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Old 05-12-2020, 04:38 PM   #1
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Rotate Power Tongue Jack

When I lower the tailgate on my F150 it hits the jack if I'm hooked up.
I've measured the head of the jack and if I can rotate it 90 degrees the tailgate will lower all the way.
The base plate isn't symmetrical, so I can't just remove the 3 bolts, rotate it and reattach it. So I'm wondering if anyone has tried this.
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:44 PM   #2
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When I lower the tailgate on my F150 it hits the jack if I'm hooked up.
I've measured the head of the jack and if I can rotate it 90 degrees the tailgate will lower all the way.
The base plate isn't symmetrical, so I can't just remove the 3 bolts, rotate it and reattach it. So I'm wondering if anyone has tried this.
I did it on our 17 and it worked well. Here is a youtube video on how to do it.

https://youtu.be/GhFyOQ4HDVU
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:51 PM   #3
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Thanks!!
Now all I've got to do is locate my tap and die set under the mountain of junk in my garage!
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Old 05-12-2020, 05:12 PM   #4
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You can always buy another one, that is why I have perhaps 3,4,5 or more of the same tool. One in truck, one in garage, one in house, one I can not find, and so on........
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Old 05-12-2020, 06:12 PM   #5
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You can always buy another one, that is why I have perhaps 3,4,5 or more of the same tool. One in truck, one in garage, one in house, one I can not find, and so on........
And letís not forget all the ones youíve loaned to relatives and neighbors that donít return them or move away to parts unknown
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Old 05-12-2020, 06:13 PM   #6
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I've loaned a lot of tools recently, on the condition that they don't bring them back.
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:09 PM   #7
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And here is another video actually done on an Escape.

https://youtu.be/xeWl1CYH94U
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Old 05-29-2020, 10:25 AM   #8
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Escape should just do this as a standard for all their trailers...everyone stands to one side when operating it anyway. I know I'll be turning mine first thing when I pick up my 21NE.
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Old 05-30-2020, 08:07 AM   #9
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We just rotated my friendís tongue jack, after viewing these two videos.

Unfortunately, my 2017 21í Escape has the Atwood tongue jack and canít be rotated. Still working on a solution.

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Old 05-31-2020, 05:07 AM   #10
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On my F150 4x4 truck the bumper was too high to correctly mount the Fastway weight distribtuion hitch. The tailgate also interfered with the Atwood power jack. I purchased this receiver extension to lower the mounting and it also gave me enough room to lower the tailgate.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 05-31-2020, 10:27 AM   #11
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I also purchased this Hitch Tightner to take any slop out of the connection. I don't know if it was needed or not.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 05-31-2020, 10:37 AM   #12
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I used that for awhile, it is like a band aid approach. Since then I have used a locking hitch pin lock that screws in and tightens your coupler to the hitch.See here https://www.amazon.com/Softride-Tigh...939309&sr=8-54
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Old 05-31-2020, 11:14 AM   #13
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I like that one, Jim. Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-31-2020, 01:47 PM   #14
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Looks like it would clamp the extension receiver together with the standard receiver and provide a locking pin. I can see the advantages in this product.
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Old 05-31-2020, 03:17 PM   #15
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You slide the nut inside the stinger and line it up with a hole and then insert the spindle thru the hole in your receiver and into the nut. Tighten down with a drench and slip the lock on and remove the key. Very secure and no wobbles at all.
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