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Old 07-14-2017, 06:23 PM   #1
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Question for those towing with pickups

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.
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:24 PM   #2
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in a word.... NO

maybe with a propride or other longer shank hitch -- you may be able to have clearance....

i use an equalizer-- and I can not open the tailgate
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Depends on the individual trailer hitch coupler shank. With some no problem. Others have reported issues.
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We. Can. Dodge 2500. Reese Straight Line hitch. Depends in drawbar length, I think.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:05 PM   #5
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I am using an Equal-i-zer, and if my truck and trailer are aligned in a straight line I can open my tailgate. I did have to turn my jack 90 degrees when I replaced it with a new one so that it would clear.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:06 PM   #6
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My Ram 2500 Crew Cab Short bed with ProPride hitch, no problem dropping the tailgate when connected up.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:09 PM   #7
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Ram 2500 with Reese equalizer and electric tongue jack....No issues opening the tailgate.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:22 PM   #8
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Ram 2500 crew cab power wagon package, fastaway e2 hitch, electric jack. I cannot open my tailgate.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:35 PM   #9
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With a Classic, Equal-I-Zer and an F-250 ..... nope.

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Old 07-14-2017, 07:38 PM   #10
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:13 PM   #11
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No problem with my Hensley hitch. Plenty of room with both an F250 and GMC 2500.
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:21 PM   #12
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:26 PM   #13
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Question for those towing with pickups

Toyota Tacoma, ProPride, jack not turned, plenty of clearance.

Yeah, yeah, I know, the stinger is really long.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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