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Old 08-07-2018, 08:38 AM   #1
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Tailgate and Powered Tongue Jack

I would like to add a powered tongue jack to my 21'. Right now I can drop the tailgate of my Silverado if the crank on the manual jack is at the 12 o'clock. Are there any recommendations on a jack that might clear the tailgate? I have a Reese WDH, so my stinger is pretty long and allows my tailgate to clear.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:51 AM   #2
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For what itís worth, using the Lippert power tongue jack supplied by ETI and the Fastway E2 weight distribution hitch with our 2018 21í, towed by a 2015 Silverado 4-door, short-bed pickup, the tailgate clears by about 0.75 inch. I can send measurements of the hitch to compare with the Reese this evening if helpful.

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Old 08-07-2018, 09:03 AM   #3
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For what it’s worth, using the Lippert power tongue jack supplied by ETI and the Fastway E2 weight distribution hitch with our 2018 21’, towed by a 2015 Silverado 4-door, short-bed pickup, the tailgate clears by about 0.75 inch. I can send measurements of the hitch to compare with the Reese this evening if helpful.

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That would be awesome. Which model jack would be helpful as well. Thanks.

Looking on Etrailer it must be the 3500 lb Lippert.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #4
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Remember you can alway rotate the power head on the jack 90 degrees for extra clearance. IMG_2718.JPG
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:42 PM   #5
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Here's a picture of the Fastway E2 hitch on a Chevy Silverado 2015, 4-door, short-bed pickup: It appears the center of the ball is approximately 10.25 inches from the back end of the 2 x 2 inch receiver. I did not get the chance to check the trailer and confirm the exact model of the Lippert power jack, but I concur it is likely the 3500 lb model.

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Old 08-07-2018, 09:05 PM   #6
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Here's a picture of the Fastway E2 hitch on a Chevy Silverado 2015, 4-door, short-bed pickup: It appears the center of the ball is approximately 10.25 inches from the back end of the 2 x 2 inch receiver. I did not get the chance to check the trailer and confirm the exact model of the Lippert power jack, but I concur it is likely the 3500 lb model.

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The Reese is about 11 inches based on the witness marks on the stinger. Bingo! In business! Thanks.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:15 PM   #7
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I turned our power jack and used a CURT 45230 Dual-Length Ball Mount. We have maybe 1in clearance now if the truck and trailer are parked straight. Dodge 2500 & Escape 21.
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Weird thing about this issue - I think I mentioned it before but the tailgate would not go all the way down on my 2015 F150. It hit the Power Jack post about halfway down. I thought I might have to get an extended stinger, but when I hooked up my new 2018 F150, the tailgate cleared the Power Jack post with no problem. I assume the 2018 has a shorter tailgate? The receiver mount and ball extension looks identical to the previous truck.
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Weird thing about this issue - I think I mentioned it before but the tailgate would not go all the way down on my 2015 F150. It hit the Power Jack post about halfway down. I thought I might have to get an extended stinger, but when I hooked up my new 2018 F150, the tailgate cleared the Power Jack post with no problem. I assume the 2018 has a shorter tailgate? The receiver mount and ball extension looks identical to the previous truck.
I only checked a few key dimensions, but from the specs published by Ford Body Builder Advisory Services the 2015 and 2018 bodies (including cargo box, including the inside height which determines the tailgate height) appear to be identical. All I can guess is that the hitch/bumper structure has changed to place the receiver box further back on the 2018, even though it looks the same. Some manufacturers show the axle to receiver distance in their equivalent documents, but not Ford so I can't tell from this source.
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I only checked a few key dimensions, but from the specs published by Ford Body Builder Advisory Services the 2015 and 2018 bodies (including cargo box, including the inside height which determines the tailgate height) appear to be identical. All I can guess is that the hitch/bumper structure has changed to place the receiver box further back on the 2018, even though it looks the same. Some manufacturers show the axle to receiver distance in their equivalent documents, but not Ford so I can't tell from this source.
That might explain it. Perhaps the receiver on the 2018 protrudes out just a bit more. It would not have taken much more distance on my 2015 for the tailgate to clear completely - maybe an inch or so.
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