Cowboy Creations Tailgate and River Rock Flashlight |

Cowboy Creations Tailgate and River Rock Flashlight

I appreciate good tools that last. Cowboy Creations tailgate is heavy duty. My factory tailgate has the smile in it from the last big round bale I unloaded from my truck. It looked good when I put the bale in there, but unloading it was a mistake, it put a smile in the tailgate. We pounded some of the curve out, but then it looked like hail damage. Now I can go back to hauling round bales.

These are good looking tailgates! (I’m partial to horse shoes too.) I opted for the Fifth Western Style, giving me a V-cut out for a gooseneck or fifth wheel trailer to back through without lowering my tailgate. This makes it easier to step through the tailgate when I climb into the truck bed. You can use the original tailgate cable locking clips or the cables supplied with the CC tailgate. It all depends on how often you take your tailgate off. The new tailgate weighs more, of course, than the factory tailgate as it’s built out of 11 gauge 1-1/4-inch square tubing not stamped sheet metal like the factory gate.

Cowboy Creations comes in several options, straight or trailer, expanded metal or horseshoes or both. Horseshoe spring loaded latches with optional padlocks are easy to use. You can reach both sides at the same time. The horseshoes are new by the way.

It only took minutes to install. The hardest thing was deciding on a straight standard tailgate that I could use as a bench like I’m use to or a V-cut gate that is easier for hooking up my gooseneck trailer. I went with the trailer tailgate cut out in the middle for a gooseneck. I think it looks the best and reaching through the tailgate to my tool box and stepping through the tailgate to climb in my truck bed is significantly easier. I’m at the age when “easier” is the best choice.

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I chose the mare and colt silhouette which looks good, but I think I’ll order the Brangus and Longhorn to keep confusing the neighbors.

For more information about Cowboy Creations please visit or call (888) 745-8835.

River Rock Flashlight

This flashlight fits right in my front pocket. River Rock makes a small 1AA LED flashlight that will run 30 hours between batteries. It’s bright focused beam has one of the sharpest light circles I’ve used.

With an optical lens, anodized aluminum housing with O-rings, it’s one tough flashlight made for bad weather. I have a few of those $2 flashlights you get at discount tool centers that seem like a bargain, but they aren’t that bright and the batteries don’t last.

I use the River Rock often — in the house, truck, barn, even just shutting off the lawn sprinkler at night. The LED bulb is rated to last 100,000 hours, the battery to last 30 hours and 60 hours in flash mode. If you can’t get rescued in 60 hours, you’re really lost.

The RR aluminum housing is aircraft quality, the circuitry is designed for long battery life. Which is the biggest problem with flashlights, when you need them and find them, the batteries are shot.

For more information about River Rock please visit or call (512) 263-6985.


Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his website,

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