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Old 06-18-2014, 11:22 PM   #31
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I fail to see what difference the bed size has to do with the ability to open the tail gate. Regardless of the size, the hitch is centered over the wheels and in most trucks the distance rearward is almost the same, the difference in lengths are in front of the wheels. Thus the measurement to be concerned is from the trailer to the hitch pin in order to allow for the tailgate. In the 5.0TA it appears to have adequate clearance.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:21 AM   #32
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thanks for the pics Padlin. Have you tried any tight turns?
Yes, no problems.


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I fail to see what difference the bed size has to do with the ability to open the tail gate. Regardless of the size, the hitch is centered over the wheels and in most trucks the distance rearward is almost the same, the difference in lengths are in front of the wheels. Thus the measurement to be concerned is from the trailer to the hitch pin in order to allow for the tailgate. In the 5.0TA it appears to have adequate clearance.
You are probably right, I thought I had read where someone couldn't open theirs but on review I don't see it. FWIW, the hitch in the bed of my truck is adjustable, 4" up/dn and 6" fwd/bkwd. It has to be adjusted all the way towards the tailgate or the tailgate will hit the trailer. Just a guess, but I think the Escapes distance from the trailer to the pin is fairly short.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:11 AM   #33
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It is a juggling act between clearance and maneuverability, clearance demands longer pin distance while maneuverability needs as short as possible. Other than hitching up you would normally pull with the tailgate up. Having to drop the tailgate for hitching is one reason you see aftermarket tailgates with a notch in the center which allows the hitch to clear the gate.
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