“Necessity is the
mother of invention.”
It’s an adage which we have heard since we were kids crawling through our fathers’ garages. It is also the story of the LiftGator.
The idea for the LiftGator came to be when the co-founder of LiftGator was working as a fabricator in Goleta, CA. He needed a way to load welders, generators, and air-compressors into his truck, but wasn’t willing to cut the truck apart and weld a permanent liftgate in place. He felt that there was a better way and began the development of a liftgate, which would fit in the truck’s hitch, being there only when he needed it.
From humble beginnings, building LiftGators in a family barn, LiftGator has grown to be a premier manufacturer of hitch mounted liftgates.
Today, LiftGators are manufactured in Watertown, SD, and sold throughout North America and Europe. Each unit is built by experienced fabricators from American made materials. High-quality product standards have always been a focus, guaranteeing each LiftGator will hold up to real-world abuse.
Retracing Our Past Steps
First LiftGator Takes Life
Production Begins in a Barn in Bakersfield, CA
LiftGators Ship to Customers
World Ag Expo Top 10 New Product of the Year
Innovation Quest Winner
National Truck Equipment Association 2017 Innovation of the Year
Introduction to VLG (Van Unit & Now VanGator)
Introduced power stabilizer units to the market
Moved facilities to Watertown, SD
Redesign of all units and rebranded XTR to TruckGator™ and VLG to VanGator™
LiftGator continues to develop new models. In Quarter 4 2021 they will unveil the new LiftGator Gen II TruckGator version. It is a new model that allows you to keep your tailgate on and showcases updated features. New features include: completely enclosed storage box, internal hitch clamp, and new hitch design to allow for easier installation and removal.