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Old 06-08-2016, 04:20 PM   #11
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The tailgate on my F150 won't clear the electric tongue jack. I even rotated the motor head 180 deg and it still won't clear. Only need about 1" more. A real pain to not be able to open the tailgate until I unhook. From reading this I gather I could get a longer hitch for the ball on my truck and get a bit more room??
Yes, trouble is that a new shank can run $100 and up. You just have to ask yourself if that's worth it.
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:31 PM   #12
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Right now no, not worth it. After the first time I let the tailgate slip from my hand while trying to hold it open to get something out and damage it I'll likely think differently. It has the heavy plastic lining on the top edge so probably wouldn't cause much if any real damage.
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I didn't think about the backup camera. If I take off the tailgate then there's probably a wire or two snaked through there somewhere. Hopefully it will clear and there won't be a problem. I'll know for sure tomorrow morning.
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I didn't think about the backup camera. If I take off the tailgate then there's probably a wire or two snaked through there somewhere. Hopefully it will clear and there won't be a problem. I'll know for sure tomorrow morning.
The wires for the camera have a quick-disconnect. So if you want to run without the tailgate, the camera is no problem. Well, except that you won't have it... LOL!

IMO, after the few times I've fought with the tail gate trying to wrestle something out of the truck, that $100+ price tag for a new shank is looking cheaper and cheaper.
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We replaced the factory hitch with a Barker VIP 3,500 lb hitch with the 24" rise. The best upgrade, it clears our tailgate just fine.
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So it cleared the hitch ...initially. I then realized that he Equalizer was not setup correctly. After I had the dealer make about 5 adjustments the tailgate no longer fit. Now that I have the distribution dialed in I think I'm just going to buy a 5th wheel tailgate for the times I go 5+ hours away from home. They're about $150. I don't want to make any more adjustments, however, I'll miss the camera immensely.The Equalizer setup seems to be perfect and my trailer pulls very easy so I'm happy. A 5th wheel tailgate will be kind of handy anyway on those long out of state pulls.

Thank you all for the advise . I found it invaluable.
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So it cleared the hitch ...initially. I then realized that he Equalizer was not setup correctly. After I had the dealer make about 5 adjustments the tailgate no longer fit. Now that I have the distribution dialed in I think I'm just going to buy a 5th wheel tailgate for the times I go 5+ hours away from home. They're about $150. I don't want to make any more adjustments, however, I'll miss the camera immensely.The Equalizer setup seems to be perfect and my trailer pulls very easy so I'm happy. A 5th wheel tailgate will be kind of handy anyway on those long out of state pulls.

Thank you all for the advise . I found it invaluable.
Get that trailer loaded up before determining if the hitch is setup correctly. Frequently hitches require additional tweaking after you load up and make a couple trips.

I would save the $150 on the new tail gate till you make the first couple trips.
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Tailgate removal

I agree. I may need to add another washer after I load it up, but I'd be surprised. We camp very light. I wouldn't buy anything until next year. I may just go with a cargo net anyway. Thanks.
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