How does it work?
A. Digital logic circuitry
receives a speed signal from the vehicle's CPU to automatically open
the tailgate at highway drag inducing speeds, then close before coming
to a stop. Alternately, the tailgate can be manually controlled to
fully open, close, or lock in any position at any time, using a
2-channel RF remote key-fob.
Will installing Droptail on my truck improve mileage?
A. Our tests show highway mileage
improvements between 5 - 10%. Improvements will vary depending on the
vehicle, weather and driving habits.
How can I get more power?
A. Reducing aerodynamic drag frees
up available on-road horsepower for better acceleration.
How is stability improved?
A. When in spoiler mode, a
downward force is applied to the rear of the truck improving rear wheel
traction, particularly beneficial on slippery or windy roads.
How does Droptail prevent tailgate theft?
A. The tailgate is difficult to
remove in the closed position because the actuator effectively locks
the tailgate with 500 pounds closing force. The tailgate must be opened
using the RF remote before removal.
How does it improve back-up visibility?
A. Rearward vision is greatly
enhanced by lowering the tailgate (barrier) using the key-fob while
How easy is it to install?
A. Bolt-on installation takes
about 3 hours with average skill and requires simple hand tools. We
provide complete, illustrated installation instructions with each kit,
so you can install this product with complete confidence. See Installation
Are there any holes in the dash for switches, buttons or LEDs?
A. No, there is no visible in-cab
installation. Manual control is accomplished using the remote RF
Is it rust and water resistant?
A. Yes, and all exposed components
are plated to resist corrosion.
Will it open automatically if there is cargo in the bed?
A. No, not if the tailgate was
lowered to place items into the bed. Additionally, owner may lock the
tailgate in any position manually using the RF remote at any time.
Will I lose cargo space?
A. Extremely compact offset
actuator arm requires only about 1" at bed opening.
What happens if the tailgate is obstructed while in motion?
A. Current sensing circuit stops
the tailgate, then quickly reverses direction under certain conditions,
gives warning beeps, and then waits for a manual command. Additionally,
there are in circuit replaceable fuses.
Will Droptail fit with my bedliner?
A. Droptail fits over most
spray-on and under-rail models. Some liners may require modification.
Can the actuator be color-matched to the truck?
A. Yes, individual owners can
easily scuff, prime, and paint the actuator, using readily available
auto parts store spray cans.
Can the tailgate be held open at any position?
A. Yes, the tailgate can be opened
and stopped at any position, at any time, using the RF remote.
Does the system have a weight handicap?
A. No, unlike heavy tonneau covers
that can weigh as much as 125 pounds or more, our system weighs only
How difficult is Droptail to remove?
A. Once opened, it takes one
person seconds to disconnect, unlike most truck caps which require two
people and a plan.
Is the loading capacity of the fully open tailgate reduced?
A. There is no compromise in the
load carrying capacity of the tailgate because the original tailgate
support cables still carry all the load.
Will the tailgate fit the same?
A. Yes, complete range of motion
is retained, and the truck looks as stock when fully closed.
Can I go off-road with it?
A. Yes, factory latches are
engaged in the closed position, retaining bed rigidity needed when off
How is Droptail an advantage for fifth wheel applications?
A. Droptail allows for convenient
in-cab hook-up and use of the stock tailgate, without having to
purchase a separate notched tailgate for towing.
How is Droptail an advantage for carrying motor-sports equipment?
A. Tailgate can be snugged up
against partly extended motor-sport tires for added cargo security.