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Old 06-08-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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unable to open tailgate!

With our 240 Surveyor Sport hooked to our 1500 Ram P/U we are unable to open the tailgate even close to halfway. Our dog rides in the back of the truck and we like for her to be able to get out at each stop. It would necessitate disconnecting the ball hitch, chains and wiring and pulling ahead several feet to accomplish this.
I am going to move the electric jack that is mounted ahead of the propane tanks.. A piece of channel iron across the frame behind the tanks is going to be the new location for the jack mount. Lite won't be any use but I never needed it anyhow.
If there is any interest I will post some pictures.

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Old 06-08-2016, 09:10 PM   #2
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Any chance you could unbolt it and turn it 90 degrees to have enough room for the tailgate to clear the jack head? I have the same issue but no dog in the truck bed.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:21 PM   #3
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With our 240 Surveyor Sport hooked to our 1500 Ram P/U we are unable to open the tailgate even close to halfway. Our dog rides in the back of the truck and we like for her to be able to get out at each stop. It would necessitate disconnecting the ball hitch, chains and wiring and pulling ahead several feet to accomplish this.
I am going to move the electric jack that is mounted ahead of the propane tanks.. A piece of channel iron across the frame behind the tanks is going to be the new location for the jack mount. Lite won't be any use but I never needed it anyhow.
If there is any interest I will post some pictures.

beagle

TOYOTA does the same thing/ by putting the hitch closer to the rear axle they can have a higher tow weight capacity. Look at the dodge duellys too rear wheels almost touch rear bumper; it's all a numbers game.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:30 PM   #4
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Ours wouldn't clear the jack like you say, once I installed a new weight distribution hitch with the long draw bar it clear but just barely. The rig has to be straight on or it will contact.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:53 PM   #5
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Mine does not clear the jack also however I can live with that you may look into getting a different tailgate that has the cut out for the jack or the pin on a fifth wheel. Jake rides in the cab with me
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:23 PM   #6
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When I had an electric jack my tailgate would not open all the way either. Once I put my manual crank jack back on, I could open it fine. It needs to be more or less parallel, but it opens completely. The manual crank actually makes lik a 'z' so that the part your grip with your hand goes under the tailgate when open. If you are willing to switch, it is an easy and cheap fix. I'm sure someone would gladly swap jacks with you.
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:44 PM   #7
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I have the same issue with my Ram, I keep a thick blanket to put on the jack and just rest the tailgate on it. I lift them back in the back when we load. Two GSD's @85+ pounds each. I need a ramp or something. Good luck, I'll be following for any other ideas.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:22 PM   #8
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I replaced my FIC Lippert jack with a BullDog 3500, it's shorter and now I can open my Suburban Liftgate. Maybe a shorter Jack helps you?
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:11 PM   #9
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I was going to suggest a fifth wheel tailgate. That should clear the jack.

Of course, moving the jack should work too.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:18 PM   #10
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Why can't you rotate the head or the mounting plate to clear the tailgate.
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