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Old 03-03-2019, 08:52 PM   #1
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will tailgate clear tongue jack?

I have a 2018 f150. We will be picking up our 21 in early May. I am wondering if I will be able to lower the tailgate while hooked up to the 21. We ordered the power jack and also are getting the E2 WDH hooked up by Escape. I believe I saw somewhere that the power head of the jack can be turned sideways if that helps?
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:34 AM   #2
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I recently upgraded my TV and have the same setup. The tailgate does interfere with the power jack. It needs about another 1/2 inch to clear. I don't think I can turn the jack, because the propane tanks are mounted directly behind the jack and there is no clearance.
I would be interested in any solution you discover.
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Old 03-04-2019, 05:22 AM   #3
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They make longer shanks, looks like the standard one is 12" long, might try an 18". https://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/shanks

https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-9.../dp/B004BC9752

You might call Fastway and ask if the Equal-i-zer shanks will fit the E2, they are from the same manufacturer.
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Most w/d hitch shanks are longer than conventional, so you maybe okay. another option is revert back to manual jack. There are fixes that you can do once home.
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I recently upgraded my TV and have the same setup. The tailgate does interfere with the power jack. It needs about another 1/2 inch to clear. I don't think I can turn the jack, because the propane tanks are mounted directly behind the jack and there is no clearance.
I would be interested in any solution you discover.
Peter
If you don’t have the storage box up front the propane tank mount can be moved. It is not welded to the frame.
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will tailgate clear tongue jack?

The jack heads turn easily, I did this on a friends trailer so his tailgate would clear, you can actually gain a fair bit of clearance. IMG_2690.jpg
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The jack heads turn easily, I did this on a friends trailer so his tailgate would clear, you can actually gain a fair bit of clearance. Attachment 37379
Why would Escape not routinely do this at the factory? Is there a downside to rotating the jack head?
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will tailgate clear tongue jack?

This was on a friends non Escape brand trailer, there is only one down side, its hard to operate from the passengers side now. As for ETI not rotating the jack head, no manufacturer does it.
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:18 PM   #9
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Just checked our GMC Canyon and E21 and by golly, rotating the power jack might just work to allow enough room to lower the tail gate. It will be close but if it it works, it would be a great solution. Aside from not having the switch on the passenger side, is there any other downside?
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Thanks everyone.

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They make longer shanks, looks like the standard one is 12" long, might try an 18". https://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/shanks

https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-9.../dp/B004BC9752

You might call Fastway and ask if the Equal-i-zer shanks will fit the E2, they are from the same manufacturer.
I emailed Fastway and the Equalizer shank will fit for the E2. I probably won't buy it however as it is too expensive in Canada. I am going to email Escape and ask them in case they have had the same setup lately. I will do an update once I find out, which might be in early May.
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