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Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Ford Trucks

Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Ford Trucks

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This strong-as-steel plastic tailgate features a cutout that makes it perfect for towing a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailer. The locking tailgate has built-in louvers that reduce drag, and it mounts securely with rotary latches and coated cables. Great Prices for the best tailgate from Stromberg Carlson. Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Ford Trucks part number VG-04-4000 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - VG-04-4000

  • Fifth Wheel Tailgate
  • Truck Tailgate
  • Louvered Tailgate
  • Composite Plastic
  • Stromberg Carlson
  • With Lock

This strong-as-steel plastic tailgate features a cutout that makes it perfect for towing a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailer. The locking tailgate has built-in louvers that reduce drag, and it mounts securely with rotary latches and coated cables.


  • Convenient cutout for towing a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailer
    • Replaces your OEM tailgate during towing or travel to protect it from damage
  • Glass-filled, black composite plastic frame with louvers
    • Frame is blow molded to create a lightweight yet strong-as-steel tailgate
    • Components resist rust
  • Louvered design reduces drag and improves visibility
    • Less drag means better gas mileage
    • Accessory kit (4000-V; sold separately) lets you create a custom look by adding black, paintable steel louvers
  • Keyed center release mechanism works in conjunction with rotary latches
    • Locks gate in closed position
    • Allows for single-handed release
    • Includes 2 keys
  • Rotary latches and coated cables secure the tailgate to the truck
    • Gate lowers to sit flush with truck bed so that you can easily load cargo
  • Installation hardware is included
  • Custom designed to fit your vehicle
  • Made in the USA


  • Weight capacity: 100 lbs
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Note: Not rated for weight bearing applications. Do not stand on the gate.

VG-04-4000 Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Ford Trucks

Installation Details VG-04-4000 Installation instructions

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Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Ford Trucks - VG-04-4000

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (697 Customer Reviews)

This strong-as-steel plastic tailgate features a cutout that makes it perfect for towing a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailer. The locking tailgate has built-in louvers that reduce drag, and it mounts securely with rotary latches and coated cables.

2012 Ford F-150

I just love this product for it replaced my rusty tailgate. My truck has an updated look and a lighter tailgate for me to manage. Less bending and reaching to get things out of cargo area. I made some modifications which improve the cargo area security. The seller of this product was great.

2013 Ford F-150

Speedy delivery. All parts needed were in the box. Instructions were simple but adequate. Truth be told...the biggest problem was getting my old tailgate (with back up camera) uninstalled and removed. Installation of new tailgate was easy. Product feels substantial and looks great!

2013 Ford F-150

Quite straight forward to install. Good bang for the buck if you don't need much weight loaded on the tailgate. Used with the Husky Backup Camera Relocation Kit on my 2013 F-150. Simple mod to the camera kit (cut off lower wire cover and use longer screws to attach to gate where you want it.) Camera is wide angle enough that placement isn't that critical.


It's not for a 5th wheel but I purchased this because evidently used F-150 tailgates are rare in my area. I needed a replacement and this was an economical solution. The only issue I have with it is the latches like to work themselves loose over time so I'm re-adjusting them a couple times a year. No big deal. I would buy it again.

2009 Ford F-150

ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY TAILGATE!!!! Easy to assemble and install. Thank you for selling great, dependable products and the support you give to your customers. I am very grateful.

2010 Ford F-150

Excellent price! Arrived on schedule from UPS. I watched the two videos on installation and installed it on my truck in 20 minutes. I think it looks great. Glad I found it through your website.

2014 Ford F-150

Nice work, good product, easy purchase


This tailgate is used when transporting our Kubota OHV. Since it fits in the back of our Ford F 150 with the tailgate closed, the lighter tailgate is much easier to remove every time we load or unload. It really reduces the chance of a back injury handling the stock tailgate which is twice the weight. The only negative is not being to stand on the tailgate when loading other gear in the truck since the tailgate structure is not designed to take much weight. Otherwise this tailgate has worked well for us.


etrailer worked hard to help me solve the dilemma of the tailgate not being quite the right fit for my truck. Still a bit of a fit difference that I will work out. Know that you pay for postage to return an item but it's an easy process.

2011 Ford F-150

order was promptly filled and delivered. Install was fairly easy and tailgate is very stylish. Very happy with the outcome. My f150 tailgate was stolen from a repair lot during the freeze in feb. Peoeple should consider this product: saved me about a grand. Thanks

2010 Ford F-150

I recently purchased the VG-04-4000 to replace my original tailgate. I was extremely pleased to find the product was very well made & above all else, built to withstand long usage & it simply looks very stylish. I am retired & handicapped to some degree, but I was able to install the tailgate with ease. Simply put, very well made, stylish & looks great on my truck. I don't know how to take a picture & post it on this review, so you'll have to trust me, it looks great. I couldn't be happier


Don't expect the solid functioning of your original tailgate. This one is very light and surprisingly tough. But, shutting it is rarely a one handed quick operation, pushing both edges in is often needed to secure it. Also the edges of the tailgate are not part of the main gate and they are not as tough, I broke one shortly after purchase, 40.00 to replace it. Overall I am happy with the tailgate but it does have its flaws.

2010 Ford F-150

This 5th wheel tailgate is lite but sturdy. It's a good looking addition when you are on the road. The service we got from etrailer was outstanding

2011 Ford F-150

Perfect fit. With install video I was able to have on truck fully functional in less than an hour. 'Plastic' covers on side will tell with time. The tailgate looks like it could take a hit from stuff sliding around in bed.


Great customer service and caring to make sure I received the right part. Now to get it installed!!! So happy! And thank you


The tailgate is well made. Fits just like the original.

It still works great the same as the day I installed it.
Robert S - 09/18/2020


after 2 weeks having installed it a clip had broken that controlled the unlatching, but I went to napa auto and found the correct clip and replaced it and have not had any more problems with it. its great looking and works great.

Stephen T - 04/08/2021

2014 Ford F-150

Tailgate is great the pivot inserts should be improved they don't fit really well ,too loose,I made new ones that fit better

2011 Ford F-150

Good looking product. Using it to replace broken tailgate. It was the right price for me. Had to shim it with some plastic so it would fit tight.

2014 Ford F-150

The tail gate was just as it was advertised. It fit perfect, had no problems installing it. It took me just 15 minutes to completely istall. It was more than I expected. Thanks so much.

2011 Ford F-150

Great product, easily installed and goes well with my white truck. Amazing how well it fit . I commend you etrailer for a great product!


The tailgate was delivered on time and not difficult to install.

2012 Ford F-150

Not only does this tailgate look good on our F150; it was very easy to install.


Easy to install. Fast delivery. Appears to be built pretty sturdy.


Still happy with it. Easily removed and stored at the end of the travel season. Needed to use a nut and bolt to re-attach end caps since provided screws fell out.
Roger - 04/02/2022

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See what our Experts say about this Stromberg Carlson Tailgate

  • 5th Wheel Tailgate Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-150
    The Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VG-04-4000 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2012 Ford F-150 and would install without having to modify the truck at all. You would just need to remove your old tailgate and then this one would replace it just as easy.
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  • Does Stromberg Carlson 5th Wheel Tailgate Include Cables
    Yes, the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series louvered tailgate, part # VG-04-4000, does include the cables. It's designed to fit the Ford F-150 from 2004 to 2014 as long as you don't have a Stepside model. If you have a different truck let me know and I'll recommend the correct tailgate.
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  • Stromberg Carlson 5th Wheel Tailgate Fits for Ford F-150 and F-250
    The Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VG-97-4000 does not fit the 2016 F-150. For that model year it fits only the F-250 and F-350. The other 5th wheel tailgate you referenced, part # VG-04-4000, fits the 2010 through 2014 F-150 but NOT the 2016 F-250. For each item the compatible trucks are listed below the Specs section. On the linked page you can see all 5th wheel tailgates confirmed to fit the 2016 F-250.
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  • Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate for 2019 Ford F-350
    Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VG-04-4000 will not fit your 2019 Ford F-350 but we do have the correct Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th wheel tailgate which is part # VG-15-4000. This USA-made tailgate includes the lock and keys.
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  • Which 5th Wheel Tailgates Will Fit My 2005 Ford F-150
    We can offer several options for 5th Wheel Tailgates for your 2005 F-150, provided that you do not have the step-side bed. The steel Stromberg Carlson 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for the 2005 F-150, part # VG-04-100, offers a custom fit for your F-150 and works with 5th wheel and gooseneck trailers. Another option is the high-strength plastic tailgate, the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock, part # VG-04-4000.
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  • Locking 5th Wheel Tailgate Recommendation for a 2004 Ford F150
    What I would recommend you get is a Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VG-04-4000, this tailgate has a lock built into it. There really isnt a reasonable way to lock the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series Tailgate # VG-04-100 so that is why I believe you would be better off using the # VG-04-4000.
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  • Recommended Tailgate with Louvered Design to Minimize Vibration When Towing
    It sounds like and from the picture looks like you are getting a lot of air hitting the front of your trailer and some of that will be redirected when it also hits your tailgate causing some vibration as you stated. You can use a louvered tailgate for less restricted air flow like # VG-04-4000 or # VG-04-100 which will minimize that vibration caused by your specific combination of truck and trailer. These are both confirmed to fit your 2011 Ford F-150 Supercrew Short Bed. You will also...
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  • Availability of a Fifth Wheel Tailgate For 2006 Ford F-150 Flareside
    I do have fifth wheel tailgates listed for a 2006 Ford F-150, but they do not list if they fit a Flareside model. They do list them by the width of the truck bed. If you can measure the width of your truck bed width on your Flareside vehicle you will be able to tell if one of the tailgates we have will fit. I have the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate, part # VG-04-100 and the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel LouveredTailgate, part # VG-04-4000. These tailgates will...
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  • Fifth Wheel Tailgate Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F-150 Short Bed and Slider Hitch
    A 5th wheel tailgate will provide better turning clearance than the standard tailgate on your 2014 Ford F-150 but it is still possible that, while turning, the pin box could make contact with the tailgate. Another option is a tailgate net, # TR-03. It will be easy to take down and put back up so as to avoid any contact with the trailer pin box. Fifth wheel tailgates such as # VG-04-4000 work best with long bed trucks since the hitches for them don't slide.
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  • Replacement Tailgate Lock for Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series Louvered 5th Wheel Tailgate
    Since WD 40 did not work to unfreeze your Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VG-04-4000, likely the simplest fix will be to replace the lock in the tailgate. Stromberg Carlson offers the Replacement Tailgate Lock for Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series Tailgate # 7455-415. This lock is designed as a replacement for the lock in your # VG-04-4000 tailgate.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Tailgate for 2014 Ford F-150
    The only 5th wheel tailgate option we have your your 2014 Ford F150 is the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Ford Trucks # VG-04-4000 which is a composite material. It is an extremely strong and durable reinforced plastic and has a clean look. It also has the option of adding the Louvered Tailgate Insert for Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VI-4000 and Louver Insert Kit for Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Tailgates...
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  • Providing Pin Box Clearance and Turning Clearance for 2014 Ford F-150
    I have some solutions to help your towing set-up, but there is no way to extend the pin box out an additional 8 inches to increase the distance between the back of the truck tailgate and the trailer. It is not ideal to tow with your truck's tailgate down for the very issue you are experiencing. If the reason you are leaving the tailgate down is because the pin box contacts the tailgate, I have a solution for you. To offer more room for the pin box, a great solution is to replace your...
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