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Old 12-06-2018, 10:34 AM   #31
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I'm aware of that Thanks.
Would prefer to have the correct length before I pick up trailer.
Ya know.. peace of mind.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:01 AM   #32
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This is what I finally went to.
Able to clear the electric jack on a 21, 3/4 ton GMC PU
I don't use an equalizer

https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts...tch/80232.html
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:38 PM   #33
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there is also JackEUp, I have one for my trailers https://jack-e-up.com
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:16 PM   #34
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Thanks for the replies.
I have a Tacoma and have been pulling a 17' Casita with no issues.
The length of the shaft from center point of pin to center point of ball is a little more than 10".
That leaves me with about 3 1/2" from tailgate (when down) to the front of the tongue jack.
Hope I'll have the same with the Escape.
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Old Yesterday, 08:48 AM   #35
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jack handle replacement

One way to eliminate the jack handle is to replace it with a 5” x 1/2 hex bolt. I use an 18V battery drill fitted with a 5/8” socket, which works on the hex bolt and stabilizers, eliminating the tedious hand cranking. I keep a 12V battery charger in the camper to keep the drill topped up.
Replacing the crank is simple:
Pop the top off the jack,
pry off the retaining spring
drive out the lock pin
slide the crank out, leaving the cog in place
cut threads off the hex bolt
drill hole in bolt for the lock pin
Insert the bolt and reassemble
Voila! you have an automatic tongue jack.
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Old Yesterday, 10:59 AM   #36
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old Yesterday, 11:12 AM   #37
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I replaced my draw bar with one two inches longer than stock. Not only does the tailgate open now, but the chance of the trailer storage box hitting the truck rear lights on sharp turns is reduced (don't ask). No change to the way the trailer feels under tow. Extended tow bar is rated 6000# tow and 600# pin weight. Safe enough for a 19.
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Old Yesterday, 11:19 AM   #38
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Just be careful with extended draw bars, they do have a reduced capacity rating the longer they become.
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Old Yesterday, 11:36 AM   #39
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dkirk,
The bar I'm using is 10+" from center of pin hole to center of 2" ball.
Don't know what is considered "standard" length.
Has been perfect for my 17' Casita.
Plenty of room when tailgate is down.
NO problems when towing. (whipping/fish
tailing etc.)
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According to this article 11" is standard, from pin to ball
Hitch Extension Length vs. Capacity

Receivers are rated using a standard ball mount length (approximately 11 inches)
An increase in extension length results in a REDUCTION in capacity
Exceeding the reduced capacity limits can result in bending the extension, failure of the receiver mounts due to increased torque and may cause the trailer to be disconnected from the truck causing a significant risk to yourself, your family and the general public.
Note: Does not apply to Torklift Superhitch or Reese Titan receivers.
Offered for information only. Always refer to OEM recommendations, specifications and limits.
Here is the source
Extended Hitch Calc
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