgate take some abuse, but you can touch up the paint on it with some black spray paint if you like. You can also bungee cord stuff to it to keep from bouncing around, and you can see out the back of it for when you are backing up. I am not sure of the exact address to find one-but if you search expanded metal tailgate you should be able to find one. There is also that theory of improved mileage from airflow, but I mow lawns and don't know much about physics.:)
  5. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I thought of getting a extra tailgate to. So i called and they are going for $300 a pop..... at a junkyard, really not the amount i wanted to spend. payup payup payup
  6. ArkansasLawns

    ArkansasLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Could you call "Loadhandler" and see if they could recommend something. Then try to find something similar to what they recommended locally .
  7. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    would foam pipe insulation wrapped around the straps help???
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I know what you are talking about... I had a load handler for a few years. I never tried to prevent the damage though, once I realized it was scratching and rubbing the damage was already done. A terry cloth hand towel under each strap... I found that it was only the top hard plastic portion that did the damage, even though it had some padding in it.

    Does your truck have a tailgate cap? Mine on my GMC protected the paint when I had to use it for a week or so last season.

    Hey, just thought, they have clear plastic stuff out that you use as a scratch and chip protector! It's like a heavy mil wide tape. It's made to apply to the front of your hood and rocker pannels (or anywhere you are worried about chips and scratches) When it starts to get ugly you can peel it off and put on new instead of having chips in the paint! Iv'e seen it sold in some auto parts stores and a new car dealership will definately have it!
  9. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    Good idea i will call them Monday.:waving:
  10. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I thought of the foam and the terry towel but if they get wet and rub it will wear away the finish. But the clear plastic i will look into. Have you ever used it?:waving:

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