using the mountain hatch tailgate panel as a tailgate cutting board while truck camping

If you’re looking for a tailgate cutting board, the Mountain Hatch tailgate panel is an awesome solution. It’s been one of our favorite truck camping accessories and has transformed the way we utilize our truck’s tailgate while camping.

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What is the Mountain Hatch Tailgate Panel

The Mountain Hatch tailgate panel is a tailgate cutting board insert made 100% in the U.S.A. and constructed of high-quality FDA approved ½ inch thick food-grade plastic with UV inhibitors that help protect it from sun fade.

It’s available for a wide variety of trucks and SUVs, including the following:

  • Chevy Colorado (2015-2020)

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 (2014-2021), 2500, and 3500 (2014-2018)

  • GMC Sierra (2014-2018)

  • Dodge Ram (2019-2021)

  • Ford F150 (2005-2019)

  • Ford Ranger (2018-2020)

  • Ford Superduty F250 & F350 (2017-2020)

  • Toyota Pickup (1984-1994)

  • Toyota Tacoma (1995-2020)

  • Toyota Tundra (1999-2020)

  • Toyota 4Runner (1988-89)

  • Toyota 60 & 62 Series Landcruiser (1980-1990)

  • Toyota 80 Series Landcrusier (1991-1997)

  • Toyota 100 Series Landcrusier (1998-2007)

  • Jeep Gladiator (2019-2020)

  • Nissan Frontier (2007-2020)

  • Nissan Titan (2016-2020)

Plus Mountain Hatch is continuously adding to it’s roster of supported vehicles, and offers universal panels and smaller camping cutting boards as well!

Benefits of Installing a Mountain Hatch Tailgate Cutting Board

While the obvious benefit of the Mountain Hatch tailgate panel is that it allows you to quickly and easily turn your truck’s tailgate into the official camp kitchen and food prep station (complete with cup holders!), we found it provides a couple additional benefits as well.

Before we installed our Mountain Hatch tailgate panel on our truck, we were constantly hurting our knees on the rough and uneven surface of our factory OEM tailgate panel while getting in and out of the truck bed. The mountain hatch tailgate cutting board solved this problem by providing a nice smooth surface to kneel on when climbing in and out.

It can also serve a variety of other uses outside the camping kitchen. It can be a portable workbench, a camp table, wild game cleaning station when hunting, or even a diaper changing station in a pinch!

How to Install a Mountain Hatch Tailgate Panel

One of our favorite aspects of the Mountain Hatch Tailgate Panel is how easy it is to install. In the majority of cases it involves simply removing a handful of screws from your factory tailgate panel and swapping in the mountain hatch tailgate panel using the supplied hardware.

Here’s a more detailed walkthrough video of the installation process so you can see for yourself how easy it is:


PRO TIP: Due the smooth surface of the Mountain Hatch tailgate panel, things can slide a bit if you’re parked a little unlevel. We found that adding a thin strip of traction tape* to the outer edge of the cutting board surface will help prevent this from happening.

About the Mountain Hatch Company

While Mountain Hatch got its start as the creator of the original tailgate cutting board, this Texas based family-owned business has recently begun offering Australian-style Swag tents and overland camping trailers.

We love the fact that Mountain Hatch is also an active supporter of law enforcement personnel, veterans, teachers, firefighters, first-responders, and long-haul truck drivers – offering any of these public servants discounts on their products.

For pricing and more info visit Mountain Hatch’s site!

We use our Mountain Hatch tailgate panel every day when we’re camping and traveling in our truck and hope this simple truck camping mod can improve your truck camping setup too!

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