The New Ram Multifunction Tailgate Impresses All

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The all-new 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate takes an unconventional approach to a modern task. For generations, the pickup truck has used a universal tailgate style that folds out. Dodge has decided to take a decidedly different design with its latest Dodge Ram.

This newest tailgate style opts to split the tailgate and open like closet doors. That isn't all the new design can do - it is named the Multifunction Tailgate after all. Not only can it open outward into two small doors, but those same doors can also be opened like a traditional tailgate. This gives it a much wider span of ability.

For example, half of the tailgate can be left open to allow for some long cargo like wood 2x4s while still keeping the other half of the bed secure. If a large item such as a couch needs to be loaded, the tailgate can open traditionally. When it comes to convenience, perhaps you just want to easily load and unload some groceries. You can open the tailgate doors and gain easier access to the bed without the tailgate folding down and in the way.

The Ram 60/40 Split

With this new design with multiple functions, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 for sale in Kansas City has earned itself an advantage when it comes to tailgates. Each function was carefully designed and Dodge decided to split the gate with 60/40 proportions as opposed to directly down the center.

This design allows for a more customized experience when loading and unloading. If cargo is long but not wide, you can open the 40 on the right. If the cargo is wide and long, the 60-proportion gate can be opened on the left. Having the ability to open each door individually is a decided advantage over its competitors.

Tailgate Capacity

There are many people in Gladstone and Kansas City who load and unload heavy-duty machinery from their trucks and traditional tailgates have been known to support 1,000 pounds of weight. The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate can support 2,000 pounds when down, significantly more weight than a traditional design.

Since the Multifunction Tailgate can open in up to four different configurations, there are far more options available to curate the experience to your particular payload. There is also a retractable step that can be added to the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 for $295 making it easier to step into the bed of the truck. These are all important considerations when considering a new Ram 1500 price.

How Much Does It Cost?

Another advantage of the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate is that it can be used while a trailer is attached. This gives it a decided leg up on the competition. Both the Ford integrated tailgate and the GMC built-in step tailgate cannot be used while a trailer is attached.

So how much will this added functionality cost a driver looking to buy a new truck? Well, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate can be added as an available option for $995. For the level of functionality and convenience, this seems like it is certainly good value.

Comparing Tailgates

With the level of competition across the market, each truck manufacturer is trying to outdo the next. Thankfully, the consumer can benefit from this competitive market but let's still examine exactly which tailgates compete with the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate. It isn't just the design that one must take into account. There are other factors that should weigh heavily when making a decision including cost, weight capacity, visual aesthetics, and functionality. For example, does the truck offer a configuration that can allow for various sizes of cargo from cabinets to couches? These are the type of questions a prospective buyer looking for a 2019 Ram 1500 for sale would consider.

2019 Ford F-150 Integrated Tailgate

Ford has had its Integrated Tailgate available as an option for previous years, but the 2019 F-150 design has had plenty of time to perfect the design. The Integrated Tailgate from Ford opens like a traditional tailgate but in addition to opening outward, a folding step comes out making access much easier. You can use the folding step to get into the tailgate but you can also take advantage of a telescoping vertical handle that acts as a railing.

When it comes to ease of access, the Ford Integrated Tailgate gets high marks. The design adds 46 pounds to the tailgate but a lift assist feature has been added to help account for the added pounds. The Integrated Tailgate does not cost any extra since it is included in the design.

2019 GMC Sierra Multi-Pro Tailgate

Each leading truck manufacturer in America is vying for the top spot and has developed its own unique tailgate. The 2019 GMC Sierra Multi-Pro Tailgate is a perfect example of this evolution in the competitive market. This innovative tailgate is hinged at the upper half to become a step when the tailgate is folded down. This provides multiple configurations such as fully extended, extended with the step down, or closed with the step down giving half an open tailgate. This interesting design is available on the GMC Denali 1500, Sierra 1500, and Sierra HD. To make up for the added weight, GMC has added a torsional spring and damper assist which helps make opening and closing the tailgate easier.

Conclusion

So with viable options from both Ford and GMC, how does the Dodge Ram stack up against its competition?

While each tailgate offers its own unique configurations and abilities, the Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate offers the most functionality. With several configurations that allow for various sizes of cargo and ease of access, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate comes out on top when compared to its Ford and GMC counterparts.

Ask for a demo of the Multifunction Tailgate at Landmark Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on the Miracle Mile. We'll show you the tailgate in action and the various ways that it can make your life easier.


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