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I picked up the Ram (OEM) bed extender from the dealer a few days ago. Installation was pretty easy (video on my channel) but I did have to drill some holes :eek:! It works very well and can be removed from the bed with no tools. There was also some assembly of the extender itself. Have a look at the attached pic. It just swings back when the tailgate is open. All in all, I would recommend it!
 

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Your Rebel didn't come with bed extender? Mine came with plastic bed extender.
Did you get the cargo management option? Or did the dealer throw it in like my dealer threw in a hydrolic tailgate damper (which is the cats ass if you ask me).
 
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Your Rebel didn't come with bed extender? Mine came with plastic bed extender.
Did you get the cargo management option? Or did the dealer throw it in like my dealer threw in a hydrolic tailgate damper (which is the cats ass if you ask me).
I didn't get the cargo mgmt system. I actually installed the DeeZee tailgate dampener...and you're right, they are "the cats ass"!! I think all trucks should come with them. Sure makes putting the gate down a heck of a lot easier!!
 

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I bet you sooner than later trucks will have the same hands-free open feature that some SUV's have.
 
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I like the hands free idea. Would be cool if you could push a button in the cab to release the tailgate (assuming there is a damper on the tailgate of course!!).
 

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I don't quite get the "one handed operation" comments. I open and lower my tailgate with one hand all the time, without the damper. It's not hands-free, gotta use one hand to unlatch at a minimum. Even if you're using a remote fob or in-cabin switch. And mine never bangs unless I want it to.
 
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I don't quite get the "one handed operation" comments. I open and lower my tailgate with one hand all the time, without the damper. It's not hands-free, gotta use one hand to unlatch at a minimum. Even if you're using a remote fob or in-cabin switch. And mine never bangs unless I want it to.
The value of the damper is in instances when you are using both hands to carry something (relatively heavy) and need to unlatch (open) the tailgate without the benefit of using the same hand to lower it (keep it from banging down)...if that makes sense!!
 

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I meant the foot sensor or bumper sensor that some SUV's have. That would be truly hands-free.

As for the tailgate dampener, I love it because I have 2 kids under the age of 5 and are just the right height to get smacked should the tailgate slam down. Not a huge chance of it happening, but with little ones you never know!
 

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Looks good! I have the cargo management system so i have the other extender that attaches aall over the bed and also flips for a tailgate extender i am happy with it.
 

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I can see doing it for the kids. Although Dad never did it for me. He let me play on monkey bars, too, and climb onto the barn roof, etc. Well, maybe he didn't know about all of it.
 
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