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By Elite Innovations
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About this project

In the summer of 1996, a contractor named Jesse Van Jackson had just arrived at a job site when he was struck with an idea.

In many ways, his truck played as big a role as the places where he lived and worked, but it was treated only as a way to get from one location to another.

Van saw the opportunity to add a device that would make it easier and safer to bring exactly what he needed with him to job sites and anywhere he went in his free time. 

In October 2014, Van brought his idea to a product development firm called Elite Innovations, LLC. Together, they were able to fuse 20 years of thoughts and ideas with cutting-edge product design. When the process was complete, TailGator was born

When the launch was announced, TailGator received national press coverage as well as an unprecedented response on Facebook

 TailGator is a modular truck bed extension platform that allows you to add our customized attachments to your truck's bed to help you to get your work done faster and play harder. 

While TailGator provides you with an unlimited number of ways to improve your truck bed, we've created many interesting attachments and accessories already. Here are a few of them:

Great for hauling:

  • Lumber & plywood
  • Ladders
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Surfboards
  • Kayaks, Canoes, Small boats
  • Construction equipment, tools
  • & more...

 

 

 

While many of the early applications are clearly visible, we know that this is just the beginning. TailGator is opening the door for all truck owners to take control of their vehicle's capabilities.

What can you see yourself doing with TailGator? 

Extension: 3 feet extending to 5 feet.

Installation time:  Less than 30 minutes.

Max Load:  300 pounds resting on the distal end (stationary).

Material:  Cold rolled, carbon steel.  Powder coated for environmental rigidity.

Legality:  In most states, TailGator can increase the maximum hauling length by 30%-60%.  TailGator extends the "last contact point" of your truck.

Safety:  TailGator comes with adjustable reflective brackets.

Accessories (prototyped):  Kayak mount, miter saw stand, work bench, bike rack, ladder rack bracket.

Possible combinations:  50+

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Risks and challenges

TailGator is fully patented, trademarked, and has established supply chain. We received several samples from the manufacturer and have some minor tweaks to nail down before going into full production.

While multiple risks and challenges do realistically exist, TailGator is managed by a professional product development firm who has taken the appropriate measures to eliminate all reasonable exposure to risk.

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    Make a small donation of $5 and receive a customized TailGator koozie and gain access to our exclusive mailing list for future updates.

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    Back us with a donation of $25 and receive a set of “TailGator Backer” stickers along with a custom TailGator koozie and access to our mailing list.

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    Pledge $100 and get free shipping for a future TailGator purchase (equivalent to 10% off)(US only) and be added to our exclusive mailing list.

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    For a backing of $225, you will be one of the first to get a TailGator unit. With this donation you will save 25% of the $300 MSRP in addition to free shipping!

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    Make a donation of $500 and get a 3D printed model truck with your name on it as a token of our appreciation.

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    Donate $1,000 and receive a custom painted TailGator. Styles include woodland camo, red, white, blue, and silver.

    Also receive a TailGator Backer T-shirt, stickers, access to our exclusive mailing list, and a TailGator koozie.

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    Provide $2,000 and have a TailGator team member come to your location and install your custom painted TailGator for you (US only).

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- (60 days)