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Old 06-08-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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Tailgate removal

So I'm going to pick up my first TT tomorrow and I'm guessing my tailgate is not going to clear the electric jack. I crate my lab in the bed when camping so on longer trips I have to be able to get him in and out of the truck while hitched. Any reason why I couldn't just remove the tailgate and put up a cargo net? I have a BedRug so nothing slides around back there and his crate it tied down. Buying a 5th wheel tailgate doesn't seem necessary. What say you? Thanks!
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:58 AM   #2
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The tail gate on our Tundra does clear our electric jack, but you may have one that's longer when down, or the jack head is shaped differently. No reason you can't take it off, other than weather.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:33 AM   #3
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The cargo net should work fine. Another option is to get a shank the extends a little farther out. I can open my tailgate because of the length of the shank. The cargo net is probably a far cheaper solution though!
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:55 AM   #4
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I also read a few people claiming that the tailgate offers some structural support to the truck and that towing without the tailgate could put undo stress on the truck. I find this difficult to believe.
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My tailgate on my Duramax clears the jack.

My buddies on his ~2005 F250 and another on his ~2013 F250 both clear the jack.

Why do you think yours won't?

I think a cargo net would be fine, but I'm thinking you will not have an issue.

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My tailgate would hit the manual jack on my old "vintage" trailer and I would keep a strip of cardboard handy to put between the tailgate and top of the jack. However with my current one, using the WDH, I have plenty of room between the jack and tailgate. Even if I were to switch to an electric jack, I would still have plenty of room.
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:31 PM   #8
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My tailgate hits the jack with my current setup. My new hitch will (likely) have a longer shank so this isn't a problem anymore. I like to have the bed sealed up from weather as much as I can, so I would prefer that over taking it off and using a net. Also, my backup camera is in my tailgate, and I use it when hitching up.

For the situation you describe, a net might be the perfect solution though. And the weight savings of not having the tailgate on would be nice.
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Using my WDH, the tailgate on my Super Duty clears no problem. However, I occasionally just drop the trailer on a normal ball for short, slow moves around town. When I use the "normal hitch", it won't clear since the shank is shorter. I've had a couple of close calls, but haven't dimpled the tailgate (yet).
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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??
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