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nakman
02-06-2010, 09:09 AM
A year or so back when these came out a lot of you guys got on the list.. who's got theirs? I just got an email that I'm "close," and I know I was pretty far down there which means you guys either have yours or you lost interest right?

I know Marco has one.. I need to decide what kind of latches to get, and am generally curious if you are still happy with the product. http://www.wagongear.com/Home.html


Also Martin this is where I got the hinge flip kit for my Engel fridge, and still very happy with that. :thumb:

RockRunner
02-06-2010, 09:34 AM
Also Martin this is where I got the hinge flip kit for my Engel fridge, and still very happy with that. :thumb:

Tim,
when you mounted the hinges did you use screws or bolts? If bolts did they protrude into the fridge? Just curious how it looks, I would like to have the side opening instead with a solid hinge.

CBone
02-06-2010, 09:34 AM
I installed mine two weekends ago. I do like it, definitely a high quality product and great idea, but there are a few things about it. For the price, you're not gaining much storage--some fluids, some rags, a tow strap or two. It also adds substantial weight to the tailgate, not a big deal really, but as Crash pointed out, it can be tough for the :Princess: in our lives to slam the tailgate shut when it's all full of gear.

nakman
02-06-2010, 09:52 AM
Carlton good thoughts, hadn't considered the weight. Was thinking this would be a good spot for the air hose, maybe a strap, and some diapers.. :D i will keep the snatch block and fluids inside somewhere else.



Tom the hinges just use big self-tapping screws. They're every bit as good as what you'll remove from the old hinges, the hard part is just committing on that first one :eek: they don't poke into the fridge.

Corbet
02-06-2010, 10:23 AM
I could have had mine a year ago but price prevented me. The 80 series unit has gotten out of control. Something like $500 now with his improvments and options I want. I still want one but other things are coming first. JT has one in his 60. The quality of construction is worth the money.

nakman
02-06-2010, 10:28 AM
I could have had mine a year ago but price prevented me. The 80 series unit has gotten out of control. Something like $500 now with his improvments and options I want. I still want one but other things are coming first. JT has one in his 60. The quality of construction is worth the money.

So it's not $360 shipped, like the web site says? I have an email in to ask if the latches cost extra... if they do then yeah I may just lose interest. :(

treerootCO
02-06-2010, 11:03 AM
Nakman,

I just sent Kevin a Paypal when I saw your thread. I have been on the list for awhile and my name came up last week. I went with the stainless steel locking latches and powdercoat. I decided not to go with the grippy plastic because it is hard to clean. Kevin said those with dogs may want it though. The stainless steel latches were worth the extra 90 for me because I prefer not to do things twice. If you look at the locking vs non locking, the locking ones have slightly less room for your fingers. I will try mine with gloves on but it should work either way.

The 80 lid is $325
Powder coat is $15
No grip plastic needed - $15 if you go that route
The stainless latches are $90
shipping is $30

$460 shipped

http://forum.ih8mud.com/wagongear/327384-latch-thread.html

rover67
02-06-2010, 11:30 AM
Mine was the basic model with the plastic lid, no powder coating, and what he shows as his basic latches on his site now. I have been really happy with it, and I use it every time I wheel since I keep my air hose in there. First one he sent he forgot to weld a few spots, so I called him. He sent me a new one no questions asked that day along with a return lable for the one I had. Really nice guy. Really nice.

It has been durable too, I drag 3rd members over it, driveshafts, axles, tool boxes, slam the fridge down on it, and stand on it quite a bit. The paint on the frame is scratched kinda, but that'd be expected. The lid has done well, and the latches are good. So far so good.

In mine I have My tree strap, 20' snatch strap, pulley, heavy gloves, three shackles, tire puncture plug kit (big one), my 25' air hose, a quart of gear oil, quart of motor oil, brake fluid(small bottle) half a roll of blue rags, some bug spray, random wiring, electrical tape, and some sun block.



I think it hold quite a bit, but it is heavy. With the truck being the height that it is i can bend my knees and get under it with one arm pretty easily to slam it shut with one hand. Allison says "it's heavy.. but I can do it..". Only problem is a few times people that didn't know it was that heavy opened it and let it drop. I cringed, but so far it hasn't caused an issue.

The 80 ones may be a little bit smaller due to the tailgate design.. I don't know.

I really like having my straps, pulley, gloves, and d rings in there all the time. I think it's a handy spot for them.

He did increase his price on the 60 lids a few times, and has increased the price of the 80 lids over the 60 ones. I think he realized they were selling well and he could up the price a bit more.. I don't know. Either way I think it's a good product and he was a really nice guy to deal with.

I'd get another if I had an 80 or another 60. It's free space to put more crap, and I like having the back empty.

nakman
02-06-2010, 03:32 PM
well after more thought I think I'm going to pass.. this is starting to add up to real money. Anyone else with an 80 want my space in line and have me get this for you? A little more storage would be cool, but I'd rather get a second fridge this spring before Moab and it's either/or unfortunately...

Convert
02-06-2010, 03:43 PM
I got one last year. It is nice and well built but the tailgate is heavy. I store my air hose,axe,saw and some tie downs in it. It would not be hard to build it yourself.

Corbet
02-06-2010, 06:55 PM
The 80 lid is $325
Powder coat is $15
No grip plastic needed - $15 if you go that route
The stainless latches are $90
shipping is $30

$460 shipped

http://forum.ih8mud.com/wagongear/327384-latch-thread.html

This was how I waw going to order but with the grippy plastic too. Don't want Porter to slip and fall. Adds up quick.

corsair23
02-06-2010, 09:52 PM
Got mine last year...Still sitting in the garage, waiting to be installed...:rolleyes:

I'm a little scared about cutting up a perfectly good tailgate :o - When I'm ready I'll probably put out a "HELP" message :hill:

IIRC, last year when I was going through the same questions you were Uncle Ben expressed interest in my spot if I passed on it. I think the deal there though is you'd have to order it as if it were you.

nakman
02-06-2010, 09:59 PM
IIRC, last year when I was going through the same questions you were Uncle Ben expressed interest in my spot if I passed on it. I think the deal there though is you'd have to order it as if it were you.

:kevin: is a guy I'd have no problem fronting for.. lemme know if you want this, UB. ;)

sleeoffroad
02-07-2010, 09:38 AM
Does this make the tailgate stronger? 80 tailgates have a tendency to bend in the middle between the hinges. Does this help?

Also I assume you only want to store soft stuff in there otherwise it will dent the sheet metal on the outside of the tailgate.

Uncle Ben
02-07-2010, 09:45 AM
:kevin: is a guy I'd have no problem fronting for.. lemme know if you want this, UB. ;)

Nak, sure! I'll take you spot. Let me know whats up and thank you very much! :thumb::thumb: :bowdown::nakgadget:

Convert
02-07-2010, 10:19 AM
Does this make the tailgate stronger? 80 tailgates have a tendency to bend in the middle between the hinges. Does this help?

Also I assume you only want to store soft stuff in there otherwise it will dent the sheet metal on the outside of the tailgate.

I lined mine with the silver bubble wrap insulation stuff

Corbet
02-07-2010, 10:21 AM
Does this make the tailgate stronger? 80 tailgates have a tendency to bend in the middle between the hinges. Does this help?

Also I assume you only want to store soft stuff in there otherwise it will dent the sheet metal on the outside of the tailgate.

He claims it does and with the angle iron use to build them I would agree but I don't know if any real testing has been done for strength.

Hulk
02-08-2010, 10:58 AM
My spot came up last year and I ended up passing. Just a bit too much money at the time. Plus, I put drawers in last year which provided some of the same functionality with more space.

treerootCO
02-19-2010, 01:11 PM
The install took a few hours including straightening the tailgate. A metal cutoff wheel was used to make the cut. I used a sawzall as well to get to the bracing. Couldn't be happier with the product. I believe the tailgate is stronger than before.

Install pics:

Before pic is nasty:eek:
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Carpet removed. You can see how badly the tailgate was bent.
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Straight edge across tailgate, about a 1" gap in the middle
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While cutting, I worked the metal back into something straighter.
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All done minus the rubber padding I plan on adding to the inside.
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Rock Dog
02-19-2010, 02:00 PM
AWSOME!, i have wanted one ever since i saw Converts... probably be following suit soon... or rather as soon as i can based on the waiting list..... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Corbet
02-19-2010, 03:14 PM
Mike, we need a pick of the compartment open. I need to look at yours at CM10 if you bring the 80. I've only seen the 60 series version in person.

wesintl
02-19-2010, 03:15 PM
how comfortable is it to sit on? That the most important aspect for my tailgate. I also don't like the hinge on the inside. It must be a pita to reach around it or open it all the way up to insert. I dunno :meh:

nuclearlemon
02-19-2010, 03:29 PM
i'd love to have one, but i just can't justify the price for the minimal amount of stuff you could store. but it would be nice to have a space seperate from tools and oils to store things like spare clothes, jackets, shoes etc.

treerootCO
03-01-2010, 09:22 PM
Pics of the inside. I lined the tailgate with some rubber after the pics were taken.
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The ARB towstrap fits in the middle with twice the room on each end.
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farnhamstj
03-02-2010, 07:36 AM
Patiently waiting for a 100 series model.