Gate Dispatch

Why Your Operation Needs a Pink PHIL Tailgate

Posted by Abby Meister on Oct 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Tailgates are a pretty much the caped crusaders of any industry that uses off-highway haul trucks. You bring them into your operation and suddenly they're saving the day in more ways than you could have imagined whether it's through increased capacity or a reduction of operation-wide maintenance. We've discussed the virtues of the PHIL Autogate® Tailgate several times before, so you already know how a tailgate can benefit your operation.

We've also talked about the PHIL Pink Tailgate Initiative and our partnership with Susan G. Komen® in the fight against breast cancer. The Pink Tailgate Initiative started in July 2014 and will run through December 2014. Anyone who purchases a tailgate has the option to participate and have 5% of the sale go to Susan G. Komen to help in the fight against cancer. Since we're halfway through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), here are the two best reasons (in our opinion) to opt into the PHIL Pink Tailgate Initiative.


"What is is going to cost me?" is always a big concern when donating through a purchase, and in most situations you do end up paying an additional amount over your intitial purchase price. That is not true with the PHIL Pink Tailgate Initiative. Participating doesn't cost you any more than you were already planning to spend. This has to be the best donation situation you could have. Your operation already needs a tailgate, you're already purchasing one. Opting to go pink doesn't change the price of the tailgate(s) you're purchasing. 5% of the sale gets donated to Susan G. Komen Memorial Fund, which provides funding for breast cancer research, community health outreach, advocacy, and awareness and preventative programs. Today, Komen has invested more than $2.5 billion in the fight against breast cancer in more than 30 countries. While that number is both astounding and amazing, we want to help - and to do that we need you to opt in!



1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making breast cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women - and the second leading cause of death in women. While not as prevalent in men, 2,150 men are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer as well. Susan G. Komen has been working tirelessly since 1982 to increase research funding and prevention awareness and every little bit helps. Currently, there are over 3 million breast cancer survivors alive in the United States. That's 3 million lives funding from Susan G. Komen has saved. Continuing that legacy is as easy as opting into PHIL's Pink Tailgate Initiative.

Bonus Reason:

You never know when brownie points can come in handy, so let's take a moment to consider all the brownie points you could get with your mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, granddaughters, nieces, female cousins and coworkers if they know about your pink tailgate and the action your operation took to fight breast cancer and spread awareness. You'd be in brownie points for years to come!

Thirty-two years ago when Susan G. Komen began, breast cancer was hardly acknowledged and most women diagnosed with breast cancer suffered in silence because they'd caught the cancer too late. Most women didn't even know what to watch out for and when to go to the doctor because the subject of breast cancer was considered taboo. Fast forward to 2014 and the story is entirely different. Awareness of preventative measures is now known and accessed by women in over 30 all thanks to the efforts of the Komen foundation. 

All that being said, there are over 100 countries that Susan G. Komen could spread awareness and preventative measures into. That's over 100 countries that we have the opportunity help with the PHIL Pink Tailgate Initiative and our partnership with Susan G. Komen. Help us out and opt in to the Pink Tailgate Initiative!

 Do you have questions for us? Is there a specific topic you want to know about, or would like to hear our thoughts on?? Drop us a note in the comments section, message use on Facebook (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We can't wait to hear from you!

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Topics: Autogate, PHILanthropy, Susan G. Komen, Pink Tailgate, Pink Initiative, Tailgates

How to Decrease Unnecessary Truck Maintenance

Posted by Abby Meister on Sep 23, 2014 10:30:00 AM

In the industries that use off-highway trucks, having a truck down for maintenance can throw a wrench in productivity - and we all know any lag in productivity cuts into profits. When that truck is at an operation where minutes make the difference in tens of thousands of dollars, the incentive for keeping your truck body out of the maintenance facility is huge. We've come up with a list of three basic areas of prevention and a few solutions that will keep your truck bodies - and operation - running smoothly. 



Spillage from the rear of open truck bodies as they transport their loads can cause some major problems in the long run. Tires can be unnecessarily damaged much sooner than they should after driving over material that is on the haul road that shouldn't be there; haul road maintenance increases the more spillage you have coming out of the back and sides of your trucks.



Making sure haul roads are maintained and clear is another way to keep your trucks out of the shop. Any material or debris left unattended on the haul roads can damage tires, which is not only inconvenient because of the downtime of that truck, but also because tires for off-highway trucks are not cheap. Getting new tires sooner than necessary can be a costly problem cutting into profits - if you can even get tires.  Over the past several years, there has been a global shortage on many mining-class sized tires for off-highway trucks; could you be effected by this?


20140923_-_Grader A grader cleaning off a haul road.



Where the load is placed in a truck body can really cause major problems in the long run, twisting the frame of the body and wearing out the area of the body that takes the brunt of the mass impact again and again. Making sure the loads are balanced can give your body the lifespan it was intended to have - not to mention the truck chassis itself.  Each truck OEM designs their bodies to carry the load in a specific weight distribution on the chassis.  When a load is heavily carried up front towards the front slope, without much material towards the ear of the bed, it puts a greater burden on the hoist cylinders and truck frame than they were designed for.


You may be thinking that taking care of these three things can be just as costly or time consuming as hauling a truck into the shop. However, there are a few simple and efficient solutions that can take care of all three challenges.  Sometimes, the easiest solution is to add a tailgate specifically designed for the material being hauled.  Other times, a custom body may be in order.  Either way, the best solution for the challenges experienced at your quarry or mine should usually have a quick return on investment (ROI).

Tailgates keep material from spilling out the back of trucks while providing a wider loading target that will allow the truck to be loaded in the center of the body, not towards the front. Less spillage means a longer tire life and less haul road maintenance. With the balanced loads you get the added benefit of increasing your haulage capacity. Not only do tailgates keep operations more productive by decreasing truck maintenance, they can also increase productivity and profits!



Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Tailgate, maintenance prevention

A Look at the Susan G. Komen® Memorial

Posted by Abby Meister on Aug 14, 2014 11:30:00 AM

A few weeks ago we announced our partnership with the Susan G. Komen® Memorial on our Pink Tailgate Initiative. From July to December of 2014 every customer ordering a PHIL Autogate® Tailgate has the opportunity to opt into the Pink Tailgate Initiative. For each Pink Tailgate purchased, 5% of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Memorial and each tailgate will be outfitted in pink, a ribbon on the back. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “what exactly is the Susan G. Komen Memorial, what does it do, and why should I care about it?” Let us answer some of your questions.


We seriously cannot wait for a pack of these pink gates to be roaming around...

What is the Susan G. Komen Memorial?

The Susan G. Komen Memorial is a foundation founded by Nancy Brinker (after making a promise to her sister Susan Komen who died after a 3-year battle with cancer in 1982) to improve breast cancer research and awareness.  After her sister’s passing, Nancy made it her goal to bring awareness to the public, and more specifically women, and turn breast cancer patients into survivors rather than victims. Since 1982, Komen has played a crucial role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer and has transformed how the world talks about and treats the disease.

What does the Susan G. Komen Memorial do?

Today, Komen has invested more than $2.5 billion in the fight against breast cancer, funding research, community health outreach, advocacy, and awareness and prevent programs in more than 30 countries. It is the global leader in the fight against breast cancer and has scored major victories along the way.  Komen has brought breast cancer awareness and research into national spotlight and now the federal government devotes more than $850 million per year to breast cancer research (they only spent $30 million in 1982). Awareness levels and early detection leading to effective treatment plans have also greatly increased, which has lead to a 34 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S. since 1990.

Why should I care?

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which has a terrifying lack of zeros following that lonely 8. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women – and the second leading cause of death among women. Each year 220,000 women are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. While it’s more common in women, men are also at risk: 2,150 estimated to be diagnosed with approximately 410 dying each year.

Komen has worked tirelessly since 1982 to boost research and prevention awareness. 3 million breast cancer survivors are currently alive in the U.S. It’s the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S. In 1980 the 5-year survival rate of women who were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was about 74 percent. Through prevention awareness and effective treatment methods, that number is 99 percent. Our goal is to make a contribution and be a part of all the amazing things the Susan G. Komen Memorial is doing.

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!



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Topics: Tailgate, PHILanthropy, Susan G. Komen, breast cancer awareness, Pink Tailgate, Pink Initiative

PHIL's Annual Peoria Chiefs Game

Posted by Abby Meister on Aug 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

All of us associates had a great time at the Peoria Chiefs’ game this past Saturday (8/9) as they battled the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. It was PHIL’s annual trip to watch our local minor league team play and we all had a blast and enjoyed the free food and meeting family members of coworkers. The kids even had a craft table full of all kinds of fun things to do!




 The Chiefs may not have won, but PHIL did: the weather was fantastic, the food was delish, and the company was fun. Oh, and there was a FANTASTIC firework show after the game, capped by a concert by Boat Drunks. It was an exciting night for everyone – we can’t wait for next year!

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Company Events, Associates

Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event

Posted by Abby Meister on Aug 6, 2014 4:30:00 PM


You might have guessed by some of our previous social media posts that all of us here at PHIL hold the men and women who serve or have served in the military in very high esteem. We will always be immeasurably grateful for the sacrifices they’ve made and will continue to make in order to keep us all safe. We like to thank those brave men and women in any way we can, so Friday (August 8th), PHIL will be participating in the Caterpillar-sponsored Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event.

The Peoria Civic Center has opened its doors for the employment workshop and hiring fair this Friday from 0800 to 1230. The event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the Illinois Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, Goodwill Industries International, NBC News, and other local partners.

This workshop is for veterans and other military job seekers and will focus on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation. Interviewing will start at 0800 and the hiring fair begins at 0930. Both job seekers and employers can register for free at

Hiring Our Heroes was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide program to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. So far more than 24,000 veterans and military spouses have found jobs through the events and 1,700 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 448,000 heroes as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, 265,000 hires have been confirmed.

Free registration for the Hiring Our Heroes event scheduled for Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center (directions here) can be completed at If you have any registration questions, you can get answers via e-mail ( or call 202-463-5807.

If you’d like to see PHIL’s open positions before the hiring fair, they can be found HERE. You can call 309-697-9200 for questions about open positions or email them in to


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Topics: Employment, Job Fair, Veterans

Pink Tailgate Initiative

Posted by Josh Swank on Jul 29, 2014 3:33:00 PM

Charitable giving and making an impact in our community is a core value of family-owned Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. or PHIL.  Our team members sit on a variety of boards. Pat Hagenbuch is a member of the Board of Directors for the Hult Center for Healthy Living, a community health organization that focuses on cancer programs, and Danette (Hagenbuch) Swank serves on the Foundation Council for the OSF Saint Francis Foundation, which provides advisory leadership for philanthropic efforts such as cancer prevention, research and awareness. In fact, the majority of the Hagenbuch family is either currently or formerly involved in medical-based philanthropies and have been over the past five decades.  Last summer, when Danette Swank (third generation family member to lead PHIL) was named as President, it was important to her that the values PHIL was founded upon by her father LeRoy Hagenbuch and grandfather L.B. Philippi would continue to be cornerstones of the business. 

20140723_-_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_TGPHIL‘s headquarters in Peoria, IL was also the hometown of Susan G. Komen. The global breast cancer movement started with a promise by Suzy’s sister Nancy Brinker that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Through a series of Race for the Cure events dedicated to raising funds and awareness, Susan G. Komen® has become the global leader in the fight against breast cancer, having funded more than $2.2 billion in research and life-saving community health programs.

Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with the Peoria-based Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate to raise awareness and fight for a cure. From July through December 2014, every customer that orders a PHIL Autogate® Tailgate – either direct or through their off-highway truck dealer – will be have the option to choose whether they would like to take part in PHIL’s “Pink Tailgate Initiative. For each Pink Tailgate purchased, PHIL will donate 5% of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen Memorial; each tailgate will be outfitted in pink, and adorned with a ribbon on the back.

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Topics: Company News, PHILanthropy

Six Major Myths about EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

Posted by Josh Swank on Jun 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Last week, I had the opportunity to hear a representative from the American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity speak at the Wyoming Mining Association's Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, WY.  One of the primary interests I had in attending the meeting this year was to hear the thoughts from the industry about Obama's proposed carbon regulations.

Interestingly enough, there was a breakout group that had a discussion specifically about this typic where the content from below was provided by the ACCCE.  In situations like what the coal industry is experiencing now, I like to think of a quote that a wise man used to say to me: "There are three sides to every story - there is your side, there is their side, and there is the truth."

I am not an expert at political science, but it is part of our business to stay abreast of changing regulatory landscapes as they can impact our business.  Below is a summary of the six myths discussed last week, all of which I found interesting.  As with everything, there are most likely three sides to this story... If you would like a PDF of the entire six myths, you can download it here.


MYTH #1: The Proposal will prevent global climate change.

FACT: The proposal will have practically no affect on global climate change.

Here is the main reason why the proposal will not prevent global climate change: U.S. power plants are responsible for a small fraction (4%) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  EPA's proposal will reduce global GHG emissions by a tiny amount (less than 1%) at a cost, according to the EPA, of $4.2 billion per year.  This insignificant reduction in global GHG emissions means that:

  • Atmospheric CO2 concentrations will be reduced by less than 1%.
  • Global average temerapture increase will be reduced by 0.016 Farenheit.
  • Sea level rise will be reduced by 1/100th of an inch, which is the thickness of three sheets of paper.


MYTH #2: The proposal will prevent asthma and heart attacks.

FACT: This is a bait and switch tactic.

Because the EPA proposal will have virtually no effect on global climate change (MYTH #1), EPA is claiming health benefits for reducing ozone and particulate matter, pullutants that have been tightly regulated under the Clean Air Act for decades to ensure that air quality is safe.  Moreover, EPA is required to revise these existing air quality regulations periodically if they do not protect public health.

In addition, EPA's estimates of health benefits are controversial and have been questioned by health experts.  EPA itself recognizes numerous uncertainties in these estimates in the RIA.


MYTH #3: The proposal will reduce energy bills.

FACT: This is misleading, at best

EPA acknowledges that nationwide average electricity rates woould increase by roughly 6% in 2020 and 3% in 2030.  (A nationwide average rate increase might look relatively small, but it masks substantially higher increases in individual stats>)  At the same time, EPA claims the total cost that consumers pay for electricity will fall udner its proposal.  However, this lower total cost is deceptive because it assumes that consumers will reduce their electricity consumption by at least 10%.  In short, consumders are forced to pay higher electricity rates, but use less electricity.


MYTH #4: The proposal will create jobs.

FACT: This is a common claim about many EPA rules, but it's not true.

Here are a few of the reasons why this claim about jobs creation is a myth:

  • More comprehensive projectiosn of the employment impacts of a program similar to EPA's proposal shows as many as 178,000 lost jobs per year.
  • EPA claimis that its proposal will create jobs in the electric power production and fuel extraction sectors of the economy in 2020, but this is due to temporary construction jobs.  Closer scrutiny of EPA's analysis shows these sectors are projected to lose an average of 47,000 to 49,000 job-years from 2017-2030.
  • EPA did not attepmt to quantify job losses due to higher energy prices, although EPA seems to acknowledge there woudl be job loses.


As you can see, the above four myth's are pretty substantial.  To read about the additional two myth's, expound upon the myth's above and access the sources, download a copy of ACCCE's paper here.

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Topics: Mining, Power Plant, Resource Library, Industry News

3 Ways PHIL Rear Eject Bodies are Transforming Mining & Construction

Posted by Abby Meister on Jun 24, 2014 9:29:13 AM

Entering the mining and construction industries several years ago, the patented PHIL Rear Eject is relatively new to the mining and construction scene when compared to traditional end-dump bodies. While it’s still one of the “new guys”, the PHIL Rear Eject has no problem showing what differentiates it from its end-dump counterparts:

1. More Control

Unlike standard dump bodies, PHIL Rear Eject bodies don’t use gravity to get the load out of the bed of the body. It instead uses a hydraulic system to push a ram horizontally through the body to move the material to the back and out the end. This system gives the drivers complete control over speed and quantity of material being discharged, as well as how the material gets dumped. The material can be dumped in a normal pile, like any end-dump body would dump..


PHIL’s Rear Eject system also allows operators the ability to dump on the move. Since the vertical center of gravity isn’t changing when dumping, chances for roll-over or hitting something the driver can’t see decrease drastically. Dumping on the move also helps with grading, as the material is being dumped, the driver will slowly drive forward, leaving a line of material that a dozer won’t have to spread around later.

2. Less Limitations 

With a standard end-dump body, there are many limitations. One of area PHIL Rear Eject Bodies have fewer limitations in is safety. Since gravity is used to get the load out of the body, the vertical center of gravity shifts with the body lifts up and increases the possibility of roll-over and of the driver hitting something he can’t see.


 The end-dump bodies are also limited in where they can operate whereas the PHIL Rear Eject is not. Underground quarries and mines are notorious for low ceilings which can force operators into pricey short term options. Covered hoppers can cause frequent body damage if too low for the truck being used. Rear ejects provide a permanent solution; the mobility of a dump truck without needing the same height clearance.

 3. Increased Production

PHIL Rear Ejects make the whole operation more efficient and increase production. One way this is done is by reducing the cycle time on each load. Since the operator isn’t waiting for the body to come back down on a Rear Eject, the driver can leave immediately after the material is out. The blade will retract on the way to get the next load, cutting off unnecessary dead time..


It also saves other parts of production work. Since the PHIL Rear Eject can dump in a spread out line, valuable time doesn’t have to be spent spreading piles later on. The fact that PHIL Rear Ejects need minimal maintenance – and therefore drastically limits downtime - is just icing on the production cake.

Currently operating many countries worldwide in operations such as above ground and underground mining, construction, refuse, steel mills, and power plant locations, the PHIL Rear Eject has been a unique, but much needed addition to the mining and construction industries’ equipment line-ups. To learn more about the Rear Ejects, click  HERE.

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Rear Eject

3 Reasons to Visit

Posted by Abby Meister on Jun 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, since its recent update, the PHIL website has been rocking the new snazzy look and easier navigation harder than Motley Crüe in the 80s. Now, while it’s easy to get distracted by the new look (don’t feel bad, it happens to us all the time!), there are a few things on the updated site that we here at PHIL would like to take some time to point out. Here are three things we thing are better than ever at


Pictured: Rocking it harder than all 80's hair bands. Combined.

3. PHIL Resource Library

How to get there: At the top of the home page, scroll over ‘About Us’ and then click on ‘Library’ link.


One of the awesome features we have available on the site is the PHIL Resource Library. Our library is full of articles, papers, press releases, and other information published by PHIL available for download. In the Resources Library you can find the Tailgate Service & Maintenance Manual, Tailgate Calculator, both of our current Haulage Guides, and several articles/papers published by associates here at PHIL. If you need information quickly and at your fingertips, make sure to take a look at the PHIL Resource Library. Also be sure to keep in mind that if you have suggestions on publications or papers you’d like to see listed, you can contact us with your thoughts HERE or drop us a message in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

2. Working at PHIL Button

How to get there: The ‘Working at PHIL’ button is located below the products links at the bottom of the page, directly next to the ‘Small Parts’ button.


This new addition to the PHIL website is an easy shortcut to the PHIL Employment page (which can also be found through the ‘About Us’ link at the top of the page). It’s the fastest way for someone looking into career options at PHIL to access the current job opportunities. The link takes you straight to the Employment page, which gives instructions on how to apply, employment information, benefits information, as well as a list of the current positions available. All of the positions are links to a more detailed description of the position, as well as position duties and requirements.

1. Accessibility to Popular Products

How to get there: Go to PHIL website – no further navigation needed!


Now, it may be hard to believe, but the new design for the PHIL website was not created solely to look fantastic. It’s also set up to make navigation to the main PHIL products much easier. On the home page, there are five sections: Tailgates, Bodies, Rear Ejects, Water Tanks, and Lowboy Trailers. You can go straight to the general page for each product by clicking on the name of each section or you can go to the more specific products listed below to be taken straight to a specific product page. While the products can still be accessed by industry (through a menu bar under the header) or by using the Search bar, this change in the site’s set up can get you the information you need faster, without any further navigation.

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: PHIL Website, Resource Library, PHIL Employment

Spotlight: PHIL Product Videos

Posted by Abby Meister on Jun 5, 2014 10:44:40 AM

Across the board of our internet presence, it has always been our goal to provide a steady stream of visuals of PHIL products. Sure, we can talk about their benefits and unique features all day long, but having a picture along puts that information in perspective and doesn't leave any benefit or unique feature of our products up to imagination.


With the goal of providing visual representation of what PHIL products can do in mind, PHIL's Youtube channel was created several years ago. The Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. Youtube Channel has videos of PHIL equipment in action, ranging from rear eject bodies to water tanks to tailgates and several other products as well.


The videos on the PHIL channel have been posted because they showcase each PHIL product and are often products customers would like to see in action. We've linked a few of them in this post as well as other posts, but to check out all of the PHIL videos, go take a gander at the PHIL youtube channel. Keep in mind, we don't have videos of every product up, but if you let us know what you're interested in, we'll put your request on our list of videos to shoot!

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Tailgate, Water Tanks, Rear Eject, PHIL Videos

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