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Old 02-27-2016, 01:50 PM   #15
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Dont ignore the vehicle dynamics involved - very poor advice to do so.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:54 PM   #16
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I think most of us know post #14 is bad if not dangerous advice.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:56 PM   #17
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Should you make adjustments so that you can lower your tailgate, make sure you check to see if the coupler latch, if left in the vertical position, will impact the lowered tailgate. If so, you'll just have to forget once, and you'll end up with a dented tailgate.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:08 PM   #18
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If using a 1 inch longer shank makes your combo unstable to the point of being dangerous, Then I would say you have serious issues with your Setup.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:34 PM   #19
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I normally just lurk here, but this thread sounds a bit amusing to me, so I'll throw in on it. Not that I am the end all expert on all things towing, but for reference, I've been towing since the late 60's. I've towed just about every type of trailer out there behind pickup trucks, sedans, station wagons. Open deck trailers, cargo trailers, horse haulers of all types and sizes campers....and basically "with whatever shanks we had at hand", from short coupled to really long. I have never, ever experienced a bad towing situation with any of them, with the exception of the neighbors homemade trailer that we have used as a basis for homecoming floats. It's problem is lack of tongue weight. All other trailers I have towed have been stable.
And let's just say that over the years, there have been many, many miles where, "I don't drive 55".

Having said that, if extending the shank on the OP's lashup is going to transform this situation from "the best towing trailer on the planet" ( as some here often say ) into some evil thing about to be uncontrollably swaying.....well, there is something else fundamentally wrong with the whole match-up.

On my Frontier truck with my white box camper behind it, I have a shank long enough to open the tail gate all the way down. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:39 PM   #20
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I have the problem

My setup is a FC27', towed by a 2015 Sequoia. I can't get the rear gate up...even with the hitch motor rotated 90 degrees. I've been able to adjust my needs so that I can roll down the rear window and reach what I need for setup. I may look at a slightly longer hitch though....
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:41 PM   #21
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We tow our 23 FB with a Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel and can open the liftgate without any problem. The GC Ecodiesel has been an exceptional tv in all conditions. Comfortable, good fuel mileage and range 350 miles+) and lots of torque.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:59 PM   #22
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This is exactly what I did. Trying to hold the tailgate up while grabbing stuff out of the bed was just not fun. Works great now. Glad to hear that other folks have done it, too. I was wondering if it would mess something up rotating the jack.
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:06 PM   #23
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How about a camper shell with a set of double doors like a van? Or buy a van for your next TV? How many inches would you have to move the jack back to lower the tailgate? A longer shank would be my last choice. Too bad, but I've never seen a camper shell with a roll up door.
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:18 PM   #24
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I think the Propride adds about a foot of room in this area, not 100% sure but I think so.
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Old 02-27-2016, 04:31 PM   #25
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Have 2500 dodge , 2" reciever with cast shank and reese head, tail gate has plenty of room to drop, even when parked at an angle.....
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:02 PM   #26
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Thanks for all the replies, I'm lacking about 1/4" to 1/2", I'll try rotating the electric jack motor to see if that will do the trick. The jack is almost up against the propane tank cover so that other Gizmo to relocate the tongue jack will not work.

I do not have to worry about the hitch latch hitting the tail gate, With the 2000 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 diesel with the HD tow package I had to order a special shank to drop the ball/hitchead to get it down to 19"( I couldn't get it the suggested 17-3/4"), I think it is either a 12" or a 14" drop.
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:13 PM   #27
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I think the Propride adds about a foot of room in this area, not 100% sure but I think so.
It's less than a foot depending on what hitch you are comparing it with but plenty of space for the tail gate to drop.
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:17 PM   #28
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We had the same problem with our 23d and 2015 f150 until we switched to a pro pride hitch last year. The tailgate now drops with a couple inches to spare.


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