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Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for Ford Trucks

Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for Ford Trucks

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This tailgate from Stromberg Carlson features an open design that improves your field of vision when driving and is custom fit to your vehicle. Cutout allows for easy towing of 5th-wheel and gooseneck trailers, and aerodynamic design reduces drag. Great Prices for the best tailgate from Stromberg Carlson. Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for Ford Trucks part number VG-100 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - VG-100

  • Fifth Wheel Tailgate
  • Truck Tailgate
  • Open-Design Tailgate
  • Steel
  • Stromberg Carlson
  • Without Lock

This tailgate from Stromberg Carlson features an open design that improves your field of vision when driving and is custom fit to your vehicle. Cutout allows for easy towing of 5th-wheel and gooseneck trailers, and aerodynamic design reduces drag.


  • Vented design
    • Improves your field of vision when driving
    • Reduces drag for better gas mileage
  • Convenient cutout for towing a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailer
  • Heavy-duty steel tube construction
  • Powder coat finish can be painted to match your vehicle
    • Finishing coat of paint is recommended for complete rust resistance
  • 2 Latches secure the tailgate to the truck
    • Gate lowers to sit flush with truck bed so that you can easily load cargo
    • Uses original cables that came with your vehicle
  • Installation hardware is included
  • Vehicle-specific application
  • Made in the USA


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

VG-100 Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - 100 Series

Installation Details VG-100 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate Review

Hey guys. Today we're going to take a look at the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate. Now this is going to be a direct replacement for your factory tailgate for most of your late eighties to early nineties Ford model trucks. Now this is a vented tailgate so it's going to give you better vision for when you're driving or backing up, and it's also going to improve your gas mileage. While this cutout is also going to be good for loading any 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers so you won't have to lower the tailgate to get those loaded.Now if you got to tailgate that's broken or damaged or you just don't want to mess with it anymore, a lot of times with these older trucks they'll just be very outdated and just very weathered down. So you can see this one is, it's very hard to pull that handle up to get it open, so it'd be good idea to replace it.

But if you don't want to spend the time or the money to try to find an exact replacement for the tailgate, the Stromberg Carlson is going to do a great job to replace it.It has a heavy duty steel tube construction, which is going to be very durable and have a 100 pound weight capacity and has a black powder coat finish which can be painted to match the surface of your vehicle. And that's what actually Stromberg Carlson recommends to complete the rust resistance. This is going to be custom fit tailgate, so it's going to match the contours of your truck bed. It uses two of these latches to secure to your tailgate while also utilizing the factory pin that your old factory tailgate attached to first. So we just got to pull in on the pins, close it, and the pins are going to lock behind those pins so that you can't unlock it.Now that we've gone over some of those features, let's show you how to install.

And before we install our tailgate there's a bit of pre-assembly we have to do. It doesn't take too much time at all. We already have one side done. Next side we'll just do real quick. First things first.

We're going to take this pin out. We just push in on the sides like so. Pull the pin out. We're not going to need that. Going to take this ring, key ring, and slide that around into the slot.

That's going to be basically your handle. There we go. Just like that. And we're to take this rubber grommet and we're going to put it on the inside of the bracket, face down. We want it to wrap around. Now it is advised to use a type of adhesive so that it stays in place, but for demonstration purposes, we're going to skip that step.Now we can get it in place on our tailgate. You want to make sure that the latch right here is on the outside of this bracket right there. It's going to slide into place just like that. Now we'll take our included hardware. We're going to make sure that the heads of the bolts are on the outside. We'll thread one of our nuts on there. Do the same for the other one. Now you will notice that when it's not tightened down, you do have a lot of adjustability right here. You want to tighten it down so that the latch is level with this rail right here. So just get a flat head screwdriver and then a wrench and then you can tighten that down.Now we're going to remove the factory tailgate. What we need to do first is open it up. Bring it down and we need to get these cables unattached from the truck bed. And how are we going to do that is a tab right here, we're just gonna push in on it and push up just like that. And then do the same for the other side. Now we have both cables and removed and hat we're going to do is pull it off of the passenger side like so, and then the driver's side. And then we can set it aside.Now we can grab our Stromberg Carlson and put it in place. We're going to put that tube on the driver's side first, like so, and then we can get the passenger's side on. So lift up, push it to close it. You may have to pull on the pins just to get her to close for the first time, just so we can adjust. I see over here on our driver's side, our latch is pretty tight. We're not going to mess with that at all. But if you come over to our passenger side, we're going to see that we got a lot of wiggle room, so we're just going to make a few adjustments to our latch and then try it again. So we're going to open it up first, pull both ends and open up the tailgate. And what we're going to do is we're going to hold up with our knee and we're going to come down to the bolt and the nut that we have on the latch system, loosen those up and then push it down towards this base part right here. Let's go ahead and do that.Now we've made that adjustment. Let's go ahead and shut our tailgate. Remember you've got to pull on the pins to get to tailgate to shut. Now you see we did take out a lot of that rattling just by making that minor adjustment. Now at that point, your installation's going to be complete. However if you want to go a step further and attach your factory cables, you can do that as well. Just keep in mind that the hardware is not included, but you can just kind of go around to the shop and maybe find a couple of scrap parts. We just have a basic, a nut and bolt, and then we have a washer around it as well. You cannot use the same hardware that was holding it to the factory tailgate because it was just one screw holding it into the side without a bolt. And another thing you want to keep in mind is this is not a weight bearing tailgate, so I would avoid standing or sitting on it or setting anything dense and heavy on top of it while it's lowered.That's going to do it for our look at the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate.

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Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for Ford Trucks - VG-100

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (1168 Customer Reviews)

This tailgate from Stromberg Carlson features an open design that improves your field of vision when driving and is custom fit to your vehicle. Cutout allows for easy towing of 5th-wheel and gooseneck trailers, and aerodynamic design reduces drag.

2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty

FAST delivery!! Great packaging! Well made product.
Makes hooking up to 5th wheel much easier.

1996 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I installed this tailgate on my '96 Ford F250 on the day it arrived. Installation was simple, instructions easy to follow. My hats off to the Customer Service at My tailgate was shipped on the day I ordered it, arrived at my home in 5 days, as promised. Thank you for your wonderful service !


Everything was good as far as etrailer's communication and shipping. The problem was with the stromberg Carlson VG-100 tailgate. powdercoat had bubbles in it everywhere. I will have to completely sand down and repaint. The pivot points are to large and they provided pvc pipe that was cut to use as a bushings. what kind of crap is that. I will have to redo that as well.


Looks nice, fits good. The assembly instructions werew very vague and hard to follow. Iam well pleased with your product

Hi I have the same truck as you do and bought this tailgate used. I have tried the upper and lower positions for the latch but they dont hit correctly. I see you used the lower position but what does it catch on the bed side? Could you take a picture if possible? Thanks in advance
-- comment by: Adam - 04/30/2015
Good except I had to replace some of the hardware
johnny - 02/23/2016


The tailgate arrived the day it was supposed and was an easy installation. Fit and finish is good and it adds visibility when compared to a factory tailgate. Crystal was also very helpful to correct an error I had made when placing the order.


5Th wheel tailgate just as described very happy with with design and looks. Looks very nice super fast shipping and Tyra F. Was great customer service

1997 Ford F-250 and F-350 Heavy Duty

Delivery was fast and package was in good conditions.
Installation was a breeze. New tailgate fits perfect and is easy to hook my 5th wheel trailer without the need of opening the tailgate.
The only part that is not clear, product info says i can use my OE cables from my old tailgate on the new VG-100. I have called etrailer several times and have not yet gotten an answer on how to use the cables. Also called Stromberg Carlson and no answer from them either.
I guess i will come up with my own solution.
installed on my 97 F350

Luis,Thank you for your review. We contacted Stromberg Carlson and the OEM cable attaches to the drivers side and then to the gate.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 12/22/2017

1996 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Unlike a previous version I had, this is made specifically for my 96 F350 and fits perfectly. Now my rear running lights are visible. I used some spray rust inhibitor on the insides of all the tubes to alleviate rust running out in wet conditions.
Very pleased with products

Still in great shape and operates well. I have been in situations where I had to hitch my 5th wheel from an angle. Dropping a tailgate interferes and this tailgate allows easy access.
Wayne - 10/27/2017

1997 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This tail gate was a perfect fit for my 1997 ford F250 HD pickup. The package arrived on time and was in perfect condition. Installation took about 30 minutes and was very easy. I definitely would recommend etrailer as a great place to buy from with great customer service and package tracking.

Have had the tailgate for just about a year, and it is still holding up just fine and functioning perfectly. No signs of rust or paint flaking off, and truck is not garaged. Great product.
Robin G - 04/18/2020

1996 Ford F-250 and F-350

Does the job well. Makes hooking up to my fifth wheel easier. Does have a slight rust problem at the end of the cross tubes, should have a dipping process to get the inner parts covered. The right end pivot point rotates and cause the alignment to get off and the tailgate is hard to get off. I got some PVC parts at Home Depot and manufactured my own pivot point that won't rotate. I also use stainless steel clamp on the right end tightened from the bottom so the tailgate cant easily be stolen.


Took some time to get it to fit perfectly, heavy duty and very easy to see through when attaching gooseneck


Purchased this fifth wheel tailgate about a year ago. Other than a bit of chipped paint, this tailgate is an excellent value for the money!


Service was excellent. I ordered the wrong size tailgate the 1st time. Called and they sent me what I needed to send that one back and got a new one in 2 days. It was easy to install and looks great on my truck.

Its been a year and the tailgate still looks great and works great!!
Kit B - 09/13/2016


On my 1995 F350. Works great. I even backed it into fence post while it was down, bent it a little but still works fine. If you do a lot of 5th wheel hitch and unhitch you will love it.


Had to do some adjustments but worked o ut.

1996 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Installed it today in about an hour. No issues with regard to the instructions & all parts were included. Price was very reasonable for the product and it looks great on my 1996 Ford F350 Dually. Will make hooking up my fifth wheel trailer much easier not to mention improved air flow & reduced weight on my truck. Also shipping was prompt & box was in good condition.

1992 Ford F-250 and F-350

Tailgate appearance was fine and the delivery time was excellent,
but the tailgate bottom pivot point to the top bracket was one half inch off. Thus I had to cut off the new brackets receiving prongs to make it fit. Luckily I had the tools. Now it makes enough contact with truck bolt to be secure. New latch is approx. one half inch too high or a little less.
Also be aware that there are no cable attachment points on the tailgate. I will drill these at a later date.
I am not totally disappointed but the product could have been better. Just not a professional fit.

1997 Ford F-250 and F-350 Heavy Duty

This is a great inexpensive way to add a receiver hitch to the 4" square bumper on my 5th wheel. I purchased this so I could carry my bikes. Also purchased the Swagman XP 4 BIKE RACK a perfect pair.


I love it no problems with it ,fit perfectly and great way to hook up my 2 fifth wheels glad I purchased this

1997 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Works great on my 1997 F250 now I don't worry about backing into my tail gate when hooking up the fifth wheel.


I have it installed and it looks great and works just like it should


Product very well built and sturdy. Worth every penny. The only reason I gave it a 4 rating instead of a 5 is the installation instructions. I read reviews about the weak instructions and have to agree. Being mechanical was a help in figuring out the instructions. etrailer shipped the item very quick and provided a great follow up. I highly recommend them.

1997 Ford F-250 and F-350 Heavy Duty

Bought the tailgate for fifth wheel use but it also makes view better to hook to bumper hitch.


I was very happy with the speedy delivery, as well as the quality and price of the tailgate. The only negative experience was the extremely poor installation guide. It was basically worthless (particularly because the part numbers were not engraved on the parts), so I installed it using only common sense. The installation instructions need to be improved.

1996 Ford F-250 and F-350

Product arrived on time and was well packed. kept us informed throughout the packing and shipping process.

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