Everything you can do right now to NOT be out money is smart! Every prepper should be watching his/her finances carefully and making good decisions, even if that decision is to spend a little now to save a LOT later!
My truck tailgate was stolen this past May. I know the exact date and I know the exact time frame of when it happened! It was Thursday, the 8th. I volunteered to work the district Technology Conference and then had to stop by the store to pick up some cookies for a thing we were having at school. When I pulled into my driveway, I remember looking at the clock in the truck and noticing that it was 8:45 p.m. It was a long day…and I still had to update Prepper Website.
In the morning, my son took out the trash to the street. When he came in, he asked me why I had taken off my tailgate. I looked at him and asked, “what are you talking about?” He said, “your tailgate is not on your truck.” I went out to look and noticed that it was gone. It was 5:45 a.m.
I learned that it takes about 30 seconds to take off a tailgate. It just lifts off! How stupid is that??? Watch the video below. It takes the jerk more time to park and lift up his truck bed cover than to lift off the tailgate!
I filed a police report for the insurance and asked the officer if there were more thefts reported in the neighborhood. He said that he doesn’t get called out to my neighborhood very often. So, I figure that someone targeted my truck. I’ve come to this conclusion because it is hard to get a used one!
The replacement cost $2900. That included purchasing the tailgate, putting it together, emblems, matching the paint job and spray-in bed liner. Luckily, I didn’t have to pay that. I just had to pay my deductible. But still, it is money that I wish I didn’t have to spend.
I contemplated not replacing the tailgate. I was eying a tailgate net on Amazon. But, I wasn’t sure about the holes. And, I guess you don’t realize how much you really use the tailgate until you don’t have one.
A positive thing that came out of this experience is that the new tailgate has a lock on it. For some reason, the stolen tailgate didn’t have a lock on it. In talking with the insurance rep., it should have.
The insurance rep. also told me about a cheap aftermarket item that you can put on your truck that, if you forget to lock your gate, makes it difficult for a thief to steal your tailgate.
I purchased the McGard Tailgate lock at my local auto parts store. The lock is basically a “hose clamp” type mechanism that requires a special key lock to loosen and tighten. The key is only used to install the lock and then you put it up for safe keeping. The lock does not impede the ability to open or close the tailgate one bit. But it does stop anyone from being able to lift off the tailgate without first removing the lock!
I purchased the McGard lock for $26. Amazon sells it for $19. It took me about 5 minutes to install. (Make sure you get the one for your truck!) I wish I would have known about this little lock before. It would have saved me a lot of hassle AND more importantly, money!
If you own a truck, do yourself a favor and install this little lock. Even if you have an older tailgate, can you afford to replace it?
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