Tail-Gator Truck Tailgate Bike Rack Customer Reviews
9 Customer Reviews
Transporting your bikes in the bed of your truck doesn't leave a lot of room for the rest of your cargo. Plus, there's that awful sliding and slamming that comes with tossing a loose bike in the bed. Now, with the Tail-Gator Truck Tailgate Bike Rack, you can easily and safely transport up to two bikes without taking up a bit of your truck bed. The Tail-Gator Truck Tailgate Bike Rack is specially designed to fit onto your truck's tailgate and can even be used with most hard and soft tonneau covers. What's more, it doesn't utilize your trailer hitch, so it still allows you to pull a trailer or camper.
Securing to your tailgate with five quick adjust straps, the Tail-Gator bike rack is simple to attach and remove. It features 12 pieces of protective foam to ensure a snug, safe fit. And, you can load your bikes easily without removing the tires. When not in use, the Tail-Gator tailgate rack folds compactly for easy storing.
The Tail-Gator Truck Tailgate Bike Rack boasts all-steel construction, a smooth powder-coat finish and a whopping 70 lb load capacity. And that all adds up to a lifetime of trouble-free use. In fact, Tail-Gator backs your Truck Tailgate Bike Rack with a limited Lifetime Warranty.
9 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jim W (Greenville, NC) Reviewed for a 2014 Toyota Tacoma — May 10, 2014 3:17 AM
The Tail-Gator arrived quickly and was easy to install. Hanging two bikes on it is a different story. The bikes I have weren't easy to hang on it. The pedal of one was sticking into the spokes of the other, and the bike tires obstruct the tail lights on both sides of my small truck. Maybe great for large trucks, but not my Toyota Tacoma.
Reviewed by Michael R (Columbia, MD) Reviewed for a 2004 Nissan Frontier — Nov 16, 2013 11:03 AM
This bike rack is great if you don't have a tow hitch. Now that I've put it on and off a few times it takes me only a few minutes to install. My only complaint is that it is not compatible with my soft tonnueau cover...I can't close it when I have the bike rack on. Also, the straps could be more heavy duty. I don't think they will last more than a couple years with regular use. Other than it's a convenient product and priced well.
Reviewed by D. Michael H (ATLANTA, GA) Reviewed for a 2012 Toyota Tacoma — May 21, 2013 4:10 AM
The Tail-Gator is very easy to use and works great. Even the guys at the bike shop liked it and had nothing comparable to sell me other than hitch type racks so I went with it. I intend to add a hitch to my 2012 Tacoma so this allows me to bring bikes on the Tail-Gator and add a trailer to pull a camper,jet ski or motorcycle trailer as well in the future. Folds up easy and stores in the truck bed under my cover.The Rep was really nice to work with. I will be calling again soon. Hope that helps.
Reviewed by Daniel D (PLYMOUTH, MA) Reviewed for a 2006 Honda Ridgeline — Oct 16, 2012 5:42 AM
Works just fine! I use it for a boy's bike and a girl's bike and had no problem securing them. The rack also attaches securely to the tailgate and goes on easy enough. I use extra bungi cords just to be safe and I put towels between the rack and the truck to prevent scratching but probably don't really need to. If you don't have a trailer hitch, this is the way to go.
Reviewed by Mark B (Garner, NC) Reviewed for a 2007 Toyota Tacoma — May 25, 2012 7:09 AM
This bike rack will last forever. Have already used it several times and it is super nice! I didn't want to spend the money to have a high dollar hitch put on my truck as well as spend even more money for one of thise high dollar contraptions devised specifically for the high dollar hitch. This serves our purpose and we didn't have to break the bank. Would strongly recommend.
Reviewed by Marty K (Laguna Beach, CA) — Feb 27, 2012 3:53 PM
The Tail-Gator worked perfectly on our recent camping trip(270 miles RT). I thought the cantilever design might cause the bikes to bounce excessively. Not the case, they were stable and secure. The bikes easily cleared the tongue of our tent trailer. The padding seems to be adequate as there was no rubbing marks on the trucks paint. Very easy to install and remove. The only thing that may need a little attention are the saddles. The saddles can slide on the slick paint surface, even when the set screws are tightened to the max. I may have to rough-up the paint surface a little so they grip better. All in all I am very pleased with how the Gator worked.
Reviewed by Sailesh B (Tucson, AZ) — Dec 21, 2010 9:27 PM
The Tail-Gator delivers as advertised.I would add the following improvements considering it is rather expensive at a minimum. 1.The straps should be beefier even though they perform well at this time. The serrated metal stays in the brackets could easily chew these up longer term. Kevlar would be ideal but pricey I suppose. 2. The bottom black strap could not be figured out. I had to stabilize the Gator using the red safety strap fixed to the tailgate bottom. 3. I worry about the strength of the end plastic caps; a metal stop welded with a bigger lip would be a no brainer. This is important considering a possible failure of the plastic bike holding retainers. 4. The plastic bike retainers are held in place with awkwardly placed phillips screws. Bad design in my opinion, they should have metal quick release retainers with positive locking and a backup safety like bike wheels or something more solid with easy adjust and lock features. 5. Finally I would replace the manual strap tighteners with small tie down type ratchet adjusters. this is a no brainer too. This could be a superior product if these changes are incorporated. Sal