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

Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for Dodge 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 Dodge Trucks part number VGD-02-100 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - VGD-02-100

  • 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
  • Spring-loaded 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

VGD-02-100 Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - 100 Series

Installation Details VGD-02-100 Installation instructions

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Video of Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for Dodge Trucks

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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 Dodge Trucks - VGD-02-100

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.


While the product is as expected, I found that the instructions were confusing. It appears that the term “pivot tube inserts” in the instructions may actually refer to the 1-3/8” Rubber Discs on the 2102 parts list for the Dodge for the Vented 100 Series Tailgate??? Or even a pivot tube insert that should have been included with the parts??? (See #6 For VG-100 gates:). The part name in the list should be the same as the part referenced in the instructions to make the instructions easier to understand. Also, in the instructions, step #7 refers to pivot tube inserts, not rubber discs. So, it was confusing as to what pivot tube inserts were being referred to. This confusion is due to the use of different part names in the instructions and parts list. In addition, the photos of the steps at the bottom of the page do not bring any clarity to the written instructions, as they are difficult to see and determine what is being shown. Perhaps arrows indicating the part being referenced and other parts in relation to each other would be helpful. The only video we could find to help with the assembly only showed the different parts and not any assembly instruction. Also, the video mentioned the rubber discs, not a pivot tube insert. A video showing the actual assembly would be helpful. I was not able to find a video showing the assembly for my particular truck. Finally got the assembly done and the tailgate installed-oops-forgot to install the rubber discs or are they the pivot tube inserts???

Well made and working great. No complaints recommended to all.
JohnB - 08/07/2022


Bought it for a friend. He said it took him about 15min to install it on a 2006 2500 Dodge/Ram. He said the he really liked it and said it was solidly made.

No complaints. Still looks good and works.
Gordon - 12/26/2022

2002 Dodge Ram Pickup

Love the look. East to install. Needed to use my old cables and had to buy some fasteners and washers to attach the cables and also had to buy the hinge bushings. But for the price and the quality I am very happy.

I havent used the hitch hardware much but I like it. The tailgate is the star. I like it a lot and the open design makes parallel parking in the city so easy. I also get a lot of questions and nice comments about the look.
Jeff - 10/17/2017


Well built and very sturdy.


We ordered the new tailgate to make life easier with pulling 5th wheel trailers. Delivery was fast and accurate. It took my hubby awhile to figure out how to get his old tailgate off, but installation of the new one was a breeze! He loves his new tailgate and wishes he had ordered it sooner!

2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

Took just a few minutes to install and adjust latches. It's a solid tailgate yet light weight. I tow my fifth wheel several times a year and this tailgate will save me a lot of bending and straining. It's a great product.


I really like the tail gate.I'm very forget full and 1 thing i can't remember is to drop my tail gate when unhooking my trailer. Also the cost was alot more affordable than doing a factory tail gate that I would need to paint. And was very easy to install.

2007 Dodge Ram Pickup

Removed tailgate from box looks great made very well heavy duty no scratches or dents perfect can't wait to get on the truck. Would definitely recommend ur products to others. Thanx Randy

Tail gate works great no problem with it it at all Great product.
Randy G - 01/07/2022


Delivery was quicker that promised. Easy to install fits right and looks good. Didn’t give it a 5 because I don’t have any run time on it initial impression is very good for the money.

2005 Ram 3500

1:fit and finish (excellent)
arrived 2 days early (awesome)
3:packaging good (everything arrived intact)
Con: (nitpicking)
1: latch bolts should not be slothead (replaced with something not so prone to stripping)
2: could have used more of the rubber spacers (sandwiched steel washers).

Summary: Used on 05 dodge 3500, would buy again. Very pleased with product.

Ram 2500

This is well made and fit perfectly on my Dodge 2500. Great price too!


I love the way it looks
Not dissapointed
at all

2007 Dodge Ram Pickup

I recently purchased a Stromberg-carlson 5th wheel tailgate for my old Ram 2500. Etrailer handled the order very efficiently and the product arrived promptly and in good shape. It was easy to install, fits very well with no rattles, and will make hitching my camper much easier. Its steel construction makes it much sturdier than some of the lighter plastic gates I looked at and should hold up well. An added benefit is being able to see through the tailgate while backing in areas where kids or pedestrians are around. Good product and great service!

tailgate is holding up well and certainly makes using my 5th wheel camper easier. I plan to buy another one for a newer truck I recently purchased.
mike b - 03/27/2020

2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Tailgate arrived as scheduled and took me about 30 minutes to assemble and install. Black gate on my white truck looks sporty and it will not be painted.


I am pleased with the product. Compairing other 5th wheel tailgates and their prices, I think this a great product for the price. The instruction sheet that came with the product was absolutely worthless. The "how to" video on the etrailer website was, however, very easy to follow, informative and the steps were
Shown in an easy to follow sequence.

Great! Very pleased with this product.
r d - 07/28/2016


Very good much better than the last plastic one I got from stromberg

2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

I picked up about 1 mile per gallon. The quality and finish is very good. I plan to leave it on for everyday driving to save gas . Thanks for your good service!


The latch on the right hand side broke in about 10 months.

We do have replacement latch kits available. They are part # VGD-02-100-2102
Replacement Latch Kit for Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design - QTY 2
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 11/12/2021


Perfect fit!!. Could use better instructions on how to remove your tailgate and what all the parts are but the product itself is awesome.


The people at etrailer were great to deal with. Product delivery was prompt and I'm satisfied with service I was given. However, the same cannot be said about the product itself. The instructions included with the tailgate were lacking. A number of rubber disks were included but no mention of what they were used for. I called the factory and they told me the disks were used to space the gate in the opening. Made sense after it was explained but no mention of them in the instructions. I had to add 6 flat washers to each side of the spring locks in order to get the latches to work properly, fortunately I had some laying around the house because none were included with the tailgate. The gap between the fender and the tailgate on the left side is even top to bottom, however the gap on the right side is noticeably uneven, which means the pivot point on the right side was welded in the wrong location. All in all I would give etrailer a 5-star rating for service however product quality would only get about 2 1/2 stars


Easy install and looks great. Be prepared to adjust the latch posts. The mounting hardware for the latches would be easier if it were an Allen key vs. a slot. The customer service is spectacular.

2007 Dodge Ram Pickup

I had one of these tailgates on my previous truck. I liked it so much that i bought one for the 07 ram 3500 that I just bought. Helps to see your trailer much better.

Still very happy with the tailgate
Arnold R - 08/03/2016


Great service


It was easy to install, the finish has held up & still looks new & the tailgate is easy to use. The ease of using this tailgate vs the OEM full tailgate when hitching to our fifth wheel is so much easier & safer!
Thank you for a great product!!


Item received just as described with fast shipping. Tailgate installed easily in under twenty minutes by myself. I would recommend this to anyone with a fifth wheel trailer!

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