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(Business Insider)   Chevrolet's new Silverado 1500 tailgate can morph into six different shapes, soon to be eight or more once the rust sets in   (businessinsider.com) divider line
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2020-09-22 2:18:10 PM  
Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.
 
2020-09-22 2:22:54 PM  

markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.


IDK there are a lot of people don't buy trucks for work, but to be glorified sedans.
 
2020-09-22 2:24:41 PM  
Biggest innovation since Ford's heated tailgate.
 
2020-09-22 2:33:31 PM  
Still not impressed:

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2020-09-22 2:36:35 PM  
Is that why the truck costs $423,876?
 
2020-09-22 2:44:34 PM  

markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.


Always my first thought when I see something like this - "ok, now tell me how long till it breaks."
 
2020-09-22 2:50:07 PM  
 
2020-09-22 2:50:51 PM  
The station wagon gate that could swing vertically or horizontally was endlessly fascinating when I was a kid.
 
2020-09-22 2:50:51 PM  
Two - maybe three Canuckian winters will render it useless.
Besides, most "truck owners" never put anything heavier than a grocery bag full of kale in the back of their rigs these days.
(damn citiots pretending to be up-country degens).
 
2020-09-22 2:53:06 PM  
Just more stuff to break.  All I need in a tailgate, is a latch / handle that works.  I have an '01 Silverado, and have replaced the plastic latch twice already.   Annoying.
 
2020-09-22 2:59:26 PM  

Lucky Stu: Just more stuff to break.  All I need in a tailgate, is a latch / handle that works.  I have an '01 Silverado, and have replaced the plastic latch twice already.   Annoying.


My truck 'tailgate' is more rust & duct-tape than actual steel.
It adds a certain je ne sais quoi to my country bumpkin persona (yes, I peed in the woods out back this morning).
 
2020-09-22 3:00:56 PM  
I clicked on the "article", which is an ad, and was warned that my ad blocker was on.

Nice.
 
2020-09-22 3:15:06 PM  

markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.


GMC has had this tailgate on their half-ton Sierra since 2018.   I'm not sure why this is news.
 
2020-09-22 3:15:51 PM  
the only end anyone ever sees of that model is the front end.
In the read view mirror.
right up on your ass.
 
2020-09-22 3:51:36 PM  
The first time a guy has this tailgate stolen he'll have a decision to make: replace it or buy the kid used car.
 
2020-09-22 4:38:16 PM  
A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.
 
2020-09-22 4:44:13 PM  
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2020-09-22 4:46:20 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.


In would love to see a standard bed again. By standard, I mean a pickup bed that can hold a 4x8 piece of plywood with the tail gate up. Even the standard cabs have short beds now.
 
2020-09-22 4:50:16 PM  

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I had that exact truck and loved it.
 
2020-09-22 4:51:34 PM  
I wish they offered proper truck boxes from the factory.
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2020-09-22 4:55:58 PM  

McGrits: Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.

In would love to see a standard bed again. By standard, I mean a pickup bed that can hold a 4x8 piece of plywood with the tail gate up. Even the standard cabs have short beds now.


The 8'6" camper special boxes were the bees knees.
 
2020-09-22 5:17:43 PM  

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Sporty!
 
2020-09-22 5:44:49 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.


Then get the smaller cab, I think chevy calls it a quad cab now. It's what used to be called an extended cab. Those boxes are still 6 feet. It's the bigger 4 door that's less than 6 feet now
 
2020-09-22 6:13:59 PM  
84 F350 stakebed owner here...I could put THAT truck in the back of MY truck...no radio, no power windows, no god-damn lumbar support.
 
2020-09-22 6:26:14 PM  

akya: Yes, but can it tow a 70 foot mobile home?
[Fark user image 850x478]Link:Chevy Silverado Driver Busted Towing 70-Foot Mobile Home on Rural Missouri Highway


I once saw a Ford F-550-ish type pickup (very large heavy duty, but still a pickup) tow a full sized shipping container, so basically it was acting like a big rig replacement.  Oh, and it had US Federal government plates.  I was ??? for several reasons.

Toyota once had a stock Tundra tow a farking space shuttle: https://www.usatoday.com/sto​ry/driveon​/2012/10/13/toyota-tundra-pickup-space​-shuttle-endeavour/1631235/
 
2020-09-22 7:44:37 PM  

markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.


We get it!  It's a piece of crap that will fall apart!  It's a Chevrolet!
 
2020-09-22 8:05:38 PM  

RussianPotato: markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.

We get it!  It's a piece of crap that will fall apart!  It's a Chevrolet!


I'll never forget how the early 60s Chevy & GMC pickups were designed so that if you opened the door all the way, it would dent the body metal - so they installed a canvas strap between the door and the doorframe to keep it from opening all the way.
I swear to god I'm not making this up.
It was that way for three or four model years, I think.
 
2020-09-22 8:15:17 PM  

jso2897: RussianPotato: markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.

We get it!  It's a piece of crap that will fall apart!  It's a Chevrolet!

I'll never forget how the early 60s Chevy & GMC pickups were designed so that if you opened the door all the way, it would dent the body metal - so they installed a canvas strap between the door and the doorframe to keep it from opening all the way.
I swear to god I'm not making this up.
It was that way for three or four model years, I think.


It wasn't just GM. Engineers were just not that great back in the day. I had several cars with "breakaway straps". That thing comes loose and you fold the front of your door. Brilliant!
 
2020-09-22 8:36:49 PM  
K.I.S.S.

I'm sure this will entice someone to buy a Silverado. Seems like a solution in search of a problem to me though.
/Still don't understand tailgate dampers either.
 
2020-09-22 8:45:53 PM  

markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.


That or a construction worker weighing in the upper 200s uses the step while carrying a 100 pound load. Or the same worker slamming the gate too hard. Or.... The list goes on. There is a very valid reason that tailgates have a limited number of moving parts.

I can only assume that if you want a "normal" tailgate it will be an upcharge.
 
2020-09-22 8:49:03 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.


49"x97" bed or begone. If it can't carry sheet goods it isn't a proper truck.
 
2020-09-22 8:59:56 PM  

baron von doodle: Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.

49"x97" bed or begone. If it can't carry sheet goods it isn't a proper truck.


My old (06) F150 came with a net thing that secured 8 foot loads with the tailgate down. I'd hate to try to park a truck with an 8 ft bed.
 
2020-09-22 9:06:56 PM  

majestic: baron von doodle: Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.

49"x97" bed or begone. If it can't carry sheet goods it isn't a proper truck.

My old (06) F150 came with a net thing that secured 8 foot loads with the tailgate down. I'd hate to try to park a truck with an 8 ft bed.


8ft beds are not a problem when you don't have a minivan where the cab should be.
 
2020-09-22 10:04:03 PM  

Hassan Ben Sobr: 84 F350 stakebed owner here...I could put THAT truck in the back of MY truck...no radio, no power windows, no god-damn lumbar support.


'84 Silverado 2500.
I finally but 1994 chevy seats in mine...so much better on the back..
And replaced body bushings..

Can't spill the coffee or iced tea..
 
2020-09-22 11:40:33 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: markie_farkie: Check back after a thousand duty cycles, and the bed has been filled with sand, gravel, dirt, etc.  I bet half of those end up being rendered unusable due to that.

IDK there are a lot of people don't buy trucks for work, but to be glorified sedans.


I would say a majority of people who drive trucks don't use them for anything other than commuting.  Maybe haul a thing or two over their time if ownership at most.

At least in the city.  Your mileage in rural areas may naturally vary.
 
2020-09-23 12:24:43 AM  
If I need a step tailgate to get into the bed of my truck, I sure as hell won't be able to get my foot in the stirrup, and if I can't get on a horse, I would no longer need the two I have, or the horse trailers, hay trailer, tractor, 110 acres, barns, or... a pickup truck. If i sold all that, I could have a condo, a corvette, and a prescription for little blue pills

19 Denali HD Duramax - pulls horse trailer with ease.
 
2020-09-23 7:04:32 AM  

baron von doodle: Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.

49"x97" bed or begone. If it can't carry sheet goods it isn't a proper truck.


Ford still offers a proper long bed with both regular cab and extended cab versions. Chevy only offers it with the regular cab. Dodge only offers it with their previous generation (still new, just old design) regular cab. (All offers theoretical - lots of dealers won't ever order an 8' bed on a half-ton, unless the cater to a lot of commercial business).

Funny thing is, most minivans can handle a 4x8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate closed...
 
2020-09-23 9:53:12 AM  

majestic: baron von doodle: Ow! That was my feelings!: A 6 foot bed would be more useful than a fancy tailgate.

49"x97" bed or begone. If it can't carry sheet goods it isn't a proper truck.

My old (06) F150 came with a net thing that secured 8 foot loads with the tailgate down. I'd hate to try to park a truck with an 8 ft bed.


The wheelbase of my regular cab, 8' bed was shorter than that of the extended cab, 6'6" bed truck that replaced it. The old truck turned a lot better.

But I do more towing and less hauling bulky items these days, and have a bigger dog that needs his own seat. The last dog fit between the two front seats.  This guy hit 110 pounds at 17 months old.
 
2020-09-23 4:08:56 PM  

Lucky Stu: Just more stuff to break.  All I need in a tailgate, is a latch / handle that works.  I have an '01 Silverado, and have replaced the plastic latch twice already.   Annoying.


I'd really like to have some sort of step option though. Getting older makes it harder to get in there. =(
 
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