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Tailgate when plowing: Up, down or off?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Dougman, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. Dougman

    Dougman Member
    from MA
    Messages: 83

    Now that my plow is installed, I have turned to other fun things like lightbars, emergency chains and ballast. For ballast, I plan to use 60 pound tube sands... probably 10 or 12... and I've built a nice frame out of 2x8 pressure treated wood to hold the bags in position. With the ballast frame in place roughly over the wheels, the tailgate is not really needed. I have been thinking about the tailgate and how it severely limits my view to the rear. The rear view is much better when it's down, but the tailgate would be more easily damaged when backing. I'm sure the view is even better when the tailgate is removed completely, yet it's nice having that hefty tailgate weight there. I mean... What's the point of adding ballast if I'm just taking it away by removing the tailgate?

    And so I ask the pros who do not use salter/sanders: When plowing, is your tailgate up, down or in sitting in your garage?

  2. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

  3. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

  4. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Would kinda have to say that's personal preference, on or off is not going to make much difference either way. If you find it's in your way...remove it....
  5. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    yeah i dont think down is an option why make the truck any longer
  6. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Off and in the corner of the garage!
  7. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Since kind of the subject,
    Who runs the highway with tailgate down? And did you know it's actually costing you more fuel then saving?
  8. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I take it you saw the mythbuster episode? It's also a good way to get alot of chips in your tailgate.
  9. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I always left my tailgate on and up. I was just worried something would happen with my ratchet straps and my ballast would end up on the ground. I only run the gate down when I need to or to let leaves plow out the back SHHHHH... This is what happens when you go mudding with the gate down! I would never do that with my real truck. The chips were terrible.:dizzy:

  10. troy28282

    troy28282 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Off. Last thing I want is putting a back blade through a garage door at 2 in the morning. Plus its alot easier to get a snowblower in and out too without one.
  11. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Always on. And up.
  12. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    off when plowing, up when it needs to be on
  13. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    educate me on this one please
  14. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    Mythbusters did a test on the up versus down gas mileage myth. Running it in the down position causes more drag and uses more fuel. In the up position it creates an air bubble in the bed and has less drag. edit, they also tested no tailgate and i believe it was the same as tailgate in the down position? I don't know for sure about that end of the test though.

    Here is the kicker. They also tested those "airflow" nets that claim to get better mileage than a tailgate up/down. It actually worked and was the most efficient out of all of them. The tests were @ 55mph with a 2WD v6 Dakota using a flow-meter to compare the fuel usage.
  15. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    thanks i nevered really worried about putting the tailgate down when on the highway but its nice to know
  16. i keep it off cause i have a gooseneck that i haul to
  17. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    In Ontario, putting the tailgate down saves you money.........if you go on Highway 407 Toll road....With the tailgate down, the cameras can't see your plate...............Just dont get caught.............tymusic
  18. fatboy

    fatboy Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Mine's off for plowing, but thats becouse I have a driver for my truck( I run the loader) and he's a short ass and he can see better with out it.:D
  19. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Generally it's off for plowing, as that increases visability
  20. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    Personally i don't think the tailgate matters , i generally use my side mirrors when plowing.