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Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate - Open Design - Toyota

Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate - Open Design - Toyota

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Custom fit for your vehicle, this tailgate features a vented design that improves your field of vision when you are driving. Cutout allows for easy towing of 5th-wheel and gooseneck trailers. Aerodynamic styling reduces drag. Lowest Prices for the best tailgate from Stromberg Carlson. Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate - Open Design - Toyota part number VGT-70-100 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - VGT-70-100

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

Custom fit for your vehicle, this tailgate features a vented design that improves your field of vision when you are driving. Cutout allows for easy towing of 5th-wheel and gooseneck trailers. Aerodynamic styling 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
  • Rotary 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

VGM-70-100 Stromberg Carlson Tailgate - 100 Series

Installation Details VGT-70-100 Installation instructions

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Video of Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate - Open Design - Toyota

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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.

Customer Reviews

Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate - Open Design - Toyota - VGT-70-100

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (1100 Customer Reviews)

Custom fit for your vehicle, this tailgate features a vented design that improves your field of vision when you are driving. Cutout allows for easy towing of 5th-wheel and gooseneck trailers. Aerodynamic styling reduces drag.


Bought to replace my smashed factory tailgate on 2008 Tundra (never back a trailer with the tailgate down ;)
Sturdy and lightweight. Latches could be a bit easier, but certainly not a deal-breaker.
Would buy again.


Upper right corner bent, very minor. Box was in rough condition though. Square tubing at top does not extend to the ends, both sides. creating weak upper corners. Tubing stops at vertical partition, extending to ends may complicate fabrication. Overall, good product for the cost. Tailgate is on the light side no doubt to keep cost down. Submitted by professional engineer with significant design experience.

2014 Toyota Tundra

Needs to have the part filled in

2007 Toyota Tundra

I ordered the Stromberg Carlson 5th wheel tailgate for my 2007 Tundra on a Sunday evening. It was shipped Monday morning and I received it by Friday. I finally got around to taking it out of the box and was able to quickly attach the latches supplied. Thank you! It looks and works great.

2011 Toyota Tundra

Looks good appears easy to install but had to call and order nuts and bolts did not come with order that being said Judy was very helpful with this problem and shipped needed materials that day

Paint is peeling and there is rust will have to take it to a shop and it repaired and repainted should not really impressed with the durability of the product
Mike K - 10/31/2017


Easy to instill and it fits my 2018 Toyota Tundra


2013 Toyota Tundra

Nice product for the price. I went ahead and sprayed the gate with a couple of cans of gloss black spray paint since one of the videos said that the black powder coat was really just a primer and can be painted. Not sure if that was necessary, and it was kind of a hassle. We do love how a 5th wheel tailgate makes hitching and unhitching so much easier!

2007 Toyota Tundra

I bought this tailgate to replace the one that came with my truck a year ago and it is working well , it has improved my rear vision when backing , I drive on some washboard roads and it latches as well today as it did on the first day ,my only negative thing is it arrived with damage to the top corners so a little more padding would help .

2008 Toyota Tundra

It's a nice light duty tail gate. However, you have to " work " with it at times because it doesn't line up precisely with the bed. Not a problem if you keep a hammer with you as I do.
It has considerably improved my gas mileage, so the occasions that it refuses to work are made up by the savings at the pump. All in all, I would recommend it as long as you're not worried about breaking your fingernails closing it. ( and if that's a worry, what the hell are you driving a Tundra for!!??? )

2012 Toyota Tundra

I have never been disappointed when buying from etrailer and have recommended it to several of my RV aquaintances. The product is always as advertised and a bargain with free shipping and fast delivery.
The tailgate fit perfectly and was powder coated.
Thanks etrailer.

2016 Toyota Tundra

It Fit very good. easy to install.


Works great. Easy to install. Worth the money.

Still works great. Stood up to lots of abuse.
Michael - 02/01/2019


Quick to ship product, well packed, clear instructions. I am pleased with the product, and with etrailer.

2007 Toyota Tundra

only problem I have had was the rust on the opening latches... a good rust removal and a heavy dose of WD-40 solved that. and I do keep it on all the time. like the view when backing up.

taken out of service. I had to stop RV travels due to medical problems. due to broken back & neck operation I am unable to set-up 5th wheel RV. I am looking for a new home for the tailgate.
Martin - 05/20/2019


Easy to put together would buy again.

2010 Toyota Tundra

very nice product well built and good fit. super fast shipping.


Very nice looks great very easy to put on.

2013 Toyota Tundra

thank you





Review from a similar 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate in Tailgate

I received and attempted to install the tailgate. The pins and the receivers on the tailgate are of different size. The pins are 1.25 inch diameter and the receivers internal dims on the tailgate 1.125 or even slightly less.

It looks to me as though the tailgate receivers where designed for a 1" pin

With a 2007 Chevy Silverado there are two body styles the Classic and New Body style. The Classic has a separate housing for turn signals, divided by some trim. The New Body has the front turn signal integrated into the one piece headlight housing. Based on the installation difficulties and picture of the front of trucks light housing you have the New Body style and would need part # VGM-07-100
Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate with Open Design for GM Trucks
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 12/08/2021


Review from a similar 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate in Tailgate

I love the tailgate ! Very easy to symbol and I love your delivery was fast.

Im still Loving the tailgate ! Its still in great shape yes I will recommend it to a friend still after a year no rest at all.
Donna - 03/20/2022


Review from a similar 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate in Tailgate

This gate is a great replacement for the original gate which I have in storage. I do quite a bit of trailering and like the convenience and better visibility. I am searching for aa backup camera that would plug into wiring harness. Do not want to disassemble original gate to get the camera.

The gate is as I expected and have I have recommended to friends who like the look and convenience when pulling gooseneck trailers.
Jjbbrangus - 05/20/2021


Review from a similar 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate in Tailgate

Fits perfectly and matches my F350 bed design nicely. Install was simple and fast. Great replacement to a tailgate that was rotting away, plus I notice the lack of drag with this new tailgate. Just like advertised, my view when backing up to hitch up is much more clearer. Awesome product.

After a year Ive still had no issues with my tailgate, I can remove it easily when I dont need it and it has held up exceptionally well, Ive scratched it a few times but a little touch up paint and its back to new. Has never rusted or let me down yet, plus I always recognize a difference in fuel mileage.
James H - 08/23/2020

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    The biggest difference between the Stromberg Carlson Tailgates # VGT-70-100 and part # VGT-70-4000 is the material the tailgates are made of. The # VGT-70-100 is made of a heavy duty steel, powdered coated black to resist corrosion. The # VGT-70-4000 is made of a plastic that has been engineered to be just as strong as the steel tailgates, since it is plastic it will never corrode, and it is much lighter weight. Both tailgates are confirmed to fit your 2011 Toyota Tundra.
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    The Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VGT-70-4000 that fits your 2020 Toyota Tundra is not weight bearing but we do have the Stromberg Carlson part # VGT-70-100 that fits your vehicle that is rated for 100 lbs. Obviously this wouldn't handle the weight of two adults though.
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  • How Does the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series Fifth Wheel Tailgate for 2012 Toyota Tundra Open
    To open the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate # VGT-70-100 you will pull on the rings that are attached to the latch system. This will release the latch so that the tailgate can open. Check out the picture I attached that shows what the latch system looks like. I also attached a video for a similar Stromberg Carlson Tailgate to show you how the latch system works.
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  • Fifth Wheel Tailgate for 2019 Toyota Tundra
    The Stromberg Carlson # VGT-70-100 fifth wheel tailgate is indeed a fit for a 2019 Toyota Tundra. I've confirmed that for you with my Stromberg Carlson representative. You can see an installation video by clicking the provided link.
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  • What Size are the Latches of the Replacement Latch Kit # 1085
    The latches in the Replacement Latch Kit, # 1085, are 3-5/8 inches long x 1-1/2 inches wide x 3/4 inch deep. These latches were designed to replace the latches that come with the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series Fifth Wheel Tailgate, # VGT-70-100. The hook with the pull ring sticks out 1-5/8 inches. I have attached an installation video of the tailgate that shows how the latches install on the tailgate.
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  • Recommended Tailgate for 2014 Toyota Tundra with Integrated Lock
    For your 2014 Toyota Tundra, I recommend the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate with Lock for Toyota Trucks # VGT-70-4000. This is a great quality item that is confirmed to fit your truck. There is also the Louvered Tailgate Insert for Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VI-4000 you can add to this model. There is not an option for a camera but there is an integrated lock on this one. You can get creative to add a camera, but you'd need...
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  • Availability of Replacement Latches for Tailgate on 2003 Ford F-250
    The Replacement Latch Kit # 1085 that you referenced is designed specifically for the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate # VGT-70-100. Unless this is what you have installed on your Ford F-250 this latch kit won't work. We do not have any OEM replacement latches available for your truck but if you are considering replacing the tailgate altogether with a 5th wheel model like the above-mentioned unit I recommend the Stromberg Carlson # VG-97-4000. This is an extremely nice...
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