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Old 07-14-2017, 08:41 PM   #15
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So it seems like it is more of a hitch setup issue than a trailer issue. We rented a trailer this week with a Blue Ox Sway Pro and the tail gate would only open part way before hitting the jack. F-350.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:15 PM   #16
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The Hensley/ProPride sway elimination linkage extends the distance of the trailer from the truck. No tailgate problems.

An extended stinger extends the distance of the trailer from the truck. It also increases the leverage of trailer sway forces transmitted to the truck's steering axle.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:43 PM   #17
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I think it all depends on the length of the shaft on the ball hitch and the height of the tailgate. 2014 Silverado, Airstream has a flag holder in front of the jack, ample room to open tailgate. Truck and trailer must be straight.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:45 PM   #18
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I have a Ram 3500 and utilize an AirSafe/Equalizer combo. The double hitches give me plenty of room to open tailgate and even partially pull out the bed roller for access. If you are planning on towing with a one-ton, I suggest that you look into an AirSafe - much easier ride for both TV and TT - and you can open your tailgate!
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:42 AM   #19
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So it seems like it is more of a hitch setup issue than a trailer issue. We rented a trailer this week with a Blue Ox Sway Pro and the tail gate would only open part way before hitting the jack. F-350.
I have an F350, mine hits the jack but opens far enough to get what I need. It rests on the plastic tailgate trim and does no damage. I have to climb the tire or step on the hitch to get something out of the bed too.

I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:06 AM   #20
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It depends on the truck and hitch. Like others I have a late model ford and an equalizer hitch and the tail gate just barely hit the Jack. I purchased a 2 inch longer shank (14") and that solved the problem with no noticeable impact on how the trailer towed. On some posts you will see statements that increasing the shank will halve your allowable hitch weight. Well as stated above increasing the shank does increase the leverage the trailer exerts on tow vehicle and this does affect allowable hitch weight, but the increase is proportional to the increase in length. I did not notice any decrease in towing performance with a 2 inch longer shank.--Frank
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:15 AM   #21
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We run the following set up:

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Now, there is NO issue opening the tailgate while hooked up. About 1.5" of clearance. Now an interesting point is that we used to have an F150 and we could NOT open the tailgate without hitting the jack motor housing. At first it was a puzzle, but we had sold the F150 to the people across the street so I measured the tailgates of both his F150 and my F350, much to my surprise the bed of the F150 is significantly deeper than the F350, so the tailgate is wider as well. This was a 2012 F150 and we have a 2015 F350, so not sure what the 2017 or 2018 models will be like.

Then you can always turn the hitch jack sideways if for some reason it does hit on your set up. But, suggestion is turn the motor, not the whole shaft.
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We have a Ford F 250 and a Husky hitch and have no problem opening the tailgate
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:39 AM   #23
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Since the jack post has 3 bolts, I'd think turning the entire jack would demand 120 degree increments. In other words, you can't turn it sideways. But turning the motor head is possible, and many do.
That only counts if you're straight. If you turned to back into your spot, all bets are off. I'd consider a small length of pipe insulation held with cable ties on the jack post as cheap padding just in case.
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So it seems like it is more of a hitch setup issue than a trailer issue. We rented a trailer this week with a Blue Ox Sway Pro and the tail gate would only open part way before hitting the jack. F-350.
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I think that a big fat power jack vs something a bit smaller likely is another variable in the mix. A power jack mounted with the "long axis" left / right would be a third thing in the mix.

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Get the hitch setup of your choice. First option if the tailgate won't clear is to turn the hitch jack to the side. If you need more space obtain a longer shank that goes into the receiver.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:25 AM   #26
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Can you open the tail gate while hooked up, or does it hit the jack? We are planning to use the bed of our F350 with topper for storage, would be nice to be able to open the tail gate when hooked up to the trailer.
I have no problem opening the rear gate with our F-250, also with our previous F-150. Using a Blue Ox hitch however that really shouldn't make a difference.
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I'm using an equalizer and cannot drop tailgate.
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19' Bambi | Equal-I-Zer Hitch | 2016 Tacoma ... no problem opening the tailgate while hitched.
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