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Old 08-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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I didn't know where else to post this so if its in the wrong area, please move it,,, Tnx
I have a problem, with my new hitch hook up (Reese dual cam) the truck (F-150) tailgate won't drop all the way down. It hits the jack motor, even tho I rotated the motor housing 90 degrees. The obvious solution is to drill another hole in the shank, there is about 4 inches between the single existing hole and the forward end of the shank, but I'm not sure how safety would be affected. This was the longest shank I could find, so if I wanted a longer one it would have to be custom fabricated. There has to be a bunch of better ways, what do the experts think?
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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I personally would not drill another hole in the shank. What is the distance from the existing pin hole in the shank and the center line where the ball mount attaches? Maybe someone else can point to a source for a longer shank. Do you have a feel for how much longer it would have to be so the tailgate would clear the jackpost? This is a fairly common configuration so I would think a ready made shank should be available. My Reese shank came with 2 holes, but the capacity of the shank is reduced if used in the extended position.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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I didn't know where else to post this so if its in the wrong area, please move it,,, Tnx
I have a problem, with my new hitch hook up (Reese dual cam) the truck (F-150) tailgate won't drop all the way down. It hits the jack motor, even tho I rotated the motor housing 90 degrees. The obvious solution is to drill another hole in the shank, there is about 4 inches between the single existing hole and the forward end of the shank, but I'm not sure how safety would be affected. This was the longest shank I could find, so if I wanted a longer one it would have to be custom fabricated. There has to be a bunch of better ways, what do the experts think?
Shanks are available up to 24 inches long.

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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Moving the trailer away from the truck will decrease the stability of the combination. My 07 Tundra has this issue and it is not a big deal for me. I keep things I need when we stop near the side windows of the cap.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #5
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Looking to solve tailgate problem

Greetings Snedwid!

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I didn't know where else to post this so if its in the wrong area, please move it,,, Tnx
I have a problem, with my new hitch hook up (Reese dual cam) the truck (F-150) tailgate won't drop all the way down. It hits the jack motor, even tho I rotated the motor housing 90 degrees. The obvious solution is to drill another hole in the shank, there is about 4 inches between the single existing hole and the forward end of the shank, but I'm not sure how safety would be affected. This was the longest shank I could find, so if I wanted a longer one it would have to be custom fabricated. There has to be a bunch of better ways, what do the experts think?
This is a problem that can be solved with a hitch head that has a longer bar . . . one that is designed for use with tow vehicles having a spare tire mounted on the tow vehicle rear doors. When I purchased my new pickup in 1995, I started off utilizing the extended length hitch head with my Reese Strait Line Hitch with Dual Cam Sway Control. It took me more than one season to realize the the lack of stability was related to the extra lenght in the hitch head mount . . . switched back to a standard hitch head mount and the instability disappeared. Even with the standard length hitch head mount, I was able to lower the tailgate when towing my Overlander . . . the same hitch with my 1999 K2500 Suburban and I am still able to fully lower the tailgate whether towing my Overlander or Minuet.

Good luck with your investigation!

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