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Old 12-29-2017, 02:25 PM   #1
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Tailgate clearance?

I have a 21' on order and a 2017 F-150 crew cab. I also plan to use the E2 Fastway WD hitch from ETI. Will my tailgate clear everything and come down or will it hit the jack (either the manual or power jack)?

If it hits, what are the potential solutions?
1. Don't put down the tailgate when hooked up.
2. Use a Jack-E-Up
3. Hitch extenders (is this a good idea?)
4. Others?

Thoughts?

(Thanks in advance for your help!)
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Old 12-29-2017, 05:29 PM   #2
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Your question is simple enough however it will take someone with an identical setup to give you an accurate answer. That said other variables/ possible solutions are:
1. Extra down pressure on the Jack that changes the possible contact point. Might give you clearance
2. At your setup site a Dead level tow rig may contact but tow rig slightly nose down may provide clearance.
3. Once backed into close to where you want to be. Cranking the rear of the tow rig so it's at an angle to the trailer may give you clearance if you don't want to unhook but want to drop the tailgate.
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(1)(2) or (3) will solve the problem, if it exists, some w/d setups have a longer stinger which may help with clearance issues.
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:03 PM   #4
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Hi Jim:
Since we don't tow with a pickup I couldn't answer accurately but with the raising of the tailgate on the Highlander and the power jack on the 21 I have encountered and at times overcome clearance issues. Although I don't at all mind unhooking the trailer from the tow rig, as you know, on some of the after dark set ups after a real long tow day and a projected early departure the next morning sometimes " it just ain't worth it". The wine for Christmas was very good. Thanks
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:20 PM   #5
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I like the Escape because it has a long tongue. I will be moving the propane tanks back against the front wall, then mounting two batteries length wise (front to back) in front of the tanks, then making a custom mount for the jack between the two batteries. This will get it back so my tailgate will fold down...have not done it yet so no pics.
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:45 PM   #6
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I have a 21' on order and a 2017 F-150 crew cab. I also plan to use the E2 Fastway WD hitch from ETI. Will my tailgate clear everything and come down or will it hit the jack (either the manual or power jack)?

If it hits, what are the potential solutions?
1. Don't put down the tailgate when hooked up.
2. Use a Jack-E-Up
3. Hitch extenders (is this a good idea?)
4. Others?

Thoughts?

(Thanks in advance for your help!)
With a 2015 Silverado 1500 crewcab and a 21' with the E2 fastway wd hitch there is clearance for the tailgate- no problem at all. I know that does not answer your question but maybe it will help someone else.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:51 PM   #7
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I have 2012 F250 and use the Curt adjustable hitch: CURT Manufacturing - CURT Adjustable Channel Mount #45901
With a 12" shank length and with the crank handle down the tailgate will open all the way. Obviously with a F250 there is very little drop of the rear suspension. I decided to take a chance and not have a sway and/or weight distribution device. When I drove home from Sumas to Austin I never experienced any sway. The trailer tows beautifully. With my previous trailer (bigger, heavier and longer), I used 'The Equalizer Hitch' and there was no problem opening the tailgate. Even used it on my previous truck, an 05 Silverado 1500 CC and could open the tailgate.
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:26 PM   #8
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The front storage box (largely) eliminates the need to open the tailgate when hooked up. At least for my camping.

As mentioned, it would take an extension stinger to clear properly, at least on mine.
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:08 AM   #9
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My Jack-E-Up Experience

As Iowa Dave has noted, it will take someone with an identical setup to give you a definitive answer, but my experience may help you or others avoid potential problems.

I have a 2015 21' Escape, an '07 Toyota Tundra and the Anderson weight distribution hitch ETI used to sell. In my case there is not enough clearance for the tailgate to open fully, and I do often want access to the back of the truck when hitched up. In the case of the Anderson hitch the stinger and ball are an integrated unit and necessary to the proper function of the hitch. So the extended stinger must come from Anderson -- at a cost of nearly $200, if memory serves. I'm not familiar with other hitches, but something to research before assuming that any extended stinger will work.

So, I installed a Jack-E-Up. I had used one and liked it on our previous Casita. However the Escape has a power jack (we bought it used and that's how it came) and it does not work as well. The jack has to rotate about !/4 to 1/3 turn to engage properly, and there is really not enough space between the powerhead of the jack and the propane tank cover to accommodate that. So I often have to remove the tank cover to install or remove the jack. It works, and not to big of a PIA. But I'd recommend the manual jack if you anticipate using the Jack-E-Up.

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We tow our 2015 with an F-150 and my b-i-l gave us a Jack-E-Up for Xmas. We are looking forward to trying it, and will report back.
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