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Old 06-21-2016, 08:43 AM   #11
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I bought a hitch bar with a longer shank for two reasons... It gave me a sharper turning ability in tight quarters, and it allowed me to open the tailgate on my RAM.
This is my plan. It will be nice to be able to drop the tailgate while hitched, and a tighter turning ability will be nice too, I hadn't thought of that.

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Hey folks, a Tahoe ain't a pickup truck.
I was wondering the same thing. What was the last model year Tahoe available with a drop tail gate instead of doors?
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Old 06-21-2016, 10:24 AM   #12
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Hey folks, a Tahoe ain't a pickup truck.
No, but the principle of using a longer shank is the same. I guess you'd have to measure the swing of the tail gate and see how much clearance is actually needed.
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The OP mentioned that he was looking to buy a "new" Tahoe.

As far as I know, all new units have lift gates which are completely different from any pickups I've ever seen. I think they started with lift gates in like 2004. Before that they had "barn doors". I think it's been many many years since they put pick-up type tailgates on the Tahoe.

I suppose there are probably some after market exceptions.
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:33 PM   #14
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No, actually, it's the other way around regarding doors. The doors (they called them barn-doors) were dropped somewhere around 2004. All you can get now is the pull-up rear door (tailgate). My '97 had the barn doors, and my 2006 has the lift-gate.
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I understand that with the lift gate. I used to have a Chevy Trailblazer. It's the same deal. My lift gate cleared the tongue jack fine. But mine on my current and last trailer is not the electric one. I suspect that if I had the electric jack it may not have. There's a lot of bulk on the electric jack.

I'm suggesting that measuring the swing and seeing how much extra room it needs to clear the jack. If it's only an inch or so, a longer shank might be all that's needed. Of course that's not cheap either.

And I dearly miss the cargo doors. I've owned 3 Suburbans, 2 with cargo doors, one with a tailgate. The cargo doors were the bomb. I also had a '92 GMC Safari that had what was termed "Dutch doors". Best of both worlds.
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Consider yourself lucky... I am royally screwed when it comes to opening the rear of my Jeep Wrangler as it is a side swing door...
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This is my plan. It will be nice to be able to drop the tailgate while hitched, and a tighter turning ability will be nice too, I hadn't thought of that.



I was wondering the same thing. What was the last model year Tahoe available with a drop tail gate instead of doors?


Pretty sure the '99 and back models were the last of the drop tailgate. I had the barn doors on my 96. I kinda liked those.
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I am thinking of purchasing a new Tahoe to pull my 24FBS and was wondering if it possible to open the rear tailgate while the vehicle is hooked up without hitting the power jack. Any feedback would be appreciated if you have this vehicle. Thanks.


No, you cant open the gate. Not even sure it would be possible with an extended hitch.

But they do have the option of opening the upper window by itself. Problem is there is minimal access room with it.
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Also, a new/longer hitch will be a good thing to research to see if it will put you out far enough. You will have to get a new drop anyway, as the yukon/tahoe hitches are HIGH because they are hidden behind the rear bumper (not under it). My wifes '15 yukon hitch is the same height as my '16 Ram power wagon, which is 2" higher than a normal ram 2500. If i remember correctly, the bottom of the hitch hole is like 22" off the ground.
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No, you cant open the gate. Not even sure it would be possible with an extended hitch.

But they do have the option of opening the upper window by itself. Problem is there is minimal access room with it.
I guess it varies from one combination to another. I can open the power liftgate on my Armada and I have a Honda generator mounted on a Stromberg-Carlson rack too. Liftgate clears the jack by about 2" when straight and level. Clears the generator by 4" or so. I always watch carefully when opening for the first time as I'm not always straight and level.


Maybe the OP should consider an Armada. It has a higher towing capacity than the Tahoe anyway.
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